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VERSO / LIVE JOUR- NAL – Volume 2, Number 1: “Stone”

October 4, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Editor Anna Arov premieres season 2 of Amsterdam’s live literary journal with American poet Jenny Drai, Rob van de Berg’s robotic plants, and a live review of Paris’s lit mag Paris Lit Up.


Editorial by Anna Arov
Poetry by Jenny Drai
Essay by Rob van de Berg
Review by Paris Lit Up

Anna Arov is a Russian/Canadian poet living and working in the Netherlands. Anna is a Poetry Editor for Amsterdam based literary journal Versal and teaches writing at the Dutch Royal Academy of Art. She also practices making short movies and stuff to hang on walls.

Jenny Drai is the author of two chapbooks, :Body Wolf: (Horse Less Press) and The New Sorrow Is Less Than the Old Sorrow (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming), a full-length collection of poetry, [ the door ] (Trembling Pillow Press, forthcoming), and an award-winning novella, Letters to Quince (Artistically Declined Press, forthcoming). She has lived all over the place and worked every odd job imaginable. Her cat thinks she’s pretty cool.

Rob van der Berg

Performing for Paris Lit Up are:

Stephanie Papa is a Paris-based poet, translator and early-riser. What is a worm hole? Do we have a soul? Is this a dream? Stephanie will not be answering any of these questions. You can find her work in NOON, great weather for media, Four Chambers Press, Paris/Atlantic, Literary Bohemian, 5×5, Rumpus, Cleaver Magazine, Cerise Press, The Prose Poetry Project. She organizes writing workshops in Paris and will soon receive a Master’s degree in Poetry, which will leave her with heaps of debt. Currently accepting donations.
Blue Wit is Europe’s premier Latin/latin duo performance: the soft sounds of Catullus performed by Edward Bell mixed with the gentle waves of Rafik Benhachemi‘s South American guitar come together in a mental orgy of image and style. Which one is blue and which one has wit you ask? Come along and find out.
36.15 lives and works in Paris. In the footsteps of medieval scribes, graffiti artists, and calligraphers like Michaux, Masoudi, Benaoum, or Meulman, he has studied the intricacies of words and letters, both in sense and their symbolic, rhythmic, gestural energy.
Jason Francis Mc Gimsey is a professional Scrabble player, picking words up and moving them around hoping to score as many points as possible, although he often loses letters in the process. He wordsmiths at when his site isn’t down.


Doors open at 7pm. Entrance is 5 euros*. Cash only!

The Semaphore Bookstore will be open 7-10pm, featuring a range of local authors’ books, second-hand treasures, and Versal.

VERSO / is monthly literary journal of our city’s and our world’s best editors, writers, artists, and thinkers, in live-form poems, stories, essays, interviews, reviews, and more. Volume 2 turns its symbolic lens to “terra firma” through pre-18th century alchemical symbols.

VERSO / is brought to you by Mezrab and the makers of Versal.


*60% of door funds are divided among the evening’s contributors, 40% of door funds are used by Versal to produce VERSO / and its other projects.


October 4, 2015
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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