Poets and Presenters 2021

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

Antonio Angel Agudelo

Antonio Angel Agudelo (Villaviciosa de Córdoba, Spain, 1968), prize winning and critically acclaimed poet and essayist, studied at the Universidad Laboral de Córdoba. Of note are the following collections of poetry: El Sueño de Ibiza (Diputación Provincial de Córdoba, 2008), Madreagua (Depapel, 2012), La Central Térmica (Depapel, 2012), El Mundo Líquido (Celya, 2014), El cielo ajedrez (El sastre de Apollinaire, 2016), El Atleta del Abismo (2018, Catorcebis), and El oro de un rayo donde cabe el universo (Elvo, 2019). He has also contributed to the anthology Paisajes Corchúos (Diputación Provincial de Córdoba, 2009).

Charles Alexander

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

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

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

Soledad Álvarez

Soledad Álvarez

Soledad Álvarez (b. Santo Domingo, 1950) is a poet, essayist, and studied Latin American Literature at the University of Havana. In 1980 she won the Siboney Essay Prize with the book La magna patria de Pedro Henríquez Ureña. Soledad has won the National Poetry Prize on two occasions: in 2006, with Las estaciones íntimas and in 2016 with Autobiografía en el agua. In 2015 she was awarded the Caonabo Prize. As an essayist she has published Complicidades. Ensayos y comentarios sobre literatura dominicana (1998), De primera intención. Essays and commentaries on literature (2009) and Dominican Republic. Paisaje. Cultura (2013). In collaboration, El siglo XX dominicano. Economía, política, pensamiento y literatura (Codetel, 1999) and Cultura y sociedad en la República Dominicana (El Siglo, 2000). As a poet, in addition to the aforementioned books, she published Vuelo posible in 1994. As an anthologist she has published the books La ciudad en nosotros (2008) and Santo Domingo. Visiones de la ciudad (2010). She was director of the magazine País Cultural. Her poems have been translated into English, French, Italian and German.

Lit Balm: A Dominican Night to Honor Rhina P. Espaillat

Zack Anderson

Zack Anderson is a poet and translator from Wyoming, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame MFA program, and a PhD student at the University of Georgia. His chapbook The Outlaw, The Red Ghost, Half-Lives, a Photogram Exposed by the Dirt was published by The Magnificent Field in 2021. His book reviews and critical writings can be found in Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, and the Action Books blog, and his poems have recently appeared in Fairy Tale Review, New Delta Review, and Dreginald.

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

Jessie Askinazi

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Jessie Askinazi is an interdisciplinary creative and cultural documentarian. Her poetry has been published in Dream Pop Press and Dreginald, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize as well as Best of the Net. You can find her hosting the podcast The Crimson Coyote, which is about healing personal and cultural wounds through creativity. She is currently working on a collection of poems about the Jewish Holocaust.

Visit https://www.jessieaskinazi.com/ for more.


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

Angela Ball

Angela Ball

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

Does Who You Are Affect Who Publishes You

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 and The Waste Land and Other Poems, and editor of Poems (1963-1997) by Robert Lax. He teaches at Portland State University in Oregon.

Rosebud Ben-Oni

Rosebud Ben-Oni is the winner of 2019 Alice James Award for If This Is the Age We End Discovery (2021), and the author of turn around, BRXGHT XYXS (Get Fresh Books, 2019) and 20 Atomic Sonnets (Black Warrior Review, 2020). She is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a 2013 CantoMundo Fellowship. Her work appears in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Poetry Society of America (PSA), The Poetry Review (UK), Tin House, Guernica, among others. In 2017, her poem "Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark" was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in NYC.

Oliver Baez Bendorf

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Oliver Baez Bendorf works with language to imagine new possibilities for gender and nature. He is the author of two collections of poems, Advantages of Being Evergreen (CSU Poetry Center, 2019) and The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State U., 2015). He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant (2021) and the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award (2020) from The Publishing Triangle. He has been a Fellow at Vermont Studio Center and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, where he held the Halls Emerging Artist Fellowship (2017-2018). He is a CantoMundo fellow. His writing has appeared in recent or forthcoming issues of American Poetry Review, BOMB, Orion, Transgender Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa, he is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

Poetics of Climate Change

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

Bruce Bond

Bruce Bond

Bruce Bond is the author of twenty-eight books including, most recently, Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave, 2019), Words Written Against the Walls of the City (LSU, 2019), Scar (Etruscan, 2020), Behemoth (New Criterion Prize, Criterion Books), The Calling (Parlor, 2021), and Patmos (Juniper Prize, UMass, 2021).  His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including seven editions of Best American Poetry.  Presently he teaches part-time as a Regents Emeritus Professor of English at the University of North Texas and performs classical and jazz guitar in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Lit Balm: The Magic Show

Partridge Boswell

Partridge Boswell

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

Los Lorcas: Poetry in Concert

Megan Burns

Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press. She also hosts the Blood Jet Poetry Reading Series in New Orleans and is the co-founder of the New Orleans Poetry Festival. She has been most recently published in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, Trickhouse, and the Big Bridge New Orleans Anthology. Her poetry and prose reviews have been published in Tarpaulin Sky, Gently Read Lit, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi. She has two books Memorial + Sight Lines (2008) and Sound and Basin (2013) published by Lavender Ink. She has two recent chapbooks: Dollbaby (Horseless Press, 2013) and i always wanted to start over (Nous-Zot Press, 2014). Her third book, Commitment, was published in 2015. Horse Less Press released her Twin Peaks chap, Sleepwalk With Me, in 2016. Her fourth book, BASIC PROGRAMMING (Lavender Ink, 2018) was released in April. 

