Monday, May 18, 2009

Tuesday, May 26th 7:30 pm: Zachary Schomburg & James Gendron

If Not For Kidnap Poetry invites you to an evening with local poets Zachary Schomburg and James Gendron!

Beer and wine provided, perhaps food (if we can scrape together the money)! If you feel like it, bring something to share!

Also, donations totally not turned down!

Don't be shy even if you don't know anybody else coming! We promise everyone is very welcoming and kind and super into meeting new people!


Zachary Schomburg is the author of two books of poems, The Man Suit (Black Ocean 2007), and the forthcoming Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean 2009), and some poetry chapbooks, most recently The Pond (Greying Ghost Press) and I Am a Small Boy (Factory Hollow). He co-edits an online poetry magazine, Octopus, and a small press, Octopus Books. He teaches film, literature, and writing at Portland State and Portland Community College.

At INFK Zach will show us poems using video footage from his Olympus snapshot camera. With this manipulated footage, and a combination of text, and music, comes Schomburg's Poem-Film project.


James Gendron is from the sun. In 1996 he almost died from a cocaine underdose. He votes ironically. For three years, he "lived" in Syracuse. Lou Reed paid for 1/3 of his MFA. His poems are forthcoming in Fence. His band, Stabotage, rules; and this Saturday they're playing at the Kenton Club with Dean Gorman. His poems explore themes of greatness, wonderfulness, patience, charity, and sex. His favorite book is Leaves of Grass, which he one day hopes to go back in time and make obscure, so that he seems cooler. He's in the process of pulling a "Single White Female" on his mentor, Michael Burkard. He's taught at Portland State, Syracuse University, and the Onondaga Nation School.