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Birds Fall Silent in Brooklyn

  • 61 Local 61 Bergen Street Brooklyn, NY, 11201 United States (map)

Celebrate the publication of our latest anthology, Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea, at the wonderful 61 Local (upstairs space) and meet an indie press looking for new voices. 

Featuring contributors Oliver Baer, Billy Cancel, Isa Guzman, Aimee Herman, Matthew Hupert, Tatyana Muradov, and Erik Richmond. With a special tribute to Steve Dalachinsky by George Wallace.

Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro and David Lawton.

Free admission but please buy a drink or two. The venue also has terrific food.

Birds Fall Silent in the Mechanical Sea is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and fiction from established and emerging writers across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains an interview with musician/artist Walter Steding.

Submissions for our next anthology are open October 15 2019 to January 15 2020


Oliver Baer is the author of the poetry collection Baer Soul. His writings can be found in Axel: Metal Messiah The Underground Jeweler, Horror Writers Association Poetry Showcase Vol. II, Cthulhu Sex Magazine, Hell’s Bells: Wicked Tunes, Mad Musicians,and Cursed Instruments, and Hell’s Heart:15 Twisted Tales of Love Run Amok.

Billy Cancel is a poet / performer and sound / collage artist. His work has appeared in Boston Review and PEN America. His poetry collection MOCK TROUGH RASPING CROW is published by BlazeVOX. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Thursday Fernworthy (Lauds) and together they perform as the noise-poetry duo Tidal Channel.

Isa Guzman is a Títere Poet from Los Sures, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Dedicated to exploring the traumas and hardships of his Puerto Rican community and society at large, his work has been featured in publications such as The Bridge (Brooklyn Poets), Acentos Review, La Casita Grande, The Good Men Project, and The Other Side of Violet (great weather for MEDIA). Isa is currently pursuing his MFA at Brooklyn College. You can also hear him speak on the subject of masculinity and the Puerto Rican community on the podcast Pan Con Titeres.

Aimee Herman is a Brooklyn-based queer writer and educator with two full-length books of poems, meant to wake up feeling (great weather for MEDIA) and to go without blinking (BlazeVOX books), and a novel Everything Grows (Three Rooms Press, 2019). In addition, Aimee’s work is widely published in journals and anthologies including BOMB, cream city review, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books). Aimee is a founding member of the poetry band Hydrogen Junkbox.

Matthew Hupert is a writer and multi-media artist. He is the founder of the NeuroNautic Institute and its associated poetry workshop and of NeuroNautic Press which just released his latest collection, Secular Pantheism. He is the author of Ism is a Retrovirus (Three Rooms Press) and several chapbooks, and his writing has appeared in numerous publications including Midstream Magazine, Maintenant, and Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets. When not writing, Matthew can be found cooking for his family.

Tatyana Muradov was born in Moscow, Russia, and moved to a small town in Texas where she grew up. Since arriving in New York City seven years ago, she has performed in poetry events at Louder Arts, Urbana, Kiss Punch Poem, and KGB Bar. Tatanya’s work deals with themes of immigration, love, and despair and has appeared in publications such as Radius, Before Passing (great weather for MEDIA), NYSAI Press, and JMF Chapbooks.

Erik Richmond is a writer and musician from Chicago. His poems have appeared in the newspaper The Long Islander, in the journals Ted Ate America and Medicinal Purposes, and in the Chicago poetry anthology In One Ear which he also co-edited. He has lived in New York City since 1999 and performs regularly on the poetry scene.


George Wallace reads work by contributor Steve Dalachinsky.

Poet  / collagist Steve Dalachinsky (1946-2019) was born in Brooklyn after the last big war and has managed to survive lots of little wars. He was the recipient of an Acker Award for poetry, a PEN Oakland National Book Award, and in 2014 was honored with a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture. Where Night and Day Become One: The French Poems (great weather for MEDIA, 2018) was a silver prizewinner at the 2019 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards. Dalachinsky’s audio CDs include The Fallout of Dreams with Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach, and ec(H)o-system with the French art-rock group The Snobs.

Check out this personal essay by Steve from 2007.

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