Poets and Presenters (2020)

Vidhu Aggarwal

Vidhu Aggarwal grew up in the New Orleans, and Sugar Land, TX.  A Kundiman fellow, her poetry appeared in the top 2016 poems in The Boston Review.  Her poems have  appeared in Arc Poetry Review, The Black Warrior Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Orlando Museum of Art’s “Baggage Claims” exhibition, and Asian Arts Initiative Asian Futurisms catalogue. A chapbook about gaming worlds and A.I., Avatara, is available with Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs. Her book of poems The Trouble with Humpadori (2016) received the Editor's Choice Prize from The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, and was selected by Sundress Publications as a favorite collection of 2016.  She teaches transnational studies and poetics at Rollins College.

Polyvocal Strategies: On & Off the Page

Rosa Alcala

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Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, most recently MyOTHER TONGUE (Futurepoem, 2017). Her poems appear in numerous anthologies and journals, including Best American Poetry 2019, American Poets in the 21st Century: Poetics of Social Engagement, The Nation, and American Poetry Review. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, and runner-up for a PEN Translation Award, she is the editor and co-translator of New & Selected Poems of Cecilia Vicuñ(Kelsey Street Press, 2018). She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she teaches in its Bilingual MFA Program. More about her here: https://www.rosaalcala.com/


Friday Night Feature

Charles Alexander

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

Chax Press Table
POG & Friends: a reading sponsored by the Tucson poetry collective POG
Roundtable on Poetry & Ecology

Zack Anderson

Zack Anderson hails from Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Magic City of the Plains. He holds an MFA in poetry from Notre Dame and is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Georgia.  Recent work has appeared in Fairy Tale Review, The Equalizer, and White Stag

Visualizing Prose Poetry: Landscape, Dream Machines, and Transformation
Sundress Publications Reading

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.

NOPF Board

Angela Ball

Angela Ball

Angela Ball’s sixth and latest book of poems is Talking Pillow (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017). Some of her ideas about writing poetry are collected in a new book from Cornell University Press: Next Line, Please: Prompts to Inspire Poets and Writers, edited by David Lehman with Contributions by Angela Ball. She directs the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, where she lives with two intelligent dogs, Scarlet (a labrapointer) and Miss Bishop (a jackheeler); and a volunteer cat, Whisker.

Does Who You Are Affect Who Publishes You

David Benedetto

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David Benedetto is the Assistant Program Director and Marketing Director at WRBH Reading Radio for the Blind and Print Impaired here in New Orleans, where he also hosts the weekly “Writer’s Forum” program and produces "Figure of Speech," a program that invites local authors and poets on to share their work. He writes and interviews folks about culture for NolaVie's "Notes From New Orleans" series. 

NOPF Board

Partridge Boswell

Partridge Boswell

Partridge Boswell is the author of Some Far Country (Grolier Poetry Prize). His poems have recently surfaced in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Salmagundi, The American Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Plume, Poetry Ireland Review, The Moth, Southword and Forklift, Ohio. Co-founder of Bookstock Literary Festival, Boswell troubadours widely with the poetry/music group Los Lorcas. The recipient of fellowships from Vermont College of Fine Arts, the University of New Orleans, and the Vermont Studio Center, he teaches at Burlington Writers Workshop and ArtisTree Community Arts Center, and lives with his family in Vermont.

Los Lorcas: Poetry in Concert

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. Her fourth book, BASIC PROGRAMMING (Lavender Ink, 2018) was released in April. 

NOPF Co-Director
Trembling Pillow Press Reading

Kayleb Rae Candrilli

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Kayleb Rae Candrilli is a 2019 Whiting Award Winner in Poetry and the author of What Runs Over with YesYes Books, which was a 2017 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in transgender poetry. All the Gay Saints is their second collection and won the 2018 Saturnalia Book Contest. Candrilli’s third collection, Water I Won’t Touch, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon. Their work is published or forthcoming in POETRY, American Poetry Review, Boston Review and many others. They live in Philadelphia with their partner.

A Reading with Saturnalia Books Poets

Cara Cilento

Cara Cilento has lived an unconventional life. She can appreciate those who were raised in the proverbial nuclear family in traditional American homes… she just wasn’t raised in one herself and as an adult she has lived what some may say is an alternative lifestyle.  Her first book of poetry Snapshots: Say Cheese! The World Is Watching, won the 2019 Living Now Award. Her performances of her work moved audiences and had led her to be invited to write for Gay Parent Magazine. More on Cara can be found at www.caracilento.com and www.firesigncreations.com. She can be emailed at caracilento@gmail.com.

Write the Art in Your Heart: Workshop

Cimmerian Urbanek

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Cimmerian Urbanek’s work has appeared in Helix, Coastlines, and the Bennington Review. Their poems will be published in the upcoming Maple Leaf Poets Anthology and Ar Li Jo. Urbanek is currently seeking a publisher for their collection of poems, Ballad of the Riot Dogs. Urbanek is working on a non-fiction piece book, Disposable Girls, that exposes abuse at residential treatment/conversion therapy centers for teens in Utah. Cimmerian has an MFA in Poetry, from Bennington College and is working on a PhD with a Concentration in Poetry at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Cimmerian has created a class in Disability Studies in Literature at UL and is designing an interdisciplinary minor in Disability Studies for Undergraduates at UL. They have presented work in Disability Studies in Literature at Naropa University and Northwestern University. This year they will be part of a Feminist round-table on the Future of Disability Studies at NEMLA and they will participate in a panel at the Comparative Drama Conference in Orlando. Cimmerian's critical dissertation is on The Paradoxical Space of the Sideshow in Southern Literature and their Creative dissertation is a book of poetry called The Chameleon that Wanted to be a Color that does not Exist. Cimmerian is the founder and editor of the literary review Entartete Kunst. When everything shifts red and the mantle buckles…right before the uroboros consumes itself to a singularity…Cimmerian Shores can be found under a raised scale arranging mites into letters… arranging letters into gut bellows.

Pressurized Writing through the Bi-Valves of Automatic Writing and Constraint: Workshop

Shanna Compton

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Shanna Compton’s fourth poetry collection, Creature Sounds Fade, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in fall 2020. She is also the author of Brink, For Girls & Other Poems, Down Spooky, and is at work on a book-length speculative poem called The Hazard Cycle. New work is appearing in the Nation, American Poetry Review, Bennington Review, jubilat, and the Wesleyan anthology Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene. She lives and works as a freelance book designer in Lambertville, NJ.

