In just 11 days, from Fri., Aug. 5 through Tues. Aug. 9, we’ll be
celebrating Boog’s 25th anniversary by putting on the 10th annual Welcome
to Boog City poetry, music, and theater festival. It will feature 74 poets,
16 musical acts, 8 poets theater plays, 2 poets in conversation with one
another, 1 d.a. levy lives visiting press, and 1 panel over the five days.
And here’s the illustrated program:
—Writeups on and by festival performers Isabel Sobral Campos, Tafisha A.
Edwards, Mike Lala, Vi Khi Nao, Ariah Noetzel, Jackson Sturkey, and David
Warpaint, by libraries editor Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, music editor Brookes
McKenzie, and printed matter editor Jaclyn Lovell.
—Author Dolan Morgan (Insignificana) in conversation with Michael J
Seidlinger, publisher of Civil Coping Mechanisms.
—Alphabet Cinema: A Brief Reminiscence of The East Village Film Scene by
film editor Joel Schlemowitz.
—In celebrating Boog’s 25th Anniversary, small press editor Joe Pan
interviews David A. Kirschenbaum, editor and publisher of Boog City.
—Art from Debra Jenks.
And here’s who put together Welcome to Boog City 10: I’m the festival
curator; logo Dara Cerv; music Brookes McKenzie; classic album and talk
dak; poetry Emily Brandt, Alex Cuff, Buck Downs, dak, Ron Kolm, Kevin
Varrone; and poets theater Davidson Garrett.
Among the festival highlights are:
—Boog’s d.a. levy lives series kicks off its 14th season devoting an
afternoon to Bushwick, Brooklyn’s Civil Coping Mechanisms;
—Our Classic Album Live series presents, for its 25th anniversary,
Nirvana’s Nevermind, performed live by string-quartet rock band The Tet
—our 7th Poets’ Theater night, featuring 8 short plays.
—our Poetry Talk Talk will feature poets Mel Bentley and Alina Pleskova
reading and in conversation
—our panel The Exhilaration of Upheaval: Poets Who Write On the Visual Arts
in the 21st Century
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 festival
5 Days of Poetry, Music, and Theater
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 6:00 P.M.
600 Vanderbilt Ave.
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Directions: 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza,
C to Clinton-Washington avenues, Q to 7th Ave.
Venue is bet. Prospect Pl./St. Marks Ave.
5:45 p.m. Jonathan Berger
5:55 p.m. Martha King
6:05 p.m. Rachel Aydt
6:15 p.m. Ivy Johnson
6:30 p.m. Wanda Phipps
6:40 p.m. Greg Fuchs
6:50 p.m. Christina Strong
7:05 p.m. Basil King
7:15 p.m. Lisa Liu (music)
7:45 p.m. break
7:55 p.m. Katie Yates
8:10 p.m. Jean-Paul Pecqueur
8:20 p.m. Dan Wilcox
8:35 p.m. J. Hope Stein
8:45 p.m. Anselm Berrigan
8:55 p.m. Sean Cole
9:05 p.m. Cannonball Statman (music)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 11:40 A.M.
11:40 a.m. Maxe Crandall, Belladonna* (Chialun Chang, collaborative member)
11:50 a.m. John J. Trause, great weather for MEDIA (Jane Ormerod, ed.)
12:00 p.m. Ryan Sheldon, Hostile Books (Joseph Hall, ed.)
12:10 p.m. Daniel Nester, 99: The Press (Jonathan Silverman, ed.)
12:20 p.m. Jason Baker
12:30 p.m. Josh Garcia (music)
1:00 p.m. break
1:10 p.m. Isabel Sobral Campos
1:20 p.m. Maryan Captan
1:35 p.m. Barry Grass
1:50 p.m. Maria Flaccavento
2:05 p.m. Christy Davids
2:20 p.m. Billy Cancel
2:30 p.m. Jane Ormerod
2:40 p.m. Jackson Sturkey (music)
3:10 p.m. break
3:20 p.m. d.a. levy lives: celebrating renegade presses
season 14 kick-off
Civil Coping Mechanisms
Michael Seidlinger, ed.
Cold Blinds (music)
3:20 p.m. Madison Langston
3:40 p.m. Cold Blinds
3:55 p.m. Dolan Morgan
4:15 p.m. Cold Blinds
4:30 p.m. Justin Sirois
4:50 p.m. break
5:20 p.m. Nathan Xavier Osorio
5:30 p.m. Laura Kochman
5:45 p.m. Tsaurah Litzky
5:55 p.m. Tony Iantosca
6:05 p.m. Tafisha Edwards
6:20 p.m. Michael Joseph Walsh
6:35 p.m. Henry Black (music)
7:05 p.m. Poetry Talk Talk,
with Mel Bentley and Alina Pleskova
reading and in conversation
8:05 p.m. Olivia Deborah Grayson
8:15 p.m. Ximena Izquierdo
8:25 p.m. Danniel Schoonebeek
8:35 p.m. Keyke (music)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 11:00 A.M.
11:00 a.m. Johnny X (music)
11:30 a.m. Sheila Maldonado, Brooklyn Arts Press (Joe Pan, ed.)
11:40 a.m. Patricia Carragon
11:50 a.m. Warren Longmire
12:00 p.m. Peter Baroth
12:15 p.m. Mel Elberg
12:25 p.m. Ian Wilder
12:40 p.m. Assaf Salhov (music)
1:10 p.m. Rico Frederick
1:20 p.m. Courtney Bambrick
1:35 p.m. Paco Marquez
1:50 p.m. M. Mack
2:05 p.m. David Warpaint (music)
2:35 p.m.-Panel/ The Exhilaration Of Upheaval:
Poets Who Write On the Visual Arts in the 21st Century
Moderator and curator Geoffrey Gatza
SUNDAY AUGUST 7, 5:30 P.M.
94 Avenue A
The East Village
Directions: A/B/C/D/E/F/V to W. 4th St.
Directions: F/V to 2nd Ave., L to 1st Ave.
Venue is at East 6th Street
7th Boog Poets’ Theater Night, featuring:
5:30 p.m. postulation by Aimee Herman
5:45 p.m. Skin of A Spell by Jenn McCreary
6:00 p.m. The Triumph of the Thirteenth Family of Passerines by Maggie
6:15 p.m. The Body in Equipoise by Joel Allegretti
6:30 p.m. Stage Wrong: Trilogy by John Trause
6:45 p.m. Unfinished Acts by Christine Choi
7:00 p.m. An Excerpt from Tacoma Method by Zhang Er
7:15 p.m. Shakespeare’s Itches by Susanna Rich
7:30 p.m. Michelle Beth Herman (music)
7:40 p.m. Nirvana, Nevermind
Performed live by The Tet Offensive
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
2. In Bloom
3. Come As You Are
7. Territorial Pissings
8. Drain You
9. Lounge Act
10. Stay Away
11. On A Plain
12. Something In The Way
MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 6:00 P.M.
6:00 p.m. Bonny Finberg
6:10 p.m. Mitch Corber
6:20 p.m. Amy Barone
6:30 p.m. Carl Watson
6:40 p.m. Edgar J. Ulloa Lujan
6:55 p.m. James Bannon (music)
7:25 p.m. break
7:35 p.m. Timothy Donnelly
7:45 p.m. Puma Perl
7:55 p.m. Steve Dalachinsky
8:05 p.m. Eve Packer
8:15 p.m. David Lawton
8:25 p.m. Ariah Noetzel (music)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 6:00 P.M.
6:00 p.m. Francine Witte
6:10 p.m. Mike Lala
6:20 p.m. Caitie Moore
6:30 p.m. Spencer Kingman Graham
6:45 p.m. Aubrie Marrin
6:55 p.m. Matt L. Rohrer
7:05 p.m. Dk And The Joy Machine (music)
7:35 p.m. break
7:45 p.m. Julia Guez
7:55 p.m. Jason Gallagher
8:05 p.m. Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela
8:20 p.m. Vi Khi Nao
8:35 p.m. Rae Leone Allen
8:45 p.m. Leila Ortiz
8:55 p.m. Meg Kaizu
9:05 p.m. Brent Terry
9:15 p.m. Zack Daniels (music)
**Welcome to Boog City 10 Bios and Websites**
Classic Albums Live Presents
for its 25th Anniversary,
**The Tet Offensive
The Tet Offensive are a string quartet-powered rock band led by singer and
composer Brian Robinson, featuring musicians trained at some of the top
music schools in the country, from the Yale School of Music, The Juilliard
School, and Mannes College of Music. Formed in New York City, The Tet
Offensive played to audiences at CBGBs and The Knitting Factory, covering
bands as wide-ranging as Nirvana and The Bee Gees. Now based in New Haven,
Conn., The Tet Offensive has become a formidable ensemble, performing
original songs that dig deep into the uncomfortable tracts of the human
condition, strongly influenced by bands like Radiohead and Nick Cave. It’s
The Tet Offensive’s mission to show that traditionally “classical”
instruments have just as much bite and visceral energy as the standard rock
quartet, and can send audiences into the same energetic throes as guitar,
bass, and drum-fueled ensembles.
