Poets and Presenters

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 Wanderer, Birds of Lace, and 7x7
Wombthink: Reclaiming Knowledges and Redefining Interiors

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 at 35
Lavender Ink / Diálogos Reading

Vidhu Aggarwal

Vidhu Aggarwal grew up in the Southern U.S. A Kundiman fellow, her poetry has recently appeared in The Boston Review, VIDA, As[I]Am, and The Missing Slate, and is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Chicago Quarterly Review and Saturnalia’s Electric Gurlesque anthology. Her book of poems The Trouble with Humpadori (2016) received the Editor's Choice Prize from The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective. She is a member of the board of Thinking Its Presence: Race, Advocacy, Solidarity in the Arts.

Events:
Self-Articulation and Solidarity: Asian American Poets

Charles Alexander

Charles Alexander, Night

Charles Alexander writes poems, publishes books, makes books, teaches poetry and other literary works. He has published 5 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. 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 one day return. A collection of his essays on poetry and books will be published in 2017, as will the second volume of Pushing Water. He co-creates a variety of works and projects with his partner, the visual artist Cynthia Miller.

Events:
Chax Press Reading

Kimberly Alidio

Kimberly Alidio wrote After projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016) and solitude being alien (dancing girl press, 2013). She is the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Center for Art and Thought and a poetry fellow of Kundiman and VONA. She received fellowships from Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and the University of Illinois’s Asian American Studies Program, as well as a doctorate in modern American history from the University of Michigan. A tenure-track dropout and high-school teacher, she hails from Baltimore and lives in East Austin, Texas.

Events:
Self-Articulation and Solidarity: Asian American Poets Encounter the South

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
Beyond Genre: Obliterating the Literary

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
Mythology of the Mundane: Poetry of Domestic Fabulism

Martin Barea Mattos

Martín Barea Mattos (Uruguay, 1978) is a poet, musician, visual artist, and cultural activist. He is the founder and director of the Mundial Poético de Montevideo (2013, 2016) and since 2005 has coordinated the Ronda de Poetas, a performance series that includes readings, talks, and music. His books of poetry include : Parking Barea Mattos (Chile, 2013), Conexo (Uy 2013), Por hora por día por mes (Uy, 2008), and Los ojos escritos (Uy, 2003). His recordings include Vino oVni (2016), Odisea en el parking planetario (2011) y Grey tres hits (2009). Never Made in America; Selected Poetry of Martín Barea Mattos, translated by Mark Statman, will appear from Diálogos in April 2017. View Martín's work at Mundial Poético de Montevideo or on his website.

Events:
Earth, Water and Sky
Friday Midday Feature

Dan Bellm

Dan Bellm - photo by Annie Silverstein

Dan Bellm (Berkeley, CA) is a poet and translator. His fourth book of poems is Deep Well (Lavender Ink, New Orleans, 2017); his third, Practice (Sixteen Rivers, San Francisco), won the 2009 California Book Award. Recent books of poetry in translation include Speaking in Song, by Mexican poet Pura López Colomé (Shearsman, UK, 2017), The Song of the Dead, by French poet Pierre Reverdy (Black Square Editions, New York, 2016), and Description of a Flash of Cobalt Blue, by Mexican poet Jorge Esquinca (Unicorn Press, Greensboro, NC, 2015). He teaches translation and poetry at Antioch University Los Angeles. www.danbellm.com.

Events:
Lavender Ink / Diálogos Reading
Your Day Job

Xochit-Julisa Bermejo

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016), a 2016-2017 Steinbeck Fellow, former Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grantee. She’s received residencies from Hedgebrook and Ragdale Foundation and is a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop. Her work is published in Acentos Review, CALYX, crazyhorse, and The James Franco Review among others. A short dramatization of her poem "Our Lady of the Water Gallons," directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño, can be viewed at latinopia.com. She is a cofounder of Women Who Submit and the curator of HITCHED.  

Events:
SGV Food Club: Gathering and Building Community
Sundress Publications Reading

Jamie Bernstein

Jamie Bernstein is a writer and entertainer from New Orleans.  He moved to New Orleans from West Virginia in 1996 seeking inspiration. Upon finding a wellspring of primordial energy from which to create art and music he made New Orleans his permanent home.
Jamie began performing in New Orleans as a spoken word poet and has since appeared on stage, and in Television and Film. He has produced two Jazz cd's for other musicians, and performed on one cd with the band Hill Country Hounds and four cds of his own original songs. He regularly performs with the country and western band The Hill Country Hounds, and as a solo artist. He also hosts a talk radio program, The Offer Radio Hour, Mondays from 2-3pm on 102.3 WHIV fm New Orleans.
He lives in Mid-City with his wife, artist, Muffin Bernstein and their two dogs.

Events:
Poets With Bands

Amy C Bonnaffons

Amy Bonnaffons' fiction has appeared in Kenyon ReviewThe Literary ReviewThe SunSouthampton ReviewAnderboDay One, and elsewhere, and her nonfiction has appeared in Essay Review and The New York Times.  She was the 2010 winner of Open City's Rrofihe Trophy Short Story Award and has been a resident at The MacDowell Colony, Ledig House, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and Caldera.  She is a founding editor of 7x7, an online literary journal featuring collaborations between writers and visual artists.  She holds a BA in Literature from Yale University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from New York University, where she was employed as a lecturer in the Expository Writing Program for four years.  Her website is amybonnaffons.com.

Events:
The Wanderer, Birds of Lace, and 7x7

Thomas Bonner Jr

Thomas Bonner Jr,  Professor Emeritus at Xavier University of Louisiana, founded Xavier Review with Charles Fort and served as its and its press' editor for twenty years. For a decade he reviewed books for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He has books and articles on Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, and American and Southern literature as well as fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in magazines and anthologies. He twice served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy.  

Events:
Xavier Review at 35

Kristy Bowen

A writer and visual artist, Kristy Bowen is the author of several book, chapbook and zine projects, including salvage (Black Lawrence Press, 2016), major characters in minor films (Sundress Publications, 2015), the shared properties of water and stars (Noctuary Press, 2013), and girl show (Black Lawrence Press, 2014). Her work has appeared most recently in Handsome, Rogue Agent, and Whiskey Island.  She lives in Chicago, where she runs dancing girl press & studio.  Her seventh full-length collection, little apocalypse, is due out from Noctuary Press in 2018.

Events:
The Mystical and the Magical: Women Writing the Metaphysical Worlds

Luis Bravo

Luis Bravo

Luis Bravo is an Uruguayan poet, performer, essayist, researcher and university professor. His publications include Árbol Veloz (book + CD-ROM,1998; 2009); Liquen (2003); Tamudando (DVD, 2010) of a multiphonic poetrymrecital; Lluvia (NewYork, 2013); Areñal: ene topos bilingües & other sounds (CD, 2013), with John Bennett; Lichen, Spanish to English translation by W. Blair y P. Rodríguez (2014). His work also appears in Earth, Water and Sky: A Bilingual Anthology of Environmental Poetry.

