Poets and Presenters (2018)

Gina Abelkop

Gina Abelkop is the author of I Eat Cannibals (co.im.press 2014) and Darling Beastlettes (Apostrophe Books 2012). She lives in Athens, GA and runs Birds of Lace, a DIY feminist press. www.ginaabelkop.com

Events:
The Queen of Wands: Queer Sex Magic & Poetics

Ralph Adamo

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Ralph Adamo's most recent books include Ever: Poems 2000-2014 (Lavender Ink) and Waterblind: New & Selected Poems (Portals Press, 2002). He is an associate professor at Xavier University where he edits Xavier Review. He is past editor of New Orleans Review, and Barataria.

Events:
Xavier Review Press Table

Vidhu Aggarwal

Vidhu Aggarwal grew up in the New Orleans, and Sugar Land, TX.  A Kundiman fellow, her poetry appeared in the top 2016 poems in The Boston Review.  Her poems have recently appeared in The Black Warrior Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Orlando Museum of Art’s “Baggage Claims” exhibition, and are forthcoming Saturnalia’s Electric Gurlesque anthology. A chapbook about gaming worlds and A.I., Avatara, is coming out with Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs. Her book of poems The Trouble with Humpadori (2016) received the Editor's Choice Prize from The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, and was selected by Sundress Publications as a favorite collection of 2016.  She is on executive board of Thinking Its Presences: Race, Advocacy, and Solidarity in the Arts.

Events:
Asian/American/Experiment

Benjamin Aleshire

Benjamin Aleshire, street poet, typewriter, poetry

Benjamin Aleshire is based in New Orleans, and travels the world as a poet-for-hire, composing poems for strangers in the street on a manual typewriter. His work has appeared recently or will soon in Iowa Review, Boston Review, Smartish Pace, El Mundo (Spain) and NEON Magazin (Germany). In 2016 he was a finalist for the Iowa Review Award, and attended the Breadloaf Conference as a waiter-scholar. His artist-book of visual poems, Currency, is available at www.poetforhire.org. Ben serves as assistant poetry editor to the Green Mountains Review, and has received awards from the Vermont Arts Council and the University of New Orleans. IG: @benjamin_aleshire

Events:
Small Press Reading IV

Charles Alexander

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Charles Alexander writes poems, publishes books, makes books, teaches poetry and other literary works. He has published 6 full books of poems and 11 chapbooks. He has been engaged for some two decades on the work Pushing Water, whose first volume was published by Cuneiform Press. The second volume, titled AT the Edge OF the Sea: Pushing Water II, has just been released by Singing Horse Press in San Diego. Alexander directs Chax Press and has been a director and principle in many poetry community-building endeavors, including POG, Inc., in Tucson, Arizona, and currently as the co-curator of the University of Houston-Victoria Center for the Arts and the director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston-Victoria. He is most closely identified with Tucson, Arizona, where he and Chax Press spent approximately 30 years and to where he will return in Summer 2018. A collection of his essays on poetry and books will be published in 2019. He co-creates a variety of works and projects with his partner, the visual artist Cynthia Miller.

Events:
Chax Press Table

Kimberly Alidio

Kimberly Alidio wrote After projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016) and solitude being alien (dancing girl press, 2013). She is a U.S. East Coast-born second-generation Filipinx tenure-track dropout currently living in East Austin as a resolutely multisyllabic dactylic sometimes melodramatic brown queer femme language insurrectionist.

Events:
Pilipinx/Filipinx Poetics: Language for Resistance, Renewal & Magik

Kelli Allen

Kelli Allen’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in the US and internationally. She has served as Poetry Editor for The Lindenwood Review and she directs River Styx’s Hungry Young Poets Series. Allen teaches in the MFA program at Lindenwood University. Her chapbook, Some Animals, won the 2016 Etchings Press Prize. Her chapbook, How We Disappear, won the 2016 Damfino Press award. Her full-length poetry collection, Otherwise, Soft White Ash, arrived from John Gosslee Books (2012) and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her latest collection, Imagine Not Drowning, was released by C&R Press in January 2017. www.kelli-allen.com

 

Events:
C&R Press Presents

Hari Alluri

Hari Alluri author photo by Cynthia Oka

Hari Alluri, who immigrated to Vancouver, Coast Salish territories from Nigeria at age twelve, is the author of Carving Ashes (CiCAC, 2013), The Promise of Rust (Mouthfeel, 2016) and The Flayed City (Kaya, 2017). An award-winning poet, educator and teaching artist, his work appears widely in journals, anthologies and online venues including Chautuaqua, Poemeleon and Split This Rock. He is a founding editor at Locked Horn Press, where he has co-edited two anthologies, Gendered & Written: Forums on Poetics and Read America(s): An Anthology.

Events:
Pilipinx/Filipinx Poetics: Language for Resistance, Renewal & Magik

Tom Andes

Tom Andes has published fiction in Witness, Natural Bridge, the Akashic Books Mondays Are Murder Flash Fiction Blog, Best American Mystery Stories 2012, and elsewhere. He frequently writes reviews for publications including the Los Angeles Review of Books and The Rumpus. A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans and San Francisco State University, he has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center and Ragdale. He lives in New Orleans, where he works as a freelance editor and teaches community writing classes at the Loyola Writing Institute.

Events:
NOPF Coordinator
Lonely Voices: Storytelling, Character, and Place

Kelly Lorraine Andrews

Kelly Lorraine Andrews' poems have appeared in Ninth Letter, PANK, and Prick of the Spindle, among others. She is the author of four chapbooks, most recently "The Fear Archives" (Two of Cups Press, 2017) and "My Body Is a Poem I Can't Stop Writing" (Porkbelly Press 2017). She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh, and she coedits the online journal Pretty Owl Poetry. Additional information about her publications, along with a slideshow of her cats, can be found at kellyandrewspoetry.com.

Bruce Andrews

Bruce Andrews is a New York City-based experimental poet, performance writer, sound designer (for Sally Silvers & Dancers), literary theorist & (a few years ago, after 38 years) retired left-wing political science professor. Most recent big book: You Can’t Have Everything... Where Would You Put It! Newest chapbook, Make the Bed at NightSymposium on his work & web archive (interviews, performance texts, poetry, collaborations, & critical essays), check out: http://www.fordhamenglish.com/bruce-andrews

Events:
Saturday Night Feature

Stacey Balkun

Stacey Balkun is the author of Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak (dancing girl 2016) & Lost City Museum (ELJ 2016). A Finalist for the 2016 Event Horizon Science Poetry Competition as well as the Center for Women Writer's 2016 Rita Dove Award, her work has appeared in Gargoyle, Muzzle, THRUSH, Bayou, and others. A 2015 Hambidge Fellow, Stacey served as Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013. She holds an MFA from Fresno State and teaches poetry online at The Poetry Barn. She lives in New Orleans.

Events:
NOPF Coordinator
Everyday Muses: Poetry Show & Tell

Des'Trell Banks

Des’Trell Banks, formerly known as Trell The Poet, is a 20 year old, poet and entrepreneur in the making, with the aspiration of becoming a multi-businesswoman. At the age of 18, she published her first book of poems, written throughout her teenage years, called “Maktub: One’s Own True Fate” on Amazon. She also has two more poetry books coming soon. Des’Trell wish to speak out to the youth with the intentions to open minds and challenge them to their fullest potential. 

Events:
Dillard University English Club Presents Spoken Word

Margaret Bashaar

Margaret Bashaar

Margaret Bashaar is the founding/poetry editor for Hyacinth Girl Press and the co-creator of FREE POEMS, an arts anarchy event. Her first book, Stationed Near the Gateway, was released by Sundress Publications in 2015. She has published 4 chapbooks, most recently Some Other Stupid Fruit (Agape Editions, 2017), and her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines, including Salt Hill, The Southeast Review, New South, and Puerto del Sol, among others. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, her son, and their 2 weirdo cats.

Events:
Hyacinth Girl Press Table
Sundress Publications Reading
Writing the Persona Poem

Jack B. Bedell

Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collections are Elliptic (Yellow Flag Press, 2016), Revenant (Blue Horse Press, 2016), and Bone-Hollow, True: New & Selected Poems (Texas Review Press, 2013). He has recently been appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to serve as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.

Events:
NOPF 18 Featured Performer

Samuel Binns

Samuel Binns

Samuel Binns is the founding editor of Sutra Press and Mantra Review. He lives in Clarksville, Arkansas.

Events:
Sutra Press / Mantra Review Table
Creatures of Becoming

George Bishop

George Bishop has lived and taught in Slovakia, Turkey, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, India, and Japan.  His stories and essays have appeared in The Oxford AmericanThird CoastPressAmerican Writing, and The Turkish Daily News. His first novel, Letter to My Daughter, was published by Ballantine Books in 2010.  His second, The Night of the Comet, also with Ballantine, was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the “Best Books of 2013.” More at georgebishopjr.com.

Events:
Lonely Voices: Storytelling, Character, and Place

Claire Bowman

Claire Bowman

Claire Bowman is the author of Dear Creatures (Sutra Press, 2017). She was born and raised along the Missouri River. She earned a BA in English from Truman State University, and an MFA in Poetry from the Michener Center for Writers. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Events:
Sutra Press / Mantra Review Table
Creatures of Becoming

J. Taylor Boyd

J. Taylor Boyd is a poet and translator living in Tuscaloosa, AL, where he currently serves as the poetry editor for Black Warrior Review.

Events:
Slimy "I": Lyric Affinities in the End Times

Nina Bozak

Nina Bozak is a library cataloger at The Historic New Orleans Collection who previously worked in Special Collections at Tulane and Dillard Universities, as well as in the rare book trade in New York City. Since being at The Historic New Orleans Collection, Nina cataloged the Edwin J. Blair Collection, consisting of over 600 items related to the Loujon Press, and co-curated the 2013 exhibition, Alternative Imprints: Jon Webb, Gypsy Lou, and the Hand-Sewn World of the Loujon Press. She also works with the performing arts collections at THNOC, as she has been a member of the New Orleans dance community for over 20 years.

Events:
Poetry in the Archives: Documenting Louisiana Literature Then and Now

Luci Brown

Luci Brown’s chapbook, Home Brew, was released in 2015. Her poems have previously appeared or are forthcoming in Moon City Review, Wherewithal, Menacing Hedge, Rogue Agent, Tinderbox and others. She was nominated by scissors & spackle for a Pushcart Prize and was a recipient of the Margaret Artley Woodruff award. She serves as managing editor for Stirring as well as a reader for the Best of the Net Anthology. She is an MFA graduate at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she currently resides with her very tall partner, very strange pets, and very happy baby.

Events:
Sun Dress Publications Reading
Writing the Persona Poem

Sommer Browning

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Sommer Browning is the author of two poetry collections, Backup Singers and Either Way I'm Celebrating; a dream book, WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THIS DREAM I HAD; a book of circles, The Circle Book; a few joke books, most recently, You're On My Period, and other things. She is a librarian in Denver.

Events:
Workshop: Freak Lips: Writing the Unsaid

Megan Burns

Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press. She also hosts the Blood Jet Poetry Reading Series in New Orleans and is the co-founder of the New Orleans Poetry Festival. She has been most recently published in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, Trickhouse, and the Big Bridge New Orleans Anthology. Her poetry and prose reviews have been published in Tarpaulin Sky, Gently Read Lit, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi. She has two books Memorial + Sight Lines (2008) and Sound and Basin (2013) published by Lavender Ink. She has two recent chapbooks: Dollbaby (Horseless Press, 2013) and i always wanted to start over (Nous-Zot Press, 2014). Her third book, Commitment, was published in 2015. Horse Less Press released her Twin Peaks chap, Sleepwalk With Me, in 2016.

Events:
NOPF Co-Director
NOPF Coordinator
Trembling Pillow Press Reading

John Burns

John Burns is associate professor of Spanish at Rockford University. He has translated numerous poets from Chile, Mexico, and Spain. He and Rubén Medina collaborated to edit and translate an anthology of Beat poetry into Spanish, Una tribu de salvajes improvisando a las puertas del infierno (Aldus/ UANL, 2012). His book Contemporary Hispanic Poets: Cultural
Production in the Global, Digital Age
was published by Cambria Press in 2015.

Events:
Infrarealism and Alternative Community

The Call Girls

The 80s were a dark time full of fears of nuclear annihilation and environmental disaster and characterized by an utter lack of faith in a political process that was dominated by capital and decadent corporate oligarchs. Out of this nihilistic atmosphere punk rock was born. What better time, then, to resurrect the genre than today, which makes the 80s seem like a utopian dream of liberalism. The Call Girls are here to do exactly that, and give you a chance to dance hard enough to forget the news you heard this morning, with a repertoire that includes classics from that Golden Age plus lots and lots of originals. Poet and NOPF co-founder Bill Lavender writes the songs and sings them as best he can; poet Chris Shipman works out his frustration on the drums; guitar maestro Eldon Silva cranks the fuzz leads; and the inimitable CDitty expresses her inner self on the bass.

Events:
Saturday Night Late Feature

Abigail Carl-Klassen

Abigail Carl-Klassen is a poet, writer, translator and educator raised in rural west Texas and radicalized on the U.S.-Mexico border. She has done docupoetic work with migrant workers, Old Colony Mennonite communities in Mexico and Texas, social workers, homeless communities, immigrant communities along the U.S.-Mexico border and most recently, with Central American migrants and asylum seekers in Mexico. Her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Catapult, Cimarron ReviewWillow Springs, GuernicaAster(ix), Sonora Review and Kweli, among others. She earned an MFA from the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing Program and taught at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas El Paso. She is a staff writer for Poets Reading the News and her chapbook Shelter Management is now available from dancing girl press. Her work can be found at https://abigailcarlklassen.wordpress.com/.

Events:
Journalism in Verse - The Poetics of

Christopher Carmona

Christopher Carmona

Christopher Carmona was the inaugural writer-in-residence for the Langdon Review Writers Residency Program in 2015. The Texas Observer recognized him as being one of the top five writers in 2014. He has two books of poetry, beat and I Have Always Been Here and one book of short fiction, The Road to Llorona Park.  He edited The Beatest State In The Union: An Anthology of Beat Texas Writings with Chuck Taylor and Rob Johnson and Outrage: A Protest Anthology about Injustice in a Post 9/11 World with Rossy Evelin Lima by Slough Press. He has also co-written a conversation book, Nuev@s Voces Poeticas: A Dialogue about New Chican@ Poetics. Currently, he has a new book of poems, 140: Twitter Poems, a bilingual edition and a second volume of the Outrage anthology series.

Events:
Carnalit@ Mobile Bookstore

C.S. Carrier

C.S. Carrier grew up in western North Carolina and lives in western Arkansas. He earned an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a PhD from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His work has appeared in numerous journals. He is the author of several chapbooks and two full length collections, After Dayton (Four Way Books, 2008) and Mantle (H-NGM-N Books, 2013).

