Poets and Presenters (2021, nee 2020)

Ralph Adamo

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Ralph Adamo’s seventh collection of poems, Ever: Poems 2000-2014, was published by Lavender Ink. Previous volumes include Waterblind: New and Selected Poems (2002), and two of Lost Roads’ Publishers’ earliest books, Sadness at the Private University (1977) and The End of the World (1979. He also edited the selected poems of Everette Maddox. Among his awards are an LEA Individual Artist Grant in 1998, and a 2003 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry. He was recently made a full Professor of English at Xavier University, where he also edits Xavier Review.

Xavier Review & Xavier Review Press Table
Lavender Ink Reading

Nordette N. Adams

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Nordette N. Adams grew up in New Orleans. Her poetry has appeared in Scalawag Magazine, Rattle Magazine’s “Poets Respond,” About Place Journal, the collection Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press), and On a Wednesday Night (UNO Press) among others). She is also the newly appointed poetry editor of the Peauxdunque Review. Her essays have been included or referenced in multiple books and journals such as the Social Issues in Literature series by Greenhaven Press, as well as on websites such as Poets & WritersHuffPost, NOLA.com, Vox, and the Washington Post. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from the University of New Orleans. 

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

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
Sci Fi Fem: Empowering Women Through Speculative Poetry

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

Daniel Altenburg

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Daniel Altenburg received his MFA from the University of Arizona (2011) and his PhD in English-Creative Writing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2019). Daniel is interested in space, the familial, their intertwinement, and the vulgarities of colloquial and gendered language. His work has appeared in The Offending AdamBlazeVoxYalobusha ReviewThe HungerJuked, Gigantic Sequins, and on his website www.lettersofwreck.com. His book Flight is forthcoming from Spork Press.

Pressurized Writing through the Bi-Valves of Automatic Writing and Constraint: Workshop
A Celebration of Spork Press

Emily Barton Altman

Emily Barton Altman is the author of two chapbooks, "Bathymetry" (Present Tense Pamphlets, 2016), and "Alice Hangs Her Map" (dancing girl press, 2019). Recent poems are appearing or forthcoming in Bone Bouquet, Gigantic Sequins, The Iowa Review Online, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of a Poets & Writers Amy Award and received her MFA from New York University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver where she is a conversations editor for Denver Quarterly.

Sites of History, Direction and Space in Poetry and Poetics

Steven Alvarez

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Steven Alvarez is the author of The Codex Mojaodicus, winner of the Fence Modern Poets Prize. He has also authored the novels in verse The Pocho Codex and The Xicano Genome, both published by Editorial Paroxismo, and the chapbooks, Tonalamatl, El Segundo's Dream Notes (Letter [r] Press), Un/documented, Kentucky (winner of the Rusty Toque Chapbook Prize), and Six Poems from the Codex Mojaodicus (winner of the Seven Kitchens Press Rane Arroyo Poetry Prize). His work has appeared in the Best Experimental Writing, Anomaly, Asymptote, Berkeley Poetry Review, Fence, MAKE, The Offing, and Waxwing. Follow Steven on Instagram @stevenpaulalvarez and Twitter @chastitellez.

Codices of the Borderlands: A Latinx Poetics Performance

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

Cassandra Atherton

Cassandra Atherton is an award-winning and widely anthologised Australian prose poet. She is the recipient of many grants and prizes, including an Australia Council Grant and Victoria Arts Grant to write a book of prose poetry on the atomic bomb. Her most recent books of prose poetry are Touch (2019), Pre-Raphaelite (2018), Pikadon (2018), Trace (2015), Exhumed (2015). She is currently a commissioning editor for Westerly magazine and series editor of Spineless Wonders’ annual microliterature anthologies. She is co-writing Prose Poetry: An Introduction (Princeton University Press) and co-editing The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry (Melbourne University Press) with Paul Hetherington. Her website is: http://cassandra-atherton.com/

Bursting out of the frame: Writing ekphrastic poetry and its connection to visual art

Sarah Audsley

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Sarah Audsley has received support for her work from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio. Recent work can be found in Four Way Review, The Massachusetts Review, Memorious, Scoundrel Time, and Tupelo Quarterly, among others. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and serves as the Staff Artist, Writing Program Coordinator at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.

Fractured Prisms: Rendering Narratives with Poetic Sequence

Angela Ball

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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

Taneum Bambrick

Taneum Bambrick is the author of Vantage, which was selected by Sharon Olds for the 2019 APR Honickman First Book Award (Copper Canyon Press). Her chapbook, Reservoir, was selected by Ocean Vuong for the 2017 Yemassee Chapbook Prize. A Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the New Yorker, Academy of American Poets, PEN, and elsewhere. 

