Poets and Presenters (2018)

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

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

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/

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

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

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

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