In a little under two months from now, from Sat., Feb. 14 through Sun.
Feb. 15, we’ll be putting on our annual winter event, Welcome to Boog
City 8.5 poetry, music, and theater festival. It will feature 51
poets, 5 musical acts, 4 short films, 1 poets theater play, and 1 d.a.
levy lives visiting press over the two days.
Thanks to Jessy Randall for the festival’s logo; and for booking the
music, our incoming music editor Jesse Statman; the classic album,
Todd Carlstrom; and selecting the poets, Mel Bentley, Christophe
Casamassima, JenMarie Macdonald, Travis Macdonald, and Joe Pan, along
Among the festival highlights are:
—our d.a. levy lives series continues its 12th season featuring
Amherst, Mass.’ Boaat Press;
—our 46th Classic Album Live show, Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks at
—short films from Joel Schlemowitz;
—and a Poets’ Theater piece from Martha King.
The full schedule for the event is below this note, followed by
performer bios and websites.
If you need any additional information you can reach me at 212-842-
BOOG (2664) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to Boog City 8.5 festival
2 Days of Poetry, Music, and Theater
SATURDAY, FEB. 14, 11:30 A.M.
600 Vanderbilt Ave.
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
11:30 a.m. Neesa Sunar (music)
12:00 p.m. Jessica Rogers
12:10 p.m. Aaron Winslow
12:25 p.m. Allison Adair
12:35 p.m. Jean-Paul Pecqueur
12:45 p.m. Jacob Bennett
1:00 p.m. Susan Lewis
1:10 p.m. Brian Fitzpatrick
1:25 p.m. Arlo Quint
1:35 p.m. The Grasping Straws
2:05 p.m. Break
2:20 p.m. James Bellflower
2:35 p.m. MC Hyland
2:45 p.m. Hassen Saker
3:00 p.m. Michelle Taransky
3:15 p.m. Jena Osman
3:30 p.m. d.a. levy lives: celebrating renegade presses series
Boaat Press (Amherst, Mass.)
3:30 p.m. readings
4:00 p.m. Jake Klar (music)
4:20 p.m. readings
4:50 p.m. Klar (music)
5:00 p.m. break
5:30 p.m. Jason Koo
5:40 p.m. Zach Savich
5:50 p.m. Elizabeth Savage
6:00 p.m. Wanda Phipps
6:10 p.m. Iris Cushing
6:20 p.m. Oki Segumi
6:35 p.m. Matthew Rohrer
6:45 p.m. Tim Paggi
6:55 p.m. Caroline Cotto (music), first set
7:10 p.m. Marion Bell
7:20 p.m. Daniel Remein
7:35 p.m. Alicia Puglionesi
7:45 p.m. Hillary Plum
8:00 p.m. Andrew Dieck
8:10 p.m. Kate Colby
8:20 p.m. Cotto (music), second set
SUNDAY, FEB. 15, 11:30 A.M.
600 Vanderbilt Ave.
11:30 a.m. Chicken Leg
12:00 p.m. Reed Smith
12:10 p.m. Nick Deboer
12:20 p.m. Ian Davisson
12:35 p.m. Jackie Wang
12:45 p.m. John Buckley
1:00 p.m. Brandon Holmquest
1:15 p.m. Alex Norelli (music)
1:45 p.m. Poet TBA
1:55 p.m. Tim Leonido
2:05 p.m. Kathryn Pringle
2:20 p.m. Matt Miller
2:30 p.m. Jackie Sadicario
2:45 p.m. Mitali Routh
3:00 p.m. Nate Hoks
3:15 p.m. Joohyun Kim
SUNDAY AUGUST 3, 5:30 P.M.
94 Avenue A
5:30 p.m. Debbie Kuan
5:40 p.m. Andrew Levy
5:50 p.m. Poet TBA
6:00 p.m. Bruce Andrews
6:10 p.m. Brenda Coultas
6:20 p.m. Martha King, Rants
6:35 p.m. Joel Schlemowitz films
—Chimera. Illusions made manifest through light and shadow.
