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.
Maintenant 15, Three Rooms Press. August 2021
Word for Word, August 2021
Great Weather for MEDIA, July 2021
The Mantle, May 2021 Published Writing (abbreviated)2020BLACKBOX Manifold, June 2020Otoliths, June 2020Indolent Books, May 2020 2019HERO, December 2019Dispatches From The Poetry Wars, November 2019Map Literary, October 2019 Great Weather For Media, September 2019 Maintenant, May 2019 Straylight, May 2019Brooklyn Poets, Apr 20192018FOLDER, Sep 2018FOR SALE (Oilcan Press) June 2018Maintenant 12, May 2018Summerstock #9 April 2018 Map Literary March 2018 Paperbag,January 20182017Polarity,December 2017Unlikely Stories, November 2017 Great Weather For Media, August 2017PEN Poetry, July 2017Sleet Magazine, July 2017BlazeVOX 17, June 2017Word for/Word, May 2017Maintenant 11, May 2017Pouch, May 2017Boston Review, April 2017The Altered Scale, April 2017MUSHMUM, March 2017Gambling The Aisle, February 2017Grey Sparrow Press, February 2017Seven Circle Press, January 2017Dark Matter, January 20172016Other Rooms Press, December 2016Skidrow Penthouse, November 2016FRiGG Magazine, November 2016Pretty Owl Poetry, October 2016Intterrupture, October 2016POST-Paper, September 2016URGENT BARDS Anthology, September 2016Tip Of The Knife, August 2016Boog City, August 2016Blazevox, July 2016Maintenant, June 2016Unlikely Stories, May 2016Euphemism, May 2016Tulane Review, April 2016The Helio Mss, April 2016West Wind Review, March 2016Gobbet Magazine, February 2016Streetcake Magazine, January 20162015AndOr Magazine, November 2015The New Post-Literate, October 2015AltPoetics, September 2015E-ratio, July 2015Blackbox Manifold,June 2015Maintenant, June 2015Bombay Gin, May 2015Futures Trading, May 2015Gobbet Magazine, April 2015Blazevox, April 2015Hamilton Stone Review, March 2015Caliban, January 20152014‘Pider, November 2014Ex-Ex-Lit, November 2014MiPOesias, November 2014Soanyway, August 2014AltPoetics, July 2014Unlikely Stories, May 2014Blazevox, May 2014Futures Trading, May 2014Maintenant, May 2014TheThe Poetry, March 2014AltPoetics, March 2014Toad Suck Review, January 2014Caliban, January 20142013Futures Trading, November 2013The Altered Scale, November 2013The Altered Scale, October 2013The Altered Scale, September 2013Unlikely Stories, August 2013Altered Scale, August 2013Blackbox Manifold, July 2013Caliban, July 2013Infinity’s Kitchen, June 2013Blazevox, May 2013.Cricket Online Review, March 2013Other rooms press, March 2013Soanyway, March 2013Altered scale, February 2013 2012BARZAKH, December 2012Horseless, December 2012Great Weather for Media, November 2012Altered Scale, November 2012Ditch, October 2012Altered Scale, October 2012Offcourse, October 2012Altered Scale, October 2012Altered Scale, September 2012Unlikely Stories, July 2012Cricket Online Review, June 2012Counterexample Poetics, June 2012Blazevox, Spring 2012Soanyway, March 2012Country Music, January 2012 2011Dear Sir, September 2011Moria Poetry, Autumn 2011Strange Machine, Autumn 2011E-ratio, July 2011Haggard and Halloo, June 2011GlitterPony, Summer 2011Ditch, May 2011Ravenna Press, May 2011Unlikely Stories, May 2011Shampoo, April 2011Blue + Yellow Dog Press, Spring 2011Abjective, January 20112010Ditch, October 2010Blazevox, Fall 2010Hamilton Stone Review, Fall 2010Dear Sir, September 2010Blackbox Manifold, July 2010Ravenna Press, May 2010Offcourse, Spring 2010Soanyway, March 20106x6, March 2010Cricket Online Review, January 2010Streetcake, Winter 2010Oxford Magazine, Winter 20102009 – and priorIndefinite Space, December 2009FactSimile, October 2009aslongasittakes, September 2009Haggard and Halloo, May 2009Lungfull! Magazine, March 2009Corresponding Society, February 2009 Split 180, November 2008 The Text, Summer 2006
Audio ReleasesX Dressing At The Radar Base, Tidal Channel, Bronson Recordings, April 2019 LURE: Folktales Vol 1, Tidal Channel, October 2017Soft Glitter Cosmos Needs a Pig War, Tidal Channel, Bronson Recordings, May 2017New Charms, Tidal Channel, December 2015II, Tidal Channel, January 2015
VideopoetryROCKabilly 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
OtherFlow 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.