Bloof Books Table

Adam Crittenden

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Adam Crittenden holds an MFA in poetry from New Mexico State University where he was awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize. His writing has appeared in Barrelhouse, Cutbank, Quarterly West, Bayou Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, Barn Owl Review, and other journals. Blood Eagle is his first full-length book of poetry and is available from Gold Wake Press. Currently, he teaches writing in Albuquerque at Central New Mexico Community College.

The Hyper-Poetics of the Visual Narrative

Paul Cunningham

Paul Cunningham is from Pittsburgh, PA. He is the translator of Helena Österlund's Words (OOMPH! Press, 2019) and two chapbooks by Sara Tuss Efrik: Automanias Selected Poems (Goodmorning Menagerie, 2016) and The Night's Belly (Toad Press, 2016). His creative and critical work has appeared or is forthcoming in Unearthed, Poem-a-Day, Kenyon Review, Quarterly West, Snail Trail: An Ecopoetics Press, DIAGRAM, bæst: a journal of queer forms & affects, Bat City Review, OmniVerse, and others. He edits Deluge, co-manages Radioactive Cloud, and co-founded the Yumfactory Reading Series in Athens, GA. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia and he holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Notre Dame. Follow him: @p_cunning

Visualizing Prose Poetry: Landscape, Dream Machines, and Transformation

Jill Darling

Jill Darling is the author of (re)iteration(s)a geography of syntax, Solve Forbegin with may: a series of moments, and two collaborative chapbooks with Laura Wetherington and Hannah Ensor: at the intersection of 3, and The First Steps are the Deepest. Her poetics essays and reviews can be found in 1508 the Arizona Poetry Center blog; Entropy; How2; Something on Paper; and Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics; and poems, essays, and short fiction have been published in journals including GertrudeDenver Quarterly, /NOR, Aufgabe, 580 Split, Quarter After Eight, in the anthology Poetic Voices Without Borders, and more. Darling teaches at University of Michigan-Dearborn and lives in Ypsilanti. More info can be found at jilldarling.com.

Teaching at the Edge: Poetic Pedagogies Roundtable

Marcella Durand

Marcella Durand

Marcella Durand's books include The Prospect (Delete Press, 2020), Rays of the Shadow (Tent Editions, 2017), Le Jardin de M. (The Garden of M.), with French translations by Olivier Brossard (joca seria, 2016), Deep Eco Pré, a collaboration with Tina Darragh (Little Red Leaves), AREA (Belladonna), and Traffic & Weather (Futurepoem), written during a residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her translation from French of Michèle Métail's book-length piece, Earth's Horizons/Les horizons du sol, was published in 2020 by Black Square Editions. She lives in the Lower East Side in New York City with her husband and son, and is working on a new manuscript involving septentrionals and constellations.

Polyvocal Strategies: On & Off the Page

Susanne Dyckman

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Susanne Dyckman is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, A Dark Ordinary (Furniture Press Books), and equilibrium’s form (Shearsman Books), as well as four chapbooks, Counterweight, Transiting Indigo, Source, and Hearing Loss. Her work has been published in a variety of journals, and a chapbook written in collaboration with the poet Elizabeth Robinson is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. She has co-edited both Five Fingers Review and Instance Press, and for a number of years has hosted the Evelyn Avenue reading series. She lives and writes in Albany, California.

Radical Collaboration

Laura Eve Engel

Laura Eve Engel is the author of Things That Go (Octopus Books). The recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, her work can be found in The Awl, Best American Poetry, Boston Review, The Nation, PEN America, Tin House and elsewhere.

Object Impermanence: A Generative Workshop in the Anthropocene

Tonya M. Foster

Tonya M. Foster

Tonya M. Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court, and the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os. A coeditor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing through Visual Art, her writing and research focus on ideas of place and emplacement, and on intersections between the image and text. She's an editor at Fence Magazine, and at The African-American Review. Her poetry, prose, and essays have appeared  in Callaloo, Tripwire, boundary2, MiPOESIAS, NYFA Arts Quarterly, the Poetry Project Newsletter, etc. Tonya is a recipient of awards and fellowships from the Ford and the Mellon Foundations, from NYFA. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts and at the Macdowell Artist Colony. Her next collections are a a double-sided book on New Orleans—A Mathematics of Chaos::Thingification (forthcoming from Ugly Presse 2021), and Monkey Talk, a cross-genre series about race, paranoia, aesthestics, and surveillance. She is an Assistant Professor at California College of the Arts who was raised in New Orleans. Her family goes way back in Louisiana.

Polyvocal Strategies: On & Off the Page

Edgar Garcia

Edgar Garcia is a poet and scholar of the hemispheric cultures of the Americas, principally of the 20th and 21st centuries. He is the author of Skins of Columbus: A Dream Ethnography (Fence Books, 2019; winner of the Fence Modern Poets Series award and an award from the Illinois Arts Council) and Signs of the Americas: A Poetics of Pictography, Hieroglyphs, and Khipu (University of Chicago Press, 2020; article excerpt honorable mention for the William Riley Parker Prize from the Modern Language Association); and he co-edited American Literature in the World: An Anthology from Anne Bradstreet to Octavia Butler (Columbia University Press, 2016); and participated in a collaboration with visual artist Eamon Ore-Giron, published as Infinite Regress (Bom Dia Books, 2020). He is presently working on two books: one about divination and migration and the other on the Mayan story of creation, the Popol Vuh. He is Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago, where he also teaches in the department of Creative Writing.

Codices of the Borderlands: A Latinx Poetics Performance
SLOW SPARKS: A Collaborative Performance

Kenning JP Garcia

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

The Hyper-Poetics of the Visual Narrative
The Transgressive Spirit of Jewish Poetics

Natalie Giarratano

Natalie Giarratano is the author of Big Thicket Blues (Sundress Publications, 2017) and Leaving Clean, winner of the 2013 Liam Rector First Book Prize in Poetry (Briery Creek Press). Her poems have appeared in Beltway Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, Tinderbox, American Literary Review, and Best New Poets, among others. She earned a Ph.D. in creative writing from WMU and was recently a mentor for AWP’s Writer to Writer Mentorship Program. She edits and lives in Fort Collins with her partner and daughter and is the city’s 2018-2020 poet laureate.

