Happy Birthday Third Man Books! March 11, 2016

BIRTHDAY BALL. Friday, March 11 at Third Man Records in Nashville. For details read HERE.

The lineup:

Sampson Starkweather is a new American meta-realist poet born in Pittsboro, North Carolina. His most recent book of poems, PAIN:The Board Game, is available from Third Man Books. He is also the author of The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather and a founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. About Starkweather's poetry, poet D.A. Powell says, "The poems are loud, funny, mock-moody, electric and yes, even moving. . . I find myself reading these poems and smiling both at the chutzpah of their style and at the big kick in the pants that this book constitutes in relation to contemporary poetry. If I were given enough time on this planet, I guarantee that I would make each and every person read at least one poem by Sampson Starkweather and I'd guarantee the experience by vowing to eat a bug if the reader really felt no passion for poetry after being exposed to such a force of nature," and in the words of poet Bianca Stone,"I find with each poem I’m laughing out loud. But also putting my hand over my heart, in a futile effort to keep the damn thing still.” Sampson Starkweather lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Ana Božičević, born in Croatia in 1977, is the author of Stars of the Night Commute (2009) and Rise in the Fall, a 2014 Lambda Literary Award Winner and Publishers Weekly’s top five in poetry for 2013, and she is the recipient of the 40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism award from the Feminist Press. About Božičević's poems, writer Eileen Miles says, "This is more the work of an ancient waterfall than a human. One that told stories, broke dishes and wept. Got drunk rode a horse to the city in the moonlight shouting songs. No matter what the radiant, brilliantly unbalanced work of Ana Božičević always feels right. She’s a bit of a colossus. It’s stuck, it’s in motion. It’s absurdly enough."

Grammy-Award-winning writer Robert Gordon is the author of six books, and producer/director of eight feature documentaries. He has focused on the American south—its music, art, and politics—to create an insider’s portrait of his home that is both nuanced and ribald. Gordon’s first book, It Came From Memphis, careens through the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, riding shotgun with the weirdos, winos, and midget wrestlers who were the forces that created rock and roll. Gordon’s most recent documentary is Best of Enemies, a film about the enmity between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal, and how it played out nationally on television in 1968, its ramifications shaping today’s media landscape. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife and two children. 

Adia Victoria is establishing a fresh reference point on the musical landscape. From blood-born howls to idiosyncratic phrasing, she is the big red dot saying You Are Here. The Nashville-based artist travels the lands of rock, afro punk, and country, squarely situated in the continent of the Blues. In a recent feature story, Faderencouraged us to, “Meet Adia Victoria, A Poet Making Country Music a Little Creepier.” She is found in album cuts like Sea of Sand and Stuck in the South, revealing some of her place-based aha moments. Rolling StoneMagazine featured Adia Victoria as one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know.” The Village Voice called her an “eerie, intriguing songwriter,” with “bone chilling guitar riffs and lyrics topped with candid scorn. Vogue highlighted the recording artist as one of “5 Beauties Who Answer to Afropunk’s Rebellious Call.”

Jack Lawrence plays or has played bass guitar in The Raconteurs, The Greenhornes, The Dead Weather and City and Colour as well as the autoharp and banjo in Blanche. He also guested on the theme song to the 2008 Bond film Quantum of Solace entitled "Another Way To Die," playing bass guitar and baritone guitar. In 2009, Lawrence contributed to the soundtrack of the Spike Jonze film Where the Wild Things Are. He is also credited on four songs from Wanda Jackson's album, The Party Ain't Over.