Tuesday, May 03, 2016


Tremendous thanks to Jordan Stempleman, Janie Marino, and all of the editors of Sprung Formal #11.

Monday, March 21, 2016


* [Sat 04.02.16]: Leading a Workshop:
Forgotten Voices Poetry Group at Telford Library, Telford, PA

1:oopm – why orderly type they energy any

Writing poetry can be a pretty difficult thing to do, but it can also be a lot of fun. So let’s do just that! And let’s get granular. Let’s go i-n-s-i-d-e the wonderful words we chose and use, and take a look at the letters that get us where we never knew we could go.
* [Mon 04.11.16]: Hosting a Reading:
1:oopm – Painted Bride Quarterly presents: Four Dope Poets at Black Sheep Pub, Phila, PA: details to come
* [Sat 04.16.16]: Moderating a Panel:
Philly Loves Poetry Festival, Art Sanctuary, Phila, PA

12:00pm-1:30pm – Power Chords: Music & Poetry

To some poets, music is a major part of their work – both in process and in content – because music is a major part of who they are. Come hang with a few local poets as they discuss how songs, instruments, beats, musicians, and genres of music impact the writing, reading, and performance of poetry. Paul Siegell (moderator) with Kirsten Kaschock, Camae Defstar, and Ernest Hilbert
* [Thurs 04.21.16]: Judged a Recognition:
PA Center for the Book’s Public Poetry Project with Nicole Steinberg, Dawn Lonsinger, Peter Oresick, Michelle Lin, and Tameka Cage Conley, Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library, State College, PA
* [Sat 04.30.16]: Presenting on a Panel:
LitLife Poetry Conference, Rosemont College's Lawrence Auditorium, Phila, PA

Panelists: Dr. Valerie Fox (moderator), Kelly McQuain, Paul Siegell, and Catherine Staples.

Fantastic Ekphrastic: What is poetry's relationship to other art forms? An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a work of art, but the idea of ekphrasis need not stop there. What are some of the new ways in which Philly poets are combining poetry projects with visual art, dance, portraiture and other hybrid creations? What role can concrete poetry play? What are good starting points for writers wishing to tackle art as a subject area, and how can one best collaborate with contemporary peers as well as artists of ages past? Join these Philly poets to see how they infuse their poems and poetics through collaboration with art via multiple modes.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Thanks to Zachary Cosby, 13 spreads from my manuscript, JACQUES LIPCHITZ, is the first post to appear on Fog Machine in 2016!

Created entirely in the lo-fi of Microsoft Word, JACQUES LIPCHITZ
is a book-length visual expression of creative history. Inside you’ll find typographical recreations of the artist’s sculptural biography, and where appropriate, some of my story as well. Inside you’ll find.

Please click the pic for more!

Other selections from this effort: Damask Press, E-Verse Radio, On Barcelona, Otoliths, Switchback, Word For/Word, and at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery’s benefit for BalletX (2014).

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Petite Hound Press #23: "It’s 1 a.m. and I am deleting the death of a poet."

Editors’ Note | Letisia Cruz & Heather Lang: “So, while we’ll leave the music to the musicians and the science to the scientists,
we’ve paired Paul Siegell’s poem with Graham Francois visual
art to create an issue that at first glance reminds us of a page from
a children’s book

“All I can do is be me, whoever that is." —Bob Dylan
That these, these aren’t even the things I care about the most.
It’s 1 a.m. and I am deleting the death of a poet. Sky burial 5.
What else would I be doing if I just didn’t show up for work?
I can see Orion taking aim. St. Sebastian scavenger hunt. On
a walk around the monument today: caged in scaffolding: all
its points of departure: Eve balancing an apple upon her head
while William Tell quarrels Cupid: It is a study in Rayonism.
It is a study in the sting our cash registers supply by opening.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

When I say, "DEBAUCHERY!" you say, "WHY?"

About the night: PBQ welcomed guests to the season of excess in the red velvet splendor of Café Bardot, and presented Paul Lisicky, Catie Rosemurgy, Kirsten Kaschock, Chris McCreary, Cynthia Oka, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, and Paul Siegell. Hosted by Kathy Volk-Miller.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Last week, John Ebersole of The Philadelphia Review of Books posted the following to my Facebook page:

"It's true. My focus as a person and poet lately has centered around race, racial experience, and anti-blackness. This focus has come from the dubious position of being white. But I've contended that silence for a white poet on matters of race - and to be clear I'm not talking about if one is silent on this topic on Facebook - is a privilege. In my headspace, white poets should, in addition to all their other obsessions, write poems about their racial experience and some obviously are. The path into those poems should be paved with the gravel of vulnerability, ugliness, and daring and there will be failures, but rather than release an artist statement, those poets should merely ask to be forgiven. At a recent reading in Philadelphia, Paul Siegell jumped into the arena in his own way and I was glad to be there."

