The So and So Series


So and So's Back

Thanks to Elisa Gabbert, Tony Tost, and Rachel Blau DuPlessis for a wonderful first reading in Raleigh. To Robin Vuchnich for her gorgeous broadsides. To Greg and Billy for having us on at the Raleigh Quarterly. To the Morning Times for letting us use their terrific space. And to Raleigh...what an unbelievable turn out! See you again on May 16th. Same bat time. Same bat channel. Justin Marks will be coming to town from NYC to read with Chris Vitiello and Kate Pringle of Durham. All three have exciting new books out.

The other Chris doing the robot

Elisa giving me the subtle pre-reading bird

The crowd

Elisa Gabbert

Tony Tost

Rachel Blau DuPlessis


So and So #31 (our first in Raleigh!!!)

Rachel Blau DuPlessis * Elisa Gabbert * Tony Tost

Saturday * February 21st * 8pm * Morning Times * 8 E. Hargett Street * Raleigh, NC

The on-going long poem project of Rachel Blau DuPlessis begun in 1986, is collected in Torques: Drafts 58-76 (Salt Publishing, 2007) as well as in Drafts 1-38, Toll (Wesleyan U.P., 2001) and Drafts 39-57, Pledge, with Draft unnnumbered: Précis (Salt Publishing, 2004). Pitch: Drafts 77-95 is forthcoming. In 2006, two books of her innovative essays were published: Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work on gender and poetics, along with reprinting of the ground-breaking The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice, both from University of Alabama Press. In 2002 she was also awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, in 2007, a residency for poetry at Bellagio, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, and in 2008-09, an appointment to the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.. Her website is

Elisa Gabbert is the poetry editor of Absent. Her recent poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Diagram, Eleven Eleven, Meridian, Pleiades, Typo and Washington Square. A chapbook, Thanks for Sending the Engine, is available from Kitchen Press. She is also the author, with Kathleen Rooney, of Something Really Wonderful (dancing girl press, 2007) and That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths Books, 2008). Their collaborations can be found in Boston Review, Caketrain, jubilat, No Tell Motel and other journals.

Tony Tost is the author of Complex Sleep (Iowa 2007), World Jelly (Effing 2005) and Invisible Bride (LSU 2004). He lives in Durham, NC with Leigh and Simon.

Broadsides of the poets' work, designed by Robin Vuchnich, will be available.