Jan 28, 2015

Dear friends and family,

My new book The Islands has just arrived from the printer, published by
dream publisher Nightboat Books, with an amazing cover (and backcover) by
Pablo Guardiola, I'm thrilled to be on the Nightboat roster and stoked to
announce that the book is available for order.

I started this book in Greece and finished it in Oakland, with stops along
the way in Boulder, CO, SF and Concord, CA.

Here's what Norma Cole has to say

"THE ISLANDS is melos, music in 5-part harmonic sequences, beginning with
the once-upon-a-time of 'one night, after the happily of dinner.' So it's
the sound of story in lyric concretion, rhythmic concision, the atmosphere
of film, the senses migrating from one section to another, punning 'knot
exactly.' This book is a nostos, a welcome home event, and will be your
favorite memory palace."—Norma Cole

You can order from the main distributor University Press New England (UPNE)

or direct from Nightboat Books at

or if you prefer, Small Press Distribution (SPD) is also carrying the book

As always, thank you so much for supporting my work, for supporting small
press poetry and presses, and for your love and generosity, see you sooner
than later I hope,
Yours truly,

Jan 23, 2015

Jan 21, 2015

Jan 9, 2015

upcoming events


I'm reading at E.M. Wolfman (410 13th St, Oakland) Wednesday 1/21 at 7PM with Brent Cunningham, Laura Moriarty, Nicole Trigg and Johnny Hernandez
E.M. Wolfman's General Interest Small Bookstore and The Other Fabulous Reading Series present: THE HUNDY

a 15 day poetry extravaganza with 100 poets (give or take). events every day* at E.M. Wolfman's General Interest Small Bookstore. 7 pm mondays through saturdays. 4 pm on sundays. starting saturday january 17th and ending saturday january 31st.

Jan 5, 2015

Books Read 2014

1. Locas II- Jaime Hernandez
2. Child-And-Rose- Gennady Aygi, translated by Peter France
3. The X-Files/ 30 Days Of Night- Steve Niles, Adam Jones, Tom Mandrake
4. Pell Mell- Robin Blaser
5. Elderly #1
6. Crossed Volume 1- Garth Ennis, Jacen Burrows
7. The Novel: A Poem- Paul Hoover
8. Shogun- James Clavell
9. Prawn State Byways- Julien Poirier
10. Salute-To Singing- Gennady Aygi, translated by Peter France
11. Crossed Volume 2: Family Values- David Lapham, Javier Barreno
12. By Hearts Apparatus- Phoebe Giannisi, translated by Andrew Maxwell, Joseph Mosconi, Konstantinos Matsoukas, Angelos Sakkis
13. Prick Queasy Chapter Nine- Ronald Palmer
14. Waifs And Strays- Micah Ballard
15. Bending At The Elbow- Matvei Yankelevich
16. Journey To The Sun- Brent Cunningham
17. Neonomicon- Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows
18. The Katechon Lines 101-200- Michael Cross
19. Crossed Volume 3: Psychopath- David Lapham, Raulo Caceres
20. From The Livid Country- Jose Antonio Ramos Sucre, translated by Guillermo Parra
21. Temblor #8
22. Beyond Palomar- Gilbert Hernandez
23. Crossed 3D- David Lapham, Gianluca Pagliarani
24. Translating The Unspeakable: Poetry And The Innovative Necessity- Kathleen Fraser
25. Poems 1923-1941- Carl Rakosi
26. The Materials- George Oppen
27. The Dirty Shame Hotel- Ron Block
28. Of Being Numerous- George Oppen
29. Some Thing Black- Jacques Roubaud
30. Love Poems- Rene Ricard
31. Valley- Mike Daily
32. Saginaw #3
33. Fictional Character- Angelos Sakkis
34. The Death And Life Of American Cities #5
35. The Last Of The Mohicans- James Fenimore Cooper
36. Each Next Narratives- Kathleen Fraser
37. High Soft Lisp- Gilbert Hernandez
38. The Road To Darkness- Paul Leppin
39. Memory-of- Angelos Sakkis
40. Amerarcana #5
41. When New Time Folds Up- Kathleen Fraser
42. As Water Sounds- Sunnylyn Thibodeaux
43. Another You- Paul Vangelisti
44. The Pelt- Doseone
45. Nest- Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge
46. Pioneer Of Inner Space: The Life Of Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Hasheesh Eater- Donald P. Dulchinos
47. Post Pink- Kari Edwards
48. Iterature- Eugene Ostashevsky
49. Cold Mountain Mirror Displacement- Jeremy Hoevenaar
50. Soldados: Chicanos In Vietnam- Charley Trujillo
51. A Map Predetermined And Change- Laura Werthington
52. Sex Criminals Volume 1- Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky
53. Prize Article 1954- edited by Llewellyn Miller
54. Saga Volume 1- Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
55. Even On Sunday: Essays, Readings, And Archival Materials On The Poetry And Poetics Of Robin Blaser- edited by Miriam Nichols
56. Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Volume 1: Pursuit Of The Flesh- Clive Barker, Christopher Monfetter
57. Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Volume 2: Requiem- Clive Barker, Christopher Monfetter
58. Saga Volume Two- Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
59. It Did Happen Here: Recollections Of Political Repression In America- edited by Bud Schultz, Ruth Schultz
60. Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Volume 3: Heaven’s Reply- Clive Barker, Christopher Monfetter
61. Saga Volume Three- Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
62. A Man In Full- Tom Wolfe
63. Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Volume 4: Hell Hath No Fury- Clive Barker, Christopher Monfetter
64. The Handmaid’s Tale- Margaret Atwood
65. Thing Of Beauty: New And Selected Works- Jackson Mac Low
66. Haunt- Keith Waldrop
67. Orlando- Virginia Woolf
68. Acts 8/9: Translating Tradition: Paul Celan In France- edited by Benjamin Hollander
69. True News- Craig Watson
70. The Catcher In The Rye- J.D. Salinger
71. Speculative Primitive- Chris Stroffolino
72. Empty Mile- Matthew Stokoe
73. Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories- Gilbert Hernandez
74. Alan Moore’s Writing For Comics- Alan Moore
75. Another Future: Poetry And Art In A Postmodern Twilight- Alan Gilbert
76. Batman: The Killing Joke- Alan Moore, Brian Bolland
77. The Frequencies A Poem- Noah Eli Gordon
78. The Buddhist- Dodie Bellamy
79. The Coming Community- Giorgio Agamben, translated by Michael Hardt
80. Meat Air: Poems 1957-1969- Ron Loewinsohn
81. Sin City: The Hard Goodbye- Frank Miller
82. The Area Of Sound Called The Subtone- Noah Eli Gordon
83. Jack Of Diamonds And The Queen Of Spades- Jackson Meazle
84. The Fugitive Notebook- Laura Moriarty
85. Vesper Chimes- Micah Ballard
86. Fright Catalog- Joseph Mosconi
87. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban- JK Rowling
88. Coming Events (Collected Writings)- Susan Gevirtz
89. The New Sentence- Ron Silliman
90. Batman: Arkham Asylum A Serious House On Serious Earth- Grant Morrison, Dave Mckean
91. Some Deer Left The Yard Moving Day- Andrew K. Peterson

