4/6/2016 – Robert Siek’s Reading and Talk: “Living in Poetry, Working in Publishing”


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Robert Siek’s Reading and Talk: “Living in Poetry, Working in Publishing”

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, at 6:00 pm

Room C07, Concourse Level, Manhattan Campus

101 Astor Place, New York, New York 10003

Robert Siek will read poems from his latest book, Purpose and Devil Piss, and his chapbook, Clubbed Kid.  He will talk about his life as a poet, working as a production editor at the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House.

Purpose and Devil Piss, Robert Siek’s full-length poetry debut, is a collection that spans a decade of the poet’s life, relating experiences good and bad and exploring human interactions through scenes of domesticity, sexual debauchery, early mornings coming off drugs, family happenings, avoiding strangers on the street, dating, locker rooms and treadmills at the gym, neighbors’ comings and goings, and more.

Novelist, poet, and critic Dennis Cooper says, “Robert Siek’s poems have this rich, layered dailiness about them that seems to both gobble up and perfectly attenuate everything he touches on, and he knows just how and where and what and who to touch.  I’ve been his work’s dedicated reader and fan for ages, and, even so, the beauty, feeling, and tech on display in Purpose and Devil Piss has knocked me for a loop.”

Robert Siek is the author of the poetry collection Purpose and Devil Piss (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and the chapbook Clubbed Kid (New School University, 2002). His poetry has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, Assaracus, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Good Men Project, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, and VACZINE, among other publications.  He curates the quarterly poetry reading series, Newfangled, at the Bureau of General Services–Queer Division, a bookstore at the NYC LGBT Center. He lives in Brooklyn and works at a large publishing house in Manhattan.

Copies of Robert’s book will be on sale at the event for $15.00 (cash only), and after the Q&A with the audience, Robert will sign copies of his book.  Copies will also be available for advanced purchase at St. John’s Bookstore on the Queens Campus.



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