The Jubilant Thicket Literary Series features poetry by Jamie Townsend & Brenda Iijima, & music by members of Cuddle Magic.
JAMIE TOWNSEND has poems published or forthcoming in Bombay Gin, The Cultural Society, Gam, Diagram, Fact-Simile, Wheelhouse, Volt, & Jacket. With Nicholas DeBoer, he edits con/crescent press, a chapbook publisher & print magazine focused on discursive essay/creative nonfiction, & curates the upcoming c/c reading series. He writes & performs with The New Philadelphia Poets, & lives right around the block in East Kensington.
BRENDA IIJIMA is the author of If Not Metamorphic (Ahsahta Press, 2010), Revv. You'll-Ution (Displaced Press, 2009), Subsistence Equipment (Faux Press, 2008), Animate, Inanimate Aims (Litmus, 2007) & Around Sea (O Books, 2004). She edited the collection Eco Language Reader (Nightboat Books, 2010), & is a visual artist. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, & teaches at The Cooper Union.
CUDDLE MAGIC is a large ensemble & songwriting collective band based in Brooklyn & Philadelphia. With nary an electric guitar in sight, Cuddle Magic uses a quiet 20th century pallette -- vibraphone, clarinet, muted trumpet, banjo, ukulele, violin, vocal counterpoint, etc. -- to create a rhythmically sophisticated folk music from an imaginary folk.
A mesmerizing evening will ensue. Please come. This all occurs, as always, at Germ Books & Gallery, 2005 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Hosted by Debrah Morkun.