On Friday, March 25, Central Ave in Albany will be the epicenter of poetry and spoken word as two events will be going on at the same time. In fact, the two readings will be happening on the same block.

Starting first, at 7:30pm, will be the next installment in the Yes! Reading Series at the Social Justice Center (33 Central Ave., Albany). This time around the featured poets will be Anne Gorrick, Maryrose Larkin, and Lynn Behrendt. Here is a little info on the three poets:

image Anne Gorrick is the author of I-Formation (Book One) (Shearsman Books, 2010), the forthcoming I-Formation (Book Two), and Kyotologic (Shearsman Books, 2008). She also collaborated with artist Cynthia Winika to produce a limited edition artists’ book, “Swans, the ice,” she said, funded with grants from the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She curates the reading series Cadmium Text, featuring innovative writing from in and around New York’s Hudson Valley. She also co-edits the electronic poetry journal Peep/Show with poet Lynn Behrendt. Anne Gorrick lives in West Park, New York.

image Maryrose Larkin lives in Portland, Ore. where she works as a donor researcher. She is the author of Inverse (nine muses books, 2006), Whimsy Daybook 2007 (FLASH+CARD, 2006), The Book of Ocean (i.e. press, 2007), DARC (FLASH+CARD, 2009), The Name of this Intersection is Frost (Shearsman Books, 2010), and Marrowing (Airfoil, 2011). Maryrose is one of the organizers of Spare Room, a Portland-based writing collective, and is co-editor, with Sarah Mangold, of FLASH+CARD, a chapbook and ephemera poetry press. She is currently working on "Twenty Questions for Five Masters" a play for Language Master and voice.

image Lynn Behrendt is the author of several chapbooks, most recently Acquiescence and This is the Story of Things That Happened, both as part of the Dusie Kollektiv 5. A full length collection, petals, emblems, is available through Lunar Chandelier press. She co-edits the Annandale Dream Gazette, an online chronicle of poets’ dreams, as well as Peep/Show, an electronic journal of innovative contemporary poetry.

Then, starting at 8:00pm, right down the block at The Fuze Box (12 Central Ave., Albany) host R.M. Engelhardt will be returning with the “GhOsT In tHe MaChINE” open forum, open mic. This month, along with the open mic for poets, musicians, and artists, Engelhardt will be holding a book drive for a good cause. The cause has yet to be announced. Here is the info about the event:

image GhOsT In tHe MaChINE

Musicians*Poets*Artists & Performers Of All Genres Welcome!
ALBANY’ NY’s Open Forum, Open Mic For Poets, Musicians & Artists Continues!

Join Us At The FuzeBox On The Last FRIDAY of Each Month!
Our next "Ghost In The Machine" Will Be Held on Friday,
MARCH 25TH At 8pm.

WHERE?
The FuzeBox aka
The Old Qe2, 12 Central Avenue, Albany.

WHEN?
8pm To 10pm.

WHAT?
Something New & Interesting Which Is All About The Music,
The Art & The Words. And YOU!
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* Not to mention this month we are HAVING A BOOK DRIVE! Bring In Your Old Books
To Be Donated To & For A Good Cause! More Details TBA!*

HOSTED BY: R.M. Engelhardt
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See You There Albany!

The choice is yours. If the timing works out right, you may be able to be a part of both of these events.