Sundress Publications Reading

Alan Golding

Alan Golding

Alan Golding teaches poetry and poetics at the University of Louisville, and directs the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. He is the author of From Outlaw to Classic: Canons in American Poetry, and of numerous essays on modernist and contemporary poetry and literary institutions.  Current projects include Writing Into the Future: New American Poetries from The Dial To the Digital, under contract with the University of Alabama Press, and “Isn’t the Avant-Garde Always Pedagogical,” a book on experimental poetics and / as pedagogy. With Lynn Keller and Dee Morris, he co-edits the University of Iowa Contemporary North American Poetry Series.

In the “Likeness” of Authenticity: Poetry, Appropriation and Identity

Melanie Maria Goodreaux

Melanie Maria Goodreaux, author of "Black Jelly," Photo by Nikki Johnson

Melanie Maria Goodreaux, author of Black Jelly, 2019 (A Gathering of the Tribes/Fly By Night Press) is a poet, playwright, fiction writer, and director-dramatist from New Orleans, Louisiana, living, writing, and creating in New York City.  Her work is lyrical, stylistic, unconventional, and many times blends genres for dramatic effect. Pop elements embrace the sensuous, sad, and surreal, while her work addresses the complexities of race and explores the female condition. Southern spiritualism, loss, and sex-positive themes find their place together in her experiments with language. Her work has been published in WSQ Magazine-The Feminist Press, The Dream Closet, A Gathering of the Tribes #13, and Word.  Melanie Maria adapted the lines of thousands of New York City children into the book called A Poem As Big As New York City.  Her plays Saydee and Deelores, Walter, Bullets, and Binoculars, Mo’Batz’ Ride, Con Trole’s Predicament, SWAP, Katrina Who?!, Sometimes It’s Very Much About Ownership, and Enough Vo5 for the Universe, have been featured at Chelsea Playhouse, the House of Tribes Theater, the Abingdon Theater, Studio Players Theater, the Linhart Theater, the Lillian Theater in Los Angeles, the Nuyorican Poets Café, HOWL Fest, the New York Theater Festival, the Hudson Guild Theater, and Theater for the New City. Melanie Maria is currently working on screenplay adaptations of her theater work and a novel about the misadventures of her character Bernadine.  She teaches creative writing and drama with Urban Arts Partnership, and Creative Theatrics in New York City while living in Harlem with her illustrator and afro-futurist husband, Tim Fielder. For more info: www.melaniemariagoodreaux.com or www.tribes.org

Teaching at the Edge: Poetic Pedagogies
Black Jelly/A Gathering of the Tribes Table

Elizabeth Gross

Elizabeth Gross is a poet/translator/teacher/artist in New Orleans. this body/that lightning show, her first poetry collection, was selected by Jericho Brown for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection of The Word Works Press and came out in 2019. DEAR ESCAPE ARTIST, a chapbook in collaboration with artist Sara White, came out from Antenna in 2016. She co-translated and produced a new adaptation of Euripides’ Bakkhai at the Marigny Opera House in 2015. Her poems have appeared in the Fairy Tale Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, the New Orleans Review, and many other journals. She teaches interdisciplinary humanities for the Honors Program at Tulane University.

Roundtable on Poetry & Ecology
Strengthening Local Literary Community through Non-Institutional Workshops

Gabriel Gudding

Gabriel Gudding is a poet, essayist, translator, and Professor of English at Illinois State University. Author of the books Literature for Nonhumans (Ahsahta, 2015), Rhode Island Notebook (Dalkey Archive Press, 2007) and A Defense of Poetry (Pitt, 2002), he is currently translating two books of contemporary poetry from Norwegian.

In the “Likeness” of Authenticity: Poetry, Appropriation and Identity

Cathryn Hankla

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Cathryn Hankla is the author of over a dozen books, including nine volumes of poetry.  Her recent titles include Great Bear (2016)a finalist for the Library of Virginia Prize, Galaxies (2017)and Lost Places: On Losing and Finding Home (2018), a memoir in essays. Hankla teaches in the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University, chairs the English & Creative Writing Department, and serves as Poetry Editor of The Hollins Critic.  www.cathrynhankla.com


Does Who You Are Affect Who Publishes You

Clare Harmon

Clare Louise Harmon is a poet and music educator. She is the author of The Thingbody (Instar Books, 2015/2020). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Sixth Finch, The Sycamore Review, Storm Cellar, The New Delta Review. Harmon lives in New Orleans, LA and is administrator for the Heritage School of Music at the Jazz & Heritage Foundation. She can be found online @thehegelproject

NOPF Board
Strengthening Local Literary Community through Non-Institutional Workshops

Kristen Hewitt

Kristen Hewitt has an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College. Her work has been published in Terrain.orgWhitefish ReviewKestrel, and Orion magazine. She edits books for Princeton Architectural Press in Hudson, New York.

Fractured Prisms: Rendering Narratives with Poetic Sequences

Nathan Hoks

Nathan Hoks is the author of Reveilles, The Narrow Circle, and Moony Days of Being. Along with his own poems and essays, he has published translations of work by Christian Dotremont and Vicente Huidobro. He directs Convulsive Editions, a poetry micro-press that publishes handmade chapbooks, and teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago and at the School Art Institute of Chicago.

Convulsive Editions Table
Surrealism, Cognitive Science, Recursive Neural Networks, and Associational Pattern Development in Poetry: Roundtable

Alexis Ivy

Alexis Ivy is a 2018 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Poetry. Her first poetry collection, Romance with Small-Time Crooks was published in 2013 by BlazeVOX [books]. Her second collection, Taking the Homeless Census won the Editor's Prize of Saturnalia Books in 2018. She works as an advocate for the homeless in Cambridge, Massachusetts and teaches in the PoemWorks community.

A Reading with Saturnalia Books Poets

Canese Jarboe

Canese Jarboe is the author of vo/luptuary (YesYes Books, 2020) and the chapbook dark acre (Willow Springs Books, 2018). Their work has appeared in Colorado Review, Bennington Review, Indiana Review, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. Currently, Canese lives and teaches in Louisiana.