Tremendous thanks, John.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Created entirely in the lo-fi of Microsoft Word, Jacques Lipchitz strikes again!

Thanks to Jonathan Minton, six new spreads from my manuscript JACQUES LIPCHITZ are in the new Word For/Word #25!

Created entirely in the lo-fi of Microsoft Word, JACQUES LIPCHITZ
is a book-length visual expression of creative history crafted out of typographical recreations of the artist’s sculptural biography, and where appropriate, some of my story as well. Click pic for more!

Other selections from this effort have thus far appeared in: Damask Press, E-Verse Radio, On Barcelona, Otoliths, Switchback, and at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery’s benefit for BalletX (2014).

PLUS, my Poetry Comic "Cathrine Quirk" was recently named a finalist in GIGANTIC SEQUINS' 2015 Poetry Comics Contest,
judged by Bianca Stone
. Woohoo!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

And this week on "The Crotch Report" ... Maroon Pants!!!

... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Volume up! Angle down.

Thanks again to everyone at the Pennsylvania Center for the Book and the Public Poetry Project.

Plus, a little love from the University of Pittsburgh on the "My Pitt" site.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Penn State Poetry Poster Event Recap: *America stop honking I know what I'm doing*

Megabus'd it from Philly to Penn State on Thursday, 3/26 and arrived to some serious VIP treatment. Old Pitt professors Jeff Oaks and Julia Kasdorf. New friends Tameka Cage Conley, Sheila Squillante and Le Hinton. A fancy dinner, hotel room, hotel bar, laughter and poetry.

On my poem, *America stop honking I know what I'm doing*, the judges (Le Hinton, Erin Murphy, Jeff Oaks) of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book's 2015 Public Poetry Project wrote:

"Taut and inventive, Paul Siegell...captures the restlessness and richness of our situation: busy but often stalled in traffic, hungry for some communication with a larger consciousness but deeply skeptical about final meanings."

Eyes wide. And Even Wider for Nicole Miyashiro's bio of my poetic life for the Literary and Cultural Heritage Map of Pennsylvania.

The 2015 PUBLIC POETRY PROJECT: With art by Wilson Hutton, view the four poem-posters of Tameka Cage Conley, Paul Siegell, Sheila Squillante and Mary Szybist here.

The next afternoon, while hunkering down at Webster's Bookstore Café before my Megabus back to Philly, Jason Crane of Webster's asked if a reporter from Penn State's college paper could interview me about the local poetry community. Knowing little about Penn State's scene, but knowing full well that I would also get adorably misquoted, I smiled and said, "Absolutely!" ... The Daily Collegian: "Spoken poetry movement at Penn State" by Christine Tenny. Ah, the well-intentioned.

Be on the lookout, Webster's. I'll be reading inside you come 2016!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The 2015 Poetry Poster series includes poets Tameka Cage, Paul Siegell, Sheila Squillante and Mary Szybist

The 15th annual "An Evening of Pennsylvania Poets: Readings in Celebration of the Public Poetry Project" will be held on Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m., in Penn State's Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, and will be followed by a book sale and poster signing.

Centre Daily Times: "15th annual event celebrates Pennsylvania wordsmiths" by Frank Ready

Facebook invite: An Evening with Pennsylvania Poets

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"Dear Paul, Congratulations!"

Dear Paul,

Congratulations! Your poem, "America stop honking I know what I'm doing" has been chosen by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book to be one of our four featured poems for the Public Poetry Project in 2015.

This year’s Public Poetry Project selection jury and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book would be pleased if you would accept this recognition by allowing us to publish "America stop honking I know what I'm doing" on 1500 posters that we will distribute (free) across Pennsylvania to libraries, schools, bookstores, coffee shops, and universities.

On Thurs., March 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm, we will sponsor a poetry reading in Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium on the Penn State University Park campus, and we invite you to attend ... and also to have dinner with the poetry jury, the other poets (Tameka Cage Conley, Sheila Squillante, and Mary Szybist) and us prior to the reading.

More info to come. Plus...

