Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wednesday April 16: Karla Kelsey & Endi Bogue Hartigan

Wednesday, April 16
7:30 PM

Karla Kelsey & Endi Bogue Hartigan

Karla Kelsey is author of three books of poetry: Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary and Iteration Nets, both published by Ahsahta Press, and A Conjoined Book just out from Omnidawn. She edits and contributes to Fence Books' Constant Critic poetry book review website and has had essays on poetics published in literary journals and anthologies. With Aaron McCollough she co-publishes SplitLevel Texts, a small press that publishes books of contemporary innovative poetry and prose.

Endi Bogue Hartigan is author of Pool [5 choruses], just released from Omnidawn Publishing and selected by Cole Swensen for the Omnidawn Open Prize, and One Sun Storm (Center for Literary Publishing, 2008), which was selected for the Colorado Prize for Poetry. New work is forthcoming in New American Writing and Denver Quarterly, and her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Verse, Chicago Review, Volt, Colorado Review, Peep/​Show, LVNG, Jack London is Dead, as well as a collaborative chapbook, out of the flowering ribs, created with visual artist Linda Hutchins. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Patrick and their son Jackson.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

March 12: William D. Waltz, Dobby Gibson, Fred Schmalz

Wednesday, March 12

William D Waltz is the author of Zoo Music, which won Slope Editions’ First Book Prize and Adventures in the Lost Interiors of America, which won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition and was published in March 2013. His chapbook Confluence of Mysterious Origins was published by Factory Hollow Press. He is the founder and editor of Conduit magazine. Waltz lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, near the Mississippi River and the defunct Ford plant.

Dobby Gibson is the author of Polar (Alice James Books), which won the Beatrice Hawley Award; Skirmish (Graywolf Press); and It Becomes You (Graywolf Press), which is a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award. All three titles were finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. His poems are anthologized in books such as Good Poems American Places (Viking Press), Lit From Inside (Alice James Books), and From the Fishouse (Persea Books). He's received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. In the fall of 2014, he'll be a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Fred Schmalz's recent work focuses on textual response to encounters with dance, music and visual art. His field guide Claes Oldenburg’s Festival of Living Objects was published by the Walker Art Center in fall 2013, and his Documenta 13 Daybook was published by Hands Down in spring 2013. He is currently collaborating on multimedia projects about ghosts and hotels. He lives in Chicago.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February 12: Barry Schwabsky, Virginia Konchan, Mark Yakich

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Wednesday, February 12
7:30 PM

Barry Schwabsky's collections of poetry include Opera: Poems1981-2002 (Meritage Press, 2003), Book Left Open in the Rain (Black Square Editions/The Brooklyn Rail, 2009), and 12 Abandoned Poems (Kilmog Press2010). His new book of poetry, Trembling Hand Equilibrium, will be published by Black Square Editions this year, along with a collection of critical writings on poetry. Recent magazine and online publications of his work have been with Bomb, The Bow-Wow Shop, Snow, and West Wind Review, among others. He is art critic for The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum and has recently published Words for Art: Criticism, History, Theory, Practice (Sternberg Press, 2013).

Virginia Konchan’s poems have appeared in Best New Poets, The Believer, The New Yorker, and The New Republic, her criticism in Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, Quarterly Conversation, New Madrid, and Boston Review, and her fiction in StoryQuarterly and Joyland, among other places. The recipient of grants and fellowships to Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Ox-Bow, and Vermont Studio Center, Virginia is co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, and lives in Chicago.

Mark Yakich is a poet, novelist, and professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans. He also edits New Orleans Review. His most recent collection of poetry is The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

JANUARY 8: Broc Rossell, Lily Robert-Foley, Laura Goldstein


BROC ROSSELL’s chapbook Unpublished Poems was recently reissued by Brooklyn Arts Press. His poems and prose have appeared in 1913, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Harvard Review, iO, The Laurel Review, Volt, and elsewhere. From Los Angeles, he lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he teaches poetry writing and literature at Simon Fraser University.

