Poets and Presenters 2021

Nordette N. Adams

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Nordette N. Adams grew up in New Orleans. Her poetry has appeared in Scalawag Magazine, Rattle Magazine’s “Poets Respond,” About Place Journal, the collection Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press), and On a Wednesday Night (UNO Press) among others). She is also the newly appointed poetry editor of the Peauxdunque Review. Her essays have been included or referenced in multiple books and journals such as the Social Issues in Literature series by Greenhaven Press, as well as on websites such as Poets & WritersHuffPost, NOLA.com, Vox, and the Washington Post. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from the University of New Orleans. 

Thursday Nights by the Old Bayou: A Writers’ Group Reading

Charles Alexander

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Charles Alexander writes poems, publishes books, makes books, teaches poetry and other literary works. He has published 6 full books of poems and 11 chapbooks. He has been engaged for some two decades on the work Pushing Water, whose first volume was published by Cuneiform Press. The second volume, titled AT the Edge OF the Sea: Pushing Water II, has just been released by Singing Horse Press in San Diego. Alexander directs Chax Press and has been a director and principle in many poetry community-building endeavors, including POG, Inc., in Tucson, Arizona, and currently as the co-curator of the University of Houston-Victoria Center for the Arts and the director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston-Victoria. He is most closely identified with Tucson, Arizona, where he and Chax Press spent approximately 30 years and to where he will return in Summer 2018. A collection of his essays on poetry and books will be published in 2019. He co-creates a variety of works and projects with his partner, the visual artist Cynthia Miller.

Chax Press Table
POG & Friends: a reading sponsored by the Tucson poetry collective POG
Roundtable on Poetry & Ecology

Emily Barton Altman

Emily Barton Altman is the author of two chapbooks, "Bathymetry" (Present Tense Pamphlets, 2016), and "Alice Hangs Her Map" (dancing girl press, 2019). Recent poems are appearing or forthcoming in Bone Bouquet, Gigantic Sequins, The Iowa Review Online, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of a Poets & Writers Amy Award and received her MFA from New York University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver where she is a conversations editor for Denver Quarterly.

Sites of History, Direction and Space in Poetry and Poetics

Steven Alvarez

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Steven Alvarez is the author of The Codex Mojaodicus, winner of the Fence Modern Poets Prize. He has also authored the novels in verse The Pocho Codex and The Xicano Genome, both published by Editorial Paroxismo, and the chapbooks, Tonalamatl, El Segundo's Dream Notes (Letter [r] Press), Un/documented, Kentucky (winner of the Rusty Toque Chapbook Prize), and Six Poems from the Codex Mojaodicus (winner of the Seven Kitchens Press Rane Arroyo Poetry Prize). His work has appeared in the Best Experimental Writing, Anomaly, Asymptote, Berkeley Poetry Review, Fence, MAKE, The Offing, and Waxwing. Follow Steven on Instagram @stevenpaulalvarez and Twitter @chastitellez.

Codices of the Borderlands: A Latinx Poetics Performance

Zack Anderson

Zack Anderson hails from Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Magic City of the Plains. He holds an MFA in poetry from Notre Dame and is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Georgia.  Recent work has appeared in Fairy Tale Review, The Equalizer, and White Stag

Visualizing Prose Poetry: Landscape, Dream Machines, and Transformation
Sundress Publications Reading

Cassandra Atherton

Cassandra Atherton is an award-winning and widely anthologised Australian prose poet. She is the recipient of many grants and prizes, including an Australia Council Grant and Victoria Arts Grant to write a book of prose poetry on the atomic bomb. Her most recent books of prose poetry are Touch (2019), Pre-Raphaelite (2018), Pikadon (2018), Trace (2015), Exhumed (2015). She is currently a commissioning editor for Westerly magazine and series editor of Spineless Wonders’ annual microliterature anthologies. She is co-writing Prose Poetry: An Introduction (Princeton University Press) and co-editing The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry (Melbourne University Press) with Paul Hetherington. Her website is: http://cassandra-atherton.com/

Bursting out of the frame: Writing ekphrastic poetry and its connection to visual art

Angela Ball

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Angela Ball’s sixth and latest book of poems is Talking Pillow (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017). Some of her ideas about writing poetry are collected in a new book from Cornell University Press: Next Line, Please: Prompts to Inspire Poets and Writers, edited by David Lehman with Contributions by Angela Ball. She directs the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, where she lives with two intelligent dogs, Scarlet (a labrapointer) and Miss Bishop (a jackheeler); and a volunteer cat, Whisker.

Does Who You Are Affect Who Publishes You

Randy Bates

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Randy Bates has published a poetry chapbook and poems in Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and others.