Interviews:2019 HERO2019 Brooklyn Poets2017 Great Weather For Media2017 Artistas Sean Unidos 2014 Great Weather For Media
Performances (poetry abbreviated)Gabe Kruis Book Release @ Park Church Co-Op, 22nd November 2020Synthesia Gallery Reception @ 7th November 2020BTME (Tidal Channel) @ Dixon Place, 3rd March 2020Rock Night @ The Red Room, KGB, February 25th, 2020NYE Party @ Louisville, KY, December 31st 2019Christmas Fete @ The Dance, Dec 21st 2019Transmissions IIV @ Ravenna Museum of Art, Ravenna, Italy Nov 22nd 2019Pre-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 2019Denim Skin After Party @ The Red Room, KGB, July 27th 2019MAINTENANT 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 2019w/ Steve Dalachinsky & Matt Mottel @ IF Museum, Easton, PA, Nov 3rd / 4th 2018(the Enclave) @ Club Cumming, Oct 27th, 2018NeuroNautic Institute @ KGB Bar, Sep 27th 2018New York Poetry Festival @ Governor's Island, July 28th ,29th 2018FINGER DEXTERITY @ Invisible Exports, June 20th 2018GWFM @ Parkside Lounge, June 10th 2018 Oilcan Press @ Jazz ‘N’ Print, June 9th 2018MAINTENANT 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 2018Summer Stock Issue #9 Release Party@ Kingston Artists Collective, Kingston, 19th April 2018Steve Dalachinsky Book Release for GWFM @ Parkside Lounge, 5th April 2018COOL AS F*** Reading Series @ Pete's Candy Store, 27th March 2018with An Evening Of Poetry With Todd Colby @ Picture Room, Brooklyn, 1st February 2018Justice Is Compassion (with Steve Dalachinsky / Jane Ormerod, The Clemente, Lower East Side, Dec 14th 2017Thomas Fucaloro / Julie Haag Chapbook Release, Mad Gleam Press, GAMBA Compound, Brooklyn, NY, Nov 10th 2017Phantom Wall, AWA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Oct 7, 2017Eotechnic Sensorium, Widow Jane's Mine, Rosendale, NY, Sep 16, 2017The Other Side Of Violet Book Party, Great Weather For Media, The Parkside Lounge, LES, NY, Aug 17, 2017POSTporn, Mad Gleam Press (Tidal Channel Performance) The Glove, Brooklyn, NY, Aug 3, 2017New York Poetry Festival (for Hidden House Press), Governor's Island, NY, July 30, 2017Dial-A-Poem, Red Bull Arts, Manhattan, NY, July 29, 2017New York Poetry Festival (for Mad Gleam Press), Governor's Island, NY, July 29, 2017Gabe Raines Book Launch Party, Muchmore's, Brooklyn, NY, July 27, 2017Eotechnic Sensorium, Widow Jane's Mine, Rosendale, NY, June 25, 2017Oktave Doctor's Release, 240 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY, June 17, 2017Maintenant 11 Launch Party, Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, June 2, 2017To 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, 2017Time For History (Todd Colby Launch Party,) Picture Room, Brooklyn, NY, May 2, 2017Phantom Wall Fundraiser, TBD, Brooklyn, NY, May 1, 2017Independent Press Showcase at GAMBA, Brooklyn, NY, April 22, 2017Post(blank) Vol 2 Release Party, GAMBA, Brooklyn, NY, March 11, 2017Impossible Reading Series, Safehouse, Brooklyn, NY, March 5. 2017Illegal Fashion Runway, White Box, New York, NY, February 14, 2017ARTS 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