7th Boog Poets Theater Night
**Joel Allegretti, The Body in Equipoise
A performance text—for four speakers and a singer referred to as “A
Singer”—about architecture, both real and of the self.
Joel Allegretti is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently
The Body in Equipoise (Full Court Press), a chapbook on the theme of
architecture and design. His second book, Father Silicon (The Poet’s
Press), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books
of 2006. Platypus, his next full-length collection, is forthcoming from NYQ
Books, and Our Dolphin, a novella, is forthcoming from Thrice Publishing.
Allegretti is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books), the first
anthology of poetry about the mass medium. The Boston Globe called Rabbit
Ears “cleverly edited” and “a smart exploration of the many, many meanings
of TV.” Rain Taxi said, “With its diversity of content and poetic form,
Rabbit Ears feels more rich and eclectic than any other poetry anthology on
the market.” Allegretti has published his poems in The New York Quarterly,
Barrow Street, Smartish Pace, PANK, and many other national journals, as
well as in journals published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and
Actors: Allegretti Steven Dalachinsky, Aimee Herman, Dean Kostos,
Steve Dalachinsky’s books include A Superintendent’s Eyes
(UnbearableBooks/Autonomedia); Trustfund (Unlikely Stories Press); Reaching
Into the Unknown, with photographer Jacques Bisceglia (RougeArt Paris); and
The Final Nite (Ugly Duckling Presse), winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine
Miles National Book Award.
Aimee Herman (see playwright bio)
Dean Kostos is the author of This Is Not a Skyscraper (recipient of
the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, selected by Mark Doty, published by Red
Hen), Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a
Comma, and Celestial Rust. He also co-edited Mama’s Boy: Gay Men Write
about Their Mothers and edited Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of
Greek-American Poetry (its debut reading was held at the United Nations).
Susanna Rich (see playwright bio)
**Christine Choi, Unfinished Acts
Unfinished Acts is a wild archipelago of short scenes in which an elk herd,
female protagonist, flatbread vendor, Uber drivers, and a choir of poor
listeners comment restlessly on the human condition—from “we listen for a
vanishing, like the tail end of fireworks” to “all of us have mothers.”
Christine Choi passes time considering implicit narratives, copywriting
for experience design teams, and dreaming of mountains. Choi holds an
M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts, and her writing has
appeared in PacificREVIEW, Synecdoche, Nerve Lantern, Paul Revere’s Horse,
In Posse Review, Monday Night, or at the Viaduct Gallery, NOMA Gallery,
Soundwave Festival, POW! Action Art Festival, Bay Area Poetry Marathon, and
Small Press Traffic’s Poet’s Theater Extravaganza. New work will be
included in Encyclopedia Volume 3. While East Coast bred, she lives in San
Francisco. You can play around with her simple text-vanishing tool, a
collaboration with developer Josh Aaseby, at the above url. Actors: Amy
Barone, Patricia Carragon, Choi, Davidson Garrett, Seth Goldman, LuLu LoLo,
Amy Barone is a poet who gives spoken word performances in New York
City, Philadelphia, and North Jersey. Her new chapbook, Kamikaze Dance, is
from Finishing Line Press. Foothills Publishing published her first
chapbook, Views from the Driveway.
Patricia Carragon has two forthcoming books: Cupcake Chronicles (Poets
Wear Prada) and Innocence (Finishing Line Press). Carragon hosts Brownstone
Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology, as well as is an
executive editor for Home Planet News Online.
Davidson Garrett is an actor, poet, and New York City yellow taxi
driver. His poetry and prose have been published in The New York Times, The
Episcopal New Yorker, Sensations Magazine, Xavier Review, The Stillwater
Review, Big City Lit, Marco Polo Arts Mag, and in Podium, the online
literary journal of the 92nd Street Y. Garrett trained for the theater at
The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and
Actors Equity. He is the author of the poetry collection King Lear of the
Taxi, published by Advent Purple Press, the chapbooks To Tell the Truth I
Wanted to Be Kitty Carlisle and Other Poems, published by Finishing Line
Press, and Southern Low Protestant Departure: A Funeral Poem, published by
Advent Purple Press. He is a Pushcart nominee and has performed in two of
his spoken word plays presented by Boog City Poets Theater Night in 2012
and 2015. His play Conspiracy Theory: The Mysterious Death of Dorothy
Kilgallen was published in Nerve Lantern in 2015. Garrett has read his
poetry in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 PEN World Voices Festival as a
worker/writer with the PEN Worker Writers School at Joe’s Pub, The
Nuyorican Poets Café, and Dixon Place. In June 2016 he was invited by
Flushing Town Hall to read his poetry at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights
on a program celebrating LGBTQ Voices for Queens Pride Week.
Seth Goldman is a poet and lyricist and a native New Yorker. Goldman
has read his poetry in the PEN World Voices Festival at Joe’s Pub, The
Nuyorican Poets Café, and Dixon Place. Goldman is a New York City yellow
taxi driver and a devoted fan of Bob Dylan and The New York Mets.
LuLu LoLo is a playwright/actor, international performance artist,
historian, and activist who has written and performed eight one-person
plays Off-Broadway. LoLo was a 2013 Blade of Grass Fellow in Social
Engagement and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Writer in Residence.
Francine Witte is a poet, fiction writer, and playwright. Witte lives
in Upper East Side and is very active in the city’s vibrant poetry scene.
**Maggie Dubris, The Triumph of the Thirteenth Family of Passerines
A mummers play starring some extinct birds and their enemies.
Maggie Dubris is a writer and composer based in New York City. She is
the author of In The Dust Zone (Centre-Ville Books). Skels (Soft Skull
Press), and Weep Not, My Wanton (Black Sparrow Press). Actors: Angela
Babin, Peter Basta Brightbill, Maggie Dubris, Erik Ivan, Frank Montella,
Angela Babin has been playing guitar and bass since she was 13 years
old in a variety of musical styles from blues, disco, folk, punk, new wave,
R&B, jazz, rock, pop, reggae, and soca, to klezmer, glam rock,
instrumental, acid-jazz, and more. Babin entered the downtown New York
music scene playing with the band Off Beach. Subsequently, she was a
founding member of The Ordinaires.
Peter Basta Brightbill is a member of the first class of Playwright
Fellows at the Juilliard School, Peter’s play “Stand-Up Guys” has been
given staged readings in Manhattan and at Guild Hall in Easthampton. Peter
is a lawyer, a preservationist and an urban planner. He is on the board of
Save Chelsea, a preservation and advocacy group; is Land Use Counsel to the
law firm of Michael S. Hiller, P.C., where he specializes in representing
community groups; and is active in various preservation and advocacy groups
around town. He is working on a novel set during the World’s Columbian
Exposition of 1893.
Erik Ivan is a former rock ‘n’ roll performer, 20-year media archives
professional, and is currently a voiceover artist. He wishes you well!
Frank Montella has been working in theater, film, and tv for some time
now. He patiently awaits his first Tony, Oscar, or Emmy nomination.
Psychics have told him a nomination is just around the corner. It’s a
really big corner!!!
Elinor Nauen, a poet & editor who has acted in many poets’ plays,
hosted the Poetry Project’s Theater Series for several years in the ’80s.
She lives in the East Village with her husbands Johnny Stanton and Derek
Jeter, and studies Norwegian and Welsh.
**Zhang Er, An Excerpt from Tacoma Method, an opera libretto
November 3, 1885, the fateful day of the regrettable story of Chinese
expulsion from the young American city of Tacoma, Washington.