Thursday Nights by the Old Bayou: A Writers’ Group Reading

Oliver Baez Bendorf

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Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of two collections: Advantages of Being Evergreen (2019), winner of Cleveland State University Poetry Center's 2018 Open Book Poetry Competition, and The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State U., 2015), finalist for the Thom Gunn Gay Poetry Award, and a chapbook The Gospel According to X. His work can be found in recent or forthcoming issues of American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, BOMB, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. In 2016, he read poems at The White House for the Trans Community Briefing. He has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Lambda Literary, Vermont Studio Center, and University of Wisconsin-Madison's Institute for Creative Writing. Born and raised in the Midwest, he is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

Poetics of Climate Change

Partridge Boswell

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Partridge Boswell is the author of Some Far Country (Grolier Poetry Prize). His poems have recently surfaced in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Salmagundi, The American Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Plume, Poetry Ireland Review, The Moth, Southword and Forklift, Ohio. Co-founder of Bookstock Literary Festival, Boswell troubadours widely with the poetry/music group Los Lorcas. The recipient of fellowships from Vermont College of Fine Arts, the University of New Orleans, and the Vermont Studio Center, he teaches at Burlington Writers Workshop and ArtisTree Community Arts Center, and lives with his family in Vermont.

Los Lorcas: Poetry in Concert

Megan Burns

Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press. She also hosts the Blood Jet Poetry Reading Series in New Orleans and is the co-founder of the New Orleans Poetry Festival. She has been most recently published in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, Trickhouse, and the Big Bridge New Orleans Anthology. Her poetry and prose reviews have been published in Tarpaulin Sky, Gently Read Lit, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi. She has two books Memorial + Sight Lines (2008) and Sound and Basin (2013) published by Lavender Ink. She has two recent chapbooks: Dollbaby (Horseless Press, 2013) and i always wanted to start over (Nous-Zot Press, 2014). Her third book, Commitment, was published in 2015. Horse Less Press released her Twin Peaks chap, Sleepwalk With Me, in 2016. Her fourth book, BASIC PROGRAMMING (Lavender Ink, 2018) was released in April. 

NOPF Co-Director
Trembling Pillow Press Reading

Kayleb Rae Candrilli

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Kayleb Rae Candrilli is a 2019 Whiting Award Winner in Poetry and the author of What Runs Over with YesYes Books, which was a 2017 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in transgender poetry. All the Gay Saints is their second collection and won the 2018 Saturnalia Book Contest. Candrilli’s third collection, Water I Won’t Touch, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon. Their work is published or forthcoming in POETRY, American Poetry Review, Boston Review and many others. They live in Philadelphia with their partner.

A Reading with Saturnalia Books Poets

Chen Chen

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Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, the Texas Book Award for Poetry, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. Bloodaxe Books will publish a UK edition in June 2019. Chen's work appears in many publications, including Tin House, Poem-a-Day, The Best American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Texas Tech University. Currently he is the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University. 

To Play is To Collaborate is To Queer: A Workshop

Anthony Cody

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Anthony Cody is the author of Borderland Apocrypha (Omnidawn), winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Prize, a 2020 National Book Award Finalist-Poetry, a 2020 Poets & Writers debut poet, 2020 Believer Magazine Editor’s longlist in Poetry nominee, a 2021 PEN/America Jean Stein Award longlist nominee, as well as winner of a 2020 Southwest Book Award. He is a CantoMundo fellow from Fresno, CA with lineage in the Bracero Program and Dust Bowl. He collaborates with Juan Felipe Herrera’s Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio (Fresno State) and is a poetry editor for Noemi Press and Omnidawn. For more, visit www.anthonycody.com.

Codices of the Borderlands: A Latinx Poetics Performance

Hannah Cohen

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Hannah Cohen received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and lives in Virginia. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Bad Anatomy (Glass Poetry Press, 2018). She is a former contributing editor for Platypus Press and currently co-edits the online journal Cotton Xenomorph. Recent and forthcoming publications include Cherry Tree, Berfrois, The Rumpus, Entropy, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere. She’s a Best of the Net 2018 finalist and a Pushcart Prize nominee.

The Transgressive Spirit of Jewish Poetics

Adam Crittenden

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Adam Crittenden holds an MFA in poetry from New Mexico State University where he was awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize. His writing has appeared in Barrelhouse, Cutbank, Quarterly West, Bayou Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, Barn Owl Review, and other journals. Blood Eagle is his first full-length book of poetry and is available from Gold Wake Press. Currently, he teaches writing in Albuquerque at Central New Mexico Community College.