—In Springtime. The change of seasons, in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
—Camera Roll. A camera roll city cine-poem, filmed in Brooklyn in the
vicinity of the Gowanus Canal.
—For Adolfas. In memory of Adolfas Mekas.
6:55 p.m. John Simonelli
7:25 p.m. Poetry Talk Talk
Bruce Covey and Lee Ann Roripaugh reading and in conversation
Boog City’s Classic Album Live Series presents
Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks at 40
Maynard & the Musties
“Tangled Up in Blue”
“Simple Twist of Fate”
“You’re A Big Girl Now”
“You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go”
“Meet Me in the Morning”
“Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts”
“If You See Her, Say Hello”
“Shelter from the Storm”
“Buckets of Rain”
**Welcome to Boog City 8.5 Bios and Websites**
Classic Albums Live,
Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks at 40
Todd is a longtime Boog album night regular and the happy curator of
tonight’s Bob Dylan tribute. He’s played in various groups in New
York City since the mid-nineties, but finally went solo in 2007 with
his album “Gold on the Map”. Buy it if you like music that rocks
out while stealthily examining love, aging, and dying dreams.
Little Cobweb is the musical project of Brooklyn-based artist Angela
Carlucci. She began performing in NYC in 2001 in the band The Baby
Skins. Little Cobweb plays revealing songs of heartbreak, loss, and
new love accompanied by delicate guitar work.
**Maynard & The Musties
Joe Maynard is a singer-songwriter and the Musties are friends who
play with him. They’ve played around NYC roughly a decade. They’ve
just put out their 4th release, Fall On In, 12-songs, produced by Eric
**The Trouble Dolls .5
Harmonizing since 2001, Cheri and Pam are the femme half of the pop
group The Trouble Dolls. They are also members of the record-in-a-
weekend-club music collective 29 Hour Music People, whose third
release is set to hit the airwaves this summer. By day, Cheri does
graphic design-y things, and Pam does web develop-y things. They are
thrilled to be performing for the Bob Dylan Tribute night.
Amish Trivedi is a poet, mostly, whose first book, Sound/Chest, is out
now from Annual Books, an imprint of Coven Press. He writes reviews
and other things, but started as a songwriter and kept at it until he
levy lives: celebrating renegade presses series
Boaat Press is a poetry chapbook and photography monograph publisher
based out of Amherst, Mass., and a quarterly online journal of poetry
and photography. They’re listed on Entropy magazine’s, “Best of the
Best 2014: Publishers, Journals, Magazines, Presses.”
John Ebersole is the poetry editor for The Philadelphia Review of
Books, and his work has either appeared and disappeared or is soon to
appear in Bateau, Coldfront, HTML GIANT, Octopus, Southern Humanities
Review, storySouth, and The Battersea Review, and died elsewhere.
Brenda Iijima’s involvements occur at the often unnameable
conjunctions and mutations of poetry, choreography, research movement,
animal studies, speculative non-fiction, care-giving, and forlorn
histories. Untimely Death is Driven Beyond the Horizon, a full-length
collection of poetry was published by 1913 Press in 2014. She is also
the publisher of Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs and recently published
the 50th book from the press.
Though Jake Klar’s music is based upon American roots traditions, it
cannot be considered merely folk or Americana. What you will discover
is a melting pot of styles that surface into a purely modern
reincarnation of folk music. For Jake Klar, this rebirth is a
spiritual connection of the old American soul with the new American
heart, speckled with the grit and energy of the blues and poetic
songwriting of Dylan and Springsteen. It’s part of the new Americana
synergy that infuses rock and pop sensibilities with folk honesty and
Klar’s latest offering, Crescent St. Blues, is a collection of
songs inspired by a four-year journey through the contemporary
American landscape. It explores the inner workings of everyday
characters trying to find their way in an ever-changing world. It
speaks of humanity and hardships, love and happiness, and searching
for the good within the bad. It’s a record about picking yourself up,
dusting yourself off, and getting right back in the fight.
