Mark Fogarty’s poetry has been published in Hawaii Review, Viet Nam Generation, Journal of NJ Poets, Exit 13, Unrorean, Eclectic Literary Forum, Cokefishing in Alpha Beat Soup, Footwork, The Brownstone Poets Anthology, The TEA Newsletter, Gallery and The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow. Mark, also a musician, is the author of three poetry collections from White Chickens Press, Myshkin’s Blues, Peninsula and Phantom Engineer. A journalist by trade, Mark grew up and lives in Rutherford, NJ. He is the managing editor of The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow and emcees the Red Wheelbarrow Poets monthly reading series.
Kola Boof is the critically acclaimed author of several bestselling novels and poetry collections, including The Sexy Part of the Bible, Flesh and the Devil and Nile River Woman. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s and the story colleciton Politically Inspired. Her autobiography Diary of a Lost Girl was published in 2006. She has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX News, and CNN; and has been featured in TV Guide, Time Magazine, the New York Post, and the New York Times. She lives in Southern California.
Jenna Dioguardi is an actor and short-fiction writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch (Playwrights Horizons Theater School). Recent performance credits include, at PHTS: Jen Silverman’s That Poor Girl And How He Killed Her, Grapes of Wrath, Easter In The Living Room, enlightened, The Winged Man, & Aunt Leaf. OTHER: A Merry Little Evening (The Drama Bookshop), Globalizing Shakespeare Festival (NYU/Abu Dhabi), Backstage at Horror Drag (ANIMALS, Incubator Arts), OnTheFloor (Ace Hotel), Game Night (Ars Nova). Hobbies include providing her loved ones with baked goods, adoring dogs of all kinds, and crafting strong emails.
Randall Potts is the author of a previous collection of poems, Collusion Center, published by O Books in 1994 and a chapbook, Recant: (A Revision), published by Leave Books in 1994. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, the Antioch Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Five Fingers Review, Iowa Review, Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, The West Marin Review, Unsplendid and other publications. He attended the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and has taught creative writing at the graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of San Francisco and California College of the Arts. He volunteered as an intern at a wildlife rehabilitation hospital and worked on several oil spill responses. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Geoffrey Nutter was born in Sacramento, and attended San Francisco State University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He is the author of The Rose of January (Wave Books, 2013), Christopher Sunset (Wave Books, 2010), Water’s Leaves & Other Poems (Winner of the 2004 Verse Press Prize) and A Summer Evening, winner of the 2001 Colorado Prize (Center for Literary Publishing, 2001). His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 1997, The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries and Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Poems by Younger American Poets. He currently teaches in New York City, where he lives with his wife, daughter and son.
Matthew Rohrer is the author of Surrounded by Friends (forthcoming from Wave Books, spring 2015), Destroyer and Preserver (Wave Books, 2011), A Plate of Chicken (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), Rise Up (Wave Books, 2007) and A Green Light (Verse Press, 2004), which was shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize. He is also the author of Satellite (Verse Press, 2001), and co-author, with Joshua Beckman, of Nice Hat. Thanks. (Verse Press, 2002), and the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and The Next Big Thing. His first book, A Hummock in the Malookas was selected for the National Poetry Series by Mary Oliver in 1994. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at NYU.
Last reading of season.
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
Lisa Birman is the author of How To Walk Away (Spuyten Duyvil Press), For That Return Passage – A Valentine for the United States of America (Hollowdeck Press), and co-editor of the anthology Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action (Coffee House Press). She has published several chapbooks of poetry, including deportation poems, and her work has appeared in Revolver, Floor Journal, Milk Poetry Magazine, Trickhouse, and Poetry Project Newsletter. Lisa lives in Boulder, where she served as the Director of the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics for twelve years. She writes about countries, books, and people at https://twoormorecountries.wordpress.com
Michael Sweeney, a two-time Pushcart nominee, earned his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College and was a long-time student of Isshinryu Modes Karate. His collection In Memory of the Fast Break (Plain View Press, 2008) was a Finalist and Must-Read selection for the Massachusetts Center for the Book’s 2009 MASSBOOKS OF THE YEAR/POETRY Awards. “The Last Cracker,” from that volume, was selected by Stephen Dunn as runner-up for the St. Louis Poetry Center’s 48th Annual “Best Poem” contest and appeared in Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Volume 6. He lives in Connecticut with his wife Patricia.
Jericho Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award and fellowships from Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry, and Nikki Giovanni’s 100 Best African American Poems. Brown holds a PhD from the University of Houston, an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and a BA from Dillard University. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, was published by Copper Canyon Press. He is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta.
Cate Marvin’s first book, World’s Tallest Disaster, was chosen by Robert Pinsky for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by Sarabande Books in 2001. In 2002, she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. She co-edited with poet Michael Dumanis the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books, 2006). Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New England Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Fence, The Paris Review, The Cincinnati Review, Slate, Verse, Boston Review, and Ninth Letter. Her second book of poems, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, for which she received a Whiting Award, was published by Sarabande in 2007. Marvin teaches poetry writing in Lesley University’s Low-Residency M.F.A. Program and Columbia University’s M.F.A. Program and is Professor of English at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. In 2009, she co-founded the nonprofit organization VIDA: Women in Literary Arts with poet Erin Belieu. Her third book of poems, Oracle, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton & Co. in March 2015.
Norman “Buzz” Minnick is a poet and playwright. His second full-length collection, Folly, is published by Wind Publications. He is the author of To Taste the Water: Poems (Mid-List Press, 2007) and is the editor of Between Water and Song: New Poets for the Twenty-First Century (White Pine Press, 2010). He has not yet written a play.
Chris Jansen has most recently published Illumination (new translations of Rumi) with Afghan student Fatima Saidi, a five-star reviewed book by Timothy Liu at Coldfront Magazine. He has previously published his own translation of Pablo Neruda’s 100 Love Sonnets, as well as an anthology of poems with original work by National Book Award Winner Robert Bly. Chris has a degree in molecular biology from the University of Georgia and lives in Athens, GA.
