Erik La Prade

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Erik La Prade is an American free-lance journalist, poet and non-fiction writer, living in New York City.

His most recent poetry collection, Movie Logic, was published by Poets Wear Prada in 2013. A chapbook titled False Confessions was published by Propaganda Press in 2011. Poets Wear Prada issued an earlier chapbook, SWATCHES, in 2008. La Prade's first book, Things Maps Don’t Show, was published in 1995; his second, Figure Studies, in 1999. His poems have appeared in Hot Summer Nights: A Collection of Erotic Poetry and Prose (Inner Child Press, 2012),[1] Wildflowers, a Woodstock mountain poetry anthology (Woodstock, NY: Shivistan Publishing),[2] Artist and Influence, Fish Drum, The Hat, The Reading Room,[3] The Sienese Shredder[4] and The New York Times. He has also served as Poetry Editor for The Reading Room.[5]

La Prade's poem, "Baudelaire, Ashbery, Updike," earned Things Maps Don’t Show (Del Mar, CA: Aegis Press, 1995, pp. 43–44) a place in the Ashbery Research Center (ARC) archive of Bard College. ARC's copy of the book is shelved with a copy of correspondence from La Prade.[6]

A collection of La Prade's interviews, Breaking Through: Richard Bellamy and The Green Gallery, 1960–1965, was published in 2010 by MidMarch Arts Press. The book traces the history of Bellamy's celebrated art gallery through interviews with twenty-three of its exhibited artists including Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, and Frank Stella. A frequently cited source of information on the gallery, the book is archived at both the library of the Museum of Modern Art[7] and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library.[8] La Prade has also published articles and interviews in Art Critical,[9] The Brooklyn Rail,[10] NY Arts Magazine,[11][12] Rain Taxi: A Review of Books,[13] Night Magazine,[14][15][16] Captured: A Film/Video History of The Lower East Side (Seven Story Press, 2005),[17] and The Outlaw Bible of American Essays (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006).[18]

La Prade not only frequently writes about art and artists, he occasionally makes art. His photo, "A High Line Experience," appears in Lid Magazine #8[19] archived at the School of Visual Arts Library Picture & Periodicals Collections.[20]

Erik La Prade received his B.A. and M.A. from City College.


Movie Logic Hoboken, NJ: Poets Wear Prada, 2013 ISBN 978-0615761237

False Confessions Palo Alto, CA: Alternating Current (Propaganda Press), 2011[21]

BREAKING THROUGH: Richard Bellamy and The Green Gallery, 1960–1965: Twenty-three Interviews New York: MidMarch Arts Press, 2010 ISBN 978-1877675782

SWATCHES Hoboken, NJ: Poets Wear Prada, 2008 ISBN 978-0981767819

Figure Studies: Poems New York: Linear Arts Books, 2000[22] ISBN 978-1891219894

Things Maps Don’t Show Del Mar, CA: Aegis Press, 1995[23]


  1. ^ The Erotic Writers (2012). Hot Summer Nights: A Collection of Erotic Poetry and Prose. Inner Child Press. p. 43. ISBN 978-0615670935.
  3. ^ Solomon, Barbara Probst (1 May 2006). "The Reading Room/Six". Great Marsh Press – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Erik La Prade - Poems - The Sienese Shredder #3".
  5. ^ Solomon, Barbara Probst (1 June 2009). "The Reading Room/8". Great Marsh Press – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Catalog of the Ashbery Research Center Archive". Archived from the original on 2014-10-30. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  7. ^ La Prade, Eric; Bellamy, Richard (12 December 2018). "Breaking through: Richard Bellamy and the Green Gallery,1960 - 1965: twenty-three interviews". Midmarch Arts Press – via Library Catalog.
  8. ^ "Thomas J. Watson Library / All".
  9. ^ "Erik La Prade, Author at artcritical".
  10. ^ Prade, Erik La. "The Seeing Word: An Interview with Robert Whitman". The Brooklyn Rail.
  11. ^ "Erik La Prade interviews Susan Weil," NY Arts Magazine, September/October 2006
  12. ^ "Erik La Prade interviews artist Peter Young" NY Arts Magazine, 2007
  13. ^ "Rain Taxi: A Review of Books, Online Edition: Summer, 2004, "The Poetry in Something, an interview with Gerard Malanga"". Archived from the original on 2013-10-16. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
  14. ^ "NIGHT ISSUE #50".
  15. ^ "NIGHT ISSUE #47".
  16. ^ "NIGHT ISSUE #45".
  17. ^ Patterson, Clayton, ed. (2005). Captured: A Film/Video History of The Lower East Side. Seven Story Press. pp. 87, 35, 57]. ISBN 978-1583226742.
  18. ^ The Outlaw Bible of American Essays edited by Alan Kaufman (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006) ISBN 978-1560259350
  19. ^ Lid Magazine #8
  20. ^ Visual Arts Library Picture & Periodicals Collections: Lid Magazine
  21. ^ La Prade, Eric (12 December 2018). "False confessions". Propaganda Press – via Open WorldCat.
  22. ^ La Prade, Eric (12 December 2018). "Figure studies: poems". Linear Arts Books – via Open WorldCat.
  23. ^ La Prade, Eric (12 December 1994). "Things maps don't show" – via Open WorldCat.

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