Crossing the Line: Poetry of Violence and Boundaries

Randy Bates

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Randy Bates has published a poetry chapbook and poems in Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and others.

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

John Beer

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John Beer is the author of Lucinda (Canarium Books, 2016) and The Waste Land and Other Poems (Canarium, 2010) and the editor of Poems (1962-1997) by Robert Lax (Wave Books, 2013). He lives in Portland and teaches at Portland State University.

Prose/Poetics: Writers on the Line between Poetry and Prose

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

Joseph Bienvenu

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Joseph Bienvenu is a poet, teacher, and graphic designer. He is the author of the visual poetry chapbook Cottonmouth Incarnate (Convulsive editions, 2017), Atom Parlor ( BlazeVOX 2010, second edition Hobby Horse 2016), Cocktail Poems (Hobby Horse 2011), and Pool Hall Quartet (Verna Press, 2008). His translation of the poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus was published by Diálogos (2013). Joseph is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, where he lives and teaches Latin and Creative Writing at a local high school. He received his B.A. in Classics from Loyola University of Chicago and his M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. You can find out more about his work at josephbienvenu.com. Joseph is also the producer and co-host of the No Good Poetry podcast.

Surrealism, Cognitive Science, Recursive Neural Networks, and Associational Pattern Development in Poetry

Partridge Boswell

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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

Cassandra J. Bruner

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Cassandra J. Bruner, the 2019-2020 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow, earned her MFA from Eastern Washington University. A transfeminine poet and essayist, their writing has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Third Coast, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, The Wishbone Dress (Bull City Press 2020), won the 2019 Frost Place Competition. Currently, she lives in Madison, teaching at University of Wisconsin.

Bodily Transformations: Reclaiming the Self

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

Christopher Carmona

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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.

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Dorothy Chan

Dorothy Chan is the author of Chinese Girl Strikes Back (Spork Press, forthcoming), Revenge of the Asian Woman (Diode Editions, March 2019), Attack of the Fifty-Foot Centerfold (Spork Press, 2018), and the chapbook Chinatown Sonnets (New Delta Review, 2017). She is a 2019 recipient of the Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing from Cornell University, a 2014 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and her work has appeared in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets, The Cincinnati Review, Quarterly West, The Offing, and elsewhere. Chan is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Poetry Editor of Hobart. Visit her website at dorothypoetry.com

A Celebration of Spork Press

Isaac Chavarria

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Isaac Chavarría is a pocho from deep south Tejas. His work assisting non-profit organizations has produced over 20 chapbook titles for workshop participants. His poems are in Label Me Latina/o, 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. His collaboration as a member of the Coalition of Nuevo Chican@ Artists developed into a co-edited book titled Nuev@s Voces Poeticas: A Dialogue About New Chican@ Identities. He is the current Co-Editor of Interstice, the literary journal of South Texas College, and co-runs a mobile book stor

Carnalitx Mobile Bookstore

Ching-In Chen

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Ching-In Chen (www.chinginchen.com) is author of The Heart's Traffic  and recombinantwinner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. Chen is also the co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities and Here Is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman PoetsThey have received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole, Can Serrat and Imagining America and are a part of Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. Their work has appeared in The Best American Experimental Writing anTroubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. A poetry editor of the Texas Review, they teach creative writing at Sam Houston State University.

Queer Asian American Experiments in Performance
Teaching at the Edge: Poetic Pedagogies

Chen Chen

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Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, the Texas Book Award for Poetry, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. Bloodaxe Books will publish a UK edition in June 2019. Chen's work appears in many publications, including Tin House, Poem-a-Day, The Best American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Texas Tech University. Currently he is the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University. 

To Play is To Collaborate is To Queer: A Workshop

Franny Choi

Franny Choi is the author of Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014). She is a Kundiman Fellow, a 2019 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, and a graduate of the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers Program. She co-hosts the podcast VS alongside fellow poet Danez Smith and is currently a Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in English at Williams College.

Queer Asian American Experiments in Performance

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

Julia Cohen

Julia Cohen's most recent book is a hybrid collection, I Was Not Born (Noemi Press, 2014). Her poetry books are Collateral Light (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2014) and Triggermoon Triggermoon (Black Lawrence Press, 2011). Her work appears in journals like Juked, The Rumpus, Boston Review, BOMB, DIAGRAM, and Entropy. With Abby Hagler, she curates an interview series about authors early childhood obsessions at Tarpaulin Sky. She can be found at www.juliacohenwriter.com.

