Poet, musician, and essayist Joseph Maviglia will be touring Los Angeles and San Francisco this September. In anticipation of his arrival, the Highland Music Express in Los Angeles reviewed Maviglia’s latest book, Critics Who Know Jack, which was published by Guernica Editions this spring.
Virginia Morris of the Highland Music Express notes that “Joseph Maviglia [has] a strong sense of the sublime and a keen eye for detail.” and that “Maviglia’s comic sensibility is evident throughout the book”
She praises the book for its wit, evocative writing, and sometimes biting social commentary.
“When you need to sort out for yourself what matters in contemporary culture and laugh while you try,” concludes Morris, ” read this book.”
Maviglia’s first fall tour performance will be at a private residence in Los Angeles, in Highland Park, on Wednesday, September 10th, from 7-10 PM. Presented by ShapeShifter Productions, the night will offer both a reading and performance. Dinner will be served from 7-8 and the performance will be from 8-8:45.
Maviglia will also be holding a reading and performance at Sweeties Art Bar, 475 Francisco Street, San Francisco, CA 94133, on Saturday September 13, from 5-8 PM. The event, presented by ShapeShifter Productions and Sweeties, will offer a cash bar, but will not have a cover charge. Light refreshments will be served from 5-6, with the performance taking place from 6-6:45.
For both events, seating is limited so be sure to call 213-445-4145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. Books will also be available for purchase after the readings for $20 (cash or check) or $22 with credit card.
Joseph Maviglia is a Toronto singer-songwriter, poet and essayist whose work has appeared in journals and media across North America and Europe. His tribute poem jazz dharma was commissioned by CBC’s The Sunday Edition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Alan Ginsberg’s iconic poem Howl. His latest CD is Angel in the Rain, and his song Father, It’s Time appeared on the Juno Award-winning compilation The Gathering. His composition, Calabresella/Sooner or Later, is featured in the film The Resurrection of Tony Gitone. A selection of his poetry will be published in Italy in the anthology A Nord del Sogno (North of the Dream). His poetry collection, A God Hangs Upside Down, was published by Guernica in 1994.
Critics Who Know Jack: Urban Myths, Media and Rock & Roll is a collection of essays, memoirs and critiques on subjects ranging from TV programming, film and literature to rock journalism, with commentary on the interpretation of artistic expression across conventional and social media. From Feng-Shui to conspiracy theory, Maviglia debunks the rise of faddishness and new age trends that undervalue primary sources in music, literature, theatre, film, and urban living.