Join us Wednesday, November 9th

November 2, 2016



September 17, 2013

Join us Tuesday, September 24th, 7:00 p.m.

for Letras Latinas prizewinning poets

Laurie Ann Guerrero and Dan Vera


Farid Matuk, October 14th, 7:00 p.m.

October 7, 2011

Join us next Friday, October 14th, 7:00 p.m., at the Rubin Center for Visual Arts on the UTEP campus.

Farid Matuk, Friday October 14th, 7:00 p.m.

October 4, 2011

Farid Matuk

The Dishonest Mailman is pleased to present


author of This Isa Nice Neighborhood

Friday, October 14th, 7:00 pm
Rubin Center for Visual Arts
on the UTEP campus

Rachel Levitsky, Thursday April 14th, 7:00 pm

April 8, 2011

Rachel Levitsky

Please join us for a poetry reading by the amazing Rachel Levitsky, poet and publisher of Belladonna Books, on Thursday, April 14th, 7:00 pm, at the Blumberg Auditorium (in UTEP’s Library).

Rachel Levitsky’s newest book, Neighbor, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2009, and her first full-length volume, Under the Sun was published by Futurepoem books in 2003. She is also the author of five chapbooks of poetry, Dearly (a+bend, 1999), Dearly 356, Cartographies of Error (Leroy, 1999), The Adventures of Yaya and Grace (PotesPoets, 1999) and 2(1×1)Portraits (Baksun, 1998).

Neighbor (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009)

Levitsky is the founder and co-director of Belladonna*, an event and publication series of feminist avant-garde poetics. In 2008 she was the only poet from the United States invited to attend The Tokyo Poetry Festival, and throughout 2008-2009 she served as the CPCW Fellow in Poetics & Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently teaches college courses in two prisons in New York State.

Read a review of Neighbor here.

Click here to listen to Levitsky read from Neighbor.

Listen to Levitsky discuss her work. (from “Ceptuetics” on WNYU)

Joshua Marie Wilkinson — Wolf Dust

October 18, 2010

Joshua Marie Wilkinson to speak today

October 18, 2010

Joshua Marie Wilkinson joins us today to speak to Rosa Alcala’s graduate poetry seminar.  Visitors are welcome.  4:30-5:50, Liberal Arts 302, at UTEP.

From Selenography:

& thumbtacks in the
plastery wall we
are water
& bad water mixed
together so perfectly
the township

cannot discern our
from the streetscape

we are scissored out from


Dishonest Mailman Poet of the Week: Joshua Marie Wilkinson

October 15, 2010

[W]hat gets called “accessibility” is a ruse to shelter us from encountering language that might alter us.

[from an essay on American poetry, at the Poetry Society of America.  Click here to read the essay.]


Read an excerpt from “Moth in the Projectorlight” here.

Born and raised in Seattle, Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of five books, most recently Selenography. He has also edited two anthologies for University of Iowa Press, including Poets on Teaching, due out fall 2010. A tour documentary about the band Califone, entitled Made a Machine by Describing the Landscape, is also forthcoming. He lives in Andersonville and teaches at Loyola University Chicago.




Click here to visit Joshua Marie Wilkinson’s website.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson will visit El Paso on Monday, October 18th.

Join us September 23rd, 7:00 p.m. for Rodrigo Toscano: Collapsible Poetics Theater

September 13, 2010

Rodrigo Toscano will join the Dishonest Mailman on Thursday, Sept. 23rd at 7:00 p.m., in the UTEP Union Cinema.  Toscano, winner of the National Poetry Series, is Director of the Collapsible Poetics Theater.

Toscano will stage a collaborative performance with UTEP faculty and students, including Christine Foerster, Maria Gomez, Silvana Ayala, and Angel Valenzuela.

“Poetics Theater is a test of poetry. The Collapsible Poetics Theater is an all volunteer effort, one that assembles itself within a given 24 hour period of each performance. Each locale (with its resident poets, experienced actors, experienced non-actors) brings an entirely new set possibilities. It is reminiscent of Commedia Dell’Arte in its traveling, portable, rapid-set up qualities. To be sure, Poetics Theater fits into the poetry scene as a baby does in itchy burlap; it fits into the drama scene as does a little crown, little scepter, little gown, all neatly stored in a metal suitcase (quite literally!). The dings are just dings. The persistent question is: can the poem be tested any further?”
— Rodrigo Toscano

We’re lucky to have this dynamic poet and performer out here on the border with the Dishonest Mailman.  Join us for what is sure to be a great event.

Conceiving a performance

Spine (Poets Theater Jamboree 2007) (photo by Cynthia Sailers)

“The Collapsible Poetics Theater (CPT) is a particular form and practice of Poetics Theater (PT). Poetics Theater is one of the Poetic Arts (other PA’s would include visual poetry, sound poetry, textual-experimental poetry, conceptual poetry, lyrical & song poetry, movie-telling, etc).” — Rodrigo Toscano

Jocelyn Saidenberg & David Brazil (photo by Cynthia Sailers) at Spine (Poets Theater Jamboree 2007)

“The text’s polysemic qualities, its distant-associative valences, its trope recombinatory potential, its very motility, is what aerates into the performance space, is what comes into ‘contact’ with those in the ‘contact zone’.”
— Rodrigo Toscano

New Link: Breach Journal

May 6, 2010

Here at the Dishonest Mailman, we’re always on the lookout for new blogs, presses, and journals to add to our links, all in an effort to provide the best possible experience for our readers.

To this end, we are pleased to announce the addition of Breach Journal to our list of journals.  Breach is a new online journal edited by J. Michael Martinez.  Click here to read Martinez’s poetics statement: “LaChiPo: A Decolonial Poetics.”

Click here to enter the Breach Journal site and see great work by some of our favorites: Blas Falconer, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Juan Felipe Herrera, Roberto Tejada, Rodrigo Toscano, and more.