Boog City Celebrates St. Patrick's Day with U2's Boy Live and Irish Poetry 2019
Boog City is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a live performance of U2's debut Boy as part of Boog's Classic Albums Live series, with readings by Irish poets kicking off the festivities.
The event will take place on Sun. March 17, at 6:00 p.m. at Freddy’s Bar and Backroom (https://freddysbar.com/) 627 5th Ave. in South Slope Brooklyn.
The album will be performed by area musicians, including Todd Carlstrom and the Clamour, Christine Murray, and Alan Semerdjian. The poets reading are Abigail Kirby Conklin, Terence Degnan, and Jen Fitzgerald.
**Todd Carlstrom and the Clamour
Members: Todd (vox/gtr), Eric Shaw (drums/vox), Hakan Bjornson (bass) Todd and Eric have been playing together for a hell of a long time in the Clamour and in the Domestics, and have played in countless NYC bands before that. Besides being a songwriter, Todd is a playwright, an actor, a theatrical teaching artist in public schools, and a professional Dungeon Master.
Check out our music here https://www.reverbnation.com/toddcarlstromandtheclamour and follow us on Facebook.
Hear songs from Todd Carlstrom's "Gold on the Map" at https://www.reverbnation.com/toddcarlstromandtheclamour where you can also hear--and download--some live tracks.
**Abigail Kirby Conklin
Abigail Kirby Conklin lives in New York City, where she works in education and curriculum development. Her poetry can be found in The Lampeter Review, Not Very Quiet Journal, Curlew Quarterly, and K'in Literary Journal. She drinks startling amounts of coffee. Universal media handle: @a_k_c_poetry.
Poet Terence Degnan has been writing for over 25 years. He’s been widely published in magazines and anthologies, most recently in The New Southerner and Resist Much/Obey Little. Terence studied poetry at Carnegie Mellon University under the direction of poets Jim Daniels and Terrance Hayes. There, he received an award for poetry from CMU’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Poetry Prize. Terence has published two collections of poetry entitled The Small Plot Beside the Ventriloquist’s Grave and Still Something Rattles. Terence curates and co-hosts the monthly poetry series “Poets Settlement” in Brooklyn. He also started the monthly storytelling series “How to Build a Fire” at Open Source Gallery, now in its fifth season. Terence leads a writing workshop with poet Jen Fitzgerald. He has been a featured author for many reading series, including Nita Noveno’s “Sunday Salon,” Brooklyn Poets’ Reading Series, and the Podcast “New Books in Poetry.” He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughter.
Jen Fitzgerald is a poet, writer, and photographer from NYC. She received her M.F.A. in poetry at Lesley University. She teaches creative writing workshops around NYC with New York Writers Workshop and to incarcerated youth with the organization, Prison Writes. Her first collection of poetry, The Art of Work was published by Noemi Press in 2016. Her essays, poetry, and photography have appeared in such outlets as PBS Newshour, Boston Review, Tin House, Salon, New England Review, and Colorado Review, among others. She has recently finished her memoir about spiritual awakening and coming of age on Staten Island.
Christine Murray was a member of NYC bands Bionic Finger, Pantsuit, and The Recording Angels.
Armenian-American Alan Semerdjian is a poet, songwriter, and award-winning educator. His music has been called “full of dream pop...rich, textured songs and poetic lyrics” by Relix magazine, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Peter Balakian has written that his 2009 collection of poems In the Architecture of Bone is “well worth your reading.”
Boog City is a small press now in its 28th year and East Village community newspaper of the same name. It has put out over 200 publications, including 35 volumes of poetry, various magazines, and a newspaper, featuring work by Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti among others, and theme issues on baseball, women’s writing, and Louisville, Ky. It hosts and curates two regular performance series—d.a. levy lives: celebrating renegade presses, featuring a non-NYC small press, its writers, and a musical act; and Classic Albums Live, where up to 13 local musical acts perform a classic album live. Past albums have included Elvis Costello, My Aim is True; Nirvana, Nevermind; Sleater-Kinney's, Dig Me Out; and Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville. Each February and September Boog puts on the Welcome to Boog City Arts FestivalL Poetry, Music, Theater, and Film, featuring up to 100 performers over five days.