NOPF Co-Director
Trembling Pillow Press Reading

Olivier Cadiot

Olivier Cadiot

Olivier Cadiot is a poet, dramaturge, novelist, essayist, and translator—sometimes all at once. Born in Paris in 1956, Cadiot “has a rare combination of carnival and catastrophe, of verve, humor, innovation and provocation,” according to Rosmarie Waldrop. His first work published by P.O.L in 1988, L’art poetic’, surprised and impressed French critics and avant-garde poets. Based on a cut-up of 100-year old grammar books, the resulting repetition of a minimal vocabulary enables endless possible readings.
Cadiot has gone on to publish 13 other works with P.O.L—”works” because Cadiot blurs the boundaries between verse and prose, poetry and fiction. In fact, he views prose as a kind of “ambulance service” or “foster home” for poetry. With the publication of Futur, ancien, fugitif in 1993, Cadiot moved into longer pieces that felt like novels—sort of. As Waldrop writes, Futur, ancien, fugitif “contains a complete list of what to do in case of exile, a memento on table manners, a method of dialogue in one voice.” A Robinson Crusoe character emerges in this book—a loner, an inventor, a poet—who reappears in nearly all Cadiot’s subsequent books. Futur, ancien, fugitif was translated as Future, Former, Fugitive by Cole Swensen (Roof Books, 2003), who also translated L’art poetic’ (Art poetic’, Green Integer, 1999) and Le Colonel des Zouaves (Colonel Zoo, Green Integer, 2006).
Cadiot gave a full reading of his Retour définitif et durable de l’être aimé (2002) at the Théâtre nationale de la colline in Paris in 2002. But his ties to the theater in France date back to 1989, when he collaborated with Pascal Dusapin on the opera libretto for Roméo & Juliette. Several of his works have been adapted for the stage by Ludovic Lagarde, including Le Colonel des Zouavesand Fairy queen, which was also adapted for television in 2007. Cadiot has written specifically for the theater, including Sœurs et frères, L’Anacoluthe, and Happy Birthday to you. In 2010, he was one of the artists-in-residence at the Avignon theater festival, where he again collaborated with Lagarde on the stage production of Un mage en été. The book form of this fiction monologue was in its final stages when the production was performed and the two versions mutually influenced one another. The English translation of the book, A Mage in Summer, is currently in press with Lavender Ink / Diálogos.
Cadiot has been strongly influenced by the 20th-century avant-garde, including Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and William Burroughs. Not surprisingly, then, his writing is marked by constant formal innovations such as cut-up, break-down, and simultaneities. His meeting with Burroughs is one of the starting points of his Providence(2015). In interviews, he has also referred to Roland Barthes’s seminar Comment vivre ensemble and Stéphane Mallarmé’s Le Tombeau d’Anatole.
In addition to Swensen’s translations, Cadiot collaborated with Charles Bernstein on the translation/adaptation of his early Rouge, vert & noir (Red, Green & Black, Potes & Poets Press, 1990). Cadiot himself has translated Stein, the German writer Rainald Goetz, and Shakespeare. The staging of his 2018 translation of Twelfth Night, by Thomas Ostermeier for the Comédie française, sold out months in advance. Cadiot also participated in the 2001 Bayard Bible, translated in pairs by various contemporary writers and biblical scholars. Cadiot worked with three different scholars to translate Psalms, Song of Songs, and Hosea.
In addition to his many literary and theatrical collaborations, Cadiot has worked with a number of musicians, including Georges Aperghis, Gilles Grand, and the pianist Benoît Delbecq. He did the sampling and mixing for three albums produced with the rock guitarist and singer Rodolphe Burger, including Hôtel Robinson (2002).

A Scribe Called Quess?

poet stands by a New Orleans wall in his favorite Bahian tank top

A Scribe Called Quess? is a poet, educator, actor, playwright and activist. He is a founding member of Team SNO (Slam New Orleans), New Orleans’ national poetry slam champion team (2010, 2012, 2013). His theater work includes “Lockdown,” “Rumors of War,” “Angola 3,” and others. He has produced 2 books of poetry: Blind Visionz and Sleeper Cell. He is a DISTILLERY residency recipient, where he work shopped his first stage play, “Crossroads” and a co-founder of Take Em Down NOLA, a coalition dedicated to the removal of White Supremacist symbols in New Orleans. Currently, he’s lead artist for PolicyLink’s poetic theater project, “We the 100 Million.” 

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

Vincent A. Cellucci

Vincent A. Cellucci wrote Absence Like Sun (Lavender Ink, 2019) and An Easy Place / To Die (CityLit Press, 2011). He edited Fuck Poems an exceptional anthology (Lavender Ink, 2012). He also has two collaborative titles: come back river (Finishing Line Press, 2014) and _a ship on the line (Unlikely Books, 2014), which was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. Vincent performed Diamonds in Dystopia, an interactive poetry web app at SXSW in 2017, and the poem was anthologized in Best American Experimental Writing 2018After writing and living it up in Louisiana for 18 carnivals, he moved to the Netherlands to experience sinking some place new. He works in the TU Delft Library. 





Anne Champion

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Anne Champion is the author of The Good Girl is Always a Ghost (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), She Saints & Holy Profanities (Quarterly West, 2019), Reluctant Mistress (Gold Wake Press, 2013), Book of Levitations (Trembling Pillow Press, 2019), and The Dark Length Home (Noctuary Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Verse Daily, Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Crab Orchard Review, Epiphany Magazine, The Pinch, The Greensboro Review, New South, and elsewhere.  She was a 2009 Academy of American Poet’s Prize recipient, a Barbara Deming Memorial grant recipient, a 2015 Best of the Net winner, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She holds degrees in Behavioral Psychology and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Poetry from Emerson College.  She currently teaches writing and literature in Texas.

Chen Chen

Reading poetry at Kearny St Workshop in San Francisco

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

Wendy Chin-Tanner

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Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of the poetry collections Turn (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and Anyone Will Tell You, (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019), co-author of the graphic novel American Terrorist (AWBW, 2012) and co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Embodied: An Intersectional Feminist Comics Poetry Anthology (AWBW, 2021). She is a poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown and co-publisher at A Wave Blue World, an independent publishing company for graphic novels. Some of her poems can be found at the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, RHINO Poetry, Denver Quarterly, The Rumpus, Vinyl Poetry, The Collagist, North Dakota Quarterly, and The Mays Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge. A trained sociologist specializing in race, identity, discourse analysis, and cultural studies, Wendy was born and raised in NYC and educated at Cambridge University, UK.

The Hyper-Poetics of the Visual Narrative

Anthony Cody

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Anthony Cody is the author of Borderland Apocrypha (Omnidawn), winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Prize, a 2020 National Book Award Finalist-Poetry, a 2020 Poets & Writers debut poet, 2020 Believer Magazine Editor’s longlist in Poetry nominee, a 2021 PEN/America Jean Stein Award longlist nominee, as well as winner of a 2020 Southwest Book Award. He is a CantoMundo fellow from Fresno, CA with lineage in the Bracero Program and Dust Bowl. He collaborates with Juan Felipe Herrera’s Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio (Fresno State) and is a poetry editor for Noemi Press and Omnidawn. For more, visit www.anthonycody.com.

Codices of the Borderlands: A Latinx Poetics Performance

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

Peter Cooley

Peter Cooley was Director of Creative Writing at Tulane from 1975 -2018 and is now Professor Emeritus. He has published ten books of poetry, nine of them with Carnegie Mellon and his most recent is WORLD WITHOUT FINISHING, 2018.   The Poetry Editor of NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW FROM 1970-2000, he is now Poetry Editor of CHRISTIANITY AND LITERATURE. He was Louisiana Poet Laureate from 2015-2017.

