Erik La Prade

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Erik La Prade is an American freelance journalist, poet, photographer, and non-fiction writer. La Prade has had 14 publications. He is based in New York City.


Erik La Prade was born in New York City.[1] He received his in English in 1978 and M.A. degree in Comparative Literature in 1990 from City College of New York.[1]

His poems have appeared in Hot Summer Nights: A Collection of Erotic Poetry and Prose (Inner Child Press, 2012),[2] Wildflowers, a Woodstock mountain poetry anthology (Woodstock, NY: Shivistan Publishing),[3] Artist and Influence, Fish Drum, Live Mag!, The Hat, The Reading Room,[4] The Sienese Shredder[5] and The New York Times.[6] He has also served as Poetry Editor for The Reading Room.[7]

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.[8] ARC's copy of the book is shelved with a copy of correspondence from La Prade.[8]

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[9] and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library.[10] La Prade has also published articles and interviews in Art Critical,[11] Art in America,[12] The Brooklyn Rail,[13] NY Arts Magazine,[14][15] Rain Taxi: A Review of Books,[16] Night Magazine,[17][18][19] Captured: A Film/Video History of The Lower East Side (Seven Story Press, 2005),[20] and The Outlaw Bible of American Essays (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006).[21]. He currently writes for Noah Becker's Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art.[22]

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[23] archived at the School of Visual Arts Library Picture & Periodicals Collections.[24] Front Window Gallery has featured a collection of La Prade's black-and-white photographs, including candid portraits of Chuck Close, John Baldessari, among others.[25] A page from a pocket notebook, where artist David Hammons had inscribed a disconnected phone number, appeared encased in a shadow box with the title, This Is Not David Hammons's Phone #, c. 2013, at an Off Paradise group show, Nothing of the Month Club, at 120 Walker Street, New York, from January 27 through April 27, 2021.[26]

La Prade is one of the subjects in a series of portrait photographs by Lucas Samaras, which includes Cindy Sherman and Lisa Yuskavage, among others, titled Poses / Born Actors, housed in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.[27]


  • A Plague Year, Olympia, WA: Last Word Press, 2021 ISBN 978-1-94423442-3
  • Weather & Other Poems, Olympia, WA: Last Word Press, 2020 ISBN 978-1-944234-36-2
  • Fourteen Minutes: Selected Poems, By Tomasz Marek Sobieraj, Translated by Erik La Prade, Oyster Bay, New York: Cross-Cultural Communications, 2018 ISBN 978-0-89304-284-4[28]
  • Neglected Powers, Olympia, WA: Last Word Press, 2017 ISBN 978-1-944234-12-6
  • Movie Logic, Hoboken, NJ: Poets Wear Prada, 2013 ISBN 978-0-615-76123-7
  • False Confessions, Palo Alto, CA: Alternating Current (Propaganda Press), 2011[29]
  • BREAKING THROUGH: Richard Bellamy and The Green Gallery, 1960–1965: Twenty-three Interviews, New York: MidMarch Arts Press, 2010 ISBN 978-1-877675-78-2
  • SWATCHES, Hoboken, NJ: Poets Wear Prada, 2008 ISBN 978-0-9817678-1-9
  • Figure Studies: Poems, New York: Linear Arts Books, 2000[30] ISBN 978-1-891219-89-4
  • Things Maps Don't Show, Del Mar, CA: Aegis Press, 1995[31]


  1. ^ a b Probst Solomon, Barbara (2007). The Reading Room/7. Great Marsh Press. p. 306. ISBN 978-1-928863-12-0.
  2. ^ The Erotic Writers (2012). Hot Summer Nights: A Collection of Erotic Poetry and Prose. Inner Child Press. p. 43. ISBN 978-0-615-67093-5.
  4. ^ Solomon, Barbara Probst (1 May 2006). The Reading Room/Six. Great Marsh Press. ISBN 978-1-928863-11-3 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Erik La Prade - Poems - The Sienese Shredder #3".
  6. ^ NO NAME, PLEASE, The New Times, HOME & GARDEN, Metropolitan Dairy by Georgia Dullea, April 20, 1983, p. C2
  7. ^ Solomon, Barbara Probst (1 June 2009). The Reading Room/8. Great Marsh Press. ISBN 978-1-928863-13-7 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ a b "Catalog of the Ashbery Research Center Archive". Archived from the original on 2014-10-30. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "Thomas J. Watson Library / All".
  11. ^ "Erik La Prade, Author at Art Critical".
  12. ^ "Reviews: Donna Dennis at Neuberger Museum of Art, by Erik La Prade". Art in America, Oct 21, 2013. 21 October 2013.
  13. ^ Prade, Erik La (June 2003). "The Seeing Word: An Interview with Robert Whitman". The Brooklyn Rail.
  14. ^ "Erik La Prade interviews Susan Weil," NY Arts Magazine, September/October 2006
  15. ^ "Erik La Prade interviews artist Peter Young" NY Arts Magazine, 2007
  16. ^ "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.
  17. ^ "NIGHT ISSUE #50".
  18. ^ "NIGHT ISSUE #47".
  19. ^ "NIGHT ISSUE #45".
  20. ^ Patterson, Clayton, ed. (2005). Captured: A Film/Video History of The Lower East Side. Seven Story Press. pp. 87, 35, 57]. ISBN 978-1-58322-674-2.
  21. ^ The Outlaw Bible of American Essays edited by Alan Kaufman (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006) ISBN 978-1-56025-935-0
  22. ^ "WM | whitehot magazine of contemporary art | Erik La Prade". Retrieved 2023-06-09.
  23. ^ Lid Magazine #8
  24. ^ Visual Arts Library Picture & Periodicals Collections: Lid Magazine
  25. ^ Eric La Prade: Some Photographs, Front Window Gallery, Milton, PA, November 10 – January 12, 2018 (Curated by Brice Brown)
  26. ^ "Press Release for Nothing of the Month Club group art exhibition at Off Paradise" (PDF). Retrieved 2023-06-09.
  27. ^ Lucas Samaras American, born Greece, 1936, Erik La Prade: Poses / Born Actors (portfolio), 2010, inkjet print, image: 81.28 × 45.72 cm (32 × 18 in.), sheet: 91.44 × 50.8 cm (36 × 20 in.), Gift of Kimberly and John F. Zwetchkenbaum, National Art Gallery
  28. ^ SPD Catalogue: Fourteen Minutes: Selected Poems, Tomasz Marek Sobieraj, Erik La Prade (Translator), ISBN 978-0-89304-284-4
  29. ^ La Prade, Eric (12 December 2018). False confessions. Propaganda Press. OCLC 809685936.
  30. ^ La Prade, Eric (12 December 2018). Figure studies: poems. Linear Arts Books. OCLC 58774542.
  31. ^ La Prade, Eric (12 December 1994). Things maps don't show. OCLC 47848447.

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