Zhang Er, born in Beijing, writes opera libretti in English for
American composers. One of them, Moon in the Mirror (composed by Stephen
Dempski), was performed in NYC in 2015. Her grand opera Fiery Jade– Cai
Yan (composed by Gregory Youtz) is scheduled to be performed in fall of
2016. Er is the author of five collections of poetry in Chinese, most
recently Morning, Not Yet (Showwe, Taipei). She has seven chapbooks in
English translation, among them, The Disappearance of Little Fang Family
Lane (Belladonna*). Her selected poems are collected in two bilingual
books, So Translating Rivers and Cities and Verses on Bird (Zephyr Press).
She co-edited and participated in the translation of the bilingual volume
Another Kind of Nation: an Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry
(Talisman House Publishers).
Actors: Joel Allegretti, John Barrale, Patricia Carragon, Zhang Er,
Davidson Garrett, Seth Goldman, John J. Trause, Francine Witte, Yi Wu, Don
Joel Allegretti (see playwright bio)
John Barrale’s poetry has been published in numerous print and online
publications. Along with 4 other “Gang of 5” members, Barrale hosts the
Williams Center Reading Series; in 2012 John became Managing Editor of the
Red Wheel Barrow Poetry Anthologies.
Patricia Carragon (see Unfinished Acts)
Davidson Garrett (see Unfinished Acts)
Seth Goldman (see Unfinished Acts)
John J. Trause (see playwrights bio)
Francine Witte (see Unfinished Acts)
Yi Wu was born in Shenzhen, China. Wu led a nomadic existence up and
down along the East Coast of the U.S., sometimes pausing to scribble down
Don Zirilli, as a poet and performer, has played Renfield, God, Satan,
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Aunt Minnie and Hieronymous Bosch. Zirilli and his
wife Colleen live in Tranquility, N.J. with two dogs and three cats.
**Aimee Herman, postulation
postulation is a poetic combustion of lovers breaking up, ghosting each
other’s memories, and the haunt which is left behind.
Aimee Herman is a performance artist, poet, and currently teaches
writing at Bronx Community College. Herman has been widely published in
journals and anthologies including cake train, cream city review, and
Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry & Poetics. Herman has
performed at various festivals and performance series including: Hyper
Gender at WOW cafe, NYC Poetry Festival at Governor’s Island, Howl
Festival, and the Hot! Festival at Dixon Place. Herman currently hosts a
monthly series at Dixon Place called Queer Art Organics, which features
LGBTQ writers and performers.
Actors: Trae Durica, Aimee Herman
Trae Durica is a poet and artist, whose work has been published by
NYSAI and great weather for MEDIA. Durica was recently featured in the Hot!
Festival at Dixon Place
**Jenn McCreary, Skin of a Spell
Subverting the tropes of the traditional fairytale narrative, focusing on
the storybook stepmother/daughter relationship cliche, Choose Your Own
Adventure centers on the notion of the female-figure at the center of an
epic quest/journey of discovery: while the daughter character navigates the
liminal space between forever princess and not-yet queen, she is uncertain
of which world she inhabits, and whether she wants to be broken/eaten; the
stepmother character wants to be a strong example for her daughter, and to
send her daughter safely into the world and demonstrate that growing into
womanhood doesn’t have to mean losing magic, that danger/peril does not
require princely rescue.
Jenn McCreary’s most recent full-length collection, & now my feet are
maps, is available from Dusie Press; sections were recently adapted, with
the playwright Kathy Vinogradoff, for performances at Small Press Traffic’s
Poets Theater in Oakland, Calif., and at the Asian Arts Initiative in
Philadelphia. Other works include The Dark Mouth of Living (Horse Less
Press), :ab ovo: (Dusie Press), a doctrine of signatures (Singing Horse
Press), and Odyssey & Oracle (Least Weasel Press). A 2013 Pew Fellow in the
Arts for poetry, McCreary lives in South Philadelphia with her family where
she edits Ixnay Press.
Actors: Ronnie Norpel, Jeanne Lauren Smith
Ronnie Norpel is an actress and writer. Norpel hosts and produces the
eclectic Tract 187 Culture Clatch Variety Show. Her book Baseball Karma and
the Constitution Blues can be found at the above url.
Jeanne Lauren Smith
Jeanne Lauren Smith is thrilled to be participating in this festival in
such an incredible new play! This fall she looks forward to joining Loco7
Dance Puppet Theatre Company in their series of children’s plays, The
Adventures of Seucy and Boto at La MaMa E.T.C.
**John J. Trause, Stage Wrong: Trilogy
Three short plays composed of “Street Scene”, “Visitation 2010″, and “Helen
Keller Learns the Word V-A-G-I-N-A.”
Actors: Aimee Herman, LuLu LoLo, John J. Trause
Aimee Herman (see playwright bio)
Lulu Lolo (see Unfinished Acts)
John J. Trause (see Small Press Fair, Sat., 11:50 a.m.)
**Susanna Rich, Shakespeare’s *itches: The Women Talk Back
Shakespeare’s *itches: The Women Talk Back is a one-woman poetry musical
written from the points of view of Shakespeare’s female characters and our
contemporary counterparts, including a duet between Desdemona and Nicole
Poet and songwriter, Susanna Rich is an Emmy Award nominee and a
Fulbright Fellow in Creative Writing. Founding producer and principal
performer of Wild Nights Productions, LLC, Rich’s repertoire includes the
new poetry musical Shakespeare’s *itches: The Women Talk Back; ashes,
ashes: A Poet Responds to the Shoah; and Television Daddy. She is author of
three poetry collections, Television Daddy, The Drive Home, and Surfing for
Jesus. She is the winner of the Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry and recipient of
the Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching as professor
of English at Kean University, in N.J.
Actor: Susanna Rich (see playwright bio)
levy lives: celebrating renegade presses
**Civil Coping Mechanisms
Michael Seidlinger, ed.
Civil Coping Mechanisms (CCM) is a DIY kind of press. We take the same
level of angst as our brethren in shunning those that would be in the
immediate position of neglecting our efforts as artisans. We take the
sentiment of doing it ourselves while stating to the tired publishing
process, “To hell with it.” Why not do it our way? What only matters:
Offering a space for the innovation so sorely shamed and disregarded as
unmarketable by the major and indie presses too busy selling the next
celebrity memoir, paper-thin creative nonfiction spine of lies, the
wax-intellectual pursuits of yet-again the same vision wrapped in newer
trim, or the same regurgitated genre-fiction and prose you’d expect would
have become stale by now. Oh yes, we rant. This is our place. We’ll do as
we damn well please.
Madison Langston lives in Alabama. Her first full length collection of
poetry, Remember to Never Get Better, is forthcoming from Civil Coping
Mechanisms this year. Langston is a poetry editor at Hobart.
Dolan Morgan lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Morgan is the author of two
books: That’s When the Knives Come Down (A|P) and INSIGNIFICANA (CCM).
Publishers Weekly describes his work as “stories that are as bizarre as
they are brilliant.” His writing has appeared in The Believer, Electric
Literature’s Recommended Reading, Selected Shorts, and the trash.
Justin Sirois is a writer living in Baltimore. His most recent books
include So Say the Waiters; MLKNG SCKLS; Falcons on the Floor; and The Last
Book of Baghdad, written with Iraqi refugee Haneen Alshujairy; as well as
The Heads (Newlights Press). Sirois has received several individual
Maryland State Art Council grants and a Baker “b” grant in 2011.
The Exhilaration Of Upheaval:
Poets Who Write On the Visual Arts in the 21st Century
A discussion with several poets who write about the visual arts in their
own work, practice, praxis, and output.
By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, poets want to
amplify the astonishment of the spectator and the reader by creating
compositions that generate tranquil upheaval through poetic images that
leave traces of balances and imbalance on the edge of recognition and
alienation. By investigating language on a meta-level, the poet tries to
grasp language transformed into art. Language becomes an ornament; at that
moment ambiguities and indistinctnesses, which are inherent to the
phenomenon, come to the surface.
Moderator and Curator
Geoffrey Gatza is an award-winning editor, publisher, and poet. Gatza was
named by the Huffington Post as one of the Top 200 Advocates for American
Poetry. He is the author many books of poetry, including Apollo (BlazeVOX),
Secrets of my Prison House (BlazeVOX), Kenmore: Poem Unlimited (Casa
Menendez), and HouseCat Kung Fu: Strange Poems for Wild Children (Meritage
Press). He is also the author of the yearly Thanksgiving Menu-Poem Series,
a book length poetic tribute for prominent poets, now in it’s 14th year.
