Art-Science Calendar of Events NYC

This calendar is an initiative of the Art Science Observatory, in collaboration with SciArt in America, Beautiful Brain, Ligo projects, Dactyl Foundation and other art/science organizations.

Angus John Stewart Fletcher 1930-2016

We mourn the loss of Dactyl Foundation advisory board member Angus Fletcher.

Epistemological Poetics: A Walk with Angus Fletcher by VN Alexander

In 1994, considering a course on the “Literature of Nature” at the Graduate Center of the City University New York, initially I thought it be would too pastoral for my tastes—in those days I thought I was interested in art not nature—and I almost passed it up, but the fates intervened in the form of Linda, the all-knowing and benign department secretary, who said to me, “It’s Angus Fletcher,” and, without waiting for my response, wrote my name down on the roll.  In this propitious way, I was introduced to the distinguished Renaissance scholar, whose methods fitted perfectly with his subject and whose work has been, ever since, a steady spring of inspiration. In manner as well as appearance, Angus might be described, with his vibrant white hair and beard, as a classic sage. He tends to think aloud in class—about Faust’s contract or the contrapuntal voices of a fugue or Whitman—and encourages students to join in as his wanders in his mental lake country. Joan Richardson has called Angus Fletcher “a magically gifted teacher in whose presence we hear what thinking feels like.” Indeed the synesthetic experience of his poetic logic was always instructive, leading inevitably to the unforeseen vista. Memories of 1994 recall that at some auspicious point in each ninety-minute session, he would suddenly deliver an inspired oration that would leave us all physically moved. To come upon such depth and breath of erudition is to feel precisely what García López de Cárdenas must have felt when he unexpectedly came upon the Grand Canyon. [continue...]

The 2016 Dactyl Literary Fiction Award goes to Sea of Hooks by Lindsay Hill

seaofhooksSea of Hooks (McPherson & Co) was nominated by Barbara Roether, author of This Earth You’ll Come Back To. In her review of Hill’s unusual novel, Roether writes, “There is a paradox that floats through the Sea of Hooks, which is that the experience of reading it is almost the opposite of how it is written. That is to say, while the story is told in its short collage-like segments, their effect is an almost seamless classical narrative. The way sections move from multiple perspectives, dreamtime, real-time, then meld together with such cohesive and penetrating storytelling, is a testament to the author’s insightful eye for detail and character.”

We can say that Sea of Hooks  is a long narrative prose poem, which may be the essence of what it is to be a literary fiction novel.
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Millbrook Literary Festival

Save the Date: May 30th 2015
10AM – 5PM Millbrook, NY
“The Millbrook Literary Festival [is] the best possible way to spend a summer day–walking, talking, listening, and thinking about books. It’s great fun…” -Valerie Martin, local author, winner Orange Prize for fiction

Dactyl Foundation is proud to be a sponsor for this year’s festival which will present over 50 timely, thought-provoking, and thoroughly entertaining authors and illustrators participating in panel discussions, readings, and signings throughout the day at the Millbrook Free Library on Franklin Street in Millbrook New York, 80 miles north of NYC, accessible by Metro-North Harlem Valley line. More info. [continue...]

Open Mic/UpHook Press

October 31, 2009 6:00-8:00 PM

$10 donation; wine and hors d’oeuvres

Open to all writers and the general public. Uphook Press is currently accepting submissions for their second anthology of poetry. Come read your work, meet the publishers, listen to the current writers of Uphook Press, and celebrate over four years of Dactyl’s open mic series! [continue...]

Phillis Levin with Ciaran Berry, poetry salon

Wednesday, Sept 24, 2008
POETRY SALON 6:30 – 8:30PM

Featuring Phillis Levin with Ciaran Berry: Poetry Salon
Seating is limited, suggested donation $10 [continue...]

Marie Ponsot with Kevin O'Sullivan, poetry salon

Friday, June 6th, 7:30-9:00

Marie Ponsot, Award-winning Poet and Mentor to Generations

with Kevin O’Sullivan Dactyl Foundation’s Emerging Poet of the Year [continue...]

Open Mic/Emerging Poets Series.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

6-8 p.m

Readers: Lucia Cammarata, Judie David, Ice, Andrew Aaron, Robert Siek, Kevin O’Sullivan, Kevin Estrada, Gus Iversen, Phil Radiotes and Andy Tran

Open Mic

May 6, 2007

Readers: Tom Oleszczuk, Karl Lorenzen, Richard Fein, Van Hartmann, Alkamal, Lucia Cammarata, Laurel Peterson, Debra R. Andrews.

Open Mic

July 29 2006

Two Year Anniversary Party & Reading featuring Jason Schneiderman

Jason Schneiderman is the author of Sublimation Point, a Stahlecker Selection from Four Way Books (2004). His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications including Teachers & Writers, Tin House, Grand Street, American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, and The Poetry Book of the Sonnet. He has received fellowships from The Corporation of Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and The Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. A Chancellor’s Fellow at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, he teaches creative writing for the Gotham Writers Workshop and literature at Hunter College.