JoAnna Novak is the Pushcart-Prize-nominated author of three
chapbooks: Two Fats and a Virtue (winner of the Slash Pine Press 2014
Spring Contest), Laps (Another New Calligraphy), and Something Real
(dancing girl press). A finalist for the 2014 Mary McCarthy Prize in
Short Fiction and a nominee for Best of the Net 2014, her writing has
recently appeared in BOMB, DIAGRAM, Guernica, Joyland, The Nervous
Breakdown, and The Rumpus. A founding editor of Tammy, she lives in
Massachusetts, where she is working on a novel.
Curtis Perdue is the author of two chapbooks, We’re Happy Our Original
Dance (forthcoming from Zoo Cake Press) and You Will Island (H_NGM_N
Books). He teaches and edits inter|rupture.
Allison Adair’s poems have appeared in The Boston Globe, the
anthology Hacks, the braille-photography exhibit Twice Seen, and Mid-
American Review, where she was the winner of the 2014 Fineline
Competition. A 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee and a contributing editor
at The Brooklyn Quarterly, she teaches writing at Boston College and
Bruce Andrews is an experimental poet, performance writer, literary
theorist, and recently retired (after 38 years) left-wing political
science professor. As musical director for Sally Silvers & Dancers, he
has created sound designs and, in performance, live mixes of music and
text for over two decades of performances.
Most recent of a dozen or so big books is You Can’t Have
Everything… Where Would You Put It!, followed by a chapbook,
Yessified (Sally’s Edit) to help celebrate the 2012 Andrews Symposium
and expanded web archive, with links to interviews, performance texts,
poetry, collaborations, and critical essays on his work at the above
James Belflower is a Ph.D. candidate in contemporary poetry and
poetics at SUNY Albany, researching artists who intervene in
Postmodern declarations of the “end of intimacy” by reassessing how
sensory relationships complement new experiences of materiality,
affect, and collectivity. He is the author of The Posture of Contour /
A Public Primer (Spring Gun Press), Commuter (Instance Press), and
Bird Leaves the Cornice, winner of the 2011 Spring Gun Press Chapbook
Prize. His work appears, or is forthcoming in Aufgabe, Fence, and New
American Writing, among others. He co-curates the Yes! Poetry and
Performance Series in Albany, N.Y. Jessica Belflower photo.
Marion Bell is a poet who lives in Philadelphia. She has written a
chapbook called The Abjector and a manuscript titled You People (both
of which she can email you as pdfs). You can find some of her poems in
Bedfellows, Edwin Johns, Elective Affinities, Jupiter 88, and Maestra
Vida. She’s doing some new writing under the working title of
Austerity/Austerities. She is excited to ride the bus to Toronto.
Jacob Bennett is a 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive tackle from Lebanon,
Ohio. He is ranked 2328 in the country by 247Sports. Bennett is the
123rd recruit in Ohio and is the 203rd offensive tackle in the nation.
Bennett has a 247Sports rating of 73, making him a 2-star prospect. He
has committed to the Bowling Green Falcons. Poet Jacob A. Bennett is a
different person, though. photo credit for attached photo is split
between me and a grimy mirror at some Brooklyn bar
Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Božičević emigrated to New York City in
1997 and studied at Hunter College. She is the author of several
chapbooks, including Morning News and Document. Her first book-length
collection, Stars of the Night Commute was a Lambda Literary Award
finalist, and her second book Rise in the Fall won a Lambda Literary
**John F. Buckley
A recent graduate of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the
University of Michigan, John F. Buckley has been writing poetry since
March 2009, when his attempt at writing a self-help book went somewhat
awry. After a 20-year stint on and near the West Coast, he now lives
in Ann Arbor, Mich. with his wife. His publications include various
poems, two chapbooks, the collection Sky Sandwiches, and, with Martin
Ott, Poets’ Guide to America and Yankee Broadcast Network.
