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  1. Love Life Launch: Patty Gone, Jess Barbagallo, Sacha Yanow
    Wednesday, May 29, 7-9pm

    Please join us for the launch of Patty Gone's Love Life, published by Mount Analogue in 2019, featuring readings by Gone, Jess Barbagallo, and Sacha Yanow. 

    - About Love Life -

    Love Life is a book-length essay about romance novels. An empathetic and comedic queering of genre literature, the book reveals important patterns and beliefs about love and gender via a correspondence with Danielle Steel, the best-selling American novelist of all time.
    Buy Love Life here.

    - Readers -

    Patty Gone makes art about popular things. They are the author of Love Life (Mount Analogue) and The Impersonators (Factory Hollow Press), and director of the ongoing video serial, Painted Dreams. They curate the art column "Off Brand Video" for The Believer. More at pattygone.com

    Jess Barbagallo is an actor, writer and teacher. He graduated from Cato-Meridian High School in 2001. During his tenure at Cato-Meridian he had the honor of playing roles including: Old Jewish Woman #4 in Funny Girl, Bonnie in Anything Goes and Mother in The Empress's New Clothes, a feminist take on the old classic. These days, he resides in Bushwick with his dog Bluet, who bears a strange resemblance to Dame Maggie Smith in certain light. His writing can be found at Artforum.com and on his computer.

    Sacha Yanow is a NYC-based performance artist and actor. Her work has been presented by venues including Danspace Project, Joe's Pub, and the New Museum in NYC; PICA’s TBA Festival/Cooley Gallery at Reed College in Portland, OR; Pieter in Los Angeles; The Lab in San Francisco; and Festival Theaterformen in Hanover, Germany. She has received residency support from Baryshnikov Arts Center, Center for Performance Research, Denniston Hill, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, SOMA Mexico City, and Yaddo. She is a member of the Dyke Division of Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, and a graduate of the William Esper Studio Actor Training Program. www.sachayanow.com

    S. Erin Batiste, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, t'ai freedom ford
    Friday, June 7, 7-9pm 

    LINEAGE is a seasonal event honoring the relationships that sustain artists. Poets’ concerns, processes, and creations intersect, inform, support and challenge each other. In this reading series, one selected reader invites a mentor and a mentee to read alongside them, illuminating this sometimes subtle, sometimes urgent, golden thread of artistic lineage.

    The third LINEAGE reading features S. Erin Batiste, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, and t'ai freedom ford.

    LINEAGE is organized by Emily Brandt for Wendy's Subway.


    - Readers - 

    S. Erin Batiste is the author of Glory to All Fleeting Things, winner of the inaugural Backbone Press Chapbook Competition. She is the 2019 Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Scholar in Poetry and her honors include fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Callaloo, Vermont Studio Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Mastheads, Brooklyn Poets, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. In 2018 she was named a finalist for the Furious Flower Poetry Prize and The New Guard Knightville Poetry Contest, a semi-finalist for the 92Y Discovery Contest, and made the long lists for the Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize and Peach Mag Gold in Poetry. She is a reader for The Rumpus and her poems appear in wildness, Cosmonauts Avenue, Paper Darts, Peach Mag, and Puerto del Sol among decorated others.

    Cheryl Boyce-Taylor is a poet curator and workshop facilitator. A finalist for the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize, and the judge for The Maureen Egan 2018 Poetry Prize. Cheryl is the author of four collections of poetry: Raw Air, Night When Moon Follows, Convincing the Body and Arrival. A VONA Fellow, her work has been published in: Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Pluck, The Mom Egg Review, Adrienne, and Killens Review of Arts & Letters. Cheryl earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast; The University of Southern Maine. She curates the Calypso Muse Reading Series.

    t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in The African American Review, Apogee, Bomb Magazine, Calyx, Drunken Boat, Electric Literature, Gulf Coast, Kweli, Tin House, Obsidian, Poetry and others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. Winner of the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize, her first poetry collection, how to get over is available from Red Hen Press. Her second poetry collection, & more black, is from Augury Books. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn where she is an editor at No, Dear Magazine.