Events:
Creatures of Becoming

Melissa Castro Almandina

Melissa Castro Almandina is a Xicana poet and artist from the Southwest Side of Chicago. She is a member of Brown and Proud Press, a zine collective that serves as a platform for healing in POC communities and is a resident artist at AMFM. With her vintage typewriter, she attends zine festivals and offers on demand poetry. She facilitates poetry workshops on the Southwest Side of Chicago and debuted her hand bound zine of poetry entitled, Rose Quartz and Serpentine. She was a featured writer at Pilsen Fest and has been published in The Garland Court Review, Home Zine, and Cuentos de Gringolandia. You can find her work on Instagram: melissa.almandina

Events:
Line by Line: An Interactive Reading

Travis Cebula

Travis Cebula resides with his wife and trusty dogs in Colorado, where he founded Shadow Mountain Press in 2009. His poems, photographs, essays, and stories have appeared internationally in various print and on-line journals. He has authored six chapbooks of poetry as well as six full-length collections, including The Sublimation of Frederick Eckert, a sequence set in New York City, available now from Black Lawrence Press. In 2011 Western Michigan University and Charles University in Prague awarded him the Pavel Srut Fellowship for Poetry. In addition to his other teaching, writing, publishing, and editing duties, he is a member of the creative writing faculty at the Left Bank Writer's Retreat in Paris, France.

Events:
Small Press Reading II

Vincent A. Cellucci

Vincent A. Cellucci

Vincent A. Cellucci is a scofflaw shit shooter. He wrote An Easy Place / To Die (CityLit Press, 2011) and edited Fuck Poems an exceptional anthology (Lavender Ink, 2012). Come back river, a bilingual Bengali-English translation collaboration with the poet and artist Debangana Banerjee is available from Finishing Line Press. _A Ship on the Line, a battleship-collaboration with poet Christopher Shipman released by Unlikely Books in 2014, was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award. Visit Vincent

Events:
NOPF Coordinator

Cathleen Chambless

Cathleen Chambless is from Miami, Florida. She graduated with her MFA in poetry from FIU. She is also a visual artist and activist. Her work has appeared The Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature, Jai-Alai, Fjords Review, Grief Diaries, Storm Cycle 2014 & 2015, and Wussy Mag. Her debut collection of poetry, Nec(Romantic), was a finalist for the Bisexual Book Awards in 2016.

Events:
C&R Press Presents

Isaac Chavarria

Isaac Chavarría is a pocho with a Creative Writing MFA from UT-Pan American. His work assisting non-profit organizations produced over 20 chapbooks for workshop participants. His poems are in The Acentos Review, BorderSenses, and NewBorder: Contemporary Voices from the Texas/Mexico Border. His poetry book, Poxo, from Slough Press, received the inaugural 2014 NACCS-Tejas Poetry Award. As a Coalition of Nuevo Chican@ Artists member, Isaac co-edited Nuev@s Voces Poeticas: A Dialogue About New Chican@ Identities. He is also a managing editor for Interstice, the literary arts journal of South Texas College. You can find Isaac in Alton, TX.

Events:
Carnalit@ Mobile Bookstore

cris cheek

photo Erin Edwards

cris cheek is a documentary performance writer, sound composer and photographer. He worked alongside Bob Cobbing and Bill Griffiths with the Consortium of London Presses in the mid 1970s to run a thriving free print shop. In 1981 he co-founded a collective resource in the east end of London at Chisenhale Dance Space, working with choreographers, musicians and performance artists to make multi-modal collaborations. cris taught Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts (1995-2002), played music with Sianed Jones and Philip Jeck as Slant, collaborated on site-responsive works about value and recycling with Things Not Worth Keeping and has been a professor at Miami University in Ohio since 2005, currently living in Cincinnati. Most recent publications are the church, the school, the beer (Critical Documents, 2007), part: short life housing (The Gig, 2009) and pickles & jams (BlazeVOX Books, 2017). 

Events:
Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing in the Anthropocene
Small Press Reading III

Paula Cisewski

Paula Cisewski's fourth poetry collection, Quitter, won Diode Editions' 2016 Book Prize and her third, The Threatened Everything, was selected for publication in the 2014 Burnside Review Book Contest. Both were released in early 2017. She is also the author of Ghost Fargo (selected by Franz Wright for the Nightboat Poetry Prize), Upon Arrival (Black Ocean), and several chapbooks, including the lyric prose Misplaced Sinister. Cisewski has been awarded residencies and fellowships from places including the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Minneapolis is the home from which she collaborates, creates, teaches, and resists.  

Events:
Underworlds--A Reading

Chanel Marie Clarke

Chanel Clarke is a poet and social worker living in New Orleans. She is a graduate of the  Michener Center for Writers in Austin,Texas. Her poems have been featured in Sou'wester, Octopus, Hayden Ferry's Review, Bayou, and other journals.

Events:
Why Women's Workshop?

Julia Cohen

Julia Cohen's most recent book is a collection of lyric essays, I Was Not Born (Noemi Press, 2014). Her poetry books are Collateral Light (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2014) and Triggermoon Triggermoon (Black Lawrence Press, 2011). Her work appears in journals like The Rumpus, The Fanzine, Entropy, The Boston Review, Colorado Review, BOMB, and Kenyon Review Online. Cohen is an editor for Essay Press and an Assistant Professor of Literature at Wright College in Chicago. Find her at: www.JuliaCohenWriter.com.

Events:
Workshop: Freak Lips: Writing the Unsaid

Shanna Compton

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Shanna Compton’s books include Brink, For Girls & Others, Down Spooky, Gamers, and several chapbooks. A book-length speculative poem called The Hazard Cycle is forthcoming. New work is appearing in the Nation, American Poetry Review, the Brooklyn Rail, and the forthcoming Wesleyan anthology Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene. She works as a freelance book designer in Lambertville, NJ, and is the founder and publisher of Bloof Books.

Events:
Bloof Books Table
Coven/Bloof Reading

Brigid Conroy

Brigid Conroy is an interdisciplinary artist and writer whose work explores the relationship between paper, print, and social memory. She has studied bookmaking & narrative art at the Penland School of Craft, the Sequential Artists Workshop, and Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. She has worked as a teaching artist in New Orleans since 2013, for programs including the Contemporary Arts Center, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and Mini Art Center. She received a B.A. in anthropology from Sarah Lawrence College in 2012. 

Events:
Antenna/Press Street Press: The Sister Arts in the Modern Age

Jesseca Cornelson

Jesseca Cornelson

Jesseca Cornelson is an associate professor of English at Alabama State University where she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Mid-American Review, Parody, Platte Valley Review, and Salamander. She is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers' Conference, has twice been a writer-in-residence at the Catskill Center’s Platte Clove Preserve in New York and at the Lillian E. Smith Center in Georgia, and is a recipient of a Fellowship in Literary Arts from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Events:
The Politicized Female Body and 21st Century Poetry

Sarah Anne Cox

San Francisco poet, Sarah Anne Cox is the author of Arrival, Krupsaya 2002 and Parcel, O Books 2006, and Super Undone Blue, Dusie 2016. Her work has appeared in the American anthologies Bay Poetics, Technologies of Measure, and Kindergarde. In 2014, her poems were translated into Swedish by Kristian Carlsson. She teaches writing at SFSU, windsurfs, and snowboards with her unschooled children.

Events:
DUSIE Presents

Jill Darling

Jill Darling is the author of (re)iteration(s) (Spuyten Duyvil), a geography of syntax (Lavender Ink), Solve For (BlazeVOX, ebooks), begin with may: a series of moments (Finishing Line), and two collaborative chapbooks with Laura Wetherington and Hannah Ensor: at the intersection of 3, and The First Steps are the Deepest. Her critical poetics essays can be found in How2; Something on Paper; and Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics. She’s also had poems, essays, and short fiction published in journals including GertrudeDenver Quarterly, /NOR, Aufgabe, 580 Split, Quarter After Eight, factorial, Rampike, Horse Less Review, Two Serious Ladies, Unlikely Stories, and in the anthology Poetic Voices Without Borders. Darling teaches at University of Michigan-Dearborn and lives in Ypsilanti. More info can be found at jilldarling.com.

Events:
Small Press Reading IV

Kristina Marie Darling

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of thirty books, which include Look to Your Left:  The Poetics of Spectacle (University of Akron Press, 2020); Je Suis L’Autre:  Essays & Interrogations (C&R Press, 2017), which was named one of the “Best Books of 2017” by The Brooklyn Rail; and DARK HORSE:  Poems (C&R Press, 2018). Her work has been recognized with three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held both the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet and the Howard Moss Residency in Poetry; a Fundación Valparaíso fellowship; a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, funded by the Heinz Foundation; an artist-in-residence position at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris; three residencies at the American Academy in Rome; two grants from the Whiting Foundation; a Morris Fellowship in the Arts; and the Dan Liberthson Prize from the Academy of American Poets, among many other awards and honors.  Her poems appear in The Harvard Review, Poetry International, New American Writing, Nimrod, Passages North, The Mid-American Review, and on the Academy of American Poets’ website, Poets.org.  She has published essays in The Kenyon Review, Agni, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, and numerous other magazines. Kristina currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly, an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Review of Books, and a contributing writer at Publishers Weekly. 

Events:
C&R Press Presents

Lynne DeSilva-Johnson

[a non binary person wearing many patterns makes sounds into a microphone, on the stage at Dixon Place, NYC.]

Lynne DeSilva-Johnson (she/her/they/them) is a nonbinary queer interdisciplinary creator, cultural scholar, and educator. She the founder of The Operating System, a radical open source arts organization and small press. After 10+ years teaching in the CUNY system, Lynne is now a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute. Recent publication credits include Wave Composition, The Philadelphia Supplement, The Conversant, Gorgon Poetics, POSTblank, Vintage Magazine, Live Mag, Coldfront, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Resist Much/Obey Little: Poems for The Resistance, and “In Memory of Feasible Grace,” part of the Panthalassa Pamphlet series, among others. Her performances and work have appeared widely, including recent features at Artists Space, Bowery Arts and Science, The NYC Poetry Festival, Carmine Street Metrics, Eyebeam, LaMaMa, Triangle Quarterly, Undercurrent Projects, Mellow Pages, The New York Public Library, Launchpad BK, Dixon Place, Poets Settlement, and many more. She is always still beginning.

Events:
Live Mag! Roundup with The Operating System, and Dos Madres Press Table
Collabs, Collectives, and Communities

Gillian Devereux

Gillian Devereux

Gillian Devereux received her MFA in Poetry from Old Dominion University and directs the Writing Center at Wheelock College in Boston, where she also teaches creative writing. She is the author of Focus on Grammar (dancing girl press, 2012) and They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights (Aforementioned Productions, 2011), and her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including apt, Pith, Delirious Hem, The Midwest Quarterly, The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society, Sundog Lit, Boog City, and Printer’s Devil Review. Follow her on Twitter (@fromthistles) or Tumblr (http://neomodernmix.tumblr.com).

Events:
Experiments in Intimacy: Visual Poetics of Femme Friendship
Coven/Bloof Reading

Jennifer K. Dick

Jennifer K. Dick

Jennifer K Dick is a writer, translator, and teacher originally from Iowa who now resides in France. She is the author of CIRCUITS (Corrupt, 2013), ENCLOSURES (BlazeVox eBook, 2007), FLUORESCENCE (University of GAPress, 2004), and the forthcoming collection THAT WHICH I TOUCH HAS NO NAME (Eyewear, London, 2019). She also has 6 chapbooks, most recently Afterlife by Angel House Press,Canada (2017). She is the co-founder and curator of Ivy Writers Paris bilingual reading series and the Ecrire l’Art mini-residency for French authors at La Kunsthalle-Mulhouse. Her increasing interest in collaborative projects led to the 2016-2017 architecture-text installation at the Basel SBB Train Station, Switzerland) and the collaborative dance/art/poetry performance Traces de son amant qui s’en va.

Events:
Otherness/Self/Migration in 21st Century Poetic Practice
Saturday Lunch Feature

Amber DiPietra

A,bers face in a boudoir photo, one blind eye, the other fully open, purple tulle

Amber DiPietra uses writing, performance, and bodywork to explore disability, sexuality, and sex work.  She offers somatic sex education and creativity consulting through her project, The Body Poetik. Her book Waveform (2011), in collaboration with poet Denise Leto, meditates on chronicity and floating. Amber's writing has also been anthologized in Beauty is a Verb: the New Poetry of Disability (2011).

Events:
Conjuring the Body: Praxis and Somatic Poiesis

Aran Donovan

Aran Donovan

Aran Donovan lives in New Orleans. A graduate of the University of Arkansas MFA program and Middlebury Summer Language Schools, she was a 2012 recipient of residency at the Edward A. Albee Foundation and a 2010 Walton Family Endowment for Creative Writing fellow. She was included in Best New Poets 2013. Her poetry has recently appeared in Hobart, Juked, and Barnstorm Journal and is forthcoming in Permafrost, The Common, The Journal, and Big Lucks. She tweets sporadically @barelymarigny.

Events:
Why Women's Workshop?

Aja Couchois Duncan

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Aja Couchois Duncan is a Bay Area capacity builder and writer of Ojibwe, French and Scottish descent. Her work has been anthologized in Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House Press,) Bay Poetics (Faux Press) and Love Shook My Heart 2 (Alyson Press). Her debut collection, Restless Continent (Litmus Press) was selected by Entropy Magazine as one of the best poetry collections of 2016 and won the California Book Award in 2017. A fictional writer of non-fiction, she has published essays in the North American Review and Chain. When not writing, Aja works with the Management Assistance Group, supporting social justice leaders, organizations and networks in advancing a more just world. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a variety of other degrees and credentials to certify her as human. Great Spirit knew it all along.

Events:
Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing in the Anthropocene

Amara Edwards

I am a current sophomore at Dillard University, and I was raised in Northern Virginia. I really got into poetry my junior year of high school. Poetry to me is an outlet; a way to express my feelings without hindrance. I am fairly new to spoken word, but I am trying to open up more so I can share my poetry with others. I use poetry to relieve my stress and pour out my feelings, and I hope that perhaps my poetry may inspire others.

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Dillard University Presents

Zachery Elbourne

Zachery Elbourne is a child of New Orleans. They hold a bachelor's degree in poetry from LSU and are an MFA Candidate at UMass Amherst. They are a Reader and Social Media Editor for jubilat literary magazine, the Assistant Managing Editor for Slope Editions, and curate the Dead Bird Reading Series along with Gion Davis.

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Why Poets Love & Need Independent Presses

shelley feller

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shelley feller is an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama, where they served as poetry and managing editor of Black Warrior Review. they are the author of the chapbook, TANGLED BANK & daily bugaboo jubilee (Letter [r] Press, 2016), and their recent work can be found in Puerto del Sol, New Delta Review, and AADOREE.

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Slimy "I": Lyric Affinities in the End Times

Lou Florez, Awo Ifadunsin Sangobiyi

Lou Florez (Awo Ifadunsin Sangobiyi) is a Latinx spirit worker, reader, medicine maker, priest, activist, and artist. He has studied with indigenous communities and elders throughout the globe. He is a member of The Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers and a contributing author to Bringing Race to the Table, an anthology that explores the topics and experiences of race and racism within Paganism. Trained in Hoodoo, Curanderismo, and IFA, Lou advocates for radically open spaces to investigate the intersectional ties to race, class, gender, and ability within Earth-based communities, rituals, and pedagogy. For more information he can be contacted at louflorez.com.

