Poets and Presenters (2019)

Ralph Adamo

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

Events
Xavier Review Table
Lavender Ink Reading

Kathleen Alcala

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Kathleen Alcalá is the author of six award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction, including Spirits of the Ordinary and the recent The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island. A graduate of Stanford, the University of Washington, and the NOLA low-residency MFA program, she is a frequent lecturer and writing instructor. Kathleen is currently reading and writing about the rule of al-Mu'Tamid Ibn Abad, the last Hispano Arabic king of Seville. More at www.kathleenalcala.com

Events
Before and Beyond Garcia-Lorca: Jewish and Islamic Latinx Poets

Daniel Altenburg

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Daniel Altenburg received his MFA from the University of Arizona (2011), and is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he teaches English and works as Co-Editor-in-Chief for Rougarou: A Journal of Arts and Literature. Daniel is interested in space, the familial, their interweavement, and the vulgarities of colloquial and gendered language. His work has most recently appeared in Deluge, Yalobusha Review, BlazeVox, and The Hunger, and can be found at his website: www.lettersofwreck.com. His book Flight is forthcoming from Spork Press (March 2019).

Events
New Poetry from Letterpress Publishers

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 appear in Bodega, The Journal Petra, Dream Pop Press, 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.

Events
WITH WAVES: A Collaborative Performance
Poetics of the Neoliberal Midwest

Toby Altman

Toby Altman is the author of Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017) and six chapbooks, including Every Hospital by Bertrand Goldberg (Except One), winner of the 2018 Ghost Proposal chapbook contest. His poems can be found in Colorado ReviewjubilatLana Turner, and other journals and anthologies. He earned a PhD in English at Northwestern University and is currently an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he is a Teaching/Writing Fellow.

Events
WITH WAVES: A Collaborative Performance
Poetics of the Neoliberal Midwest

Indran Amirthanayagam

Indran Amirthanayagam is a multi-lingual poet with 13 books published to date. These include the Paterson Prize-winning The Elephants of Reckoning, The Splintered Face: Tsunami Poems, and Uncivil War. His latest in Spanish is Ventana Azul,in French Il n'est de solitude que l'ile lointaine, and in Haitian Creole, Pwezi a Kat Men (a dialog in poetry written with Alex LaGuerre). Amirthanayagam has received fellowships from the New York Council on the Arts, the U.S./Mexico Fund for Culture and the Macdowell Colony. His poem Juarez won the 2005 Juegos Florales of Guaymas, Sonora. Amirthanayagam's  Paolo 9, a suite of poems about footballer Paolo Guerrero and the Peruvian attempt to qualify for the World Cup, will be published by the end of 2018. Amirthanayagam has been invited to the Princeton Poetry Festival in October 2019. His Ventana Azul/Blue Window has been translated into English by Jennifer Rathbun and is under review with publishers.  His translations of Mexican poet Manuel Ulacia were included in Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry and in the forthcoming Fafnir's Heart: World Poetry in Translation. Amirthanayagam writes a blog on poetry and the arts at http://indranamirthanayagam.blogspot.com. He tweets @indranmx. He is also found on FB.

 

 

Events
Small Press Reading III

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.

Stacey Balkun

Stacey Balkun is the author of Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak (dancing girl 2016) & Lost City Museum (ELJ 2016). A Finalist for the 2016 Event Horizon Science Poetry Competition as well as the Center for Women Writer's 2016 Rita Dove Award, her work has appeared in Gargoyle, Muzzle, THRUSH, Bayou, and others. A 2015 Hambidge Fellow, Stacey served as Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013. She holds an MFA from Fresno State and teaches poetry online at The Poetry Barn. She lives in New Orleans.

Wendy Barnes

Wendy Barnes

Wendy Barnes was raised in Prairieville, LA, and is a longtime resident of New York City. She earned an MFA in Writing at California Institute of the Arts and a Doctor of Letters degree from Drew University. Her poetry has appeared in publications like Narrative, Painted Bride Quarterly, No, Dear, storySouth, Spoon River Review, Slice Magazine, and Coldfront, as well as in the anthologies Kama Sutra (Morandi) and Paris, Etc. (Serving House). She also contributes art reviews to Frog, an international magazine of art and architecture based in France. Her chapbook, So-Called Mettle, was published in 2012 (Finishing Line). She has received scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and she is an associate professor of English at Union County College in New Jersey. 

Events
Small Press Reading IV

Leslie Bary

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Leslie Bary teaches Latin American literature at UL Lafayette. She is a translator of Oswald de Andrade (Cannibalist Manifesto) and other Brazilian modernist poets, of Cuban fiction writer Mirta Yáñez, and with Esteban Quispe, of Peruvian poets César Moro (The Equestrian Turtle) and Pedro Granados (Redsun). 

Events
Small Press Reading

Anna Lena Phillips Bell

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Anna Lena Phillips Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the 2016 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing within the Anthropocene, Gracious: Contemporary Poems in the Twenty-first Century South, and Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change. Her work under the imprint To Do in the New Year includes A Pocket Book of Forms, a limited-edition, travel-sized prosody guide, and Forces of Attention, objects designed to help people use screened devices as they wish. The recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, she teaches at UNC Wilmington, where she is editor of Ecotone and Lookout Books. She lives with her family near the Cape Fear River, and calls ungendered Appalachian square dances in North Carolina and beyond.

Events
Big Energy Poets: Writing Climate Change Workshop

Steve Bellin-Oka

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Steve Bellin-Oka earned his MFA from the University of Virginia and his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. He is the author of a chapbook, Dead Letter Office at North Atlantic Station (Seven Kitchens Press, 2017), and his first book of poems, Instructions for Seeing a Ghost, is forthcoming in 2020. The recipient of a 2019 Tulsa Artist Fellowship, he has also received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Arts. His poems have appeared in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Tar River Poetry, Nimrod, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among other publications. He currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Events
Gender and Voice in Experimental Poetics

Oliver Baez Bendorf

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Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of two collections: Advantages of Being Evergreen (forthcoming 2019), winner of Cleveland State University Poetry Center's 2018 Open Book Poetry Competition, and The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State U., 2015), finalist for the Thom Gunn Gay Poetry Award. His chapbook The Gospel According to X was selected for the 2018 Rane Arroyo Chapbook Series. His work can be found in recent or forthcoming issues of American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, BOMB, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. In 2016, he read poems at The White House for the Trans Community Briefing. He has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Lambda Literary, Vermont Studio Center, and University of Wisconsin-Madison's Institute for Creative Writing. Born and raised in the Midwest, he is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

Events
Thursday Night Dogfish Feature
Marthe Reed's ARK HIVE
Supernatural Language: Queering Ecopoetics

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.

Events
Visual Poetry Exhibit

Julie E. Bloemeke

Julie E. Bloemeke’s first full-length collection of poetry, Slide to Unlock, will debut with Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020.  A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars and a past fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, her poems have recently appeared in Prairie SchoonerGulf Coast, and South Dakota Review, among others.  Her work has also been widely anthologized, most recently in Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse.  Her interview with London novelist Bella Pollen will be published in the Writer’s Chronicle in early 2019. For more information please visit www.jebloemeke.com

 

 

 

Events
Bomb on the Tongue: Writing the Incendiary

Emily Brandt

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Emily Brandt is the author of three chapbooks: Sleeptalk Or Not At All, ManWorld and Behind Teeth. Among other places, her poems have recently appeared in LitHub, The Recluse, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Square Review, and the anthology Inheriting the War. She’s been in residence at Saltonstall Arts Colony and was a 2016 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House. Emily is a co-founding editor of No, Dear, Web Acquisitions Editor for VIDA, and an Instructional Coach at a NYC public school. You can find her work at emilybrandt.com.

Events
Small Press Reading II

Lee Ann Brown

Poet Lee Ann Brown is the author of five books beginning with Polyverse (Sun & Moon, 1999), and most recently Other Archer (PURH, 2015). She was the Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellow at the University of Cambridge last year and is Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City. She was born in Japan, raised in North Carolina and now lives in New York City at Torn Page where she curates an event space for poetry, theater and developing cross genre performance. She's also the founding editrix of Tender Buttons Press: https://www.tenderbuttonspress.com/ and her author website is: https://leeannbrownpoet.com/

Events
Tender Buttons Press Table
Thursday Night Dogfish Feature
Embodied Poetics: Threads of Matrilineal Influence

Laynie Browne

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Laynie Browne is a poet, prose writer, teacher and editor. She is author of thirteen collections of poems and three novels. Her most recent collections include a book of poems You Envelop Me (Omnidawn 2017), a novel Periodic Companions (Tinderbox 2018) and short fiction in two editions, one French, and one English in The Book of Moments (Presses universitaires de rouen et du havre, 2018). Her honors include a 2014 Pew Fellowship, the National Poetry Series Award (2007) for her collection The Scented Fox, and the Contemporary Poetry Series Award (2005) for her collection Drawing of a Swan Before Memory.  Her poetry has been translated into French, Spanish, Chinese and Catalan. She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and at Swarthmore College.

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Embodied Poetics: Threads of Matrilineal Influence

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. 

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), which won the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and the 2016 Florida Book Award bronze medal for poetry, and was a finalist for the 2017 Milt Kessler Award. She has received poetry fellowships from Kundiman, the Knight Foundation, and the American Literary Translators Association. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, The Georgia Review, The New York Times, and more. She serves as a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair. www.marcicalabretta.com

Events
Adoptee Book Club: On Fostering Community and Kinship

Mackenzie Carignan

Mackenzie Carignan is a mother of three, poet, environmental activist, and instructional designer living in Broomfield, CO. Her poems have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, fourteen hills, Hayden's Ferry Review, Columbia Review, and many others. Her first collections of poems, A house without a roof is open to the stars, was published by Black Radish Books in 2015 (https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9780985083724/a-house-without-a-roof-…). Recently, her chapbook, "Someone Somewhere is Running," was published by Dancing Girl Press (DGP) (https://dulcetshop.myshopify.com/products/somewhere-someone-is-running-…). She attempts to put her Ph.D. in Creative Writing from UIC to work for her as she develops and implements learning strategies and manages a team of Instructional Designers at a software company. She is also a founding member of Black Radish Books and has participated in nearly every Dusie Kolektiv chapbook exchange (http://www.dusie.org/mackenzie_carignan_M4M.pdf).