 

Object Impermanence: A Generative Workshop in the Anthropocene
Poetry & Gothic Regionalism

Hannah Cohen

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Hannah Cohen received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and lives in Virginia. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Bad Anatomy (Glass Poetry Press, 2018). She is a former contributing editor for Platypus Press and currently co-edits the online journal Cotton Xenomorph. Recent and forthcoming publications include Cherry Tree, Berfrois, The Rumpus, Entropy, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere. She’s a Best of the Net 2018 finalist and a Pushcart Prize nominee.

The Transgressive Spirit of Jewish Poetics

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

Nancy Dixon

Nancy Dixon was born in Karachi, Pakistan, while her father was stationed there in the military. Her sojourns eventually brought her to New Orleans. For many years she worked at the famed Matassa's Bar on St. Philip. She finished her BA and MA at the University of New Orleans, then left NOLA for a short time to work on her doctorate at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She completed the program in record time, only four years, and her dissertation was later published by LSU Press as Fortune and Misery: Sallie Rhett Roman of New Orleans in 1999. This book won the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) Humanities Book of the Year award in 2000. More recently, she edited N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature, published by Lavender Ink in 2013.

Poetry and the Landscape of Corruption

Mitchell L. H. Douglas

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Mitchell L. H. Douglas is the author of dying in the scarecrow’s arms\blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award, and Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, an NAACP Image Award and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee. His poetry has appeared in CallalooQuarterly West, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop among others. He is a cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem graduate, and Associate Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Visit mitchelldouglaspoetry.com  for more information.

On Our Own Terms: A Reading

Jai Dulani

Jai Dulani is a Desi queer writer and artist whose work has appeared in SAMAR, bustingbinaries, Black Girl Dangerous, Teachers & Writers, and the anthology, “Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic.” Dulani has been a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellow, a VONA/ Voices Fellow, a BCAT/ Rotunda Gallery Multi-Media Artist-in-Residence, and an Open City Fellow through the Asian American Writers Workshop. Dulani is co-editor of the anthology The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities, with Ching-In Chen and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. He is currently Assistant Managing Editor of the Bellingham Review and an MFA candidate at Western Washington University.

Queer Asian American Experiments in Performance

Marcella Durand

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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
Bay Area Poets Reading

Michael Tod Edgerton

Michael Tod Edgerton

Michael Tod Edgerton is a queer poet and author of Vitreous Hide (Lavender Ink 2013). His poems have appeared previously as the winner of the Boston Review and Five Fingers Review contests, and in Coconut, Denver Quarterly, EOAGH, InterimNew American Writing, New Orleans Review, Posit, and Sonora Review, among other journals. He holds an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and a PhD in English from the University of Georgia.You can check out Tod’s ongoing participatory text and sound project, What Most Vividly, at WhatMostVividly.com. He lives in the city that used to be San Francisco and teaches at San Jos​é State University.

Poetry and the Landscape of Corruption

Samantha Edmonds

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Samantha Edmonds is the author of the chapbooks Pretty to Think So (Selcouth Station Press, 2019) and The Space Poet (forthcoming from Split Lip Press, 2020). Her fiction has appeared in such journals as Ninth Letter, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, among others. Her nonfiction has been published or is forthcoming in Gay Magazine, The Rumpus, Literary Hub, Ploughshares, VICE, Bustle, and more. Currently, she interns at The Missouri Review and works as the Assistant Fiction Editor for Sundress Publications, as well as the Fiction Editor for Doubleback Review; she has formerly served as the Fiction Editor for Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts and as the Community Outreach Director for Sundress Academy for the Arts. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA from the University of Tennessee. Originally from Ohio, she now lives in Columbia, MO, where she's a PhD candidate in fiction at the University of Missouri. Visit her online at www.samanthaedmonds.com

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

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

Joanna Englert

Joanna Englert is a poet based in Louisville, KY, where she works as the marketing and publicity director for Sarabande Books. In 2016, she received her MA in English at the University of Louisville, where she also taught as a composition instructor. Her poetry has appeared in The Pinch, Miracle Monocle, Ariel, and elsewhere. Most recently, she collaborated with Louisville Ballet to bring her poetry to the stage.

Sarabande Books Table

Annie Finch

Annie Finch is a feminist poet, memoirist, nonfiction writer, translator, prosodist, verse playwright, editor, and critic.  Her books include The Poetry Witch Little Book of Spells, Spells: New and Selected Poems, A Poet’s Craft, The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self, Calendars, shortlisted for the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year Award, and Among the Goddesses, which received the Sarasvati Award for Poetry.  She is also the editor or coeditor of nine anthologies, including Choice Words: Writers on Abortion, forthcoming from Haymarket Books. Annie's poetry has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Poetry, onstage at Carnegie Hall, and in The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Based in Washington, DC, she travels to share her poetry and to teach workshops on poetic meter and craft and on Women, Poetry, and Spirituality. 