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Conjuring the Body: Praxis and Somatic Poiesis

Tonya M. Foster

Tonya M. Foster

Tonya M. Foster is the author of the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os and the poetry collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. A co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art, Tonya has published poetry and essays in a range of publications. Born in Bloomington, Illinois and raised in New Orleans, LA, Foster earned a BA from Tulane University, an MFA in Poetry from the University of Houston, and is completing a PhD in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She has been a recipient of fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, the Macdowell Colony, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Graduate Center, CUNY, among others. She is a poetry editor at Fence Magazine, and is an Assistant Professor of Writing & Literature and Creative Writing at California College of the Arts,

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NOPF18 Featured Performer

Ariel Francisco Henriquez

Ariel Francisco is the author of All My Heroes Are Broke (C&R Press, 2017) and Before Snowfall, After Rain (Glass Poetry Press, 2016). Born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents, he completed his MFA at Florida International University in Miami. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Academy of American Poets, The American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2016, Gulf Coast, Washington Square, and elsewhere. He lives and teaches in South Florida.

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C&R Press Presents

Amanda Galvan Huynh

Amanda Galvan Huynh is a recipient of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a 2017 Sewanee Conference Tennessee Williams Scholarship, and a 2016 AWP Intro Journal Project Award. Her work can be found in the following journals: RHINO Poetry, Muzzle Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review, Silk Road Review, The Boiler Journal, and others. 

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Mixed Race/Mixed Genre: the traditions of multiracial writing

Kenyatta JP Garcia

Kenyatta JP Garcia is the author of They Say and Slow Living (West Vine Press) as well as the speculative poetry ebooks - ROBOT, Yawning on the Sands, and Past and Again. JP was raised at the intersection of Church and Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn, NY and xe still holds the world to the standards set forth by that microcosm of poverty, patois and street poetry. Currently, xe spends xyr nights putting boxes on shelves for a buck but by day xe edits Rigorous and prepares for either the impending zombie apocalypse or the inevitable return of our alien overlords.

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Words of Revolution: The creation of a literary journal as social movement
Mixed Race/Mixed Genre: the traditions of multiracial writing

Susana Gardner

Susana Gardner is the author of the full-length poetry collection:s [ lapsed insel weary]  (The Tangent Press, 2008),  HERSO (Black Radish Books, 2011) and, CADDISH, Black Radish Books, 2013. Her latest book, Somewhere Upon a Time / / Oceanids & Dreampomes is forthcoming.  Her poetry has appeared in many online and print publications including JacketHow2Puerto Del Sol, and Cambridge Literary Review among others. Her work has also been translated into Icelandic, Italian and French as well as featured in several anthologies, including 131.839 slög með bilum (131,839 keystrokes with spaces) (Ntamo, Finland, 2007) NOT FOR MOTHERS ONLY: Contemporary Poems on Child-Getting and Child-Rearing (Fence Books, 2007), KINDERGARDE: Avant-garde Poems, Stories, and Songs for Children, Black Radish Books (2014) and in the forthcoming CITY AND SEA Anthology from Frequency Writers, Providence. She lives in Rhode Island where she designs books, teaches, writes, and curates the online poetics journal and experimental press, Dusie.

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Dusie Presents
Bloof/Coven Reading

NIA S GATES

Nia Gates an emerging photographer, poet, and Dillard Student joined Big Class as a part of its Youth Advisory Council in December of 2015. Since then she has been active in her community as a mentor and an advocate for social justice. In 2017, Gates performed her original poetry at the Peoples’ Climate March and Rally in Washington D.C to an audience of 200,000, the White House and entire National Mall.

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Dillard University English Club Presents Spoken Word

John Gery

John Gery, a Research Professor of Poetry at the University of New Orleans, has published seven books of poetry, including The Enemies of Leisure, Davenport’s Version, A Gallery of Ghosts, and most recently, Have at You Now! He has published criticism on modernist and contemporary poets, as well as the book, Nuclear Annihilation and Contemporary American Poetry: Ways of Nothingness. He has also collaborated on translations of poetry and prose from Serbian, Italian, Armenian, Chinese, and French. He has co-authored a walking guide to Ezra Pound’s Venice and, with Vahe Baladouni, wrote a biography of Armenian poet Hmayeak Shems. He has also co-edited four books of poetry and criticism. A Research Professor of English at the University of New Orleans, he directs the Ezra Pound Center for Literature (EPCL), Brunnenburg, Italy, and is Series Editor for the EPCL Book Series at Clemson University Press.

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Creation and Translation: A Panel of Translator-Poets

laura goldstein

Laura Goldstein's first collection of poetry, loaded arc, was released by Trembling Pillow Press in 2013 and her second collection, awesome camera was published by Make Now Press in 2014. She has published several chapbooks with vibrant small presses across the country, as well as poems, reviews and essays in print and online. Her newest chapbook, safe wars / poet in hell  is forthcoming from damask press. She teaches critical thinking and writing, literature, and poetry workshops at Loyola University and is the co-curator of the Red Rover Reading Series in Chicago.

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Line by Line: An Interactive Reading
Trembling Pillow Press Reading

Rodney Gomez

Rodney Gomez is the author of Citizens of the Mausoleum (2018), Baedeker from the Persistent Refuge (2019), and the chapbooks Mouth Filled with Night (winner of the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Prize from Northwestern University), Spine (selected by Ada Limón as winner of the Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize), and A Short Tablature of Loss (selected by Eduardo Corral as winner of the Rane Arroyo Prize). His work has appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Blackbird, Pleiades, Denver Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, and other journals. He is the son of migrant farm workers and the first in his family to attend college. A proud member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop and the Chocholichex writing collective, he reviews poetry and nonfiction for Latino Book Review and works at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He lives with the love of his life, Sara, in McAllen.

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Vale la Pena: Writing in the Borderlands

Celina A. Gomez

Celina A. Gόmez is a high school and college teacher and performance poetry coach. Her work appears in Ostrich Review, Outrage: A Protest Anthology for a Post 9/11 World, La Bloga, and numerous chapbooks and conference proceedings. The reigning Ultimate Poetry Boxing Champion of South Texas, she received her MFA with a certificate in Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas Pan American. Currently, she is a poet-organizer for Resistencia en la frontera: Poets Against Border Walls and works to highlight border issues through poetry in the Rio Grande Valley of Tejas. 

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Vale la Pena: Writing in the Borderlands

John Gosslee

John Gosslee

John Gosslee is editor-in-chief of PANK, Fjords Review and Quiet Lunch. He directs C&R Press. He’s the editor of 50 Contemporary Women Artists (Schiffer, 2018) and his latest books are a book of poetry redaction, Out of Context (Press Otherwise, 2017) and a little book, Pick the Stars to Work (Nomadic Press, 2018). His poetry appears in Poetry Ireland, Gulf Coast, Prelude and Poets Quest for God Anthology (Eyewear, 2017) and many other magazines and anthologies. 

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C&R Press Presents

K. Lorraine Graham

K. Lorraine Graham is the author of Terminal Humming (Edge Books), and The Rest is Censored (Bloof Books). She earned an MFA from the University of California, San Diego and writes about arts and humanities research for the University of MarylandInterests: affective labor, birds, la quotidienne, swamps, operatic suffering, melodrama, disco. spooksbyme.org / @klorrainegraham

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Experiments in Intimacy: Visual Poetics of Femme Friendship
Coven/Bloof Reading

Jeff Grieneisen

Jeff Grieneisen

Jeff Grieneisen, professor of literature and creative writing at State College of Florida, published his first book of poetry, Good Sumacs, with MAMMOTH Books and has placed poetry in numerous journals and anthologies. He was co-founder and associate editor of the annual literary journal Florida English for 13 years. His critical work includes published scholarship on Ezra Pound and Edgar Allan Poe. He has presented his poetry and criticism throughout the U.S. and in London, Paris, Venice, Rapallo, Edinburgh and South Tyrol. He divides his time between southwest Florida and western Pennsylvania.

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Small Press Reading II

Kia Alice Groom

Kia Groom

Kia Alice Groom is a writer, editor, & occult practitioner. Hailing from Australia but residing in New Orleans (where she received her MFA in poetry from UNO) Kia co-owns Foxglove & Crow (link to www.foxgloveandcrow.com) offering tarot card readings and esoteric advice to folks from all around the world. Beginning her writing practice as soon as she was old enough to hold a pencil and her magickal practice at age 13, Kia’s work is often concerned with lucid dreaming and portal magic, thought forms and tulpas, and healing from trauma through shadow work and meditation. These themes often come up in her published works, a list of which is available on www.kiagroom.com. She tweets @whodreamedit

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NOPF Social Media Coordinator

Elizabeth Gross

Elizabeth Gross is a poet/translator/teacher/baker in New Orleans. Her chapbook DEAR ESCAPE ARTIST, a collaboration with visual artist Sara White, came out from Antenna in November 2016. Other poems have recently appeared in Okey-PankyWhite Stag, TENDERLOIN, and the Fairy Tale Review. She co-translated and produced a new adaptation of Euripides' Bakkhai at the Marigny Opera House in June 2015.

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Antenna/Press Street Press: The Sister Arts in the Modern Age
Why Women's Workshop?

Anna Gurton-Wachter

Anna Gurton-Wachter is a writer, editor and archivist. Her chapbooks include Mother of All (Above/Ground Press, forthcoming 2018), The Abundance Chamber Works Alone (2017, Essay Press)Blank Blank Blues (2016, Horse Less Press) and CYRUS (2014, Portable Press @ Yo Yo Labs). Other writing has appeared in Elderly, 6x6, No Dear, The Organism for Poetic Research’s PELT, The Brooklyn Rail and elsewhere. Anna edits and makes books with DoubleCross Press, a micro-press focusing on handmade chapbooks of poetry and poetics. She lives in Brooklyn NY, a few blocks away from the home in which she was born.

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DoubleCross Press Table

Raquel Gutiérrez

Raquel Gutiérrez loves pitbulls, her Mexican dad and Salvadoran mom, configuring crystals according to astrological seasons, nopal fries, and root beer kombucha. She was born in Los Angeles during a Cancer moon, lives in Tucson, and is pursuing a dual genre MFA at the University of Arizona where she also teaches. Her work focuses on ancestral gestures, brown ontology, desire, history, the borderlands, and Los Angeles and has been published in FENCE, Huizache, Zócalo Public Square, Southwestern American Literature and The Portland Review. Gutiérrez also operates the tiny press Econo Textual Objects (est. 2014) where recent publications include D E S G R A C I A D O by Angel Dominguez. She is the Poetry Editor for the Sonora Review, founded in 1980 making it one of the oldest student-run literary journals in the country. Gutiérrez was also recently awarded a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant this year to support a short-form essay series about contemporary artistic practices in Los Angeles (or what does it mean to be a brown artist in the Trump era?). If anybody is down to volunteer at Villalobos Pitbull Rescue, holler at your butch.

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The Queen of Wands: Queer Sex Magic & Poetics

Wren Hanks

Wren Hanks is the author of the chapbooks Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press). A 2016 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow, his recent work appears in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, Jellyfish Magazine, The Wanderer, and elsewhere. His third chapbook, gar child, is forthcoming from Tree Light Books. An associate editor for Sundress Publications, he holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and currently lives in Brooklyn. 

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Hyacinth Girl Press Reading

Chloe Hanson

Chloe Hanson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tennessee, where she studies poetry.  Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Public Pool, Arsenic Lobster, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, Off the Coast, and Red Cedar Review, among other journals online and in print.  She has presented her scholarly work at PCA and the Utah State University Research Symposium, where her presentation on the Serial podcast and detective fiction was awarded Best Graduate Presentation in the Humanities.  She enjoys expensive beer, cheap wine, and forcing her dog to wear homemade costumes.

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Everyday Muses: Poetry Show & Tell

Christopher Harter

Christopher Harter

Christopher Harter is the Director of Library and Reference Services at the Amistad Research Center, a non-profit, independent archives in New Orleans that focuses on ethnic history, civil rights, and social justice. He has worked in archives and special collections libraries for over 20 years and has a particular passion for literary and publishing archives. In addition, from 1997-2007, Christopher operated Pathwise Press and edited the rambunctious literary magazine Bathtub Gin. His poetry and reviews have appeared in Bottle, Heeltap, pLopLop, prechelonian, Post Poems, Sometimes City Undercovers, Spring Chicken, Stovepipe, Small Press Review, The Frank Review and elsewhere. A sucker for literary history, he authored An Author Index to Little Magazines of the Mimeograph Revolution (Scarecrow Press, 2008) and a forthcoming bibliography of John Bennett's Vagabond Press.

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Poetry in the Archives: Documenting Louisiana Literature Then and Now

James Haug

James Haug’s newest collection Riverain has just appeared from Oberlin College Press in the FIELD Poetry Series. His other books include Legend of the Recent Past, Walking Liberty, and The Stolen Car. He’s also published a number of chapbooks, among them Fox Luck, Scratch, and two titles from Factory Hollow Press, A Plan of How to Catch Amanda and Why I Like Chapbooks. He’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Why Poets Love & Need Independent Presses

J. Todd Hawkins

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Choctaw tribal member J. Todd Hawkins is a poet and visual artist living in Texas. He earned a BA in English and psychology from the University of Texas, studied Shakespeare at Oxford University, and earned an MA in technical communication from Texas Tech University.  He is the author of Ten Counties Away (Finishing Line Press, 2017). His poetry has appeared in many publications, among them AGNI, Rattle Poets Respond, American Literary Review, Poets Reading the News, The Louisville Review, Bayou Magazine, and The Bitter Oleander.  Hawkins works as the senior editor of an education publishing company. When not writing, he helps lead Johnson County’s largest Cub Scout pack, coaches a soccer team of hyperactive first-grade girls called the Honeybees, and nightly loses to his wife at Mortal Kombat once the kids finally fall asleep. Discover more at www.jtoddhawkins.com.

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Journalism in Verse - The Poetics of

Cole Heinowitz

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Cole Heinowitz’s books of poetry include The Rubicon (The Rest, 2008), Stunning in Muscle Hospital (Detour, 2002), and Daily Chimera (Incommunicado, 1995). She is the translator of Mario Santiago Papasquiaro’s Advice from 1 disciple of Marx to 1 Heidegger fanatic (Wave, 2013) and Beauty Is Our Spiritual Guernica (Commune Editions, 2015), The Selected Late Letters of Antonin Artaud (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2014), and A Tradition of Rupture: Selected Critical Writings of Alejandra Pizarnik (Ugly Duckling, forthcoming). Her recent critical work includes essays on Infrarealism, Alejandra Pizarnik, and Ammiel Alcalay. Cole has taught literature at Bard College since 2004.  

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Infrarealism and Alternative Community

Carolyn Hembree

Carolyn Hembree

Carolyn Hembree was born in Bristol, Tennessee. Her debut poetry collection, Skinny, came out from Kore Press in 2012. In 2016, Trio House Books published her second collection, Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague, selected by Neil Shepard for the 2015 Trio Award and by Stephanie Strickland for the 2015 Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Contrary, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Poetry Daily, and other publications. She has received grants and fellowships from PEN, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Southern Arts Federation. An assistant professor at the University of New Orleans, Carolyn teaches writing and serves as poetry editor of Bayou Magazine. Thanks to an ATLAS grant, she will spend the next year writing. You can read more of her work at www.carolynhembree.com.