Glistening Multiplicities: A Poetics of Sex Work

Julia Johnson

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

Does Who You Are Affect Who Publishes You

Stephanie Kaylor

Stephanie Kaylor is a PhD student at UC Santa Barbara, where she researches sex work, labor, and affect. Stephanie also holds an MA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University at Albany, and completed coursework at the European Graduate School. She is currently Reviews Editor of Glass: A Journal of Poetry and formerly the Managing Editor of FIVE:2:ONE.

Glistening Multiplicities: A Poetics of Sex Work

Avren Keating

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Avren Keating is a poet and an artist based in California. Their recent publications can be found in Tarpaulin Sky, EOGH, and Queen Mob’s Teahouse. Avren also hosts Waves Breaking, a podcast for trans and gender-variant poetry. You can find them at @WavesBreakPod on Twitter, and wavesbreaking.com 

The Hyper-Poetics of the Visual Narrative

Rax King

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Rax King is a bitch. She is the author of the collection The People's Elbow: Thirty Recitatives on Rape and Wrestling (Ursus Americanus, 2018). Her work can also be found in Catapult, Electric Literature, and Autostraddle. Look out for her monthly Catapult column Store-Bought is Fine for hot takes about the Food Network.

Glistening Multiplicities: A Poetics of Sex Work

Jessica Kinnison

Jessica Kinnison holds an MFA in fiction writing from Chatham University in Pittsburgh where she taught creative writing in the Allegheny County Jail, as part of the Words Without Walls program. Her stories have appeared in Juked, Pif Magazine, Fiction Southeast, and The Southern Humanities Review, among others. She was a Kenyon Writers Workshop fellow in July 2018. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her play “Baby” won the Southwest Theatre and Film Association’s Short Play Contest.  Her nonfiction has been published widely over the last fifteen years. She is the Director of Programs at Project Lazarus, a transitional housing facility for individuals living with HIV/ AIDS located in New Orleans, LA. She teaches creative writing in the Project Lazarus Wellness University, a year-round education program integrating artistic expression with life and health skills. She is co-producer and host of the Dogfish Reading Series in New Orleans.

NOPF Board
Dogfish Reading Coordinator
Holding space: on building a community reading series

Michel Steven Krug

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Michel Steven Krug is a Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and University of Minnesota Law School grad, who writes poetry, literary fiction and practices law. He’s also a former print journalist who worked in the Baltimore/Washington region. Currently, he’s an Assistant Editor of Poets Reading The News (PRTN). His work frequently attempts to integrate the news as part of an ongoing Odyssey, filled with mythological constructs. His poems have appeared in Ginosko Literary Journal, PRTN, Door Is A Jar, Tuck Magazine, The Raven’s Perch, 2 Elizabeths, Poetry24, Main Street Rag, Brooklyn Review, and other literary magazines. He recently completed a manuscript entitled, Making America Break Again. For review of shorter examples of work, find him at Instagram/free.jazz.man.

Poets Reading the News Table
(Sur)Realpolitik: Political Poetry in the Post-Truth Era

Kelly Krumrie

Kelly Krumrie’s prose, poetry, and reviews are forthcoming from or appear in DIAGRAM, Tarpaulin Sky Magazine, Entropy, La Vague, Full Stop, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver and holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco. She is currently the Prose Editor at Denver Quarterly.

Sites of History, Direction and Space in Poetry and Poetics

Krystal Languell

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Krystal Languell lives in Chicago, where she is the Deputy Director of Administration at the Poetry Foundation. She is the author of three books: Call the Catastrophists (BlazeVox, 2011), Gray Market (1913 Press, 2016), and Quite Apart (University of Akron Press, 2019). She has published six chapbooks. New and recent work can be found in Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, A Dozen Nothing, and elsewhere. A NYSCA/NYFA 2017 Artist Fellowship Finalist in Poetry, she completed a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council workspace residency in 2014-15 and a Poetry Project Emerge-Surface-Be fellowship in 2013-14. Since 2010, she has helped coordinate the activities of Belladonna* Collaborative while publishing the feminist poetry journal Bone Bouquet. She held many titles while working as an adjunct in New York City for seven years, including finally Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities & Media Studies at Pratt Institute where she taught in the First Year Writing Program, the Graduate Communications Design Program, and Writing Across the Curriculum. She earned a BA from Indiana University and an MFA from New Mexico State University.

Belladonna Collaborative Table

Bill Lavender


Bill Lavender is a poet, novelist, musician, carpenter and publisher living in New Orleans. My ID, his eleventh book of poetry, was published by BlazeVOX in October, 2019. His novel trilogy, comprised of Q, Little A, and The Private I, is to be released by Spuyten Duyvil in 2020. His verse memoir, Memory Wing, called by Rodger Kamentetz "a contemporary autobiographical masterpiece," was published by Black Widow in 2011. A chapbook, surrealism, was published in 2016 and translated into Spanish by Enrique Solinas and Peter Thompson; the bilingual edition was released by Yauguru in Uruguay as surrealismo in 2017; a French edition is forthcoming.

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.

Read an interview with Bill about his poetics and about the press at Jacket2, or visit his Amazon author page.

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

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

Hank Lazer

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

Poem as Score for Musical Improvisation

Sueyeun Juliette Lee

I grew up three miles from the CIA and am currently based in Denver, where I work as the Program Director at Chinook Fund, a community foundation that funds grassroots social justice work across Colorado.

My books include That Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut Press 2008), Underground National (Factory School Press, 2010), SOLAR MAXIMUM (Futurepoem Books, 2015), No Comet, That Serpent in the Sky Means Noise (Kore Press, 2017), and Aerial Concave Without Cloud (forthcoming from Nightboat Books 2021). I’ve also published numerous chapbooks and was included in the Best American Experimental Writing (BAX) in 2015.

I have held artist residencies in poetry, dance, and video art at Kunstnarhuset Messen (Norway), Hafnarborg (Iceland), UCross Foundation (Wyoming),  Rockland Woods (Washington), The Blaffer Museum of Art at the University of Houston (Texas), and Casa Libre en la Solana (Arizona).

