The Poetry Project


Pathetic Happening

© Ivanna Baranova

PATHETIC HAPPENING is a read and performed version of the entirety of Pathetic Literature (edited by Eileen Myles) from Grove Press, a nearly 700 page volume of poets and fiction writers and playwrights and nonfiction from all over the world, and all eras. This event conceived and curated by Tom Cole & Eileen Myles with ten subcurators TBD is devoted to enacting literature in all its dimensionality. The entire church will be a performance space, with simultaneous readings occurring in diverse locations on the St. Mark’s campus over approximately five hours. Texts will be read by original authors, covered by friends and fans, choruses and family members, sung, choreographed, incanted, played. The event will be videotaped, it’s free and the audience is encouraged to move about and witness at their pleasure and occasionally will be asked to participate. Books will be available for purchase and though the event is free you’re encouraged to join or contribute to The Poetry Project who have made this happening possible.


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.