Most recently his work has appeared in Fence and Tarpaulin Sky. His
play on Marcel Duchamp will be staged in an art installation in
Philadelphia this year. His work appears in recent or forthcoming
anthologies, including Litscapes: Collected US Writings (Steerage Press)
and Poets for Living Waters: An International Response to the BP Oil
Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico (forthcoming from BlazeVOX). He lives in
Kenmore, N.Y. with his girlfriend and two beloved cats.
Michael Kelleher is the author of the poetry collections Human Scale and To
Be Sung, both from BlazeVOX, as well as Visible Instruments, forthcoming
from Chax. From 2008-2013 he produced Aimless Reading, a blog project in
which he photographed, catalogued, and wrote about the more than 1200
titles in his library. Kelleher is the director of the Windham-Campbell
Literature Prizes at Yale University and the former artistic and associate
director of Just Buffalo Literary Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Loren Kleinman’s poetry has appeared in journals such Adanna, Drunken Boat,
The Moth, Domestic Cherry, Blue Lake Review, Columbia Journal, Levure
littéraire, Stony Thursday (Arts Council Ireland), Nimrod, Wilderness House
Literary Review, Narrative Northeast, Writer’s Bloc, Journal of New Jersey
Poets, Paterson Literary Review, Resurgence (U.K.), HerCircleEzine and
Aesthetica Annual. Her interviews have appeared in IndieReader, USA Today,
and The Huffington Post. Kleinman has also published essays in
Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and Seventeen Magazine. She is the author
of Flamenco Sketches and Indie Authors Naked, which was an Amazon Top 100
bestseller in Journalism in the U.K. and U.S.A. Kleinman’s The Dark Cave
Between My Ribs was named one of the best poetry books of 2014 by Entropy
Magazine. Her other poetry collections include Breakable Things and the
prose collection, Stay With Me Awhile. She is working on a novel, This Way
to Forever. Kleinman is a faculty member at the New York Writer’s Workshop
and a full-time freelance writer and social media strategist. The Woman
with a Million Hearts is her first memoir.
Susan Lewis is the editor of Posit and the author of eight books and
chapbooks, including This Visit (BlazeVOX), How to be Another (Cervena
Barva Press), and State of the Union (Spuyten Duyvil Press). Her poetry has
appeared in such places as The Awl, Berkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review,
Bone Bouquet, The Brooklyn Rail, Gargoyle, The Journal, The New Orleans
Review, Prelude, Raritan, Seneca Review, and Verse (online).
André Spears is an independent scholar-poet, whose recent work has appeared
in House Organ, Cough (including an earlier excerpt from Shrinkrap), and
Dispatches from the Poetry Wars. He is a co-founder of the Gloucester
Writers Center, and the curator of its Maud / Olson Library, which was
inaugurated this June.
French-born American poet Anne Tardos is the author of nine books of poetry
and several multimedia performance works. Among her recent books of poetry
are Nine (BlazeVOX), Both Poems (Roof Nooks), I Am You (Salt Modern Poets),
and The Dik-dik’s Solitude (Granary Books). Tardos is the editor of Jackson
Mac Low’s The Complete Light Poems (Chax), 154 Forties (Counterpath), and
Thing of Beauty (University of California Press). A Fellow in Poetry from
the New York Foundation for the Arts, Tardos lives in New York City.
Small Press Fair Participants
**Maxe Crandall, Belladonna*
Maxe Crandall is a poet and playwright who has received fellowships from
Poets House and The Poetry Project.
Belladonna* is a feminist avant-garde collective, founded in 1999 by
Rachel Levitsky. 2016 marks the 17th anniversary of the Belladonna* mission
to promote the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental,
politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible
to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable and dangerous with
**Sheila Maldonado, Brooklyn Arts Press
Sheila Maldonado is the author of the poetry collection, one-bedroom solo
(Fly by Night Press). Her chapbook, epic laundry, is forthcoming from
Brooklyn Arts Press. Maldonado is a CantoMundo Fellow and a Creative
Capital awardee as part of desveladas, a visual writing collective. She
lives in Washington Heights and Coney Island where she is working on an
ongoing project about a lifelong obsession with the ancient Maya.
Brooklyn Arts Press is an independent house devoted to publishing new
works by emerging artists. We believe we serve our community best by
publishing great works of varying aesthetics side by side, subverting the
notion that writers and artists exist in vacuums, apart from the culture in
which they reside and outside the realm and understanding of other camps
and aesthetics. We believe experimentation and innovation, arriving by way
of given forms or new ones, make our culture greater through diversity of
perspective, opinion, expression, and spirit.
** John J. Trause, great weather for MEDIA
John J. Trause is the author of Exercises in High Treason (great weather
for MEDIA); Eye Candy for Andy (Finishing Line Press); Inside Out, Upside
Down, and Round and Round (Nirala Publications); Seriously Serial (Poets
Wear Prada); and Latter-Day Litany (Éditions élastiques), the latter staged
Off-Off Broadway. His translations, poetry, and visual work appear
internationally in numerous journals and anthologies. He is fond of cunning
acrostics and color-coded chiasmus.
great weather for MEDIA focuses on the unpredictable, the fearless, the
bright, the dark, and the innovative. Based in New York City, we showcase
both national and international writers. As well as publishing the highest
quality poetry and prose, we organize numerous readings and performances
locally and across the country. Find us every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. on the
Lower East Side at the Parkside Lounge (317 East Houston St.), for their
Spoken Word Sundays reading series with features and an open mic.
**Ryan Sheldon, Hostile Books
Ryan Sheldon writes and teaches in Buffalo. His work appears in Jacket2,
DIAGRAM, and matchbook. Sheldon is one of the founding members of Hostile
Hostile Books bite the hand that reads them.
Hostile Books is a collective of writers invested in the exploration
of strategies for complicating (or otherwise making perilous, hazardous, or
toxic) the activity of readership. Its primary members are Joe Hall,
Veronica Wong, and Ryan Sheldon. You can reach the Hostile Books collective
via email at email@example.com.
**Daniel Nester, 99: The Press
Daniel Nester is the author of Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out
in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects (99: The Press 2015).
Previous books include How to Be Inappropriate (Soft Skull Press), God Save
My Queen I and II (Soft Skull Press), and The Incredible Sestina Anthology
(Write Bloody), which he edited.
99 is a series of short, readable books on provocative, timely
subjects that are precisely 99 pages long (prefaces, footnotes, and
references aside) or have 99 things in them.
**Rae Leone Allen
Rae Leone Allen is a poet, scholar and filmmaker from Mesquite, Texas.
Allen holds an M.A. in Urban Studies from Fordham University, her interest
residing in reveling the black experience in the current white supremacist
and patriarchal status quo. She is a writer, producer, and actress on the
forthcoming web series 195 Lewis. Her work will also be published in No,
Dear Magazine’s Issue 17: DOCUMENT, and About Place Journal . She lives in
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn and likes for people to know that she used to shoot the
shit out of the 3-ball at Mizzou.
Rachel Aydt (I am) is a writer currently working on her M.F.A. in Creative
Nonfiction at Sarah Lawrence College. I live in the East Village with her
husband and son, and has taught at The New School since 2002. It’s a joy to
be celebrating Boog’s 25th Anniversary … even if it makes me feel like a
Jason Baker’s poems have appeared in Dislocate, Explosion-Proof, New York
Quarterly, Poet Lore, Poetry East, and Slice. His first chapbook, Questions
About Fire, is forthcoming in 2016.
http://thefanzine.com/body-map-caring-for-your-rape/Courtney Bambrick is
Philadelphia Stories’ poetry editor. Her poetry has appeared at The
Fanzine, Apiary, Certain Circuits, Dirty Napkin, Philadelphia Poets, Mad
Poets Review, and Schuylkill Valley Journal. Bambrick teaches composition,
creative writing, and literature at a handful of Philadelphia area
“Speedy fingers work underneath his deep melodious pipes…There’s an
affect in his voice that I simply cannot understand. It sounds like a folk
singer from before anyone knew anything about what folksingers did.” – Jon
Berger, Sidewallk Music Blog
Amy Barone’s new chapbook Kamikaze Dance was published by Finishing Line
Press, which recognized her as a finalist in the annual New Women’s Voices
Competition. Her poetry has appeared in Gradiva, Impolite Conversation
(U.K.), Maintenant, Paterson Literary Review, and Philadelphia Poets.
