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50 Years of Beyond Baroque

  • (le) Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker Street New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

Three Rooms Press and The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge Present

featuring performances and storytelling by

Hosted by
co-directors of Three Rooms Press

Legendary performance venue Beyond Baroque has presented countless New York based poets and writers for decades. Join us as we honor this Southern California institution with a celebration of 50 YEARS OF BEYOND BAROQUE from NYC the event will features readings and performances from downtown musician/poet Peter Cherches, famed poet/activist Bob Holman, punk poet Puma Perl, renowned poet/publisher Jane Ormerod, NEW Fellow/performance poet sam sax, and award-winning flash fiction & travel writer Peter Wortsman.

Admission is free. For more information and reservations, email


Peter Cherches is a native Brooklynite whose writing has appeared in the anthologies Poetry 180 and Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York's downtown literary scene, 1974-1992, and in a wide range of magazines and journals, including Harper’s, Semiotext(e), Transatlantic Review, Fiction International, and Bomb. Sonorexia, the avant-vaudeville music-performance group he co-led with Elliott Sharp in the 1980s, appeared at such legendary venues as The Mudd Club and CBGB.

Jane Ormerod is the author of the full-length poetry collections Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational Vehicles on Fire (both from Three Rooms Press), and the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books). Her work also appears in publications including Maintenant, AND/OR, Marsh Hawk Press Review, Post (BLANK), Sensitive Skin, The Nervous Breakdown, and Paris Lit Up. Born on the south coast of England, Jane now lives in New York City and performs extensively across the United States and beyond. She is Founder and editor of the award-winning New York publishing hour great weather for MEDIA.

Puma Perl is the author of Retrograde (2014, great weather for MEDIA) a full length collection of poems described by former MC5 manager John Sinclair as “a true contemporary masterpiece.” Previous books include knuckle tattoos (2010, erbacce Press) and two chapbooks, the award-winning Belinda and Her Friends and Ruby True. In 2016, she was awarded an Acker Award. She is founder and curator of the bi-monthly show Puma Perl’s Pandemonium, which brings together poetry with rock and roll. As Puma Perl and Friends, she performs regularly with a group of excellent musicians. 

Bob Holman is an American poet and poetry activist, most closely identified with the oral tradition, the spoken word, and poetry slam. As a promoter of poetry in many media, Holman has spent the last four decades working variously as an author, editor, publisher, performer, emcee of live events, director of theatrical productions, producer of films and television programs, record label executive, university professor, and archivist. He was described by Henry Louis Gates Jr. in The New Yorker as "the postmodern promoter who has done more to bring poetry to cafes and bars than anyone since Ferlinghetti.

sam sax is an NEA Fellow and a Fellow at The Michener Center for Writers where he’s the associate poetry editor at Bat City Review. He’s the two time Bay Area Unified Grand Slam Champion + author of the chapbooks, A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters (Button Poetry 2014) + sad boy / detective (Winner of the Black Lawrence’s 2014 Black River Chapbook Prize). His poems are forthcoming in Boston Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Normal School, Ninth Letter, Rattle, Salt Hill + other journals.

Peter Wortsman is the author of work in multiple modes, including a previous book of short prose fiction, A Modern Way To Die (1991); a travel memoir, Ghost Dance in Berlin, A Rhapsody in Gray (2013); and a novel, Cold Earth Wanderers (2014). He collaborated with artist Harold Wortsman on an artists’ book, it-t=i (2004) and with photographer Jean-Luc Dubin on a photo essay New York, NY 1978 (2016). A former Fulbright and Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellow, Wortsman is the recipient of the 1985 Beard’s Fund Short Story Award and the 2008 Geertje Potash-Suhr Prosapreis of the Society for Contemporary American Literature in German.

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