b i l l y   c a n c e l

H O M E                          L I V E                       P R I N T                      A U D I O                        V I D E O                  P H O T O                  C  O N T A C T

billy cancel is a Brooklyn based poet/performer & sound /collage artist. His debut full-length collection MOCK TROUGH RASPING CROW was released by BlazeVOX [books] in 2018 & included in LitHub’s end of year 2017 “my favorite poetry” list. cancel’s poetry has been widely published, appearing in Blackbox Manifold, Bombay Gin, Boston Review, FOLDER, Horseless, Lungfull, PEN America,  Pouch, Westwind Review & 6x6 (Ugly Ducking Press) amongst many others.


His visual poetry artwork has been recently published most recently in Map Literary, Word For/Word, Dear Sir! (Berlin) & Maintenant,. In September of 2017 cancel contributed 25 minutes of audio to a collaborative recording of the poem “Flow Chart” in dedication to John Ashbery which was featured in Poetry Foundation & is now archived at PennSound. 
In July 2017 cancel read as part of the Dial-A-Poem John Giorno Marathon at Red Bull Arts New York. billy cancel also self-publishes & distributes his chapbooks through Hidden House Press, most recently Psycho’clock, which was released in 2016. He performs his poetry regularly (both as readings and costumed / propped performance pieces) and is a member of the Poetry Project, where he has attended workshops & read at the New Year Marathon in 2010 & 2015. In December 2019 cancel and his poetry were featured in London fashion / culture magazine HERO under the article title of “New York’s new poetic voice: Billy Cancel.”


billy also utilizes his poetry practices into multi-disciplinary & performances contexts & with his wife Thursday Fernworthy (Lauds) he performs as the noise-poetry duo Tidal Channel (Bronson Records 2018.) In November 2019 Tidal Channel performed their noise poetry sequence BUTTERCUP TANTRUM MUTTON ENCORE at Ravenna Museum of Art, Italy as part of Transmissions 12 Festival’s Off series. In Summer 2017 Tidal Channel wrote & performed “Upon A Wooden Horse In Rode Headless Multi-“a 15 minute noise/poetry piece for the opening & closing of the Eotechnic Sensorium sculpture exhibition at Widow Jane Mine, Rosendale, New York. In fall 2013 cancel wrote & performed a significant role in Marianne Vitale’s ‘The Missing Book Of Spurs’ which ran for 5 nights & was a commissioned work presented as part of Performa13.

In 2014 his video poem “you beat all round the bush for electronic crop” was used by Rutgers English lecturer Dr. Michael Leong in his course Introduction To Multi-Media Composition. In Autumn 2015, cancel performed at RECESS Gallery as part of the Poet Transmit series - a live taping & transmission of manipulated video feed curated by the experimental mobile television studio, ESP-TV. Later that year ESP-TV showed 2 of cancel & Fernworthy’s video poems as part of their broadcast at the 2015 Marfa film festival.  As part of the 2016 Liverpool Provocations Art Festival cancel also contributed to ‘4 WORDS’ where a short poetic statement of his was broadcast across Lime Street Station, on Europe’s largest motion digital screen. In October 2018 cancel’s collaboration with VJ Jim Tuite “rockaBILLY whole world gone CANCELed” was included and shown as part of the 12th Druid Underground Film Festival.

A B B R E V I A T E D    C V

Published Writing (abbreviated)