MAD HOUSE VOL 3 RELEASE PARTY: 8pm at Tattooed Mom's

Cooper Street Winter Issue Launch Party: 7pm at Black Sheep Pub

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Monday, October 06, 2014

\\\ FULL BLEED: A Poetry Comics Show /// Poetry Reading Thursday, November 6th 7pm

Curated by Hila RATZABI, "FULL BLEED celebrates the art of the poetry comic. In the same way that full bleed printing expands to the edge of the page, poetry comics dilate across genre lines. Poetry as bleeding heart mixes with the whimsy of comics to produce work that startles and ignites. Word and image hold hands, tell each other stories, console each other, party together."

Featuring: Emily BALLAS, Jon-Michael FRANK, Annie MOK, Bianca STONE, Sommer BROWNING, Matthea HARVEY, Sampson STARKWEATHER, and Paul SIEGELL.

Exhibit Preview & Poetry Reading: 7pm Thurs, Nov 6 @ INDY HALL

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BEDFELLOWS @ PHILALALIA: Afternoon Delight Redux

Join us for an on-site reading at PHILALALIA, the 1st annual Philadelphia small press poetry & art fair: Philip Mittereder, Warren C. Longmire, Nicole Steinberg, Jackee Sadicario, Alina Pleskova, Paul Siegell and more. Showtime's 3pm at Tyler School of Art, on the main campus of Temple University.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

2014 Benefit for BalletX | Bridgette Mayer Gallery

On view: Sept 5 - Oct 4, 2014
Opening Reception: Fri, Sept 5 (5 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Facebook page here.

In support of Philadelphia's Dance Company BalletX, this exhibition will feature work by over 250 artists - including me!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

If you have questions about how, where and why to get publsihed... come (TUES, APR 8 - WIDENER)

How does a local literary publication work? What opportunities are available for emerging writers? Editorial and publishing processes seem complex — where to begin?
Get answers. TUES, APRIL 8th at 6PM. Widener University’s English Department hosts a round table discussion with three local lit mags! Featured speakers include Tamara Oakman, APIARY’s executive editor; Courtney K. Bambrick, poetry editor at Philadelphia Stories; and Paul Siegell, senior editor at Painted Bride Quarterly.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


West Wind Review 2014 now available! Featuring work by Shane Allison, Mark Cunningham, Boona Daroom, Carolyn DeCarlo & Jackson Nieuwland, Donald Dunbar, Raymond Farr, Timothy Furstnau, Kenneth Goldsmith, Jennifer L. Knox, Christopher Mulrooney, T.A. Noonan,
Paul Siegell, Jeff Tigchelaar, Ben Tripp, Maya Weeks, and many others. Many thanks to K. Silem Mohammad!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Found "by a man checking on crab pots."

Thanks to Jeff Newberry and Brent House for anthologizing my Jazz Fest-inspired poems:
*05.04.07 – New Orleans Jazz Vipers – Spotted Cat, NOLA* and *05.05.07 – Jonathan Freilich, Skerik, Stanton Moore, Todd Sickafoose & Mike Dillon – Chickie Wah Wah, NOLA* in The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast (Snake Nation Press, 2013). Other contributors include Rosebud Ben-Oni, Deborah Paredez, Ire'ne Lara Silva and so many more.

Monday, February 24, 2014

“If you’re good I’ll get you a Happy Meal. Would you like that?” “—What? Our cable bill is going up AGAIN next month?” But there’s just no time.

Many thanks to Apiary Magazine & Steve Burns for putting this poem up for all the world to see! (Beautiful artwork to go along with it, too!)

Watch me perform this poem at the Lakeside Stride Bluegrass Festival in Denver, CO. At (04:17) of this video I read "The Eagle" by Lord Alfred Tennyson, then shoot into the blindfold poem. And then, well, I do Walt Whitman's "O Me! O Life!"

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"Alright, so, how 'bout public intoxication?"

At the start of my poem, "Poembrace the Bloom" (~11:20), I've a line that goes: "all that blossoms is blessed." Immediately after I said that, a man in the audience sneezed a wonderful sneeze. Great moments really do happen at poetry readings. Have a look...Many thanks to Kathy Volk-Miller, Painted Bride Quarterly and the rest of the PBQ at the Black Sheep Pub Fest audience and crew!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014


PBQ is coming back to the fold! On Tuesday, February 11 at 7:30 pm, the PBQ reading series will return to the Black Sheep Pub at 247 S. 17th St. We will feature two of our very own family members, PBQ editors Jason Schneiderman and Paul Siegell. Facebook invite here!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Make some space in your head for HeadSpace Magazine

If you happen to kick around Philadelphia and thereabouts, and happen to land upon the Winter 2013 edition of a magazine called HEADSPACE, grrrrrrrrrrrab it! (There is a stack at Mineralistic on South Street, and elsewhere.)