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 the author of the The House of the Tree of Sores (Schism2 Press, 2020) and his most recent chapbook is The Inmost (Carrion Bloom Books, 2020). From the Swedish, he is the translator of Helena Österlund’s Words (OOMPH! Press, 2019). He has also translated 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 Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Quarterly West, Harvard Review, DIAGRAM, Bat City Review, and others. He is a Managing Editor of Action Books and Content Manager of the Action Blog. He co-manages Radioactive Cloud, and co-curates 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. Twitter: @p_cunning

Visualizing Prose Poetry: Landscape, Dream Machines, and Transformation

Rosemary Daniell

ROSEMARY DANIELL’S collections of poetry include the recently released The Murderous Sky: Poems of Madness and Mercy (Lavender Ink, 2021), as well as A Sexual Tour of the Deep South (Holt, Rinehart & Winston; Push Button Publishing) and Fort Bragg & Other Points South (Henry Holt & Company); a chapbook, The Feathered Trees, was edited by Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms and published by Sweetwater Press. Her recently completed memoir is My Beautiful Tigers: Forty Years as the Mother of an Opioid Addicted Daughter and a Schizophrenic Son. Her book, Secrets of the Zona Rosa: How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women’s Lives, was published by Henry Holt and Company. Its prequel, The Woman Who Spilled Words All Over Herself:  Writing and Living the Zona Rosa Way, was published by Faber & Faber. Her memoir, Fatal Flowers: On Sin, Sex and Suicide in the Deep South (Holt, Rinehart & Winston; Henry Holt & Company; Hill Street Press) won the 1999 Palimpsest Prize for a most-requested out-of-print book, and was re-issued that same year. Along with her second memoir, Sleeping with Soldiers (Holt, Rinehart & Winston; Hill Street Press), which was also published as part of the Book of the Month Club’s Library of Erotic Classics, it was a forerunner of the current memoir trend. Her other books include a collection of essays, Confessions of a (Female) Chauvinist (Hill Street Press), and a novel, The Hurricane Season (William Morrow & Company). Among her awards are two N.E.A. Fellowships in creative writing, one in poetry, another in fiction, as well as the William Wisdom-William Faulkner gold medal in poetry.

In addition to her many publications in literary magazines, her features and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines and papers, including Harper’s Bazaar, New York Woman, Mademoiselle, The New York Times Book Review and Mother Jones; she has also been a guest on many national radio and television shows, such as Merve Griffin, Donahue, The Diane Rehm Show, Larry King Live and CNN’s “Portrait of America.” She is profiled in the book Feminists Who Changed America, 1963-1975. In 2008, she received a Governor’s Award in the Humanities for her impact on the state of Georgia; early in her career, she instigated and led writing workshops in women’s prisons in Georgia and Wyoming, served as program director for Georgia’s Poetry in the Schools, and worked for a dozen years in Poetry in the Schools programs in Georgia, South Carolina, and Wyoming. Also known as one of the best writing coaches in the country, she is the founder and leader of Zona Rosa, a series of creative writing workshops in Savannah and Atlanta, and cities throughout the world, as described in People and Southern Living magazines, and attended by such outstanding authors as John Berendt, Bruce Feiler and Pat Conroy. To date, more than 300 Zona Rosans and counting have become published authors.

Mónica de la Torre

Mónica de la Torre’s most recent book of poems and translations is Repetition Nineteen (Nightboat). Other books include The Happy End/All Welcomea riff on a riff on Kafka's Amerikaand Public DomainRecent prose appears in Photostats by Felix Gonzalez-Torres (Siglio) and as an afterword to George Perec’s Ellis Island (New Directions). With Alex Balgiu, she co-edited the anthology Women in Concrete Poetry 1959–79 (Primary Information) and teaches at Brooklyn College and Bard’s MFA program.

ANaya DeClouette

ANaya DeClouette

My name is ANaya DeClouette. I am a Senior English major at Dillard University and I’m from Patterson, Louisiana. 

Frederick "Wood" Delahoussaye

Frederick "Wood" Delahoussaye is a poet, author, producer, performer, director, emcee, arts administrator, community leader, and activist whose purpose and passion is the liberation and uplifting of Black people across the globe.

He is Chief Creative Officer for the Ashé Cultural Arts Center as well as Lead Artist for Junebug Productions’ Homecoming Project. He currently serves on the National Advisory Board of Imagining America, is a John O’Neal Cultural Arts Fellow, and a Tulane Mellon Graduate Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship Community Leader.

He is a featured performer in KM Dance Project’s Distorted Images and Taken, Junebug Productions’ Homecoming Project, and Ashé Cultural Arts Center’s Big Easy Award-winning the Origin of Life on Earth.

He is the recipient of the Asante Foundation’s Cultural Ambassador Award for Performance Art, National Performance Network’s Mentorship and Leadership Award, and the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Servant Leader Award, to name a few.

Shira Dentz

Shira Dentz is the author of five books including the sun a blazing zero (Lavender Ink, 2019) and SISYPHUSINA (PANK, 2020)—winner of the Eugene Paul Nassar Prize 2021—and two chapbooks. Her writing appears in many venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, Cincinnati Review, Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, New American Writing, jubilat, Verse Daily, Poetry Daily, Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day Series (Poets.org), and NPR. She’s a recipient of awards including an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award, and Poetry Society of America's Cecil Hemley Memorial Award. Currently, she is Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky and lives in upstate New York. More about her can be found at www.shiradentz.com


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

Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Rachel Blau DuPlessis is the author of the multi-volume long poem Drafts (written between 1986 and 2012), the books of collage poems NUMBERS (2018) and Graphic Novella (2015). Her second long poem, called Traces, with Days, includes Days and Works (Ahsahta, 2017); Late Work (Black Square Editions, 2020); Around the Day in 80 Worlds ( BlazeVOX, 2018), and Poetic Realism (BlazeVOX, 2021). She has written extensively on gender, poetry and poetics including The Pink Guitar (1990, 2006), Blue Studios (2006) and Purple Passages (2012), and she edited The Selected Letters of George Oppen. Her Selected Poems 1980-2020 will come out from CHAX in 2022.  DuPlessis lives in Philadelphia, USA.

Lit Balm: Singapore-Connected Poets

Michael Tod Edgerton

Michael Tod Edgerton

Michael Tod Edgerton is a queer poet and the 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

Rhina P. Espaillat

Rhina P. Espaillat

Rhina P. Espaillat has published twelve full-length books, four chapbooks, and a monograph on translation. Her most recent publications are two poetry collections titled And After All and The Field. She has also publishedchapbook in collaboration with fellow poet Alfred Nicol, titled Brief Accident of Life. Espaillat has translated into English, Saint John of the Cross, and into Spanish, Robert Frost's Algo hay que no es amigo de los muros/Something There Is that Doesn't Love a Wall. She has also translated a bilingual collection of Richard Wilbur’s, Oscura fruta/Dark Berries.