Events:
Earth, Water and Sky

Jacob Brooks

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Jacob Brooks is a writer from Michigan. His work has appeared in Adult Magazine, The Yalobusha Review, TAGVVERK, and elsewhere. His chapbook, ARTPORN (2016), is published by Citizen of the World. He has collaborated with Alayna Baron, Maya Chun, Sean Horner, and Mac Porter on multimedia renderings of his poems. He tweets @skinandimpulses.

Events:
We Are Still Here: The Future of Horror in Contemporary Poetics

Erika Jo Brown

ERIKA JO BROWN is the author of the poetry collection I’m Your Huckleberry (Brooklyn Arts Press) and the chapbook What a Lark! (Further Adventures Press). She's a graduate of Cornell University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Brown is a Ph.D. candidate in poetry at the University of Houston, where she works as a poetry editor and reading series curator for Gulf Coast.

Events:
Gulf Coast Journal Panel + Reading

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

Marty Cain

Marty Cain is a poet / video artist. His first book is a long poem called Kids of the Black Hole (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017). His writing has appeared (or is forthcoming) in journals such as Fence, Tarpaulin Sky, Jacket2, Gigantic Sequins, TAGVVERK, and elsewhere. He resides in Ithaca, New York with his partner, the poet Kina Viola; together, they run Garden-Door Press. Presently, he is pursuing a PhD at Cornell University, where he studies experimental poetics and the pastoral.

Events:
We Are Still Here: The Future of Horror in Contemporary Poetics
Trembling Pillow Press Reading

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:
Poets With Bands

Emily Capettini

Emily Capettini is the author of Thistle, winner of Omnidawn's Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest, and former Writer-in-Residence at Sundress Academy for the Arts. Originally from Batavia, IL, she now lives in Terre Haute, IN, where she is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Fiction at Indiana State University and assistant editor at Sundress Publications. 

Events:
Neither Night Nor Day: An Exploration of the Boundaries Between Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction

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:
Guerillaista Publishing: Activism Through Libritos & Broadside Posters

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
O galactic black wild

Anne Champion

Anne Champion is the author of Reluctant Mistress (Gold Wake Press, 2013) and The Dark Length Home (Noctuary Press, 2017).  Her poems have appeared in Verse Daily, Prairie Schooner, Puerto Del SolEpiphany Magazine, descant, The Pinch, Pank Magazine, Thrush Poetry Journal, New South, and elsewhere.  She was an 2009 Academy of American Poet’s Prize recipient, a Barbara Deming Memorial grant recipient, a 2015 Best of the Net winner, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She holds degrees in Behavioral Psychology and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Poetry from Emerson College.  She currently teaches writing and literature at Wheelock College in Boston, MA.

Events:
The Mystical and the Magical: Women Writing the Metaphysical Worlds

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:
Guerillaista Publishing: Activism Through Libritos & Broadside Posters (Workshop)
C.O.N.C.A Mobile Bookshop (Table)

Cathy Linh Che

Cathy Linh Che is the author of the poetry collection, Split (Alice James Books), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. She is currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor / Writer in Residence at Sierra Nevada College.

Events:
SGV Food Club: Gathering and Building Community

Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen (www.chinginchen.com) is author of The Heart's Traffic  and recombinant as well as co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. A Kundiman, Lambda, Callaloo and Watering Hole Fellow, they are part of Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. Their work has appeared in The Best American Experimental WritingThe &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. They are senior editor of The Conversant, poetry editor of Texas Review and currently teach creative writing at Sam Houston State University. 

Events:
Self-Articulation and Solidarity: Asian American Poets

Dan Chu

Originally from Brooklyn, Dan Chu is completing his MFA in poetry at the University of Houston. He is a recipient of the Inprint Verlaine Prize and the Brazos Bookstore/Academy of American Poets Prize. He serves as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast.

Events:
Gulf Coast Journal Panel + Reading

Addie E. Citchens

Addie E. Citchens is a Mississippi Delta born, New Orleans based writer of fiction.  Her work covers themes of race, identity, sexuality, personal triumph and liberation, and magic.  Her first novel, The Fire-Starter, is available on Amazon.

Events:
Beyond Genre: Obliterating the Literary

Gabrielle Civil

Gabrielle Civil in "*anemone"-credit Sayge Carroll

Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, originally from Detroit MI. Recent  performance works include “a ritual of nest and flight” (Toronto, 2017); “…hewn and forged….” (Salt Lake City, 2016), "Say My Name (an action for 270 abducted Nigerian girls),” (USA, 2014-2017) and "Aide-mémoire” (Zimbabwe, 2013). Her writing has appeared in Small Axe, Something on Paper, Rain Taxi, and more. She has guest-edited and contributed to special issues of Aster(ix) and Obsidian. Swallow the Fish, her memoir in performance art, appears in the #RECURRENT series of CCM Press, 2017. The aim of her work is to open up space.  

Events:
Small Press Reading II

Richard Collins

Richard Collins edited over a dozen issues of the Xavier Review, including the post-Katrina double issue, while RosaMary Endowed Professor of English at Xavier University. He went on to become Dean Emeritus of Arts and Humanities at California State University, Bakersfield, and now serves as Chief Academic Officer at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). He is also Abbot at the New Orleans Zen Temple. His most recent book is No Fear Zen (Hohm Press, 2015).

Events:
Xavier Review at 35

Sarah Anne Cox

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 which won the Johns Hopkins University Press Lion & Unicorn Award. In 2014, her poems were translated into the Swedish. She lives in San Francisco where she teaches, windsurfs, and snowboards with her homeschooled children.

Events:
DUSIE Pop-Up Readings

Karen Craigo

Karen Craigo is the author of the poetry collections No More Milk (Sundress, 2016) and Passing Through Humansville (ELJ, 2017). She also has a new chapbook, Escaped Housewife Tries Hard to Fit In (Hermeneutic Chaos, 2016). She maintains Better View of the Moon, a daily blog on writing, editing, and creativity, and she teaches writing in Springfield, Missouri. She is the nonfiction editor and former editor-in-chief of Mid-American Review, the interviews editor of SmokeLong Quarterly, an editor of Gingko Tree Review, and the managing editor of ELJ Publications.

Events:
Sundress Publications Reading

Moira Crone

Moira Crone

Moira Crone is the author of three collections of stories and three novels.  In 2009 she won the Robert Penn Warren Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers for the body of her work.  In 2013, her dystopian novel The Not Yet, was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for Science Fiction paperback of the year.  In 2014, her novel The Ice Garden, won a Gold Medal Independent Publishers Awards. Her writers have appeared over forty magazines including Image, The New Yorker, The Oxford American and in over three dozen anthologies. 

Events:
Beyond Genre: Obliterating the Literary

Claire Cronin

Claire Cronin is a poet and songwriter currently living in Athens, GA. She is the author of the chapbook Therese (H_NGM_N, 2014) and winner of the Fairy Tale Review 2014 Poetry Award, judged by Ilya Kaminsky. Some of her work can be found in Vinyl PoetryPreludeBOAATYalobusha ReviewCloud RodeoInterrupture, The Volta, and Deluge. Claire has an MFA from the University of California, Irvine and is pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. 