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NOPF18 Featured Performer

Marcy Rae Henry

Marcy Rae Henry is a Latina born and raised in Mexican-America.  She is a resister, a performance artist and a mediocre musician with no social media accounts.  Her writing has appeared in World Haiku Review, Chicago Literati, The Chaffey Review, Shanghai Literary Review, Beautiful Losers and Damaged Goods Press/TQ Review: A Journal of Trans & Queer Voices.  Her publication, The CTA Chronicles, received a Chicago Community Arts Assistance Grant and her unpublished novel, Cumbia Therapy, received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. Ms. M. R. Henry is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts at Harold Washington College Chicago.  marcyraehenry.com

 

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Line by Line: An Interactive Reading

Sean Henry-Smith

Sean D. Henry-Smith is a photographer and writer. His writing and photography has appeared in Apogee JournalContact SheetThe OffingFACTFanzine, and The New York Times.

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The Escape Is The Method: Black Fugitivity, The Outdoors, & (Re)Considering Elsewhere

Larkin Higgins

Larkin Higgins is a poet/artist/professor whose poetic and hybrid pieces can be found in Diagram, Eleven ElevenYellow Field, Visio-Textual Selectricity (Runaway Spoon Press), The L.A.Telephone Book, Vol.1, and Vol. 2 and elsewhere. Mindmade Books published Of Traverse and Template (poems and logographic drawings). With Dusie she has two chapbooks, Of Materials, Implements and c o m b - i n g  m i n e - i n g s, plus the broadside “Soil Culture, Frankenstein--Grafted.” Higgins’ visual poetry is included in the Avant Writing Collection/The Ohio State University Libraries and has been exhibited at Counterpath Gallery (Denver), Skylab Gallery (Columbus, OH), New Puppy Gallery (Los Angeles), and Otis College of Art & Design. She also created text-driven performance art for venues such as Highways Performance Space, Counterpath Gallery, BC Space, and Beyond Baroque.

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Dusie Press Reading

Crag Hill

Crag Hill co-edited one of the seminal magazines devoted to concrete/visual poetry, Score, presenting the work of concrete/visual poets from dozens of countries through 20 issues from 1983-2004. With Nico Vassilakis, Hill co-edited The Last Vispo Anthology (Fantagraphics, 2012), the first major anthology of concrete/visual poetry published in the U.S. in forty years. His most recent book 7 x 7 appeared in 2010 (Otoliths). He is co-coordinator of the Mark Allen Everett Poetry Reading Series at the University of Oklahoma.

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Poetry & Visual Innovation: The Page as Score for Performance

Tom Holmes

Tom Holmes

Tom Holmes is the editor of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics and the author of three full-length collections of poetry, most recently The Cave (winner of The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013), as well as four chapbooks. His writings about wine, poetry book reviews, and poetry can be found at his blog, The Line Break: http://thelinebreak.wordpress.com/. Twitter: @TheLineBreak

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Redactions: Poetry & Poetics Table

Erin Hoover

Erin Hoover

Erin Hoover's debut collection of poetry, Barnburner, was selected by Kathryn Nuernberger for the Antivenom Award and will be published by Elixir Press in 2018. Her poems have appeared in the 2016 edition of The Best American Poetry and in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Awl, Bennington Review, Narrative, and elsewhere. Originally from Pennsylvania, Erin currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida. Her website is erinhooverpoet.com.

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The Politicized Female Body and 21st Century Poetry

Ladee Hubbard

Ladee Hubbard is a writer from New Orleans. She received a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2014. She is the recipient of a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and her first novel, The Talented Ribkins, received the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

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Lonely Voices: Storytelling, Character, and Place

Candice Huber

Candice Huber owns New Orleans’ premier geeky bookstore, board gaming store, and nerd mecca: Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop, named after her grandparents. She is an active online writer and regular contributor to the feminist websites Nerdy But Flirty and The Mary Sue. Huber established a Tubby & Coo’s publishing company last year, which will publish its first books in 2017. Like Tubby & Coo's on Facebook and follow on Instagram and Twitter! View the bookstore's website here.

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NOPF Bookseller

Tom C. Hunley

Tom C. Hunley is a professor in the MFA/BA Creative Writing programs at Western Kentucky University and the director of Steel Toe Books. His sixth full-length poetry collection, Here Lies, should be published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in time for the festival. Tom has published in literary journals beginning with every letter in the alphabet except for Q and Y. Some of those include 5 AM, Atlanta Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, Diode Poetry Journal, Exquisite Corpse, Five Points, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Hawai'i Review, Ithaca Lit, Jeopardy, Kudzu, Los Angeles Review, Margie, New Orleans Review, Oregon East, The Pinch, Rattle, Southern Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Urban SpelunkerVirginia Quarterly Review,The Writer, Xavier Review, and Zone 3.

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Steel Toe Books Table

MC Hyland

MC Hyland is the founding editor of DoubleCross Press, a poetry micropress, as well as the author of several poetry chapbooks, most recently THE END PART ONE (Magic Helicopter Press), which was named by Lit Hub as a "Favorite Poetry Collection of 2017." She is currently a PhD candidate in English Literature at New York University, where she's working on a dissertation about the long history of poets' engagements with the boundary between public and private space. From her research, she produces scholarly and poetic texts, artists’ books, and public art projects.  

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DoubleCross Press Table
Underworlds--A Reading

Lauren Ireland

Lauren Ireland

Lauren Ireland is the author of FEELINGS (Trembling Pillow Press), The Arrow (Coconut Books), Dear Lil Wayne (Magic Helicopter Press) and two chapbooks, Sorry It's So Small (Factory Hollow Press) and Olga & Fritz (Mondo Bummer Press). She lives in Seattle. She has a lot of feelings. Like really a lot.

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Trembling Pillow Press Reading

Julia Johnson

Julia Johnson photo

Julia Johnson grew up in New Orleans. She is the author of three collections of poetry, including The Falling Horse (Factory Hollow Press). She teaches creative writing at the University of Kentucky.

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Why Poets Love & Need Independent Presses

Taylor Johnson

Taylor Johnson is proud of being from Washington, DC. They’ve received fellowships and scholarships from Callaloo, Cave Canem, the Vermont Studio Center, Tin House, and Yaddo, among other organizations. Their work appears in, or is forthcoming from CALLALOO, the shade journal, Vinyl Poetry, Hayden's Ferry Review, Tin House, Indiana Review, Third Coast, and elsewhere. In 2017, Taylor received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Literature from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

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The Escape Is The Method: Black Fugitivity, The Outdoors, & (Re)Considering Elsewhere

Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones  is an educator and co-director (with Mosi Makori) of Students at the Center, a writing program in the New Orleans public schools. Ashley entered the program  during her sophomore year at McDonogh #35 High School and continued throughout her undergraduate years. She now directs the program as a teacher at McDonogh #35. She holds a master’s degree from Bread Loaf School of English and Savannah College of Art and Design.

Rodger Kamenetz

Rodger Kamenetz

Rodger Kamenetz is a poet and author. His five books of poetry include The Lowercase Jew (Northwestern), and To Die Next To You (Six Gallery). He also wrote the international best seller, The Jew in the Lotus, (Harper One) and received the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought.  His book on dreams, The History of Last Night's Dream was featured on Oprah Winfrey's "Soul Series", and he currently sees dream clients from around the world. He is Professor Emeritus at LSU where he held the Sternberg Honors Chair. He lives and works in New Orleans. Visit his website at http://www.kamenetz.com

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Dreams and Poetry Workshop Leader

Megan Kaminski

Megan Kaminski is the author of two books of poetry, Deep City (Noemi Press, 2015) and Desiring Map (Coconut Books, 2012), and many chapbooks, including most recently Providence (Belladonna*, 2016). She is an assistant professor in the University of Kansas' Graduate Creative Writing Program and an Integrated Arts Initiative Faculty Fellow at the Spencer Museum of Art. She also curates the Taproom Poetry Series in downtown Lawrence. http://www.megankaminski.com/

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Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing in the Anthropocene
Creatures of Becoming

Jen Karetnick

Jen Karetnick is the author of seven poetry collections, including American Sentencing (Winter Goose Publishing, May 2016), long-listed for both the 2017 Julie Suk Award and the 2017 Lascaux Prize, and The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, September 2016), finalist for the 2017 Poetry Society of Virginia Book Prize. The winner of the 2017 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, the 2016 Romeo Lemay Poetry Prize and the 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize, she has had work nominated for Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net awards. Her poetry, prose, playwriting and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in TheAtlantic.com, Crab Orchard Review, Cutthroat, Guernica, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, New Millennium Writings, One, Painted Bride Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Spillway, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily and Waxwing. She is co-founder/co-curator of the not-for-profit organization, SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami), and co-editor of SWWIM Every Day. 

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Coastal Poetics: Crafting Erosion and Absence
Small Press Reading I

Jennifer Karmin

Jennifer Karmin’s multidisciplinary work has transpired at festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets across the U.S., Cuba, Japan, Kenya, and Europe.  Her books include the text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice and The Sexual Organs of the IRS, a collaboration with Bernadette Mayer.  Public projects and performances are documented in the handmade editions Walking Poem, Evacuated: Disembodying Katrina, and 4000 Words 4000 Dead + Revolutionary Optimism: An American Elegy.  She teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and has been a Visiting Writer at Naropa University, Oberlin College, California Institute of the Arts, plus a myriad of sites.  Since 2005, she has curated the Red Rover Series in Chicago. 

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Line by Line: An Interactive Reading
Comedy Verses Poetry
Dusie Presents

Douglas Kearney

Douglas Kearney has published six books, most recently, Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016), winner of the CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry and silver medalist for the California Book Award (Poetry). BOMB says: “[Buck Studies] remaps the 20th century in a project that is both lyrical and epic, personal and historical.” Kearney’s collection of writing on poetics and performativity, Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015), was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection that Publisher’s Weekly called “an extraordinary book.” Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in the Santa Clarita Valley and teaches at CalArts. douglaskearney.com

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NOPF18 Featured Performer

Becca Klaver

Becca Klaver is the author of the poetry collections LA Liminal (Kore Press, 2010) and Empire Wasted (Bloof Books, 2016) as well as several chapbooks. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, she attended the University of Southern California (BA), Columbia College Chicago (MFA), and Rutgers University (PhD). As an editor, she cofounded the feminist poetry press Switchback Books with Hanna Andrews and Brandi Homan; she created the viral microediting project Women Poets Wearing Sweatpants; and she is currently coediting, with Arielle Greenberg, the multimedia anthology Electric Gurlesque (Saturnalia, 2018). In the spring of 2017, Becca was the Arts & Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University, and she is currently a lecturer in the English Department at Tennessee Tech University.

Events:
Bloof Books Reading

Dylan Krieger

DYLAN KRIEGER is an automatic meaning generator in south Louisiana, where she earned her MFA from LSU and now sunlights as a trade magazine editor. Her debut poetry collection, Giving Godhead (Delete Press, 2017), was dubbed "the best collection of poetry to appear in English in 2017" by the New York Times Book Review. She is also the author of dreamland trash (Saint Julian Press, 2018), no ledge left to love (Ping Pong Free Press, forthcoming), and an autobiographical meditation on the Church of Euthanasia called The Mother Wart. Find her at www.dylankrieger.com.

Events:
Into the Macular Hole: The Future of Gurlesque Poetics

Sonnet L'Abbe

Sonnet L’Abbé, Ph.D. is the author of A Strange Relief and Killarnoe, and was the 2014 guest editor of Best Canadian PoetryHer chapbook, Anima Canadensis, was published by Junction Books in 2016, and won the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award. In her next collection, Sonnet’s Shakespeare," L’Abbé “writes over" all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets. L'Abbé is a professor of Creative Writing and English at Vancouver Island University.

Events:
Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing in the Anthropocene

David G. Lanoue

David G. Lanoue

David G. Lanoue, Professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana, has translated 10,000 haiku by the Japanese poet Issa for his website, The Haiku of Kobayashi Issa. He has also published two book-length translations of Issa, several critical studies, and a collection of original haiku: Una señal que indica dos rutas / On a Sign Pointing Two Ways (2016). In addition, he provided the English translations for a book of Spanish haiku by the Colombian poet, Fernando López Rodríguez: Luciérnagas en las manos/ Fireflies in My Hands (2011).  He is a former president of the Haiku Society of America.

Events:
Creation and Translation: A Panel of Translator-Poets

kristin LaTour

Kristin LaTour is the author of the full-length poetry collection, What Will Keep Us Alive (Sundress Publications). She has five chapbooks, with the latest forthcoming in 2018, My Heart as Miscellanea (Sundress Publications). Her poems have appeared in Menacing Hedge, Tinderbox, Massachusetts Review, Fifth Wednesday and other journals. She teaches comp at Joliet Jr. College for money and feeds her soul in Aurora, IL where she lives with her writer husband, two doggos, and her parakeet. Her website is kristinlatour.com

Events:
The Politicized Female Body and 21st Century Poetry
Writing the Persona Poem
Sundress Publications Reading

Bill Lavender

Bill

Bill Lavender is a poet, novelist, musician, carpenter and publisher living in New Orleans. He founded Lavender Ink, a small press devoted mainly to poetry, in 1995, and he founded Diálogos, an imprint devoted to cross-cultural literatures (mostly in translation) in 2011. His poems, stories and essays have appeared in dozens of print and web journals and anthologies, with theoretical writings appearing in Contemporary Literature and Poetics Today, among others.
His ground-breaking verse memoir, Memory Wing, dubbed by Rodger Kamentetz "a contemporary autobiographical masterpiece," was published by Black Widow in 2011. His novel, Q, a neo-picaresque view of the surreal world of the future, appeared from Trembling Pillow in 2013. A chapbook, surrealism, was published in 2016 by Lavender Ink. His Amazon author page lists most of his books.

Read an interview with Bill about his poetics and about the press at Jacket2.

He is the co-founder, with Megan Burns of Trembling Pillow Press, of the New Orleans Poetry Festival.

Events:
NOPF Co-Director
NOPF Coordinator
Lavender Ink / Diálogos Reading
The Call Girls

Hank Lazer

Hank Lazer has published twenty-five books of poetry, including Thinking in Jewish (N20) (2018, Lavender Ink), Poems Hidden in Plain View (2016, in English and in French), Brush Mind: At Hand (2016), N24 (2014) and N18 (2012), Portions (2009), The New Spirit (2005), Elegies & Vacations (2004), and Days (2002).  Selected Poems and Essays of Hank Lazer, completed by a group of translators, was published by Central China Normal University Press in 2015.  Lazer’s Selected Poems have also been published in Italy and will be appearing shortly in Cuba (including 11 tracks for jazz-poetry improvisations with soprano saxophonist Andrew Raffo Dewar).  Readings and interviews can be accessed through PennSound: http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Lazer.html , as well as in special issues of Plume #34 and Talisman #42.  In 2015, Lazer received Alabama’s most prestigious literary prize, the Harper Lee Award, for lifetime achievement in literature.  His books of criticism include Opposing Poetries (two volumes, 1996) and Lyric & Spirit: Selected Essays 1996-2008 (2008).  With Charles Bernstein, he edits the Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series for the University of Alabama Press.  Lazer retired from the University of Alabama in January 2014 from his positions as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Executive Director of Creative Campus, and Professor of English. 