Dec 30, 2014

92. Some Deer Left The Yard Moving Day- Andrew K. Peterson
BlazeVOX Books

I love this dude, my old roommate, Red Sox REPROBATE, what a dude! hella've poet, he made me realize that it was okay to not be into Elvis Costello, I remember he had girlfriends at Naropa, one of those guys! One time Andy printed out a cardboard copy of my face and wore it for Halloween, check him out! love that dude!

his book is really good, thanks for sending ANDY! he wrote me a nice inscription, let's see what it says

can you read it? here, it says

"To Johnny S.,
The AL East is a fat farm.
The AL East is a 3020 slobbering dog neighbor.
Your care packages are a dream
of Wade Bogg's Mustache
& you are a toast in this house of friends-
former roomie,

GODDAMMN what a dude, LOVE you ANDY. I miss the 3020 debauch.
91. Batman: Arkham Asylum A Serious House On Serious Earth- Grant Morrison, Dave Mckean
DC Comics

Jesus Louise what a book! yeah, best Batman I've read, Dave McKean's art, fuuuuuugh...I didn't want this one to end, reread it 3 times before retiring it to the bookshelf, went out and bought all of Morrison's The Invisibles immediately after, can't wait to dig into those guys, I think Derek Fenner told me The Invisibles were the jam, have you seen Derek's OCCULT library? fuuuuuugh...

I'm listening to Van Morrison's Astral Weeks by the way, my Mom bought me some vinyl for Christmas! yeah yeah Mom!
90. The New Sentence- Ron Silliman
Roof Books

I really enjoyed this book, kind of surprised by my reaction to it, because like Robert Greiner "I HATE THEORY," shit, that's not what he said is it? I really do detest the poetics in practice of "the new sentence," I hate prosey poetry, even if it is LANGUAGE based, maybe more so, fucking giant blocks of giant paratactic long lines, gag me with a spoon! I've always really likes Silliman's books though, the dude has moxy! it's just what his style led to with less skilled poets that sinks the ship.
89. Coming Events (Collected Writing)- Susan Gevirtz
Nightboat Books

One of my books of the year, Susan is one my favorite people in the Bay Area, I cherish our friendship, I cherish this book.