Barone spent five years as Italian correspondent for Women’s Wear
Daily and Advertising Age. Her first book, Views from the Driveway, was
published by Foothills Publishing. She belongs to PEN America Center and
the brevitas online poetry community that celebrates the short poem. A
native of Bryn Mawr, Pa., she lives in Chelsea.
Peter Baroth, writer, artist, and musician, is a graduate of Washington
University and Temple Law School. His novel is Long Green (iUniverse) and
his book of poetry, Lost Autographs (Moonstone Press). Baroth has been
published in Philadelphia Poets, Mad Poets Review, Schuylkill Valley
Journal, Apiary, Legal Studies Forum, and elsewhere. He won the 2009 Amy
Award, was a finalist for the Joie de Vivre book prize, has been nominated
for Best of the Net, and is on Philadelphia Stories’ editorial board. He
lives in Media, Pa. with poet and professor Courtney Bambrick.
Mel Bentley co-organizes Housework at Chapterhouse, a reading series in
Philadelphia. Their chapbook “Obstacle, Particle, Spectacle” was released
from 89plus/Luma Foundation. Chapbooks “&parts” and “Stub Wilderness” were
released from Damask Press and Well Greased Press, respectively. Vitrine
released “Red Green Blue” a tape of noises. Poems have appeared in Apiary,
Fact-Simile, Small Portions and Painted Bride Quarterly and are forthcoming
in The Stillwater Review and BlazeVox. “Bucolic Eclogue” is forthcoming
from Lamehouse Press in 2016.
Jonathan Berger, former music editor for Boog City and current overweight
underpaid poet, is.
Anselm Berrigan’s most recent books of poetry are Come In Alone (Wave
Books) and Primitive State (Edge Books). Berrigan is the poetry editor for
The Brooklyn Rail, and has had recent work appear on-line in Theme Can,
Elderly, and The Sensation Feelings Journal. He is editing a book of
interviews from The Poetry Project Newsletter, to be published in 2017 by
Henry Black is a young American man, swept off the great plains of Montana
to the bustling metropolis of New York. He has come to this intersection of
the real world and what conversely be the un-real, the ethereal, the
unknown, to bring songs of a personal nature that touch on the nature of
**Isabel Sobral Campos
Isabel Sobral Campos’ poetry has appeared in Bone Bouquet, Gauss PDF,
Horseless Press, and the Yalobusha Review, among others. No Dear recently
published her debut chapbook—Material—a recording from which was featured
at PEN America. She is the co-founder of the Sputnik & Fizzle publishing
series and Assistant Professor of Literature at Montana Tech of the
University of Montana. She does not fish, hike, or ski yet, but is getting
used to the outdoors, sometimes studying animal life from her window.
Billy Cancel is a Greenpoint, Brooklyn videopoet and performer whose works
have appeared in 6×6, Blazevox, Gobbet & Bombay Gin amongst others. A
Pushcart Prize Nominee, notable performances include his role as ‘Dissolver
Indignant (barfly)’ in Marianne Vitale’s “The Missing Book Of Spurs” at
Performa13, & Poet Transmit at Recess Gallery, curated by E.S.P. TV. His
contribution to ‘4 WORDS’ was broadcast across Europe’s largest motion
digital screen, for the 2016 Liverpool Provocations Art Festival. Cancel is
½ of the noise duo Tidal Channel with Thursday Fernworthy. His latest body
of work, PSYCHO’CLOCK is out on Hidden House Press.
Maryan Captan is an Egyptian-American poet who has been involved in
Philadelphia’s art and literary community since 2008. Captan is a writer,
performance poet, and educator, working with young people all over
Philadelphia. She serves as Art Director at Apiary Magazine, curator and
host of The YOUTHQUAKE Open Mic, and teaches experimental and experiential
group writing classes at The Head & The Hand Press. She is also the founder
of Brewerytown Social, an arts collaborative in the Brewerytown
neighborhood of North Philadelphia.
Patricia Carragon’s publication credits include BigCityLit, Bear Creek
Haiku, Boog City, Clockwise Cat, Drunk Monkeys, Home Planet News, Yellow
Chair Review, and others. She is the author of Journey to the Center of My
Mind (Rogue Scholars Press, 2005) and Urban Haiku and More (Fierce Grace
Press, 2010). Her new book, Cupcake Chronicles, is forthcoming from Poets
Wear Prada. She hosts the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the
editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. She is one of the executive
editors for Home Planet News Online. Carragon is a member of Pen Women’s
Literary Workshop, Tamarind, and brevitas.
Cold Blinds is Duke Taylor, man of mystery and magic. Instrumental,
acoustic guitar meditations played with trippy flourishes and long,
conversational runs. His songs are incantations, blown to the wind. Taylor
hails from somewhere in the Aether above New York City. He sounds like the
ghost of Django Reinhardt who has been listening to a lot of prog rock.
Sean Cole’s poems have appeared in Court Green, Black Clock, Pavement Saw,
and other journals. In the anthology Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s
First 100 Days, his was day 95. Cole is the author of Itty City (Pressed
Wafer) and The December Project (Boog Literature.) He’s also a producer at
the public radio show This American Life.
Mitch Corber is a New York City neo-Beat poet and documentary filmmaker who
has been performing his music-infused poetry throughout NYC since the early
1980′s. Corber is creator-director of cable TV’s long-running weekly series
Poetry Thin Air, seen locally on Wednesday nights on MNN and widely viewed
on YouTube. He’s founding documentarian of the vast New York City poetry
DVD archive known as Thin Air Video, which includes Ginsberg, Corso,
Ashbery, Di Prima, and Cage, and countless contemporary NYC poets. Like an
esthetic sponge, Corber has soaked up the styles of hundreds of poets,
contributing to his evolving style as a writer. His poetry has appeared in
Vanitas, Columbia Poetry Review, Nedge and many assembly magazines and
appears online in Blackbox Manifold 4, Blazevox, Listenlight, First
Literary Review-East, Polarity and far out-further out-out of sight. A
recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, Corber’s two poetry
books, Weather’s Feather and Quinine have each garnered quality reviews. He
has just premiered his feature-length artist documentary, Nomads of New
York, to much positive feedback. He is currently at work on a new film
venture on artists moving and being out-gentrified.
Poet/collagist Steve Dalachinsky was born in Brooklyn after the last big
war and has managed to survive lots of little wars. His book The Final Nite
(Ugly Duckling Presse) won the PEN Oakland National Book Award. His most
recent books are Fools Gold (feral press), a superintendent’s eyes
(unbearable/autonomedia) and flying home, a collaboration with German
visual artist Sig Bang Schmidt (Paris Lit Up Press). His latest CD is The
Fallout of Dreams with Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach (Roguart). He is a
2014 recipient of a Chevalier D’ le Ordre des Artes et Lettres.
Zack Daniel is a young man who is wise beyond his years. Heavily influenced
by Paul McCartney and David Bowie, his songs combine interesting chord
changes with shy, sad, introspective lyrics and a high, sweet voice to
create a unique sound that draws the listener in and makes them want to
hear more. This kid is going places! His new album, “The Names They Give
Are Dumb”, will be released July 21st on Bandcamp.
Christy Davids is a poet who often listens to the Beach Boys and thinks
about great big trees. Davids recently completed her M.F.A. at Temple
University where she also teaches. She is an assistant editor at The
Conversant, curates the Philadelphia-based reading series Charmed
Instruments, and collects recordings at the above url. Her chapbook,
Alphabet, Ontology was a finalist in Ahsahta’s 2015 chapbook contest. She
has been published in VOLT, Open House, and A Few Lines magazine among
**DK and the Joy Machine
DK and the Joy Machine brings you innovative music on mountain dulcimer to
move your soul. Known for her well crafted songs and genre-blending,
innovative work on mountain dulcimer – plucking, strumming, bowing, and
“rocking out” on this trad instrument, DK’s music is at turns evocative,
moving, playful and fun. Her “quirky and smart” songs celebrate all the
crucial things in life: unrequited love, falling in love with feral cats,
and treating yourself with kindness.
Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of
Eine Lebenszeit and The Cloud Corporation, winner of the 2012 Kingsley
Tufts Poetry Award. He is also author of the chapbook Hymn to Life and
co-author, with John Ashbery and Geoffrey G. O’Brien, of Three Poets. His
poems have been widely anthologized and translated and have appeared or are
forthcoming Fence, Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker,
The Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of The Paris
Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and the Poetry Society
of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award as well as fellowships from the
New York State Writers Institute, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and
the Lannan Foundation. Donnelly is currently chair of the Writing Program
at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and poetry editor of Boston
Review. He lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn with his family.
Tafisha A. Edwards is the author of The Bloodlet, winner of Phantom Books’
2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. Her work has appeared in The Offing,
Phantom, Gigantic Sequins, Bodega Magazine, Fjords Review, The Little
Patuxent Review, and other print and online publications. Edwards is a
graduate of the University of Maryland’s Jiminéz-Porter Writers’ House, a
Cave Canem fellow, and a former educator with the American Poetry Museum.
She is the recipient of a Zoland Poetry Fellowship from the Vermont Studio
Center and has received scholarships to The Juniper Summer Writing
Institute, The Minnesota Northwoods Writers’ Conference, and other writing
workshops and conferences. She is writing her first collection of poetry,
Confusing the Wind.
Mel Elberg believes in the existence and value of many different kinds of
thinking and interaction in a world in which how close you can appear to a
specific one of them determines whether you’re seen as a real person, or an
adult, or an intelligent person, and in a world in which these determine
whether you have any rights.
Bonny Finberg’s fiction, poetry, and photographs have been published in
numerous literary journals and anthologies and been included in various
gallery exhibitions. The recipient of a 2014 Kathy Acker Award for fiction,
her novel Kali’s Day was published by Unbearable Books/Autonomedia.
Maria Flaccavento lives in Philadelphia and works in academic publishing.
Flaccavento hosts a writing workshop once a month through the Head & the
Hand press. She is also co-editor and founder of littletell, an online
literary and arts journal.
Rico Frederick is an award-winning performance poet, and graphic designer.
Frederick is the author of the book Broken Calypsonian (Penmanship Books),
2016 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow, and the first poet to represent all
four New York City poetry venues (Nuyorican, Urbana, LouderArts, and
Intangible) at the National Poetry Slam (2010 and 2012 Grand Slam Champion,
NYC and N.J.). His poems, artistic work, and films have been featured in
The New York Times; Muzzle; No, Dear Magazine; The Big Apple Film Festival;
and elsewhere. Frederick is a Trinidadian transplant, lives in New York
City, loves gummy bears, and scribbles poems on the back of maps in the
hope they will take him someplace new.
Twitter @gregfuchs68 Instagram gregfuchs68 tumblr gregfuchs
Greg Fuchs teaches students with disabilities in the Bronx to trust
themselves and question everything. Fuchs has written many poems, published
books, and photographed a lot of things. He studied art yet still believes
in its ability to transform humanity. He survives beneath the underground
but occasionally surfaces with his fabulous wife, Alison Collins, and son,
Jason Gallagher is a contributing editor at the Evergreen Review, and
teaches English at the Fasion Institute of Technology.
Josh Garcia is an 80-year-old bluesman in the body of a 20-something.
Mississippi delta blues by way of Woody Guthrie. Powerful and moving,
**Spencer Kingman Graham
Spencer Kingman Graham is a poet currently pursuing an M.F.A. at Temple
University. In 2014, Graham self-published one copy of a chapbook called
“Sing Coffee and Pie” and left it on a table in a cafe in Chicago, where he
hopes someone found it. Other chapbooks of his still float around
Forgottonia. In 2011, he co-founded the Anæmic Theatre company (now based
in Chicago and Dublin) as a sound designer and occasional actor. From 2008
to 2013, he worked as a writer and producer for the late night radio show
Snowflake Music on 90.7 WVKC Galesburg.
Barry Grass is originally from Kansas City, got their M.F.A. in Tuscaloosa,
and now lives and teaches writing in Philadelphia. Grass’ chapbook,
Collector’s Item, was published in 2014 by Corgi Snorkel Press. Their
essays appear in The Normal School, BOAAT, Bending Genre, Hobart, and
Sonora Review, among other publications. When they aren’t reading
submissions as the Nonfiction Editor of Sundog Lit, they’re probably
watching pro wrestling.
**Olivia Deborah Grayson
Olivia Grayson creates prose and poetry that combine pop culture with
autobiography in an effort to explore the often times startling experience
of being part of the family of women—alternatively thrust into or dumbly
participating with a culture that sells the promise of absolute beauty,
sparkling romance, and ideal interventions; she finds herself writing from
a tension that surrounds this system. Grayson is the author of the
chapbooks, Cat Lament, Being Female, and the upcoming, Advice from Friends.
She teaches Developmental Reading and Writing at the Fashion Institute of
Technology in New York City, and lives in Brooklyn, with her two cats,
Molly-Molly and Emily.
**Michelle Beth Herman
Credits include: A Little Night Music (Petra) The Barnstormers. Spamalot
(Lady of the Lake), New London Barn Playhouse. Man of La Mancha (Aldonza),
Jean’s Playhouse. For Tonight (Mirela), Goodspeed. Celebrity Infinity
(Production Vocalist). Carner and Gregor Songbook, Lincoln Center. BFA MT,
Hartt School of Music ’15. Proud member of AEA. Mom and fam ~ ilyttmatsatcf.
While co-translating Equestrian Monuments, Julia Guez has received a Master
of Fine Arts from Columbia University, a Fulbright Fellowship and the
“Discovery”/ Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her work has recently appeared in
POETRY, Circumference, PEN Poetry Series and Apogee. Guez works at Teach
For America-New York and lives with her family in Greenpoint. She teaches
creative writing at Rutgers University.
Tony Iantosca is a graduate of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at
Long Island University (Brooklyn). His poetry has appeared in Lungfull,
6×6, Poems by Sunday, Talisman, and Brooklyn Paramount. In 2013, Overpass
Books published his chapbook, Team Burnout, and Third Floor Apartment Press
published Naked Forest Spaces. In 2015, United Artists Books published his
first full length collection of poetry, Shut Up, Leaves. Iantosca teaches
at Kingsborough Community College and Borough of Manhattan Community
Ivy Johnson is a poet and performance artist in Oakland, Clif. Her book, As
They Fall, is a pack of 110 notecards for aelatoric ritual, and was
published by Timeless, Infinite Light. She is co-founder of The Third
Thing, a feminist performance poetics collaboration with Kate Robinson.
They have work forthcoming from Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs this summer.
Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. And
though she’s paid some sort of rent in Lawrence, Detroit, D.C., Laramie,
Havana and the Mexican state of Chiapas, Philadelphia has mostly been her
home since 2000. Her poetry and prose has been supported by the work of The
Leeway Foundation, Hedgebrook, Art Farm, Fancyland, VONA/Voices, Lambda,
Make/shift, As Us, Acentos Review, Bedfellows, Solstice, APIARY, Aster(ix),
Big Bell and others. Johnson-Valenzuela is the founder of Thread Makes
Blanket press and teaches at the Community College of Philadelphia.
Meg Kaizu has lived in Tokyo, Moscow, and NYC, writing poetry, fiction, and
reviews, giving readings and exhibiting artwork. Her paintings and poetry
have appeared in KD-Magazine, The Otter, and Sensitive Skin. She studied
art at the University of Oregon and The Art Students League of New York.
Keyke was born in Lancaster PA. She was raised by her single mother, a
bio-chemistry buff who cleaned houses in order to be able to look after
Keyke while making enough money to provide for her. She and her mother
moved many times before ending up in CT where her grandmother lives. When
Keyke was 18 she moved to NYC, at the advice of Chris and Tina of the Tom
Tom Club & Talking Heads. Refreshingly strange yet innocently sweet, her
vocals remind listeners of Bjork, Billy Holiday, Mars Volta, and Kate Bush.
With a bright and fun disposition, a tongue precise and cutting as a
scalpel, and an energy you could power Brooklyn with, Keyke is a
gold-toothed firecracker and a gift to any creative endeavor or stage.
Basil King, born in London, England before World War II, and has been
painting for over six decades and writing since 1985. Basil does both in
Brooklyn where he has lived since 1969.
Basil is honored to be the subject of the 2012 film, Basil King:
MIRAGE, by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte. The text is from
his book, mirage: a poem in 22 sections, and most of the images are his
In 2016 his art will be exhibited at the Black Mountain College Museum
in Asheville, N.C., and at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C.
