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Nite Fite Returns: Ryan Joins the Pizza Debate

November 14, 2012

A few years ago Dan Meth and Mark Vitelli called me up and asked me what I thought about pizza. I forgot about it and so did the internet. And then they remembered and the internet remembered and suddenly I was this cartoon.

This is not the first time this has happened. Having know Meth since we were next door neighbours in Oklahoma (if you can call 4 miles down a dirt road neighbours! haha!) I’ve had my share of cameos in his work. I think my voice first turned up in the always hilarious, always offensive Mike Tyson’s Brunch Out:

Dan and I once even co-wrote a series about a British talent agent ram with a terrible and ill-conceived eye for talent. It began like this:

While many of Meth’s cartoons have been loved, cherished and even sponsored — Cavalcade of Laffs remains a cult favourite of nearly 3 or 4 people. Thanks to praise such as:  “THIS ONE SUX”   and “better than dennis leary” and “This is the first meth minute that didn’t make me laugh or even smile at all” Meth and I conceived an 8 episode story-arc which would have included a hilarious spin on Ann Nocenti’s “The Hundred Heads of Ultron” saga from Daredevil circa 1988. Sadly, the internet will likely never meet “Married Robot” (though I expect Meth will still have the story boards.)
However, the internet can still content itself with the comedic stylings of the afore seen “A Giant Preying Mantis” and the below “A Dog who Can’t Stop Shitting.”

For those who haven’t seen it: Welcome to the Club. And don’t forget to check out Dan’s other great work: cartoons, illustration, murals, song, performance art, vegan baking! The man does it all (http://danmeth.com/)

Poetry Adventures in Sofia With Literature Across Frontiers

September 27, 2012

Literature Across Frontiers

Early this month I took a trip to Bulgaria to play with the fine folks of Sofia Poetics as part of the Literature Across Frontiers initiative that helps folk like me go to far-flung locales in the name of art. I made some lovely friends with some deeply talented people, including the Polish poet Tomasz Rózycki, native Sofian graphic designer Ivan Hristov and poet/bear-lover SJ Fowler, who is also responsible for filming this instance of the good people of Sofia showing me both their love and their middle fingers.

Further Reading:

Tomasz’s books are available in translation as part of the anthology Six Polish Poets from the excellent American imprint Arc Publications, check out Ivan’s portfolio and you can read SJ’s thoughts on UK poetry in conversation with the Huffington Post here.

Ryan on LushTV

July 16, 2012

Balls Howled on LushTV

 

In July I attended Lush Fest. A gathering of employees and friends of the greatest smelling company in the world. It was also one of the best-smelling, if not wettest festivals I’d even attended. However, despite only having a pair of flip-flops for footware, I and everyone there, had a great time. Here’s a glimpse of my poetry reading. A little collage poem from the day’s headlines. Some worked better than others as “poetry” but everybody had a good time and no one got hurt.

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LushFest

 

 

Edwin Morgan’s Gorgo & Beau

April 11, 2011

Edwin Morgan’s Gorgo & Beau

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The lovely Marjory Crooks filmed this ridiculous ‘acting’ out of Edwin Morgan’s Gorgo & Beau. It features myself and the irrepressible Russell Jones. Watch it and mourn what stage and screen has lost. Truly, these two poets are squandering their thespian chops. You can see more of Marjory Crooks work with other poets here. You can find more embarrassing videos with me in them here.

 

Videos

February 20, 2011

Videos

Sometimes I get recorded and put on the internets. So, for those of you interested in hearing me either a) talk about myself or b) reading my poems please see below.

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Tomorrow, We Will Live Here

Book Preview

by Ericka Duffy

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Ericka Duffy put together this little pre-book launch video for my collection ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here.’ It is filmed at the lovely Sip N’ Snip hair saloon and Massage Corner during a massive party at Forest. It was awkward. I drank my way through it.