The Hyper-Poetics of the Visual Narrative

Paul Cunningham

Paul Cunningham is from Pittsburgh, PA. He is the translator of Helena Österlund's Words (OOMPH! Press, 2019) and two chapbooks by Sara Tuss Efrik: Automanias Selected Poems (Goodmorning Menagerie, 2016) and The Night's Belly (Toad Press, 2016). His creative and critical work has appeared or is forthcoming in Unearthed, Poem-a-Day, Kenyon Review, Quarterly West, Snail Trail: An Ecopoetics Press, DIAGRAM, bæst: a journal of queer forms & affects, Bat City Review, OmniVerse, and others. He edits Deluge, co-manages Radioactive Cloud, and co-founded the Yumfactory Reading Series in Athens, GA. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia and he holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Notre Dame. Follow him: @p_cunning

Visualizing Prose Poetry: Landscape, Dream Machines, and Transformation

Nancy Dixon

Nancy Dixon was born in Karachi, Pakistan, while her father was stationed there in the military. Her sojourns eventually brought her to New Orleans. For many years she worked at the famed Matassa's Bar on St. Philip. She finished her BA and MA at the University of New Orleans, then left NOLA for a short time to work on her doctorate at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She completed the program in record time, only four years, and her dissertation was later published by LSU Press as Fortune and Misery: Sallie Rhett Roman of New Orleans in 1999. This book won the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) Humanities Book of the Year award in 2000. More recently, she edited N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature, published by Lavender Ink in 2013.

Poetry and the Landscape of Corruption

Michael Tod Edgerton

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Michael Tod Edgerton is a queer poet and the author of Vitreous Hide (Lavender Ink, 2013). His poems have appeared previously as the winner of the Boston Review and Five Fingers Review contests, and in Coconut, Denver Quarterly, EOAGH, InterimNew American Writing, New Orleans Review, Posit, and Sonora Review, among other journals. He holds an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and a PhD in English from the University of Georgia. You can check out Tod’s ongoing participatory text and sound project, What Most Vividly, at WhatMostVividly.com. He lives in the city that used to be San Francisco and teaches at San Jos​é State University.

Poetry and the Landscape of Corruption

Samantha Edmonds

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Samantha Edmonds is the author of the chapbooks Pretty to Think So (Selcouth Station Press, 2019) and The Space Poet (forthcoming from Split Lip Press, 2020). Her fiction has appeared in such journals as Ninth Letter, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, among others. Her nonfiction has been published or is forthcoming in Gay Magazine, The Rumpus, Literary Hub, Ploughshares, VICE, Bustle, and more. Currently, she interns at The Missouri Review and works as the Assistant Fiction Editor for Sundress Publications, as well as the Fiction Editor for Doubleback Review; she has formerly served as the Fiction Editor for Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts and as the Community Outreach Director for Sundress Academy for the Arts. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA from the University of Tennessee. Originally from Ohio, she now lives in Columbia, MO, where she's a PhD candidate in fiction at the University of Missouri. Visit her online at www.samanthaedmonds.com

On Ordering a Manuscript: Trends, Tips, and Helpful Questions

Annie Finch

Annie Finch is a feminist poet, memoirist, nonfiction writer, translator, prosodist, verse playwright, editor, and critic.  Her books include The Poetry Witch Little Book of Spells, Spells: New and Selected Poems, A Poet’s Craft, The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self, Calendars, shortlisted for the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year Award, and Among the Goddesses, which received the Sarasvati Award for Poetry.  She is also the editor or coeditor of nine anthologies, including Choice Words: Writers on Abortion, forthcoming from Haymarket Books. Annie's poetry has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Poetry, onstage at Carnegie Hall, and in The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Based in Washington, DC, she travels to share her poetry and to teach workshops on poetic meter and craft and on Women, Poetry, and Spirituality. 

Poetics of Climate Change

Norman Fischer

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Norman Fischer is a poet, essayist, and Zen Buddhist priest. The latest of his more than twenty-five prose and poetry titles are the serial poems Untitled Series: Life As It Is (Talisman House) and On a Train At Night (Presse Universite de Rouen et Havre). His latest prose works are The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path and Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion. He is the founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation (www.everydayzen.org), a network of Zen meditation groups and other projects.

POG & Friends: a reading sponsored by the Tucson poetry collective POG

Barry Fitzpatrick

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Barry Fitzpatrick's work has been published in Xavier Review and Pioneers; Shaping the Ameican Landscape (prior to her MFA she worked for many years as a landscape architect).

Thursday Nights by the Old Bayou: A Writers’ Group Reading

Edgar Garcia

Edgar Garcia is a poet and scholar of the hemispheric cultures of the Americas, principally of the 20th and 21st centuries. He is the author of Skins of Columbus: A Dream Ethnography (Fence Books, 2019; winner of the Fence Modern Poets Series award and an award from the Illinois Arts Council) and Signs of the Americas: A Poetics of Pictography, Hieroglyphs, and Khipu (University of Chicago Press, 2020; article excerpt honorable mention for the William Riley Parker Prize from the Modern Language Association); and he co-edited American Literature in the World: An Anthology from Anne Bradstreet to Octavia Butler (Columbia University Press, 2016); and participated in a collaboration with visual artist Eamon Ore-Giron, published as Infinite Regress (Bom Dia Books, 2020). He is presently working on two books: one about divination and migration and the other on the Mayan story of creation, the Popol Vuh. He is Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago, where he also teaches in the department of Creative Writing.