Martha King was born in Virginia, attended Black Mountain College in the
summer of 1955, married Basil King in 1958, and has been living with him in
Brooklyn since 1969.
Her collections of short stories include North & South, Separate Parts,
and Little Tales of Family and War. A book of poems, Imperfect Fit, is out
from Marsh Hawk Press, and a 50-page excerpt from her memoir Outside Inside
was in the fall 2015 issue of A Public Space. With Elinor Nauen, King runs
the Prose Pros reading series at Sidewalk Cafe.
Laura Kochman is the author of The Bone and the Body (BatCat Press, 2015)
and Future Skirt (dancing girl press, 2013). Originally from N.J., she
currently lives, writes, and feeds her cat in Philadelphia. She received
her M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Alabama, where she
served as poetry editor for Black Warrior Review. Her work appears widely
in journals such as TYPO, Artifice, Sixth Finch, CutBank, Tarpaulin Sky
Magazine, and others.
Mike Lala (b. 1987, Lubbock, TX) is a poet who works with text, recorded
sound, and, occasionally, images. His first book, Exit Theater, was
selected by Tyrone Williams for the 2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry, and is
forthcoming later this year. Current work can be found in Boston Review,
Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, The Awl, and VOLT, as
well as a number of chapbooks, most recently In the Gun Cabinet (TAR 2016).
Lala lives in New York.
David Lawton is the author of the poetry collection Sharp Blue Stream
(Three Rooms Press), and serves as an editor for great weather for MEDIA.
Lawton has work currently in Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books) and the
South Florida Poetry Journal, as well as forthcoming in From Somewhere to
Nowhere: The End of the American Dream (Automedia). David loves dogs,
trees, and bananas.
Tsaurah Litzky is a widely published Pushcart Prize-nominated poet who also
writes fiction, nonfiction, erotica, and commentary. Litzky believes it is
a privilege to be a poet and that Brooklyn is as close as she will ever get
to the promised land.
Lisa Liu is a jazz guitarist based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Liu plays
gypsy jazz, swing, and bebop, and also performs as a solo fingerstyle
guitarist. She’ll be performing a solo set of jazz standards arrangements
as well as her own original compositions.
Warren Longmire is a poet, teacher, web programmer, Philly native, and
expert level whistler. Longmire is a former poetry editor for Apiary
Magazine and has been published in Painted Bride Quarterly, Metropolary,
Eleven Eleven, and two chapbooks: Ripped Winters and Do.Until.True. He
currently resides in a nameless part of Philly across from a former
mausoleum with one roommate, one bluetooth karaoke machine, and a pet
python named Fugee. You can find his writings, essays, videos, and sounds
at the above url.
**Edgar J Ulloa Luján
Édgar J. Ulloa Luján is a performance artist and poet from Ciudad Juárez,
México. Ulloa founded a pioneer multimedia poetry blog (see above url),
when his hometown was the most dangerous city of the world. His
performances negotiate border politics, cultural memory, trauma,
immigration, and violence. He received his B.A. in Literature at UTEP and
his M.F.A. in creative writing at New York University. He will be pursuing
a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature at Georgetown University starting in Fall
2016. Ulloa has performed and published in México, Colombia, Spain, United
States, and Japan. Ulloa’s work was included by Conaculta in the first
national anthology of visual poetry in México. He is currently the 2016
Emerge-Surface-Be Poetry Fellow from the Poetry Project in NYC.
M. Mack is a genderqueer poet, editor, and fiber artist in Virginia. Ze is
the author of Theater of Parts (Sundress Publications) and three chapbooks,
Mine (Big Lucks Books, forthcoming), Imaginary Kansas (dancing girl press),
and Traveling (Hyacinth Girl Press). Hir work has apeared in Cream City
Review, Hot Metal Bridge, Menacing Hedge, The Queer South (Sibling Rivalry
Press), and elsewhere. Mack is a founding co-editor of Gazing Grain Press
and an assistant editor for Cider Press Review.
Originally from Mexico, Paco Marquez’s poems have appeared in Apogee and
are forthcoming in Ostrich Review and Huizache. His first chapbook,
Portraits in G Minor, is forthcoming through Folded Word Press in 2017.
Marquez was featured on Columbia University WKCR 89.9 FM’s “Studio A,” and
he was the subject of “I Know No Country,” a short film directed by Antonio
Salume, which won NYU’s Spring 2016 Sight & Sound Documentary Film
Festival. Marquez holds an M.F.A. in poetry from NYU, where he was the
poetry editor of Washington Square, and he is currently the poetry editor
Aubrie Marrin was awarded a fellowship to Columbia University’s School of
the Arts and received her M.F.A. in poetry in 2005. Her poems have appeared
in many publications, including Guernica, Harp & Altar, Sink Review, The
Literary Review, Horse Less Review, and Colorado Review, among others. Her
chapbook, Terrible + Powerful + Wondrous, was published in 2012 by Horse
Less Press, and she is the author of the full length collection, Incognitum
(Shearsman Books). Marrin was recently awarded the Leslie Scalapino
Memorial Award for poetry. Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York,
she now lives in South Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Caitie Moore is from Upstate New York where she grew up raising abandoned
wild animals. She earned an M.F.A. at the University of Montana. Her poetry
engages her white femme subject position, and can be found in her chapbook
Wife (Argos Books), and in Brandon Shimoda’s Ancients, No. Two and The
Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race and the Life of the Mind (Fence Books).
**Vi Khi Nao
Vi Khi Nao holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Brown University, where she
received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in fiction and the Kim Ann
Arstark Memorial Award in poetry. Her work includes poetry, fiction, film
and cross-genre collaboration. Nao is the author of two novellas, Swans In
Half-Mourning and The Vanishing Point of Desire. Her poetry collection, The
Old Philosopher, was the winner of the 2014 Nightboat Poetry Prize. Her
manuscript, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, won the 2016 Ronald Sukenick
Innovative Fiction Contest. In Fall 2016, Coffee House Press will publish
her novel Fish in Exile. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
Ariah is a singer/songwriter from New York. Her music has been compared to
that of Ingrid Michaelson, Laura Marling, Sara Bareilles, Nora Jones,
Feist, Daughter, Coco Rosie, Florence Welch, and occasionally Amy Winehouse
- and Ariah blushes and grins widely every time such a comparison is made
because she thinks all the ladies mentioned are pretty boss. Ariah is
friendly, and will kiss you on your stupid face if you make her laugh. She
not so secretly longs to marry both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at the
Jane Ormerod is the author of Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and
Recreational Vehicles on Fire (both from Three Rooms Press), the chapbook
11 Films, and the spoken word CD Nashville Invades Manhattan. Her work also
appears in numerous anthologies and journals including Sensitive Skin,
Maintenant, Marsh Hawk Press Review, and Paris Lit Up. Ormerod is a
founding editor at great weather for MEDIA, an independent press focusing
on edgy and experimental poetry and prose.
Leila Ortiz is a poet and social worker from Park Slope, Brooklyn. She
currently resides in Bay Ridge. Ortiz’s poems have appeared in Apogee;
Bodega; Cold Front; Glitter Mob; The Grief Diaries; Killing Fields Journal’
No, Dear Magazine; Palabras Luminosas; Referential Magazine; and Stone
Canoe. Her chapbook, Girl Life, is forthcoming from Recreation League. She
is a graduate of the Queens College M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing and
**Nathan Xavier Osorio
Nathan Xavier Osorio is from L.A and is the poetry editor for Columbia: A
Journal of Literature and Art #54. Osorio teaches poetry at the Bronx
Studio School for Writers and Artists and is a founding member of Art Race
Responsibility, an activist group dedicated to dismantling
white/cisgender/male supremacy in literature. His poetry and translations
have been featured or are forthcoming in Mexico City Lit, diSONARE and The
Offing. You can follow him on twitter at @nathanxosorio.
Eve Packer has received grants from NYSCA, NYFA, the NEH, Puffin
Foundations, and awards from Time to Consider: the Arts Respond to 9/11,
and also from the Chester H. Jones Foundation, Downtown and Conceit
Magazines. She has published three poetry books: skulls head samba,
playland poems 1994-2004, and new nails(2011) (Fly By Night), and has 4
full poetry/jazz CD’s, and first and last w/saxophonist Noah Howard; in
2013 Packer released my champagne waltz w/ pianist/vocalist Stephanie Stone
& multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter. 2015 saw the release of poetry/jazz:
nywoman: poetry/jazz highlights. She coordinates a downtown assembling
magazine, What Happens Next. Donald Hall: “I salute her as the Weegee
poet…” (Ploughshares, Spring 2005)
Jean-Paul Pecqueur’s first book, The Case Against Happiness, was published
by Alice James Books. Two chapbooks, To Embrace Sea Monsters and The
Imaginations, have been published by Greying Ghost Press and Forklift, Ink.
