Wednesday, January 7, 2009


For anyone in Manhattan tomorrow, here's a last minute reminder, the press release from the organizers of the reading Terence Winch and I are doing:


in a tag-team reading
you won’t want to miss

Thursday, January 8, 2009, 6:30 [boldly prompt!] to 8:30

The Telephone Bar & Grill – 149 Second Avenue btw 9th & 10th Streets

All trains to Union Square, 6 to Astor Place, F to Second Avenue

MICHAEL LALLY is author of 27 books of poetry and prose, including underground bestseller Rocky Dies Yellow, Cant Be Wrong (winner of the 1997 Oakland Pen Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature), It’s Not Nostalgia (2000 American Book Award winner), It Takes One to Know One, and March 18, 2003, the anti-Iraq war epic first delivered on what turned out to be the eve of the U.S. invasion.

“March 18, 2003 is at once as simple and commonplace as a handshake and as complex and varied as a hypothetical dissection of the strata that might compose the geological terrain of some distant planet.” wrote Larry Sawyer in Rain Taxi

Lally has held jobs from college teacher to limousine driver to book reviewer for The Washington Post and The Village Voice to screenwriter on films including Drugstore Cowboy and Fogbound (for which he was honored as co-writer at the Thessalaski International Film Festival in 2003). His longest running day job has been acting in TV and film, with such roles as an artist on NYPD Blue, a psycho detective on JAG, and a crusty cavalry captain on Deadwood.

TERENCE WINCH, poet, songwriter, and short story writer, may be best known for his compositions and performances with the award-winning traditional Irish band Celtic Thunder. He’s also a much anthologized author of poetry and prose, often drawing on his upbringing in Irish-Catholic New York: Irish Musicians/American Friends (1985), which won an American Book Award; The Great Indoors (1995) winner of the Columbia Book Award, The Drift of Things (2001) and most recently, Boy Drinkers (2007).

Winch’s prose works are collected in That Special Place: New World Irish Stories (2004), Contenders (1989), and Total Strangers (1986). The CD of Winch’s original compositions, named When New York Was Irish after his best-known song, was released by Celtic Thunder Music in 2007.

“With his musician’s ear and Irishman’s humor, Terence Winch pokes fun at the Holy, makes sacred the mundane, and redefines the meaning of ‘grace.’” --Meg Kearney

“Terry Winch writes.... in a voice that manages to be understated, precise, and casual all at once.” --Mark Wallace

The reading takes place in the comfortable backroom Lounge of the Telephone Bar, serving fine vegetarian and carnivore fare, and all usual liquids.

Admission is free, but we pass the hat. All proceeds go to the readers. The series is curated by Martha King and Elinor Nauen, and offers prose readings usually on the first Thursday of the month, from September through June.

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Doug Lang said...

I wish I would be there tomorrow. It's always an immense treat to hear you and Terry, alone or together, but particularly at this point in tie.

I'm sure you two will have a wonderful time and so will anyone lucky enough to be there.

Lally said...

Wish you could be there too. In fact wish all three of us were reading. Maybe this year in DC somewhere.

Anonymous said...

as people are saying: wish I could be there..