Join Max Ritvo and His Majesty the Baby for an evening of written art in performance. For our inaugural May 17th show, we’re happy to feature the artists Ava Kofman, Elizabeth Metzger, and Jean Valentine.
Max Ritvo’s HMTB Readings pair important literary voices with promising young writers. The common thread: passionate performance that leaves absolutely everything on the floor. The HMTB Readings are homed in the historic 13th Street Repertory Theater, a Manhattan gem that has fostered new talent since 1973. $10 recommended donation, wine and refreshments available. All funds go to support His Majesty the Baby Literary Magazine.
His Majesty the Baby Literary Magazine is a small publication founded by the comedy troupe, His Majesty the Baby, and edited by the poet Max Ritvo. It is focused on bringing poetry tragic, comic, and tragicomic to an online audience, some of whom we hope are not yet part of the poetry-reading world. Our mission is to “showcase writing that is hilarious even at its most dead-serious serious. By that, we mean writing that makes us feel loved even as it exposes us to the flames. And that love lets us laugh into the flames–when they burn, tickle, or burn-tickle.”
Ava KOFMAN is a writer, researcher and journalist living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in VICE, The Nation, Jacobin, and the Brooklyn Rail, among other publications.
Elizabeth METZGER is an instructor of writing at Columbia University and the poetry editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal. Her poems received the 2013 Narrative Magazine Poetry Contest and have appeared or are forthcoming in His Majesty, The Baby, The Yale Review, Kenyon Review Online, Guernica, Tupelo Quarterly, The Common, Narrative Magazine, among other places. Her essays and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Southwest Review, Boston Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Jean VALENTINE is a longtime resident of New York City. She was named the State Poet of New York in 2008. Her first book of poems, Dream Barker and Other Poems, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1965. Subsequent collections of poems include The River at Wolf (1992), Little Boat (2007), and Door in the Mountain: New and Collected Poems, 1965–2003, which won the National Book Award in 2004. She has been awarded a Bunting Institute Fellowship, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and the Shelley Memorial Prize.