I was a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature (Poetry), a featured artist for Chicago’s 2015 city-wide performance arts festival IN>TIME, and a commissioned artist for the Asian Arts Initiative‘s 25th Anniversary series, (ex)CHANGE: History Place Presence.

In 2006, I founded COROLLARY PRESS, a chapbook series dedicated to innovative multi-ethnic writing. Through Corollary, I released work by Craig Santos Perez, Douglas Kearney, Jason Daniel Schwartz, Jai Arun Ravine, Bhanu Kapil, Lynn Xu, Pamela Lu, Carlos Soto Roman, Brandon Shimoda, and Christopher Stackhouse. All chapbooks were hand-stitched in small editions of 150. They are collected by the Poet’s House in New York, the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and at SUNY Buffalo. Though Corollary Press is now closed, I am developing a new series to support innovative work… stay tuned.

I reviewed contemporary poetry for The Constant Critic, a project of Fence Books, have written short commentaries on the poetic production of time for Jacket2, and written for the Poetry Foundation. I’ve also published several essays on contemporary poetics, race, and Asian American writing, and offer editorial support for the Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American Center’s literary efforts.

My work has been supported by grants from the Alliance of Artists’ Communities and Colorado Creative Industries.

I’ve been invited to present work at The Poets House, the Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American Center, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Asian Arts initiative, Naropa University, University of California Santa Cruz, Smith College, San Francisco State University, California Institute of the Arts, The Kelly Writers House, Kundiman, Small Press Traffic, Buffalo’s Big Night Out, Dickinson College, The Poetry Project, and numerous other spaces.

Currently, my interests include light, displacement, imaginations of the future, devastation, and movement. I’ve spent the last five years developing a dance poetics that poaches ancient east Asian dance forms to help bring poetry into my body.

Object Impermanence: A Generative Workshop

Timothy Liu

Timothy Liu's latest book of poems is Let It Ride (Saturnalia Books, 2019). A reader of occult esoterica, he lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY. www.timothyliu.net

A Reading with Saturnalia Books Poets

Melisa Machado

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Melisa Machado nació en Durazno, Uruguay, en 1966. Vive en Montevideo. Escribió los libros de poesía: “Ritual de las Primicias” (Ed. Imaginarias, Montevideo, 1994), “El lodo de la Estirpe” (Ed. Artefato, Montevideo, 2005), “Adarga” (2000), “Jamba de Flores Negras” (2006) y Marjal o Animal (2008), reunidos en Rituales (Estuario, Montevideo, 2011) y El Canto Rojo, (Ed. Sediento, México, 2013, Ed. Ellerstroms, Suecia y Ed. Action Books, EEUU). Poemas suyos han sido incluidos en varias antologías, entre ellas “El Amplio Jardín” (embajada de Colombia y Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, -MEC-, 2005), “Nada es igual después de la poesía: Cincuenta poetas uruguayos del medio siglo, 1955-2005”, (MEC y Archivo General de la Nación, 2005) y The world record, (Bloodaxe Books Ltd & Southbank Centre, Londres 2012). Por su obra poética ha recibido varias distinciones, entre ellas las becas Cuny/Mec (2010) y Fefca/Mec (2012). Ha realizado lecturas de su poesía en el City College de Nueva York, la Universidad de Brown, el Smith College y en festivales internacionales de poesía en Nicaragua, México e Inglaterra. Parte de su obra ha sido traducida al inglés, al italiano y al sueco.

Melisa Maxhado was born in Durazno, Uruguay, in 1966. She lives in Montevideo. She wrotes the books: "Ritual of the Firstfruits" (Ed. Imaginarias, Montevideo, 1994), "The Mud of the Straight" (Ed. Artefato, Montevideo, 2005), "Adarga" (2000), "Jamba de Flores Negras ”(2006) and Marjal or Animal (2008), gathered in Rituals (Estuary, Montevideo, 2011) and El Canto Rojo, (Ed. Sediento, Mexico, 2013, Ed. Ellerstroms, Sweden and Ed. Action Books, USA) . His poems have been included in several anthologies, among them "The Large Garden" (Colombian Embassy and Ministry of Education and Culture, -MEC-, 2005), "Nothing is the same after poetry: Fifty Uruguayan poets of the half century, 1955-2005 ”, (MEC and General Archive of the Nation, 2005) and The world record, (Bloodaxe Books Ltd & Southbank Center, London 2012). For his poetic work he has received several distinctions, including the Cuny / Mec (2010) and Fefca / Mec (2012) scholarships. He has read his poetry at the City College of New York, Brown University, Smith College and international poetry festivals in Nicaragua, Mexico and England. Part of her work has been translated into English, Italian and Swedish.


Friday Night Feature (I am all women)

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.

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Mia Ayumi Malhotra

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Mia Ayumi Malhotra is the author of Isako Isako, winner of the 2017 Alice James Award, the Nautilus Gold Award for Poetry, the National Indie Excellence Award, and the Maine Literary Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Yale Review, CALYX, Indiana Review, and Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Radical Collaboration

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 a 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, Blackbird, Obsidian, The African-American Review, PLUCK!, The Birmingham Poetry Review, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review and Cave Canem Anthology XIII.  Her first full collection of poetry, Mend, is forthcoming from University Press of Kentucky.  Mend tells the story of the birth of gynecology in America and the role black women played in that process.  This work received a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation and was finalist for AWP’s Donald Hall Prize. 

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.

Follow her on twitter @kwoya_maples and like her fb author pagehttps://m.facebook.com/kwoyafaginmaples/

On Our Own Terms: A Reading
Healing Measures: Poetry as a technology for creating resilience

T. C. Marshall

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T.C. Marshall retired from community college teaching and works now as a caregiver, writer, performance artist, theoretician, and gardener. You can find published work by him in magazines, on websites, in anthologies, and in pamphlets from 1970-2019. He also helped edit The End of the World Project (Moria Books, 2019). His photography habit supplies his performances with an extra dimension of dialectics and fun, like the pictures of Marshall Allen's continuation of The Sun Ra Arkestra that will accompany his talk in New Orleans.

In the “Likeness” of Authenticity: Poetry, Appropriation and Identity

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.


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Kristi Maxwell

Kristi Maxwell is the author of six books of poetry, including Bright and Hurtless (Ahsahta Press, Oct. 2018) and PLAN/K (Horse Less Press, 2015). She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Louisville. 

