Thursday, December 1, 2011

M. Magnus's Idylls Show


Don't forget to order the book, Idylls for a Bare Stage 
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for its three-part offering:  poetry on the page, poetic monologues for the stage, and - through the book's introduction - an old-new theory and practice for Acting and Theatre (with a chewy set of monologues for the actor)...

Friday, October 21, 2011

M. Magnus's book/theatrical piece Idylls for a Bare Stage.

Triple Launch Party – November 20th, 2011 7pm at The Athenaeum

The D.C. release event takes place on November 20th, and will feature performances of several Idylls and of other relevant works by other authors, plus music, and general celebratory good times.

Enter the Mindscape of
a Sorceress and a Saint, a Horse and a Captive Woman
A Mother feeling her estranged daughter's labor pains
Antigone burying her brother's body
Palamedes (inventor of numbers, alphabets and lighthouses)
and Leda (after the swan)

and more

Featured Actors’ Center performers planned for this evening: Margaret Anthony, Genna Davidson, Carol McCaffrey, Kimberly Mikec, Rachel Morrissey, Paul Morton, Harlie Sponaugle, and Sue Struve.

Musical Guest is Old Songs, with Mark Jickling and Chris Mason - planned for this evening, songs taking us from the art of poetic monologue to the art of poetic insult, their versions of the raunchy and caustic 6th century B.C.E. poet, Hipponax

This is a triple launch: 1), for the book publication of Idylls for a Bare Stage; 2), for the production and presentation of the Idylls, featuring actors from The Actors’ Center of Washington D.C., to be performed in various contexts and venues throughout the next year or so, at least; and 3), for the producing entity, Sui Generis Literary Performing Arts Lab.

The Sui Generis Literary Performing Arts Lab (or, SiGiLPAL) is my in-progress framework for creating approaches to acting the Idylls and developing the Art of the Poetic Monologue, as well as a progression from experiences I had as director of the Yockadot Poetics Theatre Project 2005-2010. As showcase and incubator, Yockadot concentrated on “Poetics Theatre”; SiGiLPAL continues that exploration, adding to it an interest in Poets’ Theatre from whatever traditional or avant-garde sources, plus openness to any poetic or text-centric/language rich performance and theatre pieces by artists working along affinitive lines.

None of this could be possible without The Actors’ Center of Washington D.C. and, for our first event (and perhaps more to come), the Athenaeum and its organization, the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association.

The show will begin soon after the 7pm arrival time (please see side panel for event details and map - and yes it is 7pm, that "8pm local" note is probably something that will correct itself at Daylight Savings Time); please arrive on time so that you won't miss any of the performances.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Book Release Party for Hum Who Hiccup

Chris Mason
music by
The Tinklers
Red Room*
415 E. 31st St., Balt., MD 21218

Sunday, March 13th, 2011
*the Red Room is attached to Normals Books and Records

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

M. Magnus's poems in Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing

Narrow House is very excited to announce that M. Magnus's poems are published in Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. These poems first appeared in Verb Sap (Narrow House 2008). More here.


Friday February 4, 2011

9:30pm @ The Black Cat

with literature from

Amelia Gray
Tao Lin
Patrick Somerville

party by

DJ lil'e
Melissa Broder's Literary Astrological Forecast
Giancarlo DiTrapano's Incredible Physical Strength
Richard Nash's Confessional Booth
Adam Robinson's guitar solo contest

and host

Blake Butler

sponsored by
BOMB Magazine
Cursor/Red Lemonade
La Petite Zine
Narrow House
NY Tyrant
Publishing Genius
Small Press Distribution


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Indie Lit Roadshow in Baltimore, Sunday, December 12

Narrow House's nascent Monumental Reading Series teams up with Publishing Genius, jmww and more to host the Baltimore installment of the 11-city Indie Lit Roadshow. The Roadshow is a cross-country celebration bringing together independent bookstores, presses, journals, magazines, and more -- read about it.

In Baltimore, we'll have a one-day pop-up bookshop at the Monumental with readings, a books, gift wrapping, cookies, poker, and general good times.

Time: Open from 11am to 8pm with a set of readings at both 2 and 7 featuring Baltimore writers with the help of our friends from Publishing Genius, Shattered Wig Review, jmww, WORMS, and Normals Books & Records all lend a hand.

Place: 24 East Mount Vernon Place (apartment 4), Baltimore, MD


Eric Amling
John Woods
Laura van den Berg
Michael Kimball
Rupert Wondolowski
Lauren Bender
Jamie Gaughran-Perez
David NeSmith & Aparna Jonnal

Robert O’Brien
David Kiefaber
Joseph Young
Linda Franklin
Stephanie Barber
Justin Sirois
Dina Kelberman

Monday, December 6, 2010

VOTE for Adam Robison

We are super proud of Adam Robinson for making it to the final round of the Good Reads Choice Awards. Now he needs to win. Vote HERE!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Chris Mason has fabricated a set of visual charms, small and
intense constellations of words that make & do, bounce &
hop, zap & slap. These are dreams of poems more than poems
of dreams, sweet & filled with delight.

Charles Bernstein

Monday, October 11, 2010

Introducing the Monumental Reading Series

We hope you'll join us for the new Monumental Reading series from Narrow House. This sporadic series kicks off with a slate of readers from Artifice Magazine on their Issue 2 Release Tour.

Wednesday, October 15, 2010
7:30pm - 9pm
24 East Mount Vernon Place, #4
Baltimore, MD

Readings by:
Molly Gaudry
David Blomenberg
Andrew Farkas
M. Kitchell
...and others!

There'll be beer, fun, and friends, but feel free to bring more of all of those things!

P.S. Narrow House's-own Lauren Bender will be reading on the same night, at the same time across town at the Worms reading. The scheduling gods are unkind, I know, but we're sure you'll make it to one even or the other.

Here's the Facebook event for it.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

SUNDAY - book pre-order party/show/reading - Chris Mason - HUM WHO HICCUP

Please join us for a preorder fundraiser October 3, 2010 from 6:00 to 10:00 at The Windup Space with Lurch and Holler, Sweat Pants, and Mason’s band Old Songs, as well as raffles and book previews. HUM WHO HICCUP will be available for preorder at a discounted price.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2/3 of Narrow House reading and maybe Lauren Bender, too

Molly Gaudry, Jamie Gaughran-Perez, Barry Graham, Jen Michalski, Justin Sirois Kate Wyer, Scott Oliver. At the Red Room, Saturday September 11th, 8pm, directions here

Friday, September 3, 2010

Gently Read Literature on Robinson/Robison

"When the last ruminants wandered out from Midwestern slaughterhouses to repopulate the scorched fields, one man was there to receive them. That man was Adam Robinson..."

Adam Robi(n)son and the Evolution of One-Handed Piano Compositions: Matt Jasper on Adam Robinson’s Adam Robison and Other Poems