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
Loren Kleinman’s poetry has appeared in journals such as Drunken Boat, Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Paterson Literary Review, Narrative Northeast and Journal of New Jersey Poets. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times, and her interviews appeared inIndieReader,USA Todayand The Huffington Post. She is the author of The Dark Cave Between My Ribs. Breakable Things, her third collection, releases March 2015 via Winter Goose Publishing. She is a founding editor of CityLitRag and National Translation Month.
Jason Carney, a poet, writer, and educator, from Dallas, Texas is a four-time National Poetry Slam Finalist, honored as a Legend of the Slam in 2007. He appeared on three seasons of the HBO television series Russell Simmons’ Def Poets. A graduate of Wilkes University MFA Program for Creative Writing. His memoir, Starve the Vulture, is out on Akashic/Kaylie Jones Books. Jason is an Adjunct Instructor of English Composition and American Literature at Brookhaven College and Parker University.
Geoffrey Gatza is an award winning editor, publisher and poet. He was named by the Huffington Post as one of the Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry (2013). He is the author many books of poetry, including Apollo (BlazeVOX 2014), Secrets of my Prison House (BlazeVOX 2010) Kenmore: Poem Unlimited (Casa Menendez 2009) and HouseCat Kung Fu: Strange Poems for Wild Children (Meritage Press 2008), He is also the author of the yearly Thanksgiving Menu-Poem Series, a book length poetic tribute for prominent poets, now in it’s thirteenth 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. He lives in Kenmore, NY with his girlfriend and two beloved cats.
Introduction by Claudia Serea
Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies from the U.S., U.K., and Australia. A four-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, she is the author of the full-length poetry collections Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013), To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervená Barva Press, forthcoming) and Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Books, forthcoming). Together with Paul Doru Mugur and Adam J. Sorkin, Serea co-edited and co-translated The Vanishing Point That Whistles, an Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman House Publishing, 2011). She also translated from the Romanian Adina Dabija’s Beautybeast(Northshore Press, Alaska, 2012). In 2012, Serea co-founded and she currently edits The National Translation Month blog.
Noah Eli Gordon is the author of eight books, including The Year of the Rooster (Ahsahta Press, 2013), The Source (Futurepoem, 2011), and Novel Pictorial Noise (Harper Perennial, 2007), which was selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series and subsequently chosen for the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award. Gordon is the co-publisher of Letter Machine Editions, an editor with The Volta, and an Assistant Professor in the MFA program in Creative Writing at The University of Colorado Boulder, where he currently directs Subito Press. His essays, reviews, creative nonfiction, criticism, and poetry appear widely, including journals such as Bookforum, Seneca Review, Boston Review, Fence, Hambone, and in the anthologies Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line, Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing, and Burning Interiors: David Shapiro’s Poetry and Poetics. An advocate of small press culture, he penned a column for five years on chapbooks for Rain Taxi: review of books, ran Braincase Press, and was a founding editor of the little magazine Baffling Combustions.
Kelly Forsythe has poems published or forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, The Minnesota Review, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and American Poet. Her reviews can be found in the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Review, NewCity and The Rumpus. In Fall 2011, she was introduced by Noelle Kocot as an Academy of American Poets “Emerging Poet.” She is the editor of the online literary magazine Phantom Limb, works for Copper Canyon Press, and is a lecturer at The University of Maryland. She lives in Washington, D.C.
The KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction showcases the finest in contemporary fiction from new and emerging writers.
Spencer Short lives in “downtown” Brooklyn. He currently works as a litigator. He is also the author of Tremolo, selected for the National Poetry Series and published by HarperCollins in 2001. He studied writing at the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa and received his law degree from the University of Chicago.
Kathleen Ossip is the author of two books of poems, The Search Engine and The Cold War, and one chapbook, Cinephrastics. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, the Washington Post, Fence, The Believer, and Poetry Review (London). She teaches at The New School in New York, where she was a founding editor of LIT, and she’s the poetry editor of Women’s Studies Quarterly. She has received a fellowship in poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as grants from Bread Loaf, the Ragdale Foundation, and Yaddo.
Liam Callanan, author of the critically acclaimed novels The Cloud Atlas and All Saints, returns with a short story collection, Listen, that crosses decades, oceans and continents in pursuit of stories that, like its title suggests, are more than worthy of a listen.
“Over and over Callanan finds that moment when a character’s past, their deepest longings, their most intimate fears, emerge from the flood-waters of daily life and stand exposed. These richly imagined and beautifully written stories transport the reader from TV studios to lonely woods, from an old convent to a new gym, from war-time Alaska to the beach at Santa Monica. The result is a wonderfully readable and hugely pleasurable collection.” —Margot Livesey, The Flight of Gemma Hardy
“What a wide-ranging, inventive collection Liam Callanan has given us. In page after page, he conjures striking characters and places—recent and historical, domestic and foreign—that quickly grow visceral and real. Listen to these lovely stories, indeed; each one is memorable, and each one different from the last.” —Alix Ohlin, Inside and Signs and Wonders
Come to a KGB Monday Night Poetry Series reading and talk to the curators about signing up. All poets read for 3 minutes. The winner, by ballot, gets a 10 minute reading slot in the Fall ‘15 season with the pairing of his / her choosing + a KGB MONDAY NIGHT POETRY tee-shirt and free drinks for the evening. Past winners Lily Goderstad and Spencer Everett have read with the likes of Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Joshua Beckman, Rusty Morrison, and Camille Rankine. 2013 co-winner Chelsea Whitton will read March 2, 2014 with Billy Collins and George Green.
