Bob Holman, founder of the Bowery Poetry Club, sent us this email last evening about the future of the space....:
The rumors of the death of the Bowery Poetry Club are greatly exaggerated! It is true that ten years into Project Utopia, the hamster-tail chase of booking 30-35 gigs a week to allow the Poetry we know and love to live has produced a fatigued staff, a ragged Board (of Bowery Arts + Science, the nonprofit that books the Club), and a space that's crying out for a dose TLC. But toss in the Po' Towel? No Way, Joe!
By spending the summer renovating and working out a partnership with a restaurant (rumors of Duane Park as our collaborators are sweet and the two entities surely do share a love for the populist arts of the Bowery, but nothing is signed yet folks), we hope to reopen come fall and be SUSTAINABLE with a neighborhood (Loisaida/Earth) focused poetry schedule, utilizing other neighborhood resources as well as the Club. Look for a fuller deployment of the POEMobile around town, state, country, solar system, and a commitment to a global poetics rooted in the Endangered Language Movement.
To the communit-y/-ies who have supported us, and to our staff, deepest thanks! Stay tuned — we love you. Come party with Sean T and Ann and all on Tues July 17. Everything is Subject to Change! — and for our Tenth Anniversary next year, the BPC will look different. To survive and sustain. All the better to serve the world poetry.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Is Duane Park in the Bowery Poetry Club's future?
What is happening with the Bowery Poetry Club?