Chicken Leg was born on a Saturday night, and spent five carefree
years till being put in the system, and there subjected to its warping
and twisting, resulting in the creature that exists today. Raised in
the Midwest, entering transitional phase out West, and fetching up in
the East, he now enjoys some success as a solo performer, frontman of
The Dick Jokes, and bass player with Badavocado. He aims to enjoy
associations with these wonderful musicians and artists in this very
rich scene, and to bring them wider attention. On this matter, he’s a
bit evangelistic in his enthusiasm. Anne Husick photo.
Kate Colby is the author of six books of poetry, including Blue Hole
and I Mean, forthcoming from Furniture Press and Ugly Duckling Presse,
respectively, in 2015. Fruitlands won the Norma Farber First Book
Award in 2007. She is a founding board member of the Gloucester
Writers Center in Massachusetts, and is based in Providence, where she
was a 2012 fellow of the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts.
Recent work has appeared in Aufgabe, La Vague, 6×6, and The Volta.
**Eduardo C. Corral
Eduardo C. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow. His poems have appeared in
Best American Poetry 2012, Beloit Poetry Journal, Huizache, Jubilat,
New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and
Quarterly West. His work has been honored with a “Discovery”/The
Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry,
and writing residencies to the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Slow
Lightning, his first book of poems, was selected by Carl Phillips as
the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The
recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the
Arts Fellowship, he lives in Rego Park, Queens, and taught at Columbia
University in the spring 2013.
Caroline Cotto is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and poet from
Westchester, N.Y. She is a music major and French/creative writing
minor at New York University, and performs regularly at the East
Village landmark Sidewalk Cafe. Her music is blues-inspired with a
blend of poetry. Recently, she performed with guitar legend Gary Lucas
at the venue Baby’s All Right, for a Jeff Buckley Tribute concert, and
will continue to collaborate with him on future projects. Christian
Brenda Coultas is the author of The Tatters, a collection of poetry,
recently published by Wesleyan University Press, and she is a
contributing fiction editor at Black and Grey. Her other books include
The Marvelous Bones of Time and A Handmade Museum from Coffee House
Press. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship
and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency. Her poetry can be
found in the Denver Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, and Witness. This
year she is a mentor in the Emerge-Surface-Be program sponsored by The
Poetry Project and The Jerome Foundation. Bob Gwaltney photo.
Bruce Covey’s sixth book of poetry, Change Machine, was published by
Noemi Press last year. He lives in Atlanta, where he publishes and
edits Coconut magazine and Coconut Books and curates the What’s New in
Poetry reading series.
Iris Cushing is a poet, performer and editor living in Queens. She is
the author of Wyoming (Furniture Press Books, 2013). Her poems and
critical writings have appeared in the Boston Review, Jacket2,
Bomblog, Hyperallergic, and Barrelhouse, among others. Iris has been a
writer-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, her
former home, and is currently a Process Space resident through the
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She is a founding editor for Argos
Books and studies in the Ph.D. program in English at the CUNY Graduate
Ian Davisson is studying occupational therapy in Philadelphia,
focusing on medical and body narratives. He also teaches English
classes as an adjunct at Temple University and the University of the
Arts. He has some recent work in Bedfellows and Little Red Leaves. He
helped organize the Temple University adjuncts for the recent
unionizing effort, and hopes that the mission will be complete by the
time this bio is read in public.
Nicholas DeBoer is a poet, collagist, activist, and chaos magician
living in NYC. He is the author of many chapbooks and broadsides, as
well as a co-editor for Elderly with Jamie Townsend and Cheer + Hope
Press with Geoffrey Olsen. He also is a member of the Potlatch
Discordian Network, a magickal organization operating out of Ridgely,
Md. Currently he is prepping “The Singes,” the first in his epic
arc “The Slip,” for publication. He is also also most certainly
Andrew Dieck is a poet from Philadelphia. His poetry has appeared in
Gerry Mulligan, The Bard Papers, The Death and Life of American
Cities, and The West Wind Review. He is an editor at O’clock Press.
