In The Huffington Post poet and novelist Eileen Myles cites CAConrad as one of the most influential contemporary poets. Eileen Myles also wrote the Afterword of his latest title, The Book of Frank (WAVE Books, 2010). This book is the recipient of The Gil Ott Book Award for Chax, as chosen by Nathaniel Mackey and Myung Mi Kim. In the Afterword Myles writes, “In piecing together, configuring and releasing his extreme miniatures – agonized fables, poems about America, CAConrad includes us all in the enormous outside of his heart. Which is the world in all its possibility.” For more details on The Book of Frank, visit http://BookofFrank.blogspot.com/
Other titles by CAConrad include Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined (Factory School Press, 2010), and a forthcoming book of (Soma)tic poetry in Fall of 2011 with WAVE Books.
CAConrad is the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He lives and writes in Philadelphia with the PhillySound poets. He is the editor of JUPITER 88: a video journal of contemporary poetry. He is also the poetry editor of Bardic Sephulchral, an imprint of Fairies in America, published out of Asheville, NC by publisher Elizabeth Kirwin. Visit JUPITER 88 and Bardic Sepulchral can be found at http://CAConrad.blogspot.com
CAConrad is also the author of (Soma)tic Midge (Faux Press, 2008), which was the first of many (Soma)tic Poetry Exercises and their resulting poems. In (Soma)tic Midge he ate a single color of food for a day for seven days, resulting in poems for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and white. Since (Soma)tic Midge he has been creating (Soma)tic Poetry Exercises, which he posts monthly for FREE on his website http://somaticpoetryexercises.blogspot.com/. He has taught (Soma)tic Poetry Workshops at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, at City University of New York, the University of Pennsylvania, as well as at St. Mark’s Poetry Project, NYC.
Contact CAConrad for interviews, workshops, readings, or other engagements by emailing CAConrad13@aol.com or calling 215-563-3075.
(Philadelphia, PA) On February 13th at 7 p.m., The Jubilant Thicket Literary Series will present Elizabeth Kirwin, performing the Fairy Gothic Ballads with the music of LiamSckhot, Jonathan Pogoda reading poetic fiction, and poetry by Quincy Scott Jones. The event will be held at The Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Avenue, in Philadelphia, PA. Donations are accepted.
Debrah Morkun founded The Jubilant Thicket Literary Series, where she has created a venue to showcase the work of avant-garde poets, featuring them alongside artists of different media and scholars. The series takes its name from the Selected Poems of Jonathan Williams. Debrah Morkun recently published a selection from her new book, Hera Calf, 2. Her calf whispering room in Bardic Sepulchral, the section of FairiesInAmerica.com that features the poetry of fairies, witches, friends of the fairies, the literary avant-garde and more. Bardic Sepulchral is edited by CAConrad, who recently published an expanded version of The Book of Frank with Wave Books.
Elizabeth Kirwin, the editor and publisher of FairiesInAmerica.com, has been collaborating with the music composer LiamSckhot for three years on the Fairy Gothic Ballads, an audio collection of tales of magic sprung from Ireland in the 18th Century. LiamSckhot is a master percussionist and he illustrates the ballads with electronic and acoustic music. Kirwin is of Irish American lineage and she is a performance artist who dresses as her magical male character — the bard. The performance at Jubilant Thicket is the first public presentation of the ballads.
FairiesInAmerica.com was founded in 2007 to document the cultural, spiritual, sexual and gender revolution being sparked by the faery movement, an eclectic branch of neo-paganism. FairiesInAmerica.com is open to submissions in gender, sexuality, music, spirituality, art, writing, poetry and more. The website has published the work of Michael Rumaker, Penny Arcade and other writers and artists. FairiesInAmerica.com is currently seeking section editors. Email email@example.com to submit work or inquire about editorial positions.
(Philadelphia, PA, December 31, 2009) The publisher of FairiesInAmerica.com is pleased to announce a new poetry editor for Bardic Sepulchral, CAConrad. He is reviewing all poetry submissions for Bardic Sepulchral and can be reached at CAConrad@fairiesinamerica.com.
CAConrad is a nationally acclaimed poet and performer. The son of white trash asphyxiation, his childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.
Over the course of the last 2 years, CAConrad has published three books: Deviant Propulsion, by Soft Skull Press, a book that inspired a Publisher’s Weekly reviewer to draw parallels between his work and the poetry of Allen Ginsberg; The Book of Frank, a magical book of poems that brings to life an alter ego character who speaks a continual stream of uncensored truths, won the Gil Ott Book Award and was published this year; and The Advanced Elvis Course, also by Soft Skull Press in 2009 is a rollicking and surreal book about the mythological Elvis. In 2010, Factory School will publish a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined.
Kirwin remarked, “During the 1990s, CAConrad introduced me to the American Pagan movement and the radical faeries, feminism, and the art of writing concise verse. CAConrad was the first person to help me to understand my shifting gender identity was a way of manifesting my own magic. CAConrad also made me see that the divisions within the GLBT movement were simply imagined, and could easily be overcome by everyday personal action.” Website visitors will notice a pansexual approach to the faery movement (representing all sexualities on the continuum) and a wide scope on gender.
CAConrad will be giving public readings of his recent work in 2010. On February 3rd he will perform at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Lucy Gallun will give a lecture on her video installation at 6:30pm, and a book party for The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010) by CAConrad & Frank Sherlock will occur at 8pm with Zoe Strauss. Zoe Strauss provided the book cover photograph, and will be presenting a slide show of her work and also selling her photography book America (AMMO Books, 2008).
On February 4th CAConrad & Ana Bozicevic will read at Stockton College in New Jersey. CAConrad will read at Philadelphia’s Temple University on February 11th for the Creative Writing Program. Look for these and other related events to be posted on the home page of FairiesInAmerica.com or at CAConradEVENTS.blogspot.com.
FairiesInAmerica.com was launched in April 2008 as a collective effort to accurately represent the creativity and unique philosophies of the faery community. The website publishes performance art, music, poetry, writing and visual art. FairiesInAmerica.com also features essays on sexuality, gender, spirituality and more. Currently, membership to the website is free and those who join may post to the blog, or comment on blogs or pages on the website.