(this month’s tarot will be Magician, with fortunetellers on premises and several performances inspired by that magician), $15 door/public, $10 advance
Baltimore-based poet/author Cherrie Amour writes about love, life and relationships. In her first book of poetry, Free to Be Me, Poems on Love, Life and Relationships, Amour explores her intimate journey of trials and triumphs from childhood to adulthood (her poem, “Hermoso Negro” won a 2013 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and is featured in the 2014 Paterson Literary Review). Amour also has two poetry CDs “Love’s Journey” and “ilovemesomewords.” Born in the Caribbean and raised in Canada, Amour’s eclectic background serves as a strong influence in both her performances and her writing. She has been featured in Baltimore Magazine, CityPape, Detroit Metro Times, Baltimore Times, WEAA 88.9, Baltimore Beacon and The Positive Community Magazine (NYC) etc.
Stanton Hancock is a writer, musician, and educator from Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and his poems can be found scribbled on scraps of paper, spray-painted under bridges, and in the anthology Everyday Escape Poems from SwanDive Publishing.
Amy Barone’s first poetry collection is Views from the Driveway, from Foothills Publishing of Kanona, New York. She recently debuted her second collection, Kamikaze Dance, from Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky. Her poems have appeared in Apiary The Hive, Avanti Popolo, CityLitRag, First Literary Review-East, Gradiva, Impolite Conversation(UK), Maintenant, Philadelphia Poets, and The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, among other publications. She is a professional member of PEN America Center and a member of the brevitas online poetry community, which celebrates the short poem. A native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, she lives in New York City.
A seven-time Pushcart Prize nominee, George Held publishes regularly both online and in print, and Garrison Keillor read one of Held’s poems on A Writer’s Almanac. His recent books include Neighbors: The Yard Critters, Books 1 and 2, animal poems for children, illustrated by Joung Un Kim, and Culling: New & Selected Nature Poems (2014).
Kait Burrier writes poetry, drama, journalism, and to-do lists. Her work has been published online and in print, performed in Pennsylvania theatres, spat from a Colorado rooftop, staged in a coastal French town, hidden in desert mesas, thrown from urban balconies, and, most recently, shared at New York readings. See what she’s up to lately at www.kaitburrier.com.
Hermine Meinhard’s book, Bright Turquoise Umbrella, published by Tupelo Press, was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street,Drunken Boat, Luna, and Verse Daly, among other journals. She has read and performed her work at Live from Prairie Lights Bookstore, the Hudson Valley Writers Center, The Kitchen, Dixon Place, the Inspired Word and many other venues. She teaches at NYU, the New York Writers Workshop, the Jewish Community Center Manhattan and the New York Public Library.
Andrea Talarico is a writer, bookseller, and former bookstore owner. She has taught poetry in the classroom as an artist-in-residence, mentored and judged for the national Poetry Out Loud program, and performed her poetry on stages throughout the northeast United States. Her first chapbook, Spinning with the Tornado was released by Paper Kite Press in 2003. Her poetry was also included in the anthology Everyday Escape Poems by SwanDive publishing in 2014. She currently works for McNally Jackson Books in Soho, NYC, and resides in New Jersey.
Chris Hosea is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers. Hosea’s first book, Put Your Hands In (LSU Press 2014), was selected by John Ashbery for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. Hosea’s poems regularly appear in magazines such as American Poetry Review, Boston Review, New American Writing, Conjunctions, Prelude, and Brooklyn Rail. He is the recipient of fellowship residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and Writers Omi at Ledig House. Hosea’s work as artist and curator includes What Do You Feel? (2012- ), Ode to Street Hassle (Bronx Art Space 2012), and So Many Fortresses (with Jane Hsu, Ran Tea House 2012) as well as Free Poetry, a repeated daylong performance curated by Ugly Duckling Presse for its Third Factory Gallery (2014). Hosea’s art writing has been published by BOMB and Article, and is featured in catalogues for artists Bettina Marx, Charlie Schneider, and Terence Hannum, among others. Hosea works as an advertising copywriter and lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Jennifer MacKenzie‘s first full-length book of poems, My Not-My Soldier, was published in December as part of Fence Books Modern Poets Series. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Lungfull, Forklift Ohio and Poets for Living Waters, and her prose in the Huffington Post, Guernica, the Kenyon Review online, and Killing the Buddha. She lives in the Bronx where she teaches English composition and journalism at Lehman College.
Tadeusz Dąbrowski is a poet, essayist, critic, and editor of the literary bimonthly Topos. He has been published in many journals in Poland and abroad. In the US these journals include: The New Yorker, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Agni, American Poetry Review, Tin House, Harvard Review, Little Star Weekly, Crazyhorse, The Common, Poetry Daily, Guernica, and 3 Quarks Daily. His work has been translated into 20 languages. Recipient of stipends awarded by Yaddo (2015), the Omi International Arts Center (NY, 2013), Vermont Studio Center (2011), Literatur Lana (2011), Internationales Haus der Autoren Graz (2008), Polish Minister of Culture (2007, 2010), Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (2006, 2012), and the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators (Visby, 2004, 2010). Winner of numerous awards, among others, the Horst Bienek Prize (2014), the Kościelski Prize (2009), the Hubert Burda Prize (2008) and, from Tadeusz Różewicz, the Prize of the Foundation for Polish Culture (2006). He has been nominated for NIKE, the most important Polish literary award (2010). Editor of the anthology Poza słowa. Antologia wierszy 1976–2006 (2006). Author of six volumes of poetry: Wypieki (1999), e-mail (2000), mazurek (2002), Te Deum (2005, 2008), Czarny kwadrat (2009), and Pomiędzy (2013). Collections of his poetry were released in the US (Black Square, Zephyr Press 2011), Germany (Schwarzes Quadrat auf schwarzem Grund, Luxbooks 2010, 2011; Die Bäume spielen Wald, Hanser 2014) and the Ukraine (Чорний квадрат [вибранi вiршi], Meridian Czernowitz 2013). He lives in Gdańsk.