The Mantle, May 2021


BLACKBOX Manifold, June 2020

Otoliths, June 2020

Indolent Books, May 2020  


HERO, December 2019

Dispatches From The Poetry Wars, November 2019

Map Literary, October 2019 

Great Weather For Media, September 2019 

Maintenant, May 2019 

Straylight, May 2019

Brooklyn Poets, Apr 2019


FOLDER, Sep 2018

FOR SALE (Oilcan Press) June 2018

Maintenant 12, May 2018

Summerstock #9 April 2018 

Map Literary March 2018 

Paperbag,January 2018


Polarity,December 2017

Unlikely Stories, November 2017 

Great Weather For Media, August 2017

PEN Poetry, July 2017

Sleet Magazine, July 2017

BlazeVOX 17, June 2017

Word for/Word, May 2017

Maintenant 11, May 2017

Pouch, May 2017

Boston Review, April 2017

The Altered Scale, April 2017

MUSHMUM, March 2017

Gambling The Aisle, February 2017

Grey Sparrow Press, February 2017

Seven Circle Press, January 2017

Dark Matter, January 2017


Other Rooms Press, December 2016

Skidrow Penthouse, November 2016

FRiGG Magazine, November 2016

Pretty Owl Poetry, October 2016

Intterrupture, October 2016

POST-Paper, September 2016

URGENT BARDS Anthology, September 2016

Tip Of The Knife, August 2016

Boog City, August 2016

Blazevox, July 2016

Maintenant, June 2016

Unlikely Stories, May 2016

Euphemism, May 2016

Tulane Review, April 2016

The Helio Mss, April 2016

West Wind Review, March 2016

Gobbet Magazine, February 2016

Streetcake Magazine, January 2016


AndOr Magazine, November 2015

The New Post-Literate, October 2015

AltPoetics, September 2015

E-ratio, July 2015

Blackbox Manifold,June 2015

Maintenant, June 2015

Bombay Gin, May 2015

Futures Trading, May 2015

Gobbet Magazine, April 2015

Blazevox, April 2015

Hamilton Stone Review, March 2015

Caliban, January 2015


‘Pider, November 2014

Ex-Ex-Lit, November 2014

MiPOesias, November 2014

Soanyway, August 2014

AltPoetics, July 2014

Unlikely Stories, May 2014

Blazevox, May 2014

Futures Trading, May 2014

Maintenant, May 2014

TheThe Poetry, March 2014

AltPoetics, March 2014

Toad Suck Review, January 2014

Caliban, January 2014


Futures Trading, November 2013

The Altered Scale, November 2013

The Altered Scale, October 2013

The Altered Scale, September 2013

Unlikely Stories, August 2013

Altered Scale, August 2013

Blackbox Manifold, July 2013

Caliban, July 2013

Infinity’s Kitchen, June 2013

Blazevox, May 2013.

Cricket Online Review, March 2013

Other rooms press, March 2013

Soanyway, March 2013

Altered scale, February 2013



BARZAKH, December 2012

Horseless, December 2012

Great Weather for Media, November 2012

Altered Scale, November 2012

Ditch, October 2012

Altered Scale, October 2012

Offcourse, October 2012

Altered Scale, October 2012

Altered Scale, September 2012

Unlikely Stories,  July 2012

Cricket Online Review, June 2012

Counterexample Poetics, June 2012

Blazevox, Spring 2012

Soanyway, March 2012

Country Music, January 2012



Dear Sir, September 2011

Moria Poetry, Autumn 2011

Strange Machine, Autumn 2011

E-ratio, July 2011

Haggard and Halloo, June 2011

GlitterPony, Summer 2011

Ditch, May 2011

Ravenna Press, May 2011

Unlikely Stories, May 2011

Shampoo, April 2011

Blue + Yellow Dog Press, Spring 2011

Abjective, January 2011


Ditch, October 2010

Blazevox, Fall 2010

Hamilton Stone Review, Fall 2010

Dear Sir, September 2010

Blackbox Manifold, July 2010

Ravenna Press, May 2010

Offcourse, Spring 2010

Soanyway, March 2010

6x6, March 2010

Cricket Online Review, January 2010

Streetcake, Winter 2010

Oxford Magazine, Winter 2010

2009 – and prior

Indefinite Space, December 2009

FactSimile, October 2009

aslongasittakes, September 2009

Haggard and Halloo, May 2009

Lungfull! Magazine, March 2009

Corresponding Society, February 2009


Split 180, November 2008


The Text, Summer 2006











Full Length Releases

MOCK TROUGH RASPING CROW, January 2018 (Released by BlazeVOX)

