Eve Packer with Carol Wierzbicki
Eve Packer is one of those people who comes off on-stage like an in-your-face diva with plenty of tude, but when I got to know her, I discovered a down-to-earth, like-minded soul who shares my skepticism about the frenetic development going on all around town. Recently, we discussed her beginnings as a poet/performer; her book Playland: Poems 1994-2004 (Fly By Night Press, 2005), about the grittier aspects of Times Square; her jazz collaborations with musicians Noah Howard and others; what it was like to have her work displayed in a designer boutique; and, of course, gentrification. In her spare time Packer teaches and runs a loose collective of poets called What Happens Next.
POETRY: For the Fat of MindBy Carol Wierzbicki
Celebrity athletes, direct-mail promo copy, popular sitcoms, even business lunchesthese are the deliciously weird found objects Sala, a veteran of the advertising world, chooses to dissect, in all their unintentional irony. ...
Fiction: Angels Among UsBy Carol Wierzbicki
Two angels masquerade as a hair stylist and a head attendant at the Sunnyside nursing home in Hog Temple, Texas.
Gayle ForceBy Carol Wierzbicki
Tribute albums are a proud tradition in the jazz world. Tapping that vein, Steve Dalachinsky has devoted an entire book of poems to one artistseventy-year-old avant-garde saxophonist Charles Gayle, a veteran of the New York free-jazz scene of the sixties and a fixture in the Downtown improv world since the early eighties. ...