Poetics of Climate Change

Norman Fischer

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Norman Fischer is a poet, essayist, and Zen Buddhist priest. The latest of his more than twenty-five prose and poetry titles are the serial poems Untitled Series: Life As It Is (Talisman House) and On a Train At Night (Presse Universite de Rouen et Havre). His latest prose works are The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path and Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion. He is the founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation (www.everydayzen.org), a network of Zen meditation groups and other projects.

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

Jessica Royce Fischoff

Jessica Fischoff is the Editor and Owner of [PANK], the Editor and Owner of American Poetry Journal, Editor of the upcoming Pittsburgh Anthology (Dostoyevsky Wannabe 2020), and the author of the little book of poems, "The Desperate Measure of Undoing" (ATM 2019). Her thoughts on editing appear in Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry and Frontier Poetry. Her writing appears in Southampton Review, Yemassee, Diode, Fjords Review and Creative Nonfiction.

Sci Fi Fem: Empowering Women Through Speculative Poetry

Barry Fitzpatrick

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Barry Fitzpatrick's work has been published in Xavier Review and Pioneers; Shaping the Ameican Landscape (prior to her MFA she worked for many years as a landscape architect).

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

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

Ariel Francisco Henriquez Cos

Ariel Francisco is the author of A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship (Burrow Press, 2020) and All My Heroes Are Broke (C&R Press, 2017). A poet and translator born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Miami, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, The Academy of American Poets, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Queens.

Friday Night Feature

Esme Franklin

Woman with brown hair leaning on a crumbling wall

Esme Franklin is a poet living in New Orleans. She holds a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. Her work can be found in Fairy Tale Review, Peauxdunque Review, Comstock Review, The Asheville Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

Fractured Prisms: Rendering Narratives with Poetic Sequences
Strengthening Local Literary Community through Non-Institutional Workshops

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

Kim Harvey

Kim Harvey is a San Francisco Bay Area poet and Associate Editor at Palette Poetry. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. You can find her work in Poets Reading the News, Rattle, Radar, Barren Magazine, 3Elements Review, Typishly, Wraparound SouthBlack Bough Poetry, and elsewhereShe is the 1st Prize winner of the Comstock Review’s 2019 Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award and the 3rd Prize winner of the 2019 Barren Press Poetry Contest. Twitter: @kimharveypoet. Instagram: @luna_jack. Web: www.kimharvey.net.

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

Carolyn Hembree

Carolyn Hembree

Carolyn Hembree was born in Bristol, Tennessee. Her debut poetry collection, Skinny, came out from Kore Press in 2012. In 2016, Trio House Books published her second collection, Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague, selected by Neil Shepard for the 2015 Trio Award and by Stephanie Strickland for the 2015 Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review,Gulf Coast, Indiana ReviewPoetry Daily, and other publications. She received a 2016-2017 ATLAS grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents and has also received grants and fellowships from PEN, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Southern Arts Federation. The University of New Orleans International Alumni Association selected her for the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award. Carolyn serves as poetry editor of Bayou Magazine.

Finishing the Book: The Final Draft

Paul Hetherington

Paul Hetherington

Paul Hetherington has published numerous poetry books, most recently Palace of Memory: An Elegy (RWP, 2019) and Moonlight on Oleander: Prose Poems (UWAP, 2018). He has won or been shortlisted for more than 20 national and international awards and competitions and undertook an Australia Council Residency at the BR Whiting Studio in Rome in 2015-16. Paul is Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra, head of the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), and one of the founding editors of the international online journal Axon: Creative Explorations. He founded the International Prose Poetry Group in 2014.

Bursting out of the frame: Writing ekphrastic poetry and its connection to visual art

Jeanne Heuving

Jeanne Heuving is the author of Mood Indigo (selva oscura press 2019), and the co-editor, along with Tyrone Williams, of Inciting Poetics: Thinking and Writing Poetry (Recencies Series, University of New Mexico Press, 2019).  She recently published The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics in the Modern and Contemporary Poetics series (University of Alabama Press 2016). Her cross genre book Incapacity (Chiasmus Press) won a 2004 Book of the Year Award from Small Press Traffic.  Other books include Transducer (Chax 2008), and Omissions Are Not Accidents:  Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore (Wayne State U Press 1992)Recent poetry and prose appears in the following collections and journals: Dispatches from the Poetry Wars, Hambone, Lute & Drum, Golden Handcuffs Review, The Fate of Difficulty in Contemporary Poetry, Resist Much / Obey Little and Solidarity. Heuving is a professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Science program at the University of Washington (UW) Bothell and is on the graduate faculty in the English Department at UW Seattle.  She founded the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics at UW Bothell and served as its first director. She is the recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Simpson Humanities Center, and the Beinecke Library at Yale.