Lit Balm: A Dominican Night to Honor Rhina P. Espaillat

Gina Ferrara

Gina Ferrara lives and writes in New Orleans.  She has four poetry collections including her most recent Weight of the Ripened (Dos Madres Press, 2020).  Amiss, her latest collection, is forthcoming from Word Tech Communications.  Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Callaloo, The Poetry Ireland Review and Tar River Poetry and was selected for publication in the Sixty-Four Best Poets of 2019 by Black Mountain Press.  Since 2007, she has curated The Poetry Buffet, a monthly reading series in New Orleans.  She teaches English and writing at Delgado Community College.

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

Anna Fitzgerald

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Anna Fitzgerald: I am a writer and translator born in Billings, Montana, and currently living in Avignon, France. In 2018, I completed an MFA in Writing at VCFA, writing my critical thesis on the poetry of Paul Celan in translation. I have translated the work of Robert Pinget and Olivier Cadiot, among others. My poetry has been published in the anthology Bright Bones and in Les Cahiers du MuseurOllave – Preoccupations, and la main millénaire.

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

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 García

Kenning JP García is a diarist, humorist, and antipoet. García is also the author of With (Really Serious Literature) as well as an editor at Rigorous and Dream Pop Press. 

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

Charles Claudel Garrett I

Charles Claudel Garrett I

Charles Garrett is a writer and father of two travelers of the ethereal plane. They keep him guessing at their past lives, with early morning risings and song from here or there. 

He is presently finishing up, what he considers his Holy Trinity: 

His novel, Mansavage in Deadhorse.

His collection of poetry, Articulate: The Rise.

His stage play, The Lottery.

Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Sunder Press. An indie journal. 




laaura goldstein


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

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

Jacq Greyja

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Jacq Greyja is a poet of Jewish and Mexican descent living in the Bay Area. They are a graduate student in the Creative Writing MFA program at San Francisco State University, where they are a William Dickey Poetry Fellow. Their work appears or is forthcoming in Anomaly, bæst, Bettering American Poetry: Volume 2, Entropy, Dream Pop Journal, Peach Mag, Columbia Poetry Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Jacq's first chapbook of poems, Greater Grave, was published by The Operating System in 2018. 

The Transgressive Spirit of Jewish Poetics

Lee Meitzen Grue

Lee Grue

Lee Meitzen Grue was born in Placquemine, Louisiana and has spent most of her life in New Orleans. In the early 1960s, she began reading her poetry at The Quorum Club, the first non-segregated coffee house in the South. Here she met jazz flautist Eluard Burt, with whom she collaborated over many years, including on the jazz poetry CD Live! on Frenchmen Street. Grue founded the New Orleans Poetry Forum, an independent group of poets that sponsored workshops and readings, in 1972, and directed and maintained the Forum until 1990. For many years she promoted poetry readings at her home, establishing there the Backyard Poetry Theater. In 1982, she founded the international independent literary journal, The New Laurel Review, which is still active today. In 2018 she received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.


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 and has served as Poetry Editor of The Hollins Critic since 1997. www.cathrynhankla.com


Does Who You Are Affect Who Publishes You

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

Kevin Holden

Kevin Holden

Kevin Holden is a poet, translator, and essayist. His books include Solar, which won the Fence Modern Poets Prize, Birch, which won the Ahsahta Press Chapbook Award, and Pink Noise, forthcoming from Nightboat Books. His writing has appeared in anthologies including The Arcadia Project (Ahsahta), If Bees Are Few (University of Minnesota), and Best American Experimental Writing (Omnidawn). His work focuses on queer experience, ethics, and the ecological, and he translates from French, German, and Russian. He is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.

Holland Hopson

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Holland Hopson is Assistant Professor of Arts Entrepreneurship in New College and the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama. He’s currently a Fellow of the Collaborative Arts Research Initiative (CARI). Holland’s creative work focuses on the intersection of the arts and technology. His output includes work as a sound and media artist, composer and improviser. A multi-instrumentalist, he usually  performs on clawhammer banjo and electronics. Holland often augments his instruments with custom-designed sensor interfaces and performs with his own highly responsive, interactive computer programs. Holland has exhibited and performed in Australia, Europe, Korea, and North America. Holland has held residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida; the Hambidge Center, Georgia; and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts, New York. http://hollandhopson.com

Ranjit Hoskote

Ranjit Hoskote

Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, translator, cultural theorist and curator based in Bombay. His eight collections of poetry include Jonahwhale (Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton, 2018), The Atlas of Lost Beliefs (Arc, 2020) and Hunchprose (Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton, 2021). His translation of a celebrated 14th-century Kashmiri woman mystic’s poetry has appeared as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). Hoskote curated India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011) and has curated or co-curated major contemporary and transhistorical exhibitions in India and internationally, including the 7th Gwangju Biennale.

Lit Balm: Singapore-Connected Poets

Erica Hunt

Erica Hunt

Erica Hunt is a poet and essayist. She is the author of Jump the Clock: New and Selected Poems published by Nightboat Books and five collections of poetry--Local History,  Arcade, Piece Logic, Time Flies Right Before the Eyes, and VERONICA: A Suite in X Parts. Her poems and non-fiction have appeared in BOMB, Boundary 2, Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetics Journal, Tripwire, FENCE, Hambone, and In the American Tree, among other publications. Essays on poetics, feminism, and politics have been collected in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women, A-LINE, and The Politics of Poetic Form, The World, and other anthologies. With poet and scholar Dawn Lundy Martin, Hunt is co-editor of the anthology Letters to the Future, Black Women/Radical Writing in 2018 from Kore Press.  She has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Fund for Poetry, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Djerassi Foundation, and is a past fellow of Duke University/the University of Capetown Program in Public Policy. Currently, she is the Bonderman Visiting Professor of Practice in the Literary Arts department at Brown University.

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

Skye Jackson

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Skye Jackson was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has served as a poetry editor for Bayou Magazine, French Quarter Journal & Tilted House. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Green Mountains Review, RATTLE, Rigorous, Xavier Review and the I Am New Orleans anthology. Her debut chapbook, A Faster Grave, won the 2019 Antenna Prize. She was a finalist for the 2020 RATTLE Poetry Prize. Poets & Writers has recognized her as a New Orleans “Poet to Watch.” Find her at www.skyejackson.com or on Instagram at @skyeinthecity.