Wendy Taylor Carlisle

Wendy Taylor Carlisle lives and writes in the Arkansas Ozarks. She has an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of three books, Reading Berryman to the Dog, Discount Fireworks (both Jacaranda Books) and The Mercy of Traffic, due out from Unlikely Books in April 2019 and five chapbooks, most recently They Went Down to the Beach to Play (Locofo Chaps.) See her 2018 work on line and in print in Persimmon Tree, pacificREVIEW, 2RiverView, Artemis, barzakh, Right Hand Pointing, Cider Press Review, Unlikely Stories and others and in anthologies such as In Plein Air, (Poetic License Press), Untold Arkansas (Et Alia Press) and 50/50 (Quill’s Edge Press.) She has 11 times been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and twice for the Best of Web. For more information, check her website at www.wendytaylorcarlisle.com.

Events
Unlikely Books Reading

Christopher Carmona

Christopher Carmona

Christopher Carmona was the inaugural writer-in-residence for the Langdon Review Writers Residency Program in 2015. The Texas Observer recognized him as being one of the top five writers in 2014. He has two books of poetry, beat and I Have Always Been Here and one book of short fiction, The Road to Llorona Park.  He edited The Beatest State In The Union: An Anthology of Beat Texas Writings with Chuck Taylor and Rob Johnson and Outrage: A Protest Anthology about Injustice in a Post 9/11 World with Rossy Evelin Lima by Slough Press. He has also co-written a conversation book, Nuev@s Voces Poeticas: A Dialogue about New Chican@ Poetics. Currently, he has a new book of poems, 140: Twitter Poems, a bilingual edition and a second volume of the Outrage anthology series.

Events
Carnalitx Mobile Bookstore

Wolfgang Carstens

Wolfgang Carstens is author of numerous books of poetry, publisher at Epic Rites Press, and organizer and host of Poets Underground, a poetry show that showcases and celebrates the best and brightest authors currently working the marrow of underground poetry. He lives in Canada with his wife, five kids, grandson, dog, mortgage and death. His poems are printed on the backs of unpaid bills. More information at www.wolfgangcarstens.com.

Events
Six Ft. Swells Press and Epic Rites Press Table
Evening with Epic Rites Press

Vincent A. Cellucci

Vincent A. Cellucci

Vincent A. Cellucci is a scofflaw shit shooter. He wrote An Easy Place / To Die (CityLit Press, 2011) and edited Fuck Poems an exceptional anthology (Lavender Ink, 2012). Come back river, a bilingual Bengali-English translation collaboration with the poet and artist Debangana Banerjee is available from Finishing Line Press. _A Ship on the Line, a battleship-collaboration with poet Christopher Shipman released by Unlikely Books in 2014, was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award. Visit Vincent. Absence Like Sun is forthcoming from Lavender Ink in 2019. 

Events
Lavender Ink / Diálogos Reading

Genève/Geneva Chao

Genève/Geneva Chao is the author of several books of poetry and translations, most recently émigré (Tinfish, 2018). Chao's work engages how language warps and wefts identify, definition, and allegiance, existing in the liminal space between ancestry and acculturation. Chao is currently completing a manuscript about the toxicity of masculinity to its subjects.

Events
Spacewitch Collective Reading
Epic: An Exploration of the Long Poem

Isaac Chavarria

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Isaac Chavarría is a pocho from deep south Tejas. His work assisting non-profit organizations has produced over 20 chapbook titles for workshop participants. His poems are in Label Me Latina/o, BorderSenses, and NewBorder: Contemporary Voices from the Texas/Mexico Border. His poetry book, Poxo, from Slough Press, received the inaugural 2014 NACCS-Tejas Poetry Award. His collaboration as a member of the Coalition of Nuevo Chican@ Artists developed into a co-edited book titled Nuev@s Voces Poeticas: A Dialogue About New Chican@ Identities. He is the current Co-Editor of Interstice, the literary journal of South Texas College, and co-runs a mobile book stor

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Carnalitx Mobile Bookstore

Sarah A. Chavez

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Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of the poetry collections, Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications, 2017) and All Day, Talking (dancing girl press, 2014). Her work can most recently be found in the anthologies Xicanx: Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century and Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzalduan Borderlands as well as the journals Pretty Owl Poetry, Atticus Review, and The Fourth River Tributaries Series. She serves as the poetry coordinator for Best of the Net Anthology and is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop.

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Sundress Publications Reading

Cathy Linh Che

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

Events
Kundiman Table

cris cheek

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cris cheek is a documentary performance writer, sound composer and photographer. He worked alongside Bob Cobbing and Bill Griffiths with the Consortium of London Presses in the mid 1970s to run a thriving free print shop. In 1981 he co-founded a collective resource in the east end of London at Chisenhale Dance Space, working with choreographers, musicians and performance artists to make multi-modal collaborations. cris taught Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts (1995-2002), played music with Sianed Jones and Philip Jeck as Slant, collaborated on site-responsive works about value and recycling with Things Not Worth Keeping and has been a professor at Miami University in Ohio since 2005, currently living in Cincinnati. Most recent publications are the church, the school, the beer (Critical Documents, 2007), part: short life housing (The Gig, 2009) and pickles & jams (BlazeVOX Books, 2017). 

Events
WITH WAVES: A Collaborative Performance
Somewhere in the Cloud & Inbetween: A Reading & Dusie Kollektiv Chapbook Exchange in Tribute to Marthe Reed

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. 

Events
Gender and Voice in Experimental Poetics

Ching-In Chen

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

Events
WITH WAVES: A Collaborative Performance
Are We There Yet?: A Live Poetry Podcast Recording
Catastrophe to Courage: Poets Push the Essay

Todd Cirillo

Let the good poems roll!

Todd Cirillo is co-founder and editor of Six Ft. Swells Press and one of the originators of After-Hours Poetry. His latest book is Burning the Evidence (Epic Rites Press, 2017). Other books include; Sucker’s Paradise, Sexy Devils, Still a Party, This Troubled Heart and ROXY (which he co-authored) among others. Todd is widely known for his poetry performances. He has been published in numerous national and international publications and on cocktail napkins everywhere. Todd lives in New Orleans, Louisiana and can be found soaking his pirate heart in second lines and smiling under the neons searching for shiny moments. You can find books, videos, poems at toddcirillo.com

Events
Six Ft. Swells Press and Epic Rites Press Table
Evening with Epic Rites Press

Paula Cisewski

Paula Cisewski's fourth poetry collection, Quitter, won Diode Editions' Book Prize. She is also the author of The Threatened Everything (Burnside Review Books), Ghost Fargo (selected by Franz Wright for the Nightboat Poetry Prize), Upon Arrival (Black Ocean), and several chapbooks, including the lyric prose Misplaced Sinister. Cisewski has been awarded residencies and fellowships from places including the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She lives in Minneapolis where she teaches, collaborates with fellow artists and activists, and serves on the editorial staff of Conduit.

Events
Radio Love of a Nocturnal Crowd: A Reading Courting Joyce Mansour

Adam Clay

Adam Clay is the author of Stranger (Milkweed Editions, 2016), A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012), and The Wash (Parlor Press, 2006). A fourth book, To Make Room for the Sea, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Denver Quarterly, Georgia Review, Boston ReviewjubilatIowa ReviewThe Pinch, and elsewhere. He is editor-in-chief of Mississippi Review, a co-editor of Typo Magazine, and a Book Review Editor for Kenyon Review. He teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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USM Mississippi Review/Center for Writers Table

Allison Cobb

Allison Cobb

Allison Cobb is the author of After We All Died (Ahsahta Press); Plastic: an autobiography (Essay Press EP series); Born2 (Chax Press); and Green-Wood, originally published by Factory School with a new edition in 2018 from Nightboat Books. Cobb’s work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, and many other journals. She was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and National Poetry Series; has been a resident artist at Djerassi and Playa; and received fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Cobb works for the Environmental Defense Fund and lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-hosts The Switch reading, art, and performance series and performs in the collaboration Suspended Moment.

Events
Critical Intersections: Writing &/as Activism
Somewhere in the Cloud & Inbetween: A Reading & Dusie Kollektiv Chapbook Exchange in Tribute to Marthe Reed

Shanna Compton

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

Events
Radio Love of a Nocturnal Crowd: A Reading Courting Joyce Mansour
Bloof Books Table

Rosana Cruz

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Rosana Cruz is a writer, parent, social justice movement leader and intersectional feminist. They (Cruz’s singular pronoun) have lived in New Orleans for over 20 years and in that time, worked closely with numerous organizations in the struggle for racial justice, lgbtq liberation and immigrant rights. They currently serve as a Senior Fellow at Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. Born in the US to Cuban parents, Cruz was raised by a single mother in a multi-racial community in North Miami in the 1970s and 80s. Cruz draws deeply from this experience, as well as their close ties to their remaining family members in Cuba, in their writing. They hold an MA in Latin American Studies from the Stone Center at Tulane University. Essays by Cruz have been published in hipMama, Bridge the Gulf Project , Colorlines.com and the anthology Mamaphonic. Cruz is a 2017 VONA Voices Fellow. Their writing practice is now centered on Speculative Fiction and Afro-Futurist influenced Magical Realism.

Events
Raced, Not Erased: Ghosts in Favor of Critical Theory

Jill Darling

Jill Darling is the author of (re)iteration(s) (Spuyten Duyvil), a geography of syntax (Lavender Ink), Solve For (BlazeVOX, ebooks), begin with may: a series of moments (Finishing Line), and two collaborative chapbooks with Laura Wetherington and Hannah Ensor: at the intersection of 3, and The First Steps are the Deepest. Her critical poetics essays can be found in How2; Something on Paper; and Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics. She’s also had poems, essays, and short fiction published in journals including GertrudeDenver Quarterly, /NOR, Aufgabe, 580 Split, Quarter After Eight, factorial, Rampike, Horse Less Review, Two Serious Ladies, Unlikely Stories, and in the anthology Poetic Voices Without Borders. Darling teaches at University of Michigan-Dearborn and lives in Ypsilanti. More info can be found at jilldarling.com.

Events
Somewhere in the Cloud & Inbetween: A Reading & Dusie Kollektiv Chapbook Exchange in Tribute to Marthe Reed

Isabel de la Fuente

Isabel de la Fuente (Montevideo, Uruguay 1973), poet, translator, actress and cultural manager. Completed her studies at the acting school Escuela de Acción Teatral Alambique and has studied for a BA in Literature at FHCE Udelar (Faculty of Humanities, University of the Republic). She currently works in the theatre, multidisciplinary spectacles and performances. She teaches creative writing in her own workshop, also acting, and is the creator of Seminario Cuerpo de Letra (Writing in movement and performance). Her writings are included in several publications and anthologies of Uruguay and other countries. She has published –among others: Mal Puñal (Evil Dagger) (Artefato, 2003) and Antología de Poesía Portuguesa Contemporánea (both the selection and the translation are hers). She has shown diverse exhibits of visual poetry, poems and visual arts. Since 1996 she has been organizing the cycle Caramelos y Pimientos (Candies and Peppers) as well as festivals and art programmes. She has won the Morosoli Prize of Literature (2005), the Grand Prix Moliere (2003), and the first prize in the 9th and 10th Arts Festival of Young Theatre in 1999 and 2000.