    - Organizer - 

    Emily Brandt is the author of three chapbooks: Sleeptalk Or Not At AllManWorld, and Behind Teeth. Among other places, her poems have recently appeared in LitHubThe RecluseThe Wall Street JournalWashington Square Review, and the anthology Inheriting the War. She’s been in residence at Saltonstall Arts Colony and was a 2016 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House. Emily is a co-founding editor of No, Dear, Web Acquisitions Editor for VIDA, and an Instructional Coach at a NYC public school.


    This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  3. Launch: this body/that lightning show 
    Monday, June 10 - 7pm 

    Please join us for the New York City launch of Elizabeth Gross's this body/that lightning show (The Word Works, 2019), featuring readings by Gross, Sophia Starmack, and Marina Blitshteyn.

    - About this body/that lightning show -

    this body/that lightning show tracks a fragmentary narrative of displacement and return, beginning with the devastation of New Orleans in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Punctuated by irresponsible translations of fragments of Sappho, the displacement that begins with the storm is echoed by other kinds of displacement and loss in the speaker's body and in her relationships to other people and places.

    - Readers -

    Elizabeth Gross is a poet/translator/teacher/artist in New Orleans. this body/that lightning show, her first poetry collection, was selected by Jericho Brown for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection of The Word Works Press and came out this spring. DEAR ESCAPE ARTIST, a chapbook in collaboration with artist Sara White, came out from Antenna in 2016.  She co-translated and produced a new adaptation of Euripides’ Bakkhai at the Marigny Opera House in 2015. She currently teaches interdisciplinary humanities at Tulane University and co-organizes The Waves Reading Series, showcasing the work of LGBTQIA+ writers since 2014. More about these projects, and links to online publications, at grosselectricworks.com

    Marina Blitshteyn is the author of Two Hunters, her first full-length collection, published by Argos Books this year with a CLMP Face-Out grant. Prior chapbooks include Russian for Lovers, Nothing Personal, $kill$ (read 'skills'), and most recently Sheet Music. She lives and works in NYC.

    Sophia Starmack's poetry and essays have appeared in Barrow Street, Best New Poets, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbook The Wild Rabbit.

  4. Launch of Dropout: Camilo Roldán with alex cuff and Ted Dodson
    Friday, July 12 - 7pm

    Please join us for the launch of Camilo Roldán's Dropout (Ornithopter Press, 2019), featuring readings by Camilo, alex cuff, and Ted Dodson.
    - About Dropout -
    In 1971, Lee Lozano wrote, “IDENTITY CHANGES CONTINUOUSLY AS MULTIPLIED BY TIME. (IDENTITY IS A VECTOR.)” Dropout, Camilo Roldán's debut collection, challenges identity and authorship in poems that foreground intertextual relationships as a kind of interlingual liminality. A preoccupation with translation as authorship, and conversely, authorship as translation, wends its way through mistranslations, ekphrasis, mixtures of English and Spanish, collage poems, citations, glosses, and the ephemeral tracings of a reader's identity vector.
    - Readers -
    alex cuff is a writer and educator living in Brooklyn, NY. She’s a a co-founding editor of No, Dear magazine, a 2016 Poets House fellow, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and a graduate of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. Her chapbook FAMILY, A NATURAL WONDER was published by Reality Beach in 2018.
    Ted Dodson is the author of At the National Monument / Always Today (Pioneer Works, 2016) and Pop! in Spring (Diez, 2013). He edits for BOMB and Futurepoem and is a former editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter.
    Camilo Roldán is a Colombian-American poet and translator born in Milwaukee, WI and currently living in Bogotá, Colombia. His poems and translations have appeared in various print and digital magazines in the US and Colombia. He is the translator of the chapbook Amilkar U., Nadaísta in Translation (These Signals Press, 2011), co-author of the chapbook ∆ [delta] with Douglas Piccinnini and Cynthia Gray (TPR Press, 2013), and author of the chapbook La Torre (Well Greased Press, 2015). His translation of Amílcar Osorio's Vana Stanza is forthcoming from Elis Press. Dropout is his first full-length book of poems.