Poetics of Climate Change, A Reading with Saturnalia Books Authors

Kristen Renee Miller

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Kristen Renee Miller’s poems and translations appear in POETRY, The Kenyon Review, The Common, Guernica, and Best New Poets 2018. Her debut translation, Spawn, by Ilnu Nation poet Marie-Andrée Gill, will be published in 2020. A recipient of honors and fellowships from The Kennedy Center, The Humana Festival, The Kentucky Arts Council, and elsewhere, she lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where she is the managing editor for Sarabande.

Poetics of Climate Change, A Reading with Saturnalia Books Authors

Jose-Luis Moctezuma

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Jose-Luis Moctezuma is a Mexican-American poet, professor, and editor. He is the author of Spring Tlaloc Seance (Projective Industries, 2016) and Place-Discipline (Omnidawn, 2018), which is the winner of the 2017 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Prize. He lives and teaches in Chicago.

Codices of the Borderlands: A Latinx Poetics Performance

Monica Mody

Monica Mody is the author of Kala Pani (1913 Press) and two cross-genre chapbooks. Her poetry also appears in the Indian Quarterly, Poetry International, Eleven Eleven, and Wyrd & Wyse, among other places. She holds a PhD in East West Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing, along with a more rarely used degree in law. Monica was born in Ranchi, India, and lives in San Francisco. Web: drmonicamody.com | Twitter: @monica.mody | IG: @monicamody 

Radical Collaboration / Reading: Dyckman, Malhotra, Mody, Prunty, and Robinson

Jenny Molberg

Jenny Molberg

Jenny Molberg is the author of Marvels of the Invisible (winner of the 2014 Berkshire Prize, Tupelo Press, 2017) and Refusal (forthcoming, LSU Press). She is the recipient of a 2019-2020 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as scholarships and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the CD Wright conference. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, Tupelo Quarterly, Indiana Review, The Missouri Review, and other publications. She teaches creative writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she directs Pleiades Press and edits Pleiades magazine. Find her online at jennymolberg.com.

Crossing the Line: Poetry of Violence and Boundaries

Benjamin Morris

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

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Tracie Morris

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Tracie Morris has performed, researched and presented her work in over 30 countries and is the author/editor of 7 books. Her installations and performances have been featured at many distinguished national and international museums and galleries including the Dia:Chelsea, The New Museum, The Kitchen Performance Space, The Drawing Center, The Museum of Modern Art, Albertine, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Centre Pompidou, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Lévy Gorvy and The Whitney Biennial. Her most recent poetry collection is Hard Kore: Poemes/Per-Form: Poems of Mythos and Place (in English and French joca seria, 2017/2018). Tracie’s first essay of prose on writing her first work-in-progress for theater, The Impossible Man: Musings on an Archive-Based Work-in-Progress, was published in limited edition in 2019 by Tracie by Harvard Bookstore's Printed on Paige. Her creative non-fiction work, Who Do With Words is in its second, expanded edition from Chax Press (2019). Her book handholding: 5 kinds is in its second, expanded editon from Kore Press (2020).She has been a fellow of Cave Canem, the CPCW Fellow of Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania as well as the Millay, Yaddo and MacDowell artist colonies. Tracie holds an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University and has studied acting technique extensively at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She is a certified acting and singing voice teacher. Ms. Morris has been designated a Master Artist by the Atlantic Center for the Arts and recently served as the 2018 WPR Fellow at Harvard University. She is currently the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Iowa Writers Workshop.


Saturday Night Feature

Sean F. Munro

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Sean F. Munro is an Assistant Professor at Delgado Community College, who teaches creative writing, literature, and composition. Recently, he was a runner-up for the 2019 Tennessee Williams Poetry Prize and one of his collaborative poems was nominated for Best of the Net. He received an MFA from University of Arizona, publishes poems in a few journals, and is calibrating his first book of poems.

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Finishing the Book: The Final Draft

Tenney Nathanson

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Tenney Nathanson is the author of the collection Erased Art (Chax) and the book-length serial poems Home on the Range (The Night Sky with Stars in My Mouth) (O Books) and Ghost Snow Falls through the Void (Globalization) (Chax), as well as the critical study Whitman’s Presence: Body, Voice, and Writing in Leaves of Grass (NYU). Chax will publish a collection of Tenney’s critical essays on American poetry in 2020. Another book-length serial poem, “Ghost Snow 2: Unwinding” is in the works. Tenney lives in Tucson, where he co-founded the POG poetry collective, serves as resident teacher for Desert Rain Zen, and teaches American poetry in the University of Arizona English Department. links: http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Nathanson.php https://english.arizona.edu/people/tenney-nathanson https://www.desertrainzen.org/teachers--practice-leaders.html

POG & Friends: a reading sponsored by the Tucson poetry collective POG

Elle Aviv Newton

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Elle Aviv Newton is a cultural producer, writer, curator, and fourth-generation Oaklander. She is editor and cofounder of Poets Reading the News. Her writing and cultural work has appeared in both digital and print journals, featured on NPR, community radio, and numerous podcasts, and was recently adapted for the stage. Find out more on her website or Twitter.

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(Sur)Realpolitik: Political Poetry in the Post-Truth Era

Isobel O'Hare

Isobel O’Hare is a poet and essayist who has dual Irish and American citizenship. She is the author of the chapbooks Wild Materials (Zoo Cake Press, 2015), The Garden Inside Her (Ladybox Books, 2016), and Heartbreak Machinery (forthcoming from dancing girl press in 2018). Her collection of erasures of celebrity sexual assault apologies, all this can be yours, is now available from University of Hell Press. 

Two of O’Hare’s poems appeared in the anthology A Shadow Map (Civil Coping Mechanisms Press, 2017). A collaboration with the poet Sarah Lyn Rogers was published in They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Six of O’Hare’s erasures are due to appear in Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3 (Bettering Books, 2018). 

O’Hare graduated summa cum laude from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., where she was awarded the Mary Boyle McCrory Award for Excellence in Writing. She went on to earn an MFA in Poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. O’Hare has also been the recipient of awards from Split This Rock and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico

In addition to writing, O’Hare co-edits (with Carleen Tibbetts) the journal and small press Dream Pop.