Open Mic

June 9 2007

Readers: Lucia Cammarata, Judie David, Ice, Andrew Aaron, Robert Siek, Kevin O’Sullivan, Kevin Estrada, Gus Iversen, Phil Radiotes and Andy Tran

Open Mic

May 21 2006
Readers: Gail Stoughton, Lucia Cammarata, Loren Kidd, Jonathan Coppola, Woody Loverude, John Findura, Tom Oleszczuk, Heller Levinson, Richard Jeffrey Newman, Karl Lorenzen, Frederick Speers, Linda Tieber, ice, Milan, Jason Fleeting, Viviana Gorell and Nelson Chimilio.

Timothy Liu is the author of six books of poems, most recently For Thus Thou Art (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005). His poems have been translated into seven languages and his journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library . He is an associate professor of English at William Paterson University and a member of the core faculty in Bennington College’s Graduate Writing seminars.

Open Mic

February 25 2006
Readers: Timothy Liu, Patricia Carragon, Emily Candace Shaw, Debra R. Andrews, Todd Cincala, Jessie Male and Nicole Spector.

Open Mic

January 21 2006
Readers: Tom Oleszczuk, Patricia Carragon, Christian Georgesco, Bob Rainey, Debra R. Andrews, Todd Cincala, Richard Jeffrey Newman, Nelson Chimilio, Aglaia Davis, Iris Berman, Miriam Hartstein, Carrie Tocci and Nicole Salis.

Open Mic

November 12 2005

Readers: Lucia Cammarata, Debra R. Andrews, Peter Emile, Patricia Carragon, Mary Beth Shanahan, Todd Cincala, Kevin Estrada, Mary Kelly, Umoja, Glen River, Bob Rainey, Miriam Hartstein and Jennifer Burch.

Open Mic

October 21 2005

Featuring Peter Covino & Jerry Williams. Readers: Deborah Asch, Emily Candace Shaw, Robert Siek, Todd Cincala, Idalmis Toro, Karen Delasala, G Emil Reutter, David Curzon and Glen River.

Peter Covino’s new book Cut Off the Ears of Winter (2005) was recently published by Western Michigan University/New Issues Press. His awards include the 2001 Frank O’Hara Chapbook Prize in Poetry; a scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center; and two prestigious Steffensen Cannon Fellowships from the Dean of Graduate Programs at the University of Utah, where he is finishing his Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing. His poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Columbia, The Journal, The Paris Review, Verse, andThe Penguin Anthology of Italian-American Writing among other publications. He is one of the founding editors of Barrow Street and Barrow Street Press.
Jerry Williams was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He received a BA from Vermont College and an MFA from the University of Arizona. His first collection of poems, Casino of the Sun (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2003), was a finalist for the prestigious Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Exquisite Corpse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Southeast Review, Barrow Street, Under the Sun, and many others. He has received a New Jersey Arts Council Fellowship, several Academy of American Poets awards, and recently a nomination for a Pushcart Prize. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.

Open Mic

September 10 2005

One Year Anniversary Party & Reading.
Readers: Todd Cincala, Debra R. Andrews, Rachel Bennett, Kevin Estrada, ebony monique figueroa, Frederick Speers, Peter Carravetta, G Emil Reutter, Patricia Carragon, Ilene Starger, Mary Beth Shanahan, Tom Oleszczuk, Jane Bradbury, Richard Jeffrey Newman, Marjorie Dalrymple, Sharon Lynn Griffiths, Naren Gupte, Ruth Siekevitz, Joe Pacheco, Peter Marcus and Jane Ormerod.

Open Mic

August 4 2005

Readers: Ilene Starger, Patricia Carragon, G. Emil Reutter, Karl Lorenzen, Albert Depas, Marjorie, Jane Ormerod, Alexis Beeth, Richard Fein, Debra R. Andrews, Frederick Speers and Kevin Barden.

Open Mic

June 24 2006

Richard Jeffrey Newman, a poet, essayist and translator, is the author of The Silence Of Men (CavanKerry Press, 2006), a book of his own poetry, and two books of translations from classical Persian literature, Selections from Saadi’s Gulistan and Selections from Saadi’s Bustan (both from Global Scholarly Publications, 2004 and 2006 respectively). Richard Jeffrey Newman sits on the advisory board of The Translation Project and is listed as a speaker with the New York Council for the Humanities. He is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York.

Open Mic

May 14, 2005

Featuring: Richard Jeffrey Newman.Readers: Debra Andrews, A. K. Allin, Todd Cincala, Patricia Carragon, Tom Oleszczuk, Ilene Starger, Peter Emile, Jane Ormerod, Richard Fein, Ice.

Richard Jeffrey Newman is an essayist, poet and translator. His essays and poems have appeared in Changing Men,, The American Voice, On The Issues, The Pedestal, Circumference, Prairie Schooner, ACM, [continue...]

