Celebrate the launch of a new Brooklyn-based small press, Lunar Chandelier, with publisher Kim Lyons and authors of the first three titles, due out in Fall 2010: Deliberate Proof by Vyt Bakaitis, petals, emblems by Lynn Behrendt, and Homework by Joe Elliot. Lunar Chandelier’s credo: “Delirious avenues/ lit/ with the chandelier souls/ of infusoria” —Mina Loy
Vyt Bakaitis, a native of Lithuania, has been living in New York City since 1968. A book of his poems City Country appeared in 1991 (Black Thistle Press, NYC), and CON/STRUCTS, his book of visual poems and photographs, came out in a limited edition in 2001 (Arunas K. Photo+Graphics, NYC). Vyt has also published translations of poetry from several languages including Breathing Free: A Comprehensive Anthology of 20th Century Lithuanian Poetry (LRS, 2001).
Lynn Behrendt grew up in Pearl River, New York, and Chester, Vermont and graduated from Bard College with a BA in Creative Writing. She is the author of four chapbooks: The Moon as Chance, Characters, Tinder, and Luminous Flux. She co-edits the Annandale Dream Gazette, a chronicle of poets’ dreams, as well as Peep/Show Poetry, an electronic journal of innovative serial works. She publishes limited edition handmade books under the Lines Chapbooks imprint in Red Hook, New York, where she lives and works as a freelance writer and editor.
Joe Elliot ran a weekly reading series at Biblios Bookstore in New York City for many years. He co-edited two chapbook series: A Musty Bone and Situations. Joe Elliot is the author of numerous chapbooks including You Gotta Go In It’s the Big Game, Poems to Be Centered on a Much Much Larger Pieces of Paper, 15 Clanking Radiators, 14 Knots, Reduced, Half Gross (a collaboration with artist John Koos), and Object Lesson (a collaboration with artist Rich O’Russa). Granary Books published If It Rained Here, a collaboration with artist Julie Harrison. His long poem, 101 Designs for the World Trade Center, was published by Faux Press e-mag, and a collection of his work, Opposable Thumb, was published by subpress in 2006.