LILY ROBERT-FOLEY is a Paris based poet and researcher of bilingual writing. She is the author of “m” (Corrupt Press), a book of poetry-critique-collage based on readings of Beckett’s L’Innommable/The Unnamable; and “graphemachines” a chapbook of visual poetry from Xexoxial’s Xerolage series, an expanded version and self-translation of which is forthcoming from L’Atelier de l’Agneau, someday. She teaches Anglophone literature and translation at the University of Angers while she completes a doctorate in exile.

LAURA GOLDSTEIN has published six chapbooks, including, recently, phylum from horse less press and let her from dancing girl press, as well as poetry and essays in the Denver Quarterly, American Letters and Commentary, Tenderloin, How2, Jacket2 and other fine publications. She teaches Writing and Literature at Loyola University and is the co-curator of the Red Rover Series with Jennifer Karmin. Her first collection of poetry, loaded arc has recently been released by Trembling Pillow Press, and her second book, awesome camera, is forthcoming from Make Now Press in 2014.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DEC 04: Nathan Hoks, Stephanie Anderson, Roger Reeves

Wednesday December 4

Nathan Hoks is the author of two books of poetry, Reveilles and The Narrow Circle, which was a winner of the 2012 National Poetry Series and recently published by Penguin. He works as an editor and letterpress printer for Convulsive Editions and lives in Chicago with his family. 

STEPHANIE ANDERSON is the author of In the Key of Those Who Can No Longer Organize Their Environments (Horse Less Press) and five chapbooks, including the forthcoming Sentence, Signal, Stain (Greying Ghost) and LIGHTBOX (The New Megaphone).  Her poems and essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Lana Turner, Mimeo Mimeo, not enough night, Typo, etc.  She lives in Chicago and edits Projective Industries, though next month she'll move to Tokyo.

ROGER REEVES’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House, among others. Kim Addonizio selected “Kletic of Walt Whitman” for the Best New Poets 2009 anthology. He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, a 2013 Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. He earned his Ph.D. the University of Texas and is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His first book, King Me, is just out from Copper Canyon Press.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Wednesday November 20

FARNOOSH FATHI's first book, Great Guns, was published by Canarium Books in the spring of 2013. Her work has also appeared in Boston Review, Fence, Everyday Genius, Poetry, Jacket2, and elsewhere. She lives in Oakland, California.

Darcie DENNIGAN is the author of Madame X and Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse. She works as a poet in residence at UConn and directs Frequency Writers in Providence.

OSSIAN FOLEY’s first book, OF: Vol. I, was published this fall by Ugly Duckling Presse. Versions of some parts of Of: Vol. I have appeared in SET, Esque, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, 6x6, and elsewhere. With James Longley, Ossian edits LVNG Magazine, published by Flood Editions. He lives with his dog, Satchel, in Tallahassee, FL and Port Townsend, WA.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

October 30: Paula Cisewski, Rauan Klassnik, Russell Jaffe

Wednesday, October 30

Paula Cisewski's second poetry collection, Ghost Fargo, was selected by Franz Wright for the Nightboat Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Upon Arrival (Black Ocean), of the chapbooks How Birds Work and Two Museums, and the co-author, with Mathias Svalina, of Or Else What Asked the Flame. Her poems and lyric essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Everyday Genuis; We Are So Happy to Know Something; Cant, REVOLUTION-esque ,and SPECS. Paula is, along with her artist husband Jack Walsh, co-founder of JoyFace Poetry and Arts.

Rauan Klassnik has two books from Black Ocean: Holy Land (2008) and The Moon's Jaw (2013). Blake Butler on described The Moon's Jaw as follows: "it's full of knives and silk and peacocks and breast milk and ghosts and fetuses and orchards and wounds and girls and suns." Rauan lives in Kirkland, WA. He likes to tweet and blogs for Htmlgiant.

Russell Jaffe lives in Iowa City and is the Co-Editor of Strange Cage (, a chapbook poetry press, and MC/coordinator of its reading series. He is the author of one poetry collection, This Super Doom I Aver (Poets Democracy, ’13), and the chapbooks DOOM’D (zones 1 + 2) (Strange Cage, ’12), (accompanied by pushpins and balloons) (The Red Ceilings, ’11), LITEROAST (Counterexample, ’09), and NOTE/WORTHY (Scantily Clad Press, ’08). His poems have appeared in The Colorado Review, [PANK], H_NGM_N, American Letters & Commentary, and others. He collects 8-tracks. Get at him at