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

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

Pierre Joris

Pierre Joris has moved between Europe, the US & North Africa for over half a century now, publishing more than 50 books of poetry, essays, translations & anthologies — most recently, Adonis & Pierre Joris, Conversations in the Pyrenees (CMP 2018); a translation of Egyptian poet Safaa Fathy’s Revolution Goes Through Walls (SplitLevel, 2018), The Book of U /Le livre des cormorans (poems; with Nicole Peyrafitte, 2017); The Agony of I.B. (a play 2016); An American Suite (early poems; inpatient press 2016); Barzakh: Poems 2000-2012 (Black Widow Press 2014); Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry of Paul Celan (FSG 2014); A Voice full of Cities: The Collected Essays of Robert Kelly (2014, Contra Mundum Press) & The University of California Book of North African Literature (volume 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series, coedited with Habib Tengour, 2012). Forthcoming are the two final volumes of his Paul Celan translations, Microliths (Posthumous prose) from attem-verlag (2019) & The Collected Earlier Poetry (FSG 2020), as well as a volume of essays, Arabia (Not So) Deserta (Spuyten Duyvil 2019) & a Pierre Joris Reader (BWP, 2020). When not on the road, he lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with his wife, multimedia praticienne Nicole Peyrafitte. Check out his site &/or his blog

Andrew Joron

Andrew Joron

Andrew Joron is the author of The Absolute Letter, a collection of poems published by Flood Editions (2017). Joron’s previous poetry collections include Trance Archive: New and Selected Poems (City Lights, 2010), The Removes (Hard Press, 1999), Fathom (Black Square Editions, 2003), and The Sound Mirror (Flood Editions, 2008). The Cry at Zero, a selection of his prose poems and critical essays, was published by Counterpath Press in 2007. From the German, he has translated the Literary Essays of Marxist- Utopian Philosopher Ernst Bloch (Stanford University Press, 1998) and The Perpetual Motion Machine by the proto-Dada fantasist Paul Scheerbart (Wakefield Press, 2011). As a musician, Joron plays the theremin in various experimental and free-jazz ensembles. Joron teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University.

Lit Balm: The Magic Show

Julie Kane

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Julie Kane's fifth book of poems is Mothers of Ireland (LSU Press, 2020). Also, Red Hen Press has just published a new edition of her Donald Justice Prize winning book Jazz Funeral in its Story Line Press Legacy Series (2021). With Grace Bauer, she co-edited Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017), and with H. L. Hix, she co-edited Terribly in Love: Selected Poems by Tautvyda Marcinkeviciute in English translation. Professor Emeritus at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and a past Louisiana Poet Laureate, she currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Western Colorado University.

Kataalyst Alcindor

Kataalyst Alcindor

Kataalyst Alcindor is a spoken word artist whose work focuses on the people, culture, and history of his beloved native city. The two-time National Poetry Slam Champion was the only poet chosen from thousands of submissions to appear on the second season of Lexus sponsored television show Verse & Flow; a season that earned the show a NAACP Image Award nomination. Since that performance, he's gone on to perform his work on some of the nation's most renowned stages, including PBS in honor of the ten-year commemoration of Hurricane Katrina. As well as America's capital, Washington D.C. for the illustrious Kennedy Center.    

The published writer of 'Marrero' is also a founding member of Slam New Orleans; a multi-national award winning author collective. As well as Evacuteer.org, a local non-profit organization who's volunteers assist in the event of the mandatory evacuation in the city of New Orleans. After his international performance in the Read My World Festival in Amsterdam he returned to America to join the gulf coast slam team Burn Beautiful. The team went on to earn third place in the nations largest poetry slam competition, The Southern Fried Poetry Slam.

Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa

www.freequencyspeaks.com | storyteller, speaker, workshop leader and performance artist, FreeQuency is a Kenyan|Black gender renegade migrant shoga humanoid, who self identifies as masculine off center, femme adjacent, an AunTea and/or a prettyboi.

FreeQuency’s work interrogates & occupies the in between spaces of gender & geography while exploring the mundane nuances and stark contradictions of everyday existence. They have been featured in or written for The Independent, the New York Times, OkayAfrica, Upworthy, TEDx, For Harriet, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, & other outlets.

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

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

Glistening Multiplicities: A Poetics of Sex Work
The Transgressive Spirit of Jewish Poetics

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

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

Dorianne Laux

Dorianne Laux

Pulitzer Prize finalist Dorianne Laux’s most recent collection is Only As The Day Is Long: New and Selected, W.W. Norton. She is also author of The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize and Facts about the Moon, winner of the Oregon Book Award.  She teaches poetry at North Carolina State and Pacific University. In 2020, Laux was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Lit Balm: The Magic Show

Bill Lavender


Bill Lavender is a poet, novelist, musician, carpenter and publisher living in New Orleans. My ID, his eleventh book of poetry, was published by BlazeVOX in October, 2019. His novel trilogy, Three Letters, (comprised of Q, Little A, and The Private I) was released in 2021 by Spuyten Spivil. 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.

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. Lavender Ink/Diálogos now has more than 200 books in print.

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 thirty-one books of poetry, including COVID19 SUTRAS – Lavender Ink / Diálogos, Slowly Becoming Awake (N32) (2019, Dos Madres Press), Poems That Look Just Like Poems (2019, PURH – one volume in English, one in French), Evidence of Being Here: Beginning in Havana (N27), (2018, Negative Capability Press), Thinking in Jewish (N20) (2017, Lavender Ink),.  Previous books include Poems Hidden in Plain View (2016, in English and in French), Brush Mind: At Hand (2016), and Days – Lavender Ink / Diálogos.  Lazer’s Selected Poems have been published in translation in China and in Italy.  Forthcoming: field recordings   of mind   in morning, from BlazeVOX (summer 2021). Lazer has performed jazz-poetry improvisations in the US and Cuba with musicians Davey Williams, Omar Pérez, Andrew Raffo Dewar, Holland Hopson, and others.  In 2015, Lazer received Alabama’s most prestigious literary prize, the Harper Lee Award, for lifetime achievement in literature.  Lazer has been quarantining in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and at Duncan Farm in Carrollton, Alabama.

Poem as Score for Musical Improvisation
Lit Balm: The Magic Show

Joseph Lease

Joseph Lease's critically acclaimed books of poetry include The Body Ghost (Coffee House Press, 2018), Testify (Coffee House Press, 2011), and Broken World (Coffee House Press, 2007). Lease’s poems "'Broken World' (For James Assatly)" and "Send My Roots Rain" were anthologized in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology.  Lease’s poem "'Broken World' (For James Assatly)" was anthologized in The Best American Poetry (Robert Creeley, Guest Editor). His poem “Free Again (Why don’t people)” was published in The New York Times. Lease’s poetry readings are collected at PennSound, The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, KQED (NPR), The Scottish Poetry Library, and The Poetry Project. Lease has been asked to read at numerous colleges and universities including Stanford University, San Francisco State University, University of Minnesota, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Louisiana State University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Sonoma State University, Sacramento State University, SUNY-Buffalo, Otis College of Art and Design, Pacific Northwest College of Art, City College (San Francisco), West Virginia University, University of Colorado-Denver, Brown University, and elsewhere. Lease has received The Academy of American Poets Prize and numerous grants and awards in poetry and poetics from Columbia University, Brown University, Harvard University, and California College of the Arts.  Lease is a Professor of Writing and Literature at California College of the Arts.

POG & Friends: a reading sponsored by the Tucson poetry collective POG
Poetry and the Landscape of Corruption

Ruth Lepson

Ruth Lepson

Ruth Lepson is poet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory and has often collaborated with musicians. Hear musical settings of some of her poems at ruthlepson.com. Her new & selected poems is forthcoming from MadHat Press.

