Wednesday, August 1, 2018

"At The Living Gallery Outpost, a platform for artists to manifest their dreams"

My current article in The Villager focuses on The Living Gallery Outpost and their innovative programs and community involvement.

Opening Day celebration, photo by Bob Krasner.
(L-R) Co-founders Alexandria Hodgkins, Nyssa Frank, Joseph Meloy

The Month of July, 2018

A lot of poetry in many different venues:

07/08/18 - With Mark McKay Band at The Treehouse
07/10/18 - With Joe Sztabnik and Danny Ray at 2A, hosted by Rick Eckerle and Cal Reynolds07/12/18 - With Mark McKay Band at 11th Street Bar
07/14/18 - With Soul Cake at 11th Street Garden, curated by Gina Healy
07/17/18 - With Danny Ray at 2A, hosted by Rick Eckerle and Cal Reynolds
07/19/18 - Solo at Coney Island Baby, curated by Gordon Lawrence
07/21/18 - With Soul Cake and Friends, Music Under the Stars, 6th Street Garden, curated by Joff Wilson
07/29/18 - Solo at NYC Poetry Festival at Governor's Island

Coney Island Baby, photo by Johan Vipper

                                 2A, Photo by Donald Sztabnik

Music Under the Stars, (L-R) Walter Steding, Joff Wilson, Laura Sativa,
                            (unseen) Sarafe, photo, Sally Young

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

My latest article, about Overthrow NY Boxing, the Yippie building, counterculture and counterpunching. Please "like" and comment if you wish. Available in hard copy - The Villager, Chelsea Now, and The Villager Express on Thursday, 7/5.


Some of the photos included:

 Head trainer Alicia Napoleon (The Empress, L) is an undefeated champion. This is a championship fight in Queens. Photo, Clayton Patterson.

L to R: Joey Goodwin, Mukunda Angulo and Clayton Patterson. | Photo by Elsa Rensaa

 Team photo, Denise Levitt

Joey Goodwin, Founder/CEO fighting in Friday Night Throwdown, 2012, photo, Clayton Patterson


Community Garden, East 6th Street and Avenue B, Joff Wilson's monthly summer series.

Ending in a jam a poem with Soul Cake (Joff, Sara Fe on bass, Laura Sativa, flute) and Rick Eckerle and Ron Bongo sitting in.

 Photo, Sally Young

Photo, James Redsands

Thursday, June 7, 2018


June 6, 2018, Puma Perl and Friends played Sidewalk Cafe to celebrate Joey Kelly's birthday. Friends were (l-r Dave Donen, drums, Joff Wilson, guitar, Joe Sztabnik, bass, and to my right, Danny Ray, sax. Photo by David W. Stoler.

We did a combination of old and new material. I wanted to close with my poem, "The Last Collage," but it somehow flew off of the music stand and they had already started the Nico-inspired drone so I made something up. Wish I could remember it.

Also on the bill were Joey Kelly's Dive Bar Romeos, Crazy Mary, and The Robert Kennedy Assassination (fittingly for the 50th anniversary of his death.)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018



Two of these photos have been exhibited on sold. This is a selection of my Barbie Series.

Monday, June 4, 2018

A Slice of the Apple

Several years ago, I was hired as the photo editor and curator for an upcoming book, "A Slice of the Apple," which documented the downtown NYC poetry scene during a specific period, circa 2008-2012. The publisher was to be Spiny Babble Press. I had also had several poems accepted. As we worked on the book together, two of the three editors involved became ill and passed away. The third developed heart problems and underwent a triple bypass. (None of the three were elderly, as a point of information.) The project was put on hold indefinitely but is now being revisited. Below is the artist's statement that I was asked to submit, and a selection of my photographs and photographs that I curated.

Artist’s Statement
       Puma Perl

I began documenting the poetry scene for the same reasons that I crossed over from the written word to the spoken word to the performance piece: immediacy. Capturing the moment, the impulse, unexpected, the unplanned. The sound of an audience shocked into silence, or bursting into spontaneous applause.  Somebody crying. Maybe the performer, his or herself.

It’s two artists who have never met before reading one another’s work, or creating a collaborative dance that will never again be

It’s a poet throwing away the poems and, fighting back tears, telling a story about her life.

It’s losing your place and improvising a much better piece, which you will never remember.

It’s the brilliant artist who disappears.

It’s my performance partner cutting off my clothes while I read and suddenly chopping off a hunk of my hair.

People often ask us why we do it. There are stock answers, but the best one, to me, is the only alternative is NOT to do it. Do. Or not do.
That’s it.

I hope these photos, created by Jodi Lynn Concepcion, Stas Pix Nuke, and myself, bring a chaos mixed with passion. Enter the moment.

Big Mike, Puma Perl, founders of DDAY Productions, in front of Bowery Poetry Club, pre-renovation, Jodi Lynn Concepcion, 2010

     Brant Lyon, RIP, founding editor, Battery Park, Make Music New York, 
                                                       Puma Perl, 2009

Bob Hart, Bowery Poetry Club, Jodi Lynn Concepcion, 2011

           Amy Uzi, Backstage at Bowery Poetry Club's New Years Day 
                            Alternative Marathon, Puma Perl, 2011

Aimee Herman, Bowery Poetry Club, Stas Pix, 2011

Kat Georges, DADA party for Maintenant, Cornelia Street Cafe,                                      Puma Perl, 2011

ABC No Rio, pre-renovation, Puma Perl, 2012

         Frank Simone, Editor, RIP, JuJoMakti Tea Lounge, Puma Perl, 2012

                      Liza Wolsky, Bowery Poetry Club, Stas Pix, 2011
                     Poets George Wallace and Rob Plath, Mars Bar following  
                                "The Beat Poetry Hour," Puma Perl, 2009

Professor Steve Cannon, founder of Tribes, Poets House, Puma Perl, 2012

The Poetry Brothel, First Annual NY Poetry Festival, Governor's Island, 
                                                   Puma Perl, 2010