David Lawton

New York City,

Author's Bio

I am a native of Woburn, Massachusetts and a graduate of the theatre program at Boston University, where I was also a Guest Artist in the playwriting classes taught by Nobel Laureate (in Poetry) Derek Walcott. I have appeared as an actor Off-Broadway, had my plays performed Off-Off Broadway, and sang background vocals for ten years with the New York underground band Leisure Class. It was in the band's de facto headquarters in the Chelsea Hotel that I befriended beat godfather Herbert Huncke and San Francisco poet Marty Matz and was inspired by their embodiment of the spoken word. I have had poems anthologized by Sacred Fools Press, Three Rooms Press, and Uphook Press, as well as the upcoming "Rabbit Ears: TV Poems" (NYQ Books)and "From Somewhere to Nowhere: The End of the American Dream" (Automedia). I have been featured at such live venues as The Inspired Word, Cornelia Street Café and the HOWL Festival in New York, Dire Literary series in Cambridge MA, The Gold Rush Saloon in New Orleans and Viracocha in San Francisco. I served as co-host/co-producer of the 2009 "Downtown Does Huncke for His Birthday" event at the Bowery Electric which spotlighted Huncke's prose, and am also one of the interview subjects for the recent release "This Ain't No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995" (Schaffner Press). I am an editor for greatweatherforMEDIA, and serve as one of the hosts for their Sunday reading series at The Parkside Lounge on the Lower East Side.

Publications and Prizes


Sharp Blue Stream
(Three Rooms Press,
Team member - Playwrights Horizons, 2004 Broadway Show League softball champions; Zen Tigers, champions of 2010 and All-Borough Beats, champions of 2014 Jack Kerouac Memorial Softball Game.

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Celtic American
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Woburn, MA
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Woburn, MA

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
meant to wake up feeling by Aimee Herman, It Starts in the Belly and Blooms by Thomas Fucaloro, Retrograde by Puma Perl
Favorite Books:
The Roominghouse Madrigals, Under Milkwood,In the Seasons of My Eye, Kaddish, The Evening Sun Turned Crimson.
Favorite Authors:
Shakespeare, Chekhov, Bukowski, Dylan Thomas, Huncke, Kerouac, Ginsberg, Gore Vidal, Russell Banks, W.B. Yeats, R.M. Rilke, Marty Matz, H.D., ee Cummings, John Irving.

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Listing last updated: January 31, 2015.