Michael Morse teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York and has taught at The University of Iowa and The New School. Michael’s first book, Void and Compensation, will appear from Canarium Books in the spring of 2015. He has published poems in various journals, including A Public Space, The American Poetry Review, Field, The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, and Ploughshares, and in anthologies that include The Best American Poetry, 2012 and Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days. Honors include fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. He received his M.F.A. in Poetry from The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Sarah Rose Nordgren is the author of Best Bones (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Agni, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, and the Best New Poets anthology. A recipient of two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a 2014 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, Sarah Rose grew up in Durham, NC and currently lives in Cincinnati.
Shari Goldhagen is the author of the novels IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE and FAMILY AND OTHER ACCIDENTS. After serious pursuits of literature at Northwestern (BSJ) and Ohio State (MFA), she discovered she had a knack for sifting through celebrity trash and worked as a gossip writer for publications including The National Enquirer, Us Weekly, and Life & Style Weekly. Her articles on pop culture, travel and relationships have appeared everywhere from Cosmopolitan to Penthouse. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell and currently lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
New York Times Book Review:
This is real life with snappier dialogue . . .her book reminds you that simply paying attention is one of the things literature can do best.
Born in Minnesota and reared in North Dakota, Amy Scheibe currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, Brian Flynn, and their two children. Her first novel, What Do You Do All Day, was Amazon’s #1 Women’s Fiction Pick for 2005. She reads from her novel: A Fireproof Home for the Bride.
“An engrossing tale of intrigue, deceit and racial unrest in the Upper Midwest in the 1950s, A Fireproof Home for the Bride is a fresh take on a pivotal moment in American History.” —Christina Baker Kline
“Scheibe’s fantastic sophomore effort explores the coming of age of a young Minnesota woman in the late 1950s….The multilayered plot feels organic: the strands are knitted into a tight story of substance that touches on the politics of race, class, and gender…. Overall, the book is spectacular.” Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review
David Burr Gerrard is a writer living in Queens, NY. His work has appeared in The Awl, The LA Review of Books, The Millions, Specter, Extract(s), and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at Manhattanville College. Short Century is his first novel and has received rave reviews, including praise from Rebecca Mead of The New Yorker, who said: “David Burr Gerrard is a scarily clever young man, with a talent as subversively unforgettable as his artful creation.”
An astute and searing look at the political and cultural mores of the last fifty years, Short Century follows renowned pro-war journalist Arthur Hunt whose long-ago incestuous affair with his smart but impressionable younger sister, Emily, is made public, prompting him to write a memoir in defense of his life, coming to terms with his shattered sense of self, his skewed political ideals, and the crumbling American empire he has been struggling to uphold. An angry but eloquent narrator in the tradition of Philip Roth and Thomas Bernhard, Arthur recounts his relationship with Emily, weaving in his claustrophobic WASP childhood, his ‘60s student radical days at Yale, and his vociferous support for America’s war in Iraq and its continuing drone campaign.
John C. Hampsey is professor of Romantic and Classical Literature at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he has won the University Distinguished Teaching Award. Previously, he taught at MIT and Boston University. He received his BA from Holy Cross College and his PhD from Boston College.
His book, Paranoia and Contentment: A Personal Essay on Western Thought (2005, University of Virginia Press) won an enthusiastic endorsement from Lawrence Ferlinghetti who judged Paranoia and Contentment to be “sharply reasoned and intellectually bold . . . This beautifully written book turns upside down our standard thinking about creativity, imagination, and what it is to be wholly human.” Paranoia and Contentment was the first book to view paranoia in a positive light and to use the concept to re-examine Western thought.
Professor Hampsey’s memoir Kaufman’s Hill (Bancroft Press, hardcover, February 2015) is set in Pittsburgh between 1961-68. It begins when the narrator is seven years old and focuses on that threshold time between the late 1950s and the full counter-cultural world that arrived after 1968, as well as on the graphic yet mythical world of boyhood that vanishes right into the twilight. Each chapter, in fact, has a key scene occurring at twilight.
Howard Zinn, after reading an early draft of Kaufman’s Hill, called it “the best book on American boyhood in decades.” Tim O’Brien claims that “Kaufman’s Hill is among the most touching, sensitive, and spellbinding memoirs I’ve encountered in many years. Beautifully and exactly written, this book will surely reach into the hearts of its readers. I was deeply moved.” The Gettysburg Review published an excerpt from Kaufman’s Hill in Winter 2014.
Professor Hampsey is currently working on a novel—Soda Lake, an existential mystery mixed with interconnected imaginary portraits. The Alaska Quarterly published an excerpt in Winter 2014. During his career, Hampsey has had more than thirty stories and essays published in such places as The Gettysburg Review (four times), The Midwest Quarterly, Antioch Review, The Alaska Quarterly, The Boston Globe, Arizona Quarterly, European Romantic Review, Witness, Colby Quarterly, and McNeese Review, among many others. He lives in San Luis Obispo, California, with his wife and daughter.
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Nic Brown is the author of the novel Doubles and the story collection Floodmarkers, which was selected as an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times Book Review. A new novel, In Every Way, is forthcoming from Counterpoint in February 2015. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Harvard Review, Garden & Gun, Glimmer Train, and Epoch, among many other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Columbia University, he has been the John and Renee Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi (2012-13) and an assistant professor of English at the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Clemson University. http://www.nicbrown.net/About
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Anne Elliott’s novella, The Beginning of the End of the Beginning, was released from Ploughshares Solos in Fall 2014. She was the winner of the 2012 Normal Prize for short fiction, and the 2013 Table 4 Writer’s Foundation grant. Her stories can be seen in Crab Orchard Review, Witness, Hobart, FRiGG, JMWW, Bellevue Literary Review, Fugue, Opium, Pindeldyboz, The Normal School, and others. She has been a fiction fellow at the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a listed notable in Best American Nonrequired Reading. Elliott is a veteran of the New York spoken word circuit, with stage credits including The Whitney Museum, Lincoln Center, PS122, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project. She earned an MFA in visual art from University of California, San Diego, and lives in Brooklyn, USA with 3 cats, 2 dogs, and 1 husband.