Events:
Forms of Attention
Poetry & Visual Innovation: The Page as Score for Performance

Regina Li-Ching Lien

Regina Lien

Regina Li-Ching Lien has wandered far away from where she was born in Taipei, Taiwan. Now, she finds herself attending the University of Rio Grande Valley. She is a co-editor of the Chachalaca Review, which is an online, multilingual, multicultural, student-run arts publication (www.chachalacareview.com). After earning a Bachelor's degree in English, she is now pursuing a second degree in Computer Science.

Events:
Chachalaca Review Table

Dana Teen R. Lomax

Dana Teen Lomax is a poet, filmmaker, and educator. She is the 2017 recipient of the Tiburon Arts Community Educator Award and the author of several books including _______ Is Not Goodbye (dusie kollektiv), Disclosure (Black Radish Books), Unpublishable Manuscript #43 (UbuWeb Editions), and Curren¢y (Palm Press); together with Jennifer Firestone, she edited Letters To Poets: Conversations About Poetics, Politics, and Community (Saturnalia) which Cornel West called a “courageous and visionary book.” Her most recent editorial project, Kindergarde: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs for Children won the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Press Prize for Excellence in North American Poetry. She lives and works in San Quentin, California.

Events:
Black Radish Books: Thriving Nevertheless- new and forthcoming
Small Press Reading III

Matt Longabucco

MATT LONGABUCCO is the author of the chapbooks Athens Notebook (Imp, 2017), The Sober Day (DoubleCross Press, 2016), and Everybody Suffers: The Selected Poems of Juan García Madero (O’Clock Press, 2014). Other work has appeared recently in Folder, Black Box, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. He teaches at New York University and Bard College, and lives in Brooklyn.

Events:
Infrarealism and Alternative Community

Kelcy Mae

Kelcy Mae's southern poeticism, commanding vocal performances, and genre-traversing albums have landed her comparisons to a varied group of famous songstresses including Natalie Merchant, Regina Spektor, Bonnie Raitt, and Shelby Lynne. Whether digging into her Louisiana roots and tapping her boots to an original honky-tonk tune or emoting alongside wailing electric guitars in a consuming 90s-esque, alt-rock trance, Kelcy Mae undoubtedly sings from the heart, which--to the benefit of audiences--is often right on her sleeve. Kelcy Mae is a graduate of the UNO Creative Writing Workshop with an MFA in Poetry. She has been published in a number of journals including Waccamaw, Hobart, and Big Lucks.

Events:
Friday Night Music Feature

JS Makkos

js makkos' archives

J.S. Makkos is a writer, printmaker, and a self-described media archaeologist, having salvaged and restored historic printing equipment from at least a dozen print shops to date. Using these resources he actively runs CODEX in New Orleans, a design studio and print shop which focuses on artful production and independent publishing for local businesses, writers, and artists alike. In another capacity he curates a one-of-a-kind archive of some 30,000 historic New Orleans newspapers dating from the late 19th to the early 20th century, Nola DNA. In 2016 he toured Europe for the 100th anniversary of Dada, visiting Dadaist collections, attending exhibitions on Dadaism, worked in print various print shops, and gave a performance at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. He has instructed courses in literature, writing and publishing for Tulane, Loyola, and Delgado.

Events:
NOPF Coordinator

Jerika Marchan

poet, informal

Jerika Marchan is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her debut full-length book SWOLE is forthcoming from Futurepoem. She was born in Manila, Philippines and lives in New Orleans. 

Events:
Why Women's Workshop?

Laura Mattingly

Laura Mattingly

Laura Mattingly was born in California and floated to New Orleans on a homemade raft from Kansas City down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.  She has studied poetry at University of California Santa Cruz and creative nonfiction at University of New Orleans. Journalist, bartender, unlicensed barber, and mother of six-year-old who sprints through the French Quarter in high heels already, are all on Laura's resume.  She also co-organizes the literary events of New Orleans Ladyfest annual women's poetry festival.

The Book of Incorporation, published by Language Foundry in 2012, is a book of poems inspired by reading The Tibetan Book of the Dead  during her pregnancy.  It explores themes of death and reincarnation from the vantage point of a mother preparing to host a returning soul.  She weaves the chaotic spirit-realm of the Bardo into the post-Katrina cityscape of New Orleans.

 

Events:
NOPF Coordinator

Jennifer Maritza McCauley

Jennifer Maritza McCauley teaches at the University of Missouri, where she is working on her PhD in creative writing and literature. She is also Contest Editor at The Missouri Review and poetry editor at Origins Literary Journal. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, CantoMundo, Kimbilio, and Sundress Academy of the Arts. Her most recent work appears in Pleiades, Columbia Journal, Passages North, The Los Angeles Review, Puerto del Sol, Latinas: Protests and Struggles in the 21st Century (Red Sugarcane Press) and elsewhere. Her prose/poetry collection SCAR ON/SCAR OFF is now available from Stalking Horse Press.

Events:
Mixed Race/Mixed Genre: the traditions of multiracial writing

Megan Ann McHugh

Megan McHugh is a poet, essayist and flower farmer living in New Orleans.  She's a proud Lambda Literary fellow & Home School alum, with an MFA from the University of New Orleans. 

Events:
Why Women's Workshop

M.B. McLatchey

M.B. McLatchey is a widely-published poet and the recipient of several literary awards, including the American Poet Prize from the American Poetry Journal and the Annie Finch Prize from the National Poetry Review.  She won the 2013 May Swenson Award for her debut poetry collection, The Lame God (Utah State Univ. Press) and Finalist Place in the New Women’s Voices Competition for her book Advantages of Believing (Finishing Line Press). Excerpts from her recently-completed memoir, Beginner’s Mind, won The Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction AwardRecently elected as Florida’s Poet Laureate for Volusia County, she is a Professor of Classics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. In 2017, she was featured by the Association of Writers & Writers Programs in their Spotlight for Writers-to-Watch: https://www.awpwriter.org/community_calendar/spotlight_view/mb_mclatchey

Visit her at www.mbmclatchey.com.

Events:
Coastal Poetics: Crafting Erosion and Absence

pablo medina

Cuban-born Pablo Medina is the author of eighteen books, among them the poetry collections Soledades, The Island Kingdom, The Man Who Wrote on Water, and Calle Habana; the novels Cubop City Blues, The Cigar Roller, The Return of Felix Nogara, and Marks of Birth; and the memoir Exiled Memories: A Cuban Childhood. In 2015 he published a collection of translations from the Spanish of Virgilio Piñera titled The Weight of the Island, and in 2008 he translated (with Mark Statman) García Lorca's Poet in New York. Most recently, he translated Alejo Carpentier's seminal novel The Kingdom of This World. Medina’s work has appeared in various languages and in magazines and periodicals throughout the world.  Winner of many awards for his work, including fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, The Cintas Foundation, the state arts councils of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and others, Medina is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College in Boston.

Events:
A Poet in New York (again)

Rubén Medina

Rubén Medina is a poet, translator, academic, and one of the founders of Infrarealism. Since 1991 is Professor of Latin American literature at the U of Wisconsin-Madison. In poetry he has published Báilame este viento, Mariana (1980), Amor de lejos…Fools’ Love (Arte Publico 1986), four editions of Nomadic Nation / Nación nómada, and Aquel Quetzalcoalt se fue pal’ norte (2018). He received a NEA Fellowship in poetry (1981). His scholarly books include: Autor, autoridad y autorización: escritura y poética de Octavio Paz (1999), Genealogías del presente y del pasado: Literatura y cine meXicanos (2010), a critical edition of Consejos de 1 discípulo de Marx a 1 fanático de Heidegger by Mario Santiago Papasquiaro (2016).  In collaboration with John Burns, he translated a major anthology of beat poetry: Una pandilla de salvajes improvisando a las puertas del infierno (2012). In 2014 he edited Perros habitados por las voces del desierto. Poesía infrarrealista entre dos siglos (Mexico: Aldus).

Events:
Infrarealism and Alternative Community

M'Bilia Meekers

Raised in New Orleans, M'Bilia Meekers is a queer poet who has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Watering Hole, and Poets & Writers. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the following journals: the New Yorker, Guernica, the Adroit Journal, Tinderbox, Split Lip Magazine, Scalawag, Poet Lore, and more. She works in publishing and lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Events:
The Escape Is The Method: Black Fugitivity, The Outdoors, & (Re)Considering Elsewhere

Joe Milazzo

Joe Milazzo

Joe Milazzo is a writer, editor, educator, and designer. He is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie and two collections of poetry: The Habiliments and the forthcoming Of All Places In This Place Of All Places. His writings have appeared in Black Clock, Black Warrior Review, BOMB, Drunken Boat, Prelude, Texas Review, and elsewhere. He co-edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing], is a Contributing Editor at Entropy, curates the Other People's Poetry reading series, and is also the proprietor of Imipolex Press. Joe lives and works in Dallas, TX, and his virtual location is www.joe-milazzo.com.

Events:
Bone, Memory, Muscle, Joint: The Embodied Poetics of Walking

Shaina Monet

Shaina Monet

Shaina Monet is a New Orleans native and the winner of the 2017 Vassar Miller Poetry Award. She currently serves as a poetry editor at Bayou Magazine. Her work has appeared in CrazyhorseUnlikely Stories, and Sundog Lit, and she has poems forthcoming this year in Yemassee Journal. She likes to play with stereotypical depictions of Black-ness, and sci-fi, fantasy, and horror tropes in art and pop culture, as her love for Star Trek and playing D&D has inspired her writing almost as much as the work of her family and the artists of color who keep her living.
 

Events:
Bayou Magazine table

Michael Quess? Moore

Michael "Quess?" Moore is a poet, essayist, educator, activist, and playwright in that order. His writing and work with youth led him to the classroom where he has served as an educator for nine years. He is a founding member of the 3-time national championship winning, Team SNO (Slam New Orleans). He self-published his debut book of poetry, Blind Visionz and his second collection, Sleeper Cell, was published by Next Left Press in 2016. His work (poetry, essays and plays) has been published or featured by Pluck!, Maple Leaf Rag, Artsy, SF Bay Review, The New OrleansTribune, Write About Now Poetry, Button Poetry, Art Spot Productions, June Bug Productions, Urban Bush Women, Contemporary Arts Center DISTILLERY Residency, CongoTV, Balcony TV, Nike, Ford Foundation, Spotify, Mic, Redbull and other platforms. He is a co-founder of Take Em Down NOLA, a coalition dedicated to the removal of white supremacist symbols in New Orleans. 

Events:
Dillard University English Club Presents Spoken Word

Caridad Moro-Gronlier

Caridad Moro-Gronlier

Caridad Moro-Gronlier is the author Visionware (Finishing Line Press). She is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant and a Florida Artist Poetry Fellowship. A three time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Reading Queer Anthology, Bridges To/From Cuba, The Antioch Review, The Collapsar, The Notre Dame Review, The South Florida Poetry Journal,The Lavender Review, and others. She is a dual-enrollment English professor for Miami Dade Public Schools, an English professor for Miami Dade College and the Editor-In-Chief of The Orange Island Review. She resides in Miami, FL with her wife and son.

Events:
Coastal Poetics: Crafting Erosion and Absence

Benjamin Morris

A native of Mississippi, Benjamin Morris is the author of Coronary (Fitzgerald Letterpress, 2011), Hattiesburg, Mississippi: A History of the Hub City (Arcadia/The History Press, 2014), and Ecotone (Antenna/Press Street, 2017), a collaboration with the painter Myrtle von Damitz III. His work appears in such places as The Oxford American, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Edinburgh Review, and The Southern Review, and has received fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Commission, Tulane University, and A Studio in the Woods. He lives in New Orleans. http://benjaminalanmorris.com.

Events:
NOPF Coordinator
Antenna/Press Street Press: The Sister Arts in the Modern Age

Laura Mullen

Laura Mullen is the author of eight books and the McElveen Professor of English at LSU. Recognitions for her poetry include Ironwood’s Stanford Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award. Her work has been widely anthologized, and she is the librettist for Nathan Davis’ a Sound Uttered, a Silence crossed (for choir and percussion) which was commissioned by the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. Recent poems have appeared in The Nation, Jubilat, Conjunctions, and Lana Turner. She is the 2017-2018 Arons poet at Tulane and affiliate faculty at Stetson University for 2018. Her translation of Veronique Pittolo's Hero is forthcoming from Black Square.

Events:
DUSIE Presents

Sawako Nakayasu

Sawako Nakayasu photo by Mitsuo Okamoto

Sawako Nakayasu is a transnational poet, translator, and occasional performance artist who has lived in Japan, France, China, and the US. Her books include The Ants and Texture Notes, and recent translations include The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa, and Costume en Face – a handwritten notebook of Tatsumi Hijikata’s dance notations. She is co-editor, with Lisa Samuels, of A Transpacific Poetics, a gathering of poetry and poetics engaging transpacific imaginaries. She teaches at Brown University. Website: http://www.sawakonakayasu.net/

Events:
Asian /American /Experiment

Kristen Nelson

Photo of Kristen E. Nelson by Julius Schlosburg

Kristen E. Nelson is a queer writer and performer, literary activist, LGBTQ+ activist, and community builder. She is the author of the length of this gap (Damaged Goods, August 2018)  and two chapbooks: sometimes I gets lost and is grateful for noises in the dark (Dancing Girl, 2017) and Write, Dad (Unthinkable Creatures, 2012). Kristen’s poem “After the Crotalus atrox” was anthologized in The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide and nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize by University of Arizona Press. She has published work in Bombay Gin, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Tarpaulin Sky Journal, Trickhouse, and Everyday Genius, among others. Kristen shares her work frequently at venues across the United States as a featured performer for events such as the Trickhouse Journal Launch at New York’s Bowery Poetry Club, as an opening act for singer/songwriter Dar Williams at Tucson’s Rialto Theater, and as a keynote performer at LA’s Open Press Conference. www.kristenenelson.com

Events:
The Queen of Wands: Queer Sex Magic & Poetics

Blake Nemec

blake nemec Sharing Plastic

blake nemec is a Chicago based writer, ESL teacher, and sound/media artist whose writing and sound pieces work to extend the musicality of everyday unprotected worker conversations. He released Sharing Plastic, a hybrid poetry and fiction collection, in 2018. His work has been featured in situations such as JUPITER 88, the Rio Grande Review, Captive Genders, or the San Francisco Queer Arts Performance Festival. He received an MFA in bilingual (Spanish and English) poetry/fiction and has long worked as a sound recordist in queer independent movies, such as the documentary FREE CeCE!      https://www.pw.org/content/blake_nemec

Events:
Line by Line: An Interactive Reading

Elle Aviv Newton

Elle Aviv Newton is founder and editor of Poets Reading The News, the innovative publishing platform bridging journalism and poetry, with Jenna Spagnolo. A fourth-generation Oaklander, she is writer in residence at B4BEL4B Gallery. She regularly curates visual art, performance, and poetry events in the Bay Area and is a regular contributor to KPFA Radio on Project Censored. She holds degrees in history and art criticism at Mills College. She has lived abroad extensively, most notably in Bangkok and Penang, and calls the Big Mango her second home. 
www.poetsreadingthenews.com
www.elleavivnewton.com

Events:
Collabs, Collectives, and Communities
Journalism in Verse - The Poetics of

Tiana Nobile

Tiana Nobile lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she is a teaching artist and arts coach with KID smART. She is a recipient of a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award, the Lucy Grealy Prize for Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and a fellowship from Kundiman. Tiana is the author of the chapbook, The Spirit of the Staircase (Antenna :: Press Street Press, 2017), and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The CollagistPoetry NorthwestApogeeHyphen Magazine, and the Texas Review, among others.