Events:
Wombthink: Reclaiming Knowledges and Redefining Interiors
Horror in Contemporary Poetrics

Mark Cugini

Mark Cugini is the author of I'm Just Happy To Be Here (Ink Press, 2014). His work has appeared in PEN America, The Lifted Brow, Hyperallergic, Pinwheel, Powder Keg, and in other places. He is the founding editor of Big Lucks Books and a halfway decent cook.

Events:
Big Lucks Books Table

Jill Darling

Jill Darling is the author of 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 Denver 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 writing at UM-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn, and EMU in Ypsilanti, MI. More info can be found at jilldarling.com.

Events:
Small Press Reading

Michelle Detorie

Michelle Detorie

Michelle Detorie is the author of numerous chapbooks including Fur Birds (Insert Press), How Hate Got Hand (eohippus labs), and Bellum Letters (Dusie). She also makes visual poems, poetry objects, time-based poetry, and curates the public art project, The Poetry Booth. Her first full-length collection, After-Cave, was released with Ahsahta Press in late 2014. In 2015 she completed The Sin in Wilderness, a book-length erasure about love, animals, and affective geography. She is currently at work on a collection of prose pieces called FERAL PLANETS. She lives in Santa Barbara where she is the Director of the Communication Lab at Santa Barbara City College.

Events:
Animals in the Afterlife
Coven Press Reading
DUSIE Pop-Up Readings

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 To Feel Sleep Coming (Coven Press, 2017) 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:
Coven Press Reading

Demian DinéYazhi´

Demian DineYazhi, photographed by Patrick Weishampel

Demian DinéYazhi´ (born 1983) is a Portland-based Diné transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht'ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water's Edge) & Tódích'íí'nii (Bitter Water). His work is rooted in Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist ideology, landscape representation, memory, HIV/AIDS-related art & activism, gender, identity, & sexuality, Indigenous Survivance, & Decolonization. He received his BFA in Intermedia Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014. Demian is the founder & director of the artist/activist initiative, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, which is dedicated to education, perseverance, & evolution of Indigenous art & culture, as well as co-director for the forthcoming zine, Locusts: A Post-Queer Nation Zine. He is the recipient of grants from Evergreen State College (2014, 2016), PICA - Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2014,2016), Art Matters Foundation (2015), and Potlatch Fund (2016).
Follow Demian's work at: www.demiandineyazhi.com // Instagram: @heterogeneoushomosexual

Events:
The Poetics of Climate Change: Poetry in the Anthropocene

Lisa Donovan

Lisa Donovan is the author of Red of Split Water, a burial rite (Trembling Pillow Press). She lives in Colorado. 

Events:
NOPF Grand Exquisite Corpse
Trembling Pillow Press Reading

Bridget G Dooley

Bridget Dooley lives in Athens, Georgia, where is a PhD student in Creative Writing and Literature at The University of Georgia and the Editorial Assistant for The Georgia Review. Her work has appeared, most recently, in Cream City Review, The Atlas Review, and 7 x 7.

Events:
Wombthink: Reclaiming Knowledges and Redefining Interiors

Timothy Dyke

Timothy Dyke lives with parrots in Honolulu, Hawaii. He teaches high school students and writes poems, essays and stories.  In 2012 he earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. His chapbook, Awkward Hugger, was published by Tinfish Press in 2015. Tinfish will also publish his collection of linked prose poems, The Homosexual Agenda, in 2017. Timothy is currently working on a collection of stories.

Events:
Tinfish Reading

Melissa Eleftherion

Melissa Eleftherion was born & raised in Brooklyn. A high school dropout, she went on to earn an MFA in Poetry from Mills College and an MLIS from San Jose State University. She is the author of huminsect, prism maps, Pigtail Duty, the leaves the leaves, green glass asterisms, and several other chapbooks. Her first full-length collection, field guide to autobiography, is forthcoming from H_NGM_N. Founder of the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange, Melissa lives in Mendocino County where she works as a Teen Librarian, teaches creative writing, & curates the LOBA Reading Series at the Ukiah Library. More of her work can be found @ www.apoetlibrarian.wordpress.com.

Events:
Coven Press Reading

Jennie Frost

Jennie Frost is a Jewish, Appalachian poet from Maryville, TN. She is currently the writer-in-residence and Literary Arts Director at Sundress Academy for the Arts where she works closely with visiting poets and an entire herd of sheep. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Border Crossing, Kudzu, Glass Mountain, Indicia, Stirring, and more. She is a dedicated member of the LGBTQ+ community and a human rights activist focusing on sexual assault prevention.

Events:
Sundress Publications Reading

Faith Garbin

Faith Garbin lives in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, with her husband, Frank. How We Bury Our Dead, a poetry collection, was recently released by

Negative Capability Press. She also writes creative nonfiction and short stories. Her work has appeared in The Alalitcom, Negative Capability

Journal, Katrina Memories, The Awakenings Review, and Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology, among others. Her degree is in English from

Virginia Tech. She is the manager of the Jackson County Public Law Library. She has two daughters and twin granddaughters.

Website: www.faithgarbin.com

Events:
Reaching After Fact: Poetry in a Time of Uncertainty

Susana Gardner

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 from LARK BOOKS in 2017. 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.

Events:
DUSIE Pop-Up Readings
Friday Midday Feature

Brandi George

Brandi George’s first collection of poetry, Gog (Black Lawrence Press, 2015) won the gold medal in the 2015 Florida Book Awards. Her poems have appeared in such journals as The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, Columbia Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, and Prairie Schooner, also winning first place in the Dana Awards and the Zone 3 Poetry Awards. Brandi has been awarded residencies at Hambidge Center for the Arts and the Hill House Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design, and she attended the Sewanee Writer’s Conference as a Tennessee Williams Scholar. She currently teaches at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers.

Events:
The Mystical and the Magical: Women Writing the Metaphysical Worlds

The Geraniums

The Geraniums are a nonconforming New Orleans band known for rare and riveting shows. Shows where they perform original songs that are the cousins of Dylan, Cohen, Euripides and Jolson. Their sound begins with the connection of Brendan Gallagher’s lyrics to the music of Jeff Treffinger. Gallagher writes of forlorn landscapes, people on the outs; the troubled border between love and hate. His poems bob and weave their way through Treffinger’s chords and rhythmic terrains. Together for nearly twenty years, Gallagher and Treffinger have honed their trades with Rene Coman (bass), Daemon Shea (drums) and Tom Marron (violin and harmonica). The Geraniums are the kind of music you should like.

Gallagher and Treffinger were also co-founders of the legendary Mermaid Lounge: an important New Orleans venue for alternative music from 1994 to the big storm. The Geraniums were the Mermaid’s ersatz house band opening for the likes of Alex Chilton, Chris Whitley, Vic Chestnut and the Gourds.

While only two records have hit the streets, The Geraniums have a considerable library of recorded material that will now be made public. Their first album, Little Houses in Space, was produced by Malcolm Burn (Emmy Lou Harris, Iggy Pop, Shawn Colvin among others):. Recorded at Burn’s Clouet Street studio, the record received broad critical acclaim:

“We are not being hyperbolic when we say this is a modern New Orleans version of the Band’s hallowed Music from Big Pink”.
Bunny Matthews, Offbeat Magazine

Their second record – This is About This – was self produced and recorded by Burn and Ben Mumphrey (The Pixies). It is hard to keep the record in stock.

