Saturday, December 17, 2011

Pages 54-55 from Apiary Issue 3 (Dec 2011)

Pages 54-55 from Apiary Magazine: Issue 3 (December 2011)

Art: "Carrying the Dogs" by Rebecca Brame

Friday, December 02, 2011


On Friday, November 18, I read for the great Stain of Poetry Reading Series at Goodbye Blue Monday in Bushwick, Brooklyn. (Bathroom wall's a chaotic collage of amazing things to photograph). Well-known poets Heather Christle, Jennifer Tamayo, Karen Weiser and Jared White also read. And were incredible. Learned so much that night.

Before I read, Steven Karl introduced me. But he didn't just read my bio. He introduced me-introduced me. Here's what he said:
"Upjump the jam boogie bootleg! How else to introduce Paul Siegell? Emily Kendal Frey (last month's reader) recently updated her status by saying, "FACT: All writers secretly want to be musicians." Whether this is a "fact" or not is arguable, but one needs look no further than Siegell to assert the correlation. However, he does more than just pen poems for the Phish faithful--He gets inside the music, extracts the energy and creates his own brand of melody, jazzing across the page and riffing away in assonance and we, in turn, are moved from passive spectator to music maker."
Done dropped my jaw. Can't thank you enough, Steven!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

05.02.09 - The Dead - The Spectrum, PA

Set I: One More Saturday Night, Brown Eyed Women, Good Mornin' Little Schoolgirl, Althea, He's Gone > Uncle John's Band > Mason's Children

Set II: Jam > Good Lovin' > Cumberland Blues > Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Drums > Space > Morning Dew, St. Stephen > Revolution, Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin's Tower

Encore: Organ Donor Rap, Samson and Delilah

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Stain of Poetry: 7PM Friday, November 18 @ Goodbye Blue Monday in Bushwick, Brooklyn (Heather Christle – Paul Siegell – Jennifer Tamayo – Karen Weiser – Jared White) facebook invite: here!

BEST OF THE NET 2011: TREMENDOUS THANKS to InDigest for nominating my poem *MY COMMA LOOKS LIKE YOUR FETUS* for the 2011 Best of the Net Anthology - My first nomination!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Two new in Shampoo: PHISH & shutter shades

Also in Shampoo #39: Ron Silliman, Dustin Luke Nelson, John Moore Williams, Spencer Selby, Aaron Belz and a great many others!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"This icon-making tactic continues..."

“Without a Net”: Ernest Hilbert on Optic, Graphic, Acoustic, and Other Formations in Free Verse in the Contemporary Poetry Review! (...And, a HUGE thanks to Ernie for including my *acrobatic macaroni* in the discussion!)

Photos from the [09.18.11] and [09.19.11] readings: HERE!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The Whiskey Rebellion Book Tour: Put a little Pittsburgh into it!

New! Camiele White talks me up over at TheWriteGame:

One of the many nice things: "Paul Siegell is the epitome of someone who’s always seeking forward motion, a means to move and expand."

4PM SUNDAY [09.18.11]: Moveable Beats Reading Series @ The Slingluff Gallery (Jim Cory & Paul Siegell; hosted by Jim Mancinelli; open reading to follow) ...facebook!

7PM MONDAY [09.19.11]: "The Whiskey Rebellion" Book Tour with Pittsburgh Poets Jerome Crooks & Jason Baldinger @ Moonstone Arts Center (plus, Michelle Taransky and hosted by The Apiary's Lillian Dunn) ...facebook!

Thursday, August 04, 2011


New poems appearing in PHiSH lot's Surrender to the Flow, + broadside's in InDigest.

(facebook invite)

IRLpoetrytour // August 8 "Somewhere" in Philly with Poncho Peligroso, Steve Roggenbuck, Dianca Potts, Ras Mashramani & Ari Roth. Hosted by Lillian Dunn of The Apiary.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Just interview'd:
We Who Are About To Die: Getting to Know Paul Siegell

Just publish'd: Sixth Finch

Soon: PHiSH & hipster poems in Shampoo; broadsides in InDigest; three in Apiary...
Les yeux sans visage

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Carini, Back On The Train, Boogie On Reggae Woman>Waves>Prince Caspian>Cross-eyed & Painless> READ THE BOOK: jambandbootleg #phish #lot #book

'Read the Book!! It documents a state of being at shows—both physically and emotionally... You often feel like you are at the show.' Surrender to the Flowheads up: jambandbootleg available!
"Paul Siegell is ecstasy in the present tense... Siegell’s poems bend the jamband scene into enthused reveries." RELIX Magazine
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“For centuries, people have tried to take words and turn them
into music. What Paul Siegell does in his collection of poetry,
jambandbootleg, is take music
and turn it back into words. And he
does it exceptionally well, capturing
both the excitement of concert-
going and the poetic essence of
the improvisational music scene.”
Marc Brownstein, bass player
of The Disco Biscuits

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

“Timeliness pipeline livelihood timeframe”: HIGHLIGHTS of a LIFE WRITING POETRY

08/04: PHiSH Coventry Festival, VT: in attendance

04/05: After three years, moved from Atlanta to Philadelphia
09/05: At B&N for Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons, met CAConrad
10/05: Pre-Yonder Mountain String Band show, met future fiancée

10/06: Started working at The Inquirer & Daily News: copywriter
10/06: First acceptance to Otoliths (Australia)
At Bats: 9 acceptances + 28 rejections received in 2006

06/07: named my blog June "Fan Site of the Month"
05/07: New Orleans Jazz Fest, in attendance
07/07: First acceptance to Coconut
08/07: Philadelphia Folk Fest, in attendance for the first time
08/07: Invited to join editorial staff of Painted Bride Quarterly
At Bats: 17 acceptances + 71 rejections received in 2007