Events:
Antenna/Press Street Press: The Sister Arts in the Modern Age
Everyday Muses: Poetry Show & Tell

Biljana D. Obradovic

Biljana D. Obradovic

Biljana D. Obradović, a Serbian-American poet, translator, critic, Professor of English and Head of the English Department at Xavier University of Louisiana, has published four collections of poems, most recently Incognito (Cincinnati: WordTech Press, January 2017, see at https://www.wordtechweb.com/Obradovic.html), translations of collections of poems—into English from Serbian (Bratislav Milanović) and into Serbian from English (John Gery, Stanley Kunitz, Patrizia de Rachewiltz, Bruce Weigl, and Niyi Osundare), and two anthologies of poems, the most recent co-edited with Dubravka Djurić, Cat Painters: An Anthology of Contemporary Serbian Poetry (New Orleans: Dialogos Books, Oct. 2016, lavenderink.org/sebia).

Events:
Creation and Translation: A Panel of Translator-Poets

Izzy Oneiric

Izzy Oneiric holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. Their work has appeared in over 20 publications including armarolla, Phantom Limb, and PoetryWTF?! Izzy is the author of the chapbook From the Bombshell Shelter (Main Street Rag 2010), and the full-length collections Crossing Bryan Ferry and Other Poems (Lavender Ink, 2016), and The Year is Sunday (Xi Draconis, 2018). They currently live in New Orleans with two black cats named Gir! and Spork. 

Events:
NOPF Coordinator

Cait Weiss Orcutt

CAIT WEISS ORCUTT’s work has appeared in Boston ReviewChautauquaFIELDHobartJuked, and more. Her poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2016, and her manuscript VALLEYSPEAK (Zone 3, 2017) won Zone 3 Press’ First Book Award, judged by Douglas Kearney. Cait has an MFA from The Ohio State and is currently getting her Ph.D. in Poetry from the University of Houston. She teaches creative writing to college undergraduates, local youth at the Salvation Army Young Adult Resource Center in Midtown, HISD students via WITS at the Menil Collection, and senior citizens via Inprint at the Jewish Community Center. She is the recipient of an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor/MD Anderson Foundation Fellowship.

Events:
Small Press Reading II

Mónica Teresa Ortiz

the face of a brown person in a black beanie, juxtaposed against rocks and the Pacific Ocean

mónica teresa ortiz was born and raised in Texas. Her first poetry book, muted blood, is due in Summer 2018, published by Black Radish Books. 

Events:
Black Radish Books: Thriving Nevertheless- new and forthcoming

Zena Smith

Zena Smith is a poet from Cleveland, Ohio who's voice is guided primarily by the lizard brain. Her work ranges from the confessional to the surreal, usually meeting somewhere in the middle. She has published a book and chapbook respectively with GTK Press (Fracture, Take No Prisoners, Pull No Teeth) and Outlandish Press (Shake Hands). They can be found at outlandish.press

Events:
Outlandish Press Table

Vanesa Pacheco

Vanesa Pacheco is a Latina poet. She received her BA in Literature and Communications from Wheelock College and is now pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Stonecoast’s Creative Writing program. Vanesa's fascination with languages and translation has inspired her to blend English and Spanish in all creative writing forms with her love for surrealism, horror, and sci-fi. She currently is the poetry editor for the Stonecoast Review. Her writing and thoughts can be found on Delirious HemThe Rain, Party, and Disaster Society’s monthly issues; Queen Mob’s Teahouse; and Velvet-Tail.

Events:
Experiments in Intimacy: Visual Poetics of Femme Friendship

Tania Panés

Tania Panés (Madrid, 1989). She holds a degree in Art History (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). She worked in national museums, both in France and Spain, and she is a member of Momentoverso, a spanish street poetry collective. She has been traveling through different countries with her typewriter improvising poems on the street and other urban settings. She has participated in international events such as Voix Vives poetry Festival in Toledo (Spain, 2015) or the Havana Book Fair (Cuba, 2018). She has participated in an anthology of pulp stories She was so bad (Aloha Ed., 2016) and is the author of El arlequín sentado (Torremozas, 2017). Recently, her short story "Where nobody wants us" has won the XXIX Ana María Matute International Award for Women's Narrative.

Events:
Saturday Lunch Feature

Andrea Panzeca

Photo of Andrea Panzeca

Andrea Panzeca is the author of poetry chapbooks Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets and Weird… Joe Pesci. She earned her M.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing at the University of New Orleans, where she was associate nonfiction editor of Bayou Magazine. Panzeca has published poetry, memoir, and a scholarly essay on Zora Neale Hurston. She also cartoons, sculpts, dances, and teaches in New Orleans, where she lives. She grew up in Merritt Island, Florida.  http://www.andreapanzeca.com

Events:
Barry's Place: A UNO Writers Group
That Various Field: A generative, outdoors-based experience and reflection through poetry comics

Rae Paris

Rae Paris is from Carson, California with roots extending to New Orleans. Her work has been supported by an NEA Literature Fellowship, and residencies from the Wurlitzer Foundation, the Hambidge Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook, and Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA). Her poem "The Forgetting Tree" was selected as Best of the Net 2013. Her book The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory (Wayne State University Press, 2017) remembers her father’s life and death within an assemblage of past and present racial violence and resistance to terror in the United States. Carolyn Forché calls The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory “harrowing and elegiac,” and Tracy K. Smith says, “The Forgetting Tree punctures our national reticence around slavery, and offers a measure of necessary healing.” She is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Washington.

Events:
Black Space: A Reading with Black Poets

Gillian Parrish

Gillian Parrish is the mothership of spacecraftproject, a literary and arts journal that comes together through conversation and coincidence. Her poetry and translations have appeared in journals such as Gulf Coast, Iowa Review, Jacket2, and Volt, and work is forthcoming in anthologies They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology Of Contemporary Collaborative Writing and Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene (edited by friends of NOPF Marthe Reed and Linda Russo). Gillian also has written on teaching as well as on ecopoetic works by Thalia Field and Yang Jian. She works as an assistant professor in the MFA program at Lindenwood University in St. Louis, where, starting in 2018, she will serve as poetry editor for The Lindenwood ReviewA book of poems, of rain and nettles wove, is forthcoming from Singing Horse Press in 2018.

Events:
Forms of Attention

Lisa Pasold

Lisa Pasold

Lisa Pasold is originally from Montreal. Her 2012 book, Any Bright Horse, was nominated for Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Her fifth book, The Riparian, just came out with Frontenac House, Calgary. Her poetry has appeared in magazines such as Fence, Exile, and New American Writing. Lisa has taught Creative Writing at the American University in Paris and has led writing workshops across North America and France. She has worked as a journalist for diverse publications including The Chicago Tribune and Billboard Magazine; she is the host & co-writer of Discovery World’s TV travel show, “Paris Next Stop”. www.lisapasold.com

Events:
Otherness/Self/Migration in 21st Century Poetic Practice
Small Press Reading III

Angela Penaredondo

Angela Peñaredondo is a queer Pilipinx poet-artist-educator living and working in southern California. Angela is author of the chapbook Maroon (Jamii Publications) and All Things Lose
Thousands of Times
(Inlandia Institute, winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize). Her work has appeared in Anomaly (aka Drunken Boat), Weird Sister, Asian American Writers Workshop: The Margins, Four Way Review, Cream City Review and elsewhere. Angela is also a Kundiman and VONA/Voices of our Nations Art fellow. Learn more about Angela at www.apenaredondo.com
 

Events:
Pilipinx/Filipinx Poetics: Language for Resistance, Renewal & Magik

Jonathan Penton

Jonathan Penton (photo by David Carlisle)

In 1998, Jonathan Penton founded UnlikelyStories.org. Since then, he has lent editorial and management assistance to a number of literary and artistic ventures, such as MadHat, Inc. and Big Bridge. He has organized literary performances, and performed himself, in places like Arkansas, California, Chihuahua, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Washington, state and DC. His poetry books are Last Chap (Vergin’ Press, 2004), Blood and Salsa and Painting Rust (Unlikely Books, 2006), Prosthetic Gods (New Sins Press/Winged City Chapbooks, 2008), and the forthcoming Standards of Sadiddy (Lit Fest Press, August 2016). He serves as Webmonkey for this site, NOLAPoetry.com. Photo by David Carlisle.

Events:
NOPF Coordinator
NOPF Webmaster
Unlikely Stories 20th Anniversary Reading
Words of Revolution: The creation of a literary journal as social movement

Connie L. Phelps

Connie L. Phelps is the Louisiana and Special Collections Librarian at the Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans, and has worked with the UNO Library's Special Collections for three years.  She holds the rank of Librarian/Professor and has served on the UNO Library faculty for over 32 years, having spent most of that time as a history and social sciences subject specialist.  She enjoys living in New Orleans and being surrounded by the history of the city and the region.

Events:
Poetry in the Archives: Documenting Louisiana Literature Then and Now

Catherine Esposito Prescott

Catherine Esposito Prescott is the author of the chapbooks Maria Sings (dancing girl press, 2017) and The Living Ruin (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her poems have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, MiPOesias, Pleiades, Poetry East, Rattle, Southern Poetry Review, The Orison Anthology, and elsewhere. Prescott earned an MFA in Creative Writing—Poetry from New York University, and she’s a cofounder of SWWIM (Supporting Women Writers in Miami), which curates a reading series and publishes work by national and international women, women-identifying, and femme-presenting writers. She lives in Miami Beach, FL with her husband and three children. www.catherineespositoprescott.com

Events:
Coastal Poetics: Crafting Erosion and Absence

Cassie Pruyn

Cassie Pruyn is the author of Bayou St. John: A Brief History (The History Press, 2017) and the poetry collection Lena (Texas Tech University Press, 2017), winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in The Normal School, The Los Angeles Review, The Common, Salt Hill Journal, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. 

Events:
Why Women's Workshop?
Small Press Reading III

Michelle Puckett

Michelle Puckett is the winner of the 2009 Mary Merritt Prize in Poetry and the 2011 Poetry Ark Prize. Her poems have appeared in Hot Metal Bridge, Bang Out San Francisco, The Walrus, Flaneur Foundry, The Poetry Ark, and Monkey Puzzle Magazine, and she has been anthologized in "Conversations in a Wartime Cafe: A Decade of War," and she has given readings across the Bay Area. She is currently at work on a book of poems based on an archive she found inside of her family’s boarding house where Lee Harvey Oswald was living at the time of the assassination of President Kennedy. It is a beast to wrestle with. She loves it, still.

Events:
Conjuring the Body: Praxis and Somatic Poiesis

Marthe Reed

Photo of Marthe Reed

Marthe Reed has published five books: Nights Reading (Lavender Ink, 2014); Pleth, with j hastain (Unlikely Books, 2013); (em)bodied bliss (Moria Books, 2013); Gaze (Black Radish Books, 2010); Tender Box, A Wunderkammer (Lavender Ink, 2007). The author of numerous chapbooks, her collaborative chap thrown, text by j hastain with Reed's collages, won the 2013 Smoking Glue Gun contest (2016). Her poetry has been published in New American Writing, Golden Handcuffs Review, Entropy, New Orleans Review, HOW2, Fairy Tale Review, Exquisite Corpse, BlazeVOX, and The Offending Adam, among others. Reed lives in Syracuse, NY, and is co-publisher and managing editor for Black Radish Books. Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing in the Anthropocene, edited with Linda Russo, is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press (2018). http://www.lavenderink.org/content/authors/252

Marthe, beloved by us and by so many, died suddenly and tragically on April 9, 2018, just before she was scheduled to attend NOPF 18. Marthe was the first person to sign on as a sponsor of the New Orleans Poetry Festival, back in 2016, and she was the first person to support us in so many ways, just as she supported so many poets through the years. Our debt to her is immeasurable, and NOPF 18 is dedicated to her memory.

Events:
Black Radish Books Table

Mg Roberts

Mg Roberts is a teacher, poet, and multimedia artist. She is the author of the poetry collections Anemal Uter Meck (Black Radish 2017) and not so, sea (Durga 2014). She is currently co-editing Responses, New Writing, Flesh; an anthology on the urgency of avant-garde writing written for and by writers of color forthcoming from Nightboat Books. She is a Kelsey Street Press member, Northern CA Kundiman co chair and sits on the Board of Small Press Traffic. She lives in Oakland with three daughters, two hens, one dog, one cat, and geologist husband.

Events:
Asian /American /Experiment
Conjuring the Body: Praxis and Somatic Poiesis

Kristina Kay Robinson

Kristina Kay Robinson is a writer and visual artist born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her written and visual work centers the intellectual geographies and spiritual technologies of Black, Afro-Indigenous, and diasporic peoples. It interrogates  the modern and ancient connections between world communities and examines the impact of globalization, militarism, and surveillance on society. In particular focus: the human and political consequences of Hurricane Katrina and their place in the analysis of current world affairs. She is the coeditor of Mixed Company, a collection of short fiction and visual narratives by women of color. Her writing in various genres has appeared in the Xavier Review, Guernica, The Baffler, The Nation,and Elle.com among other outlets.

Events:
Lonely Voices: Storytelling, Character, and Place

Christopher Louis Romaguera

Christopher Louis Romaguera, writer

Christopher Louis Romaguera is a Cuban-American writer living in New Orleans. He has been published in The Middle Gray MagazineThe Daily BeastCurbedGrubStreet, the New Orleans Review and other publications. He traveled South America for most of this past year and is working on his first book. He is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of New Orleans.  https://www.facebook.com/chrisromaguera/

Events:
NOPF Coordinator
Everyday Muses: Poetry Show & Tell

Cate Root

Cate Root's essays have appeared in Catapult, Entropy, and xoJane. She is one of the founding producers of Dogfish Reading Series. She lives in her own mind, but her body wakes up most mornings in New Orleans' French Quarter.

Events:
Small Press Reading II

Linda Russo

Linda Russo’s work engages ecopoetics, human/non-human landscape/land use, and experiential and ideological geographies, and increasingly includes other biome inhabitants. Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene, a collaborative glossary co-edited with Marthe Reed, is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press. She lives in the inland northwestern US. inhabitorypoetics.blogspot.com

Events:
Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing in the Anthropocene
Slimy "I": Lyric Affinities in the End Times

Kelly C Saenz

Kelly Saenz is the co-editor of The Chachalaca Review, a multicultural journal that both celebrates and shares culture. She is an undergraduate student at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, double majoring in English and Mexican-American Studies. 