Codices of the Borderlands: A Latinx Poetics Performance
SLOW SPARKS: A Collaborative Performance

Kenning JP García

Kenning JP García is the author of the prose works, Furthermore and Of (What Place Meant), as well as the speculative poetry epics - ROBOT, Yawning on the Sands, and Past and Again. JP is an Afro-Absurdist diarist, antipoet, and memester. Xe is also an editor at Rigorous and Dream Pop Press. 

The Hyper-Poetics of the Visual Narrative
The Transgressive Spirit of Jewish Poetics

laaura goldstein

laaura goldstein’s first collection of poetry, loaded arc, was released by Trembling Pillow Press in 2013 and her second collection, awesome camera was published by Make Now Press in 2014. She has published several chapbooks with vibrant small presses across the country, as well as poems, reviews and essays in print and online. Her newest chapbook, safe wars / poet in hell  is forthcoming from damask press. She teaches critical thinking and writing, literature, and poetry workshops at Loyola University and is the co-curator of the Red Rover Reading Series in Chicago.

Prose/Poetics: Writers on the Line between Prose and Poem

Jacq Greyja

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Jacq Greyja is a poet of Jewish and Mexican descent living in the Bay Area. They are a graduate student in the Creative Writing MFA program at San Francisco State University, where they are a William Dickey Poetry Fellow. Their work appears or is forthcoming in Anomaly, bæst, Bettering American Poetry: Volume 2, Entropy, Dream Pop Journal, Peach Mag, Columbia Poetry Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Jacq's first chapbook of poems, Greater Grave, was published by The Operating System in 2018. 

The Transgressive Spirit of Jewish Poetics

Cathryn Hankla

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Cathryn Hankla is the author of over a dozen books, including nine volumes of poetry.  Her recent titles include Great Bear (2016)a finalist for the Library of Virginia Prize, Galaxies (2017)and Lost Places: On Losing and Finding Home (2018), a memoir in essays. Hankla teaches in the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University, chairs the English & Creative Writing Department, and serves as Poetry Editor of The Hollins Critic.  www.cathrynhankla.com

 

Does Who You Are Affect Who Publishes You

Paul Hetherington

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Paul Hetherington has published numerous poetry books, most recently Palace of Memory: An Elegy (RWP, 2019) and Moonlight on Oleander: Prose Poems (UWAP, 2018). He has won or been shortlisted for more than 20 national and international awards and competitions and undertook an Australia Council Residency at the BR Whiting Studio in Rome in 2015-16. Paul is Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra, head of the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), and one of the founding editors of the international online journal Axon: Creative Explorations. He founded the International Prose Poetry Group in 2014.

Bursting out of the frame: Writing ekphrastic poetry and its connection to visual art

Alexis Ivy

Alexis Ivy is a 2018 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Poetry. Her first poetry collection, Romance with Small-Time Crooks was published in 2013 by BlazeVOX [books]. Her second collection, Taking the Homeless Census won the Editor's Prize of Saturnalia Books in 2018. She works as an advocate for the homeless in Cambridge, Massachusetts and teaches in the PoemWorks community.

A Reading with Saturnalia Books Poets

Juyanne James

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Juyanne James is the author of The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories (Chin Music Press, 2015), her debut collection of 17 stories in which she interprets the African American experience in Louisiana, as well as a recently published memoir, Table Scraps and Other Essays (Resource Publications, 2019). James is an Associate Professor of English at University of Holy Cross in New Orleans. Her stories and essays have been published in journals such as The Louisville Review, Mythium, Bayou Magazine, Eleven Eleven, and Thrice, and in the anthologies New Stories from the South 2009 (Algonquin) and Something in the Water: 20 Louisiana Stories (Portals Press, 2011). She also wrote a story, "You Don't Know Me, Child," for Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts Project. Her essay “Table Scraps” was a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2014.

Thursday Nights by the Old Bayou: A Writers’ Group Reading

Julia Johnson

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Julia Johnson grew up in New Orleans. She is the author of three collections of poetry, including The Falling Horse (Factory Hollow Press). She teaches creative writing at the University of Kentucky.