Events
Friday Night Feature

Anna De Vaul

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Anna De Vaul's chapbook Cosmonaut is published by Dancing Girl Press. Her verse novel, written under a male heteronym as part of an ongoing experiment, is forthcoming from Unsolicited Press. She is a winner of Eyewear Publishing's Fortnight Prize and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (prose) and Forward Prize (best single poem). She is a founding editor/lead prose editor of the award-winning literary journal Lighthouse (UK), an editor for Gatehouse Press (UK), and a Nimrod International Journal editorial board member. She teaches creative writing at Oklahoma's Northeastern State University.

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Gender and Voice in Experimental Poetics

Laurin DeChae

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Laurin DeChae is a PhD candidate in Composition & Rhetoric at the University at Albany (SUNY). She received her MFA in poetry from the University of New Orleans. Her work appears in Harpur Palate, Animal Literary, Pretty Owl Poetry and elsewhere.

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Epic: An Exploration of the Long Poem

Shira Dentz

Shira Dentz is the author of five books and two chapbooks, most recently he sun a blazing zero (Lavender Ink 2019). Her writing appears widely in venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day series, and NPR. Her poems have received 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. A graduate of Iowa Writer's Workshop, she holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah, and currently is Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky and lives and teaches in upstate NY. More about her writing at http://www.shiradentz.com/

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Lavender Ink Reading

Adam Dickinson

Black and white image of a man with glasses and facial hair standing in front of a blurred background that could be an institutional hallway.

Adam Dickinson is the author of four books of poetry. His latest book, Anatomic (Coach House Books), involves the results of chemical and microbial testing on his body. His work has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and the ReLit Award. He was also a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize and the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Literature. He has been featured at festivals such as Poetry International in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and the Oslo International Poetry Festival in Norway. He teaches at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Events
Big Energy Poets: Writing Climate Change Workshop

Aran Donovan

Aran Donovan

Aran Donovan lives in New Orleans. A graduate of the University of Arkansas MFA program and Middlebury Summer Language Schools, she was a 2012 recipient of residency at the Edward A. Albee Foundation and a 2010 Walton Family Endowment for Creative Writing fellow. She was included in Best New Poets 2013. Her poetry has recently appeared in Hobart, Juked, and Barnstorm Journal and is forthcoming in Permafrost, The Common, The Journal, and Big Lucks. She tweets sporadically @barelymarigny.

Events
Putting the Ms. in MS: Women's Workshop Takes On Book-length Manuscripts

teri elam

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teri elam has poems forthcoming in Slice Magazine and Auburn Avenue. She received an honorable mention in december magazine’s Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Award contest for a poem about international jewel thief, Doris Payne. A Cave Canem Fellow and VONA alum, teri will complete her MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast in July 2019 and is the poetry editor for The Stonecoast Review.

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Bomb on the Tongue: Writing the Incendiary

Jim Elmborg

Jim Elmborg

James Elmborg is Professor and Director of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama.  Before coming to Alabama in 2017, he was Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa.  He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas.  His dissertation explored Edward Dorn's Gunslinger as a cultural artifact of the 1960s.  Research for the project led through the archival collections of little magazines from the sixties.  He has published both on Edward Dorn and the sixties and on little magazines as a challenge to library collections.

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Poets and Publishing

Javier Etchevarren

Javier Etchevarren

Javier Etchevarren was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1979. He is the author of several collections of poetry including Fable of an Inconsolable Man (Action Books) translated by Jesse Lee Kercheval. His poems appear in América invertida: An Anthology of Emerging Uruguayan Poets.

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Friday Night Feature

Steven Farmer

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Steven Farmer's books and chapbooks include Coracle and World of Shields (Working Notes of February), Tone Ward (Coincidence Press), Standing Water, Medieval (Krupskaya) and Glowball (theenk books). Additional work can be seen in Tripwire, Elective Affinities, Elderly, Try, Where Eagles Dare, 5 Fingers Review, Crayon, Poetics Journal, and elsewhere. He works in the software industry as a technical writer after many years as a chef in the restaurant business, and co-curated the Poetic Labor Project from 2011-2014. Of Glowball, Sianne Ngai says: "Is the word 'glow' now permanently ominous? What is the future of aesthetic enchantment in the society of the spectacle? In a book where poems become exploding dandelion heads of the spreadsheet and situation room, Steve Farmer radically estranges us from our present as if it were the future’s past. Glowball est a praeclarus quod perago libri." A California native, he currently resides in San Diego and previously in Oakland.

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Another North, Another South: Poetry from a Changing California

Jennifer Firestone

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Jennifer Firestone is the author of five books of poetry and four chapbooks including Story (UDP), Ten, (BlazeVOX [books]), Gates & Fields (Belladonna* Collaborative), Swimming Pool(DoubleCross Press), Flashes(Shearsman Books), Holiday(Shearsman Books), Waves(Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), from Flashes and snapshot (Sona Books) and Fanimaly (Dusie Kollektiv). She co-edited (with Dana Teen Lomax) Letters To Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics and Community (Saturnalia Books) and is collaborating with Marcella Durand on a book about Feminist Avant-garde Poetics. Firestone has work anthologized in Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, Songs, & Stories for Children and Building is a Process / Light is an Element: essays and excursions for Myung Mi Kim. She won the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press’ Robert Creeley Memorial Prize. Firestone is an Assistant Professor of Literary Studies at the New School’s Eugene Lang College and is also the Director of their Academic Fellows pedagogy program.

Events
Catastrophe to Courage: Poets Push the Essay

Jessica Royce Fischoff

Jessica Fischoff is the Managing Editor of PANK Magazine and Books and the Assistant Editor of Diode Editions.

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Small Press Reading II

Kenning JP Garcia

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

Events
Before and Beyond Garcia-Lorca: Jewish and Islamic Latinx Poets on the Roots of Spanish Poetry and Its Influence on Contemporary Latinx Poetry
Epic: An Exploration of the Long Poem

Susana Gardner

Susana Gardner is the author of the full-length poetry collection:s [ lapsed insel weary]  (The Tangent Press, 2008),  HERSO (Black Radish Books, 2011) and, CADDISH, Black Radish Books, 2013. Her latest book, Somewhere Upon a Time  / Oceanids & Dreampomes is forthcoming.  Her poetry has appeared in many online and print publications including JacketHow2Puerto Del Sol, Cambridge Literary Review and Chicago Review among others. Her work has also been translated into Icelandic, Italian and French as well as featured in several anthologies, including 131.839 slög með bilum (131,839 keystrokes with spaces) (Ntamo, Finland, 2007) NOT FOR MOTHERS ONLY: Contemporary Poems on Child-Getting and Child-Rearing (Fence Books, 2007), KINDERGARDE: Avant-garde Poems, Stories, and Songs for Children, Black Radish Books (2014) and in the forthcoming CITY AND SEA Anthology from Frequency Writers, Providence. She lives on an island off the New England coast where she tends books, writes and curates the online poetics journal and experimental press, Dusie.

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Somewhere in the Cloud & Inbetween: A Reading & Dusie Kollektiv Chapbook Exchange in Tribute to Marthe Reed
DUSIE Table

Matty Layne Glasgow

Matty Layne Glasgow is the author of the poetry collection, deciduous qween, selected by Richard Blanco as the winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award and forthcoming from Red Hen Press in May 2019. He is runner-up for Missouri Review’s 2017 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize and finalist for Nimrod’s 2018 Pablo Neruda Prize. His poems appear in the Missouri Review, Poetry Daily, Denver Quarterly, Crazyhorse, Collagist, BOAAT, Muzzle, and elsewhere. He lives in Houston, Texas where he teaches with Writers in the Schools and adjuncts his life away. Find him at mattylayne.com & on Twitter @Matty_Layne. 

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Supernatural Language: Queering Ecopoetics

laura goldstein

Laura 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.

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WITH WAVES: A Collaborative Performance
Poetics of the Neoliberal Midwest
Epic: An Exploration of the Long Poem

Melanie Maria Goodreaux

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

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

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A Gathering of the Tribes
Small Press Reading II

K. Lorraine Graham

K. Lorraine Graham is the author of Terminal Humming (Edge Books), and The Rest is Censored (Bloof Books). She writes about arts and humanities for the University of Maryland and occasionally curates pop-up readings. She earned an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. klorrainegraham.com @klorrainegraham

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Radio Love of a Nocturnal Crowd: A Reading Courting Joyce Mansour
Form as Performance

Jacquelyn Grant Brown

JGBrown

Jacquelyn Grant Brown is a free spirited, poet and art lover from South Louisiana. She is a retired state employee who travels, makes jewelry and dabbles in plant-based cooking in her spare time. She has a couple of children, a couple of degrees and a couple of tattoos. Her favorite number might be two.

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Are We There Yet?: A Live Poetry Podcast Recording

Michael McKee Green

MMG with a big hat/big hair/medium sized beer.

Michael McKee Green’s first book, Fugue Figure (the Kent State University Press 2018), was selected by Khaled Mattawa as the winner of the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. Work of his appears in journals such as Michigan Quarterly Review, Tagvverk, Fog Machine, Tarpaulin Sky, and his poem "In Remit" won the Burnam Poetry Scholarship (Judge, Ed Skoog). Currently, he is an MFA candidate at Boise State University, where he sits on Ahsahta Press’ editorial board and teaches creative writing.

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Projecting: the Ethics and Efficacies of Project-based Books of Poems.

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 can be found in Peach Mag, Bettering American Poetry, Columbia Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Jacq's first chapbook of poems, Greater Grave, was published by The Operating System in July 2018.​

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Before and Beyond Garcia-Lorca: Jewish and Islamic Latinx Poets
SPD Table

Elizabeth Gross

skepticism + lipstick + rusted wall

Elizabeth Gross is the author of this body/that lightning show, forthcoming in 2019 from The Word Works Press and Dear Escape Artist, a collaboration with artist Sara White, which was published by Antenna in 2016 as part of their chapbook series. She co-translated and produced a new adaptation of Euripides' Bakkhai at the Marigny Opera House in 2015. She currently teaches interdisciplinary humanities at Tulane University and co-organizes The Waves Reading Series with Brad Richard, showcasing the work of LGBTQIA+ writers since 2014. Her work has appeared in a wide array of journals, including Okey-Panky, TENDERLOIN, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Fairy Tale Review. You can find links to some of these, along with other projects, at grosselectricworks.com.