The Geraniums perform irregularly at big and small venues and festivals in and around New Orleans; the band looks to visit regions of the country (and world) that make sense for their sound. In the past, they have toured with the Iguanas, played at El Cosmico Festival in Marfa Texas and held the stage on three occasions at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s celebrated Ogden After Hours music series.

Events:
Poets With Bands

Teow Lim Goh

Teow Lim Goh is the author of Islanders (Conundrum Press, 2016), a volume of poems on the history of Chinese exclusion at the Angel Island Immigration Station. She lives in Denver.

Events:
Small Press Reading I

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.

Events:
Small Press Reading III

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.

Events:
Small Press Reading II

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.

Events:
Neither Night Nor Day: An Exploration of the Boundaries Between Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction

Kelly Harris

Kelly Harris received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing - Poetry from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.  She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Cave Cavem. Most recently, her her multi-media poetic essay, "Dear Naomi (and Black Girls Everywhere)" received national attention when it attracted 3K+views. Her poems have been published most recently in Torch Literary Magazine. Her podcast for a recent issue for About Place Journal's website on Congo Square: Sustaining the Sacred Post-Katrina showcases her talent as a producer and researcher.  Some of her other publishing credits include: The National Parks Service Centennial Commemoration publication with Sonia Sanchez, Yale University's Cadecus Journal, Southern Review, Say it Loud: Poems for James Brown and many more. Her poetry CD, Revival, was released last year. Kelly's combination of poetry, sound and performance engages all the senses.  Kalamu ya Salaam calls Kelly, "the sound of wonderful." 

Events:
Mystic Female: Black Women Poets Read
Saturday Evening Featured Reader

Niki Herd

Niki Herd grew up in Cleveland and earned degrees in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and Antioch University. Nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, she is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has been supported by the Astraea Foundation and the DC Commission on the Arts, and has appeared in several journals and anthologies including Feminist Formations, North American Review, The Feminist Wire, Split This Rock, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South and Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky. Her debut collection of poems, The Language of Shedding Skin, was published as part of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Select Series. She lives in Houston.

Events:
Gulf Coast Journal Panel + Reading
Mystic Female: Black Women Poets Read

Claire Hero

Claire Hero is the author of Sing, Mongrel and three chapbooks: Cabinet; afterpastures, winner of the 2007 Caketrain Chapbook Competition, and Dollyland.  Her poems and prose have appeared in Atticus Review, Bennington Review, Black Warrior Review, Cincinnati Review, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere.  She teaches at SUNY New Paltz.

Events:
The Poetics of Climate Change: Poetry in the Anthropocene

Yuri Herrera

Yuri Herrera (Actopan, México, 1970). Has written three novels, all of them translated into several languages: Trabajos del reino, Señales que precederán al fin del mundo, and La transmigración de los cuerpos; which have been published in English by And Other Stories. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Tulane, in New Orleans.

Events:
Beyond Genre: Obliterating the Literary

Lee Herrick

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Lee Herrick is the author of two books, Gardening Secrets of the Dead and This Many Miles from Desire, and serves as the Fresno Poet Laureate (2015-2017). His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, anthologies, and college textbooks, including The Bloomsbury Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California’s Great Central Valley, 2nd edition, Indivisible: Poems of Social Justice, and Visions Across the Americas, among others. Born in Daejeon, South Korea and adopted at ten months, he lives in Fresno, California and teaches at Fresno City College and in the low-residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College. (Photo credit: Joel Pickford)

Events:
Saturday Evening Feature Reading

Lauren Hunter

Poet Lauren Hunter

Lauren Hunter is the author of HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS (Birds, LLC, 2017) and the chapbook My Own Fires (Brothel Books, 2011). She is the managing editor for the experimental translation press Telephone & co-founder/curator of Electric Pumas, an occasional reading series/web presence based in New York City. Lauren lives in her hometown of Durham, North Carolina.

Events:
Sacred Grove Reading

Jade Hurter

Jade Hurter is a poet and teacher living in New Orleans. Her first collection, the chapbook Slut Songs, is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press in 2017. She was a finalist in the 2016 Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest, judged by Yusef Komunyakaa, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tinderbox, Animal Literary Magazine, New South, The Columbia Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

Events:
Mythology of the Mundane: Poetry of Domestic Fabulism

Brenda Iijima

Brenda Iijima’s involvements occur at the intersections and mutations of poetry, visual representation, research movement, animal studies, ecological sociology and submerged histories. She is the author of seven full-length collections of poetry and numerous chapbooks and artist’s books. Her most recent book, Remembering Animals was published by Nightboat Books in 2016. She is also the editor of the eco language reader (Nightboat Books and PP@YYL). She is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, located in Brooklyn, NY (http://yoyolabs.com/).

Events:
Animals in the Afterlife
Small Press Reading II

Lauren Ireland

Lauren Ireland

Lauren Ireland is the author of The Arrow (Coconut Books, 2014), Dear Lil Wayne (Magic Helicopter Press, 2014), Feelings (Trembling Pillow Press, forthcoming 2017) and two chapbooks, Sorry It's So Small (Factory Hollow Press, 2011) and Olga & Fritz (Mondo Bummer Press, 2011). She lives in Seattle and online at laurenireland.net.

Events:
Trembling Pillow Press Reading

Tim Jones-Yelvington

Tim Jones-Yelvington is a Chicago-based author, multimedia artist and nightlife personality. He is the author of two prose chapbooks, Evan's House and the Other Boys who Live There (Rose Metal Press) and Daniel, Damned (Solar Luxuriance), and one poetry chapbook, Become On Yr Face (New Michigan Press, winner of the Diagram Chapbook Contest), and a full-length fiction collection, This is a Dance Movie! (Tiny Hardcore Press). His poetry and prose have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Puerto Del Sol, Harpur Palate, and many others. 

Events:
Sacred Grove Reading

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

Events:
Dreams and Poetry Workshop Leader
Friday Evening Feature Reading

Jacqueline Kari

Jacqueline Kari is the author of two chapbooks, The Book of Tell (dancing girl press) and Litel Myn Tragedye, forthcoming on Birds of Lace. Her work has appeared in Action Yes, The Cambridge Literary Review, Caketrain, Tarpaulin Sky, and elsewhere. She lives, works, writes, and makes Montessori materials in Athens, GA.