Sonia Pilcer was born in Augsburg, Germany and raised in the boroughs of New York City. Her latest book THE LAST HOTEL: A Novel in Suites is based on the residential hotel her father managed on the Upper West Side in the ‘70s. TEEN ANGEL, her first novel, launched Pilcer’s career in her twenties. It was bought by Universal Studios and she wrote the screenplay with Garry Marshall. The book has recently been reissued in a 35th Year Anniversary Edition. Her other novels include MAIDEN RITES, LITTLE DARLINGS, and I-LAND: MANHATTAN MONOLOGUES. Her adaptation of I-LAND played at the Thirteenth Street Repertory Theater for six years. Most recently, THE HOLOCAUST KID, her deepest and most personal book, explored the meaning of being ‘2G’, a Second Generation Holocaust survivor. Her theatrical adaptation was staged at Shakespeare & Co in Lenox, Mass. Sonia Pilcer teaches at Berkshire Community College and the Writers Voice in New York City, as well as privately.
Stephen Policoff’s second novel, Come Away, won the Mid-Career Author Award and was published by Dzanc Books in November. His memoir, Sixteen Scenes From A Film I Never Wanted To See, was published by Monkey Puzzle Press, in January 2014. His essay, “Music Today?” won the Fish Short Memoir Prize and was published in Fish Anthology 2012 (West Cork University Prize, Ireland).His fiction and essays have recently appeared in THE RUMPUS, KINDLING QUARTERLY, PROVINCETOWN ARTS, and many other publications.He teaches writing in the Global Liberal Studies Program at NYU.
FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:
Caitlín R. Kiernan was recently described by the New York Times as “one of our essential writers of dark fiction,” and is a two-time recipient of both the World Fantasy and Bram Stoker awards. Her novels include The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, and her short fiction has, to date, been collected in twelve volumes, including Tales of Pain and Wonder, The Ammonite Violin & Others, and The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories. In 2015, Subterranean Press will release Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume 2)
Lisa Mannetti’s first novel, The Gentling Box won the Bram Stoker Award and her work has been nominated for the Stoker multiple times. Her novella, The Box Jumper, about Houdini, will be out this year, and she is currently working on a new novel, tentatively titled Radium Girl. Her Bram Stoker-nominated novella, Dissolution, is soon to be a feature length film directed by Paul Leyden.
Colin Drohan studies literature and writing at New York University. He was born in Chicago and lives both in New York and on Twitter @colindrohan.
Nate Cabral writes, works, and lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is a co-founder of Potluck Magazine, as well as its poetry editor. You can find him on Twitter @natecabral.
John Surico is a Queens-based freelance writer. His reporting can be found in the New York Times, VICE, Narratively, and elsewhere. He is a co-founder and editor of Potluck Magazine, and the interviews editor of Bklynr. He was a Brunch DJ in his last life. His Twitter life is @JohnSurico.
Angela Almeida is a Queens-based freelance writer. Her past writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Elle.com, MSNBC, Bklynr, and Potluck Magazine, among other outlets. She’s a born-again Texan, tweeting at @almeidavore.
Raymond Belli is a professional drummer and writer originally from New Jersey. Now he lives here, there, and everywhere. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melissa Cronin writes words about animals every day at The Dodo. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post and Narratively. She is a co-founder and editor of Potluck Magazine, too. Sometimes, when she tries really hard, she finishes the Wednesday crossword. Find her on Twitter at @melissacronin.
Conor Burnett is handsome and strong. If you give him 5 minutes, he’ll try to convince you to like pro wrestling. He will fail. You can like whatever you want I guess. And he just wants you to be happy. He is a contributor to Potluck Magazine, too.
Henry “SKRD” Gonzalez was conceived in the city that never sleeps, buried in the remnants of the beautiful decay. SKRD is the greatest unknown rap legend.
Maralisa Simmons-Cook is a Brooklyn-based electrosoul singer & songwriter. She is the lead songwriter and vocalist of the soul band, Space Captain.
Max “Elbows” Schieble is a Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter. He also serves as the creative director of Potluck Magazine. He tweets as @Schiebles.
Jason Schneiderman is the author of Sublimation Point, winner of the Richard Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press, and Striking Surface, A Stahlecker Selection from Four Way Books. His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Story Quarterly, and Tin House. Jason has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2004, and a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award in 2011. He is Poetry Editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, and Associate Editor at Painted Bride Quarterly. Jason Schneiderman is an Assistant Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, part of the City University of New York.
Ada Limón is the author of Lucky Wreck (2006), This Big Fake World (2006), and Sharks in the Rivers (2010). She earned an MFA from New York University, and is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, The Harvard Review, Pleiades, and Barrow Street. Limón splits her time between Kentucky, California, and New York.
Bellevue Literary Review www.BLReview.org read:
Bellevue Literary Review is a unique literary magazine that examines human existence through the prism of health and healing, illness and disease. Each issue is filled with high quality, easily accessible poetry, short stories, and essays that appeal to a wide audience of readers. Because of the universal themes, many readers feel a personal connection to the BLR and find reflections of their own lives and experiences. The BLR is published twice a year by the Department of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine.
