Saturday, September 14, 8:00 p.m.
Bruce Andrews and Jules Boykoff
@ Ruthless Grip
We hope you can join us on Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. for the opening event in this year's Ruthless Grip Poetry Series at Wshington Printmakers (1732 Connecticut Ave. second floor, on Connecticut several blocks north of the Dupont Circle Metro Station). Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the season opens with two of the most desperate measure poets around, BRUCE ANDREWS and JULES BOYKOFF.

BRUCE ANDREWS is the author of such now classic texts of the American avant-garde as GIVE 'EM ENOUGH ROPE and I DON'T HAVE ANY PAPER, SO SHUT UP (OR, SOCIAL ROMANTICISM). His many more recent books include, most prominently, LIP SERVICE. Washington DC's own great literary magazine AERIAL published an entire Bruce Andrews issue several years ago, featuring poems, articles and interviews with Andrews, as well as poems and articles by other writers responding to his work. Along with Charles Bernstein, Andrews edited the crucial poetry magazine L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E. Andrews' brash, vulgar, and perfectly lucid incomprehensibility has become one of the major (and still thankfully controversial) touchstones of contemporary American poetry. He teaches political science at Fordham University. These days, he's also the Music Director for Sally Silvers & Dancers.

JULES BOYKOFF's recently completed manuscript 9 MM COUGH SUPPRESSANT doesn't so much keep you up at night as it does make clear why you already can't sleep. He co-curates the In Your Ear reading series at the DC Arts Center, co-edits THE TANGENT, a zine of politics & the arts, & co-hosts the weekly radio program, "Roots & Culture: Making the World Unsafe for Plutocracy." His poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in ANOMALY, ANTENNAE, COMBO, KENNING, and SO TO SPEAK: A FEMINIST JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE AND ART. A doctoral candidate in political science at American University, he lives in St. Mary's County, Maryland where he teaches political science at St. Mary's College of Maryland. You bet he does.

We hope you can join us at the reading and for all year-opening festivities afterwards!