The Hyper-Poetics of the Visual Narrative
Dream Pop Press Table

Andrea Panzeca

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Andrea Panzeca is a teaching artist with KID smART and has taught visual art and dance at the Contemporary Arts Center, environmental education at UNO’s Coastal Education and Research Facility, and modern dance at Lelia Haller School of Ballet. With support from The Platforms Fund, she’s developing a multidisciplinary project combining outdoor service, recreation, and reflection through art. She earned her M.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing at the University of New Orleans, where she was associate nonfiction editor of Bayou Magazine. She has published poetry, memoir, a scholarly essay on Zora Neale Hurston, and is the author of poetry chapbooks Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets, and Weird... Joe Pescihttp://www.andreapanzeca.com

Thursday Nights by the Old Bayou: A Writers’ Group Reading

Lisa Pasold

Lisa Pasold

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

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Christina M Rau

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Christina M. Rau is the author of the sci-fi fem poetry collection, Liberating The Astronauts (Aqueduct Press, 2017), which won the SFPA 2018 Elgin Award, and the chapbooks WakeBreatheMove (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and For The Girls, I (dancing girl press, 2014). Her poetry has also appeared on gallery walls in The Ekphrastic Poster Show, on car magnets for The Living Poetry Project, and in various literary journals. She is the founder of the Long Island reading circuit, Poets In Nassau, and has read and run workshops for various community groups nationwide. She also writes for Book Riot about all things book-related. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Nassau Community College where she also serves as Editor-in-chief for The Nassau Review. In her non-writing life, when she’s not teaching yoga, she’s watching the Game Show Network. http://www.christinamrau.com

Sci Fi Fem: Empowering Women Through Speculative Poetry

Saba Syed Razvi

Saba Syed Razvi, PhD is the author of the Elgin Award-nominated collection In the Crocodile Gardens (Agape Editions) and the collection heliophobia (Finishing Line Press), which appeared on the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Award ® for Superior Achievement in Poetry, as well as the chapbooks Limerence & Lux (Chax Press), Of the Divining and the Dead (Finishing Line Press), and Beside the Muezzin’s Call & Beyond the Harem’s Veil (Finishing Line Press). She is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Houston in Victoria, TX, where in addition to working on scholarly research on interfaces between contemporary poetry and science and on gender & sexuality in speculative and horror literature and pop-culture, she is writing new poems and fiction. 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. Website: www.sabarazvi.com

POG & Friends: a reading sponsored by the Tucson poetry collective POG
On Ordering a Manuscript: Trends, Tips, and Helpful Questions

Jeremy Michael Reed

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Jeremy Michael Reed holds a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee, where he was the editor-in-chief of Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts and assistant to U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. His poems and essays are published or forthcoming in Still: The Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere, including the anthology Mountains Piled upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene. He is an associate editor for Sundress Publications and assistant professor of English for Westminster College in Fulton, MO.

On Ordering a Manuscript: Trends, Tips, and Helpful Questions

Evelyn Reilly

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Evelyn Reilly is the author of Styrofoam, Apocalypso, and Echolocation, all published by Roof Books, as well as Hiatus from Barrow Street Press and Fervent Remnants of Reflective Surfaces from Portable Press at Yo Yo Labs. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, most recently in Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change and The Supposium: Thought Experiments & Poethical Play in Difficult Times, and is forthcoming in Feral Atlas: The More-than-Human Anthropocene, edited by Anna Tsing. Reilly lives in New York City where she has been a writer for natural history and cultural museums. 

Roundtable on Poetry & Ecology

Shay Reynolds

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Sharon Reynolds (Shay Gaay) (she/her) is a dyke poet city transplant country bumpkin. She Graduated from Naropa University in 2017 with a BA in creative writing and poetics. In December of 2018, Shay co-founded Tart Parlor, a reading series by and for Sex Workers and dedicated allies in protest to the passing of FOSTA/SESTA. She is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at West Virginia University where she was awarded an Eberly College Social Justice Fellowship for her research on the strange intersections of aggressive sexual mimicry, beetles, orchids, cyborgs, and sex worker narratives.

Glistening Multiplicities: A Poetics of Sex Work

Kit Robinson

Kit Robinson is the author of Thought Balloon (Roof Books),  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.

Roundtable on Poetry & Ecology

Elizabeth Robinson

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Elizabeth Robinson is the author of multiple collections of poetry, most recently Rumor (Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions).   Robinson has been the winner of the Fence Modern Poets Prize for Apprehend and the National Poetry Series for Pure Descent.  She has received grants from the Fund for Poetry and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.  With Jennifer Phelps, she co-edited the critical anthology Quo Anima: innovation and spirituality in contemporary women's poetry, published in 2019 by University of Akron Press.  Robinson worked as the homeless navigator for Boulder Municpal Court, but recently moved to Oakland, CA with her husband, the poet Randy Prunty.

Radical Collaboration
Reading: Dyckman, Malhotra, Mody, Prunty, and Robinson

Cate Root

Cate Root is a poet in New Orleans. She writes about identity, bodies, longing, romance, honesty, and how to stay alive in the world. She is one of the founders of Dogfish, a monthly, mixed-genre literary salon, which regularly draws crowds of 50+ readers and writers. She is a socialist organizing with DSA. You can find more about her work at cateroot.online

Holding space: on building a community reading series

Sarah Rosenthal

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Sarah Rosenthal is the author of Lizard, Manhatten, and several chapbooks. A collaboration with poet Valerie Witte is forthcoming from The Operating System. Sarah edited A Community Writing Itself: Conversations with Vanguard Poets of the Bay Area. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction has appeared in numerous journals and in anthologies such as Kindergarde: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, and Stories for Children, Building is a Process / Light is an Element: essays and excursions for Myung Mi Kim, and Bay Poetics. She has done grant-supported writing residencies at VSC, Soul Mountain, Ragdale, NY Mills, and Hambidge, and has been a Headlands Center Affiliate Artist. sarahrosenthal.net

Teaching at the Edge: Poetic Pedagogies

Laura Semilian

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LAURA SEMILIAN's soprano voice resonates timeless musical stories with passion and nuance, enticing the imagination to experience known feelings in familiar yet forgotten context, engaging listeners at cultural sites and historical societies, and crossing over to popular radio, festivals and film.