Events
Putting the Ms. in MS: Women's Workshop Takes On Book-length Manuscripts
Post-Apocalyptic Polyvocality

Carolyn Hembree

Carolyn Hembree

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

Events
Marthe Reed's ARK HIVE

Matthew Henriksen

Matthew Henriksen is the author of The Absence of Knowing and Ordinary Sun. He co-edits Typo Magazine and is a Teaching Poet for the Prison Story Project in Northwest Arkansas.

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Critical Intersections: Writing &/as Activism
Rural Experimentalisms: Correspondence, Friendship, and the Pastor

Marcy Rae Henry

borderlands

Marcy Rae Henry is a Latina born and raised in Mexican-America/The Borderlands. She is an interdisciplinary artist with no social media accounts. Her writing and visual art appears in or is forthcoming in the New Mexico Review, The Wild Word, Thimble Literary Magazine, Alternate History Fiction Magazine, Beautiful Losers, The Acentos Review, World Haiku Review, Chicago Literati, The Chaffey Review, Shanghai Literary Review, Damaged Goods Press/TQ Review. Her publication, The CTA Chronicles, received a Chicago Community Arts Assistance Grant and Cumbia Therapy, her collection of Spanglish stories, received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. She recently received a Luso-American Fellowship to attend “Writing The Luso Experience” in Lisbon, Portugal. Ms. M.R. Henry is a Associate Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts at Harold Washington College Chicago.
marcyraehenry.com

Events
WITH WAVES: A Collaborative Performance

H.K. Hummel

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H.K. Hummel is the author of Lessons in Breathing Underwater (Sundress Publications, 2019), and the co-author of Short-Form Creative Writing: A Writer's Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury, 2018). She is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and one of the founding editors of Blood Orange Review.

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Sun Dress Publications Reading

Carrie Hunter

Carrie Hunter

Carrie Hunter received her MFA/MA in the Poetics program at New College of California, edits the chapbook press, ypolita press,and is on the editorial board of Black Radish Books. Her latest chapbook <series out of sequence> was put out by above/ground press, her full-length collection, The Incompossible, was published in 2011 by Black Radish Books, and another,Orphan Machines, came out in 2015. Vibratory Milieu is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2020. She lives in San Francisco and teaches ESL.

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Somewhere in the Cloud & Inbetween: A Reading & Dusie Kollektiv Chapbook Exchange in Tribute to Marthe Reed

MC Hyland

MC Hyland is the founding editor of DoubleCross Press, a poetry micropress, as well as the author of THE END (Sidebrow 2019) and several poetry chapbooks. She is currently a PhD candidate in English Literature at New York University, where she's working on a dissertation about the long history of poets' engagements with the boundary between public and private space. From her research, she produces scholarly and poetic texts, artists’ books, and public art projects.  

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DoubleCross Press Table
New Poetry from Letterpress Publishers
Rural Experimentalisms: Correspondence, Friendship, and the Pastoral

elizabeth jacobson

Elizabeth Jacobson'ssecond book, Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air, won the New Measure Poetry Prize, selected by Marianne Boruch, and is just out from Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press.  She has published two chapbooks, Are the Children Make Believe?, and A Brown Stone, both fromDancing Girl Press, and a full-length collection, Her Knees Pulled In, from Tres Chicas Books. She is the founding director of the WingSpan Poetry Project, a not-for-profit which conducts poetry classes at homeless and battered family shelters in Santa Fe, New Mexico. WingSpan has received a Community Partnership award from the Esperanza Shelter in New Mexico and three grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the American Poetry Review, Hinchas de Poesia, Indolent Books, JuxtaProse, On The Seawall, Orion Magazine, Ploughshares, Plume, Poet Lore, Taos Journal of Poetry, The American Journal of Poetry, The Laurel Review, Terrain, The Miami Rail, Vox Populi, Women's Studies and others. Elizabeth is the recipient of the Mountain West Writers' Award from Western Humanities Review, The Jim Sagel Prize for Poetry from Puerto del Sol, and a grant from New Mexico Literary Arts. She has received residencies from Key West Literary Seminars, Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Mable Dodge Luhan House where she was the 2018 writer-in-residence, and Herekeke Arts Center. This June she will begin teaching a weekly community poetry class in conjunction with the Santa Fe Railyard Art Project.  She has an MFA from Columbia University. https://elizabethjacobson.wordpress.com

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Small Press Reading II

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.

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On These Difficult Times For Poems and Other Living Creatures

Sabreen Jolley

Sabreen Jolley  is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a degree in communications .She is a 22 year old Author, Award- Winning Poet, Orator, and Public Speaker who is on a constant climb towards her dreams. She was born in Pasadena, California and later moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where she was shaped as a writer and speaker. At the age of 7, Sabreen wrote her first poem and from there she realized that writing would be something that followed her all of her life. After losing her father and two of her friends in the same month, Sabreen decided to stop writing, which she says was the worst decision she could've made. She eventually got tired of speaking about her dreams and began chasing them. She published her book 5 months before graduation and traveled across the U.S. to follow her dream of being a best-selling author and world renowned speaker. She lives by her great grandfather's quote, “ Deep Preparation, Shallow Cultivation”.  To her this means that if you deeply prepare for a situation, the toil becomes light as you progress, so she is constantly preparing for the next big thing.  Instagram- @sabreenspeaks.    Facebook- Sabreen Jolley.  Website- Under Construction

Events
Same Sky, Different Light Table

Jamey Jones

one star by the sea

Jamey Jones lives in Pensacola, FL. and is the author of several chapbooks, including The Derby Earth (Sub City 2003), the notebook troubled the sleepdoor (brown boke 2008), Twelve Windows (brown boke 2009), and the full-length Blue Rain Morning (Farfalla, McMillan and Parrish, 2011). His poem, “Radio Shenandoah” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015 and his work has been published in various journals such as The Otter, Zen Monster, Fell Swoop, Mundane Egg, The Brooklyn Rail, and Brooklyn Paramount. He is the editor of Rachael Pongetti’s Uncovering The Layers: The Pensacola Graffiti Bridge Project (crazy. silly. okay. 2016), and the faculty editor of Hurricane Review, the national literary journal of Pensacola State College, where he teaches English, Literature, and Poetry. He was recently nominated for second term as Poet Laureate of Northwest Florida, a position he’s held since 2014.

 

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Hurricane Review Table

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

Events
Friday Night Feature
Translation in a Xenophobic World

Rodger Kamenetz

Rodger Kamenetz

Rodger Kamenetz is a poet and author. His latest book of poetry is YONDER from Lavender Ink. His other books of poetry include The Lowercase Jew (Northwestern), and To Die Next To You (Six Gallery). He also wrote the international best seller, The Jew in the Lotus, (Harper One) and received the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought.  His book on dreams, The History of Last Night's Dream was featured on Oprah Winfrey's "Soul Series", and he currently sees dream clients from around the world. He is Professor Emeritus at LSU where he held the Sternberg Honors Chair. He lives and works in New Orleans. Visit his website at http://www.kamenetz.com

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Dreams and Poetry Workshop
Feature Reader

Megan Kaminski

photo of Megan wearing a blue dress

Megan Kaminski is the author of two books of poetry, Deep City (Noemi Press, 2015) and Desiring Map (Coconut Books, 2012), with a third book Gentlewomen forthcoming from Noemi Press. She is an associate professor in the University of Kansas' Graduate Creative Writing Program and a Keeler Intra-University Professor studying trauma and healing in the School of Social Welfare. She also curates the Taproom Poetry Series in downtown Lawrence. Currently she is working on a book about indeterminacy, attraction, and plant thinking. http://megankaminski.com/

 

Events
The Cosmic Collective: A Group Poetry Reading
Epic: An Exploration of the Long Poem
Marthe Reed's ARK HIVE

Christine Kanownik

Christine Kanownik

Christine Kanownik is a poet currently living in Chicago. Her work has appeared in FENCE, jubilat, Big Lucks, The Poetry Project Newsletter, and Diagram. Her first book KING OF PAIN was published by Monk Books in 2016 and her chapbook We are Now beGinning to Act Wildly was released by Diez Pres in 2012.

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Trembling Pillow Press Reading

Jennifer Karmin

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

Events
WITH WAVES: A Collaborative Performance
Somewhere in the Cloud & Inbetween: A Reading & Dusie Kollektiv Chapbook Exchange in Tribute to Marthe Reed

Jesse Lee Kercheval

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

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Friday Night Feature

Friedrich Kerksieck

Friedrich Kerksieck runs Small Fires Press in New Orleans, LA. 

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.

Ben Kopel

Ben Kopel is a writer and educator in Austin, Texas. 

Events
On These Difficult Times For Poems and Other Living Creatures

Dylan Krieger

DYLAN KRIEGER is an automatic meaning generator in south Louisiana, where she earned her MFA from LSU and now sunlights as a trade magazine editor. Her debut poetry collection, Giving Godhead (Delete Press, 2017), was dubbed "the best collection of poetry to appear in English in 2017" by the New York Times Book Review. She is also the author of dreamland trash (Saint Julian Press, 2018), no ledge left to love (Ping Pong Free Press, 2018), and an autobiographical meditation on the Church of Euthanasia called The Mother Wart (Vegetarian Alcoholic, forthcoming). Find her at www.dylankrieger.com.

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Apocalypse Lovers: Co-Conceiving Our Own Demise

Lo Kwa Mei-en

Lo Kwa Mei-en is a poet and Kundiman fellow. She is the author of Yearling (Alice James Books) and The Bees Make Money in the Lion (Cleveland State University Poetry Center), as well as two chapbooks, The Romances (The Lettered Streets Press) and Two Tales (Bloom Books). She lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Constraint-based Poetry

Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour

Joseph Jason LaCour is cool.

Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour is a Poet, Artist and Emcee from the Midwest now living in Santa Cruz. A Filipino and French Creole fiasco, he has struggled as a young parent and worked countless jobs. Today, his Daughters are grown, he has true love in his life and he wants to share his art, his heart, with you. As a member of The Legendary Collective and co-curator of The Santa Cruz Word Church, a weekly poetry event at The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, he consciously works to contribute to a strong community of poets, emcees and writers in Santa Cruz. Books and music available at www.josephjasonsantiagolacour.com

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Dope Poet Love Table

Bill Lavender

Bill

Bill Lavender is a poet, novelist, musician, carpenter and publisher living in New Orleans. He founded Lavender Ink, a small press devoted mainly to poetry, in 1995, and he founded Diálogos, an imprint devoted to cross-cultural literatures (mostly in translation) in 2011. His poems, stories and essays have appeared in dozens of print and web journals and anthologies, with theoretical writings appearing in Contemporary Literature and Poetics Today, among others.
His ground-breaking verse memoir, Memory Wing, dubbed by Rodger Kamentetz "a contemporary autobiographical masterpiece," was published by Black Widow in 2011. His novel, Q, a neo-picaresque view of the surreal world of the future, appeared from Trembling Pillow in 2013. A chapbook, surrealism, was published in 2016 by Lavender Ink. His Amazon author page lists most of his books.

Read an interview with Bill about his poetics and about the press at Jacket2.

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

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 and the Editor of 1111.

Events
Small Press Reading III

Muriel Leung

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Muriel Leung is the author of Bone Confetti, winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award. A Pushcart Prize nominated writer, her work can be found in Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, and others. She is a recipient of fellowships to Kundiman, VONA/Voices Workshop, and Community of Writers. She is the Poetry Co-Editor of Apogee Journal. Currently, she is a Dornsife Fellow of Creative Writing and Literature at University of Southern California.   

Events
Are We There Yet?: A Live Poetry Podcast Recording
Catastrophe to Courage: Poets Push the Essay
Raced, Not Erased: Ghosts in Favor of Critical Theory

Dana Teen R. Lomax

Dana Teen Lomax is a poet, filmmaker, and educator. She is the 2017 recipient of the Tiburon Arts Community Educator Award and the author of several books including _______ Is Not Goodbye (dusie kollektiv), Disclosure (Black Radish Books), Unpublishable Manuscript #43 (UbuWeb Editions), and Curren¢y (Palm Press); together with Jennifer Firestone, she edited Letters To Poets: Conversations About Poetics, Politics, and Community (Saturnalia) which Cornel West called a “courageous and visionary book.” Her most recent editorial project, Kindergarde: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs for Children won the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Press Prize for Excellence in North American Poetry. She lives and works in San Quentin, California.

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Catastrophe to Courage: Poets Push the Essay
Marthe Reed's ARK HIVE

Janice A. Lowe

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Janice A. Lowe, composer, pianist and poet, is the author of Leaving CLE  poems of nomadic dispersal. She is the composer of  Millie and Christine McKoy Sisters’ Syncopated Sonnet in Song, text by Tyehimba Jess and the musical Sit-In at the Five & Dime, libretto by Marjorie Duffield. Her musical theater works have been performed in numerous festivals, both regionally and nationally. She is currently a Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania. She records and tours with her band Namaroon. www.janicelowe.com

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Tender Buttons Press Table
Embodied Poetics: Threads of Matrilineal Influence

Elle Magnuson

Elle Magnuson is an emerging poet and musician. She hales from Birmingham, Alabama and drags the clanks and groans of the south into her poetics. She has previously published pieces in the Kenyon Review, and the Appalachian Review. After receiving her MFA in Poetry from the University of New Orleans, she began teaching at Delgado Community College.

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Small Press Reading

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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NOPF Coordinator

Dora Malech

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Dora Malech is the author of Stet, selected by Susan Stewart for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and published by Princeton University Press in 2018. Her two previous books of poetry are Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011) and Shore Ordered Ocean (The Waywiser Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in publications that include The New YorkerPoetryThe Best American Poetry, Poetry London, The Kenyon ReviewLana Turner, and Tin House. Her visual art has appeared or is forthcoming in publications that include PoetryPoetry Northwest, and Pinwheel. She is the recipient of awards that include an Amy Clampitt Residency Award from the Amy Clampitt Foundation, a Writers' Fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Award from the Poetry Foundation, and a Mary Sawyers Baker Award from the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is an assistant professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

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Constraint-based Poetry

Salgado Maranhão

Afro-Brazilian poet and composer Salgado Maranhão was born in the village of Canabrava das Maças, where he spent much of his youth in the fields. His taste for poetry and for music came from the troubadours who passed through the village. He went on to study journalism in Rio de Janeiro. Along with his prodigious poetic output, (his poetry has been translated into English, German, Italian, French, Swedish, and Japanese), as composer and lyricist his songs have been recorded by such Brazilian artists as Amelinha, Elba Ramalho, Ney Matogrosso, Paulinho da Viola, Rosa Marya Colin, Vital Farias, Zizi Possi, and Ivan Lins. In 1999, he was awarded Brazil’s most prestigious literary award, the Prêmio Jabuti, for Mural de ventos, and in 2016 he was awarded the prize again for Ópera de nãos. In 2011 he was awarded the poetry prize from the Academia Brasileira de Letras for A cor da palavra.

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Friday Night Feature

Jerika Marchan

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Jerika Marchan was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in the American South. A graduate of Louisiana State University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she lives in New Orleans. Her debut SWOLE (Futurepoem, 2018) was the June 2018 poetry bestseller on Small Press Distribution and was named a Must-Read Race and Culture Book of the Summer by Colorlines magazine.

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Post-Apocalyptic Polyvocality
Putting the Ms. in MS: Women's Workshop Takes On Book-length Manuscripts

Brynn Martin

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Brynn Martin is a Kansas native living in Knoxville where she received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Tennessee and currently works as the Literary Arts Director for Sundress Academy for the Arts. Her poetry has appeared in Contrary Magazine, Yes Poetry, and Crab Orchard Review.

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Sun Dress Publications Table
Sun Dress Publications Reading

Irène Mathieu

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Dr. Irène P. Mathieu is a pediatrician, writer, and public health researcher. She is the author of Grand Marronage (Switchback Books, 2019), which was Editor's Choice for the Gatewood Prize, orogeny (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017), which won the Bob Kaufman Book Prize, and the galaxy of origins (dancing girl press, 2014). Other honors include Yemassee Journal’s Poetry Prize, Honorable Mention and Editor’s Choice awards in the Sandy Crimmins National Poetry contest, and runner-up for the Northwestern/Cave Canem book prize. Irène serves as a poetry book reviewer for Muzzle Magazine and an editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine’s humanities section. She has received Fulbright and Callaloo fellowships, and is represented by Jack Jones Literary Arts.​

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Trembling Pillow Press Reading

David E. Matthews

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DAVID E. MATTHEWS now lives in the Texas Hill Country. After years of reflection & introspection, he now believes Human Intelligence is vastly over-estimated, and that Human Communication, even in -- or especially in -- poetry is a frail & haphazard affair. Still, he persists.

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Unlikely Books 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. 

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Constraint-based Poetry
Form as Performance

Amy McDaniel

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Amy McDaniel runs 421 Atlanta, a very small press that publishes poetry and short prose, and teaches high school English. She is the author of two chapbooks, both with the words "Adult Lessons" in the title, and her poetry and prose have been published widely online and in print. 

 

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Publishing Genius and 421 Atlanta Table
Spacewitch Collective Reading

James Meetze

James Meetze [pronounced Metz] is the author of three books of poetry, including Phantom Hour and Dayglo, which was selected by Terrance Hayes as winner of the 2010 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, both published by Ahsahta Press. He is editor, with Simon Pettet, of Other Flowers: Uncollected Poems by James Schuyler (FSG, 2010). His poems have been translated into Spanish, Turkish, and Croatian. With Ken White, he is the writer of the short film, The Conservationist, which is currently in development as a feature-film. He spends his time between Split, Croatia and San Diego, California, where he teaches creative writing and film studies at Ashford University.

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Projecting: the Exigencies and Efficacies of Project-based Books of Poetry

Ansley Moon

Ansley Moon is the author of the poetry collection, How to Bury the Dead (2011) and the recipient of awards and fellowships from Kundiman and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, among others, as well as a recent finalist for the Jake Adam York Poetry Prize and the Great Indian Poetry Collective Emerging Poets Prize.

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Adoptee Book Club: On Fostering Community and Kinship

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.

Laura Mullen

Laura Mullen is the author of eight books and the McElveen Professor of English at LSU. Recognitions for her poetry include Ironwood’s Stanford Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award. Her work has been widely anthologized, and she is the librettist for Nathan Davis’ a Sound Uttered, a Silence crossed (for choir and percussion) which was commissioned by the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. Recent poems have appeared in The Nation, Jubilat, Conjunctions, 1111, and Lana Turner. She was the 2017-2018 Arons poet at Tulane and affiliate faculty at Stetson University for 2018. A collaboration with the photographer John David O'Brien (Verge) is available, and her translation of Veronique Pittolo's Hero is forthcoming from Black Square.

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Marthe Reed's ARK HIVE
Post-Apocalyptic Polyvocality

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 later this year. 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.

http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Nathanson.php

https://english.arizona.edu/users/tenney-nathanson

https://www.desertrainzen.org/teachers--practice-leaders.html

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Small Press Reading V

Amber Nelson

Amber Nelson was the co-founder and poetry editor for the online journal alice blue review as well as the founding editor of alice blue books. She is the author of several chapbooks, most recently The Terror of Spring from Delete Press. Her first full-length book, In Anima: Urgency, came out in 2010. Her second book, The Sexiest Man Alive, came out in 2018 from Spooky Girlfriend.

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Constraint-based Poetry

Kristen E. Nelson

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Kristen E. Nelson is a queer writer and performer, literary activist, LGBTQ+ activist, and community builder. She is the author of the length of this gap (Damaged Goods, August 2018)  and two chapbooks: sometimes I gets lost and is grateful for noises in the dark (Dancing Girl, 2017) and Write, Dad (Unthinkable Creatures, 2012).  www.kristenenelson.com

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Rising from the Ashes: Women Writers as the Phoenix
Form as Performance

Blake Nemec

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blake nemec is a Chicago based writer, ESL teacher, and sound/media artist whose writing and sound pieces work to show the luminance with alleged criminals. He released Sharing Plastic, a hybrid poetry and fiction collection, in 2018. His work has been featured in situations such as PERIOD(ICAL) #5, JUPITER 88, the Rio Grande Review, or the San Francisco Queer Arts Performance Festival. He received an MFA in bilingual (Spanish and English) poetry/fiction and has long worked as a sound recordist in queer independent movies, such as the documentary FREE CeCE!   https://www.pw.org/content/blake_nemec

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WITH WAVES: A Collaborative Performance
Small Press Reading III

Tiana Nobile

Tiana Nobile is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Kundiman fellow, and a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. A finalist of the National Poetry Series and Kundiman Poetry Prize, she is the author of the chapbook, The Spirit of the Staircase (2017). Her poetry has appeared in Poetry Northwest, The New RepublicGuernica, and the Texas Review, among others. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more, visit www.tiananobile.com

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Adoptee Book Club: On Fostering Community and Kinship
Are We There Yet?: A Live Poetry Podcast Recording
Kundiman Table

Isobel O'Hare

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

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

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

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

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Workshop: Erasure as Conversation

Izzy Oneiric

Izzy Oneiric holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. Their work has appeared in over 20 publications including armarolla, Phantom Limb, and PoetryWTF?! Izzy is the author of the chapbook From the Bombshell Shelter (Main Street Rag 2010), and the full-length collections Crossing Bryan Ferry and Other Poems (Lavender Ink, 2016), and The Year is Sunday (Xi Draconis, 2018). They currently live in New Orleans with two black cats named Gir! and Spork. 