Danielle Ofri’s newest book is What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine. She is also the author of Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue and Incidental Findings: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine, as well as Medicine in Translation. Her essays have been included in Best American Essays 2002 and 2005, and in Best American Science Writing 2003. Ofri writes regularly for the New York Times. Her essays have also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet and on National Public Radio. She practices medicine at Bellevue Hospital. www.danielleofri.com
Ronna Wineberg’s newest book is “On Bittersweet Place.” She is also author of Second Language, a collection of short stories which was the winner of the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Literary Competition. Her stories have appeared in American Way, Berkeley Fiction Review, Colorado Review, Laurel Review, So To Speak, South Dakota Review, Sou’wester, Zone 3, and other literary journals. Wineberg’s writing has appeared in DAUGHTERS, Ethics in Criminal Justice, River Oak Review, Steam Ticket, The Tennessean, Writers on the Job and on National Public Radio. She has been awarded a scholarship in Fiction to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation. She has taught writing at New York University and elsewhere, and she is the founding fiction editor of the BLR. Wineberg is the recipient of a 2004 fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her website is RonnaWineberg.com
Jerome Lowenstein, a nephrologist, is a Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. His full time activities include teaching, patient care and translational research. In 1979 he founded, and continues to direct, the Humanistic Aspects of Medical Education program. He is the Founding Publisher of the Bellevue Literary Press. He is the author of 4 books: Acid and Basics; The Midnight Meal and other Essays about Doctors, Patients, and Medicine, Henderson’s Equation, and Zichronot/Memories, A Journal.
Suzanne McConnell’s stories, essays, and poems have appeared in Provincetown Arts,The Huffington Post, The Hamilton Stone Review, The Saint’s Ann’s Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Calyx, Green Mountains Review, The Little Magazine, Kalliope, The Fiddlehead, Personal Fiction Writing, Poets & Writers, Cape Women, A Sense of Place,and Discovery Channel Publishing’s Travel Series,. She teaches fiction writing at Hunter College and is currently working on a book on Kurt Vonnegut’s writing advice. An excerpt from her first novel won Second Prize in So To Speak’s ‘08 Fiction Contest, and the novel, Fence of Earth, a finalist for the James Fellowship for Novel in Progress, is now available for publication. Her website is www.suzannemcconnell.com
Jason Schneiderman is the author of Sublimation Point, a Stahlecker Selection from Four Way Books, and Striking Surface, winner of the 2009 Richard Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press. His poetry and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Story Quarterly, and Tin House.He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2004. He directs the Writing Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Hosted by Amy Lemmon, Poetry Editor, Ducts.org
Sharon Dolin is the author of five poetry books, most recently: Whirlwind and Burn and Dodge, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. She teaches at the 92nd Street Y and Poets House and directs The Center for Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition as well as Writing About Art in Barcelona, a 10-day workshop for poets. She is at work on a cinematic memoir entitled Hitchcock Blonde.
Ron Drummond’s first collection of poems is the prize-winning Why I Kick at Night. His poetry also appears in the Penguin textbook Literature as Meaning, and in the anthologies Poetry Nation, Poetry After 9/11, This New Breed, Saints of Hysteria and Flicker and Spark. His translations, in collaboration with Guillermo Filice Castro, have appeared in U.S. Latino Review, Terra Incognita and Guernica. He has been awarded fellowships from Ragdale, VCCA, Blue Mountain Center and the Macondo Foundation.
Joan Lauri Poole makes her living as an editor and writer. Her first full-length collection of poems, Bed of Crimson Joy, came out in 2012. New York Quarterly, Mississippi Review, Shenandoah, Blue Mesa, and other small magazines have published her poems. Her work has also appeared in the anthology This Full Green Hour and at Ducts.org. Currently at work on a second book, she lives in Turtle Bay, Manhattan, near the East River.
Elizabeth Poreba has lived in the Lower East Side since 1968, and taught English in New York City high schools for 35 years. Now that she is retired, she is devoting energy to environmental activism, though she has not yet ventured to be arrested. Her poems have appeared in on-line and print journals, most frequently Commonweal, a liberal Roman Catholic magazine. She has published a chapbook, The Family Calling and has a collection of poems, tentatively entitled The Question of Sarah, coming out in 2015.
Born in Jamaica and raised in New Jersey, Tishon Woolcock came to poetry by way of a 4th grade teacher. His first collection is The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You: Poems by Caits Meissner and Tishon. Tishon has been published in DUCTS and Union Station Magazine and has read his work at the NYC Poetry Festival on Governor’s Island, The Bowery Poetry Club, La Mama Theater, Nuyorican, and LouderArts Reading Series. Founder of the small press Well&Often, he was a 2014 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow. Find him online at www.tishon.com.
Kathrine Varnes wants the senior agent reading her novel to fall madly in love with it. She is the author of a book of poems, The Paragon, co-editor with Annie Finch of An Exaltation of Forms, and sometime feminist critic. Her poems are forthcoming or recently published in Angle, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and The Delmarva Review.
Jim Knipfel’s column “Slackjaw” has appeared weekly in one publication or another since 1987. He is the author of ten books, including Quitting the Nairobi Trio, These Children Who Come at You With Knives and Other Fairy Tales, and Noogie’s Time to Shine, which is presently being turned into a motion picture. Residue, his latest novel, will be released by Red Hen Press in April, 2015. He no longer likes to admit it, but he still lives in Brooklyn. http://www.jimknipfel.com
Chris Tarry holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and is the author of the story collection, How To Carry Bigfoot Home (Red Hen Press 2015). His fiction has appeared in publications such as The Literary Review, On Spec, The GW Review, PANK, Bull Men’s Fiction, and Monkeybicycle. His non-fiction has appeared in the anthology How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, Grain Magazine, and many other places. In 2012, his story “Here Be Dragons” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is also a four-time Juno Award winner (the Canadian Grammy), and one of New York’s most sought-after musicians. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with his wife Michelle and two amazing kids, Chloe and Lucas. http://christarry.com
Ellen Meeropol is the author of two novels, House Arrest (2011) and On Hurricane Island, (Red Hen Press 2015). A former nurse practitioner, a part-time bookseller, and a literary late bloomer.She holds an MFA from the Stonecoast Program, University of Southern Maine. Her short stories and essays have been published in Bridges, Pedestal, Rumpus, Portland Magazine, Shaking Magazine, Women’s Times, Off Our Backs and others. Her dramatic script, “Carry it Forward,” tells the story of the Rosenberg Fund for Children; it was produced most recently June 2013 in Manhattan, starring Eve Ensler, Angela Davis, and Cotter Smith. Ellen lives with her husband in Western Massachusetts. http://www.ellenmeeropol.com/
This event will be moderated by Kate Gale.
