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