Below you'll find links to our
collective favorite sites, literary and otherwise:
Yes, we have "A Groundhog
of Our Own" -- Staten
Island Chuck, our mascot, who resides at the
excellent Staten Island Zoo and "has been accurate
in predicting the weather 16 out of 20 years - an
80% success rate!
In addition to the "Sepoy
World Tour" listings here at our own site,
Sepoy's performances -- along with those of many
other poets, and a host of poetry-related events
in the New York City area -- can be found in the
excellent calendar at Poetz.com.
This site includes all sorts of other good stuff.
You can also request their Poetz
Monthly Update, which includes calls for work.
Our own actual "nearby café" is The Cup (formerly the Muddy Cup Coffee House), located at 388 Van Duzer St., Staten Island, NY 10304; 718-818-8100, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Located in the former home of Weinmann's Bakery in the township of Stapleton, on Staten Island's increasingly fashionable North Shore, the space was renovated and officially opened its doors on September 1, 2001. Sepoy's own Allan Coleman showed up at 7:30 a.m. with an aloe vera plant as a housewarming gift, in the process becoming the Cup's very first customer. We perform there from time to time.
We've also performed at The
Perking Latté Café, elsewhere on
the Island: 840 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY,
10310; 718-442-1534. Jeffrey Gaal, proprietor. Different
crowd, different ambience, no less terrific a venue.
J. J. runs the open-mic sessions here on Thursday
All of the Sepoy Rebellion's
members are indebted in various ways to the Council
on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island
(COAHSI), which has sponsored various events in
which we've all participated and has supported three
of us (so far) with individual artist's grants.
Our friend Laura Brosé
writes about the
haunted houses of Staten Island and runs a wonderful
site devoted to that subject.
David Thoreau resided for a while in 1843 in
a cottage on Staten Island, where he corresponded
with Ralph Waldo Emerson while "trying experiments
upon trees." Edwin
Markham ("The Man with the Hoe") lived
and died here. Samuel
Greenberg, a poet and cohort of Hart Crane's,
wrote here during stays at Seaview Hospital's tuberculosis
clinic in 1915 and 1916, shortly before his premature
St. Vincent Millay rode the Staten Island Ferry
all night long -- "very tired, very merry"
-- and wrote a
fine poem about it.
Seeger ("I Have a Rendezvous with Death")
spent a good chunk of his childhood on Staten Island.
In 1954, shortly before they were brutally murdered,
the Catholic Worker Dorothy
Day -- herself a poet -- drove the homeless
Bodenheim and his wife Ruth to the Peter Maurin
Farm on Staten Island, where they found refuge.
In February 1999 we lost the great experimental
Schwerner, who lived here for the last decades
of his long life.
Some Staten Island musical
Some Island book publishers
and literary journals:
The unduplicable and
ebullient Malachi McCormick, founder and publisher
of the renowned Stone
Street Press, lives in Stapleton. Malachi
translates from the Gaelic, and writes some
texts of his own. In his compact Stone Street
studio, he generates beautiful and extraordinarily
cheap ($10-30) handmade calligraphed limited-edition
books that have made their way into major international
collections. Be the first in your neighborhood
to own one (or the entire set, at the bargain
price of $500).
21 Steele Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10306
New World Press
376 Richmond Terrace - #2F
Staten Island, NY 10301-1502
Telephone: 718/818-0818; Fax: 718/818-0530
or Alice Town,
The Bahamas USA
Telephone: 242/347-3201; Fax: 242/347-3544
Staten Island's Ten
Penny Players publish the journals Waterways
(the latter for high-school-age writers), run
a poetry-in-the-schools project, and perform
other excellent services on behalf of poetry
Other Island literary resources:
The Island's own "Reading
Lady," Mrs. L. Kump, at www.readinglady.com,
provides helpful tips and supplies for teaching
creative writing (including poetry) to grade-schoolers.
We don't just write here
on the island; we also read. Often to ourselves,
but sometimes to others. Staten
Island OutLOUD creates public readings of everthing from Shakespeare to Islamic literature, and your participation is welcomed.
Poetry Café constitutes an archive
of heartfelt poems and prose poems, a late-twentieth-century
repository of vernacular poetry. Hosted from
1996-1999 by the ever-mysterious Bachagalou
of Staten Island, who now maintains it as an
archive of 151 poets and 291 poems.
Who is the mysterious
and prolific "Brbadpenny of Staten Island,
NY, US"? We don't know, but you'll find
a chunk of his output at The
Web Poetry Corner.
Sepoy Rebellion member Allan
Douglass Coleman runs this entire website, The Nearby
Café, which we recommend highly; see
its main menu for the full list of offerings here.
Elsewhere at this site, Allan offers up WordWork:
Survival Strategies for the Professional Writer,
a section devoted to issues concerning the life of the
working professional writer, and Island
Living: Tales of the Forgotten Borough, the online
version of his monthly column about life on Staten Island
for the Star Reporter, our local giveaway newspaper.
Allan also recommends:
Poetry & Music Online, a curious and intelligent
journal that represents what happens when the world
of traditional discourse on poetics meets the internet.
Electronic Poetry Center "serves as a central
gateway to resources in electronic poetry and poetics
produced at the University at Buffalo as well as
elsewhere on the Internet. Our aim is simple: to
make a wide range of resources centered on contemporary
experimental and formally innovative poetries an
Initiated by the redoubtable
Michael Neff, Web
del Sol houses several dozen online literary
'zines -- not as a portal, but as a host and web
designer for them. You can spend hours here and
not exhaust its content.
Web del Sol partners with
Work Network, which seeks to create a nationwide
community of high-school--level writers. If you're
an adult writer, spend some time with what these
up-and-comers produce and be afraid . . . be very
afraid. And also proud, and astonished.
Wanna play? Try your hand at adding a limerick to OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form, which holds as its noble goal "to write at least one limerick for each and every word in the English language." Who could argue with the urgency and utility of this mission?
Need to get the poetic juices flowing, but don't want to go to the fridge to play around with your word magnets? Do it right on your computer. Mariner Software has now issued Desktop Poet, an excellent Mac-specific program (OSX) that puts a screen full of electronic "tiles" on your monitor for you to rearrange to your heart's content. You can save the results in a number of forms, including plain text. (Mariner has also taken over and will shortly release a program called MacJournal that enables journaling, blogging, and other creative activities.)
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