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

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

Giancarlo Huapaya

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Giancarlo Huapaya (Lima, Peru) has published three collections of poetry: Taller Sub Verso (Sub Verse Workshop), Polisexual, Estado y contemplación/Canción de canción se gana (State and contemplation/Song by song it´s won). His poems and translations have appeared in the anthologies 4M3R1C4 (Chile), Aguas Móviles (Peru), Cholos (Guatemala), OOMPH! (US), and in the journals Erizo (Mexico-US), Buenos Aires Poetry (Argentina), Poesía (Venezuela), Zunái (Brazil), Jacket2 (US), Anomaly (US), Tripwire (US), and Periódico de Poesía de la UNAM (Mexico), among others. He is founder and editor of Cardboard House Press, a nonprofit publishing house for Latin American and Spanish literature-in-translation. As a curator of visual poetry, he has presented exhibitions at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco and the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson. In 2016, he edited the anthology Pulenta Pool: Peruvian Poets in the United States for Hostos Review. As literary translator, he has translated into Spanish work by Muriel Rukeyser, C.D Wright, Susan Briante, Carmen Giménez Smith, and Alli Warren.

Three Latinx poets writing in/from the United States (Tijuana—San Francisco—El Paso)

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

Juyanne James

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Juyanne James is the author of The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories (Chin Music Press, 2015), her debut collection of 17 stories in which she interprets the African American experience in Louisiana, as well as a recently published memoir, Table Scraps and Other Essays (Resource Publications, 2019). James is an Associate Professor of English at University of Holy Cross in New Orleans. Her stories and essays have been published in journals such as The Louisville Review, Mythium, Bayou Magazine, Eleven Eleven, and Thrice, and in the anthologies New Stories from the South 2009 (Algonquin) and Something in the Water: 20 Louisiana Stories (Portals Press, 2011). She also wrote a story, "You Don't Know Me, Child," for Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts Project. Her essay “Table Scraps” was a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2014.

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

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

Jennifer Karmin

Jennifer Karmin’s multidisciplinary work has transpired at festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets across the U.S., Cuba, Japan, Kenya, and Europe.  Her performances have been featured at venues such as the Poetry Project, the Walker Art Center, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and Woodland Pattern Book Center.  Widely published in anthologies and journals, her books include the text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice and The Sexual Organs of the IRS a collaboration with Bernadette Mayer.  She teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College in Chicago and has been a Visiting Writer at Naropa University, Oberlin College, California Institute of the Arts, plus a myriad of sites.  Since 2005, she has curated the Red Rover Series and often devised large-scale ensembles of writers improvising together.

SLOW SPARKS: A Collaborative Performance
Polyvocal Strategies: On & Off the Page

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 ENTROPYTarpaulin Sky, and 680 Split. 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

Dark-haired woman smiling

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

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

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

Melisa Machado, uruguayan poet

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.

http://melisamachado.blogspot.com/

Friday Night Feature (I am all women)
South-North: Global and Inclusive Poetry: Table

Ashik Mahmud

Ashik Mahmud is a poet from Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is currently pursuing a PhD in English (Literature and Cultural Studies) at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. His creative interests include postcolonial subjectivity, nature, and romance. He's addicted to online shopping, yet still considers himself a Marxist.

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

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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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.

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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

C.I. Marshall

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C. I. Marshall has a MFA in Creative Writing from CA State University, Long Beach. Editor for ARTLIFE, Marshall’s poems have appeared in Verdad, Spillway, Packinghouse Review, Beyond the Lyric Moment: Poetry Inspired by Workshops with David St. John, ELKE, Kakalak, The Broad River Review and The Manzano Mountain Review. Marshall’s poem won the 2018 Verve International Poetry Festival Contest, Birmingham, UK. Website: consuelom.wordpress.com Twitter: @consuelopoet

Sci Fi Fem: Empowering Women Through Speculative Poetry

Laura Mattingly

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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.