Events:
Chachalaca Review Table

Kalamu ya Salaam

New Orleans editor, writer, filmmaker and teacher Kalamu ya Salaam is founder of the Neo-Griot Workshop (1995 - 2005), a Black writers workshop focusing on text, recordings and videos; co-founder with Kysha Brown-Robinson of Runagate Multimedia publishing company; and moderator of e-Drum, a listserv for Black writers and diverse supporters of their literature. His latest books are The Magic of Juju: A History of the Black Arts Movement (Third World Press - 2016) and he is editor of New Orleans Griot - The Tom Dent Reader (University of New Orleans Press - 2017). Salaam can be reached at kalamu@mac.com 

Events:
Black Space: A Reading with Black Poets
Sunday Lunch Feature

Lisa Samuels

Lisa Samuels is a transnational poet whose recent books are Tender Girl (Dusie 2015), Over Hear (Tinfish 2015), A TransPacific Poetics (Litmus 2017, anthology with co-editor Sawako Nakayasu), Symphony for Human Transport (Shearsman 2017), and Foreign Native (Black Radish 2018). She also writes essays, including "Soft text and the open line" (2018), and works with sound and film, including Tomorrowland (2017), based on Lisa's book & CDs and directed by Wes Tank. Lisa lives in New Zealand and teaches at the University of Auckland.

Events:
Black Radish Books: Thriving Nevertheless- new and forthcoming
Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing in the Anthropocene

Selah Saterstrom

Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels Slab, The Meat and Spirit Plan, and The Pink Institution. (all published by Coffee House Press). Her book of essays, Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics won the Essay Press Book Prize and was published last fall. She teaches and lectures across the United States and abroad, and is on faculty in Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

Events:
The Queen of Wands: Queer Sex Magic & Poetics
Sunday Lunch Feature

Susan M. Schultz

SUSAN M. SCHULTZ founded Tinfish Press, which publishes experimental poetry (and some prose) from the Pacific, in 1995. She is author of many books of poetry, poetic prose, and criticism, including several volumes of Memory Cards (most recently from Talisman House) and two volumes of Dementia Blog (Singing Horse Press). She teaches reading and writing at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa in Honolulu, and loves the St. Louis Cardinals.

Events:
Forms of Attention
Tinfish Press Table

Nora Seilheimer

Nora Seilheimer is a Michigander and nonfiction MFA candidate at University of New Orleans. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and two cats where she is the Associate Editor of Bayou Magazine and teaches a weekly yoga class to female inmates at Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. She is a proud double Scorpio with a figure skating past that she writes about often. Her work is published or forthcoming in Midwestern GothicLongleaf Review, and Chicago Athlete Magazine. You can also find her on Twitter @nslhmr or at nseilheimer.wordpress.com

Events:
Bayou Magazine Table

Danielle Sellers

Danielle Sellers is from Key West, FL. She has an MA from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of Mississippi where she held the John Grisham Poetry Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Subtropics, Smartish Pace, The Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Her first book, Bone Key Elegies, was published by Main Street Rag. Her second poetry collection, The Minor Territories, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications in 2018. She teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas.

Events:
Sundress Publications Reading

Sarah Sgro

Sarah Sgro is the author of the forthcoming full-length collection If The Future Is A Fetish (YesYes Books 2019) and the chapbook Without Them I Am Still A Mother (Letter [r] Press 2017). She lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where she serves as Poetry Editor for the Yalobusha Review and reads poetry submissions for Muzzle. She is from New York and previously worked as an editorial assistant for Guernica. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Cosmonauts Avenue, ANMLYThe OffingDREGINALDThe BoilerTAGVVERK, and other journals. Her website is sarah-sgro.com

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Into the Macular Hole: The Future of Gurlesque Poetics

Prageeta Sharma

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Events:
Asian /American /Experiment

Katie Jean Shinkle

Katie Jean Shinkle is the author of three full-length books and four chapbooks, most recently Ruination (Spuyten Duyvil, forthcoming) and There Are So Many Things That Beg You For Love (damaged goods press, 2017). She holds a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Denver, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama. 
She serves as Co-Poetry Editor of DIAGRAM, and teaches at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. 

Events:
Workshop: Freak Lips: Writing the Unsaid

Christopher Shipman

Chris Shipman

Most recently, Chris Shipman is co-author with Vincent Cellucci of A Ship on the Line (Unlikely Books), co-author with Brett Evans of T. Rex Parade (Lavender Ink), and author of a chapbook of short prose pieces, The Movie My Murderer Makes (The Cupboard). His work appears in journals such as Cimarron Review, PANK, and Salt Hill, among many others. Shipman's poem, "The Three-Year Crossing," was a winner of the 2015 Motionpoems Big Bridges prize, judged by Alice Quinn. Shipman lives in New Orleans with his wife and daughter and teaches English and creative writing at St. Martin’s Episcopal School.

Events:
NOPF Coordinator

Larissa Shmailo

Larissa Shmailo, poet

Larissa Shmailo is a poet, translator, novelist, critic and editor. Her latest book of poetry is Medusa's Country (MadHat Press) and her latest novel is Patient Women (BlazeVOX Books). She is the editor of the anthology Twenty-first Century Russian Poetry and translator of the Russian avant-garde opera, Victory over the Sun. Larissa's poetry CDs are The No-Net World and Exorcism; tracks are available from Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and other digital distributors. For more information about her writing, recordings, and translations, please visit Larissa's website at www.larissashmailo.com and her Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larissa_Shmailo 

Events:
Unlikely Stories 20th Anniversary Reading

Diana E.H. Shortes

Diana E.H. Shortes

Diana E.H. Shortes has been living and working as a performing artist, poet, educator and yoga instructor in New Orleans since the year 2000. Born in Austin, TX and raised in Galveston, Lake Jackson, San Francisco, Cleveland, Moorehead, Nashville, Clarksville and Yellow Springs, Diana is part of the Drama Department faculty at NOCCA. She is a two time Big Easy Award recipient for Best Actress. Diana’s original solo works include The Baroness Undressed, a butoh-burlesque-biography of Micaela Almonester of New Orleans, Baroness de Pontalba and White Sauce and DiaperBabies, a look at the life and work of poet Anne Sexton.

Events:
Otherness/Self/Migration in 21st Century Poetic Practice

Sara Slaughter

Sara Slaughter is the director of RM220 at Antenna, editing the online journal and curating the seasonal reading series. Her writing has appeared in The Cortland Review, New World Writing, PANK, and other publications. She is the author of Upriver, a chapbook of prose poems and woodcuts.

Events:
Antenna/Press Street Press: The Sister Arts in the Modern Age

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith is the founding editor of Foursquare and name magazines and Coven Press. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, she received her B.A. in English and Comparative Literature: Language Theory, M.A. in Comparative Literature, and M.L.S. from SUNY Buffalo, where she participated in the Poetics Program; she is currently working toward an MFA in Poetry from Miami University (Ohio). She teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Jessica is the author of many chapbooks including The Lover is Absent (above/ground 2017) and Trauma Mouth (Dusie 2015) and two full-length books of poetry, Organic Furniture Cellar (Outside Voices 2006) and Life-List (Chax Press 2015).

Events:
Coven/Bloof Press Reading
Dusie Books Reading
Experiments in Intimacy: Visual Poetics of Femme Friendship

Erin Elizabeth Smith

Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Creative Director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and the Managing Editor of Sundress Publications and The Wardrobe. She is the author of two full-length collections and the editor of two anthologies, Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity and Not Somewhere Else But Here: Contemporary Poems on Women and Place. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Ecotone, Mid-American, Crab Orchard Review, Cimarron Review, and Willow Springs, among other. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi and teaches in the English Department at the University of Tennessee, where she is also the Jack E. Reese Writer in the Library.

Events:
Sundress Publications Reading (Moderator)
Writing the Persona Poem

Jayson P. Smith

Jayson P. Smith

Jayson P. Smith is a Bronx-born poet, performer, curator, & educator. Currently a 2017 NYFA Fellow in Poetry, Jayson has received previous support from The Poetry Project, The Conversation Literary Festival, Callaloo, & Millay Colony for the Arts. Their poems appear in journals such as West Branch, Gulf Coast, The Offing, & Vinyl Magazine. Jayson lives & works in Brooklyn as a Spark House teaching artist & founder of NOMAD Reading Series. Find out more at www.jaysonpsmith.com

Events:
The Escape Is The Method: Black Fugitivity, The Outdoors, & (Re)Considering Elsewhere

Aubrey Smith

Aubrey Smith is a 19 year old Slam Poet from Dallas Texas. She began her poetry journey under the leadership of Joaquin Zihuatanejo on the Dallas Youth Poets Slam team. She has completed in several slams around the country, including Brave New Voices in 2016. She attends Dillard University where she is apart of the on campus slam team, A Broken Circle Slam, and conducts weekly poetry writing workshops. 

Events:
Dillard University English Club Presents Spoken Word

Katy Simpson Smith

Katy Simpson Smith was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She received a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is the author of We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835, and the novels The Story of Land and Sea and Free Men. Her writing has also appeared in The Oxford AmericanGrantaLiterary HubGarden & GunCatapult, and Lenny. She lives in New Orleans.

Events:
Lonely Voices: Storytelling, Character, and Place

Kimberly Ann Southwick

Kimberly Ann Southwick is an Aries with a Capricorn Moon & Ascendant. She is the founder and editor in chief of the literary arts journal GIGANTIC SEQUINS, which has been in print since 2009. Her most recent poetry chapbook is EFS & VEES from Hyacinth Girl Press, October 2015. She is a PhD candidate in English with a concentration in Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Poems of hers have been a finalist for the 2016 Yemassee Poetry Prize and a semi-finalist for the Beecher's Magazine 2016 Poetry Prize. In May 2017, she starred in Revision, a production by the Milena Theater Group. She has blogged for the Ploughshares blog and Real Pants. She currently lives in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana with her husband and their dog, Jasper. See more over at kimberlyannsouthwick.com and follow her on twitter @kimannjosouth.

Events:
Gigantic Sequins Table
Hyacinth Girl Press Reading

Jenna Spagnolo

Jenna Spagnolo (they/them) is a trans activist, cultural producer and poet from Washington DC. They're in New Orleans with the team from Poets Reading the News, the world's only newspaper written by poets. Jenna has shared poetry through radio shows, film festivals, podcasts, and events around the country. You can learn more about their work through the website, www.PoetsReadingTheNews.com.

Events:
Collabs, Collectives, and Communities

Rosalyn Spencer

Rosalyn Spencer graduated from the University of Louisiana with a B.A. in English and a minor in Women Studies. She has a Masters in Library Science from North Carolina Central University, directs Project S.O.U.N.D. (an arts and activism group), coordinates children’s programs at the Thensted Center in Grand Coteau, Louisiana and teaches English and Language Arts in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. She is a freelance writer, advocate and supporter of the arts in education.

Events:
Unlikely Stories Table
Words of Revolution: The creation of a literary journal as social movement

Jonathan Stalling

Jonathan Stalling is Professor of English specializing in East-West Poetics at the University of Oklahoma, where he is a founding editor of Chinese Literature Today magazine and book series and the Curator of the Chinese Literature Translation Archive at the University of Oklahoma Library. He is also the Deputy Director of the Center for the Study of China’s Literature Abroad at Beijing Normal University and was the 2015 Poet in Residence at Beijing University. Dr. Stalling is the author of six books of literary scholarship, translation and poetry and his opera 吟歌 丽诗 was staged at Yunnan University in 2010. His latest interlanguage work can be found at www.poeticsofinvention.ou.edu<http://www.poeticsofinvention.ou.edu
 

Events:
Poetry & Visual Innovation: The Page as Score for Performance

Cannonball Statman

Cannonball Statman comes from Brooklyn, New York, and delivers a unique blend of speed of light vocalising with an amazing guitar technique, which varies between scratchy antifolk and stunning sonic dexterity. The songs are intense, oblique, and teetering on the edge of madness. One of the best, and most unique, sets of music I have heard all year." (Bob's Aural Delights)

Events:
Saturday Night Late Feature

Mark Statman

Mark Statman has written nine books; his most recent is the translation collection, Never Made in America: Selected Poetry of Martín Barea Mattos (Lavender Ink/diálogos, 2017). Statman’s poetry collections include That Train Again (Lavender Ink, 2015), A Map of the Winds (Lavender Ink, 2013) and Tourist at a Miracle (Hanging Loose, 2010). Other translations include Black Tulips: The Selected Poems of José María Hinojosa (University of New Orleans Press, 2012), the first English language translation of the significant poet of Spain’s Generation of 1927, and, with Pablo Medina, a translation of Federico García Lorca's Poet in New York (Grove 2008), Statman’s poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in fourteen anthologies, as well as such publications as New American Writing, Tin House, Hanging Loose, Ping Pong, and American Poetry Review. A recipient of awards from the NEA and the National Writers Project, he is Emeritus Professor of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School, and lives in San Pedro Ixtlahuaca and Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, MX.

Events:
A Poet in New York (again)
Lavender Ink / Diálogos Reading

Nomi Stone

Nomi Stone’s second collection of poems, Kill Class is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2019. Poems appear recently or will soon in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The New England Review, Tin House, Bettering American Poetry 2017, The Best American Poetry 2016, Guernica, and elsewhere. Kill Class is based on two years of fieldwork she conducted within war trainings in mock Middle Eastern villages erected by the US military across America. Stone has a PhD in anthropology from Columbia, an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson and is currently a research fellow at Princeton. 

Events:
Slimy "I": Lyric Affinities in the End Times

Su Zi

Crappy Photo of me

Su Zi is a writer, artist and equestrian. Written work and publication thereof includes poetry, essay and fiction in both online and print publications. As a spoken word( poetry) performer, shared stages with Lydia Lunch, John Sinclair, Andrei Codrescu, , Lorri Jackson and many other fine writers speaks to a writing and performance career that is now life-long. Recent poetry performance includes a presentation in Tallahassee for 100 Thousand Poets for Change in protest of gun violence in March 2018. Publication is also life-long: for example, poems published in Exquisite Corpse when it was a print publication, and later as an online publication. Other publications include, but are not limited to Blue Heron Review, The New Laurel Review , Mesashabe  New American Writing; print anthologies include The Children of Orpheus, Subterranean Blue; Resurrection Of A Sunflower ,Pski's Porch and so forth--this lists are always hard for me to remember and not exciting to read.

Events:
Small Press Reading I

Priscilla Celina Suarez

Priscilla Celina Suarez was the 2015-17 McAllen Poet Laureate and co-founder of the Gloria Anzaldua Legacy Project. A co-author of the Texas State Library’s Bilingual Programs chapter, her work appears in such venues as ¡Juventud!: Growing up on the Border and Along the River III: Dark Voices from the Río Grande. She’s a proud member of the Chocholichex Writing Collective and is an editor for Latino Book Review, where she currently reviews YA literature.

Events:
Vale la Pena: Writing in the Borderlands

Andrew H. Sullivan

Andrew H Sullivan is Director of C&R Press and Mastodon Group which publishes Zymbol, Carbon Culture and other magazines. He edits Fjords Review (1200 bookstores across 5 countries), and he’s published in The Hollins Critic, Quiet Lunch, At Large, with work due out in Terminus, Bridge 8, Pank and Fields. He’s the President of Litbreaker LLC and also consults with writers on polishing manuscripts and publishing. He has an MFA from Hollins University and teaches writing workshops at Sawtooth Arts Center in NC. Loves cats.