Chapbooks + Print Releases (abbreviated)

PSYCHO’CLOCK, May 2016           

GAUZE COAST, February 2015   

Headless Multi Vs. Perpetual Interface, February       2013

INNOCENT TEETH, November      2013

Razzle Dazzle Transfiguration, August 2012

A Little Sweet’N’Now Upon The Knife’s Mouth? , March 2011

The Book Of Little Calm, January 2011

The Autobiography of Shrewd Phil, September 2010 (Blue + Yellow Dog Press)

Arrow Pointing Left, September 2010

126 Scholes St, May 2010           

A Series of Etchings Displayed, January       2010

New Charms, November 2009

Don’t You Open That Trap Door, July 2009

Scan Cluster Scan Scatter, November 2008

A Faster Stay, August 2008                                  

Expecting the Hits, March 2008



Audio Releases

X Dressing At The Radar Base, Tidal Channel, Bronson Recordings, April 2019 

LURE: Folktales Vol 1, Tidal Channel, October 2017

Soft Glitter Cosmos Needs a Pig War, Tidal Channel, Bronson Recordings, May 2017

New Charms, Tidal Channel, December 2015

II, Tidal Channel, January 2015




ROCKabilly whole world gone CANCELed (with Jim Tuite) Druid Underground Film Festival October 2018 

‘Blue Jab Because’. The Jivin’ Ladybug, October 2015.

‘x dressing at the radar base’. The Jivin’ Ladybug, May 2015.

‘Charged By A Black Knight’. Altered Scale, March 2013




Flow Chart, John Ashbery Tribute Recording, PennSound, September 2017 

ORNAMENT Reception, group show. New York, NY. December 9 - December 30, 2017.

ORNAMENT Reception, group show. New York, NY. November 24 – December 11, 2016.

Digital Installation for Lime Street Station. Liverpool, UK. Alan Dunn’s ‘4 Words’ curated by Metal Liverpool. January 20, 2016.

Videopoems  “ALL OVERGROWN SHOULDER HIGH WEEDS”  and “SPIRITUAL”   for ESP-TV Broadcast in Marfa, TX. 2015.

Work of Billy Cancel cited in Rutgers English Literature course: Guide To Multimedia Composition, October 2013.

Work of Billy Cancel cited in Mythogeography by Dr. Phil Smith, pub. 2010 by Triarchy Press.



2019 HERO

2019 Brooklyn Poets

2017 Great Weather For Media

2017 Artistas Sean Unidos 

2014 Great Weather For Media

Performances (poetry abbreviated)

