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June 25th: Bibbins//Brandt//Smith//Wray

June 21, 2013

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Mark Bibbins‘s third book of poems, They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2014.

Emily Brandt edits No, Dear magazine and teaches at a public high school in Brooklyn. She earned her MFA from New York University where she was awarded a fellowship to teach Creative Writing to veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her poems have recently appeared in Epiphany, Berkeley Poetry Review, Lyre Lyre, and Jellyfish. This summer she will be in residency at Saltonstall.

Pat Smith is a poet and playwright. His play Driving Around the House has been produced around the U.S. and is published by New Rivers Press. Recent poems have been published in Psychic Meatloaf, Haggard and Halloo, Apeiron Journal, The Bakery, The Brooklyner and Eclectica. Pat used to edit Time magazine’s letters column. He’s currently a communications director for the CUNY teacher’s union. His poetry blog is Not in the News Today and you can follow him on Twitter @thatpatsmith.

Alanna Wray is a freelance set stylist assistant for films and photo shoots. She received her MFA from Hunter College and has poems in journals and so forth. Writing personal bios makes her itchy, so she tries at all cost to avoid it.

May 28th: Doyle//Gaughan//Clark-Wessel//Lobko

May 24, 2013

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r. erica doyle was born in Brooklyn to Trinidadian immigrant parents, and has lived in Washington, DC, Farmington, Connecticut and La Marsa, Tunisia. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Gay and Lesbian Writing from the Antilles, and Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing. Her poetry and fiction appear in various journals, including Ploughshares, Callaloo, Bloom and Sinister Wisdom.

Her articles and reviews have appeared in Ms. Magazine, Black Issues Book Review and on the Best American Poetry and Futurepoem blogs. She has received grants and awards from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Humanities Council of DC and Poets and Writers, and she was a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow. Erica is also a fellow of Cave Canem: A Workshop and Retreat for Black Writers.

Patrick Gaughan’s poems and writings have been featured in BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, MOMA, PEN America, Everyday Genius, The Atlas Review, Coldfront, and others. He works for jubilat, and with Avram Kline, he curates PeopleHerd’s Readings at Milk&Roses.

Elizabeth Clark-Wessel‘s poems and translations have appeared in DIAGRAM, A Public Space, GuernicaSixth Finch, Asymptote, Lana Turner Journal, and The Laurel Review, among others. Dana Levin chose her manuscript Whither Weather (GreenTower Press, 2012) for the Midwest Chapbook Series. She is a founding editor of Argos Books and co-editor of Circumference: Poetry in Translation. She lives in Brooklyn where she works as a translator.

W. M. Lobko’s poems, interviews, & reviews have appeared in journals such as Hunger Mountain, Kenyon Review, & The Paris-American. Current work appears in Seneca Review & The Literary Review, & new work is forthcoming from Boston Review. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, & was a semi-finalist for the 92Y / Boston Review “Discovery” Prize. He is a Founding Editor of TUBA, a new review of poetry & art. He studied at the University of Oregon & currently teaches in New York.  

April 30: Paty//Roldán//Vigilla//Lovell

April 22, 2013

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Allyson Paty [pronounced PAY-tee] is the author of The Further Away, a chapbook published by [sic] Press in 2012. Her poems can be found in Tin House, Best New Poets 2012, DIAGRAM, Handsome and elsewhere. She is co-founding editor of Singing Saw Press, a fine art and poetry publisher.

Camilo Roldán is a poet and translator living in Brooklyn, NY. He co-curates the Triptych Reading Series, is editor-in-chief for DIEZ and is the author of a chapbook, Amílkar U., Nadaísta in Translation (These Signals Press 2011).

Hubert Vigilla is writer living in Brooklyn, which makes him completely indistinguishable from four-fifths of people living in Brooklyn. He’s the News Editor and resident snob at the movie blog Flixist.com. He’s currently working on a novel, a short story collection, and a book-length essay on the film This is Spinal Tap.

Jaclyn Lovell teaches writing in the English Language Studies department at The New School. From Wisconsin, she currently lives in Brooklyn and is Editor in Chief at LIT. She’ll dance and sing for you on request.

March 19: FIELD//SWEATT//KRUIS//GUEZ//SCHAEFER

March 14, 2013

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Farrah Field is the author of Wolf and Pilot and Rising(Four Way Books, 2009) and the chapbook Parents (Immaculate Disciples Press, 2011). Her poems and essays have appeared in many publications including Sixth Finch, Ploughshares, Harp & Altar, Lit, Typo, La Petite Zine, and Drunken Boat. Two of her poems were selected by Kevin Young for The Best American Poetry 2011. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Harp & Altar andColdfront. She lives in Brooklyn where she co-hosts an event series called Yardmeter Editions. She occasionally
blogs atadultish.blogspot.com and is co-owner of Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop.

Kiely Sweatt spent the last 5 years in Barcelona, where she started up Prostibulo Poetico and co directed Tri Lengua, a multilingual reading series, which she now no co directs with Ray DeJesus in NY. She is founding editor of Libro Rojo, and co-editor of The Translation Book, Volume 1. Her work has appeared on/in Best American Poetry blog, Shampoo, Sawbuck Review, Leveler and PaxAmericana among others. Her book “origin of” is out with Patasola Press and she has a chapbook forthcoming with Dancing Girl Press called “A Home Big Enough for Remembering.” She works as a Project Facilitator at Hyper Island and lives in Brooklyn.

Gabriel Kruis is a New Mexican poet who lives in Brooklyn & runs The Shitluck reading series at the Tip Top Bar & Grill alongside the poet & total BAMF, Caroline Gormley. He is a member of PeopleHerd.