Lit Balm: The Magic Show

Donald Lewis, Jr.

Donald Lewis, Jr. Is a graduate of NOCCA, Studied Theater at the COLLEGE OF SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO AND UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS.  He currently teaches Gifted and Talented Theater in New Orleans Public Schools. He has worked with Edward Albee and been invited to Sundance Institute. He is on the Board of WRBH radio station for the blind and print Handicapped and volunteers for WWOZ radio station. 

Erin Lierl

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Erin Lierl is a writer and educator in New Orleans. She has worked as a street poet in New Orleans, the Caribbean, and Europe. In addition, she has taught special education, humanities, and English as a Foreign Language among adults and young adults in high school, higher education, and community-based and refugee education settings New Orleans, Thailand, and India. She is author of the novel A Child of Many Waters and several poetry chapbooks.

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

Cameron Lovejoy

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Cameron Lovejoy is the creator of Tilted House, a small press based in New Orleans, LA, and edits Tilted House Review. He hosts the Rubber Flower Poetry Hour, a reading series currently on virus hiatus. In March of 2020, he co-founded Infection House, an online journal of plague and protest. His work has appeared in Poets Reading the News, Trampoline, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere.

Ilana Luna

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Ilana Luna (Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, 1978) is Associate Professor of Latin American Studies and Spanish at Arizona State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in literary translation. She is author of the book Adapting Gender: Mexican Feminisms from Literature to Film (2018, SUNY Press) and is the Co-Director of Programming for Femme Revolution Film Fest in Mexico City. She is a writer and translator of poetry and prose and some of her recent work can be seen in Jacket2, Hostos Review, Askew, Four Chambers Press, Oomph!, Barzakh, Vice Versa, Hektoen International, and Reliquiae. She has translated books by Juan José Rodinás: Koan: Underwater (2018, Cardboard House Press), Judith Santopietro: Tiawanaku: Poems from the Madre Coqa (2019, Orca Libros) which is on the Sarah Maguire Poetry-in-Translation Prize short list; and Giancarlo Huapaya: Sub Verse Workshop (2020, Lavender Ink/ Diálogos). She is currently translating The Book of Mirages and Minaret by Gaspar Orozco.

Aditi Machado

Aditi Machado is a poet, translator, and essayist. Her second book of poems Emporium (Nightboat, 2020) received the James Laughlin Award. Her other works include the poetry collection Some Beheadings (Nightboat, 2017), an essay pamphlet titled The End (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2020), and a translation from the French of Farid Tali’s Prosopopoeia (Action, 2016). Her writing appears in journals like The Chicago Review, Lana Turner, The Rumpus, Volt, and Western Humanities Review, among others. She works as an Assistant Professor of Poetry at the University of Cincinnati.

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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Laura Mattingly

Laura Mattingly

Laura Mattingly was born in California and floated to New Orleans on a homemade raft from Kansas City down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.  She has studied poetry at University of California Santa Cruz and creative nonfiction at University of New Orleans. Journalist, bartender, unlicensed barber, and mother of six-year-old who sprints through the French Quarter in high heels already, are all on Laura's resume.  She also co-organizes the literary events of New Orleans Ladyfest annual women's poetry festival. The Book of Incorporation, published by Language Foundry in 2012, is a book of poems inspired by reading The Tibetan Book of the Dead  during her pregnancy.  It explores themes of death and reincarnation from the vantage point of a mother preparing to host a returning soul.  She weaves the chaotic spirit-realm of the Bardo into the post-Katrina cityscape of New Orleans.


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

Nikki Mayeux

Nikki Mayeux seated, wearing a black jumpsuit.

Nikki Mayeux is a queer ex-Evangelical writer and educator from the strangest city in the Deep South, New Orleans. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans and works in special education advocacy. She spearheads several projects uplifting ex-fundamentalist and queer voices, including SANCTUARY, a public performance series in New Orleans, and My Queer Is Sacred, an online community and digital archive.

Her literary work has been featured in Infection House, Dinner Bell, Room 220, Ginger Zine, and elsewhere. Her debut book, Ordinary Time, is available from Tilted House.

She has been a featured guest on podcasts such as The Life After, Religiosity, The Phil Drysdale Show, and Deconstruct Pod.

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

Christian Xavier McGary

My name is Christian Xavier McGary, i’m 20 years old, and moved here from New York. I’m a junior English Major at Dillard University and I hope to become a successful writer as well as a well-known author. Check out my new poetry book, “Daytime Moon” coming out soon! 

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

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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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

Michelle Antoinette Nicholson

Michelle Antoinette Nicholson

Michelle Antoinette Nicholson is a NOLA native and second-year MFA student at the University of New Orleans. She has graduate degrees in education and English literature and gets her grits by side-gigging as an editor, teacher, and journalist. Her work appears or is forthcoming in New Orleans Review, Talking River Review, Tilted House, and elsewhere.

Alvin Pang

Alvin Pang

Alvin Pang is a poet, writer and editor whose broad creative practice spans over two decades of literary activity in Singapore and elsewhere. Featured in the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English, his writing has been translated into more than twenty languages worldwide. His recent books include What Happened: Poems 1997-2017 (Math Paper Press: Singapore 2017) and Uninterrupted time (Recent Work Press: Australia, 2019).

He completed a PhD in writing with RMIT University in 2020.

Lit Balm: Singapore-Connected Poets

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, is about a ghost, a river, and a dive bar. 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
In and Out of French: A Poetry Translation Roundtable

Jonathan Penton

Jonathan Penton (photo by David Carlisle)

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

Poet-Wanda Phipps

Wanda Phipps, author of Field of Wanting: Poems of Desire and Wake-Up Calls: 66 Morning Poems, has had work translated into Ukrainian, Hungarian, Arabic, Galician and Bangla; been awarded by NYFA and the National Theater Translation Fund; curated at the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church; and written for Time Out New York and Paper Magazine. Her book Mind Honey is forthcoming from Autonomedia. Her website is https://mindhoney.com/

Valentine Pierce

Valentine Pierce

New Orleanian Valentine Pierce is a published poet, spoken word artist and graphic designer. Her books are Geometry of the Heart and Up Decatur. Her work has been published in several anthologies, including most recently, I Am New Orleans. Other publications include Mending for Memory and Nasty Women Poets. In 2006 she was Writer-in-Residence at A Studio in the Woods.

Karisma Price

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Karisma Price is from New Orleans, LA, and holds an MFA in poetry from New York University. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Four Way Review, Wildness, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and New York University, was winner of 2019 Best of the Net Prize, a finalist for the 2019 Manchester Poetry Prize, and awarded The 2020 J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize from The Poetry Foundation. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry at Tulane University.

