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November 17th, 2009

ROCKPILE, a national poetry & music tour,featuring David Meltzer, a
leading poet in the West Coast Beat movement, has chosen
St. Louis as its eleventh
&
final stop.

ROCKPILE –a unique poetry event for the Beat & Beatific

Tuesday, November 24 – 7:30 p.m.
@Regional Arts Commission,
6128 Delmar,
St. Louis MO 63112

–hosted by Michael Castro

ABSOLUTELY & TOTALLY FREE!

ROCKPILE, a national poetry & music tour,featuring David Meltzer, a
leading poet in the West Coast Beat movement, has chosen
St. Louis as its eleventh
&
final stop.

ROCKPILE On the Road
—David & Michael journey to Los Angeles, Albuquerque, New Orleans, Washington
DC, New York, Chicago, & St. Louis, to perform poetry & prose with local
musicians in each city. Interviews & conversations take place before the
performances with the local musicians which will become part of the "on the road
ROCKPILE Journal" as it grows from city to city & with each performance.
Everything will be documented through text, video &audio to bring back to San
Francisco, at the end of the tour, where poets, songwriters, & musicians of the
Bay Area will gather in the troubadour tradition of the past, to share, through
poetry & song, the history & story of the ROCKPILE journey as a final grand
performance.

Several local poets & musicians from the St. Louis-Metropolitan area have been
invited to participate in the event. St. Louis's leading performance poets will
join featured guests David
Meltzer & Michael Rothenberg.

WORD in Motion Warrior Poets: Shirley LeFlore, Michael Castro, K. Curtis Lyle, Maria
Guadalupe-Massey will collaborate with the Rockpile. Also celebrated St. Louis poets and performers: Jason and the Beast, Sean Arnold, Howard Schwartz & Philip
Gounis will all read selections of their own works, accompanied by music from
David Jackson, Dave Black & the Bob Malone Band. ROCKPILE crew member Terri
Carrión will also perform.


ROCKPILE is a unified effort between noted San Francisco Beat poet David Meltzer
& Beat editor Michael Rothenberg, who created the tour in hopes of maintaining
the Beat tradition of cooperative creativity. In each of the cities, local
poets & musicians help build the pile.


ROCKPILE is a collaboration between David Meltzer, poet, musician, &
essayist, & Michael Rothenberg, poet & editor of Big Bridge Press, which will
serve to educate, preserve, & create a history of collaboration between
musicians & writers. It will help to reinforce the tradition of the troubadour
of all generations, central to the cultural upheaval & identity politics that
reawakened poets, artists, musicians, & songwriters in the mid-1960s & 1970s.
David Meltzer, author of more than thirty books of poetry, fiction, & essays, as
well as editor of several anthologies including Birth & Death, was raised in
Brooklyn during the War years & performed on radio & early TV on the "Horn &
Hardart Children's Hour". Exiled to L.A. at 16, he enrolled in an ongoing
academy w/ artists Wallace Berman & George Herms. He migrated to San Francisco
in l957 & became an important figure in the San Francisco Renaissance & appeared
in Donald Allen's "The New American Poetry" a seminal work of the Beat era.
"Beat Thing" a book length, poetic journal, published by La Alameda Press in
2004, won the Josephine Miles PEN Award in 2005. His books "Reading Jazz"
"Writing Jazz" & "No Eyes, Lester Young" all reflect his deep connection &
dedication to music throughout his career. His complete publication history is
at http://www.meltzerville.com/ David Meltzer currently Co-edits, Shuffle Boil,
a magazine devoted to music. Most recently, David Meltzer: Poetry with Jazz
1958, was issued by Sierra Records. Michael Rothenberg is a poet, songwriter, &
editor & publisher of Big Bridge magazine online at www.bigbridge.org His poetry
books include The Paris Journals (Fish Drum Press), Monk Daddy (Blue Press),...

ROCKPILE On the Road— David & Michael will journey to Los Angeles,
Albuquerque, New Orleans, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, and St. Louis, to
perform poetry & prose with local musicians in each city. Interviews &
conversations will take place before the performances with the local musicians
which will become part of the "on the road ROCKPILE Journal" as it grows from
city to city & with each performance. Everything will be documented through
text, video &audio to bring back to San Francisco, at the end of the tour, where
poets, songwriters, & musicians of the Bay Area will gather in the troubadour
tradition of the past, to share, through poetry and song,
the history & story of the ROCKPILE journey as a final grand performance.

The ROCKPILE Journal, to be published by BigBridge Press, will be used as a
script or storyboard, so to speak, to initiate the final performance, however,
improvisation and personal interaction will be the main inspiration for this
event. ROCKPILE will also be blogged from the road, daily, with performance
clips, excerpts of the journal, & audio files of interviews and more.

ROCKPILE is made possible by a grant from Creative Work Fund,
www.creativeworkfund.org, a program of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund,
supported by grants from The James Irvine Foundation & The William &
Flora Hewlett Foundation, & is sponsored by Committee on Poetry, Inc