Eryk Wenziak


Occupation Adjunct Professor, Writer, Editor
Website http://www.erykwenziak.com, http://www.smithandjonesart.com/eryk-wenziak/, http://www.deadlychaps.com/eryk-wenziak/

About Me

I'm a:

* writer of poetry and flash fiction
* drummer
* graduate professor
* fountain pen collector
* person who knows enough guitar chords to make you think I can play
* worshipper of words, sounds, colors, Marcel Duchamp, & Rene Magritte
* fanatic for commas (especially serial commas)
* person who likes to watch kites crash into trees and ponder the question: What if it was really the tree that crashed into the kite (insert ? here)
* lover of 1920s Paris
* pessimist who's pretty optimistic that that fact will never change
* non-believer of the fact that there's an adjective such as "skyey"
* person convinced that ee cummings would probably spell my name something like this: e; Ry. )k
* believer
* buyer of way too many books
* huge fan of Man Ray's "The Enigma of Isidore Ducasse"
* person who will probably never own a Kindle/Nook
* person who does not own any Apple products (only hair products)
* used bookstore junkie
* collector of author quotes
* brain in a vat
* person who owns Pound's "Cantos," just to have it on my bookshelf (along with "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace)
* loser baby, so why don’t you kill me
* lover of Phil Collins and still get goosebumps whenever I hear "In the Air Tonight"
* proud owner of Sea-Monkeys (things. will. not. die.)
* person who buys CDs just to read the liner notes while listening to the CD for the first time
* boss who would discard resumes with one (1!) spelling mistake
* hater of spiders
* person who can never remember how to say/spell "schadenfreude"
* little teapot, short and stout
* person who takes pictures of flashes with the camera he’s using to take pictures of the flashes that are going off from the camera he’s using to take the pictures of the flashes themselves
* saltwater-fishing (crazed) nut
* dreamer who would really like to work in a library
* closet antique-typewriter lunatic
* person who likes that “Bob” and “boob” can be spelled backwards, too
* writer who still writes by hand and then types to a computer
* person grateful for all the wonderful writers I'm friends with

//Journal Publications:
My work has appeared or is forthcoming in: elimae; Short, Fast, and Deadly; Thunderclap Press; Connotation Press; Used Furniture Review; HOUSEFIRE; Otoliths; Negative Suck; Psychic Meatloaf; Lost in Thought; Connecticut River Review; Dark Chaos; Guerilla Pamphlets; Deadlier Than Thou (anthology); Phantom Kangaroo; Blast Furnace; Pipe Dream; 52|250; Bending Light Into Verse V. 3; Exquisite Quartet Anthology 2011; Smoking Mirrors; Truck; Extreme Writing Community; ffoOom; Twenty-Four Hours; Australian Poetry Journal; Flash Frontier; ATTN:, DUSIE; Brave New World; Long River Run.

//Editor:
I serve as art editor at A-minor Magazine and Art Director at A-minor Press.(www.aminormagazine) (www.aminorpress.com)

//Visual Art:
Silk screens of my visual art are available at Red Fox Press (Ireland) as part of their Visual Flux Portfolio series (http://www.redfoxpress.com/prints-vispo.html).

Prints of concrete and visual poetry (inkjet on water color paper) are available for purchase from Smith&Jones Gallery.
http://www.smithandjonesart.com/eryk-wenziak/

//Chapbooks:
"4am," a collection of visual poetry published by No Press (Canada) (http://derekbeaulieu.wordpress.com/no-press/)
(Scroll down to Year 2012 to download a free .PDF version.)

"1975," a twenty-page experimental poem published by Deadly Chaps (New York City) http://www.deadlychaps.com/eryk-wenziak/
(A poem titled "You Must Answer Accordingly To My Questions--Don't Turn Them Away" from this collection was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.)