G. J Racz

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G. J. Racz is professor of English, Philosophy and Languages at LIU Brooklyn, review editor for Translation Review, and a former president of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).  His most recent translations of Latin American poetry appeared last year in the bilingual volumes The Butchers' Reincarnation by the Chilean Oscar Hahn (Dos Madres Press) and A Brief History of Music & "Fourteen Forms of Melancholy" by the by the Peruvian Eduardo Chirinos (Dialogos Books).

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

Noah Ross

Noah Ross is a bookseller, editor, and poet based in Berkeley, CA. Noah is the author of Swell (Otis Books / Seismicity Editions, 2019), Active Reception (Nightboat Books, 2021), an editor at Baest: a journal of queer forms & affects, and, with Lindsay Choi, edits Mo0on/IO.

Michael Rothenberg

Michael Rothenberg, co-founder 100 Thousand Poets for Change

Michael Rothenberg is co-founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change (www.100tpc.org) and co-founder of Poets In Need, a non-profit 501(c) 3 assisting poets in crisis. His most recent books of poetry include Drawing The Shade (Dos Madres Press), The Pillars (Quaranzine Press) and I Murdered Elvis (Alien Buddha Press). He lives in Tallahassee, Florida where he is currently Florida State University Libraries Poet in Residence.

Claudia Routon

Claudia Routon translates contemporary poetry and fiction from Spain. She has published three books of poetry, including Sky Chess by Antonio Angel Agudelo (Diálogos, 2020), and her work appears in numerous literary journals. She is professor of Spanish at the University of North Dakota.

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 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

Kalamu ya Salaam

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

Jahi Salaam

Jahi Salaam

Hey, my name is Jahi Salaam. I was born in New Orleans and raised all over due to Katrina, but I always find my back home. Thank you to Baba Kalamu for including my piece in " I Am New Orleans ", and shout out everybody else who was in it. Everybody's poems touched me. I haven't read a book this fast since I was a kid lol. Peace and blessings !

Dominique Salas

Dominique Salas was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She is a Ph.D. candidate studying Chicanx claims to Indigeneity at the UW-Madison. Her book, Unoriginal Danger, was published with Trembling Pillow Press in 2020. You can find her on Twitter at @soydominique.

Rone Shavers

Rone Shavers

Rone Shavers is author of the experimental Afrofuturist novel Silverfish (Clash Books), a finalist for the 2021 CLMP Firecracker Award in Fiction and one of The Brooklyn Rail’s “Best Books of 2020.” His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Another Chicago Magazine, Big Other, Black Warrior Review, BOMBPANK, and The Operating System. He is fiction and hybrid genre editor at Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora, and he teaches courses in creative writing and contemporary literature at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. For more information, go to his website: www.roneshavers.com.  

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

William Shelton

William Shelton is a Junior, English major at Dillard University. A Nashville native, William enjoys music, creative writing, photography, and film. Upon graduation, William hopes to pursue his MFA in English. He currently serves as the Social Media and Marketing Intern for the New Orleans Writer's Workshop

Sha'Condria "iCon" Sibley

Sha'Condria “iCon” Sibley is an Alexandria, Louisiana native, longtime New Orleans-based poet and artist of many mediums, whose work spans across visual art, theater, music, and film. A multiple-time national poetry slam champion, iCon travels the country sharing her work, including at colleges and universities, and has made many television and stage appearances, including TV One’s Verses and Flow and at the mainstage at Essence Music Festival. She has starred in several stageplays, featured on musical projects with multiple national and Grammy-nominated recording artists, and co-wrote two short films. Her work has been featured on many outlets such as Huffington Post, For Harriet, Teen Vogue, BET, BBC World Radio, as well as in several exhibits, documentaries, and anthologies. iCon is the author of a published poetry collection, My Name Is Pronounced Holy (2021).

Website: icontheartist.com
IG: @icontheartist
FB: @littleblkgirlbigname
Twitter: @iCon_the_Artist
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Poets of Ashé

Erin Elizabeth Smith

Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Creative Director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and the Managing Editor of Sundress Publications and The Wardrobe. She is the author of two full-length collections and the editor of two anthologies. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Ecotone, Mid-American, Crab Orchard Review, Cimarron Review, and Willow Springs, among others. She teaches in the English Department at the University of Tennessee, and in 2017 she was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame.

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Sundress Publications Reading

Nailah Ro'Jea Starks

Nailah Starks is a Sophomore English major at Dillard University with hopes of becoming a successful teacher and writer. Her work has been published in the 2019 and 2020 Appelley Rising Stars Collection as well as the 2020 Upon Arrival anthology by Eber and Wein Publishing. She also has her own blog, Praying Girl, a lifestyle blog for girls who are on a spiritual journey to becoming the woman God created them to be. Nailah's personal mission statement is to educate, influence, transform, and inspire people who face adversity through her writings and personal experiences. 

Mark Statman

Mark Statman has written eleven books; his most recent is the book of poems, Hechizo (Lavender Ink, 2022). Statman’s other poetry collections include Exile Home (Lavender Ink 2019), 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 over 20 anthologies, as well as such publications as New American Writing, Tin House, Hanging Loose, Xavier ReviewPing 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

Cole Swensen

Cole Swensen is the author of 19 books of poetry, most of them focused on visual arts, land-use issues, and their intersection in the arrangement and depiction of public space. A former Guggenheim Fellow, recipient of the National Poetry Series, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the SF State Poetry Center Book Award, and finalist for the National Book Award, she has edited a number of anthologies and organized reading series focused on aesthetic experimentation. Her next book, Art in Time, a series of 20 poem-essays on innovative landscape art, will be published by Nightboat in 2021. 

In and Out of French: A Poetry Translation Roundtable

Jake Syersak

Jake Syersak is a poet, translator, and editor living in Seattle, WA. He is the author of the recent poetry chapbook Vortex(t) (CoastNoCoast, 2020) and the full-length poetry collection Yield Architecture (Burnside Review Press, 2018). In 2021, Trembling Pillow Press will publish his newest full-length poetry collection, Mantic Compost. He is also the translator of several collections of poetry by Moroccan author Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine, including Proximal Morocco— (Ugly Duckling Presse, forthcoming 2023) and Resurrection of Wild Flowers (Oomph! Press, forthcoming 2021). With Pierre Joris, he co-translated Khaïr-Eddine’s hybrid novel Agadir (Lavender Ink/Diálogos Press, 2020). He and Paul Cunningham currently co-edit Radioactive Cloud, a micro-press.

George Szirtes

George Szirtes

George Szirtes’s twelfth book of poems, Reel (2004) won the T S Eliot Prize for which he has been twice shortlisted since. His latest is Mapping the Delta. (2016).

His memoir The Photographer at Sixteen was awarded the James Tait Black Prize in 2020.

