March 19, Friday ~ Jillian Brall, R. Erica Doyle, Adam Fieled, Matt Rotando, & Paige Taggart!

5 Jan

March 19 @ 7 p.m. Goodbye Blue Monday – Bushwick, Brooklyn


Jillian Brall received both her BA in Creative Writing in 2004 and her MFA in Poetry in 2009 from The New School, in New York, NY. She is a NYC certified Teaching Artist, currently living in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn. She recently published a book of poems, Wet Information, under ZoeWo Press. She is also a saxophonist and visual artist, focusing on mixed media collage and painting. Several of her collages can be seen in the current issue of Pax Americana, as well as featured on The Best American Poetry Blog, and have been used as cover art for several electronic poetry books published by Scantily Clad Press. Prints of her collages, as well as copies of her book, Wet Information, are available for purchase at


R. Erica Doyle was born in Brooklyn to Trinidadian immigrant parents, and has lived in Washington, DC, Farmington, Connecticut and La Marsa, Tunisia. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles, Callaloo, Ploughshares, Best Black Women’s Erotica, Bum Rush the Page, and Ms. Magazine. She has received grants and awards from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, and she was a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow. She is also a fellow of Cave Canem: A Workshop and Retreat for Black Writers and her manuscript, proxy, was a finalist for the 2007 Cave Cavem Poetry Prize, selected by Claudia Rankine. She received her MFA in Poetry from the New School, and she lives in New York City, where she is at work on a novel, Fortune. Erica teaches in the NYC public schools and is the facilitator of Tongues Afire: A Creative Writing Workshop for queer women and trans and gender non-conforming people of color.


Adam Fieled is a poet based in Philadelphia. He has released three print books: “Opera Bufa” (Otoliths, 2007), “When You Bit…” (Otoliths, 2008), and “Chimes” (Blazevox, 2009), as well as numerous chaps, e-chaps, and e-books, including “Posit” (Dusie Press, 2007) and “The White Album” (ungovernable press, 2009). He has work in journals like Tears in the Fence, Great Works, The Argotist, Upstairs at Duroc, Jacket, and in the &Now Anthology from Lake Forest College Press. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he also holds an MFA from New England College and an MA from Temple University, where he is completing his PhD.


Matt Rotando is a steak-man, a cyclist, and a skeet-shooter. He prefers swimming to the harpsichord, mangoes to mangosteen, and jackfruit above all fruits but the avocado. These days he can often be found skulking about the edges of Oyster Bay, Long Island, looking for something crunchy. Poems are for whying and sometimes for why-notting, but he likes those poems best that get him the odd fake cigarette or temporary tattoo. His book is The Comeback’s Exoskeleton and he has poems in this month’s Shampoo. His favorite color is green and silver. The word is a lot weaker than a slap on the back of the head, except when it isn’t. The inside of words is a spacey place for looking out. That’s grandiloquence! And in the shade of a Bonzai tree, or just a rented white wall, his shoes await The Great Trans-American Spin.


Paige Taggart lives in Brooklyn. Her chapbook Polaroid Parade is forthcoming with Greying Ghost Press. She has an e-chapbook, Won’t Be A Girl with Scantily Clad Press. She is a recipient of the 2009 NYFA fellowship. Recent or forthcoming work can be found at No Tell Motel, Glitterpony, Raleigh Quarterly, Sink Review, RealPoetik, pax americana, We Are So Happy To Know Something. Peruse her blog:


Goodbye Blue Monday
1087 Broadway
(corner of Dodworth St)
Brooklyn, NY 11221-3013

(718) 453-6343

J M Z trains to Myrtle Ave
or J train to Kosciusko St


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