Jennifer Paccione

Jennifer Paccione, Expanded Field poet

Jennifer Paccione is a current MFA graduate student at Stetson University in the Poetry in the Expanded Field program.  She is an experimental poet who combines text with sound, music, art, and film to create innovative and edgy multi-media works/installations. She is also a musician, composer, arranger, lead vocalist, and founder of transcendent rock band QUANTUM  X, who have produced original music EPs Fears and Hopes (2015) and Quantum X (2011). Jennifer also authored GOD: In Five Words or Less, and Buggy Buddies, an educational fiction piece through Stanfield Educational Alternatives. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Creative Writing, Humanities, and Fine Art from the University of Central Florida.  She also teaches piano and voice in Orlando, FL.

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Partraits of a Puzzle in Pieces: An Interactive Art/Poetry Installation

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

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Workshop: That Various Field: An Improvisation

Amy Pence

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Amy Pence authored the poetry collections Armor, Amour, The Decadent Lovely, and the chapbook Skin’s Dark Night. Her hybrid book on Emily Dickinson— [It] Incandescent – was released by Ninebark in 2018.  In addition to poetry in journals such as The Antioch Review, The Oxford American, and Juked, she’s also published short fiction, interviews, reviews, and essays. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, teaches a poetry class at Emory and works as a tutor. Links to her work can be found at www.amypence.com.

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Bomb on the Tongue: Writing the Incendiary

Jonathan Penton

Jonathan Penton (photo by David Carlisle)

In 1998, Jonathan Penton founded UnlikelyStories.org. Since then, he has lent editorial and management assistance to a number of literary and artistic ventures, such as MadHat, Inc. and Big Bridge. He has organized literary performances, and performed himself, in places like Arkansas, California, Chihuahua, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Washington, state and DC. His poetry books are Last Chap (Vergin’ Press, 2004), Blood and Salsa and Painting Rust (Unlikely Books, 2006), Prosthetic Gods (New Sins Press/Winged City Chapbooks, 2008), and the forthcoming Standards of Sadiddy (Lit Fest Press, August 2016). He serves as Webmonkey for this site, NOLAPoetry.com. Photo by David Carlisle.

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NOPF Coordinator
NOPF Webmaster
Poets and Publishing
Unlikely Books Table

Emily Pettit

Emily Pettit is a poet, artist, editor, and teacher from Western Massachusetts. Emily Pettit is the author of Goat In The Snow (Birds LLC) and Blue Flame (Carnegie Mellon University Press). She has taught and lectured at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, the University of Massachusetts, Elms College, and Smith College. She is an editor for Factory Hollow Press and jubilat.

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On These Difficult Times For Poems and Other Living Creatures

Nicole Peyrafitte

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Nicole Peyrafitte is a Pyrenean-born pluridisciplinary artist. While a long time resident of New York, her work in painting, action painting, writing, film and video draws upon her eclectic history and the experiences of shaping identity across two continents and four languages. Recent works include the five-week multi-tier exhibition & live performance Peyrafitte / Joris : Domopoetic Works at Simoncini Gallery, Luxembourg, featuring her longtime collaboration with poet and translator Pierre Joris, and Things Fall Where They Lie (2018), a documentary feature film she directed. In addition to books (latest publications: Carnet 2, RedfoxPress Ireland, 2018 and Landsc0pes, Plaine Page, 2018), chapbooks and translations, she has authored the CDs Whisk! Don’t Churn! with Michael Bisio and The Bi-Continental Chowder. Peyrafitte’s work has been presented and/or performed in a range of venues. In New York, these include The Poetry Project, Bowery Poetry Club, Bard College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, The Vision Festival and Poets House. National venues include San Francisco State University, University of California San Diego, the Walker Art Institute, Boise State University & Naropa University as artist/teacher in residence. Internationally, the Birbeck college, University of London, the University of Edinburgh, Université de Bordeaux, Festival les Voix de La Méditerranée in Sète, Festival de San Luis Potosi (Mexico), and Encuentro Internacional de Escritores in Durango (Mexico) are some of the venues that have showcased her performances. For full CV click here.

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Friday Night Feature
Translation in a Xenophobic World

Omar Pimienta

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

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Another North, Another South: Poetry from a Changing California

Cassie Pruyn

Cassie Pruyn is the author of Bayou St. John: A Brief History (The History Press, 2017) and the poetry collection Lena (Texas Tech University Press, 2017), winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry and finalist for the Audre Lorde Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, she lives and teaches in New Orleans.

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Putting the Ms. in MS: Women's Workshop Takes On Book-length Manuscripts

Jade Quinn

Jade Quinn is a Los Angeles native and homelessness relief worker. Her writing includes poetry, essay, and hybrid forms. A graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics lineage, her work has been featured in fields, Metatron, Spilled Milk, (b)OINK, and more.

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The Cosmic Collective: A Group Poetry Reading

Adra Raine

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Adra Raine, author of “Want-Catcher” (The Operating System, 2018), is a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she teaches literature and writing and is completing a dissertation on contemporary U.S. poetry titled “Resonance Over Resolution: Resisting Definition in Susan Howe, Nathaniel Mackey and Ed Roberson’s Post-1968 Poetics,” while working on a manuscript of poems about parenthood titled “Wonder Weeks.”

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Spacewitch Collective Reading

Brad Richard

Brad Richard

Brad Richard is the author of Habitations (Portals Press, 2000); Motion Studies (The Word Works, 2011 - winner of the 2010 Washington Prize); Butcher’s Sugar (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012); and Parasite Kingdom (forthcoming, The Word Works, 2019 - winner of the 2018 Tenth Gate Prize). He has also published three chapbooks, most recently Larval Songs (Antenna, 2018), a collaboration with artist Kelly Anne Mueller. Winner of the Poets & Writers Writers Exchange Award and recipient of the Louisiana Division of the Arts’ Artist of the Year Award, Richard directs the creative writing program at Lusher Charter School and co-directs the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of South Louisiana. He also co-organizes The Waves Reading Series with Elizabeth Gross.

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Post-Apocalyptic Polyvocality

Robert B. Riter

My name is Robert Riter. I am a faculty member in the The University of Alabama's School of Library and Information Studies. I teach courses in archival and book studies. My current research investigations include the archival aspects of the literary small press. 

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Poets and Publishing

Elizabeth Robinson

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Elizabeth Robinson is the author of multiple collections of poetry, most recently Rumor (Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions).  Vulnerability Index is forthcoming from Ahsahta in 2019.  Robinson has been the winner of the Fence Modern Poets Prize for Apprehend and the National Poetry Series for Pure Descent.  She has received grants from the Fund for Poetry and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.  With Jennifer Phelps, she co-edited the critical anthology Quo Anima: innovation and spirituality in contemporary women's poetry, forthcoming in 2019 from University of Akron Press.  Robinson works as the homeless navigator for Boulder Municpal Court.

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Critical Intersections: Writing &/as Activism

Frankie Rollins

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Frankie Rollins has published a collection of short fiction, The Sin Eater & Other Stories (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2013). Of this book, Publisher’s Weekly wrote, “Unsettling imagery and hauntingly beautiful language characterize these stories, as ephemeral and indefinable as dreams.” Also, she has work in Feminist Wire, The Fairy Tale Review, Sonora Review, Conjunctions, and The New England Review, among others. She teaches fiction at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ. She lives in a magical pink house.

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Rising from the Ashes: Women Writers as the Phoenix

Christopher Louis Romaguera

Christopher Louis Romaguera, writer

Christopher Louis Romaguera is a Cuban-American writer living in New Orleans. He has been published in The Middle Gray MagazineThe Daily BeastCurbedGrubStreet, the New Orleans Review and other publications. He traveled South America for most of this past year and is working on his first book. He is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of New Orleans.  https://www.facebook.com/chrisromaguera/

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Small Press Reading IV

Sarah Rosenthal

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

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Catastrophe to Courage: Poets Push the Essay

Henk Rossouw

Henk Rossouw is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His book-length poem Xamissa, published by Fordham University Press in 2018, won the Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize. Best American Experimental Writing 2018, out from Wesleyan University Press, featured an excerpt. The African Poetry Book Fund and Akashic Books included his chapbook The Water Archives in the 2018 boxed set New-Generation African Poets. Poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Boston Review, among other publications. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Henk earned an MFA from UMass Amherst and a PhD from the University of Houston. Currently, he is an associate editor for Tupelo Quarterly. His website: www.henkrossouw.com.

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Thursday Night Feature
Marthe Reed's ARK HIVE

Ariella Ruth

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Ariella Ruth’s work has appeared in Epiphany, Bombay Gin, Yew Journal, The Ocean State Review, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the Two Sylvias Press 2017 Full-Length Poetry Manuscript Prize, and has a poem published on a sandstone monolith as part of the City of Boulder, Colorado’s Downtown District and the Library and Arts Department’s West Pearl Poetry Project. Ariella Ruth works at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, where she assists in curating a programming thread on poetry, philosophy, and religion.