Julia Guez is a Fulbright Fellow with a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University. Poetry and prose have previously appeared or will soon be forthcoming in The Brooklyn Rail, Court Green, DIAGRAM and Washington Square.

Ryan Paul Schaefer is currently a MFA candidate at Brooklyn College. He received his BA in English from U.C Berkeley where he studied with Lyn Hejinian, C.S. Giscombe and Geoffrey G. O’Brien; while at Berkeley he worked as the poetry editor for the Berkeley Poetry Review and the Cal Literary Arts Magazine; he is now the poetry editor at the Brooklyn Review.

February 26th: Reynolds//Foley//Xu//Hughes

February 22, 2013

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Christie Ann Reynolds is the author of Revenge for Revenge (Coconut Books 2013) and the chapbooks Revenge Poems (Supermachine 2010); Girl Boy Girl Boy (with Ben Fama, Corresponding Society 2010); idiot heart (The New School Chapbook Contest 2008). In 2003 Stephen Dunn chose her as the recipient of an Academy of American Poets undergraduate poetry award at Hofstra University. She is also a 2012 Poets & Writers Amy Award winner. Christie Ann lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where she is the co-curator of the poetry and visual arts reading series Totem. She teaches at Metropolitan Montessori School.

Brian Foley‘s first collection of poems, The Constution, is forthcoming from Black Ocean. He’s authored several chapbooks including Going Attractions (Greying Ghost, 2012) & TOTEM, out soon in jeans from Fact-Simile Editions. Recent poems have appeared in IO: A Journal of New American Poetry, ILK, Sixth Finch, The Volta, Denver Quarterly, Aesthetix, The Destroyer, and elsewhere.  With Julia Cohen he co-edits Saltgrass and w EB Goodale, he runs Brave Men Press. He lives well in Western Massachusetts.

Wendy Xu is the author of You Are Not Dead, (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013) and two chapbooks: The Hero Poems (H_NGM_N) and I Was Not Even Born (Coconut Books 2013), a collaborative work with Nick Sturm. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Best American Poetry 2013, Best of the Net 2012, Gulf Coast, Columbia Poetry Review; and elsewhere. She co-edits & publishes iO: A Journal of New American Poetry / iO Books, and lives in Northampton.

Christopher Hughes wants to battle a lion or something crazy. I dunno, talk to him about it. He’s from Ohio, whaddya gonna do?

*Julia Guez will return in the near future, when work doesn’t send her off to the northern reaches of Rochester, NY, at precisely the wrong time.

January 29th: Nelson//Tumas//DeGregorio//Conroe

January 24, 2013

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Eric Nelson is a writer originally from New Jersey. His essays, criticism and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The Billfold, HTMLGIANT, chimes/SIRENS, Volume 1 Brooklyn, Quail Bell Magazine and Squawk Back, among others. His short story collection The Silk City Series was published by Knickerbocker Circus in 2010 and “The Walt Whitman House” was recently published as a chapbook by the Crumpled Press. He will be guest-editing the next issue of Five [Quarterly] and lives in Ridgewood, Queens.

Robert Tumas is a minimalist with extreme delusions of grandeur. His writing has appeared in Puerto Del Sol, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Art Faccia, and has been featured in the Franklin Park Reading Series, Fireside Follies, and the Popsickle Festival. He teaches at Brooklyn College and is working on a novel about Malaysian chefs in New Jersey.

Jen DeGregorio is a second-year MFA poetry student at Hunter College, where she teaches Introduction to Creative Writing and works for the Muse Scholars program. Before moving to New York, she spent six years working as a full-time newspaper reporter, first in Baltimore and then in New Orleans. In addition to books and newspapers, she also enjoys cooking, road trips, playing with cats, listening to NPR, and visiting northern New Jersey, where she grew up.

Eric Conroe is almost halfway through an MFA at Brooklyn College, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor and has received the Himan Brown award. Before grad school, he danced professionally for “Bessie” award-winning choreographer Dean Moss in New York and internationally and has performed his dance/poetry work at St. Mark’s Church, the 92nd Street Y, and Movement Research, including a collaboration with the poet Chris Martin. He currently serves as the Assistant Curator of the KGB Monday Night Poetry Series and as one of the Poetry editors for The Brooklyn Review.

Nov 27th: Oristaglio//McKindra//Patalano//Norelli

November 19, 2012

Tom Oristaglio‘s poems have appeared in Cricket Online Review, Anatomy & Etymology, Rabbit Catastrophe, Armchair Shotgun, Fourteen Hills, and a few others. He lives in Brooklyn where he suckles on the teat of the literary giant Rufus Silas Wally and  helps read submissions for the Atlas Review, a forthcoming and totally sweet new literary journal edited by Natalie Eilbert and Jillian Kuzma. Peel your eyes.

Frederick McKindra was born and raised in Little Rock, AR. He attended Howard University in Washington DC and completed an MFA in Fiction Writing at the New School in May of 2012. Currently, he is at work on a novel set in NYC about the lotto.

Tess Patalano received her MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Her work has appeared in PANK, Everyday Genius, and elimae among others. Dancing Girl Press will release her chapbook What Happened in the Spring of 2013. She’s online at theimsorryparty.tumblr.com

Alex Norelli is the pseudonym of Axel Greene. His favorite color is color. His favorite book is blue. He gardens on rooftops throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, backyards too. Sometimes he thinks things in Spanish, sometimes he dreams things in English. He is also a painter, plant propagator, photographs plants at night, and is able to spot a deer from a mile away. And if he had three wishes sure to come true, one would be that he’d have the elocution of Orson Welles for a day. Additionally, he has a book forthcoming from the depths of his animal soul, and a series of poems to be publish by Whim press and the Negative Reinforcement Review.