Brian Fitzpatrick lives and teaches in Washington, D.C., where he
writes poetry and comedy pieces. His work has appeared in print and
online in places like Rattle and on D.C.’s Pink Line Project and
Fanzine. B. Rose Huber photo.
Nathan Hoks is the author of two books of poetry, Reveilles and The
Narrow Circle, which was selected by Dean Young as a winner of the
2012 National Poetry Series and published by Penguin. He is an editor
and letterpress printer for the micro-press Convulsive Editions and
teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.
Brandon Holmquest writes poems and sometimes translates them too,
though not as much as he used to. Relevant publications under the
auspices of Truck Books, Ugly Duckling, Calque, Asymptote, Bedfellows,
Ghostwriters of Delphi, Mad House. Lives in Philadelphia. Photo by a
nice lady in Savannah.
MC Hyland holds MFAs in poetry and book arts from the University of
Alabama and is working toward a Ph.D. in English Literature at New
York University. A former director of adult and artist programs at the
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, she is the author of several poetry
chapbooks and the poetry collection Neveragainland (Lowbrow Press) and
the co-editor, with Jeff Peterson, of DoubleCross Press. Her current
research focuses on walking as a utopian practice in Romantic and post-
WWII poetics, and her current studio practice focuses on typesetting
as labor and meditation.
Joohyun Kim is a feminist Korean-American poet, writer, electronic
musician, and visual artist from Florida living in Philly. Her new
chapbook Rhizomes is available from Birds of Lace.
**Martha King, Rants
Six characters don’t care where “the author” is, they each have a bone
to pick with the world!
Martha King attended Black Mountain College briefly as a teenager, and
married the painter Basil King in 1958. They have lived in Brooklyn
since 1969 and have two daughters and four grandchildren. Before
retiring in 2011, Martha worked day jobs as an editor and science
writer. Her recent books are Imperfect Fit: Selected Poems (Marsh Hawk
Press), and the short story collection North & South (Spuyten Duyvil
Publishing). She co-curates a prose reading series with Elinor Nauen
at the Sidewalk Cafe and blogs irregularly at the above blog url.
Basil King photo.
Jason Koo is the author of two collections of poetry, America’s
Favorite Poem and Man on Extremely Small Island (both C&R Press), the
latter winner of the De Novo Poetry Prize and the Asian American
Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award for the best Asian American
book of 2009. He has published his poetry and prose in numerous
journals, including the Missouri Review, North American Review, and
Yale Review, and won fellowships for his work from The National
Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and The New York State
Writers Institute. An assistant professor of English at Quinnipiac
University, Koo is also the founder and executive director of Brooklyn
Poets, a nonprofit organization celebrating and cultivating the poets,
poetry, and literary heritage of Brooklyn, where he lives in the
Debora Kuan is the author of XING (Saturnalia Books). She has recently
been awarded residencies at Yaddo and Macdowell, and had poems and
fiction published in Brooklyn Rail, Buenos Aires Review, HTMLGiant,
Hyperallergic, The Awl, The Baffler, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere.
She is a director at the College Board and also a senior editor at
Brooklyn Arts Press. She lives in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
Timothy Leonido is a writer and musician. His work has appeared in
Gauss PDF, Lateral Addition, and The Paris Review. New work is
forthcoming in Triple Canopy. He lives in Queens and teaches business
English. Houston Snyder photo.
Andrew Levy’s recent titles include Don’t Forget to Breathe (Chax
Press), Nothing Is in Here (EOAGH), and Cracking Up (Truck Books).
