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, greatweatherforMEDIA, and Uphook Press, as well as the upcoming "Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (Poets Wear Prada). 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, 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 recently joined the editing team at 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

Book

Sharp Blue Stream
(Three Rooms Press,
2013)
Prizes: 
Team member - Zen Tigers, champions of 2010 Jack Kerouac Memorial Softball Game.

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings? 
Yes
Travels for readings? 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Celtic American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Woburn, MA
Raised in: 
Woburn, MA

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
American Hipster by Hilary Holladay, It Starts in the Belly and Blooms by Thomas Fucaloro, Fattening Frogs for Snakes by John Sinclair
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: November 2, 2013.

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