Does Who You Are Affect Who Publishes You

Avren Keating

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Avren Keating is a poet and an artist based in California. Their recent publications can be found in ENTROPYTarpaulin Sky, and 680 Split. Avren also hosts Waves Breaking, a podcast for trans and gender-variant poetry. You can find them at @WavesBreakPod on Twitter, and wavesbreaking.com 

The Hyper-Poetics of the Visual Narrative

Rax King

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Rax King is a bitch. She is the author of the collection The People's Elbow: Thirty Recitatives on Rape and Wrestling (Ursus Americanus, 2018). Her work can also be found in Catapult, Electric Literature, and Autostraddle. Look out for her monthly Catapult column Store-Bought is Fine for hot takes about the Food Network.

Glistening Multiplicities: A Poetics of Sex Work
The Transgressive Spirit of Jewish Poetics

Kelly Krumrie

Kelly Krumrie’s prose, poetry, and reviews are forthcoming from or appear in DIAGRAM, Tarpaulin Sky Magazine, Entropy, La Vague, Full Stop, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver and holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco. She is currently the Prose Editor at Denver Quarterly.

Sites of History, Direction and Space in Poetry and Poetics

Bill Lavender

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Bill Lavender is a poet, novelist, musician, carpenter and publisher living in New Orleans. My ID, his eleventh book of poetry, was published by BlazeVOX in October, 2019. His novel trilogy, comprised of Q, Little A, and The Private I, is coming soon. His verse memoir, Memory Wing, called by Rodger Kamentetz "a contemporary autobiographical masterpiece," was published by Black Widow in 2011. A chapbook, surrealism, was published in 2016 and translated into Spanish by Enrique Solinas and Peter Thompson; the bilingual edition was released by Yauguru in Uruguay as surrealismo in 2017; a French edition is forthcoming.

He founded Lavender Ink, a small press devoted mainly to poetry, in 1995, and he founded Diálogos, an imprint devoted to cross-cultural literatures (mostly in translation) in 2011.

Read an interview with Bill about his poetics and about the press at Jacket2, or visit his Amazon author page.

He is the co-founder, with Megan Burns of Trembling Pillow Press, of the New Orleans Poetry Festival.

NOPF Co-Director
Lavender Ink / Diálogos Reading
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Joseph Lease

Joseph Lease's critically acclaimed books of poetry include The Body Ghost (Coffee House Press, 2018), Testify (Coffee House Press, 2011), and Broken World (Coffee House Press, 2007). Lease’s poems "'Broken World' (For James Assatly)" and "Send My Roots Rain" were anthologized in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology.  Lease’s poem "'Broken World' (For James Assatly)" was anthologized in The Best American Poetry (Robert Creeley, Guest Editor). His poem “Free Again (Why don’t people)” was published in The New York Times. Lease’s poetry readings are collected at PennSound, The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, KQED (NPR), The Scottish Poetry Library, and The Poetry Project. Lease has been asked to read at numerous colleges and universities including Stanford University, San Francisco State University, University of Minnesota, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Louisiana State University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Sonoma State University, Sacramento State University, SUNY-Buffalo, Otis College of Art and Design, Pacific Northwest College of Art, City College (San Francisco), West Virginia University, University of Colorado-Denver, Brown University, and elsewhere. Lease has received The Academy of American Poets Prize and numerous grants and awards in poetry and poetics from Columbia University, Brown University, Harvard University, and California College of the Arts.  Lease is a Professor of Writing and Literature at California College of the Arts.

POG & Friends: a reading sponsored by the Tucson poetry collective POG
Poetry and the Landscape of Corruption

Timothy Liu

Timothy Liu's latest book of poems is Let It Ride (Saturnalia Books, 2019). A reader of occult esoterica, he lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY. www.timothyliu.net

A Reading with Saturnalia Books Poets

Laura Mattingly

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Laura Mattingly was born in California and floated to New Orleans on a homemade raft from Kansas City down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.  She has studied poetry at University of California Santa Cruz and creative nonfiction at University of New Orleans. Journalist, bartender, unlicensed barber, and mother of six-year-old who sprints through the French Quarter in high heels already, are all on Laura's resume.  She also co-organizes the literary events of New Orleans Ladyfest annual women's poetry festival. The Book of Incorporation, published by Language Foundry in 2012, is a book of poems inspired by reading The Tibetan Book of the Dead  during her pregnancy.  It explores themes of death and reincarnation from the vantage point of a mother preparing to host a returning soul.  She weaves the chaotic spirit-realm of the Bardo into the post-Katrina cityscape of New Orleans.

 

Thursday Nights by the Old Bayou: A Writers’ Group Reading

Kristi Maxwell

Kristi Maxwell is the author of six books of poetry, including Bright and Hurtless (Ahsahta Press, Oct. 2018) and PLAN/K (Horse Less Press, 2015). She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Louisville. 