Memories of My Father was published in a private edition by Innerer
Klang. He is a contributor to the President of the United Hearts’ The
Big Melt (Factory School), author of Ashoka (Zasterle Books), Paper
Head Last Lyrics (Roof Books), Values Chauffeur You (O Books), and
other titles. Levy published Crayon with Roberto Harrison from
Susan Lewis lives in Greenwich Village and edits Posit. Her most
recent books are This Visit (BlazeVOX [books]), How to Be Another
(Červená Barva Press), and State of the Union (Spuyten Duyvil Press).
Her work is forthcoming or has recently appeared in such places as The
Awl, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Dusie, EOAGH, Gargoyle,
Otoliths, Ping Pong, Propeller, Raritan, Seneca Review, and Verse.
Matt Miller is a native of Long Beach, Calif., who now lives in
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. He is the author of Collage of Myself: Walt
Whitman and the Making of Leaves of Grass. His poems have appeared in
Denver Quarterly, Jacket, Verse, Volt, and other journals.
Alex Norelli (Axel Rat) is a poet, visual artist, and musician. He is
also an avid postcard maker and founder of the Post-Art Poetry
Project. In addition to AntiFolk, he has begun forays into Noise and
Electronic music under the name Rat Grease.
Jena Osman’s books of poems include Corporate Relations (Burning Deck
Press), Public Figures (Wesleyan University Press), The Network (Fence
Books, selected for the National Poetry Series in 2009), An Essay in
Asterisks (Roof Books), and The Character (Beacon Press, winner of the
1998 Barnard New Women Poets Prize). She teaches at Temple University
in Philadelphia, where she is the director of the creative writing
Tim Paggi is a poet, playwright, and performer. He is the author of
Work Ethic, a poetry book out from InkPress Productions. Recent
publications appear or are forthcoming in miiadden, Big Lucks,
Electric Literature, Potluck, and Proliferate. His plays have been
performed by Baltimore Annex Theater, Single Carrot Theatre, UnSaddest
Factory, and more.
Jean-Paul Pecqueur’s first book was titled The Case Against
Happiness. A chapbook, To Embrace Sea Monsters, was recently published
by Greying Ghost Press. He teaches creative writing to fine arts
students at the Pratt Institute and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Patty Gates photo.
Wanda Phipps is a writer/performer living in Brooklyn, N.Y, the author
of Field of Wanting: Poems of Desire (BlazeVOX[books]), Wake-Up Calls:
66 Morning Poems (Soft Skull Press), Your Last Illusion or Break Up
Sonnets (Situations), Lunch Poems (Boog Literature), and the Faux
Press issued e-chapbook After the Mishap and CD-Rom Zither Mood. Ken
Hilary Plum is the author of the novel They Dragged Them Through the
Streets (FC2). She is fiction editor with Burnside Review and a book-
review editor with the Kenyon Review. With Zach Savich she edits
Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series. Chris Ward photo.
**kathryn l. pringle
kathryn l. pringle’s book, Temper & Felicity are Lovers (Lost Roads
Press), won the Besmilr Brigham Award for Women Writers in 2013. Her
book, fault tree (Omnidawn), was selected by C.D. Wright for
Omnidawn’s 1st/2nd book prize. She also wrote Right New Biology
(Factory School) and The Stills (Duration Press). A new book,
Obscenity for the Advancement of Poetry, is forthcoming from Omnidawn
in 2017. In 2012 /13 she was a Lambda finalist and received a grant
from the Fund for Poetry. She lives in Durham, N.C.
Alicia Puglionesi can be found in and around Baltimore. Her new
chapbook with Furniture Press is Views from the National Forests.
Arlo Quint is the author of Death to Explosions (Skysill Press).
**Daniel C. Remein
Daniel C. Remein is the author of the chapbook Pearl, recently
reprinted by eth Press in Cotton Nero A.x. Selections from longer
works have been featured relatively recently in the journals LIT and
TAG. Remein is a co-founding-editor of the Organism for Poetic
Research, editor of the magazine Whiskey & Fox, and is working on a
monograph tentatively titled Beowulf and the Berkeley Renaissance. He
recently moved from Brooklyn to Boston, where he teaches medieval
literature and poetics as an assistant professor at the University of
Massachusetts Boston. Meagan Manas photo.