Accompanying herself on harmonium or piano, and/or appearing with instrumental ensembles, Laura's evocative conceptual performances of Early and Victorian Americana, World, and Experimental music have been heard by guests in an uncommonly diverse range of venues, including Beyond Baroque, Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park, the President James K. Polk birthplace, the WSM Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, the Frist Art Museum, Viva! NashVegas Radio Show, Reed Gold Mine, Manhattan Inn, and El Taller Latino Americano.

She performs the classic "Lorena" in the contemporary narrative feature film A Great Lamp, screening most recently at the La Cinémathèque Française as part of their American Fringe Series after showing at Slamdance, Mammoth Lakes, and other film festivals nationwide.

Laura holds graduate degrees in history and music and studied with renowned soprano Virginia Zeani, winning first place in the Southeastern Region's Metropolitan Opera Competition. An innovative, interdisciplinary performer with facility in numerous genres and languages, she has performed her vocal settings of poetry by Will Alexander and George Quasha in collaborative performances with the poets, and composed scores for several films and documentaries.

Her book and journal credits include: art is (Speaking Portraits -- Performance Series) (2016, compilation by George Quasha); Gherasim Luca's Inventor of Love & Other Writings (2009, co-translator); Exquisite Corpse, The Brooklyn Rail, and Hyperion: on the Future of Aesthetics.

“To Laura -- Your voice naturally rings like pure silver from utopia” ---Will Alexander

Wanderer's Reeds - Poetry for soprano and harmonium

Rone Shavers

Rone Shavers

Rone Shavers is a writer who publishes in multiple genres. His fiction has appeared in various journals known for showcasing experimental work, including Another Chicago Magazine, Big Other, Identity Theory, Longform, Nth Word, PANK, and The Operating System, to name a few places. His non-fiction essays and essay-length reviews have appeared in such diverse publications as American Book Review, BOMB Magazine, EBR: Electronic Book Review, Fiction Writers Review, and The Quarterly Conversation. Shavers is fiction and hybrid genre editor at Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora, and he teaches courses in fiction and contemporary literature at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Prose/Poetics: Writers on the Line Between Prose and Poem
The Hyper-Poetics of the Visual Narrative

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. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Ecotone, Mid-American, Crab Orchard Review, Cimarron Review, and Willow Springs, among others. She teaches in the English Department at the University of Tennessee, and in 2017 she was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame.

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Sundress Publications Reading

Su Zi

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

Red Mare Press Table

Bronwen Tate

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Bronwen Tate teaches Writing and Literature at Marlboro College, a tiny radically egalitarian educational utopia buried in snow in southern Vermont. A citizen of the Chickasaw nation, Bronwen has an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Stanford University. She has published six poetry chapbooks, as well as poems in venues including Denver Quarterly, TYPO, and LIT and essays on the poetics of Lyn Hejinian, Bernadette Mayer, Frank Stanford, and others.

Prose/Poetics: Writers on the Line Between Prose and Poem
Poetics of Climate Change

Em Tielman

Em Tielman is a creative writer from Buffalo, NY. She is a third-year PhD student in English/Creative Writing at University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Her current works-in-progress, New Material and From a Lack, explore ecocritical, postcolonial, and affect theory, as well as linguistics. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing at raves and taking photos of insects.

Poet, who?: A Roundtable Discussion on being Un(der)published

Chris Tonelli

Chris Tonelli is a founding editor of the independent poetry press, Birds, LLC, and he curates the So & So Series and edits So & So Magazine. He is the author of five chapbooks and two full- length collections, most recently Whatever Stasis (Barrelhouse Books). He works in the Libraries at NC State and co-owns So & So Books in Raleigh, NC where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their two kids, Miles and Vera.

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Angela Narciso Torres

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Angela Narciso Torres is the author of Blood Orange, winner of the Willow Book Award. Her second collection, What Happens Is Neither, is forthcoming from Four Way Books, and a chapbook, To the Bone, from Sundress Publications. Recent work appears in POETRY, Cortland Review, and TriQuarterly. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Ragdale Foundation. She is a senior and reviews editor for RHINO.

Sundress Publications Reading

Rodrigo Toscano

Rodrigo Toscano’s newest book of poetry is In Range (Counterpath). His previous books include, Explosion Rocks SpringfieldDeck 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. 

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Hannah V Warren

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Hannah V Warren is a PhD student at the University of Georgia where she studies poetry and speculative narratives. Her chapbook [re]construction of the necromancer won Sundress Publications’ 2019 chapbook contest, and her works have haunted or will soon appear in Mid-American Review, Gris-Gris, and Prism Review. Find more on Hannah's website at hannahvwarren.com or on twitter @hannahvwarren

Visualizing Prose Poetry: Landscape, Dream Machines, and Transformation
Sundress Publications Reading

David Welch

David Welch is the author of Everyone Who Is Dead (Spork Press, 2018), and a chapbook, It Is Such a Good Thing to Be In Love with You (The Laurel Review/Midwest Chapbook Series, 2015). His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Cincinnati Review, Greensboro Review, and Pleiades. The recipient of the Poetry Society of America's Lucille Medwick Memorial Award and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, he lives in Chicago and teaches at DePaul University, where he is Assistant Director of Publishing & Outreach. Visit him virtually at www.davidwelch.me

A Celebration of Spork Press
Poetry & Gothic Regionalism

Dara Wier

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

Does Who You Are Affect Who Publishes You

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/

In the “Likeness” of Authenticity: Poetry, Appropriation and Identity

Alicia Wright

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Alicia Wright is originally from Georgia, and has received fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her poems appear in Ecotone, West Branch, Flag + Void, Indiana Review, Crazyhorse, and The Literary Review, among others. At present, Alicia is a PhD candidate in English & Literary Arts at the University of Denver, where she serves as Poetry Editor for Denver Quarterly and contributes to the Ploughshares blog.

Sites of History, Direction and Space in Poetry and Poetics

mychael zulauf

mychael zulauf is a poet, musician, publisher, and podcaster currently living in Baltimore. He runs akinoga press (a micro-press that specializes in hand-bound chapbooks) and hosts so...poetry? (a poetry conversation podcast). akinogapress.com       soundcloud.com/sopoetry     soundcloud.com/birdbase

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