30
Jan 15

2nd Story Brewing to Sponsor March 20th Reading!

Poetry lovers, we are thrilled to announce that 2nd Story Brewing will be our drink sponsor for our spectacular March 20th reading, featuring Ross Gay, Rosebud Ben-Oni, and Ailish Hopper. Remember, this is the only reading of our spring season, so save the date, and better yet, get your advanced discount tickets while they last!

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25
Jan 15

Get your advanced tickets for Red Sofa Reading Series March 20th Featuring Ross Gay, Rosebud Ben-Oni, and Ailish Hopper

March 20, 2015: Red Sofa Reading Series
Indy Hall
22 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
redsofasalon@gmail.com
7:00pm
Tickets: $7 in advance, $10 at the door
Get your discounted tickets now!

Sponsored by 2nd Story Brewing!

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Ross Gay is the author of Against Which (CavanKerry Press, 2006) and Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). His poems have appeared in American Poetry ReviewMARGIE, Ploughshares and many other magazines. He has also, with the artist Kimberly Thomas, collaborated on several artists’ books: The Cold Loop, BRN2HNT and The Bullet. He is an editor with the chapbook press Q Avenue. Ross Gay received his M.F.A. in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and his Ph.D. in American Literature from Temple University. He teaches in the creative writing program at Indiana University.

Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a CantoMundo Fellow. She was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan, and a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of SOLECISM (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013) and an Editorial Advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts (vidaweb.org). Her work is forthcoming or appears in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Arts & Letters, Bayou, Puerto del Sol, among others. Find out more about her at 7TrainLove.org.

Ailish Hopper is the author of Dark~Sky Society (2014), selected by David St. John as runner up for the New Issues prize, and the chapbook Bird in the Head (2005), selected by Jean Valentine for the Center for Book Arts Prize. Individual poems have appeared in AgniAPR, Blackbird, Harvard Review Online, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tidal Basin Review, and other places. She is currently at work on an essay that imagines the world after the reign of white supremacy, and the difficulties of imagining possibility. She has received support from the Baltimore Commission for the Arts and Humanities, the MacDowell Colony, Maryland State Arts Council, and Yaddo, and teaches at Goucher College and in the visual art MFA program at University of Maryland Baltimore County.

CONTACT: Hila Ratzabi
redsofasalon@gmail.com
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13
Jan 15

Announcing the Winter/Spring 2015 Workshop Schedule

Red Sofa Open House, Jan. 11, 2015. Photo by Sonia Petruse.

Red Sofa Open House, Jan. 11, 2015. Photo by Sonia Petruse.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hosting two inspiring Red Sofa events: Friday was our first reading of the new year featuring three incredible poets & writers, and Sunday was the workshop open house. The energy at both events was infectious and nourishing for me and for those who were present.

Now is the time to make a commitment to your poetry writing practice and join the winter/spring workshop series. As always, the workshop includes homemade vegetarian food, wine, & drinks, and a supportive community in which to grow in your practice. Workshops include optional writing exercises, close readings of poems, and critiques of works in progress, in addition to an optional one-on-one conference with me. The workshop will run for 10 weeks on Sundays (1:00–3:30pm) starting Feb. 1st. The cost for the series is $400. Registration deadline is January 28th.

Special early bird discount of $20 off if you register by January 25th.

REGISTER NOW

If you have any questions, please email me at redsofasalon@gmail.com. I’m saving you a seat at the Red Sofa!

Hila


10
Dec 14

Announcing Winter/Spring 2015 Red Sofa Reading Series

I’m very happy to announce the Winter/Spring 2015 Red Sofa Reading Series coming up January 9th and March 20th! Mark your calendars!

January 9, 2015: Red Sofa Reading Series
Indy Hall
22 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
redsofasalon@gmail.com
7:00pm
Tickets: $7 in advance, $10 at the door
Get your discounted tickets now!