Matthew Rohrer is the author of several books of poem, most recently
Surrounded by Friends, published by Wave Books. He lives in Park
Slope, Brooklyn and teaches at NYU.
Jessica Rogers writes poetry/prose/essays and conducts experiments
with Polaroids. By day, she teaches composition, literature, and
creative writing at Bronx Community College, CUNY. Current projects
include a performance piece entitled The ball and a corresponding
manuscript, The ball: TRANSLATIONS, as well as work on a manifesto
toward an Occupied Poetics. Works can be read in Brooklyn Paramount,
Poems from Penny Lane (Farfalla Press, 2003), Summer Stock #8
(Livestock Editions), The Brooklyn Rail, and the chapbook Hot Water
(Cy Gist Press), among others.
**Lee Ann Roripaugh
Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four volumes of poetry: Dandarians
(Milkweed, Editions), On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year and Year of the
Snake (both Southern Illinois University Press), and Beyond Heart
Mountain (Penguin Books). She is a professor of English at the
University of South Dakota, where she serves as director of creative
writing and editor-in-chief of South Dakota Review.
Mitali Routh is an artist, scholar, and poet living in Durham, N.C..
She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and is currently a Ph.D.
candidate in the department of art, art history and visual studies at
Duke University, where she is completing her dissertation on the
sculpture, performance, and film work of American artist Matthew
Barney. She is the author of essays on human vs. animal nature in
conceptual art; the history of photographic self-portraiture; and many
unpublished poems. In addition to these projects, Routh swims laps,
whispers cats, shoots photos, and writes love letters to the
invisible. Her hair will be a different color next week.
Jaclyn Sadicario, originally from New York, is a Philadelphia poet.
She is the co-editor of bedfellows, a small, Philadelphia based
literary magazine focused on intimacy qnd relationships, which she co-
edits alongside Alina Pleskova. The second issue of bedfellows was
released in print June 2014 and is hosted at the above url. The third
issue, slotted for winter 2014/2015, may have been released by the
time of this reading. Her work can be found in a recent pizza poem
anthology entitled ‘By the Slice’ released in August 2014 from Spooky
Girlfriend Press, trinity review, and mad house, among other places.
If you want to see more of her work, offer to publish her manuscript
or talk to her. Devon Burch photo.
Hassen Saker creates and performs transmedia poetry with texts,
photography, video, and sound. She’s also a small business owner and
documentary filmmaker. Saker has lived throughout the U.S. and
currently resides in the Philadelphia area. Her poetry triptych, Sky
Journal, is now available from Dusie Press.
Elizabeth Savage is author of Jane & Paige or Sister Goose, Grammar,
and Idylliad (forthcoming), all from Furniture Press Books. The fall
2014 issue of Verse features her dossier-chapbook of 26 poems, Woman
Looking at a Vase of Flowers. Her poetry reviews appear in Jacket2 and
in Kestrel: A Journal of Literature & Art, for which she serves as
poetry editor. Identifying primarily as a feminist scholar, Savage has
published articles on modernist and contemporary writers in journals,
such as Contemporary Women’s Writing, Journal of Modern Literature,
and Tulsa Studies. Currently, she is completing a chapter for the
Cambridge History of 20th Century American Women Poets.
Zach Savich is the author of the poetry collections Full Catastrophe
Living (University of Iowa Press), Annulments (Center for Literary
Publishing), The Firestorm (CSU Poetry Center), and Century Swept
Brutal (Black Ocean). His work has received the Iowa Poetry Prize, the
Colorado Prize for Poetry, and the Cleveland State University Poetry
Center’s Open Award, among other honors. He teaches in the B.F.A.
program for creative writing at the University of the Arts in
Philadelphia, and he co-edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series.