Poetics of Climate Change, A Reading with Saturnalia Books Authors

Jennifer Maritza McCauley

Jennifer Maritza McCauley teaches at the University of Missouri, where she is working on her PhD in creative writing and literature. She is also Poetry Editor at The Missouri Review and fiction editor at Pleiades. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, CantoMundo, Kimbilio, and Sundress Academy of the Arts. Her most recent work appears in Columbia Journal, Passages North, The Los Angeles Review, Breakbeat Poets Anthology Volume 4: LatiNEXT (Haymarket Books), and elsewhere. Her cross-genre collection SCAR ON/SCAR OFF is now available from Stalking Horse Press.

Prose/Poetics: Writers on the Line between Prose and Poem
Crossing the Line: Poetry of Violence and Boundaries

Kristen Renee Miller

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Kristen Renee Miller’s poems and translations appear in POETRY, The Kenyon Review, The Common, Guernica, and Best New Poets 2018. Her debut translation, Spawn, by Ilnu Nation poet Marie-Andrée Gill, will be published in 2020. A recipient of honors and fellowships from The Kennedy Center, The Humana Festival, The Kentucky Arts Council, and elsewhere, she lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where she is the managing editor for Sarabande.

Poetics of Climate Change, A Reading with Saturnalia Books Authors

Jose-Luis Moctezuma

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Jose-Luis Moctezuma is a Mexican-American poet, professor, and editor. He is the author of Spring Tlaloc Seance (Projective Industries, 2016) and Place-Discipline (Omnidawn, 2018), which is the winner of the 2017 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Prize. He lives and teaches in Chicago.

Codices of the Borderlands: A Latinx Poetics Performance

Peter Money

Los Lorcas band member: poet Peter Money

Peter Money, performing with the Vermont based poetry band Los Lorcas (with bandmates Partridge Boswell and Nat Williams), has published several books since 1991 including American Drone: New & Select Poems (2013), the hybrid novella Che (2010), Saadi Youssef translations with Sinan Antoon Nostalgia, My Enemy (2012), the Irish novel Oh When The Saints (2019), and a spoken word & music CD Blue Square (with composer Mike Sal). For comics fans, Peter has collaborated with Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch, and James Sturm--where his cameo appears in Marvel’s Unstable Molecules, The Fantastic Four prequel, as the poet Joey King. Peter has been the director of Harbor Mountain Press and previously edited the magazine Lame Duck and journal Across Borders. For more info, see petermoney.com and on Twitter: @OhSaintsnovel.

Los Lorcas: Poetry in Concert

Tenney Nathanson

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Tenney Nathanson is the author of the collection Erased Art (Chax) and the book-length serial poems Home on the Range (The Night Sky with Stars in My Mouth) (O Books) and Ghost Snow Falls through the Void (Globalization) (Chax), as well as the critical study Whitman’s Presence: Body, Voice, and Writing in Leaves of Grass (NYU). Chax will publish a collection of Tenney’s critical essays on American poetry in 2020. Another book-length serial poem, “Ghost Snow 2: Unwinding” is in the works. Tenney lives in Tucson, where he co-founded the POG poetry collective, serves as resident teacher for Desert Rain Zen, and teaches American poetry in the University of Arizona English Department. links: http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Nathanson.php https://english.arizona.edu/people/tenney-nathanson https://www.desertrainzen.org/teachers--practice-leaders.html

POG & Friends: a reading sponsored by the Tucson poetry collective POG

Andrea Panzeca

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Andrea Panzeca is a teaching artist with KID smART and has taught visual art and dance at the Contemporary Arts Center, environmental education at UNO’s Coastal Education and Research Facility, and modern dance at Lelia Haller School of Ballet. With support from The Platforms Fund, she’s developing a multidisciplinary project combining outdoor service, recreation, and reflection through art. She earned her M.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing at the University of New Orleans, where she was associate nonfiction editor of Bayou Magazine. She has published poetry, memoir, a scholarly essay on Zora Neale Hurston, and is the author of poetry chapbooks Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets, and Weird... Joe Pescihttp://www.andreapanzeca.com

Thursday Nights by the Old Bayou: A Writers’ Group Reading

Lisa Pasold

Lisa Pasold

Lisa Pasold is originally from Montreal. Her 2012 book, Any Bright Horse, was nominated for Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Her fifth book, The Riparian, just came out with Frontenac House, Calgary. Her poetry has appeared in magazines such as Fence, Exile, and New American Writing. Lisa has taught Creative Writing at the American University in Paris and has led writing workshops across North America and France. She has worked as a journalist for diverse publications including The Chicago Tribune and Billboard Magazine; she is the host & co-writer of Discovery World’s TV travel show, “Paris Next Stop”. www.lisapasold.com

NOPF Board
Poetry and the Landscape of Corruption
In and Out of French: A Poetry Translation Roundtable

Jonathan Penton

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In 1998, Jonathan Penton founded UnlikelyStories.org. Since then, he has lent editorial and management assistance to a number of literary and artistic ventures, such as MadHat, Inc. and Big Bridge. He has organized literary performances, and performed himself, in places like Arkansas, California, Chihuahua, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Washington, state and DC. His poetry books are Last Chap (Vergin’ Press, 2004), Blood and Salsa and Painting Rust (Unlikely Books, 2006), Prosthetic Gods (New Sins Press/Winged City Chapbooks, 2008), Standards of Sadiddy (Lit Fest Press, 2016), and the free e-chap BACKSTORIES (Argotist Ebooks, 2017). He serves as Webmonkey for this site, NOLAPoetry.com. Photo by David Carlisle.

