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. He releases chapbooks/records through Hidden House Press. With his wife Thursday Fernworthy, he performs in the noise-poetry duo, Tidal Channel.

His writing is consistently published in small press magazines & journals, including Boston Review, Bombay Gin, Horseless Review, Blackbox Manifold, Lungfull! & PEN Poetry.

Recent written work has appeared in Westwind Review, Pouch & Bombay Gin. Visual work has been published in Dear Sir! & Maintenant amongst others.

His chapbook ‘Autobiography of Shrewd Phil’ was published in 2010 by Blue & Yellow Dog Press.

Billy Cancel has performed at the New Years Day Poetry Project Poetry Marathon in 2010 and 2014. He wrote & performed a significant role in Marianne Vitale’s ‘The Missing Book Of Spurs’ which ran for five nights, and was a commissioned work presented as part of Performa13.

He makes video poems which have been published online in Altered Scale & The Jivin’ Ladybug. In early 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.

Later that year he wrote & performed FIND SOME WASTELAND FLOODLIT (or as i took a walk 1 morning chewed machinery) for the Beautiful Machines/Dead Planet session at the Theoretical Archeology Group Conference at the University of Illinois At Champaign-Urbana.

His role as ‘Dissolver Indignant (barfly)’ in Marianne Vitale’s hallucinatory string of vignettes “The Missing Book Of Spurs” received wide praise when it premiered at Performa13.

In Autumn 2015, he performed at RECESS Gallery in the first installment of the Poet Transmit series— a live taping and transmission of manipulated video feed curated by the experimental mobile television studio, ESP-TV

His contribution to ‘4 WORDS’ was broadcast across Lime Street Station, on Europe’s largest motion digital screen, as part of the 2016 Liverpool Provocations Art Festival.

His latest body of work, PSYCHO’CLOCK was released in Spring 2016 on Hidden House Press.

In Summer 2017 Tidal Channel wrote & performed a 15 minute noise/poetry piece for the opening & closing of the  Eotechnic Sensorium sculpture exhibition at Widow Jane Mine, Century Park Estate, Rosendale, New York.

Billy Cancel contributed 25 minutes of audio to a collaborative recording of Flow Chart in dedication to John Ashbery featuring many wonderful poets. This recording is now archived at PennSound. 

On 17th  January 2018 Cancel's full-length collection MOCK TROUGH RASPING CROW will be released through BlazeVOX.

A B B R E V I A T E D    C V

Published Writing (abbreviated)


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

LURE: Folktales Vol 1, Tidal Channel, October 2017

X Dressing At The Radar Base, Tidal Channel, May 2017

New Charms, Tidal Channel, December 2015

II, Tidal Channel, January 2015




ROCKabilly whole world gone CANCELed, February 2017

‘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




Contribution(chapter 23) to an Audio Recording of Flow Chart in dedication to John Ashbery archived at PennSound

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.



2017 Great Weather For Media

2017 Artistas Sean Unidos http://www.artistasseanunidos.com.ar/billy-cancel/

2014 Great Weather For Media http://greatweatherformedia.com/3po3try-nyc-an-interview-with-billy-cancel/





Performances (abbreviated)

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