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Paul Lisicky is the author of five books: Lawnboy, Famous Builder, The Burning House, Unbuilt Projects, and The Narrow Door, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2015. His work has appeared in Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fence, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Tin House, Unstuck, and elsewhere. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He has twice been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. He currently teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers-Camden, the low residency program at Sierra Nevada College, and at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. He is the editor ofStoryQuarterly and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Paul Nemser is the author of Taurus, which won the New American Poetry Prize (New American Press, 2013) and a chapbook of prose poetry, Tales of the Tetragrammaton (Mayapple Press, 2014). His poems have appeared in many magazines over the years, such as AGNIBlackbird, ColumbiaFulcrum, Poetry, Raritan, TriQuarterly, and Tupelo Quarterly. His work was recently the weekly feature at Linebreak, and he has poems forthcoming at Third Coast and London Review of Books. He lives in Cambridge, MA, and Harborside, ME, with his wife Rebecca.

Anne-Adele Wight is the author of Sidestep Catapult and Opera House Arterial, both published by BlazeVOX. Her work has appeared in American Writing, Philadelphia Poets, Tabula Rasa, Shrike, Apiary, Fairies in America, Luna Luna, and elsewhere. She has read extensively in the Philadelphia area and other locales. She curates the monthly Jubilant Thicket performance series and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two cats.

CONTACT: Hila Ratzabi
redsofasalon@gmail.com
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March 20, 2015: Red Sofa Reading Series
Indy Hall
22 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
redsofasalon@gmail.com
7:00pm
Tickets: $7 in advance, $10 at the door
Get your discounted tickets now!

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Ross Gay is the author of Against Which (CavanKerry Press, 2006) and Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). His poems have appeared in American Poetry ReviewMARGIE, Ploughshares and many other magazines. He has also, with the artist Kimberly Thomas, collaborated on several artists’ books: The Cold Loop, BRN2HNT and The Bullet. He is an editor with the chapbook press Q Avenue. Ross Gay received his M.F.A. in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and his Ph.D. in American Literature from Temple University. He teaches in the creative writing program at Indiana University.

Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a CantoMundo Fellow. She was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan, and a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of SOLECISM (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013) and an Editorial Advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts (vidaweb.org). Her work is forthcoming or appears in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Arts & Letters, Bayou, Puerto del Sol, among others. Find out more about her at 7TrainLove.org.

Ailish Hopper is the author of Dark~Sky Society (2014), selected by David St. John as runner up for the New Issues prize, and the chapbook Bird in the Head (2005), selected by Jean Valentine for the Center for Book Arts Prize. Individual poems have appeared in AgniAPR, Blackbird, Harvard Review Online, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tidal Basin Review, and other places. She is currently at work on an essay that imagines the world after the reign of white supremacy, and the difficulties of imagining possibility. She has received support from the Baltimore Commission for the Arts and Humanities, the MacDowell Colony, Maryland State Arts Council, and Yaddo, and teaches at Goucher College and in the visual art MFA program at University of Maryland Baltimore County.

CONTACT: Hila Ratzabi
redsofasalon@gmail.com
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16
Nov 14

Photos from Full Bleed Opening Night!

Thank you to CJ Dawson Photography for taking these amazing photos from our opening night event of the Full Bleed Poetry Comics show! Artwork is continuing to sell out fast at our online store. Hurry up and get yours! And enjoy the photos!

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20
Oct 14

Nov. 6–7, 2014: Two Special Events! FULL BLEED: Poetry Comics Show

Poster by Bianca Stone

Poster by Bianca Stone

Nov. 6–7, 2014: Two Special Events!

FULL BLEED: Poetry Comics Show

“The visual has always been an important means of communication, from caveman paintings, to graphic novels, to IKEA instruction manuals. We know it fits in somewhere with poetry, beginning with how poets and artists have always looked lovingly upon one another, and ending somewhere more uncharted. … Poetry and poets who interact with the visual has limitless implications, from traditional use of the comic-strip and comic book, to a much more experimental use of text and image. I wish to go boldly, willingly, into Poetry Comics, and see what people are doing out there. I’m not entirely concerned with defining what I mean by Poetry Comics, but rather seeing how many tiny silver arrows we can launch at it. And perhaps how many it can launch back at us.” –Bianca Stone

FULL BLEED celebrates the art of the poetry comic. In the same way that full bleed printing expands to the edge of the page, poetry comics dilate across genre lines. Poetry as bleeding heart mixes with the whimsy of comics to produce work that startles and ignites. Word and image hold hands, tell each other stories, console each other, party together.