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Bursting out of the frame: Writing ekphrastic poetry and its connection to visual art
Unlikely Books / Rigorous Table

Saba Syed Razvi

Saba Syed Razvi, PhD is the author of the Elgin Award-nominated collection In the Crocodile Gardens (Agape Editions) and the collection heliophobia (Finishing Line Press), which appeared on the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Award ® for Superior Achievement in Poetry, as well as the chapbooks Limerence & Lux (Chax Press), Of the Divining and the Dead (Finishing Line Press), and Beside the Muezzin’s Call & Beyond the Harem’s Veil (Finishing Line Press). She is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Houston in Victoria, TX, where in addition to working on scholarly research on interfaces between contemporary poetry and science and on gender & sexuality in speculative and horror literature and pop-culture, she is writing new poems and fiction. Her work explores topics such as mysticism, mythology, magic, interfaces between science and poetry, robots, religion, nightmares & dreams, transgression, sexuality & gender, culture & subculture, and the psyche. Website: www.sabarazvi.com

POG & Friends: a reading sponsored by the Tucson poetry collective POG
On Ordering a Manuscript: Trends, Tips, and Helpful Questions

Jeremy Michael Reed

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Jeremy Michael Reed holds a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee, where he was the editor-in-chief of Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts and assistant to U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. His poems and essays are published or forthcoming in Still: The Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere, including the anthology Mountains Piled upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene. He is an associate editor for Sundress Publications and assistant professor of English for Westminster College in Fulton, MO.

On Ordering a Manuscript: Trends, Tips, and Helpful Questions

Jenny Sadre-Orafai

Jenny Sadre-Orafai is the author of Malak and Paper Cotton LeatherBook of Levitations, her poetry collection with Anne Champion, was published this year by Trembling Pillow Press. Recent poetry appears in Cream City ReviewNinth LetterThe Cortland Review, and Hotel Amerika. Recent prose appears in Fourteen Hills and The Collagist. She is co-founding editor of Josephine Quarterly, Professor of English at Kennesaw State University, and Executive Director of Georgia Writers Association.

 

Trembling Pillow Press Reading

Rone Shavers

Rone Shavers

Rone Shavers is a writer who publishes in multiple genres. His fiction has appeared in various journals known for showcasing experimental work, including Another Chicago Magazine, Big Other, Identity Theory, Longform, Nth Word, PANK, and The Operating System, to name a few places. His non-fiction essays and essay-length reviews have appeared in such diverse publications as American Book Review, BOMB Magazine, EBR: Electronic Book Review, Fiction Writers Review, and The Quarterly Conversation. Shavers is fiction and hybrid genre editor at Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora, and he teaches courses in fiction and contemporary literature at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Prose/Poetics: Writers on the Line Between Prose and Poem
The Hyper-Poetics of the Visual Narrative

Erin Elizabeth Smith

Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Creative Director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and the Managing Editor of Sundress Publications and The Wardrobe. She is the author of two full-length collections and the editor of two anthologies. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Ecotone, Mid-American, Crab Orchard Review, Cimarron Review, and Willow Springs, among others. She teaches in the English Department at the University of Tennessee, and in 2017 she was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame.

On Ordering a Manuscript: Trends, Tips, and Helpful Questions
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Sundress Publications Reading

Mark Statman

Mark Statman has written ten books; his most recent is the book of poems Exile Home (Lavender Ink 2019). Statman’s other poetry collections include That Train Again (Lavender Ink, 2015), A Map of the Winds (Lavender Ink, 2013) and Tourist at a Miracle (Hanging Loose, 2010). His translation collections include Never Made in America: Selected Poetry of Martín Barea Mattos (Lavender Ink/diálogos, 2017), as well as Black Tulips: The Selected Poems of José María Hinojosa (University of New Orleans Press, 2012), the first English language translation of the significant poet of Spain’s Generation of 1927, and, with Pablo Medina, a translation of Federico García Lorca's Poet in New York (Grove 2008), Statman’s poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in fifteen anthologies, as well as such publications as New American Writing, Tin House, Hanging Loose, Ping Pong, and American Poetry Review. A recipient of awards from the NEA and the National Writers Project, he is Emeritus Professor of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School, and lives in San Pedro Ixtlahuaca and Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, MX.