Some more recent poems have appeared in H_NGM_N, Sink Review, Vinyl, and
Ping Pong. Originally from the pacific northwest, Pecqueur currently
teaches creative writing to fine arts students at the Pratt Institute and
lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Puma Perl is a widely published poet and writer, as well as a performer and
producer. Perl is the author of two chapbooks, Ruby True and Belinda and
Her Friends, and two full-length poetry collections, knuckle tattoos, and
Retrograde, (great weather for MEDIA press.) She’s the creator of Puma
Perl’s Pandemonium, which brings spoken word together with rock and roll.
As Puma Perl and Friends, she performs regularly with a group of excellent
musicians. She’s also a journalist and writes cultural and arts columns for
the Villager and other publications. Puma is a recipient of a 2016 Acker
Award, and a 2015 New York Press Association Award.
Wanda Phipps is a writer/performer living in Bushwick. Her books include
Field of Wanting: Poems of Desire (BlazeVOX [books]) and Wake-Up Calls: 66
Morning Poems (Soft Skull Press). Her poetry has been translated into
Ukrainian, Hungarian, Arabic, Galician, and Bangla. As a founding member of
Yara Arts Group Phipps has collaborated on numerous theatrical productions
presented in Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Siberia, and at La MaMa, E.T.C. in N.Y.C.
She’s curated reading and performance series at The Poetry Project at St.
Mark’s Church, written about the arts for Time Out New York, Paper
Magazine, and About.com, and sometimes she sings.
Alina Pleskova lives in Philly and strives to maintain optimum chill.
Pleskova is coeditor of bedfellows, a literary magazine focused on
narratives of sex/desire/intimacy, and cohost of Poetry Jawns, a podcast.
Recent work can be found in littletell, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Public Pool,
and By the Slice, an anthology published by Spooky Girlfriend Press.
**Matt L. Rohrer
Matt L. Roar is a writer and musician from San Francisco, currently living
in Williamsburg. His writing has appeared in The Ampersand Review, Tinfish,
Sink Review, Jellyfish, GlitterPony, No Dear, The Surfer’s Journal, WAX,
and elsewhere. He is the author of the chapbooks, The Shredders (Mondo
Bummer) and Probability of Dependent Events (Beard of Bees). He is the
publisher of Recreation League and is a New York City Teaching Fellow. His
music can be found at the above url.
Assaf Salholv is a man of mystery who seems poised to become the next quiet
storm of antifolk. Discovered by Ray Brown while busking in the subway and
invited to the Sidewalk Open Mic, his songs are like three minute Paul
Auster novels that take the listener on a journey into his own unique
Danniel Schoonebeek is the author of American Barricade (YesYes Books) and
the forthcoming collection of poems Trébuchet, which was a 2015 National
Poetry Series selection and will be published by University of Georgia
Press in 2016. A recipient of a 2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent
Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from Poetry Foundation, recent work appears in
The New Yorker, Fence, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. photo Credit Trod Koch
Cannonball Statman comes from Park Slope, Brooklyn. Bob’s Aural Delights
characterizes Statman’s sound as a “unique blend of speed of light
vocalising with an amazing guitar technique, which varies between scratchy
antifolk and stunning sonic dexterity.” On PunkNews.org, Chris Urban says
it’s “like acoustic Dead Kennedys. He sounds like he is about to snap, and
barks like a dog. I think there is something wrong with him, in the best
way possible.” Statman is probably on tour right now.
**J. Hope Stein
J. Hope Stein is the author of Talking Doll (Dancing Girl Press), Mary
(Hyacinth Girl Press), and Corner Office (H_ngm_n Bks.) She is editor at
Poetry Crush and the author of e.e. cattings (see url above).
Christina Strong has lived in a recording studio, a yurt, a tent, and a
sugarcane barrel. Work includes The Hartford Of (Cy Gist Press), Fifth
Plateau-from Pink Adrenaline Star (Propolis Press/Least Weasel), and The
New York School (Propolis Press).
Jackson Sturkey is a singer, actor, author, lyricist, and stand up comic
who’s trying to find his way in a world that is wayward. Sturkey’s
theatrical presence, exceptional vocal command, and mordantly amusing
lyrics make him a standout on the open mic scene.
Brent Terry delights in smashing narrative with assorted hammers then
reassembling the shards into mosaics and ransom notes, glimmering
tapestries of glass and blood. Sometimes they sing to him in his sleep;
sometimes they hide his car keys. He calls them poems, but you can call
them whatever you want. Terry is the author of two collections of poetry,
Wicked, Excellently (Custom Words) and the chapbook yesnomaybe (Main Street
Rag). His poems, stories, reviews, and essays have been published in
magazines and journals the world over (if you consider the U.S., Canada,
and Scotland to be the world over). Terry teaches at Eastern Connecticut
State University and Steppingstone Academy Hartford.
**Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz
Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz is a multidisciplinary artist, youth worker and
co-founder/co-curator of Sweety’s, a platform for artists of color. Over
recent years, Izquierdo has primarily explored the imprint of
inter-generational trauma within her own family in relationship to place
and migration in and outside of Perú. She is the author of the
self-published Standing in the Bathroom in the Dark Thinking About Green,
El Mismo Pozo/The Same Well and Uñas.
**Michael Joseph Walsh
Michael Joseph Walsh is a Ph.D. candidate in literature and creative
writing at the University of Denver and co-editor for Apartment Poetry.
Walsh’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cloud Rodeo, Coconut,
Diagram, Fence, Pank, RealPoetik, The Volta, and Word For/Word.
Not just another ukelele player, David Warpaint combines punk-rock
distortion and intricate, rhythmic playing with catchy melodies, smart,
introspective lyrics, and sassy, r&b-influenced vocal stylings. He’s
working on his first EP as you read this.
Carl Watson’s previously published books include Anarcadium Pan, Backwards
the Drowned Go Dreaming, Beneath the Empire of the Birds, Bricolage ex
Machina, and The Hotel of Irrevocable Acts. His most recent book is Astral
Botanica, a collection of poems.
Dan Wilcox is the host of the Third Thursday Poetry Night at the Social
Justice Center in Albany, N.Y. and is a member of the poetry performance
group “3 Guys from Albany”. As a photographer, Wilcox claims to have the
world’s largest collection of photos of unknown poets. He is an active
member of Veterans for Peace. His latest book, Gloucester Notes, is
available from FootHills Publishing.
Ian Wilder has been a politician, a pacifist, a promoter, an apparatchik,
“a poet, a pawn and a king.” Depending on the venue, he is known for his
Green Party politics; his spoken word performances with folk groovin’
musicians; or sporting a bow tie. His favorite drummer is Henry David
Thoreau and favorite drum major is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Wilder and
his wife Kimberly blend politics and art at the above url.
Francine Witte is the author of the poetry chapbooks Only, Not Only
(Finishing Line Press); First Rain (Pecan Grove Press), winner of the Pecan
Grove Press competition; and the flash fiction chapbooks Cold June
(Ropewalk Press), selected by Robert Olen Butler as the winner of the 2010
Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award, and The Wind Twirls Everything (MuscleHead
Press). Her latest poetry chapbook, Not All Fires Burn the Same, has just
won the Slipstream chapbook contest and will be published this summer. Her
poem My Dead Florida Mother Meets Gandhi is the first prize winner of the
2015 Slippery Elm poetry award. Witte has been nominated seven times for a
Pushcart Prize in poetry and once for fiction. She is an avid
iPhoneographer. A former English teacher, Witte lives in the Upper East
Johnny X is a Yonkers native who has been performing since a fateful night
at the Rolls Touring Company in Troy, in 1987. He’s been described as
“James Taylor with a Johnny Cash Attitude.” Expect a ring of fire, followed
by some rain.
Katie Yates (poem for the house, Stockport Flats) is currently working a
word and image piece based on her Listhus Artspace residency in Iceland.
She is a senior student in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition as well as a
Professor at CCSU. Her work can be found online at Cowbird: a storytelling
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