Ryan Van Winkle at Sip N’ Snip Video

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Interview at Phoenix Arts Club, November 2010

by Lee Smith

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Lee, my editor at Salt Publishing, interviewed me before the the launch of my first book. It was lovely to have my friends around and special thanks to Mikey Krumins for the tequila!

Ryan Van Winkle Book Launch

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Highlights of Salt Launch, November 2010, London

by Lee Smith

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My book launched along-side the other Crashaw Prize winners: Andrew Pidoux, Nick Potamitis, Susannah Rickards, Jonty Tiplady, and Anna Woodford. We all performed to a packed room of appreciative guests. It was such a relaxed and inviting event, and the perfect way to launch these stunning debut collections.You can learn more about the other wondrous wizards as well as find information about the Crashaw Prize on Salt’s website.

Ryan Van Winkle and Crashaw Prize Winners 2010

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http://www.saltpublishing.com/assets/covers/648/9781844717897.jpgSee the Poems, Read the Poems on ‘How Pedestrian

‘How Pedestrian’ is a vibrant and unique poetic resource featuring random people in random places reading poems. I was flattered that Katherine Leyton chose to celebrate the release of my first ever collection of poems (Tomorrow, We Will Live Here) by featuring strangers reading my poems. For those of you who haven’t bought the book, you can read and hear samples of my work and, if you dig it, please consider buying a copy here.

For the sake of laziness the videos are all below but definitely check out the How Pedestrian site. It is a great way to introduce yourself to very high quality contemporary poetry. I cannot recommend it enough! Thanks Leyton!

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Here are my videos (links will get you to a page where you can read the poems as well).

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“Babel” can be found in Ryan Van Winkle‘s collection Tomorrow, We Will Live Here.

Ryan Van Winkle – Babel – NYC

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Columbia University. In the middle of the night. On a brutally cold evening in December. I love this video.

“Necessary Astronomy” can be found in Ryan Van Winkle‘s collection Tomorrow, We Will Live Here.

Ryan Van Winkle – Necessary Astronomy – NYC

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In New York and featuring poems from Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, the new collection from Conneticut-born poet Ryan Van Winkle. This reading was shot at International House in Manhatten. Do any of you recognize the music?

Ryan Van Winkle – The Day He Went to War – NYC

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I can’t seem to make the video work for below. But you can see me read if you follow the link…

Ryan Van Winkle – The Apartment – Istanbul

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In this video, Ryan reads “My 100-Hundred-Year-Old-Ghost” while on tour with The Golden Hour in London. A big thanks to Ericka Duffy for shooting the video.

Ryan Van Winkle – My 100-Year-Old Ghost – London

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Word Express with Literature Across Frontiers

I’ve been very lucky to travel, translate and perform with the good people of Word Express who promote international collaboration and understanding via literature. It is a great organization with a vibrant website filled with other excellent international writers. If you don’t believe me, check the site. Below, you’ll find some videos of me reading in Istanbul. I can’t seem to make Vimeo work on this site so you’ll have to click along to see the videos where you’ll also see the text of the poems.

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Darkness on the Edge of Toast

from Literature Across Frontiers

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The Apartment

from Literature Across Frontiers

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Stir the Soup With Uncle Beasley

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It was a special treat to be invited to play at  Fence Collective’s Home Game. I got to tell a dirty story about Christoper Walken and read a poem with a pretty awesome band.

Ryan Van Winkle with Uncle Beasley – ‘Stir the Soup’

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Cartoons with Dan Meth

Dan Meth and I made a ridiculous cartoon about a ram named George who runs a talent company which brings terrible comics to inappropriate places. These cartoons, are perhaps, the thing I’m most proud of creating in my life.

Episode One

In which George coins a new phrase and a Giant Paying Mantis kills at a nursing home.

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Dan Meth – Cavalcade of Laffs Episode 1

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Episode Two

In which George brings comedy to the skies.

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Dan Meth – Cavalcade of Laffs Episode 2

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