Events:
Wombthink: Reclaiming Knowledges and Redefining Interiors

Jesse Lee Kercheval

Jesse Lee Kercheval is the author of fourteen books including the poetry collections Cinema Muto and The Dogeater; The Alice Stories, winner of the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize; and the memoir Space, winner of the Alex Award from the American Library Association. She is also a translator and a 2016 NEA in Translation Fellow. Her translations include The Invisible Bridge: Selected Poems of Circe Maia and Fable of an Inconsolable Man by Javier Etchevarren. She is the editor of the anthologies América invertida: An Anthology of Emerging Uruguayan Poets and Earth, Sky and Water: A Bilingual Anthology of Environmental Poetry. She is the Director of the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Earth, Water and Sky
Your Day Job

Ginger Ko

Ginger Ko is the author of Motherlover (Bloof Books), and the chapbooks Inherit (Bloof Books) and Comorbid (Lark Books). Sidebrow will be publishing her second full collection of poetry. Ginger is a PhD student at the University of Georgia’s creative writing program, where she teaches First Year Composition and Multicultural Women's Studies. She is a contributing editor for The Wanderer and an editor at smoking glue gun. You can find her online at www.gingerko.com

Events:
Wombthink: Reclaiming Knowledges and Redefining Interiors
Coven Press Reading
The Wanderer, Birds of Lace, and 7x7 (Table)

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-four books of poetry, including 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:
Lavender Ink Reading

Janice Lee

Janice Lee

Janice Lee is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), and The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016). She also has several chapbooks Red Trees, Fried Chicken Dinner (Insert Blanc Press), The Other Worlds (eohippus labs), and The Transparent As Witness (Solar Luxuriance), a collaboration with Will Alexander. She is Editor of the #RECURRENT Series for Civil Coping Mechanisms, Executive Editor of Entropy, Assistant Editor at Fanzine, Contributor at HTMLGiant, Co-Editor (w/ Maggie Nelson) of SUBLEVEL (the new online literary magazine based in the CalArts MFA Writing Program), and CEO/Founder of POTG Design. She currently lives in Los Angeles. She can be found online at http://janicel.com and Twitter: @diddioz.

Events:
Animals in the Afterlife

Wawa

Wawa (also published as Lo Mei Wa) is a Hong Kong poet. She received degrees in Philosophy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands. She has been a soprano, a lyricist, an art and design magazine editor, a philosophical counselling assistant, and a cowherd. Some of her work can be found in Cha: An Asian Literary JournalGuernica DailyThe Margins, and the anthology Quixotica: Poems East of La Mancha. Her poems have been featured in various art exhibits, and in a Radiophrenia Glasgow broadcast. She is the author of Pei Pei the Monkey King (Tinfish Press 2016). She has lived in Köln and Pengchau, and now lives in Honolulu. Visit her website for more information.

Events:
Tinfish Reading

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:
Poets With Bands

JS Makkos

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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

Kwoya Fagin Maples

Kwoya Fagin Maples is a writer from Charleston, S.C. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama. She is also graduate Cave Canem Fellow and a Homeschool Lambda Literary Fellow. In addition to a chapbook publication by Finishing Line Press entitled Something of Yours (2010) her work is published in several journals and anthologies including, The African-American Review, PLUCK!, The Birmingham Poetry Review, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review and Cave Canem Anthology XIII.  Her current manuscript, MEND, tells the story of women who were the experimental subjects of Dr. James Marion Sims of Montgomery, Alabama.  This work received a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation.

Maples teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and organizes a three-dimensional poetry exhibit which features poetry and visual art including original paintings, photography, installations and film.

 

Events:
Mystic Female: Black Women Poets Read
Sacred Grove Reading

Barry Marks

Barry Marks is the author of three books and several chapbooks of poetry, including Possible Crocodiles, Dividing by Zero and Sounding, which was a runner-up for the Grand Prize in the Eric Hoffer small press competition. Barry is currently at work on a new poetry collection and a novel, as well as a project linking music and poetry inspired by the 20th Century Book of Numbers collaboration between Robert Creeley and Robert Indiana. His most recent work is a children's book coauthored by his 9 year-old son. Barry's poetry has been widely published in small magazines and poetry journals and he is a frequent reader, lecturer and workshop leader. When not reading or writing poetry, Barry practices law.

Events:
Reaching After Fact: Poetry in a Time of Uncertainty

Carlo Matos

Carlo Matos has published several books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including It's Best Not to Interrupt Her Experiments (Negative Capability Press). His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in such journals as Iowa Review, Boston Review, Handsome, Pank, and Rhino, among many others. Carlo has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, The Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the Fundação Luso-Americana and is a winner of the Heartland Poetry Prize. He teaches writing at the City Colleges of Chicago, is a member of Poems While You Wait, a former cage fighter, and a practitioner of the Renaissance Italian rapier.

Events:
Reaching After Fact: Poetry in a Time of Uncertainty

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
O galactic black wild

James Maughn

JAMES MAUGHN lives in Santa Cruz, CA, where he coordinates A New Cadence Poetry Series out of the Felix Kulpa Gallery in downtown Santa Cruz.  His most recent collection, These Peripheries was published with Otoliths in 2012; The Arakaki Permutations was published with Black Radish Books in 2011; Kata, was published by BlazeVOX Books in 2008. Black Radish Books will be publishing Maughn’s next collection, Playing the Form in the Spring of 2018.

Events:
Black Radish Press Reading

Soraya Membreno

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Soraya Membreno is a daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants and a pre-Lebron Miami native. She is a poet, essayist, and editor. Her writing has appeared in Catapult, Post No Ills, and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. She has served as an editor at Union Station Magazine and worked as a nonprofit development specialist at Poets & Writers, Cave Canem, and LouderARTS.

Events:
SGV Food Club: Gathering and Building Community

Catherine Moore

Catherine Moore is the author of three chapbooks including the recent Wetlands (Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry appears in Cider Press Review, Southampton Review, Blue Fifth Review, Caesura, and various anthologies. She won the Southeast Review’s 2014 Poetry Prize and was awarded a Nashville MetroArts grant. 

Events:
Mythology of the Mundane: Poetry of Domestic Fabulism

Benjamin Morris

A native of Mississippi, Benjamin Morris is a poet, fiction writer and essayist whose work appears in such places as The Oxford American, The Edinburgh Review, and The New Orleans Review. A researcher with the Open University and a member of the Mississippi Artist Roster, he is the recipient of a poetry fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission and a residency from A Studio in the Woods in New Orleans. The editor or co-editor of four volumes of poetry and fiction, he is the author of Coronary (Fitzgerald Letterpress, 2011) and, most recently, Hattiesburg, Mississippi: A History of the Hub City (Arcadia/The History Press, 2014). He lives in New Orleans. Visit his website at http://benjaminalanmorris.com.

Events:
NOPF Coordinator

Mary Elizabeth Murphy

Mary Elizabeth Murphy has presented her poetry at the Library of Congress, Alabama Book Festival, and Mobile Book Festival. An English Instructor at the University of South Alabama, her next collection of poetry is to be published in 2017 by Negative Capability Press.

Events:
Reaching After Fact: Poetry in a Time of Uncertainty

PaulA Neves

paulA neves is a native of Newark, NJ whose writing has appeared in Fiolet and Wing, Cleaver Magazine, The Abuela Stories Project, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Writers of the Portuguese Diaspora, and elsewhere. Her artwork is featured in the Glassbook Project collections Provisions, Changed Relationships After 9/11 and Domestic Violence (glassbookproject.com). A Canto Mundo fellow, she has also received scholarships/residencies from the Sundress Academy for the Arts, the Luso-American Development Foundation, and the Disquiet Literary Program. She is a member of the Kale Soup for the Soul collective (www.facebook.com/KaleSoupfortheSoul/), which has presented panels, readings and workshops nationwide. She is a graduate of the MFA program in writing at Rutgers-Newark and teaches for various university programs. For more info visit @itinerantmuse or paulaneves.net.