Gabe Kruis Book Release @ Park Church Co-Op, 22nd November 2020

Synthesia Gallery Reception @ 7th November 2020

BTME (Tidal Channel) @ Dixon Place, 3rd March 2020

Rock Night @ 
The Red Room, KGB, February 25th, 2020

NYE Party @ Louisville, KY, December 31st 2019

Christmas Fete @ The Dance, Dec 21st 2019

Transmissions IIV @ Ravenna Museum of Art, Ravenna, Italy Nov 22nd 2019

Pre-Halloween Poetry Night @ The Red Room, KGB, Oct 30th 2019  

Life*Vest* Poetry @ Richmond Hood, Staten Island, Oct 18th 2019 

Auteurism - Splatter House! @ GG's Social Trade, Oct 10th 2019 

Great Weather For Media @ 61 Local, Sep 26th 2019 

Poetry on the Patio @ Brooklyn Woodwind 'n' Brass, Sep 22nd 2019 

New York Poetry Festival @ Governor's Island, July 27th , 28th 2019

Denim Skin After Party @ The Red Room, KGB, July 27th 2019

MAINTENANT 12, 3 Rooms Press @ Poisson Rouge, June 13th 2019 

Poetry on the Patio @ Brooklyn Woodwind & Brass, June 8th 2019 

Melissa Goodrum Book Release Party @ Parkside Lounge, May 16th 2019 

Undead Tuesday @ Lady Stardust, March 25th 2019 

AH Presents 2nd To Last But 2nd To None @ Sidewalk, Feb 6th 2019

w/ Steve Dalachinsky & Matt Mottel  @ IF Museum, Easton, PA, Nov 3rd / 4th 2018

(the Enclave) @ Club Cumming, Oct 27th, 2018

NeuroNautic Institute @ KGB Bar, Sep 27th 2018

New York Poetry Festival @ Governor's Island, July 28th ,29th 2018

FINGER DEXTERITY @ Invisible Exports, June 20
th 2018

GWFM @ Parkside Lounge, June 10
th 2018 

Oilcan Press @ Jazz ‘N’ Print, June 9th 2018

MAINTENANT 12, 3 Rooms Press @ Poisson Rouge, 6th June 2018 

Greenpoint Open Studios @ Brooklyn Woodwind 'n' Brass, 2nd June 2018 

MAINTENANT 12, 3 Rooms Press @ Cornelia Street Café, 1st June 2018 

with Ed Go, Michael Whalen @ Brooklyn Windwind 'n' Brass, 19th May 2018

Summer Stock Issue #9 Release Party@ Kingston Artists Collective, Kingston, 19th April 2018

Steve Dalachinsky Book Release for GWFM @ Parkside Lounge, 5th April 2018

COOL AS F*** Reading Series @ Pete's Candy Store, 27th March 2018

with An Evening Of Poetry With Todd Colby @ Picture Room, Brooklyn, 1st February 2018

Justice Is Compassion (with Steve Dalachinsky / Jane Ormerod, The Clemente, Lower East Side, Dec 14th 2017

Thomas Fucaloro / Julie Haag Chapbook Release, Mad Gleam Press, GAMBA Compound, Brooklyn, NY, Nov 10th 2017

Phantom Wall, AWA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Oct 7, 2017

Eotechnic Sensorium, Widow Jane's Mine, Rosendale, NY, Sep 16, 2017

The Other Side Of Violet Book Party, Great Weather For Media, The Parkside Lounge, LES, NY, Aug 17, 2017

POSTporn, Mad Gleam Press (Tidal Channel Performance) The Glove, Brooklyn, NY, Aug 3, 2017

New York Poetry Festival (for Hidden House Press), Governor's Island, NY, July 30, 2017

Dial-A-Poem, Red Bull Arts, Manhattan, NY, July 29, 2017

New York Poetry Festival (for Mad Gleam Press), Governor's Island, NY, July 29, 2017

Gabe Raines Book Launch Party, Muchmore's, Brooklyn, NY, July 27, 2017

Eotechnic Sensorium, Widow Jane's Mine, Rosendale, NY, June 25, 2017

Oktave Doctor's Release, 240 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY, June 17, 2017

Maintenant 11 Launch Party, Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, June 2, 2017

To Tie A Ribbon RIghtly, The Park Church Co-Op, Brooklyn, NY, May 29, 2017 

Poetry Reading For The Nothing Generation, KGB Bar, New York, NY, May 20, 2017

Time For History (Todd Colby Launch Party,) Picture Room, Brooklyn, NY, May 2, 2017

Phantom Wall Fundraiser, TBD, Brooklyn, NY, May 1, 2017

Independent Press Showcase at GAMBA, Brooklyn, NY, April 22, 2017

Post(blank) Vol 2 Release Party, GAMBA, Brooklyn, NY, March 11, 2017

Impossible Reading Series, Safehouse, Brooklyn, NY, March 5. 2017

Illegal Fashion Runway, White Box, New York, NY, February 14, 2017

ARTS FOR ART Series. 6 BC Garden, New York, NY. October 4, 2016.

