Lonely Christopher

Curriculum Vitae.

Lonely Christopher writes outside and across forms. His documents include poetry, fiction, dramatic work, and blog posts. He was born and raised in Western New York and has lived in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York for six years.

He is the author of the short fiction collection The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse, which was a 2011 selection of Dennis Cooper's Little House on the Bowery imprint of Akashic Books; Publishers Weekly called it “provocative and refreshing.” With Robert Snyderman and Christopher Sweeney, he wrote the long-form verse collection Into (Seven CirclePress, 2010). His poetry has been collected in the chapbooks Satan (Small Anchor Press, 2007), Wow, Where Do You Come from, Upside-Down Land? (The Corresponding Society, 2009), Poems in June (The Corresponding Society, 2011) and Crush Dream (Radioactive Moat, 2012). The first two installments of his Gay Play trilogy were published by Small Anchor Press (2009) in a standard edition as well as a bilingual English/Mandarin edition (available in China). His writing has appeared in the anthologies Cityscapes Volume 2Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their Muses, The Physical Poets Home LibrarySATANICA, The Sonnets: Translating & Rewriting Shakespeare, and Way of the Word. His stories and poems have appeared in publications such as Animal Farm, The Brooklyn Rail, The Fanzine, FenceMaggyPlain Wrap, Radioactive Moat, Supermachine, and Thumbnail.

Lonely Christopher is a founding member of The Corresponding Society; he was its original blog manager and an editor of its literary journal Correspondence through issue three. He curated The Corresponding Society’s second series of chapbooks, “What Where,” including titles by Robert Fitterman and Anselm Berrigan. He is also a founding member of The Institutionalized Theater, a writer-based company in Brooklyn, and has written and directed many dramatic scenarios for the group. His original plays, including his Gay Play trilogy, have been produced in New York City and ChengDu, China. In 2008 he worked with playwright Mac Wellman on the production of his play 1965UU starring Paul Lazar.

He has appeared in performance across the country, reading at venues such as Barnes & Noble, The Brooklyn Public Library, The Poetry Project, The Bowery Poetry Club, St Mark's Bookshop, Unnameable Books, The Cake Shop, Powell's, City Lights, Books Inc, Moe's Books, Book Soup, Giovanni's Room, the University of Pennsylvania, the Pratt Institute, Bennington College, and Harvard University. He has lectured or taught his own work to undergraduate and graduate students at The CUNY Graduate Center, The New School, California College of the Arts, and University of San Francisco.

He recently wrote and directed his first feature film, MOM, for Cavazos Films, featuring Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos), Janet Hubert (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Paul Lazar (Silence of the Lambs), and Michael Potts (The Wire, The Book of Mormon).

Oh, and his gmail address is lonelychristopher, if you want to write for whatever reason.

                                                  ONLINE ARCHIVE


Interviews, &c.

Lonely Christopher Video Interview

    Cutty Spot, Winter '12

Tree Interview with Lonely Christopher

    Poets Touching Trees, Summer '12

Gregory Laynor interviews Lonely Christopher

    EOAGH, Summer '12

Plain Wrap interviews Lonely Christopher

    Plain Wrap Blog, Summer '11

Harry Cheadle interviews Lonely Christopher

    Vice Magazine, Winter '11

        TCS, Summer '09

Lonely Christopher interviews Kenneth Goldsmith
        TCS, Winter '07, made available through the Electronic Poetry Center Oct '08

Lonely Christopher interviews Christopher Sweeney

        TCS, Sept '08


Poetry

Five Poems

    from Crush Dream

June Bird

    from Poems in June

Magic Bridge

Little Girls

    from Wow, Where Do You Come from, Upside-Down Land?

Serial Killer

I Found You There (Parts III & VII)

   from Satan

The Vernacular Poems


Fiction

That Which

    from The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse

Milk

    from The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse

The Bottom of the Ocean


Books

                    Into (Seven CirclePress)

            poetry; with Robert Snyderman and Christopher Sweeney; introduction by Greg Afinogenov

                    The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse (Akashic, Little House on the Bowery)

            fiction; nine stories


                                        Chapbooks &c.

                    Satan

    2007, Small Anchor Press

                    Gay Plays (bilingual edition, China)

    2009, Small Anchor Press, translated by Xinyao Huang and Julia Chang

                    Wow, Where Do You Come from, Upside-Down Land?

    2009, The Corresponding Society, No Know Chapbook Series (out of print)

                    Gay Plays (US edition)

    2009, Small Anchor Press

                    Poems in June
    2011, The Corresponding Society

                   Crush Dream
    2012, Radioactive Moat

                   Challenger
    forthcoming
 

Film

            MOM

    2013, writer & director, Cavazos Films

          We Are Not Here

    2013, based on "The Relationship" by Lonely Christopher, dir. Aaron Mirkin


Plays

            Retardo

    2007, The Bowery Poetry Club

            Thoughts on the Atomic Bomb

    2007, adapted from the article by Gertrude Stein, Pratt

            MAD DEADLY WORLDWIDE GANGSTER COMMUNIST COMPUTER GOD

    2008, adapted from a letter by Francis E. Dec, Pratt

            Gay Play

    2008, The Bowery Poetry Club

            I Am Happy

    2009, Sellers Bookstore (Jim Thorpe, PA)

            Gay Plays 1 & 2

    2009, The Bookworm (ChengDu, China), dir. Jen Hyde

            之一 -- 阳君两  之二 -- 阳君两  (Gay Play 1 & Gay Play 2)

    2009, The Bookworm (ChengDu, China)

            Endymion Dreams the Moon

      2010, The Jalopy Theater (Brooklyn)

          Pages from a Course in General Linguistics, dir. Teddy Nicholas

    2010, Bar on A


Other

        Pixelated Twinks

    2012, online art project
















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Reviews

Cool Limbo by Michael Montlack

Pee on Water by Rachel B. Glaser

The Salt Ecstasies by James L. White

Black Life by Dorothea Lasky


Essays

A: a Problem on Andy Warhol's philosophy

Who Cares If You Read? on the pathetic futility of poetics

What Is The Bad Quarto? on the evil twin of Hamlet

The Ambiguities on the madness of Melville's Pierre  



Letters

A Celebration of the Ministry of Bishop Violet L. Fisher

Dear Chris

I Will Tell You a Little Story about Plymouth


Video

We Are Not Here

    teaser trailer for a short film based on the story "The Relationship"

The Tipsy Critics

    web series with Mae Saslaw

"His Lips Were on That Glass"

    poem read at Outpost Lounge

Pages from a Course in General Linguistics

    tape of full play by Lonely Christopher

    directed by Teddy Nicholas; sound design by Brendan Byrne; featuring T. Ramon Campbell (A), Tricia Cramer (B), Kristopher W. Imperati (Z); produced by Marissa Forbes for Republic Worldwide

"For My Daughter on Her Wedding Day"

    poem read at Unnameable Books, 27 March 2011

from Gay Play 3

    speeches read at St Mark's Bookshop


Press, &c.

Lonely Christopher in Wikipedia

Lonely Christopher on IMDB

Next Magazine covers Crush Dream

The New York Time's Online on MOM

The Poetry Foundation profiles MOM

Mechanics reviewed by the Lawrentian

Mechanics reviewed by Publishers Weekly

Mechanics reviewed by James Champagne

Satan reviewed at The Chapbook Review

Blurbs from various figures re various books

Comments