Boog City poetry, music, and theater fest 8/5 – 8/9/16

Welcome to Boog City 10

Ian will be reading poetry at the Welcome to Boog City festival on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn at 12:25 pm. He’ll also be emceeing the next round of poets starting at 1:10 pm. This is especially convenient for our NYC friends who cannot make Ian’s Riverhead reading.

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 who put together Welcome to Boog City 10: festival curator David A. Kirschenbaum; 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 52nd Classic Album Live album, Nirvana’s Nevermind, performed live by string-quartet rock band The Tet Offensive;

—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, 212-842-BOOG (2664)

10th Annual Welcome to Boog City festival
5 Days of Poetry, Music, and Theater schedule

$5 suggested

Unnameable Books
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)


Unnameable Books

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.

Madison Langston
Dolan Morgan
Justin Sirois
Boyband (music)

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.

Unnameable Books

11:00 a.m. Johnny X (music)
11:30 a.m. Sheila Maldonado, Brooklyn Arts Press (Joe Pan, ed.)
11:40 p.m. Patricia Carragon
11:50 p.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

Michael Kelleher
Loren Kleinman
Susan Lewis
Andre Spears
Anne Tardos


Sidewalk Cafe
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 Dubris

6:15 p.m. The Body in Equipoise by Joel Allegretti

6:30 p.m. Stage Wrong: Triology 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
4. Breed
5. Lithium
6. Polly
7. Territorial Pissings
8. Drain You
9. Lounge Act
10. Stay Away
11. On A Plain
12. Something In The Way


Unnameable Books

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)


Unnameable Books

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,
Nirvana’s Nevermind

**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 India.
Actors: Allegretti Steven Dalachinsky, Aimee Herman, Dean Kostos, Susanna Rich
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, Francine Witte.
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
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, Elinor Nauen
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.
Maggie Dubris
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 Zirilli
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)
Zhang Er
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 some verses.
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
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 Brown Simpson.
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
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
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
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

Michael Kelleher
Loren Kleinman
Susan Lewis
Andre Spears
Anne Tardos

**Geoffrey Gatza
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
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
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
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
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.

**Anne Tardos
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 language.

**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 Books.
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

**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.

**Jason Baker
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.

**Courtney Bambrick 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 colleges.

**James Bannon
“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
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
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
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
Jonathan Berger, former music editor for Boog City and current overweight underpaid poet, is.

**Anselm Berrigan
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 Wave Books.

**Henry Black
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 personality.

**Boy Band
Boy Band is a New York based folk/pop trio. Together they blend their unique songwriting styles to create catchy choruses with stirring harmonies and swells. Meeting in high school and college, the three girls first came together and discovered their seamless sound at a friend’s backyard party, singing a song together on a whim. Since then Ana Dratz, Jen Fischer, and HaleyJane Rose have been collaborating to write music that highlights their blended voices and stories.

**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
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
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
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.

**Sean Cole
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
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.

**Steve Dalachinsky
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
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
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 others.

**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
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 Edwards
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
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
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
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
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.

**Greg Fuchs
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, Lucas.

**Jason Gallagher
Jason Gallagher is a contributing editor at the Evergreen Review, and teaches English at the Fasion Institute of Technology.

**Josh Garcia
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, literate songs.

**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
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
Michelle Beth Herman is a New York-based singer, actor and dancer. She is a graduate of The Hartt School where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre. She made her professional debut as the Lady of the Lake in the New London Barn Playhouse production of Monty Python’s Spamalot!

**Julia Guez
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
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 College.

**Ivy Johnson
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
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
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
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 art.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

**Paco Marquez
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 at OccuPoetry.

**Aubrie Marrin
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
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 Noetzel
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 same time.

**Jane Ormerod
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
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 Literary Translation.

**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
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
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
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
Wanda Phipps is a writer/performer living in Bushwick. Her books include Field of Wanting: Poems of Desire (BlazeVOX ) 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, and sometimes she sings.

**Alina Pleskova
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 Salhov
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 worldview.

**Danniel Schoonebeek
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
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, 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
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
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
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.

**David Warpaint
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
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
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
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
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 Side.

**Johnny X
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
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 site.

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