While Emily was off f***ing around on a tropical island somewhere, just before driving 12 hours overnight to Venice we found time to host Bonny Finberg who had come all the way from New York to entertain us. Two lengthy rounds of Open Mic antics starting with René‘s profound opening question: ARE YOU SHITTING ME?!?Alix followed with an intimate piece in Franglais and a mandolin, giving virgin slammer La Saisie SableMal à la France. Steve was still in the Abyss and BenJust Can’t Let Go to his Hands Over Years and his Infatuation. Estelle brightened the night with some Beautiful music, Justin lost his virginity in a Chair then recited an Ode to Infants. Good thing too, ’cause Lauren taught us How to Play with Children. Finally our special guest Bonny Finberg came up and read from her latest novel, Kali’s Day.
Electra sang us back with a Beyoncé cover (!) that I’m too old to know. Maria gave some video tips Comment Draguer: des conseils d’une américaine à Paris – or on how to pick up French men: check out her channel!
David got stuck in an Abstract Loop, Kelly dedicated Strawberries to her recently passed grandfather and Scott may or may not have read his last piece at PLU, for a while at least… Canadian slam champ Wynona Linn came back! and read It’s Not Hard To Love You, Jason (not me) read Knowing Home for the First Timeand Alison rounded out the Soft Edges, finding The Oysters and Pearls in life. Owen sang us a funny song, Will from Belleville Park Pages was back in town for the evening and then DRnB sang an even funnier song.
Bonny Finberg is a native New Yorker, raised in Brooklyn. She has lived in Paris and journeyed throughout Europe, India, Nepal and Morocco. Her work has been translated into French, German, Japanese and Hungarian. Publisher’s Weekly has praised her work, saying it “exudes a stunning sensual sensibility.” Her novel, “Kali’s Day,” was published by Autonomedia/Unbearable Books in 2014.
A recipient of a 2014 Kathy Acker Award For Fiction, her fiction, poetry and reviews have been published in numerous journals, anthologies and online zines, the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Thundersmouth), The Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, Long Shot, Ping Pong (The Literary Journal of the Henry Miller Library), all five Unbearables anthologies, most recently the Unbearable Big Book of Sex (Autonomedia); Lost and Found: New York Stories from Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood; Best American Erotica (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster); Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side, vol.2, ed. Clayton Patterson. She also contributes to Sensitive Skin and A Gathering Of The Tribes. In Paris, her work appears in Le Purple Journal, Upstairs at Duroc, and Van Gogh’s Ear.
Her publications also include two chapbooks. DÉjÀ VU, a collection of poetry and photo-collage (Corrupt Press, Paris, 2011) and How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era (Sisyphus Press, NY, 2006), a collection of short stories. A reading of these stories was documented in the video 5 Guys Read Finberg, featuring Bob Holman, Steve Dalachinsky, Edgar Oliver, Carl Watson and Hal Sirowitz. Her photography has been published in both print and online art journals and gallery exhibits, including the group show “A Book About Death” at the Emily Harvey Gallery in NY; “Seeking Kali;” A Gathering Of The Tribes Magazine and Maintenant. Her work is archived in the Downtown Writers collection at the NYU Fales library and The Harry Ransom Center in Austin Texas. She is a member of PEN America and is working on her second novel.
“Stunning sensuous sensibility” –Publisher’s Weekly (For story “Light” in Best American Erotica)
Bonny Finberg cracks open the disparateness that makes up the unlikely assemblage known as “I” as well as its many adjacent and tangential beings. The poet’s memory is both hers and others. …visceral and kaleidoscopic, sensual and disturbing.
–John Yau (For DéJà Vu)
For KALI’S DAY
…a beautiful novel… The writing is passionate and precise. Finberg has crafted a pulsating and vibrantly alive place for all of us to dwell. –Donald Breckenridge, Fiction Editor, The Brooklyn Rail
…in prose full of natural vitality and sly narrative strategies, these characters disrobe for us, revealing the desires, fantasies, jealousies, illnesses, dreams and experiments in pleasure that have sculpted their freaky personae…a writer at the top of her craft. –Bruce Benderson, author of The Romanian: Story of an Obsession
…she weaves ideas, spirit, subterfuge, passions, dependence, humor, frailty and transcendence so beautifully into her text. Kali’s Day is timeless and current at once.
–Lynn Crawford, author of Simple Separate People, Two