The So and So Series


The first three Manila Broadsides

Thanks to Mary Graham at Rope-A-Dope Press for her letterpress skillz and Anna Trzaska for her badass screen prints. And of course to Shafer, Cecily, and Ravi for their poems. Purchase them here.

Shafer Hall

Cecily Parks

Ravi Shankar


So and So #15: The Distillery Era Begins

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the new and wonderful venue. Thanks to all the great folks that live at The Distillery. Thanks to Mary for organizing a terrific collaboration between The So and So Series and Rope-a-Dope Press and for typesetting/letter pressing the broadsides and to Anna for the gorgeous silkscreens. You'll be able to get your grubby little hands on The Manila Broadsides SOON!

Shafer Hall - a sunflower monster to us mice in the field.

Cecily Parks - the bellhop for our occidental luggage.

Ravi Shankar pitting our plum bodies.


So and So Moves to The Distillery

Saturday, July 21st, 8pm, The Distillery 516 East 2nd Street South Boston, MA 02127

For directions by T, bus, or car go here.

The reading is free, but bring some cash anyway. Mary Graham of Rope-A-Dope Press has asked Anna Trzaska to make three Manila Broadsides that will be for sale, not to mention that all three authors have books they will be peddling.

Feel free to bring snacks and booze! We will be hanging out before and after the reading.

Here are the readers:

Shafer Hall is a senior poetry editor for Painted Bride Quarterly, a poetry curator and host for the Frequency Reading Series, and a poetry bartender for poets in New York, but mostly he's a poetry writer from Texas who loves to write poetry. His poems and collaborations have appeared in the Indiana Review,, Unpleasant Event Schedule, and many other journals. He is currently working on "NoTell Ro*Tel," an epic poem detailing his devotion to Reb Livingston and to canned tomatoes.

Cecily Parks's first collection of poems, Field Folly Snow, will be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2008. Her chapbook, Cold Work, was selected by Li-Young Lee for the 2005 Poetry Society of America New York Chapbook Fellowship. She has received fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Bronx Writers' Center, The MacDowell Colony, and the Ucross Foundation. She is currently a PhD candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.

Ravi Shankar is Associate Professor and Poet-in-Residence at Central Connecticut State University and the founding editor of the international online journal of the arts, Drunken Boat. He has published a book of poems, Instrumentality (Cherry Grove), named a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards and co-authored a chapbook with Reb Livingston, Wanton Textiles (No Tell Books). His creative and critical work has previously appeared in such publications as The Paris Review, Poets & Writers, Time Out New York, The Massachusetts Review, Fulcrum, McSweeney's and the AWP Writer’s Chronicle, among many others. He has taught at Queens College, University of New Haven, and Columbia University, where he received his MFA in Poetry. He has appeared as a commentator on NPR and Wesleyan Radio and read his work in many places, including the Asia Society, St. Mark's Poetry Project and the National Arts Club. He currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Connecticut Center for the Book and along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, is co-editing an anthology of contemporary South Asian, East Asian Poetry, due out with W.W. Norton & Co. in Spring 2008.

So and So is teaming up with Rope-A-Dope

Thanks to Mary Graham at Rope-A-Dope Press, So and So is going print! Beginning in July, Rope-A-Dope will be making limited edition letterpressed broadsides of poems from So and So readers. The broadsides will be published in sets of three, once a month, for the duration of the series and will feature the work of one particular visual artist each month. At the end of the reading season, the broadsides will be collated and reissued in a hand bound "book." All of the work will be made available in a to-be-created online magazine.

In addition, Rope-A-Dope has agreed to host (for free!) the So and So Series readings at their space in The Distillery. Our first reading there will be on July 21st at 8pm and will feature the poetry of Shafer Hall, Cecily Parks, and Ravi Shankar. Their broadsides will be made by Anna Trzaska.

For directions by T, bus, or car go here or map it yourself on your favorite mapping service:

The Distillery
516 East 2nd Street
South Boston, MA 02127


Steven's Last Night In Town

Thanks to all who came out to So and So #14, and thanks to Kaveh, Malachi, and Laura (Sam and Dave) for coming up from NYC.

Kaveh Bassiri bailing the news out of us.

Malachi Black. Half in, half out of our syringes.

Laura Cronk and Laura Cronk. And non-Laura Cronk. And extra-Laura Cronk.