Entries in Mike Lala (9)


Coming Soon: Under the Westward Night

Chapbook by Mike Lala.  Available mid December


Mike Lala's irresistible and sensuous poems of dancers, pilots, jazz, and lovers are as seductive as an evasive cat who, while moving oiled and effortlessly across the top of a couch, stares you down. There is both intellectual and spiritual control in this poet's invasive voice, his language equally bold and delicate, his timing impeccable. These poems will inhabit you long after you've put the book aside.

   Diane Wakoski
Michael Lala’s, Under the Westward Night, is a remarkable chapbook, at times stopping, time, with Basho strokes, at others, gesturing allusively, calling worlds back, through a montage of interior geographies, sunflower rooms, traveling regions of dark roads, under the influence, of planets, the dance of bodies and missed touch, accented always with a musician’s ear for sound and space, an artist’s eye for shadow and form and a poet’s willingness to sing and dance in the sweet becoming of loss, in the risk of giving ourselves away, to impulse, attraction, knowing the
music we hear, the bodies we hold, the longing we feel, will leave us, somehow, somehow, somehow, different, reshaped, transformed. This is a beautiful collection, read it and be reminded of what it is poetry does with us as we go about living as or among poets.

Gordon Henry

Fireside Follies Pictures are up!

Check out our Events Page for images from the Fireside Follies event on Saturday night.

Fireside Follies

(Curated by Mike Lala & Eric Nelson)

Brooklyn Fire Proof
119 Ingraham Street (@ Porter)
Brooklyn, NY
L train to Morgan

Takes place every 3rd Saturday of each month. For more information see below.


Artist included in this event:

Elizabeth Devlin

Brandon Lake

Katelan Foisy

Andy Smith

Matt Gross



Fireside Follies Reading Series #3-Sat. Dec 18th-7pm

WHERE: Brooklyn Fire Proof, 119 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn, NY

WHEN: Saturday December 18th, 7pm-10pm

Join curators Eric Nelson and Mike Lala for a special holiday edition of Bushwick's new, monthly reading series, the Fireside Follies, at Brooklyn Fire Proof's main stage and art space (don't worry--there's a full bar). THIS EVENT IS FREE!

Readers for this event include Matt Gross (travel writer, former NY Times Frugal Traveler), Andy Smith (Welcome to the Land of Cannibalistic Horses), Katelan Foisy (Blood and Pudding), Jonny Diamond (The L Magazine), and Brandon Lake. SPECIAL GUEST: Elizabeth Devlin, debuting her new 7-inch “Ladybug”. Special surprises!!

Fireside Follies will be held on the third Saturday of every month at Brooklyn Fire Proof, and will combine local, independent and underground literary talent with well-published authors and artists.


New Video Section 

We are working on a new video section  for our events.  If you have a video from one of our events please send it over and we will be sure to upload it to the site and youtube channel.  Until then please feel free to look at the KC youtube channel for video of Katelan V. Foisy's book release party. Eight videos in all.

Katelan V. Foisy

John S. Hall

Eric Nelson

Mike Lala

Lenox Parker




Blood & Pudding Book Release Party

Thank you all who attending our book release party at Bluestockings Book Store. We had a blast! And thanks to all our speakers.

























Check out more pictures from the event on our Events Page and also check out video from the event on our Youtube page.