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The Cosmic Collective: A Group Poetry Reading

Selah Saterstrom

Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels Slab,The Meat and Spirit Plan, and The Pink Institution. (all published by Coffee House Press). Her book of essays, Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics won the Essay Press Book Prize. She teaches and lectures across the United States and abroad, and is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

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Rising from the Ashes: Women Writers as the Phoenix

Nora Seilheimer

Nora Seilheimer is a Michigander and nonfiction MFA candidate at University of New Orleans. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and two cats where she is the Associate Editor of Bayou Magazine and teaches a weekly yoga class to female inmates at Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. She is a proud double Scorpio with a figure skating past that she writes about often. Her work is published or forthcoming in Midwestern GothicLongleaf Review, and Chicago Athlete Magazine. You can also find her on Twitter @nslhmr or at nseilheimer.wordpress.com

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Bayou Magazine Table

Larissa Shmailo

Larissa Shmailo, poet

Larissa Shmailo is a poet, translator, novelist, critic and editor. Her latest book of poetry is Medusa's Country (MadHat Press) and her latest novel is Sly Bang (Spuyten Duyvil). She is the editor of the anthology Twenty-first Century Russian Poetry and translator of the Russian avant-garde opera, Victory over the Sun. Larissa's poetry CDs are The No-Net World and Exorcism; tracks are available from Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and other digital distributors. For more information about her writing, recordings, and translations, please visit Larissa's website at www.larissashmailo.com and her Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larissa_Shmailo 

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Unlikely Books Reading

Brenda Sieczkowski

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Brenda Sieczkowski is an Assistant Professor of English at Salt Lake Community College. Her poems and award-winning creative essays have appeared widely in print and on-line journals, including The Colorado Review, The New England Review, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Diagram, The Florida Review, Bone Bouquet, The Seneca Review, Western Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, Dusie, Sidebrow, and Subtropics among others. She has published two chapbooks, Wonder Girl in Monster Land (dancing girl press) and Fallout & Flotation Devices (Little Red Leaves Textile Series). Like Oysters Observing the Sun, her full-length poetry collection, was published by Black Lawrence Press.

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Poetics of the Neoliberal Midwest

Jonathan Skinner

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Jonathan Skinner is a poet, field recordist, editor, and critic, best known for founding the journal ecopoetics. His poetry collections and chapbooks include Chip Calls (Little Red Leaves, 2014), Birds of Tifft (BlazeVOX, 2011), Warblers (Albion Books, 2010), and Political Cactus Poems (Palm Press, 2005). He has published numerous ecocritical essays on the work of contemporary poets, translations of French poetry and garden theory, essays on bird song from the perspective of ethnopoetics, and essays on concepts such as the Third Landscape, Visceral Poetics and Vibrational Communication. Skinner teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick.

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Big Energy Poets: Writing Climate Change Workshop

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith is the founding editor of Foursquare and name magazines and Coven Press. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, she received her B.A. in English and Comparative Literature: Language Theory, M.A. in Comparative Literature, and M.L.S. from SUNY Buffalo, where she participated in the Poetics Program; she is currently working toward an MFA in Poetry from Miami University (Ohio). She teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Jessica is the author of many chapbooks including The Lover is Absent (above/ground 2017) and Trauma Mouth (Dusie 2015) and three full-length books of poetry, Organic Furniture Cellar (Outside Voices 2006), Life-List (Chax Press 2015), and How to Know the Flowers (Veliz Books 2019)

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Spacewitch Collective Reading

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 table

Hali Sofala-Jones

Hali F. Sofala-Jones is a Samoan American teacher and writer. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her poetry has been published both in the United States and abroad, appearing in Nimrod International Journal, The Bitter Oleander, CALYX, Blue Mesa Review, The Missouri Review, The Samoan Observer, and elsewhere.  Her debut collection of poetry, Afakasi | Half-Caste is forthcoming in 2019 from Sundress Publications. She lives and works in Milledgeville, Georgia.

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Sundress Publications Reading

Rosalyn Spencer

Rosalyn Spencer graduated from the University of Louisiana with a B.A. in English and a minor in Women Studies. She has a Masters in Library Science from North Carolina Central University, directs Project S.O.U.N.D. (an arts and activism group), coordinates children’s programs at the Thensted Center in Grand Coteau, Louisiana and teaches English and Language Arts in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. She is a freelance writer, advocate and supporter of the arts in education.

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Poets and Publishing
Unlikely Books Table

Heidi Lynn Staples

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Heidi Lynn Staples' debut collection, Guess Can Gallop, was selected by Brenda Hillman as a winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is author of four other collections, including A**AA*A*A (Ahsahta, 2018), a grant-supported collection using field-research to consider attachment and becoming a poet-of-place in Alabama. She is the founding faculty coordinator of the EcoLit Arts Project: Mobile-Tenesaw Basin, a bioregional interdisciplinary arts initiative; and with the poet Amy King, Staples is coeditor and cofounder of Poets for Living Waters, begun as an international response to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and of Big Energy Poets: When Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change (BlazeVOX, 2017).

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Projecting: the Exigencies and Efficacies of Project-based Books of Poetry
Big Energy Poets: Writing Climate Change Workshop

Mark Statman

Mark Statman has written ten books; his most recent is the book of poems Exile Home (Lavender Ink 2019). Statman’s other poetry collections include That Train Again (Lavender Ink, 2015), A Map of the Winds (Lavender Ink, 2013) and Tourist at a Miracle (Hanging Loose, 2010). His translation collections include Never Made in America: Selected Poetry of Martín Barea Mattos (Lavender Ink/diálogos, 2017), as well as Black Tulips: The Selected Poems of José María Hinojosa (University of New Orleans Press, 2012), the first English language translation of the significant poet of Spain’s Generation of 1927, and, with Pablo Medina, a translation of Federico García Lorca's Poet in New York (Grove 2008), Statman’s poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in fifteen anthologies, as well as such publications as New American Writing, Tin House, Hanging Loose, Ping Pong, and American Poetry Review. A recipient of awards from the NEA and the National Writers Project, he is Emeritus Professor of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School, and lives in San Pedro Ixtlahuaca and Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, MX.

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Translation in a Xenophobic World
Featured Reader

Suzanne Stein

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Suzanne Stein’s poetry publications and performance documents include The Kim GameTOUT VA BIEN, and Passenger Ship; her second full-length collection, New Sutras, is forthcoming this spring from Dogpark Press. With the poet Steve Benson, she is the author of Do Your Own Damn Laundry, which documents the 36 improvisational dialogues they performed together between 2011 and 2012. Essays and poems have appeared recently in The Best American Experimental Writing, Elderly, and Open Space; performance recordings are archived at PennSound.  Suzanne is also a publisher, editor, and curator. She was the founding editor, and for eight years editor-in-chief, of Open Space, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s hybrid art and language platform and publication. In 2010 she co-organized the Poetic Labor Project Labor Day conference. Her chapbook press TAXT was formed in 2005 to distribute the work of Bay Area writers and artists then under-represented in print. Once upon a time, she was the co-director and film curator of a little gallery called {four walls, in San Francisco.  suzannestein.net

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Another North, Another South: Poetry from a Changing California

Jordan Stempleman

Jordan Stempleman is the author of nine collections of poetry including WallopNo, Not Today, and the forthcoming collection Cover Songs Cover Songs Cover Songs Off Days (Magic Helicopter Press). He is an assistant professor in the School of Liberal Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he is the faculty advisor for the literary magazine Sprung Formal, and curator of A Common Sense Reading Series. He also co-edits The Continental Review, one of the longest running online literary magazines devoted to video poetics. More about him can be found at www.jordanstempleman.com/

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On These Difficult Times For Poems and Other Living Creatures

Nathanael Stolte William

Nathanael William Stolte   Poet / Publisher

Nathanael William Stolte is the author of six chapbooks most recently, A Beggars Prayer Book (Night Ballet Press, 2017) & Ramshackle American (Analogue Submissions Press, 2018).His first full length book is forthcoming, Shoot the Alligators Closest to the Boat (Stubborn Mule Press, 2019).  Over the past eighteen months his poems have appeared in Rusty Truck, Poems-For-All, The Buffalo News, Le Mot Juste, Foundlings Zine, Iconoclast, 34th Parallel Magazine, Poets Speak Anthology, Punch Drunk Press, My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry,  Mutata Re, Howling Up to the Sky Anthology,  & Blue Mountain Review. He was voted best poet in Buffalo (Artvoice, 2016). He is a madcap, flower-punk, D.I.Y. Buffalo bred & corn-fed poet. He responds to emails at nathanaelstolte@yahoo.com

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CWP Collective Press Table

Alison Strub

Alison Strub

Alison Strub received her M.F.A. at George Mason University. Her poems have appeared in Gigantic Sequins, The Seattle Review, Word For/ Word, and other fine publications. Her chapbook, Lillian, Fred, was published by BOAAT Press. She can be reached via Google. She resides in Northern Virginia.

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Spacewitch Collective Reading

Su Zi

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

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Red Mare Press Table

Heather C Sweeney

Heather Sweeney earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at Naropa University in 2016 where she was the Allen Ginsberg Fellow.  Her chapbook Just Let Me Have This was published by Selcouth Station Press in 2018.  Her second chapbook, Same Bitch, Different Era, is forthcoming this year by above/ground press. Currently, she lives in San Diego, California where she writes, does visual art, and teaches yoga.  You can also find her at https://heathersweeney.net/

 

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The Cosmic Collective: A Group Poetry Reading

Michelle Taransky

Michelle Taransky is the author of Abramowitz-Grossberg (Factory Hollow forthcoming), Sorry Was In The Woods (Omnidawn 2013), and  Barn BurnedThen, selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize.  Taransky teaches courses in critical and creative writing at Penn and is the Reviews Editor for the online poetry and poetics magazine Jacket2.  

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On These Difficult Times For Poems and Other Living Creatures
factory hollow press & Ruth Stone Foundation Chapbook Making & Reading

Bronwen Tate

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

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Spacewitch Collective Reading
Rural Experimentalisms: Correspondence, Friendship, and the Pastoral

William Taylor, Jr.

William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, and a volume of short fiction. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a recipient of the 2013 Kathy Acker Award. His work has appeared in The Chiron Review, The New York Quarterly, and numerous other journals across the globe. He edited Cockymoon: Selected Poems of Jack Micheline, published by Zeitgeist Press in 2017. From the Essential Handbook on Making it to the Next Whatever is his latest collection of poetry. Much of his work can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/William-Taylor-Jr/e/B00PRS8XAY

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Evening with Epic Rites Press

Joseph Earl Thomas

Joseph Earl Thomas is a writer from Northeast Philly whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in in After the Pause, Philadelphia Printworks, The Offing, and The Kenyon Review. He is a VONA and Winter Tangerine workshop alumni. A memoirist and poet, he often  wonders how things might have gone had he fallen in love with hominids first, and so he spends much of his time reading and writing speculative fiction. Joseph is grinding on two book-length projects: Sink, a memoir about coming of age as an undereducated blerd in the city, and a novel The Gift from Alondria. He blogs on birth world problems at josephearlthomas.com.

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Raced, Not Erased: Ghosts in Favor of Critical Theory

Amber Flora Thomas

Amber Flora Thomas is the author of three collections of poetry: Red Channel in the Rupture (2018), The Rabbits Could Sing (2012), and Eye of Water (2005), which won the 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. A recipient of the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, Richard Peterson Prize, and Ann Stanford Prize, her work has appeared in The New England Review, Tin House, Callaloo, Orion Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, Saranac Review, and Third Coast, as well as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, and numerous other journals and anthologies. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and faculty member. She received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998. She was born and raised in California.