After you devour features about Dark Star Orchestra, Yonder Mountain String Band, GMOs, and more, flip to pages 24-25 for show-inspired poems about The Dead, Roger Waters, Galactic, Jam on the River, and all-around ticket seeking.

Many thanks to Alessandro Satta and Becky Blumenthal for their most generous consideration.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Coordinated by Dave Worrell and hosted by Mike Cohen at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Mt. Airy (Phila.), Poetry Aloud & Alive presents Paul Siegell, with OPEN MIC to follow. More info here. The horror.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

SIEGE LLAMA LOT TEES | huge sale on these!

Siege Llama Lot Tees: Minimalist, concrete poetry t-shirts, lot lyric shirts and more from the books of Paul Siegell. Quality, customizable items for men, women, children, the office and bedroom - all at kind prices! (Hit me up if you have any requests!)


Tuesday, November 05, 2013


I like this. I don’t like that. We’re all so quick to judge and criticize. A friend of mine said, “You’re not a Phish fan unless you’re critical.” He has a point, but eff it! It was an amazing night. I’ve never seen a band be so vulnerable. Truly incredible to play an UNPROVEN raft of songs to, what, the most critical fanbase out there. BALLS on these guys. Yes, of course, it would have been sick-twisted-nasty to hear them rage a cover, but, you know: "Never trust a prankster."

I’d gone to PHI8H, so I saw Exile on Main Street. I’d gone to 10/31/10, so I fell in love with Waiting for Columbus. Was I let down when twitter told me I was walking into Wingsuit? Was 100% WTF. Did I let that go and keep an open mind? We are talking about Phish here after all, right? My goodness, they must have been so nervous.

Lyrics-wise, it’s something you’ve really gotta be prepared to listen to, and on a night like 10/31 when I’d high Halloween hopes for my brain to disintegrate, I wasn’t prepared. The melody, however, is fantastic. Dreamy, dramatic, almost ominous. That “and it feels good” bit (really gotta sing that twice, fellas?) was super corny hearing it live for the first time, but I think I understand why they’re doing it. It’s just a bit too much. Once they get past that, though, the song takes off and turns into a burner. Cleverly, I LOVE how they let Trey’s guitar complete lines 3 and 4 of the “steal away/paint the sky” (3:32) couplet. And then as Page fades out with “Put your wing. suit. on.” (3:57), that business right there is simply smart Phish magic. The Gordo drill at the end is nuts. Cool to finally see him use it.

Best new song. INCREDIBLE. I was raging so hard hearing it for the first time. Full band insanity. Notice that silent moment (0:25) in the beginning. Such a great tension/release. It’s like it announces – in silence – that this song is about to destroy the world. Huge, dope lyrics. Again with the fade away of “Vlad the Impaler” into the big OOOHHHHH. These guys are brilliant. “Inside you’re fuego/We keep it rolling.” I mean, there isn’t a better couplet like that anywhere out there right now. And then to follow it up with “I asked Diego if it was stolen,” man, that cracks me up. Ballsy lyric right there. Wonder what the answer is. Great song. Rollin’... Rollin’... These guys.

Lifty, lighty Phish. A fun time. Always interesting when they try to be meaningful, but thankfully, this one isn’t a ballad. Trey can lose us to the bathroom line on “meaningful” ballads, but this time the music is more dance-oriented. Huge thanks to Page and Fishman at the top of this song. Really dig the “And you step to the line” refrain. Nice song. “A hero’s what I’m not.” Could become a solid jam vehicle. Has an uplifting, pop-song feel, but wouldn’t mind if the jam went dark. We’ll see... A nice piece of topical discourse here, too. I’m certain EPSN will be hearing about this one. We’ll see...

Jim and I were sitting up off of Mike’s side, so we could see activity behind the stage. Dudes and drums and gear. Was great to see them set up a small, intimate vibe of instruments. Gordo on upright, Trey acoustic, Fish standing up to drum, Page on whatever that keyboard’s called. Fun shake of an intro. Slightly corny yet still kinda funny wordplay lyrics at the top, but as they get past the first verses of easily make-funable lines, the Fishman “Sing Monica” work is bright and fun. I love his voice. So underrated. He decays quickly, but it has so much texture to it. Melodically a great song. No idea how they’ll perform this in the future. The setup and vibe would/might break any built-up rage momentum. Great echoic, round ending. Smiles all around.

