Monday, October 28, 2013

We had a fantastic time at Berl's...

 …last week! Here is an article Shanna posted prior to the reading, at The Best American Poetry Blog:

And here are a few pictures:

Luxury table digs at Berl's

More gorgeous & varied displays
Yes, it is
Many lovelies

A backdrop any poet will 
Jennifer Tamayo (+ donut mask)
Jennifer L. Knox
Becca Klaver
Jackie Clark
Ben Fama
Jared White
Shanna Compton
Natalie Eilbert

We recorded audio of all the poets' readings, too. We'll post tracks in the next day or two.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Other upcoming readings!

In addition to our party at Berl's next week, here are some Bloof-related readings coming up soon. Please come out and say hello.


Ben Fama at the launch for his new Spork chapbook Cool Memories in NYC, on Saturday 10/19:

Jennifer L. Knox at the Literati Reading Series in Binghamton, NY on Monday, 10/21:

Jennifer L. Knox at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday 10/26:

Shanna Compton at Columbia College in Chicago, IL on Wednesday 11/13:

Peter Davis & Shanna Compton at Illinois State University in Bloomington, IL on Thursday, 11/14:
(talk with students at 3:30, public reading at 7:30)

Shanna Compton at Dollhouse Series in Chicago, IL on Saturday 11/16:

Sandra Simonds at TYPOFest in Fayetteville, AR on Friday & Saturday 11/22 & 23:

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Bloof at Berl's!

We're planning a little celebration & reading at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop! Here are the details. Hope to see you there.

Jackie Clark • Shanna Compton • Natalie Eilbert 
Ben Fama • Becca Klaver • Jennifer L. Knox 
Jennifer Tamayo • Jared White 

Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 PM
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop 
126A Front Street

Jackie Clark is the series editor of Poets off Poetry and Song of the Week for Coldfront Magazine. She is the recipient of a 2012 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, a contributing writer for the Rumpus, and is the author of Aphoria (Brooklyn Arts Press) and four chapbooks: Office Work (Greying Ghost Press), Red Fortress (H_NGM_N), I Live Here Now (Lame House Press), and Sympathetic Nervous System (Bloof, 2014). Jackie lives in Jersey City and can be found online at

Shanna Compton's books include Brink (Bloof 2013), For Girls & Others (Bloof 2007), Down Spooky (Winnow, 2005), Gamers (Soft Skull 2003) and several chapbooks. A book-length speculative poem called The Seam is forthcoming next year. 

Natalie Eilbert's poetry can be found or is forthcoming from Tin House, West Branch, Guernica, Spinning Jenny, Devil's Lake, Colorado Review, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. She lives writes in Greenpoint, New York, where she is a founding editor of The Atlas Review. Her chapbook Conversation with the Stone Wife is forthcoming from Bloof in 2014.

Ben Fama is the author of New Waves, Aquarius Rising and the artist book Mall Witch. He is the co-editor of Wonder. His work appears in the Brooklyn Rail, Action Yes, jubilat, Notnostrums, LIT, Poor Claudia, Denver Quarterly, Maggy and on the Best American Poetry blog. Bloof will release his chapbook Odalisque in 2014.

Becca Klaver is the author of the poetry collection LA Liminal (Kore Press, 2010) and several chapbooks, including Nonstop Pop (Bloof 2013) and Merrily Merrily (Lame House 2013). She is a PhD student in English at Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn, NY. For more information, visit her blog Pomo Expo.

Jennifer L. Knox's new book of poems, The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway, is available from Bloof Books. Her other books, Drunk by Noon and A Gringo Like Me, are also available through Bloof. Jennifer was born in Lancaster, California—home to Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and the Space Shuttle. She received her B.A. from the University of Iowa, and her M.F.A. in poetry writing from New York University. She has taught poetry writing at Hunter College and New York University. Her poems have appeared four times in the Best American Poetry series (1997, 2003, 2006, and 2011) as well as the anthologies Great American Prose Poems, From Poe to Present and Best American Erotic Poems. Her work has also appeared in publications such as the New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Fence, McSweeney's, and Bomb. She is currently at work on her first novel.