Events:
Mythology of the Mundane: Poetry of Domestic Fabulism

Tiana Nobile

Tiana Nobile lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a student in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the The CollagistPHANTOMTENDE RLOIN, Bone Bouquet, H_NGM_N and Antenna::Signals. She is a Kundiman Fellow.

 

Events:
Self-Articulation and Solidarity: Asian American Poets

Jenn Marie Nunes

Jenn Marie Nunes is the author of numerous chapbooks, including JUNED, winner of the YesYes Books 2015 Vinyl 45s Chapbook Contest and the collaborative Hymn: An Ovulution (Bloof Books 2015). Her work appears in such journals as ACTION YES, Tupelo Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, Ninth Letter, [PANK], and Dreginald, and she is co-founding editor of TENDE RLOIN. Her first full-length collection, AND/OR (2015), was the winner of the Switchback Books’ Queer Voices Award.

Events:
Sacred Grove Reading

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 Painter: An Anthology of Contemporary Serbian Poetry (New Orleans: Dialogos Press, Oct. 2016, see at http://www.lavenderink.org/content/diag/396).

Events:
Small Press Reading III

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. Her work has appeared in over 20 publications including Raging PelicanSource MaterialSouth Loop Review and Women Poets Wearing Sweatpants. She's the author of the chapbook From the Bombshell Shelter (Main Street Rag 2010), and the full-length collection, Crossing Bryan Ferry and Other Poems (Lavender Ink, 2016). She currently lives in New Orleans and is pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science degree at LSU. 

Events:
NOPF Coordinator

Dzvinia Orlowsky

Pushcart-Prize winner and founding editor of Four Way Books, Dzvinia Orlowsky is the author of five poetry collections, including Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones, co-winner of the 2010 Sheila Motton Book Award, and Silvertone (2013) for which she was named Ohio Poetry Day Association’s 2014 Co-Poet of the Year. Her first collection, A Handful of Bees, was reprinted as a Carnegie Mellon University Classic Contemporary in 2008. Her translation from Ukrainian of Alexander Dovzhenko’s novella, The Enchanted Desna, was published by House Between Water press in 2006. Her and Jeff Friedman's translation of Memorials by Polish Poet Mieczyslaw Jastrun was published by Dialogos in 2014.  For continuing their translation work of Jastrun’s poems, she and Friedman were awarded a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship. Dzvinia currently serves as Editor for Poetry in Translation for Solstice Literary Magazine and she teaches poetry at the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing of Pine Manor College and at Providence College.

Events:
Lavender Ink/Diálogos Reading

Vanesa Cristina Pacheco

Vanesa Pacheco

Vanesa Pacheco is a Bostonian 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 a book reviewer for the literary magazine The Fem. Her writing and thoughts can also be found on her literary citizenship blog and in Delirious HemThe Rain, Party, and Disaster Society’s monthly issues; Queen Mob’s Teahouse; and Velvet-Tail.

Events:
Coven Press Reading

Sebastian Hasani Paramo

Sebastian Hasani Paramo. Photo by Kristiane Webb

Sebastian Hasani Paramo is the son of Mexican immigrants. His work has appeared in Pleiades, Front Porch Journal, Prelude, Huizache, upstreet, North American Review, & other places. His reviews and interviews have appeared in American Literary Review, American Microreviews & Interviews, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Boiler. He holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Denton, Texas, where he is a teaching fellow in the doctoral program at the University of North Texas.

Events:
The Boiler Journal Table

Soham Patel

Soham Patel is a Kundiman fellow. Two of her chapbooks, and nevermind the storm (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and Riva: A Chapter (kitchen-shy press) came out in 2013. Her work has been featured at Fact-Simile Editions, Copper Nickel, Denver Quarterly and various other places. She has an MA from Western Washington University's English Department, an MFA from the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently a PhD Candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Events:
Animals in the Afterlife

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.

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NOPF Coordinator
NOPF Webmaster
O galactic black wild

Deborah Poe

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Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections keep (forthcoming from Dusie Press), the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats), Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). Her visual works—including video poems and handmade book objects—have been exhibited at Pace University (New York City), Casper College (Wyoming), Center for Book Arts (New York City), University of Arizona Poetry Center (Tucson), University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House at Brodsky Gallery (Philadelphia), and ONN/OF “a light festival” (Seattle), as well as online with Bellingham ReviewElective AffinitiesPeep/ShowTrickhouse, and The Volta. Associate professor of English at Pace University, Pleasantville, Deborah directs the creative writing program and founded and curates the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit. She has also taught at Western Washington University, Binghamton University, SUNY, the Port Townsend Writer’s Workshop in Washington, Richard Hugo House, and Casa Libre en La Solana in Tucson. Deborah served as Distinguished Visiting Writer for Seattle University during Winter Term 2016.

Events:
The Poetics of Climate Change: Poetry in the Anthropocene
DUSIE Pop-Up Reading

Cassie Pruyn

Cassie Pruyn is a New Orleans-based poet born and raised in Portland, Maine. She is the author of two forthcoming books—Bayou St. John: A Brief History (The History Press 2017) and Lena, winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry (Texas Tech University Press 2017). Her poems have appeared in AGNI Online, The Normal School, The Los Angeles Review, The Adroit Journal, Poet LoreSalt Hill Journal, and others.

Events:
Small Press Reading III

Saba Syed Razvi

Saba Syed Razvi is the author of In the Crocodile Gardens, Limerence & Lux, Of the Divining and the Dead, Beside the Muezzin's Call & Beyond the Harem's Veil, and the forthcoming heliophobia. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Houston-Victoria. Her work explores topics such as mysticism, mythology, magic, interfaces between science and poetry, robots, religion, nightmares & dreams, transgression, sexuality & gender, culture & subculture, and the psyche.

Events:
Sundress Publications Reading

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 six chapbooks, her collaborative chapbook 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, New Orleans Review, HOW2, MiPOesias, Fairy Tale Review, Exquisite Corpse, BlazeVOX, and The Offending Adam, among others. Her poetry reviews have appeared in Jacket2, Galatea Ressurrects, Openned, Cut Bank, New Pages, The Rumpus and Rain Taxi. Reed lives in Syracuse, NY, and is co-publisher and managing editor for Black Radish Books and publisher of Nous-zōt Press. http://www.lavenderink.org/content/authors/252

Events:
Black Radish Press Reading

Mg Roberts

Born in Subic Bay, Philippines, Mg Roberts is a poet, multi-media artist, and teacher. She is author of the poetry collections Anemal Uter Meck (Black Radish Books, 2017)  and ​​​​not so, sea (Durga Press, 2014). Roberts is a Kundiman Fellow, Kelsey Street Press member, VONA/Voices Alum, and sits on the Board of Small Press Traffic. Her work has appeared in the Stanford Journal of Asian American Studies, Dusie, Bombay Gin, Web Conjunctions, Smarginature, Elderly and elsewhereShe co-edited the anthology Nests and Strangers: On Asian Women Poets (Kelsey Street Press) along with Timothy Yu and is currently co-editing Responses, New Writing, Flesh with Ronaldo Wilson and Bhanu Kapil (forthcoming from Nightboat Books)an anthology on the urgency of avant-garde writing written for and by writers of color. She lives in Oakland with her three daughters, two hens, one puppy, and geologist husband. 