Artwork from the show is now available for sale online! Visit our store to view pieces.

FEATURED POETS AND ARTISTS
Bianca Stone
is the co-founder and editor of Monk Books, author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House/Octopus Books, 2014), and co-author of Antigonick, with Anne Carson (New Directions, 2012). She founded the Ruth Stone Foundation in 2012 and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Matthea Harvey is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Of Lamb and If the Tabloids are True What are You? and two books for children.

Sommer Browning‘s most recent book of poetry is Backup Singers (Birds, LLC; 2014). She is also the author of Either Way I’m Celebrating (Birds, LLC; 2011), a collection of poetry and comics, and various chapbooks. She works as a librarian in Denver.

Sampson Starkweather is the author of The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather. He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. His most recent chapbook is Flowers of Rad by Factory Hollow Press, and he lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Jon-Michael Frank has work published or forthcoming in Anti-, Inter/rupture, Sink Review, Sixth Finch, and Spork Press, among others. A chapbook of poems is forthcoming from Birds LLC, and another chapbook, of comics, is being released by El Aleph Press in 2014. Jon-Michael is also an assistant editor for the small press Birds, LLC, helps run a reading series in Austin, TX, called Fun Party, and sells illustrations about life, or the lack of it, on etsy.

Annie Mok makes comics, collaboratively and solo, acts, and sings in the pop group See-Through Girls. She lives in Philadelphia. “Shadow Manifesto” is a three-part series that ran on ZEAL, a website spotlighting criticism and responses to video games.

Paul Siegell is the author of wild life rifle fire, jambandbootleg, and Poemergency Room. He is a copywriter at the Philadelphia Inquirer and a senior editor at Painted Bride Quarterly. Kindly find more of Paul’s work – and concrete poetry t-shirts – at “ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL” (http://paulsiegell.blogspot.com/).

Emily Ballas is a Philadelphia-based graphic designer, for now. She is an eager, curious type. Design-wise and otherwise. Part builder, experimenter, and storyteller, Emily’s work can be found at www.emilyballas.com.

CURATOR
Hila Ratzabi is a poet and freelance editor. She is the author of the chapbook The Apparatus of Visible Things (Finishing Line Press, 2009). She is founder of the Red Sofa Salon & Poetry Workshop (and reading series) in Philadelphia, and the editor-in-chief and poetry editor of the literary journal Storyscape.

FULL BLEED: Poetry Comics Show
Thursday November 6th, 7:00pm
Exhibit preview and poetry reading featuring:
Bianca Stone
Sommer Browning
Sampson Starkweather
Annie Mok
Paul Siegell

Hosted by Hila Ratzabi

Friday November 7th, 5:00–9:00pm
First Friday opening night
Complimentary cupcakes from Whipped Bakeshop!
Live, sliding-scale sketch portraits of guests by artist Annie Mok!

Both events are free and take place at Indy Hall

Indy Hall, 22 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
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27
Jul 14

A Beautiful Collaboration

In spring 2013, I had the good fortune of having poet MaryAnn Miller join my Urban Nature Ecopoetry Workshop. From day 1 she was hooked; the workshop theme was right up her alley. It was wonderful to see MaryAnn’s poems in response to the environment, and yesterday we got to read together at Big Blue Marble Bookstore as part of an event called “For the Love of this Blue Planet: An Evening of Ecopoetry.” We also revealed the results of a collaboration. MaryAnn designed and printed broadsides of my poem, “Sedna the Arctic Sea Goddess,” originally published in Alaska Quarterly Review. I’m happy to announce the the limited edition broadside is now available for sale. Take a look, and enjoy! May your artistic collaborations be fruitful!

 


09
Jun 14

Design your ideal writing workshop — take our survey!