"Status Programs | Some Rules For Us To Break," a collaborative effort which utilizes Facebook to generate the output of poetry (http://issuu.com/deadlychaps/docs/status_programs).
(Download a free .PDF version.)

"You are my anti-spam hero," a forty-eight page appropriated work consisting of spam email subject headings collected over a period of six months. Published by Twenty-Four Hours Press and also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. (http://www.etsy.com/listing/177802652/twenty-four-hours-anonymous-chapbook-1?ref=shop_home_active_1)

//Books
He is the author of "i need space," a full-length book of poetry published by Deadly Chaps Press.
http://www.deadlychaps.com/2017/03/eryk-wenziak-i-need-space.html)

//Cover Art:
Photography was used for the front/back cover of Sam Rasnake's full-length book of poetry titled, "Cinema Verite," published by A-minor Press. (http://aminorpress.com/titles/)

Photography was used for the front/back cover of Mary Carroll-Hackett's full-length book of poetry titled, "If We Could Know Our Bones," published by A-minor Press. (http://aminorpress.com/titles/)

Photography was used for the front/back cover of Michael Keenan's full-length book of poetry titled, "Translations on Waking in an Italian Cemetary," published by A-minor Press. (http://aminorpress.com/titles/)

Text-based art and photography was used for the front/back cover of Nate Pritts' full-length book of poetry titled, "PostHuman," published by A-minor Press.
(http://aminorpress.com/titles/)

Photography was used for the cover of Bill Yarrow's poetry chapbook titled, "The Lice of Christ," published by MadHat Press. (http://madhat-press.com/collections/poetry/products/the-lice-of-christ-by-bill-yarrow)

My cover art has also been chosen for a chapbook of poems honoring Donald Hall titled, Olives, Now and Then, which I personally presented to Mr. Hall at the poet’s 83rd birthday celebration.

My artwork (Untitled: Scale Degrees in the Key of GBCD) was used as the cover of David Tomaloff's micro-chap, "Days + Dancing." (http://www.origamipoems.com/files/David_Tomaloff_-_DayDancing_2012.pdf)

//DESIGN WORK:
Layout and design for Section 3 of Robert Vaughan's collection of flash fiction and longer prose, "Funhouse."
https://www.amazon.com/Funhouse-Robert-Vaughan/dp/099830901X

//GALLERY EXHIBITIONS:
My photography and text-based visual artwork has been displayed and sold in several gallery exhibitions, including Art From the Heart (http://afth.vanderbiltrepublic.com/Eryk-Wenziak/photo_1) at Gowanus Loft in Brooklyn as part of Gowanus Open Studios 2014, and five separate exhibitions, "What Do You Want On Your Tombstone?" "Art For Benjamin," "A Benefit for Ernesto," "Jest Another Art Show," and "On the Record," all at Smith&Jones Gallery (www.smithandjonesart.com) in Brooklyn and Undercurrent Projects in NYC where my work was on exhibit and is currently for sale.

Four visual poetry pieces from my full-length book of poetry, I NEED SPACE, were on exhibit at a show titled "The Art of the Multiple" held at BrooklynWorks on 159 in Brooklyn, NY. It was in conjunction with my book launch on April 28, 2017 and the show consisted of artwork by 9 other NY based artists. Smith&Jones Art and Court Tree Collective sponsored the event.

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Benjamin-Various/dp/1937739635/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1417203434&sr=8-4&keywords=Eryk+Wenziak

http://www.smithandjonesart.com/2014/11/what-do-you-want-on-your-tombstone-29-october-2014.html

http://www.smithandjonesart.com/2014/11/art-for-benjamin.html

http://www.smithandjonesart.com/2015/04/jest-another-art-show-april-2015.html

http://www.smithandjonesart.com/2015/10/on-the-record-october-2015.html

//COLLABORATIVE WRITING:
Exquisite Quartet Project published in Used Furniture Review:

"Crock-pot"
http://usedfurniturereview.com/2011/08/16/crock-pot-by-meg-tuite’s-exquisite-quartet/