Jennifer Tamayo is a writer and performer. She is the author of Red Missed Aches Read Missed Aches Red Mistakes Read Mistakes (Switchback 2011), the chapbook Poems Are the Only Real Bodies (Bloof 2013), and You Da One (Coconut, forthcoming). JT serves as the Managing Editor at Futurepoem. She lives in Harlem. More on JT can be found at

Jared White's chapbooks include This Is What It Is Like to Be Loved by Me (Bloof 2013), Yellowcake (Cannibal, 2009), and My Former Politics (H_NGM_N 2013). With Farrah Field, he is co-owner of a small press bookstore, Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop, and parent of a baby, Roman Field White.

RSVP at Facebook.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Preorder sale! NATURAL HISTORY RAPE MUSEUM by Danielle Pafunda

$13.00 + free shipping is a savings of $4.50. The book is officially out in December, but we'll have copies in a few weeks and begin shipping preorders by early November. Preorders help us fund the printing. THANK YOU.

NATURAL HISTORY RAPE MUSEUM by Danielle Pafunda from Bloof Books on Square Market

“It feels good,” says Danielle Pafunda, “to conduct the world’s violence on the page. It’s my response to violence without doing or incurring much violence. It’s how I navigate through it.”

The fifth poetry collection by Danielle Pafunda, Natural History Rape Musuem centers around an unnamed speaker and her intimate/adversary, the fuckwad, in pieces interrupted (or violated) by their boxed-in titles. Further interrupting this narrative are a prose sequence and a menagerie of objects/animals/elements borne as totems by the speaker—a lump of coal, a stingray, a cord of wood, a wolf spider, an earthworm, the fly. The volume culminates in four linked essays on the subject of pain: The Bid for Pain, The Manner in Which Pain Becomes Me, Pain Beak-Pecks a Figurine, and Extraterrestrial Painsake.

Exploring the more grotesque corners of the Gurlesque aesthetic, in Natural History Rape Museum Pafunda ventriloquizes through the unstable identities of her characters to create creepy tableaux that resemble—despite their vivid, violent excesses—the world we know. 

Danielle Pafunda is the author of Natural History Rape Museum (Bloof Books, 2013), Manhater (Dusie Press, 2012), Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi Press, 2010), My Zorba (Bloof Books 2008), and Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull Press, 2005). Her poems have appeared in three editions of The Best American Poetry. Her work has been anthologized in Beauty Is a Verb: The Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011), Gurlesque: The New Grrly, Grotesque, Burlesque Poetics (Saturnalia Books, 2010), and Not for Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems on Child-Getting & Child Rearing (Fence Books, 2007). She is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wyoming.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Revealed! Cover design for Natural History Rape Museum by Danielle Pafunda

Over the last few days at Facebook, we've also been sharing some of the concepts we nixed, but had fun playing around with. Here are a few of those: 

Based on a Riker Specimen Mount box
MoMA-style art placard
"The Institutional Look"

Friday, October 4, 2013

Peter Davis on tour with Kate Greenstreet & Adam Clay


We can guarantee every single one of these readings by this trio will be amazing.
Pete will be packing copies of TINA and Poetry! Poetry! Poetry!

Saturday 5 OCT 2013
4 pm
Peter Davis, Kate Greenstreet, and Adam Clay 
Kazoo Books
2413 Parkview Ave

Sunday 6 OCT 2013

3 pm
Peter Davis, Kate Greenstreet, Adam Clay, and Derrick Austin
Nicola's Books
2513 Jackson Avenue
Westgate Shopping Center

Monday 7 OCT 2013
7 pm
Peter Davis, Kate Greenstreet, and Adam Clay
Manchester University
604 E College Ave. 

Tuesday 8 OCT 2013
7:30 pm
Peter Davis, Kate Greenstreet, and Adam Clay
Ball University

Thursday 10 OCT 2013
6-8 pm
Peter Davis, Kate Greenstreet, and Adam Clay
OSU Urban Arts Space 
50 W. Town Street