Kate Gale is Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, LA. She is the author of seven books of poetry including Echo Light (Red Mountain Press) and The Goldilocks Zone from the University of New Mexico Press in 2014 and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.
Michael Coffey has authored three books of poems; a book about baseball’s perfect games; and co-edited a book about Irish immigration to America, which was a companion volume to a PBS documentary. In 2014, Michael left his full-time role as co-editorial director at Publishers Weekly to devote more time to writing and living upstate. He has two sons and is married to the artist Rebecca Smith. His first book of fiction, The Business of Naming Things, was published in January 2015.
Among the eight stories in The Business of Naming Things, a fan of writer (and fellow adoptee) Harold Brodkey gains an audience with him at his life’s end; two pals take a Joycean sojourn; a man in the business of naming things meets a woman who may not be what she seems; a father discovers his son is suspected in an assassination attempt on the President. In each tale, Coffey’s exquisite attention to character and nuance underlies the brutally honest perspectives of his disenchanted fathers, damaged sons, and orphans left feeling perpetually disconnected
Amanda Filipacchi is the author of four novels: Nude Men, Vapor, Love Creeps, and the just released, The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty (Feb. 2015). Her fiction has been translated into thirteen languages and been anthologized in The Best American Humor 1994, Voices Of the X-iled, and The Good Parts: The Best Erotic Writing in Modern Fiction.
Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.
The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty is a witty feminist fable that examines the thrills and pitfalls of beauty from the perspective of two polar opposites: Barb, an attractive and talented costume designer who, in hopes of finding true love, makes herself ugly via an elaborate costume; and Lily, an unfortunate-looking composer who uses her magical musical gift to make herself irresistible to the man who has rejected her. To complicate matters, Barb and Lily discover their close-knit circle of friends includes a murderer with a plan to strike again. Set in modern-day New York City, it’s a novel that satirizes society’s obsession with beauty and its “unfortunate importance” in the aspects of life that should be least superficial: friendship and love.
John Renehan served in the Army’s Third Infantry Division as a field artillery officer in Iraq. He previously worked as an attorney in New York City. The Valley, his debut novel, is a military thriller in which a disheartened Lieutenant sets out to look for answers, but discovers a need to seek the truth.
Lieutenant Black is disheartened by his time in the Army, insulted by superiors, confused by his mission, and ready to give up trying. When Black is assigned to investigate a seemingly frivolous complaint deep in the mountains of Afghanistan, his only concern is getting back in one piece. But Black soon finds himself battling for the truth in the dark heart of the war. The soldiers stationed there appear more than just suspicious of the lieutenant and his mission. While they may not be obstructing Black’s investigation, they are not enthusiastic about helping him find any answers. He realizes that to find the truth he must first understand the complicated history of this corner of the world. Renehan’s beautifully executed thrill ride brings this dramatic country and problematic war to life. It is a mystery novel in which the suspense builds while shedding light on a confounding war and the people who fight it.
Angela M. Carter was born, and raised, in a Virginia farming town of less than 280 country-folk. As an adult, Angela moved abroad, to England, for nearly five years and returned to Virginia with a new-found confidence, and voice. Her first full-length memoir poetry collection, Memory Chose a Woman’s Body (unbound CONTENT) is a poetic journey that spotlights the effects of the silences endured after abuse, neglect and depression. Angela is a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee, poetry editor of City Lit Rag, a coordinator of arts-related events, Vice President of Spitzer Art Center (Harrisonburg, VA) , a motivational speaker, arts advocate, a painter and photographer. Her publications include Whurk, Vox Poetica, Premiere Generation Ink, City Lit Rag, The Word Ocean, Worst Week Ever, Our Stories Untold, Gutsy Living, and several anthology publications. Angela is an activist that speaks out against the silences that follow abuse, and dedicates all of her spare time to being the voice for many that are unable to speak up. In addition, she is an advocate of the healing ability of the arts, and believes each and every individual is an artist. Currently, she is concentrating on several visual art exhibits, completing her book tour along the east coast of the USA, and is writing her first novel. www.angelacarterpoetry.com
Neil Shepard’s sixth book of poetry, Hominid Up, has just been published by Salmon Poetry Press of Ireland (January 2015). His five previous books include a chapbook, Vermont Exit Ramps (Big Table Publishing, 2012), and four full collections of poetry: (T)ravel/Un(t)ravel (Mid-List Press, 2011), This Far from the Source (Mid-List, 2006), I’m Here Because I Lost My Way (Mid-List, 1998), and Scavenging the Country for a Heartbeat (First Book Award, Mid-List Press, 1993). His poems appear online at Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Poem-A-Day (from the Academy of American Poets), as well as in several hundred literary magazines. He teaches in the low-residency MFA Writing Program at Wilkes University (PA) and is the Founding Editor of the literary magazine Green Mountains Review.
Alice Friman’s sixth full-length collection is The View from Saturn from LSU Press. Her previous collection isVinculum, LSU, for which she won the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry. She is a recipient of a 2012 Pushcart Prize, is included in Best American Poetry 2009, and has been published in 14 countries. Friman lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she is Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College. Her podcast series, Ask Alice, is sponsored by the Georgia College MFA program and can be seen on YouTube.