Events:
Black Radish Press Reading

Kit Robinson

Kit Robinson is the author of Leaves of Class (Chax Press), Marine Layer (BlazeVOX), Determination (Cuneiform), The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976-2003 (Adventures in Poetry), and many other books of poetry. His collaboration with Ted Greenwald, A Mammal of Style (Roof) was named among “the best poetry of 2014” by the Chicago Tribune. He lives in Berkeley, California, and plays Cuban tres guitar in the charanga sextet Calle Ocho.

Events:
Chax Press Reading
Friday Midday Feature

Alison Ross

Clockwise Cat publisher and editor Alison Ross experienced rave-levels of ecstasy when she found out she was shortlisted for the 2014 Erbacce Prize among 20 others, down from 5,000 entries. She was also giddily bemused when was nominated for the Best of the Net a few years back, though she lost out to savvier scribes. Alison also writes book and music reviews, and is a staff book reviewer for Five 2 One Magazine. Alison's chapbook, Clockwise Cats, was released in 2014 by Fowlpox Press, and her chapbook, Monster Sermons, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press in 2017.

Events:
O galactic black wild

Henk Rossouw

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Henk Rossouw has poems in The Paris Review and Boston Review, among other publications. His long poem Xamissa was a finalist for the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets--excerpts of the poem are forthcoming in Tupelo Quarterly and Blackbird. Henk is about to complete a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston, where he serves as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast. His website: www.henkrossouw.com.

Events:
Gulf Coast Journal Panel + Reading

Amber Atiya

Amber Atiya is a multidisciplinary poet whose creative practice incorporates elements of performance, book arts, and visual arts. Her work has appeared in various journals including Boston Review, PEN America, and Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, and is forthcoming in the Bettering American Poetry Anthology and Dismantled Almosts: A 21st Century Anthology of Female Poets. She has received fellowships and residencies from Poets House and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Amber’s poems have been nominated for Best New Poets 2015 and selected for Best of the Net 2014. A proud native Brooklynite, she is a member of a women’s writing group that will be celebrating 15 years in 2017. Her chapbook the fierce bums of doo-wop (Argos Books) was chosen for The Volta’s Best Books of 2014.

Events:
The Poetics of Climate Change: Poetry in the Anthropocene

Jenny Sadre-Orafai

Jenny Sadre-Orafai is the author of Paper, Cotton, Leather and five chapbooks. Recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Ninth Letter, Tammy, and Linebreak. Her prose has appeared in The Collagist, The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review, The Toast, and South Loop Review. She is co-founding editor of Josephine Quarterly and an Associate Professor of English at Kennesaw State University.

Events:
The Mystical and the Magical: Women Writing the Metaphysical Worlds

Lisa Samuels

Lisa Samuels is a transnational poet, essayist, and sound artist who has lived in the U.S., Sweden, Israel/Palestine, Yemen, Malaysia, Spain, and since 2006 in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Her works include Tomorrowland (Shearsman 2009 and, as soundscape CDs, Deep Surface 2012), Mama Mortality Corridos (Holloway 2010), Gender City (Shearsman 2011), Wild Dialectics (Shearsman 2012), Anti M (Chax 2013), Tender Girl (Dusie 2015), and Over Hear: six types of poetry experiment in Aotearoa/New Zealand (TinFish 2015). She has worked with experimental composers in the U.S., New Zealand, and France, and she teaches literature, theory, and creative writing at The University of Auckland.

Events:
Tinfish Reading
Friday Evening Feature Reading

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:
Tinfish Reading
Tinfish Table

Jordan Scott

JD Scott is the author of two chapbooks: Night Errands (Winner of the Peter Meinke Prize for Poetry—YellowJacket Press, 2012) and FUNERALS & THRONES (Birds of Lace Press, 2013). Recent and forthcoming publications include Best American Experimental Writing, Prairie Schooner, Salt Hill, The Pinch, The Baltimore Review, The Atlas Review, Hotel Amerika, Barely South Review, Apogee, Winter Tangerine, and elsewhere. Recently, JD was the runner-up for the 2016 Norton Girault Prize in Fiction as well as selected to attend the Poetry Foundation's inaugural Poetry Incubator this past summer. JD curates the Sacred Grove Reading Series out of Tuscaloosa and can be found at jdscott.com.

Events:
Sacred Grove Reading

James Sherry

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James Sherry is the author of 12 books of poetry and prose. His recent titles are Oops! Environmental Poetics (essays, 2013) and Entangled Bank (poems, 2016). He is the editor of Roof Books (roofbooks.com). He started the Segue Foundation, a multi-arts producer, in 1977 in New York City (seguefoundation.com). 

Events:
Chax Press Reading
Friday Midday Feature

Sun Yung Shin

Sun Yung Shin is the author of poetry/essay collections Unbearable Splendor; Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black (all from Coffee House Press), the editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, a co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption (South End Press), and the author of bilingual illustrated book for children Cooper’s Lesson (Lee and Low Books)She is a contributing editor at Aster(ix) and Society Editions. www.sunyungshin.com www.agoodtimeforthetruth.com 

Events:
Small Press Reading II

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
O galactic black wild

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith, Founding Editor of Foursquare and name magazines and Coven Press, serves as the Librarian for Indian Springs School, where she curates the Indian Springs School Visiting Writers Series. 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 the author of ten chapbooks including Trauma Mouth (Dusie 2015) and mnemotechnics (above/ground 2013) and two full-length books of poetry, Organic Furniture Cellar (Outside Voices 2006) and Life-List (Chax Press 2015).

Events:
Coven Press Reading
Not Having Feelings is Boring: Book-Length Autobiographical Poetics and the Avant-Garde

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 and Table
Mythology of the Mundane: Poetry of Domestic Fabulism
Neither Night Nor Day: An Exploration of the Boundaries Between Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction

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:
O galactic black wild
Unlikelyl Stories Table

Heidi Lynn Staples

Heidi Lynn Staples' debut collection, Guess Can Gallop, was selected by Brenda Hillman as a winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is author of four other collections, including A**AA*A*A (Ahsahta, forthcoming), a grant-supported collection using field-research to consider attachment and becoming a poet-of-place in Alabama. Her poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, Ploughshares, Women's Studies Quarterly and elsewhere. With the poet Amy King, she is editor and founder of Poets for Living Waters, begun as an international response to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and of Big Energy Poets: When Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change, forthcoming from BlazeVOX.