01/08: First book released: Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books)
02/08: First public reading since 2000
03/08: Featured in Philadelphia City Paper
04/08: Pooch and I head west: Grand Canyon, Sedona, love
04/08: Featured in PASTE Magazine (Gnarles Barkley cover)
04/08: Met/befriended poet Tamara Oakman
05/08: Invited to submit to American Poetry Review, accepted
05/08: Bookslut Indie Heart Throb, first appearance
07/08: Met/befriended poet Ernest Hilbert, e-verse radio
08/08: e-chap released: JAM> (ungovernable press)
10/08: Phillies win World Series, in attendance
11/08: Inspired by Phillies’ victory, wrote first sonnet
At Bats: 25 acceptances + 73 rejections received in 2008

02/09: Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits) blurbs jambandbootleg
03/09: Traveled to Italy for the first time: St. Catherine's head
03/09: Invited to read at University of Pittsburgh Poetry Club
07/09: Second book released: jambandbootleg (A-Head Publishing)
07/09: Surrender to the Flow reviews jambandbootleg
08/09: Met/befriended poet/fiction writer Bojan Louis
10/09: Relix Magazine reviews jambandbootleg
10/09: Bookslut Indie Heart Throb, second appearance
10/09: PHiSH 8, California: in attendance
11/09: First appearance of poem-comic: hot pepper people
At Bats: 23 acceptances + 51 rejections received in 2009

02/10: Me and Pooch in Puerto Rico: the bioluminescent lagoon!
02/10: Third book released: wild life rifle fire (Otoliths Books)
05/10: Invited to read at the Poetry Lab in Vienna, VA
05/10: *BIG TIME* voted May Goodreads Poem of the Month
08/10: First submission of Trombone Bubble Bath, rejected
08/10: Splitleaves Press broadsides my NOLA Jazz Fest poems
09/10: Invited to read for Whose City? of the Philadelphia Fringe Fest
10/10: First appearance of fifth manuscript, Take Out Delivery
10/10: “THISAREA COUNTY FAIR” accepted by Black Warrior Review
12/10: First reading at Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY
12/10: wild life rifle fire nominated Goodreads Poetry of the Year
At Bats: 22 acceptances + 52 rejections received in 2010

02/11: First AWP Conference: didn't register, drunk for four days
03/11: First Tweet: "you make me want to"
05/11: First draft of sixth manuscript: Jacques Lipchitz

06/26: Fox Chase Reading Series (Paul Siegell and Ocean Vuong)
07/11: PHiSH Super Ball IX, Watkins Glen, NY: awww yeah!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Was this review helpful to you? [Yes] [No]

Lara Kettell writes: "This is my favorite book by Paul Siegell. I have them all, autographed 'cause I'm lucky enough to know the author. This collection of what I'd call word artwork, some almost puzzling, is so fun to read. I enjoy showing it to friends; it's one of my most popular coffee table books. I also highly recommend all of Paul Siegell's other works."THANKS SO MUCH, LARA!

Friday, May 13, 2011

SLAB: The Sound and Literary Art Book

SLAB 6 is now available, featuring work from Thomas Patrick Levy, Heather Palmer, Brett Gallagher, Karla Linn Merrifield, Adam Moorad, Sally Derringer, Richard Chiem, myself, and several others. Thanks to Paul Cunningham & co. for all their tremendous work.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I'm a HUGE fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but The Last Airbender movie was just atrocious

In addition to providing a bio, SLAB 6 contributors were also asked:

What's the nicest thing a stranger has ever done for you? Save my life.

If you could rewrite the ending to any movie, what would it be and how would you change it? I'd make it so I never actually saw it.

If you were forced into exile, where would you go? Capri, Italy.

If you were trapped in a storybook, which one would it be? Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Who's you favorite tyrant/dictator? Evel Knievel.

What's the one piece of literature every writer should own? The photo albums of their ancestors.

What's the best thing you can buy for a dollar? Hershey's with almonds, large size. But only on Tuesdays.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

'She wants to take our cars from out our garages.'

*America stop honking I know what I’m doing*

upon yawning commute for the 9AM—the reluctance
of a realworldolescent—nearly a hundred birds: a species

small and gray, urban, name unknown to knowledge,
swooped about in unison above the still, accepted wait

at light of red: finally

something natural, worthwhile. introducing change
to my mundane: flight school, artwork in the open air.

swift, wheeling maneuvers behind each unidentifiable
and momentary leader, anonymous but for milliseconds:

the decision-maker switches every time direction does—
the useful beauty of anyone initiating a new acrobatic,

no matter how ephemeral.

in the sight of which, overwhelming the well, feeling
lately like I’ve been typing into a typewriter without paper,

never wanted a light to stay red so bad before in all my life.
—from Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books, 2008)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Steven Allen May: Kind words over at 32 Poems

#5: jambandbootleg by Paul Siegell (A-Head Publishing, 2009) "Paul Siegell is a young gun poet in Philadelphia who has successfully fused his love of live music performance by, say, Phish, for example, with highly visual components. This is his initial book and it absolutely has launched him. Pay attention to this one!" Thank you, Steven!

Currently on sale for the lowest price I've ever seen it: Only $6.94!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kathmandu Kitchen's "Dal bhat masu ra tarkari"

I didn't submit to this, but Furniture Press Books and twentythreebooks used one of my poems for their Poem Walk - a great surprise!

Poem Walk: A Living Text is a walking tour of poetry in Towson, MD. Check out this map! My poem can be found at... B: Kathmandu Kitchen!

(How 'bout some new "hot pepper people" on the side? Also, thx, Anatol Knotek!)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011