Poetry and the Landscape of Corruption
Lavender Ink Reading

Cole Swensen

Cole Swensen is the author of 19 books of poetry, most of them focused on visual arts, land-use issues, and their intersection in the arrangement and depiction of public space. A former Guggenheim Fellow, recipient of the National Poetry Series, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the SF State Poetry Center Book Award, and finalist for the National Book Award, she has edited a number of anthologies and organized reading series focused on aesthetic experimentation. Her next book, Art in Time, a series of 20 poem-essays on innovative landscape art, will be published by Nightboat in 2021. 

In and Out of French: A Poetry Translation Roundtable

Bronwen Tate

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Bronwen Tate’s debut poetry collection The Silk the Moths Ignore, National Winner of the 2019 Hillary Gravendyk Prize, is forthcoming from Inlandia Institute in 2021. Bronwen is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and her poems and essays have appeared in publications including CV2, Bennington Review, The Rumpus, Journal of Modern Literature, and Contemporary Literature. www.bronwentate.com

Prose/Poetics: Writers on the Line Between Prose and Poem
Poetics of Climate Change

Lindsay Turner

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Lindsay Turner is the author of Songs & Ballads (Prelude Books, 2018). Her translations from the French include adagio ma non troppo, by Ryoko Sekiguchi (Les Figues Press, 2018) and The Next Loves, by Stéphane Bouquet (Nightboat Books), as well as several books of contemporary philosophy. She is the recipient of a 2017 French Voices Grant for her translation of Stéphane Bouquet’s Common Life, forthcoming from Nightboat in 2022. Originally from northeast Tennessee, she holds an A.B. from Harvard College, a Masters in cinema from the Université Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle, an M.F.A. in poetry from New York University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

In and Out of French: A Poetry Translation Roundtable

Teresa Villa-Ignacio

Teresa Villa-Ignacio

Teresa Villa-Ignacio is a translator, critic and scholar who explores contemporary poetic interventions in ethical philosophy, postcolonial liberation movements, discourses of globalization, and social justice activism. She is the co-editor of Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics (Stanford University Press, 2016) and has contributed translations of texts by Moroccan artists to Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents (New York: MOMA, 2018). Her current book project examines the centrality of ethics in relations of translation and collaboration among France- and U.S.-based contemporary poets. She is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Stonehill College.

In and Out of French: A Poetry Translation Roundtable

Hannah V Warren

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Hannah V Warren is a PhD student at the University of Georgia where she studies poetry and speculative narratives. Her chapbook [re]construction of the necromancer won Sundress Publications’ 2019 chapbook contest, and her works have haunted or will soon appear in Mid-American Review, Gris-Gris, and Prism Review. Find more on Hannah's website at hannahvwarren.com or on twitter @hannahvwarren

Visualizing Prose Poetry: Landscape, Dream Machines, and Transformation
Sundress Publications Reading

Sam Herschel Wein

Sam Herschel Wein is a Chicago based poet who specializes in perpetual frolicking. Their first chapbook, Fruit Mansion (Split Lip Press, 2017) was selected as the winner of the 2016 Turnbuckle Chapbook prize. Their second chapbook, Gesundheit! a collaboration with Chen Chen, is forthcoming from Glass Poetry Press in fall 2019. He co-founded and edits Underblong Journal. Recent poems can be found in Hobart Pulp, Connotation Press, and Bat City Review, among others. They can be found in the cheese aisle of most stores, in the middle of a hug, or editing poems at your local coffee shop.

To Play is To Collaborate is To Queer: A Workshop

Dara Wier

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Dara Wier's newest book, in the still of the night, came out fall 2017 from Wave Books.  She has new work in GRANTA, FENCE, BIG BIG WEDNESDAY and CONDUIT.  Her book length Reverse Rapture won the Poetry Center's book of the year award. You Good Thing was a Believer's Readers Choice; Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships have supported her work. She lives in North Amherst, Massachusetts where she is professor of poetry & poetics in the University of Massachusetts' MFA for Poets and Writers, teaches each summer for the Juniper Summer Writing Workshops, edits and publishes factory hollow press and, along with Caryl Pagel and Emily Pettit, edits and publishes the literary magazine jubilat.  Dara was born in New Orleans, raised in Plaquemines Parish, attended high school in Baton Rouge and for 3 years attended Louisiana State University.

Does Who You Are Affect Who Publishes You

Alicia Wright

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Alicia Wright is originally from Georgia, and has received fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her poems appear in Ecotone, West Branch, Flag + Void, Indiana Review, Crazyhorse, and The Literary Review, among others. At present, Alicia is a PhD candidate in English & Literary Arts at the University of Denver, where she serves as Poetry Editor for Denver Quarterly and contributes to the Ploughshares blog.

Sites of History, Direction and Space in Poetry and Poetics