Again, the music is so good. Hearing it for the first time live, I was like, uuuuhhhhh. But after a few listens, it’s not the worst song in the world. Tryna ride us through a meaningful love-type song. It’s somewhat a challenge for them, but they can and do pull it off. I dunno. I like it better when they just bend sanity and get weird, loose and absurd and astronomical. Hahahaha. Love Page’s keys on this song.

I meannnnnnnnnn, THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKIN’ ABOUT!!!!!!!!!!! FISHMAN RAPPING!!! YYYYYYYYYYYYYESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! “Cuddly, but muscular.” This song is the shit. And all that centrifuge work they do to the lyrics. This song is amazing. AMAZING. The dancers were fun, and 92-year-old Abe Vigoda. HUGE!!! Super funky. Effin brilliant.

CK5 set the scene, and Mike sang falsetto. Interesting song. Hard to hear what Mike was actually saying. Made me miss the days of “Talk.”

For me, the set started losing some of its power. Lyrics were what they were. The jam was nothing new, nothing funky. Do Something Different!!!! What’s next?

GREAT, GREAT SONG. THANK GOODNESS. MIIIIIKEEEEEE!!! Strong, driving lyrics. AND THE JAM out of it is what “Devotion to a Dream” is SERIOUSLY lacking. 555 is power. Will go for 20 minutes in the futures. Can’t wait.

I’m sorry, I just can’t deal. Melody/music/vibe is sweet/great. Lyrics are Hahahahaha--NO. Trey’s getting too influenced by Game of Thrones or something. I just can’t. Best, best part of the whole song is the lyric: “The music trapped inside his head / resounds and fills the space instead” and then they jam. Great work right there.

Nice Page and Trey moment. Has a "You'll Know My Name" feel at the top. But when they started singing the nursery rhyme, Jim and I looked at each other like, Really? I understand it's use in the song, but... Really? And then, “Your brain is in pain and your fate has been sealed. The liquid inside of your eyes has congealed.” YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME. Sorry, Tom. Hahaha. I do love how they end it with the cut-off. That’s the kinda quirk I love when they do it, but the song, well, it’s a good thing it’s short. Needs some work. I dunno. Everyone’s a critic.

Funny song. “Maybe that bird needed a cage after all.” I love Phish.

And, well, SET THREE THAT NIGHT was worth the price of admission alone. GREATNESS.

Remind me to tell you about how I completely freaked out when I realized there was a woman doing Sign Language at the corner of the stage--all night. Dancing the lyrics with her hands for someone who couldn't hear a note, let alone a lyric. Whhhhaaaatttt? Phish rules.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


So, during the launch of my ~18-minute set in front of ~800 people, this happened...

I haven't experienced a weekend as special as Denver, Colorado's Lakeside Stride Bluegrass Festival in a long time.

On Friday, October 18 (Lakeside Stride Eve), I read to a super rowdy crowd at the West End Tap House. K-Law & The Bandito Burrito Bros. headlined, & during setbreak I ran my mouth off with: "05.05.07 - Jonathan Freilich, Skerik, Stanton Moore, Todd Sickafoose & Mike Dillon - Chickie Wah Wah, NOLA," "06.25.00 - PHiSH - Alltel Pavilion, NC," & "The Lakeside Stride Song." Catch the insanity here.

Then, on October 19, I'd the ridiculous opportunity to not only watch the Highland Ramblers, Old Town Pickers & Dead Winter Carpenters TEAR UP the stage--I got to TAKE the stage. Short a few hot minutes in the beginning, here is my glowstick-flinging performance. After I also flung copies of wild life rifle fire into the crowd & finally shut the hell up, Hot Buttered Rum ft. Allie Kral destroyed Tennyson Street.

I'm sayin' DEE-STROY'd.

Unimaginable amounts of THANKS to Ariel Rosemberg, the Chateau de Rage, & the entire Lakeside Stride audience & family!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ladies & gentlemen, it's the "Lakeside Stride Song"

Lakeside Stride in Headlines: E-Verse Radio | Painted Bride Quarterly | PhanArt | North Denver Tribune | Relix.com
The Lakeside Stride Bluegrass Festival, 5K Run and Chili Cook-off in Denver on Saturday, October 19th: Hot Buttered Rum ft. Allie Kral, Dead Winter Carpenters, Old Town Pickers, Highland Ramblers, and Paul Siegell. Add your madness to the facebook invite here. Shake it!