 

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

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

Jennifer Maritza McCauley

Jennifer Maritza McCauley teaches at the University of Missouri, where she is working on her PhD in creative writing and literature. She is also Poetry Editor at The Missouri Review and fiction editor at Pleiades. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, CantoMundo, Kimbilio, and Sundress Academy of the Arts. Her most recent work appears in Columbia Journal, Passages North, The Los Angeles Review, Breakbeat Poets Anthology Volume 4: LatiNEXT (Haymarket Books), and elsewhere. Her cross-genre collection SCAR ON/SCAR OFF is now available from Stalking Horse Press.

Prose/Poetics: Writers on the Line between Prose and Poem
Crossing the Line: Poetry of Violence and Boundaries

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
Bay Area Poets Reading

Jenny Molberg

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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

Peter Money

Los Lorcas band member: poet Peter Money

Peter Money, performing with the Vermont based poetry band Los Lorcas (with bandmates Partridge Boswell and Nat Williams), has published several books since 1991 including American Drone: New & Select Poems (2013), the hybrid novella Che (2010), Saadi Youssef translations with Sinan Antoon Nostalgia, My Enemy (2012), the Irish novel Oh When The Saints (2019), and a spoken word & music CD Blue Square (with composer Mike Sal). For comics fans, Peter has collaborated with Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch, and James Sturm--where his cameo appears in Marvel’s Unstable Molecules, The Fantastic Four prequel, as the poet Joey King. Peter has been the director of Harbor Mountain Press and previously edited the magazine Lame Duck and journal Across Borders. For more info, see petermoney.com and on Twitter: @OhSaintsnovel.

Los Lorcas: Poetry in Concert

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

Abiodun Oyewole

Abiodun Oyewole

Abiodun Oyewole is a poet, teacher and founding member of the American music and spoken-word group The Last Poets, usually considered to be the first hip hop group. As critic Jason Ankeny wrote, "With their politically charged raps, taut rhythms, and dedication to raising African-American consciousness, the Last Poets almost single-handedly laid the groundwork for the emergence of hip-hop." The group was born on May 19, 1968, Malcolm X's birthday, when Abiodun and two others, David Nelson and Gylan Kain, read poetry in tribute to Malcolm X. 
Oyewole was forced to leave the group when he was sent to prison in North Carolina. While there, he became eligible for study release and began formal education. He earned an undergraduate degree in Raleigh and went on to earn a doctorate from Columbia University. He currently tours the world giving performances and lectures. He is the author of Branches of the Tree of Life: The Collected Poems of Abiodun Oyewole 1969-2013 and On A Mission: Selected Poems and a History of the Last Poets. 

Article on The Last Poets in The Guardian

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Saturday Night Feature

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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Poetry and the Landscape of Corruption

Jonathan Penton

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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), Standards of Sadiddy (Lit Fest Press, 2016), and the free e-chap BACKSTORIES (Argotist Ebooks, 2017). He serves as Webmonkey for this site, NOLAPoetry.com. Photo by David Carlisle.

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Bursting out of the frame: Writing ekphrastic poetry and its connection to visual art
Unlikely Books / Rigorous Table

Omar Pimienta

Omar Pimienta is an artist and writer who lives and works in the San Diego / Tijuana border region. His artistic practice examines questions of identity, trans-nationality, emergency poetics, landscape and memory.  He is currently a Ph.D candidate in Literature at UCSD and has received his MFA in Visual Arts from the same institution. He has published four books of poetry. He has won the Emilio Prado 10th International Publication prize from the Centro Cultural Generación del 27 Malaga Spain for Escribo desde Aquí. His most resent book Album of Fences was published by Cardboard House Press this 2018 as a bilingual edition.  www.omarpimienta.com 

Three Latinx poets writing in/from the United States (Tijuana—San Francisco—El Paso)

Megan Pinto

Megan Pinto's poetry can be found or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Meridian, The Common, and elsewhere. She has received scholarships from Bread Loaf and the Port Townsend Writer's Conference, and an Amy Award from Poets & Writers. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson.

Fractured Prisms: Rendering Narratives with Poetic Sequences

Randy Prunty

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Randy Prunty lives in Oakland, California where he works as a bus driver. In 2019 the micro-press Ethel published his chapbook Red Wax. Previous chapbooks include Pretend I’m Me (Moria,) Van Gogh Talks and Delusiveness (Thirdness,) and Fish Log (Lavender Ink). Recent work has appeared in talking about strawberries all of the time,
Caliban, New American Writing, where is the river, Marsh Hawk Review, and the tiny. He's married to poet Elizabeth Robinson.