IDIO Gallery. POST-paper Launch Party. September 29, 2016.

URGENT BARDS reading release. New York, NY. September 10, 2016.

Unnameable Books for Boog City 10 reading release. Brooklyn, NY. August 5, 2016..

6th Annual NYC Poetry Festival, for Hidden House Press, at Governor’s Island, NY. July 30 + 31, 2016.

Wombat Cabaret. New York, NY. July 21, 2016.

Torus Porta Closing Marathon. Brooklyn, NY. July 1, 2016.

Le Poisson Rouge. Maintenant 10 release reading. New York, NY June 7, 2016.

The Old American Can Factory. ‘PSYCHO’CLOCK’ release + reading. Brooklyn, NY. May 27, 2016.

Torus Porta. Brooklyn, NY. April 29, 2016.

Sauvage Gallery, for Et Al Readings. Nashville, TN. April 10, 2016.

Duke University. Brickside Festival. Chapel Hill, NC. April 9, 2016.

Muse Collective/Muse Exchange. Bay Shore, NY. March 8, 2016.

BC Studios. BC35 Recording + Performance. Brooklyn, NY. January 17, 2016.

The 8th Floor. Clifford Owens performance. October 17, 2015.

Pacific Standard. Brooklyn, NY. September 30,2015.

Recess Gallery. Poet Transmit, for ESP-TV. September 3, 2015.

5th Annual NYC Poetry Festival at Governor’s Island, NY. July 25 + 26, 2015.

The People’s Garden. July 26, 2015.

Cornelia St. Café. Maintenant 9 release reading. New York, NY June 5, 2015.

The Sidebar. Infinity’s Kitchen release. Baltimore, MD. May 14, 2015.

Cornelia St. Café. Neuronautic Institute Presents. New York, NY. April 17, 2015.

Rough Trade Records. For Frogbelly + Symphony record release. Brooklyn, NY. March 18, 2015.

Word Bookstore. GAUZE COAST release reading. Brooklyn, NY.February 18, 2015.

Babycastles Gallery, for Triptych Readings. New York, NY. February 12, 2015.

Zinc Bar for Lungful! Magazine. New York, NY. February 1, 2015.

Mellow Pages Library. Brooklyn, NY. January 29, 2015.

41st Annual New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon. St Mark’s Church. New York, NY. January 1, 2015.

Magnet Theatre for Kiss Punch Poem. New York, NY. November 29, 2014.

Conlin Barn. October 18, 2014.

Deep Tanks. Staten Island, NY. October 5, 2014.

MV Studio. Long Island City, NY. September 25, 2014.

The Silent Barn for EXPERI-MENTAL FEST 6. September 28, 2014.

Suburbia for Hatchet Job XXIII. Brooklyn, NY. August 26, 2014.

The Studio. Staten Island, NY. August 24, 2014.

Poets House. INNOCENT TEETH reading + release. New York, NY. August 16, 2014.

4th Annual NYC Poetry Festival at Governor’s Island, NY. July 26, 2014.

Parkside Lounge. Great Weather For Media Presents. New York, NY. June 22, 2014.

University of Illinois, TAG14: Theoretical Archaeology Group. Champaign- Urbana, IL. May 25, 2014.

Cornelia St. Café. Maintenant 8 release reading. New York, NY. May 7, 2014.

Pomegranate Gallery for 3PO3TRY NYC. New York, NY. April 12, 2014.

Parkside Lounge for GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA release. New York, NY. August 28,2013.

The Old American Can Factory, for Infinity’s Kitchen release, New York, NY. June 13, 2013.

Tompkins Square Park, for the 10th Annual HOWL! Festival. New York, NY. June 1st, 2013.

Yes! Series. February 22, 2013.

Manitoba’s. GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA release. New York, NY. November 28, 2012