Events:
Coven Press Reading
Not Having Feelings is Boring: Book-Length Autobiographical Poetics and the Avant-Garde

Mark Statman

Mark 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 books 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 of Federico García Lorca's Poet in New York (Grove 2008), His next translation collection, Never Made in America; Selected Poetry of Martín Barea Mattos, will appear with Lavender Ink/diálogos in April 2017. A former Associate Professor of  Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School, he currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Events:
Your Day Job
Earth, Water and Sky
Lavender Ink / Diálogos Reading

Alina Stefanescu

Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania and lives in Alabama with her partner and four small mammals. She won the 2015 Ryan R. Gibbs Flash Fiction Award and was a finalist for the 2015 Robert Dana Poetry Award. She has two poetry chapbooks, inlcuding Objects In Vases (Anchor & Plume, March 2016) and Letters to Arthur (Beard of Bees Press, August 2016). While seeking an agent for her fiction collections, Alina aims for an ontology which would satisfy Hannah Arendt, Norman Manea, and Tom Waits. More online at www.alinastefanescu.com.

Events:
Coven Press Reading

Eileen R. Tabios

Eileen R. Tabios loves books and has released over 40 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental (auto)biographies. Recent books include AMNESIA: SOMEBODY’S MEMOIR (Black Radish Books, 2016) and EXCAVATING THE FILIPINO IN ME (Tinfish, 2016). For 2017, she expects to release at least three books from American, British and Romanian publishers, including a bilingual English-Spanish edition that will feature selections from her invented poetry form, “hay(na)ku.” She also has edited, co-edited or conceptualized ten anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays in addition to serving as editor or guest editor for various literary journals. More information is available at http://eileenrtabios.comhttp://eileenrtabios.com

Events:
Tinfish Reading

Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson is professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Roger Williams University. He has edited two widely used anthologies of francophone literature, and edits Ezra: An Online Journal of Translation (www.ezratranslation.com). Poetry books include Late Liveries, Shades and The Angle of Incidence. Song lyrics include Daybreak and New Words. His novel is Winter Light. He is the translator of Khatibi’s Tattooed Memory, Nassira Azzouz’s The Gates of The Sun, Véronique Tadjo’s Red Earth, Léon-Paul Fargue’s Poëmes, Abdelkader Djemaï’s Father/Son, and three by Nabile Farès: Hearing Your Story, A Passenger From The West, Exile and Helplessness.

Events:
Translation Workshop Leader

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 is at work on a series of poems about despair, and a group of essays about eyeballs, truth, and power. Visit her at maureenthorson.com

Events:
Not Having Feelings is Boring: Book-Length Autobiographical Poetics and the Avant-Garde

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
Saturday Evening Feature Reading

Jacqueline Allen Trimble

Jacqueline Allen Trimble lives and writes in Montgomery, Alabama, where she is an associate 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 Griot, The Offing, and Blue Lake ReviewAmerican Happiness (2016), her first collection, is published by NewSouth Books.  Recently awarded a Key West Literary Seminar scholarship,  she is a Cave Canem fellow and the recipient of a 2017 literary arts fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Events:
Mystic Female: Black Women Poets Read

Adrian Van Young

Adrian Van Young is the author of The Man Who Noticed Everything, a collection of stories, and Shadows in Summerland, a novel. His fiction and non-fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, The Collagist, Slate, VICE, Conjunctions, The Believer, and The New Yorker online, among others. He lives in New Orleans. 

Events:
Beyond Genre: Obliterating the Literary

Skin Verb

Skin Verb it's your birthday

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:
Poets With Bands

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal is the daughter of two Mexican immigrants, born in the Rio Grande Valley borderlands. Her work has appeared in PBS Newshour, Waxwing, The Kenyon Review OnlineThe Wanderer, DIAGRAM, The Feminist Wire, The Poetry Foundation Harriet Blog, and elsewhere. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and has served as an editor for the Bettering American Poetry project. She is currently a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at USC and her first book, Beast Meridian, is forthcoming from Noemi Press in early 2017. She currently eats tacos with her family in Los Angeles, CA, but her forever hometown is Houston, Texas.

Events:
SGV Food Club: Gathering and Building Community

Kina Viola

Kina Viola is a poet and book designer living in Ithaca, NY. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Witch Craft Magazine, Jellyfish, The Fanzine, and GlitterMOB, among others, and she was recently acknowledged as a 2016 "Best of the Net" winner in nonfiction. Kina is the managing editor for chapbooks at Big Lucks Books, and runs the handmade chapbook micro-press Garden-Door Press with her partner, Marty Cain.

Events:
Big Lucks (Book Table)

Nikki Wallschlaeger

Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work recently has been featured  in P-Queue, Brooklyn Rail, LIT, jubilat, Apogee & others. She is the author of the full-length collection Houses (Horseless Press 2015)  as well as the graphic chapbook I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel from Bloof Books (2016). Her second full length collection of poetry, Crawlspace, is forthcoming from Bloof Books in 2017.

 

Events:
Saturday Midday Feature

Jim Warner

Jim Warner‘s poetry has appeared in various journals including The North American Review[PANK] Magazine, and Hobart, and is the author of two collections of poetry (PaperKite Press). His latest book, actual miles, is scheduled to be released in late 2017 by Sundress Publications. Currently, Jim is the host of the weekly podcast Citizen Lit and teaches poetry for the MFA program at Arcadia University.

Events:
Sundress Publications Reading

Tyrone Williams

Tyrone Williams

Tyrone Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of five books of poetry, c.c. (Krupskaya Books, 2002), On Spec (Omnidawn Publishing, 2008), The Hero Project of the Century (The Backwaters Press, 2009), Adventures of Pi (Dos Madres Press, 2011) and Howell (Atelos Books, 2011). He is also the author of several chapbooks, including a prose eulogy, Pink Tie (Hooke Press, 2011). His website is at http://home.earthlink.net/~suspend/

Events:
NOPF Featured Reader

Maggie Woodward

Maggie Woodward is an mfa candidate at the university of mississippi. She is senior editor of the Yalobusha Review & curates the trobar ric reading series. She is also a programmer for the oxford film festival & a high school debate coach.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlas Review, Devil's Lake, Witch Craft Magazine, Cloud Rodeo, New South Journal, and inferior planets, among others. You can find her online at maggie-woodward.com. 

Events:
We Are Still Here: The Future of Horror in Contemporary 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:
DUSIE Pop-up Readings
Small Press Reading I

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is an artist, critic, eco-activist, impresario, and publisher, but is best known as a poet. He received his MFA in Poetry after studying with Allen Ginsberg at Brooklyn College and taught there for several years. He served on the Poetry Project Board of Directors and also taught there. From 1987 to 2000 he ran Cover Magazine, the Underground National. He won the Theater for the New City’s poetry contest in 2014. He is the author of 14 books including Triple Crown, Sonnets from Spuyten Duyvil and Radio Poems (forthcoming from The Operating System). Wright has written criticism for American Book Review, ArtNexus, The Brooklyn Rail, and White Hot Magazine. Poems will appear in New American Writing #37. He is a long time resident of the East Village in New York City and produces literary events at KGB Lit Bar and La Mama ETC in conjunction with his magazine, Live Mag! www.livemag.org

Events:
Your Day Job
Small Press Reading I