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NYC Launch for Mark Baumer's Chapbook MEOW

Join us for an evening of readings and screenings commemorating the release of Mark Baumer's posthumous chapbook MEOW (Burnside Press, 2019).

In January 2017, writer, poet, and activist Mark Baumer was struck and killed by an SUV in rural Florida while walking barefoot cross-country to raise awareness of climate change. He once wrote 50 books in a single year. He performed at Babycastles in July 2016.

About Meow, Blake Butler writes: "Like Barthelme or Kharms, it seems to describe a version of the world so innately absurd, so blissfully unbound, that many more restricted readers might receive it, one might say, only as might someone looking out through the security grid of our luxury panopticon at a far off and spectacular horizon slowly receding across the wide and darkened land, hearing an old friend’s voice somewhere way out there in the receding gradient, saying it’s okay, you will wake up soon, I am here.”

Readers include:

Jennifer Chukwu
Claire Donato
David Emanuel
Ian Hatcher
Ricky Katowicz
William Keller
Shay Lawz
Eli V Manuscript
Ada Smailbegović
Reeves Wiedeman

Books will be for sale at the event; proceeds will benefit the Mark Baumer Sustainability Fund.