Gil Fagiani is an independent scholar, translator, essayist, short story writer, and poet. His translations have appeared in such anthologies as A New Map: The Poetry of Migrant Writers in Italy; Poets of the Italian Diaspora and Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943 (American Edition). His first poetry collection Rooks, is set at Pennsylvania Military College in the 1960s, (Rain Mountain Press, 2007); A Blanquito in El Barrio (Rain Mountain Press, 2009) pulses with the streets and music of Spanish Harlem; Chianti in Connecticut (Bordighera Press, 2010) focuses on the immigrant generation of his family, as well as his childhood in Stamford, Connecticut; and Serfs of Psychiatry(Finishing Line Press, 2012) was inspired by his experience working in a state psychiatric hospital. His latest collection, Stone Walls (Bordighera Press, 2014) focuses on his relationship with his father during the turbulent ‘60s. Fagiani co-curates the Italian American Writers’ Association’s reading series, and is an associate editor of Feile-Festa: A Literary Arts Journal. Earlier this year, he was the subject of a New York Times article by David Gonzalez, “A Poet Mines Memories of Drug Addiction.”
Susan H. Maurer‘s Josephine Butler: A Collection of Poetry was published by Phoenix Press International. It is available print on demand worldwide. Her Perfect Dark was published by ungovernable press. She has been published in 15 countries. She has had 5 Pushcart nominations and has 6 little books. The next anthology she will be in is with the Unbearables and will be published by Automedia. Broadsides have been published by Center for Book Arts, Marymark Press and Clamshell Press.
Join your trio of hosts DANNY GOLDBERG, MICHAEL DALY and MARK JACOBSON for an evening of story-telling and live music in tribute to mystical numerological qualities of the NUMBER THREE. Among the story-tellers will be the great LARRY RATSO SLOMAN who will explain the three most important laws of the shnorrer, which is Jewish for hunting and gathering of free-range hors-d’oeuvres. Musical guests include the magnificent BEEHIVE QUEEN, fresh off her performance celebrating her 25 years with the Saturday Night Live band, along with cool JEFF KAZEE on piano. A number of other guests, some famous and hopefully including a 33rd DEGREE MASTER OF A MASONIC LODGE to be announced in due time and JILL SOBULE performing the “supermodel” song from the movie “clueless” among other things. 8pm. Reservations suggested.
Star Black is the author of six books of poems, most recently Velleity’s Shade, (Saturnalia Books), a collaboration with Bill Knott. Her work includes three books of sonnets, Waterworn, Balefire, and Ghostwood, as well as a collection of double-sestinas, Double Time, and a book of collaged texts, October for Idas. Her poems have been anthologized in The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1880 to The Present, and 110 Stories: New York Writers After September 11. She has taught at The New School, Stony Brook University, has lectured at the Bennington Writers Seminars, and is the co-founder of the KGB Bar Poetry Series in the East Village. She works in New York City as a photographer and visual artist
Yolanda Wisher is a Philadelphia-based poet, singer, musician, and educator. Wisher was born in the historic Germantown section of Philadelphia and raised in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where she was named the county’s first poet laureate at the age of 23. She is a Cave Canem graduate and received an M.A. in Creative Writing/English from Temple University and a B.A. in English and Black Studies from Lafayette College. Her writing has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, and she regularly performs her poetry in collaboration with musicians. In 2013, she co-edited the international anthology Peace is a Haiku Song with Sonia Sanchez. As a teacher, radio host, and founder/director of the Germantown Poetry Festival, Wisher has utilized poetry as a conduit for community-building and youth empowerment for over fifteen years. Wisher heads the Art Education department of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and is also a Founding Cultural Agent for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a new citizen-powered initiative. She lives in Germantown with her husband Mark Palacio, a doublebassist, and their son Thelonious. Her first book of poetry, Monk Eats an Afro, was published by Hanging Loose Press in May 2014.
Sandra Simonds is the author of four collections of poetry: Steal it Back (Saturnalia Books, 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State Poetry Center, 2012) and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry 2014 and 2015. She is a professor of English and Humanities at Thomas University in South Georgia.
Jason Ockert is the author of Wasp Box, his debut novel, and two collections of short stories: Neighbors of Nothing and Rabbit Punches. Winner of the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest, Jason has also been honored by the Atlantic Monthly, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. His work has appeared in several journals and anthologies including New Stories from the South, Best American Mystery Stories, Oxford American, The Iowa Review, One Story, and McSweeney’s. He teaches writing at Coastal Carolina University.
(Measure Press, 2014) and Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser Press, 2007). Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Birmingham Poetry Review, Blackbird, Literary Imagination, Unsplendid, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals. Her poems have been featured in several anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2008 and 2012, American Society: What Poets See, Living in Storms: Contemporary Poetry and the Moods of Manic-Depression, The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets. Her reviews have been featured in Florida Review, and she currently writes a freelance column, “Dark and Sinful,” for Creative Loafing Tampa.
Poetry Editor for the Tampa Review, she is also one of the editors of Mead: The Magazine of Literature and Libations, and serves on the advisory board for 32 Poems.
Born and raised in Maryland, Erica holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University, an MFA from Ohio State University, and a PhD from University of Cincinnati. She’s taught workshops and seminars at the Florida Arts Coalition’s Other Words Conference, St. Leo University’s Sandhill Writers Retreat, and DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon. She’ll teach there again this summer, as well as at Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference in Madison, CT. An assistant professor at The University of Tampa, she teaches for the undergraduate English and Writing program and the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing.
Jeff Parker is the author of several books including Where Bears Roam the Streets: A Russian Journal (Harper Collins), the novel Ovenman (Tin House), and the short story collection The Taste of Penny (Dzanc). He co-edited the anthologies Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia (Tin House) and Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States (Dalkey Archive). He also co-translated the novel Sankya (Dzanc) by Zakhar Prilepin from the Russian. He is the Director of the DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon, and he teaches in the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
with Sammy Miller and the Congregation
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