Bay Area Poets Reading

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
Bay Area Poets Reading

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 several books and chapbooks including The Grass Is Greener When the Sun Is Yellow (The Operating System, 2019; a collaboration with Valerie Witte) Lizard (Chax, 2016), and Manhatten (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009). She edited A Community Writing Itself: Conversations with Vanguard Writers of the Bay Area (Dalkey Archive, 2010). She has done grant-supported writing residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Soul Mountain, Ragdale, New York Mills, Hambidge, and This Will Take Time, and has been a Headlands Center Affiliate Artist. She lives in San Francisco where she works as a Life & Professional Coach, develops curricula for the Center for the Collaborative Classroom, and serves on the California Book Awards jury. More at sarahrosenthal.net. 

Teaching at the Edge: Poetic Pedagogies

Christina Rothenbeck

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Christina Rothenbeck is an instructor at Louisiana State University. She is the author of the chapbook Girls in Art, and her poems have appeared in Sugar House Review, Bone Bouquet, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from West Virginia University and a PhD from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Bodily Transformations: Reclaiming the Self

Jenny Sadre-Orafai

Jenny Sadre-Orafai is the author of Malak and Paper Cotton LeatherBook of Levitations, her poetry collection with Anne Champion, was published this year by Trembling Pillow Press. Recent poetry appears in Cream City ReviewNinth LetterThe Cortland Review, and Hotel Amerika. Recent prose appears in Fourteen Hills and The Collagist. She is co-founding editor of Josephine Quarterly, Professor of English at Kennesaw State University, and Executive Director of Georgia Writers Association.

 

Trembling Pillow Press Reading

Anna Sandy-Elrod

Anna Sandy-Elrod is the current Editor in Chief of New South Journal, as well as of Birdcoat Quarterly. She is a PhD student studying poetry at Georgia State University, where she also teaches. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in the Santa Ana River Review, Green Mountains Review, Arkana, North American Review, Calyx, Threepenny Review, and others. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and three cats.

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Making & Remaking Myth: Old Stories for Modern Chaos

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

Spencer Silverthorne

Spencer Silverthorne's chapbook Premium Brawn was a finalist in the Bateau Press Keel Chapbook Contest. His work is published in Assaracus, Bending GenresPermafrost Magazine, Tammy, Yes Poetry, and others. Spencer received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of New Orleans, and is now a PhD student in English and Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
 

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

Sandra Simonds

Sandra Simonds is an award-winning author of seven books of poetry: Atopia (Wesleyan University Press, forthcoming in Fall, 2019), Orlando, (Wave Books, forthcoming in 2018), Further Problems with Pleasure, winner of the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize from the University of Akron Press, Steal It Back (Saturnalia Books, 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012), and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems have been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Best American Poetry 2015 and 2014 and have appeared in many literary journals, including Poetry, the American Poetry Review, the Chicago Review, Granta, Boston ReviewPloughshares, Fence, Court Green, and Lana Turner. In 2013, she won a Readers’ Choice Award for her sonnet “Red Wand,” which was published on Poets.org, the Academy of American Poets website. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is an Associate professor of English and Humanities at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia.

Transgressive Spirit of Jewish Poetics

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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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.

Unlikely Books / Rigorous Table

Heidi Lynn Staples

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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, 2018), a grant-supported collection using field-research to consider attachment and becoming a poet-of-place in Alabama. She is a founding faculty coordinator of the EcoLit Arts Project: Mobile-Tenesaw Basin, a bioregional interdisciplinary arts initiative; and with the poet Amy King, Staples is coeditor and cofounder 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 (BlazeVOX, 2017).

Healing Measures: Poetry as a technology for creating resilience

Mark Statman

Mark Statman has written ten books; his most recent is the book of poems Exile Home (Lavender Ink 2019). Statman’s other 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). His translation collections include Never Made in America: Selected Poetry of Martín Barea Mattos (Lavender Ink/diálogos, 2017), as well as Black Tulips: The Selected Poems of José María Hinojosa (University of New Orleans Press, 2012), the first English language translation of the significant poet of Spain’s Generation of 1927, and, with Pablo Medina, a translation of Federico García Lorca's Poet in New York (Grove 2008), Statman’s poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in fifteen anthologies, as well as such publications as New American Writing, Tin House, Hanging Loose, Ping Pong, and American Poetry Review. A recipient of awards from the NEA and the National Writers Project, he is Emeritus Professor of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School, and lives in San Pedro Ixtlahuaca and Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, MX.