Cut Off the Ears of Winter

April 27  2005
Book Release Party for Cut Off the Ears of Winter by Peter Covino

Open Mic

April 21 2005

Readers: Ilene Starger, Patricia Carragon, Richard Fein, Karl Lorenzen, Iris Berman

Open Mic

March 26 2005

Readers: Rich Newman, Peter Emile, Patricia Carragon, Jane Ormerod, Ilene Starger,Richard Fein, Ondi Mcmaster, George Paterson, Ice, Deborah Asch, Lourdes Vazquez and Debra Andrews.

Open Mic

February 17 2005

Readers: Joel Allegretti, Debra Andrews, Deanna Barillari, Peter Emile, Richard Fein, Douglas Korb, Karl Lorenzen, Albert Min, Robert Siek, Ilene Starger and Nate Stengrevics.


Open Mic

January 22 2005

Featuring poet Lance Phillips. Lance Phillips holds degrees from the University of North Carolina and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His first book, Corpus Socius, was published in 2002 by Ahsahta Press and his second, Cur aliquid vidi was released this past December from the same. His work has appeared in Aufgabe, Colorado Review, Fence and Slope among others. He lives in Charlotte, NC.

Ecopoetics: poetry reading

September 30 20047 pm

with Marcella Durand & Lytle Shaw
Introduction by Victoria N. Alexander

Discussion to follow

Open Mic

August 19 2004

7-9 pm

Open Mic/Emerging Poets Series Readers: Jane Ormerod, Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle, Rich Newman, Ilene Starger, Debra R. Andrews, Robert Siek, Todd Cincala, Steven Matrick, Margarita Shalina, Karl Lorenzen, Christian Georgesco, Justin Lacour and Joselyn Almeida Beveridge.

Open Mic

July 15 2004

7-9 pm

Open Mic/Emerging Poets Series Featuring work from readers as follows: Timothy Liu, Robert Siek, Debra R. Andrews, Rene N. Hargrove, Joel Gold, Celest Woo, Justin Lacour, Laura Rothenberg, Jane Ormerod, Rich Newman, Ilene Starger, Richard Fein and Peter Covino.

A New Theory for American Poetry: Democracy, the Environment, and the Future of Imagination

April 15 2004

Dactyl celebrates the release of A New Theory for American Poetry: Democracy, the Environment, and the Future of Imagination by Angus Fletcher.

Angus Fletcher’s previous contributions to the study of poetics have provided us with, among other valuable insights, a comprehensive account of allegory as a primary mode in literature and an intensive meditation on the shape of thinking in poetry. With his latest offering, he presents a formal description of American poetry as [continue...]

Genius of (Mis)Translation Series

March 13 2004

Genius of (Mis)Translation Series with David Hinton, a translator of ancient Chinese poetry, Cecilia Vicuña, a Chilean poet who performs multilingually, & John Thompson, who plays the guqin, a musical instrument of China’s ancient poets.

Genius of (Mis)Translation Series

March 13 2004

Genius of (Mis)Translation Series with David Hinton, a translator of ancient Chinese poetry,Cecilia Vicuña, a Chilean poet who performs multilingually, & John Thompson, who plays the guqin, a musical instrument of China’s ancient poets.

Hinton’s translations from Chinese include The Mountain Poems of Hsieh Ling-yun (New Directions, 2001), Mencius (1999), The Analects of Confucius (1998), Chuang Tzu: Inner Chapters (1997), Forms of Distance by Bei Dao (1994), The Selected Poems of T’ao Ch’ien (1993), and The Selected Poems of Tu Fu (1989). In 1997 he won The Academy of American Poets Harold Morton Landon Translation Award for his three volumes published in 1996: The Selected Poems of Lí Po and Bei Dao’s Landscape Over Zero (both published by New Directions), and The Late Poems of Meng Chiao (Princeton). His other recent honors include fellowships from the Witter Bynner Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Chilean poet, artist and filmmaker Cecilia Vicuña is the author of fourteen poetry books, published in Europe, Latin America and the US. Honors include: The Pennies from Heaven Award, 2002, The Anonymous Was a Woman Award, l999, The Lila Wallace-Reader¹s Digest Arts International Award in l992, The Fund for Poetry Award in l995-96 and The Human Rights Award from the Fund for Free Expression in New York in l985. Her most recent books are: Instan, Kelsey St. Press, 2002 El Templo, translated by Rosa Alcalá, Situations, New York, 2001; Cloud-Net, trans. by Rosa Alcalá, Art in General/Hallwalls/DiverseWorks/ New York, Houston, Buffalo, l999; UL, Four Mapuche Poets, a Bilingual Anthology edited by Cecilia Vicuña, LALRP, Pittsburgh, 1998; QUIPOem/ The Precarious , The Art and Poetry of Cecilia Vicuña, Edited by M. Catherine de Zegher, translated by Esther Allen, Wesleyan University Press, l997; Word & Thread, translated by Rosa Alcalá, Morning StarPublications,1996; PALABRARmas/WURDWAPINschaw, translated by Edwin Morgan, Morning Star Publications, Edinburgh, l994; and Unravelling Words & The Weaving of Water, translated by Eliot Weinberger and Suzanne Jill Levine, edited by Eliot Weinberger, Graywolf Press, l992 .