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The Red Sofa Salon & Poetry Workshop has been around since April 2013. We are still very new at this and are always interested in learning what YOU want from a writing workshop. Whether you’ve just discovered the Red Sofa or have been a curious lurker for a while, I’d love to get your feedback on what you are looking for in your ideal writing workshop. Please take the following short survey to share your thoughts. This is totally anonymous. If you’d like to talk more about your workshop needs after you’ve taken the survey, please email me at redsofasalon@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Hila

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19
May 14

Whitman in the Woods

This Sunday was the second workshop in the Urban Nature Ecopoetry series. We set up a picnic by the sandy shore of Wissahickon Creek, read poetry of the Romantics and Trascendentalists, and wrote our own poems inspired by our readings and the natural surroundings. It was a perfect spring evening! Check out the pics below, and please join us for this Thursday’s (May 22) workshop at Bartram’s Gardens where we’ll be reading William Carlos Williams’s “Spring & All.” Register here.

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08
May 14

Updated Schedule for Urban Nature Ecopoetry Workshop

Due to popular demand, the dates of the ecopoetry workshop have been amended. You also now have the option of joining for single workshop sessions as opposed to the whole batch.

Regular price is $50 per session, or discount: all 5 dates for $240. SPECIAL DISCOUNT if you attend the Red Sofa Reading Series tomorrow$40 per session, instead of $50.

Email redsofasalon@gmail.com to join. Register at the links below.

Register for full series @ $240 for 5 dates

Register for individual sessions @ $50 per date

Sunday May 18, 5:30–7:30pm: The Romantics and the Transcendentalists

Forbidden Drive (specific meeting spot announced to attendees)

Thursday May 22, 6:30–8:30pm: “Spring & All,” William Carlos Williams

At Bartram’s Gardens

Monday May 26, 6:30–8:30pm: Poetry of the Third Landscape: Experiments with Space

Location TBA

Monday June 2, 6:30–8:30pm: Activist Poetics

At the Red Sofa

Sunday June 8, 11:00am: Poetry of the Non-human

At the Philadelphia Zoo, followed by Philly Literary Family Reunion & Potluck at 1:00pm (Clark Park)


10
Apr 14

Announcing Spring Workshop!

I’m thrilled to announce the theme of the Spring 2014 workshop! Check out the snazzy poster below and register early to save your seat!

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22
Mar 14

What Did You Do On Your Residency? I Sat And I Stared: A Lesson from Seinfeld

The writing process is notoriously mysterious and hard to describe, especially when one is in it. Writers are used to having to prove to people that they actually work, even though what they do doesn’t look a lot like work, or a lot like anything. Case in point: I’m coming up on the last week of my residency at the Vermont Studio Center. What did I do while I was here? It probably doesn’t look like much. The question reminds me of that Seinfeld scene where Elaine describes doing nothing.

JERRY: So what did you do last night?

ELAINE: Nothing.

JERRY: No, I know nothing, but what did you actually do?

ELAINE: Literally nothing. I sat in a chair and I stared.

JERRY: Wow, that really is nothing.

ELAINE: I told ya.

IMG_4090Most days of the residency involved walking from one building to another, eating food, talking to people, but most of the time just sitting and staring: out the window, at a book, at the computer, in my notebook. Today, for example, I wasn’t expecting much. Like every other day, I showed up at the writing studio really hoping I’d come up with something to write about. Then I decided to spend the morning avoiding writing, by doing some administrative work for my literary journal. This was a useful distraction––I got some things done, which felt good, but it had nothing to do with my writing.

Then when I was ready to really work, I picked up the photocopy of William Carlos Williams’s Spring and All, which I had decided at some point was going to inspire me. I waded through some beautiful sections, some confusing parts, and then landed on something that made me stop. The sentence spoke to a difficulty I was having in moving forward and more deeply into my poetry collection. Something about the sentence made me put down the photocopy, pick up my notebook, and write. And then I wrote something that really surprised me––that felt new and exciting. It was probably the thing I’d hoped would happen, but not at all the words I would have expected to come out.

You can’t ever know what will happen.

And I know people say this a lot, but you really have to show up. And showing up is brave. I totally dread approaching my work sometimes cause I think I have nothing to say or it’s not going to be great. But I surprise myself over and over. I’ve seen that happen during the residency, where my job has been to show up. I’ve learned that if you sit and stare long enough nothing will become something. So what did I do on my residency? Nothing. And everything. And I even have some poems to prove it.