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Supernatural Language: Queering Ecopoetics

Lindsay Tigue

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Lindsay Tigue is the author of System of Ghosts, which was the winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for Julie Suk Award, and was a finalist for both the Foreword INDIES Book Award and the Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award for a book by a debut author. She writes poetry and fiction and her work appears in Prairie SchoonerBlackbird, Verse Daily, and Indiana Review, among other journals. She was a Tennessee Williams scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a James Merrill fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, and a former assistant to the editors at the Georgia Review. She is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University and is a current Ph.D. candidate in English/Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. 

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Supernatural Language: Queering Ecopoetics

Amy Toland

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Poet and managing editor of Miami University Press

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Miami University Press Table

Chris Tonelli

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

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Birds, LLC Table

C. Derick Varn

C. Derick Varn is a poet and teacher now living in Salt Lake City. He works for Zero Books as a reader of theory and nonfiction and was a poetry reviewer for the Hong Kong Review of Books. He serves as a podcast co-host and co-producer for Symptomatic Redness and Alternatives. He co-founded and edits the online literary journal, Former People. Derick has spent most of the last decade abroad  in South Korea, Northern Mexico and Egypt.

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Unlikely Books Reading

Stephen Vincent

Stephen Vincent is a Poet & Haptic Artist. Recent books include Walking,Walking Theory, After Language: Letters to Jack Spicer & most recently, The Last 100 Days of the Presidency of Barack Obama (October 13 - January 20, 2016). His haptic work and artist books are in collections at the Berkeley Art Museum, Stanford University Library, and Brown University among others. A winter "Scholar Associate" at the Getty Research Institute, he is completing a book, Poetry Reading Haptics featuring visual and text responses to over 60 poets in performance. He and cris cris will lead a panel on poetries created by visual and other means  www.stephenvincentartpoetry.com 

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a poetry by other means

Meg Wade

Meg Wade is a 2017 National Poetry Series finalist and a former Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin's Creative Writing Institute. Her manuscript, Slick Like Dark, won the 2017 Snowbound Chapbook Award and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. Meg has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and you can find her poems online, as well as various print journals and anthologies. She lives and writes in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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Form as Performance

Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman has been a prolific and active poet and performer many years, creating radical new hybrid forms for the long poem, both serial and narrative, as with Marriage: A Sentence, Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble, Manatee/Humanity, and Gossamurmur, all published by Penguin Poets. She is also the author of the magnum opus The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press), a feminist “cultural intervention” taking on war and patriarchy which won the PEN Center 2012 Award for Poetry. She has been deemed a “counter-cultural giant” by Publisher’s Weekly for her ethos as a poetic investigator and cultural activist, and was awarded the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for Lifetime Achievement, 2015. She has also been at the forefront many decades in creating educational communities and has focused on the necessity of archival practices to insure the memory of some of the 20th and 21st century’s most precious literary histories and oral recordings. She was one of the founders of the Poetry Project at St Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery, and its Director a number of years and then went on to found The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University with Allen Ginsberg in 1974. She has continued to work at Naropa as a Distinguished Professor of Poetics and Artistic Director of its Summer Writing Program. She is the editor of The Beat Book and co-editor of Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action, and Beats At Naropa and most recently, Cross Worlds: Transcultural Poetics. Her most recent poetry collections are Voice’s Daughter of a Heart Yet To Be Born (Coffee House Press, 2016) and Trickster Feminism (Penguin 2018).

She is a recipient of The Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a Chancellor emeritus of the Academy of American Poets. She has collaborated with a number of artists and performers and dancers, including Judith Malina of The Living Theatre choreographer Douglas Dunn, painters Pat Steir and Richard Tuttle, performance artist and singer Meredith Monk, and her son, musician Ambrose Bye, and nephew Devin Brahja Waldman with whom she founded the Fast Speaking Music recording label. She makes her home in New York City and Boulder, Colorado and reads, performs and lectures all over the world. Waldman has been a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, a fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, and has held the Emily Harvey residency in Venice, and a Lannan resideny in Marfa, Texas. She has worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and at the Women’s Christian College in Tokyo. She has presented her work at conferences and festivals around the world, most recently in Brussels, Vienna, Slovakia, Wuhan, Beijing, Berlin. Nicaragua, Prague, Paris, Nantes, Kerala, Mumbai, Kolkata, Marrakech, Madrid, Hong Kong, and Hangzhou. She worked for the State Department lecturing at Muslim colleges in Kerala, and has worked teaching poetry to Berber School children in Marrakech, Morocco for the Tamaas Foundation. She recently performed and presented the keynote address at The Jaipur Literature Festival in India, 2017, and curated a poetry-in-performance Voz Alta 17 festival at the Casa del Lago in Mexico City. Her work has been translated into numerous languages. Recent album: Untethered, 2017, Fast Speaking Music. Allen Ginsberg referred to Waldman as his “spiritual wife”. annewaldman.org

Events
Saturday Night Feature

Mark Wallace

Mark Wallace is the author and editor of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays. Temporary Worker Rides a Subway won the 2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award and was published by Green Integer Books. His critical articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, and he has co-edited two essay collections, Telling It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s, and A Poetics of Criticism. Most recently he has published a novel, Crab (Submodern Books, 2017) and a book-length prose poem, Notes from the Center on Public Policy (Altered Scale Press, 2014).  Selections of his multi-part long poem The End of America, which he has been writing since 2005, have appeared in numerous publications. He lives in San Diego, California, and teaches at California State University San Marcos.

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Another North, Another South: Poetry from a Changing California

Tessy Ward

Tessy Ward is an MFA candidate at Boise State University and the author of My Head Can Feel the Vibrating of a Full Heartbeat Through a Chest That Is Neither Hollow Nor Dark, a chapbook from Press 254. She was a Sutherland Fellow in poetry at Illinois State University.

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Projecting: the Exigencies and Efficacies of Project-based Books of Poetry

Jeanine Onori Webb

Jeanine Webb (she/they) is a writer, translator, collective organizer, and cancer survivor. A 2016 PhD Candidate and Fellow in Literature at UC San Diego, her research focuses include poetry and poetics in relation to radical politics, as well as race and gender in speculative fiction. Her poetry has been published in many journals in the U.S. and abroad, including DATABLEEDLana TurnerThe Capilano Review, The West Wind ReviewARMED CELLThe Antioch ReviewAcross the MarginsStar*LineZYZZYVAJupiter 88 and in the collaborative poetry pamphlet Poetry is Not Enough, and many others. Her essays and reviews have been published on ON Contemporary Practice's .pdf Archive Series, Attention Span, and on The Poetic Labor Project and new essays have been published on Tripwire, for the Post-Crisis Poetics series and on Monstering Magazine. Her review of a sci-fi and film anthology is forthcoming for The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. Some current or forthcoming book projects which feature her work include Radix: Make Revolt Great Again (≥ Press, 2018), the collaborative zine Circle of Little Animals (2018) and Occupy Poetics (Essay Press, 2015). When she can afford to, she publishes the bilingual, cartonera-style handmade journal, TACOCAT. She currently co-curates the Non-Standard Lit Reading Series in San Diego and co-organizes a speaker series for UCSD's Critical Gender Studies Department at the Digital Gym in North Park.

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Another North, Another South: Poetry from a Changing California

Jeff Weddle

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Jeff Weddle is the author of the Eudora Welty Prize-winning Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press (University Press of Mississippi, 2007), a short story collection, When Giraffes Flew (SYP, 2015), several poetry collections, the most recent of which are It’s Colder than Hell / Starving Elves Eat Reindeer Meat / Santa Claus is Dead (Alien Buddha, 2018), Heart of the Broken World (Nixes Mate, 2017), and Comes to This (Nixes Mate, 2017). He is co-author of The Librarian’s Guide to Negotiation: Winning Strategies for the Digital Age (Information Today, 2012). His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in many print and online publications, such as Publishing History, Serials ReviewChiron Review, Beat Scene, Black Heart Magazine, Prime Number Magazine, Red Fez, Port Cities Review, Out of the Gutter Online, Roadside Fiction, Fiction on the Web, and others. A native Kentuckian, Jeff teaches in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. He spends entirely too much time on Facebook and this link will get you to him there: https://www.facebook.com/jeff.weddle1.  His website can be found at jeffweddle.com.

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Unlikely Books reading
Poets and Publishing

David Welch

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

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New Poetry from Letterpress Publishers

Keith S. Wilson

Keith S. Wilson, Poet

Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem fellow, and graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. He has received three scholarships from Bread Loaf as well as scholarships from MacDowell, UCross, Millay Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center, among others. Keith serves as Assistant Poetry Editor at Four Way Review and Digital Media Editor at Obsidian Journal. Keith's first book, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love, will be published by Copper Canyon in 2019.

His work has appeared or is appearing in the following journals: Poetry, Adroit Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Little A, Narrative, 32 Poems, Rhino, Muzzle, Blueshift Journal, and Vinyl. Additionally, he won a Best of the Net Award, has been anthologized in Best New Poets, and was appointed a Gregory Djanikian Scholar. His nonfiction won a Redivider Blurred Genre prize.

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WITH WAVES: A Collaborative Performance
Poetics of the Neoliberal Midwest

Cecilia Woloch

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Cecilia Woloch is the author of six collections of poems, most recently Carpathia (BOA Editions 2009) and Earth (Two Sylvias Press 2015), as well as a novel, Sur la Route (Quale Press 2015). Her awards include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, the Indiana Review Poetry Prize, the New Ohio Review Poetry Prize, and others. Two Sylvias Press issued an expanded and updated edition of her second book Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem in the spring of 2018. Cecilia currently teaches in the creative writing program at Georgia College & State University.

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Bomb on the Tongue: Writing the Incendiary

Elisabeth Workman

Elisabeth Workman

Elisabeth Workman is a poet and writer with a background in dance. The author of Ultramegaprairieland (Bloof Books 2014), ENDLESSNESS IS NO DESOLATION (Dusie Press 2016), and a litter of chapbooks, she teaches creative writing at Minneapolis College of Art & Design, where she co-curates the reading series Next Poetix.

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Somewhere in the Cloud & Inbetween: A Reading & Dusie Kollektiv Chapbook Exchange in Tribute to Marthe Reed's Poetix
Radio Love of a Nocturnal Crowd: A Reading Courting Joyce Mansour
Bloof Books Table