Poetry and the Landscape of Corruption
Lavender Ink 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

Billie R. Tadros

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Billie R. Tadros is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Theatre at The University of Scranton. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her M.F.A. in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and she is a graduate of the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University. She is the author of three books of poems, Graft Fixation (forthcoming from Gold Wake Press, 2021), Was Body (Indolent Books, 2020), and The Tree We Planted and Buried You In (Otis Books, 2018). You can find more of her and her work at www.BillieRTadros.com.

Small Press Reading IV

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.

Birds, LLC Table

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. 

NOPF Board

Paul Tran

Paul Tran is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from Poetry Magazine and Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Their work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry, Good Morning America, NYLON, and elsewhere, including the Netflix movie Love Beats Rhymes with Azealia Banks, Common, and Jill Scott. They are the Poetry Editor at The Offing and Senior Poetry Fellow in The Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Queer Asian American Experiments in Performance

Lindsay Turner

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Lindsay Turner is the author of Songs & Ballads (Prelude Books, 2018). Her translations from the French include adagio ma non troppo, by Ryoko Sekiguchi (Les Figues Press, 2018) and The Next Loves, by Stéphane Bouquet (Nightboat Books), as well as several books of contemporary philosophy. She is the recipient of a 2017 French Voices Grant for her translation of Stéphane Bouquet’s Common Life, forthcoming from Nightboat in 2022. Originally from northeast Tennessee, she holds an A.B. from Harvard College, a Masters in cinema from the Université Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle, an M.F.A. in poetry from New York University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

In and Out of French: A Poetry Translation Roundtable

Teresa Villa-Ignacio

Teresa Villa-Ignacio

Teresa Villa-Ignacio is a translator, critic and scholar who explores contemporary poetic interventions in ethical philosophy, postcolonial liberation movements, discourses of globalization, and social justice activism. She is the co-editor of Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics (Stanford University Press, 2016) and has contributed translations of texts by Moroccan artists to Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents (New York: MOMA, 2018). Her current book project examines the centrality of ethics in relations of translation and collaboration among France- and U.S.-based contemporary poets. She is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Stonehill College.

In and Out of French: A Poetry Translation Roundtable

Jose Antonio Villarán

Jose Antonio Villarán (Perú/México/Estados Unidos) is the author of two books of poetry: la distancia es siempre la misma (Matalamanga, 2006) & el cerrajero (Album del Universo Bakterial, 2012); one book of translation, Album of Fences, by Omar Pimienta (Cardboard House Press, 2018); and creator of the AMLT project (http://amlt-elcomienzo.blogspot.pe), an exploration of hypertext literature and collective authorship. His third book, titled open pit, is forthcoming from AUB in 2020. He holds an MFA in Writing from the University of California in San Diego and is currently a PhD Candidate in Literature at the University of California in Santa Cruz. He lives in the Excelsior of San Francisco. 

 

Three Latinx poets writing in/from the United States (Tijuana-San Francisco-El Paso)

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

Sam Herschel Wein

Sam Herschel Wein is a Chicago based poet who specializes in perpetual frolicking. Their first chapbook, Fruit Mansion (Split Lip Press, 2017) was selected as the winner of the 2016 Turnbuckle Chapbook prize. Their second chapbook, Gesundheit! a collaboration with Chen Chen, is forthcoming from Glass Poetry Press in fall 2019. He co-founded and edits Underblong Journal. Recent poems can be found in Hobart Pulp, Connotation Press, and Bat City Review, among others. They can be found in the cheese aisle of most stores, in the middle of a hug, or editing poems at your local coffee shop.

To Play is To Collaborate is To Queer: A Workshop

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

avery r. young

Interdisciplinary artist avery r. young is also an award-winning teaching artist who has been an Arts and Public Life Artist-In-Residence at the University of Chicago. In the foreword of his most recent book neckbone: visual verses (Northwestern University Press), Theaster Gates called him “one of our greatest living street poets...one of the most important thinkers on the Black experience,” Black Grooves referred to his most recent album tubman. (FPE Records) as “brilliant” and “supremely funky.” Young’s poems and essays have been published in Cecil McDonald's In The Company of Black, The BreakBeat Poets, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, AIMPrint, and other anthologies. His album booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid engages matters of race, gender, and sexuality in America during the Obama Era. Avery’s work in performance, visual text, and sound design has been featured in several exhibitions and theatre festivals---notably The Hip Hop Theatre Festival, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and American Jazz Museum.   He is the featured vocalist on flutist Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening (FPE Records) and is 1 of 4 directors of The Floating Museum, co-mentoring Rebirth Youth Poetry Ensemble and performing with his band, de deacon board.

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Workshop: see, what had happened was: memory maps
On Our Own Terms: A Reading

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

Akinoga Press Table