Mike DeCapite & Chris Kraus

Two fiction writers who read and listen deeply to poetry, and The Poetry Project especially – Mike DeCapite and Chris Kraus have written novels and stories that spin with all of the friction, leaps, and associations of a renegade church for magpies and prophets. In form, voice, and story, theirs is work of encounter and negotiation – passionate aesthetes, provocateurs, lovers, and characters magnetized to one another, drawing in worlds with orbital force.

We hope you can join us at 7:00PM for a reception before the event. The reading will begin at 8:00PM. Masks will be optional while enjoying drinks and company during the reception but will be required once the reading begins.

Mike DeCapite was born in Cleveland, and moved to New York in 1987. His first reading was at St. Mark’s Church in 1988, and his first appearance in print was in CUZ magazine, put out by the Poetry Project that year. His published work includes the novel Through the Windshield (1998), the chapbooks Sitting Pretty (1999) and Creamsicle Blue (2012), and the short-prose collection Radiant Fog (2014). His novel Jacket Weather was published by Soft Skull in 2021.

Chris Kraus is the author of four novels, three essay collections and a literary biography of Kathy Acker. Her first novel, I Love Dick, was adapted for television. Chris was the Monday Night Coordinator at the Poetry Project alongside Marc Nasdor in the early 1980s. She is a co-editor of Semiotext(e), lives in LA and teaches writing at ArtCenter. She'll read from an in-progress novel.

Masks are required at all Poetry Project events unless otherwise specifically noted. While we will have masks available we encourage you to come with a mask for the reading. We also encourage all event attendees to take a rapid test the day of the event before heading to the church.

This in-person event will also be livestreamed via The Poetry Project's YouTube. Livestream captions will be available via a StreamText link or the CC button on YouTube's player.

Open CART captioning is scheduled for most in-person events.