"Safekeeping"
http://usedfurniturereview.com/2011/11/11/safekeeping-by-meg-tuites-exquisite-quartet/

//INTERVIEWS & REVIEWS:
Interview with Connotation Press regarding my writing process, along with my featured poetry.
http://www.connotationpress.com/poetry/1916-eryk-wenziak-poetry

Interview with Short, Fast, and Deadly regarding the publication of my chapbook, 1975, by Deadly Chaps Press and the process of its creation.
http://issuu.com/deadlychaps/docs/2012.9september.issuu/50

Review by Thomas Wexler of my chapbook "1975."
http://issuu.com/deadlychaps/docs/2012.9september.issuu/50

Review of my chapbook "You are my anti-spam hero" by The Tishman Review.
http://thetishmanreview.com/2015/01/open-your-mouth-close-your-eyes-ill-give-you-something-to-make-you-wise/

Mention of my poem "V:anity" by Bronwyn Lea, editor of the Australian Poetry Journal. The piece was original published in Issue 3.2, #concrete.
http://bronwynlea.com/2014/03/18/foreword-australian-poetry-journal-3-2-concrete/

//VIDEO & AUDIO:
Promo for my chapbook, "You are my anti-spam hero."
http://twentyfourhoursonline.org/2014/01/07/tfh-anonymous-video-1-you-are-my-anti-spam-hero/

Created collaborative audio sound-collages using found sound and media sources.

Created several Minimalist video art pieces using light, asemic art, and sound produced with radios, metronomes, and megaphones.

Poets & Writers Directory:
https://www.pw.org/content/eryk_wenziak

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5625204.Eryk_Wenziak?from_search=true

I live at www.erykwenziak.com

Why do you write?

Writing for me started as a cathartic process after a life-changing event, but has become a passion, a way of life, a means of creative expression, and something that I can't see ever being without. My writing is fueled by the surreal, unexpected, and taboo things that we experience in life. Nothing is censored.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Bukowski, Russell Edson, James Tate, Christian Bok, John Fante, Ernest Hemingway, Tony Hoagland, bpNichol, Billy Collins, Donald Hall, Claudia Rankine, ee cummings, Mark Doty, Richard Jones, Dick Allen, Mary Ann Caws, Kafka.

If I had to grab three books from my library just before a fire, they'd be: Bukowski's "Pleasures of the Damned," Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast," and Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style."

Favorite Quotes:

"Writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers." (Charles Bukowski, "what makes")

"Do some living and buy a typewriter." (Charles Bukowski)

"You can look back, babe, but it's best not to stare." (Tom Petty)

Eryk Wenziak's Wall

Bill Yarrow – Jan 03, 2012

Thanks for commenting on "Magritte," Eryk. Glad you liked the poem!

Mark Reep – Jul 26, 2011

Eryk, you're never too old to rock and roll. Grab a pen, start reeeping the rewards :) Glad you enjoyed, thanks!

Mark Reep – Jun 13, 2011

Eryk, thanks for taking time to read and comment on 'Bukowski'. It's much appreciated.

Jack Swenson – Jun 10, 2011

Thanks, Eryk. Nope; wasn't that Pippa. Glad you like the story.

Susan Tepper – May 22, 2011

Eric, thanks so much for listening to my npr interview and glad you enjoyed it! Have fun here, it's a good place for writers!

Susan Tepper – May 20, 2011

Hi Eric, wishing you a warm welcome to Fictionaut!

Eryk Wenziak – May 20, 2011

No problem, Jeff, my pleasure. Thanks for the "cool" comment.

Soon to be deleted – May 20, 2011

Great bio here, thanks for joining my groups.

Eryk Wenziak – May 19, 2011

I'm diggin' it!

Robert Vaughan – May 19, 2011

Welcome to Fictionaut, my friend. So glad you joined the party.

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