My full-length book, Where We Think It Should Go, can be yours via Octopus Books, Small Press Distribution, or Amazon. We better celebrate these hard copies while we can. When I'm not writing poetry, I teach amazing young people who are blind. I believe in a healthier future.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

That's a treasure of a photo (of treasures) from my trip.

I missed the fact that Rabbit Light Movies #7 went up a while ago! I was too afraid to watch the video of myself reading and avoided it. But here you go, friends.

Rabbit Light Movies--Episode #7

John Keene & Christopher Stackhouse, Juliana Leslie,
Johannes Goransson,

Sasha Steensen, Michael Rerick, Claire Becker, Anthony Hawley,
Mary Jo Bang,

K. Silem Mohammed, and Matthea Harvey.

Rabbit Light Movies Link

In a related note, Hasbro company is really stupid to attack Scrabulous. They're only making Scrabble more popular. Scrabble is the only trademarked board game with such a high level of popularity, according to the book Word Freak. It can't last! I personally have travel scrabble and a Braille version from the fifties or sixties. So how is my playing Scrabulous hurting Hasbro?

Copyright is stupid. Publishers also make is a lot harder than necessary for blind users to download the e-text of books, so they can be translated into Braille. I've read that people are starting to download textbooks illegally. Totally understandable. People like physical books and will never completely stop buying them. People who have enough money (or parents' money) to buy a $130 textbook will do it. I get mine from the sweet Link+ system at the library. Other people can read them on the computer screen.

By the way, I've been reading on the screen lately, and I have a really good suggestion: make your font way bigger and lean back in your chair. On a Mac, you just hit the Apple key with Plus.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Music festival on Treasure Island. Is that real? DON'T CLICK THIS LINK

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Artifact & Small Press Traffic present...

Lauren LEVIN

Saturday, July 26, 2008
6PM Doors/6:30 Reading

@ Oakland Art Gallery
Frank Ogawa Plaza
199 Kahn's Alley
Oakland Ca 94612

$5 suggested donation
Salt launches The Crashaw Prize for the publication of debut collections of poetry

CAMBRIDGE, UK (Salt Publishing) – The UK’s largest poetry publisher, Salt, has launched a new annual award for debut collections of poetry. The Crashaw Prize will be awarded to up to six new writers each year. Authors must reside in the UK or Ireland, the USA, or Australia and New Zealand. Winners of the Prize will be published simultaneously in the UK, USA and Australia each summer.

‘We want to continue to support new writing talent, but more than this, to draw attention to really first rate collections from poets both young and old,’ says director Chris Hamilton-Emery. ‘This prize isn’t about money, but about global publication in both hardback and paperback, and offering considerable publicity with one of the world’s leading poetry lists. We hope it will provide a platform for emerging writers to build their profile internationally and to look towards a long term relationship with Salt. We remain committed to breaking new talent, nurturing it, and finding readers for the best new writing.’

For more information visit

Friday, July 18, 2008

One of the sweetest bands of our time
playing in our city:

ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI at Cell Space, Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival
Saturday July 19, 2008
2050 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94110

* ariel pink's haunted graffiti(LA)
* anavan
* late young
* rainbow arabia
* hecuba

doors at 8 show at 9
$10 before 10 $15 after
presale $10

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Readings, Complaints

There are tons of readings coming up...uhhh. Are you on Facebook? Sometimes I wish I wasn't. That's the most dramatic thing I can say right now. The most! Summer school is kind of a drag. Teachers make bad students (or whatever). I'm a teenager in my afternoon house. Anyhow:

2008 Bay Area Poetry Marathon
curated by Donna de la Perriere & Joseph Lease

Saturday, JULY 19, 7:00pm



THE LAB, 2948 16th Street (@ Capp), San Francisco
*1 block from Mission BART stop*
$3 admission

The (New) Reading Series at 21 Grand

Sunday, July 20 2008

Anna Moschovakis and Dennis Somera

LIVE! // 6:30PM

21 Grand
416 25th St
Oakland CA 94612

$3--$infinity sliding scale

Artifact & Small Press Traffic present...

Lauren LEVIN

Saturday, July 26, 2008
6PM Doors/6:30 Reading

@ Oakland Art Gallery
Frank Ogawa Plaza
199 Kahn's Alley
Oakland Ca 94612

$5 suggested donation

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I've been on vacation for a while. I'll be back soon. I miss you.