Joel Schlemowiitz is an experimental filmmaker based in Park Slope,
Brooklyn. He was the recipient of Puffin Foundation grant in 2013.
Screenings include Millennium Film Workshop, Anthology Film Archives,
Experimental Response Cinema, and Northwest Film Forum. Screenings of
his films have included The New York Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film
Festival, and Tribeca Film Festival. His work has received awards from
the Chicago Underground Film Festival and elsewhere. Shows of
installation artworks include Anthology Film Archives and Microscope
Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Schlemowitz writes about experimental
film for the poetry and arts community newspaper Boog City. He is
working on a feature-length experimental documentary on 78 records.
Oki Sogumi was born in Seoul, Korea and resides in Philadelphia. She
is the author of The Island of Natural History (forthcoming from
Publication Studio), and a chapbook, Salt Wedge. Her poetry has been
included in 11×11, HiZero (UK), LIES Journal, and appears in little
boxes on the internet sometimes.
Without question, John Simonelli is one of the most versatile
guitarists and songwriters to come out of Brooklyn. Now living in
Rockaway and director at Rockaway Artists Alliance, the revered
guitarist continues to burn with unbridled passion on the guitar and
with his earnest lyrics. He has amassed a catalog of recordings that’s
staggering for its sheer output, uncompromising artistry, and
diversity. His independent solo releases Hard Miles and Time Looking
Back had John taking on all instrumentation and vocals. He’s
performing as a solo artist and has just released a self-titled CD,
Reed Smith’s first poetry chapbook is forthcoming from Brooklyn Arts
Press. He attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives with his wife
in South Florida.
Neesa Sunar is a classically-trained violist. Despite having a degree
in performance from a prominent conservatory, she now expresses
herself by writing songs with guitar. Her musical style is deeply
influenced by classical chord progressions and melodies, and her
pensive lyrical writing is influenced by the librettist W. S. Gilbert.
She has been a part of the AntiFolk scene for the past three years.
During the day, she works as a mental health specialist.
Michelle Taransky is the author of Sorry Was In the Woods and Barn
Burned (both Omnidawn), the latter selected by Marjorie Welish for the
2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize. Taransky lives in Philadelphia where she
is a critical writing fellow at The University of Pennsylvania,
teaching courses in critical and creative writing. With Emily Pettit,
she coordinates the Whenever We Feel Like It reading series.
**The Grasping Straws
The Grasping Straws formed in the summer of 2012. The group has been
featured in the AntiFolk Festival at the Sidewalk Cafe, The NYC New
Music Festival at The Bowery Electric, and has performed at many other
venues spanning Manhattan and Brooklyn. In July 2014, the Straws went
on their first U.S. tour with NYC-based musician Cannonball Statman.
The group is also finishing their first album, which was recorded in
an analog studio in Woodstock, N.Y. with Basement Floods Records in
association with Jon Hildenstein. It will be released in January 2015,
followed by a second U.S. tour. Mikhael Muya photo.
Jackie Wang is a queer poet, essayist, filmmaker, performer, and
prison abolitionist based out of Cambridge, Mass. Her work has been
published in Action Yes, Delirious Hem, DIAGRAM, LIES, Pank, October,
The Brooklyn Rail, the Semiotext(e) Whitney Biennial Pamphlet Series,
and other worthy outlets. She is at work on a book or two. If you
summon her, she will come: email@example.com. Follow her on twitter
Aaron Winslow is the author of the chapbook Four Gashes: Tales of the
Great Misery (Make Now) and the novel Jobs of the Great Misery
(forthcoming ABC Books). His fiction has appeared in Armed Cell,
Intercourse, P-Queue, Promethazine, Smallwork, and The Claudius App,
among others. Audio recordings can be found on the University of
Pennsylvania’s PennSound website, and excerpts from Jobs of the Great
Misery have been profiled on the web journal Jacket2. He works as an
archivist in Washington, D.C. while completing a Ph.D. at Columbia
David A. Kirschenbaum, editor and publisher
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