Lit Balm: Singapore-Connected Poets

Marylyn Tan

Marylyn Tan

Marylyn Tan is a linguistics graduate, poet, and artist interested in conditions of alienation and marginalisation. She has performed at the Singapore Biennale, the Singapore Writers Festival, SPEAK. She is the founder of arts collective DIS/CONTENT (hellodiscontent.carrd.co), and her writing has been featured in various print anthologies. Gaze Back, her first published book, won the 2020 Singapore Literature Prize for English Poetry.

Lit Balm: Singapore-Connected Poets

Bronwen Tate

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Bronwen Tate’s debut poetry collection The Silk the Moths Ignore, National Winner of the 2019 Hillary Gravendyk Prize, is forthcoming from Inlandia Institute in 2021. Bronwen is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and her poems and essays have appeared in publications including CV2, Bennington Review, The Rumpus, Journal of Modern Literature, and Contemporary Literature. www.bronwentate.com

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

Habib Tengour

Habib Tengour

Habib Tengour is a French-Algerian poet, sociologist and anthropologist. He was born in Mostaganem in eastern Algeria in 1947. The Tengour family moved to France when Habib was five years old, and he grew up there in a working-class household. He studied sociology in France and continued his studies in Algeria at Constantine University. Although his work draws heavily on various aspects of Algerian culture and tradition, Tengour writes mainly in French. His first published work was a book of surrealist poetry Tapapakitaques ou la poésie-île (1976). His principal translator in English is Pierre Joris. Tengour lives in Paris and Constantine. Books include: Exile is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader, translated by Pierre Joris (Black Widow Press, 2011); Empedocles's Sandal, translated by Pierre Joris (Duration Press, 1999), Tapapakitaques ou la poésie-île (1976). He currently directs the Franco-algerian research group working on the archives of the Algerian writer Mohammed Dib at the BNF (Bibliotheque Nationale Française). In 2015 he coordinated two training sessions for the genetic investigation of Dib’s texts. He is also a translator of poetry and prose from English (P. Joris) and from Arabic (Saadi Youssef, Chawki Abdelamir) into French.
Tengour’s research concentrates on an exploration of the cultural Algerian space in all its ramifications: oral tradition and hagiography, popular imagination and founding myths, collective memory, raï music and the experience of exile. The subjects closest to his heart are Algerian identity and cultural memory as they (inter)weave/creolize [“(mé)tissent”] between Orient and Occident, especially under the impact of the experiences of exile and migration. He is the author of more than 20 books of poetry and fiction in French, as well as the following available in English: Crossings, translated by Marilyn Hacker (Post Apollo Press, 2013); The University of California Book of North African Literature, co-edited with Pierre Joris (University of California Press, as volume 4 in the Poems For The Millennium anthology series, November 2012); and “Exile is my Trade:” A Habib Tengour Reader, edited, translated and with an introduction by Pierre Joris (Black Widow Press, Boston, 2011).

Peter Thompson

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

Akilah Toney

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Akilah Toney is an 18 year old published writer, poet, dancer, photographer, and youth advocate from New Orleans, Louisiana. From writing and dancing at the age of 10, Akilah uses the arts as a means to amplify her experiences at the intersections of young Black womanhood in the south. Akilah has been honored as the 2018 Grand Slam Poetry Champion of New Orleans, a recipient of 2017 and 2018 National Scholastic Gold Key Award, a 2018 American Voices Nominee, a 2018 National Student Poets semi-finalist, and the 2019 Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key and Silver Key Award. Akilah has been featured in 826 New Orleans publications, Umbra, Medium’s Heated magazine. Nola.com, Vogue.com, the New York Times, and the I Am New Orleans Poetry Anthology. 


Rodrigo Toscano

Rodrigo Toscano is a poet and essayist based in New Orleans. He is the author of ten books of poetry. His latest book is The Charm & The Dread (Fence Books, 2022). His previous books include In Range, Explosion Rocks Springfield, Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater (a National Poetry Series selection), To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, andThe Disparities. His poetry has appeared in over 20 anthologies, including Best American Poetry and Best American Experimental Poetry (BAX).  Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry. He won the Edwin Markham 2019 prize for poetry. He works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers, the National Institute for Environmental Health Science, National Day Laborers Organizing Network educational / training projects that involve environmental and labor justice culture transformation. rodrigotoscano.com

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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

Marc Vincenz

Marc Vincenz is an Anglo-Swiss-American poet, a fiction writer, translator, editor, publisher, designer, multi-genre artist and musician. He has published fourteen books of poetry, including more recently, Becoming the Sound of Bees, Leaning into the Infinite, The Syndicate of Water & Light, and Here Comes the Nightdust. Vincenz' newest collection, The Little Book of Earthly Desires, and a novella set in ancient China, Three Taos of Tao, or How to Catch a Fortuitous Elephant are both forthcoming in 2021 from Spuyten Duyvil. An album of music, ambients and verse, Left Hand Clapping, is also forthcoming from TreeTorn Records. Vincenz is also a prolific translator and has translated from the German, Romanian and French. He has published ten books of translations, most recently Unexpected Development by award-winning Swiss poet and novelist Klaus Merz (White Pine, 2018) and which was a finalist for the 2016 Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation. His translation of Klaus Merz's selected poems, An Audible Blue, is forthcoming from White Pine Press. His poems have been published in many journals, including The Nation, Ploughshares, The Los Angeles Review, World Literature Today, Raritan, Asymptote and Plume. His work has received fellowships and grants from the Swiss Arts Council, the Literary Colloquium Berlin, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry. Vincenz is editor and publisher of MadHat Press, and publisher of New American Writing.

Hannah V Warren

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Hannah V Warren is a doctoral student at the University of Georgia where she studies poetry and speculative narratives. Her writing and research interests focus on monstrous aesthetics, post/apocalypse literature, and representations of alterity. She is the author of two chapbooks: [re]construction of the necromancer from Sundress Publications (2020) and Southern Gothic Corpse Machine from Carrion Bloom Books (2022). Her works have appeared in Gulf Coast, Passages North, Crazyhorse, THRUSH, and Fairy Tale Review, among others. Find more on Hannah's website at hannahvwarren.com or on twitter @hannahvwarren

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

Kelsey Wartelle

Kelsey Wartelle (she/her) is a poet, actress, playwright and performance artist. Born and raised in Lafayette and currently living in New Orleans, her work largely focuses on the simultaneous exaltation and desecration of the emotional and physical landscape of Louisiana. Her poetry has appeared in Tilted House, Capulet, and Trampoline. Her one-act play, Chains of Spanish Moss, received an honorable mention at the 2018 New Works of Merit Playwrighting Contest.

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

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

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

Paiton Leigh Young

My name is Paiton Young, I'm English Major from New Orleans, La. I'm taking up English at the illustrious Dillard University. My aspiration in life is to one day become a connoisseur of all opportunities. I want to possibly become an author-entrepreneur amongst many other things.