Events:
C&R Press Table

Paris Tate

Born in New Orleans, Paris Tate graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts’ Creative Writing program and received her BA in English with a Journalism concentration from the University of New Orleans. Her debut poetry collection, All the Words in Between (Portals Press) was published in early 2018. Her poems have also appeared in the the Maple Leaf Rag poetry anthology, Literary Yard, Contraposition, and The New Guard Review, while her published news articles and columns have appeared in Bayou Buzz and Cognition.  She currently lives in New Orleans with her husband and works as a librarian at the Jefferson Parish Public Library.

Events:
Small Press Reading IV

Pamela Taylor

Pamela Taylor is a data guru by day & and poet by night. Her blog, A Poet’s Double Life chronicles her writing and working life in the Boston area. When she’s not working or writing she dances Argentine tango. 

Petar Tchouhov

Petar Tchouhov is one of Bulgaria’s foremost poets whose fluency in English allows him to think and create in two languages. He is the author of eleven collections of verse, a novel, a collection of short stories, and a children’s book. His most recent book of poetry, AДdicted, came out in 2017, published by Zhanet 45 Press in Plovdiv. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his poetry and prose, most recently the Slaveykova Award for Poetry (2016). He has presented his work at readings, festivals and writer residencies around the world, including Japan, Croatia, USA, Lithuania, Romania, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Macedonia, Slovakia, Serbia, and in his native Bulgaria.

Events:
Creation and Translation: A Panel of Translator-Poets

Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas is the Assistant Archivist at Nicholls State University. She holds a B.A. in American Studies (2009) and an M.S.L.S. with a concentration in Archives and Records Management (2014) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2016, she processed the papers of Dr. David Middleton, former Poet-in-Residence for Nicholls State University and the author of several books of verse and chapbooks. 

Events:
Poetry in the Archives: Documenting Louisiana Literature Then and Now

Maureen Thorson

Maureen Thorson by the Sea

Maureen Thorson is the author of two books of poetry: My Resignation (Shearsman 2014) and Applies to Oranges (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011). Her most recent chapbook is The Woman, The Mirror, The Eye (Bloof Books 2015). She lives in Falmouth, Maine, where she acts as personal servant to an extremely grouchy cat. Visit her at maureenthorson.com

Events:
Coven/Bloof Reading

Barbara Tomash

Barbara Tomash is the author of four books of poetry, PRE- (Black Radish Books 2018), Arboreal (Apogee 2014), Flying in Water, which won the 2005 Winnow First Poetry Award, and The Secret of White (Spuyten Duyvil 2009). Her poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Web Conjunctions, New American Writing, Verse, VOLT, OmniVerse, Witness, and numerous other journals. She lives in Berkeley, California, and teaches in the Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University.

Events:
Black Radish Books: Thriving Nevertheless- new and forthcoming

Rodrigo Toscano

Rodrigo Toscano’s newest book of poetry, Explosion Rocks Springfield, is just out from Fence Books. His previous books include, Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater (National Poetry Series selection). To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities.  His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Voices Without Borders, Diasporic Avant Gardes, Angels of the Americlypse, Imagined Theatres, In the Criminal’s Cabinet, Earth Bound, and Best American Poetry. Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry He works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers and the National Institute for Environmental Health Science. Toscano lives in the Bayou Saint John Faubourg of New Orleans. 

Events:
NOPF Coordinator

Jacqueline Allen Trimble

Jacqueline Allen Trimble lives and writes in Montgomery, Alabama, where she is a professor of English and chairs the Department of Languages and Literatures at Alabama State University.  Her work has appeared in various online and print publications including The Louisville Review, The Offing, and Blue Lake ReviewAmerican Happiness (2016), her first collection, is published by NewSouth Books and won the Balcones Poetry Prize.   She is a Cave Canem fellow and the recipient of a 2017 literary arts fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Find her online at jacquelineallentrimble.com.

 

Events:
The Politicized Female Body and 21st Century Poetry

Laura Vena

Laura Vena is a writer, artist, curator and translator whose work has appeared in Bombay Gin, Super Arrow, Tarpaulin Sky, In Posse Review, The Dirty Fabulous, Antennae and elsewhere. She is the winner of the 1913 Press First Book Award by John Keene for her manuscript, x/she: stardraped. Laura teaches at the California Institute of the Arts, is Fiction Editor at Entropy Magazine, and is the founder of the organization www.blockheadbrigade.org. Laura resides in Long Beach, CA, between the mouths of the L.A. and San Gabriel Rivers and can be found online at www.lauravena.com.

Events:
Bone, Memory, Muscle, Joint: The Embodied Poetics of Walking

Skin Verb

Skin Verb burst onto the scene of their own imagination with the release of their first single "Lincoln Beach," which celebrated the other art deco amusement park by great Lake Pontchartrain. Skin Verb first got together in Philadelphia at the end of the twentieth century. The idea: taken from VU-- put interesting people in the same room and interesting things will happen. The band was always a Pro-Am affair-- the ace musicians and the band's amateurs, as in 'those who love it'. Half the band migrated down to New Orleans and was reconstituted at the behest of Cree McCree for her birthday party at the Mother-in-Law Lounge, and the band's been keeping a blistering schedule of 4 to 6 shows a year ever since. Skin Verb is led by poet Brett Evans, whose main goal was to have the band perceived of as more than just Poetry + Music.They have always cleared the bar of being considered a band.

Events:
Saturday Night Late Feature

Stephen Vincent

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Stephen Vincent is a poet and Haptic Artist from San Francisco.  His art work and poetry fuse close listening and observation into lyrical marks & words, sometimes in combination. Poetry Haptics are marks made in response to live poetry readings. The Last 100 Days of the Presidency of Barack Obama is a book of drawings and texts.  Vincent will project artwork and read from both projects. Go here for a full  author/artist profile: www.stephenvincentartpoetry.com

Events:
Poetry & Visual Innovation: The Page as Score for Performance

Marc Vincenz

Marc Vincenz is international editor of Plume, publisher and editor of MadHat Press and Plume Editions. He is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Becoming the Sound of Bees, The Syndicate of Water & Light, Leaning into the Infinite, and The Form of Time: New and Selected Poems (Copper Coin Press, India). His novella set in ancient China, Three Taos of T’ao, or How to Catch a White Elephant, was released by Spuyten Duyvil in 2018. He has also been widely published elsewhere, including in The Nation, Ploughshares, The Common, Solstice, Raritan, Notre Dame Review, World Literature Today, Los Angeles Review of Books, New World Writing, et al. Vincenz, who was born in Hong Kong and holds dual British and Swiss nationalities, is a multi-lingual translator of many contemporary German, French and Romanian authors. His latest work of translation, Unexpected Development (White Pine Press, 2018), by prize- winning Swiss novelist, poet and playwright Klaus Merz, was a finalist for the 2105 Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation.Vincenz has received fellowships and grants from the Swiss Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry and the Literary Colloquium Berlin. He lives in Massachusetts. 

Events:
Unlikely Stories: A 20th Anniversary Reading

Kim Vodicka

Kim Vodicka is the author of two poetry collections: Aesthesia Balderdash (Trembling Pillow Press, 2012) and Psychic Privates (White Stag, 2018 [forthcoming]). She is also responsible for the Psychic Privates EP (TENDE RLOIN, 2017) as well as the Psychic Privates comic book series (Oily Pelican Press). Her poems, art, and other creations have been featured in Spork, Epiphany, Industrial Lunch, Smoking Glue Gun, Luna Luna Magazine, Paper Darts, The Volta, Tarpaulin Sky, Makeout Creek, Mojo, Best American Experimental Writing (BAX) 2015, Nasty!, and many others. Cruise her at kimvodicka.com. She performs with Josh Stevens is a Memphis-based multi-instrumentalist. A singer/songwriter by day and psychedelic sonic architect by night, he has an affinity for all things pedals and noises that project onto as many astral planes as possible. A luthier by trade, he follows his prowess and love for music to its core structure and foundation. Cruise him at https://gloriousabhor.bandcamp.com/releases.

Events:
Trembling Pillow Press Reading

Jon Wagner

Presenter: Bone, Memory, Muscle, Joint: The Embodied Poetics of Walking

Jon Wagner is a former Director of the MFA Writing Program at California Institute of the Arts where he is a core faculty member in the School of Critical Studies. He is also a Visiting Professor of Film Theory in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California where he received his PhD in Film Studies. In addition to essays on film, video, and documentary, he has published poetry, translations, and studies of modern French literature, including the work of Saint-John Perse, Yves Bonnefoy, and Marguerite Duras. With Lynne Goodhart he edited, translated, and introduced the book Fugitive Suns; Selected Poetry of Andrée Chedid (Green Integer 37, 1999). With Tracy Biga MacLean he published a seminal study on the cinematic representation of television, Television at the Movies: Cinematic and Critical Responses to American Broadcasting (Continuum, 2008). His book with Denise Spampinato, Reality’s Written Language: A Critical Anthology of Classical and Contemporary Film Theory appeared in its First Edition from Cognella Academic Publishers in 2017.

Events:
Bone, Memory, Muscle, Joint: The Embodied Poetics of Walking

Valerie Wallace

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Valerie Wallace is the author of House of McQueen, chosen by Vievee Francis for the Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry, and the chapbook The Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping (dancing girl press). Her work was chosen by Margaret Atwood for the Atty Award, and she has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, the San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Award in Poetry, and various grants and fellowships to support her writing. She is Associate Director, Communications for the project Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life at the University of Chicago, teaches at Harold Washington College, and leads private workshops. valeriewallace.net

Events:
Small Press Reading I

Brendan Walsh

Brendan Walsh is the author of three collections of poetry, Buddha vs. Bonobo (Sutra Press, 2017), Go (Aldrich Press, 2016), and Make Anything Whole (Five Oaks Press, 2015). His poems have appeared in Glass PoetryWisconsin Review, Elsewhere, Coldnoon, and Mudfish. Brendan has lived and taught in South Korea, Laos, and South Florida. 

Events:
Creatures of Becoming

David Welch

David Welch

David Welch is the author of the forthcoming collection, Everyone Who Is Dead, and a chapbook, It Is Such a Good Thing to Be In Love with You. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Cincinnati Review, Greensboro Review, and Pleiades. The recipient of the Poetry Society of America's Lucille Medwick Memorial Award and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, he lives in Chicago and teaches at DePaul University, where he is Assistant Director of Literary Programs and Outreach. 

Events:
Line by Line: An Interactive Reading

Andrew Wessels

Andrew Wessels

Andrew Wessels has lived in Houston, Cambridge, and Las Vegas. Currently, he splits his time between Istanbul and Los Angeles. He has held fellowships from Poets & Writers and the Black Mountain Institute. His writing can be found in VOLT, Witness, Fence, Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, LitHubTammy Journal, Faultline, and Colorado Review, among others. Semi Circle, a chapbook of his translations of the Turkish poet Nurduran Duman, was published by Goodmorning Menagerie in 2016. His first book, published by 1913 Press, is A Turkish Dictionary. Find more here.

Events:
Bone, Memory, Muscle, Joint: The Embodied Poetics of Walking

Dara Wier

Dara Wier's newest book, in the still of the night, came out fall 2017 from Wave Books.  She has new work in GRANTA, FENCE, BIG BIG WEDNESDAY and CONDUIT.  Her book length Reverse Rapture won the Poetry Center's book of the year award. You Good Thing was a Believer's Readers Choice; Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships have supported her work. She lives in North Amherst, Massachusetts where she is professor of poetry & poetics in the University of Massachusetts' MFA for Poets and Writers, teaches each summer for the Juniper Summer Writing Workshops, edits and publishes factory hollow press and, along with Caryl Pagel and Emily Pettit, edits and publishes the literary magazine jubilat.  Dara was born in New Orleans, raised in Plaquemines Parish, attended high school in Baton Rouge and for 3 years attended Louisiana State University.

Events:
Why Poets Love & Need Independent Presses
Saturday Lunchtime Feature

Carla Williams

Carla Williams is a writer, editor, photojournalist and photo historian who has worked in the arts for thirty years. Now, she seeks a more direct relationship with artists, through her store, Material Life, in New Orleans, which specializes in affordable art items by black artists. Editing is a passion of hers, and her favorite authors include Erik Larson, Michael Connelly, and Tayari Jones. She has lived in California, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, and now Louisiana. Photo by James Robertson.

Maggie Woodward

Maggie Woodward lives in Los Angeles, where she’s pursuing a PhD in Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the author of the chapbook FOUND FOOTAGE (Porkbelly Press, 2017) & earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Mississippi. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlas Review, Devil’s Lake, New South Review, TagvverkScum Magazine, & elsewhere. Previously, she served as Senior Editor of the Yalobusha Review & curated the Trobar Ric Reading Series in Oxford, MS. You can find her online at www.maggie-woodward.com.

Events:
Into the Macular Hole: The Future of Gurlesque Poetics

Elisabeth Workman

Elisabeth Workman

Elisabeth Workman is a poet and writer with a background in dance. The author of numerous chapbooks, Ultramegaprairieland (Bloof Books 2014), and via Dusie Press the new release ENDLESSNESS IS NO DESOLATIONshe teaches writing at Minneapolis College of Art & Design and co-curates the reading series Next Poetix.

Events:
Underworlds--A Reading

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is a publisher, critic, eco-activist, artist, and is best known as a poet. He is the author of 15 books of verse, including most recently Blue Lyre from Dos Madres Press and Radio Poems from The Operating System. 
Wright first studied at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church with Ted Berrigan, Alice Notley, John Godfrey, and Jim Brodey. Wright also taught at the Poetry Project and served on the Board. He earned an MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College where he studied with Allen Ginsberg and also taught. For many years, Wright ran Cover Magazine, The Underground National, which covered all the arts. 
Wright has been an ardent community garden advocate, defending them from political and real estate interests and helping them to develop governmental proceduress and increase membership. 
New poetry by Wright is included in New American Writing, 2017. He is a regular contributor to American Book Review and is a 2018 Kathy Acker Award winner. Currently, he stages events showcasing artists and writers at KGB Lit Bar and La MaMa ETC in NYC, in conjunction with his art and poetry journal, Live Mag! 
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www.jeffreycypherswright.com
 

Events:
Live Mag! Roundup with The Operating System, and Dos Madres Press Table
Collabs, Collectives, and Communities
Small Press Reading IV

Mike Young

Mike Young

Mike Young is the author of two poetry collections: 2014’s Sprezzatura and 2010’s We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough, which was selected by readers of The Believer as one of the Top 20 Poetry Books of 2010.

He is also the author of the 2010 story collection Look! Look! Feathers, which Publishers Weekly called "relevant, wise, and immensely enjoyable.” In 2015, Black Cake Records released his first album, Imagine a Fire You Can Wear as a Coat.

For seven years, he's run Magic Helicopter Press, whose titles have been noticed in the New York TimesNylon, The Rumpus, American Book Review, Poetry Foundation, Best American Poetry, BOMB, and more. Young lives in Santa Fe, NM.

Events:
Magic Helicopter Press Table

Magdalena Zurawski

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Magdalena Zurawski is the author of The Bruise (a novel) and Companion Animal (a poetry collection). She teaches at the University of Georgia and lives in Athens, Georgia. You can read poems from her new manuscript The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom here: http://www.benningtonreview.org/zurawski/

Events:
The Queen of Wands: Queer Sex Magic & Poetics