April 30, Friday ~ Sandy Florian, Lara Glenum, Lesley Jenike, Saeed Jones, Metta Sama & Tom Sleigh!

April 30 @ 7 p.m. Goodbye Blue Monday – Bushwick, Brooklyn


Sandy Florian is the author of Telescope (Action Books), 32 Pedals & 47 Stops (Tarpaulin Sky), The Tree of No (Action Books), Prelude to Air From Water (Elixir Press), and On Wonderland & Waste (Sidebrow Press). She lives in San Francisco where she is an affiliate artist at Headlands Center for the Arts and works as one of the “other” editors for Tarpaulin Sky Journal. For more information, visit her blog at http://boxingthecompass.blogspot.com


Lara Glenum is a poet, scholar, and translator. She is the author of two books of poetry: The Hounds of No (Action Books, 2005) and Maximum Gaga (Action Books, 2009). Her chapbook, The Hotling Chronicles, is due out from Tarpaulin Sky later this year. With Arielle Greenberg, she is the co-editor of Gurlesque, an anthology of contemporary women’s poetry and visual art (Saturnalia Books, 2010). She has recently been collaborating with sound, visual, and digital media artists on Meat Out of the Eater [hyperlink: http://vimeo.com/7215889], a multimedia installation. She teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at LSU.


Lesley Jenike is the author of Ghost of Fashion (CustomWords, 2009). She is a native of Cincinnati, OH and received her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati in 2008. Her poems have appeared in POOL, Court Green, Brooklyn Review, Gulf Coast, Sou’Wester, Verse, Alaska Quarterly Review, Forklift, Ohio, Washington Square, Crab Orchard Review, and others. She’s currently Assistant Professor of English at Columbus College of Art and Design.


Saeed Jones is currently completing his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University – Newark. He’s a graduate of Western Kentucky University where he won the Jim Wayne Miller Award for Poetry. While at Western, he was the poetry editor for Rise Over Run Magazine. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications like StorySouth, Barnwood Magazine, Splinter Generation, The Adirondack Review, Mary, and Ganymede. He blogs regularly at saeedjones.wordpress.com


Metta Sama says: I am a poet, professor, activist, painter, collage artist, fiction and essay writer. My poetry, currently, looks at instabilities in writings by persons subjected to various forms of oppression. I am interested in the joy of making and creating art and stories and images that will, eventually, disintegrate, return to the source it came from. I question what it means to make thoughts, ideas, & feelings stable, to devote oneself to immortality. My work has appeared in Proud Flesh Journal, The Drunken Boat, Blackbird, Paterson Literary Review, Yellow Medicine Review, Crab Orchard, and other journals, & I am the author of one published collection of poems.


Tom Sleigh’s most recent book of poetry, Space Walk (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), won the 2008 Kingsley Tufts Award. His book of essays, Interview with a Ghost, was published by Graywolf Press in 2006. He has also published After One, Waking, The Chain, The Dreamhouse, Far Side of the Earth, Bula Matari/Smasher of Rocks, and a translation of Euripides’ Herakles. He has won the Shelley Prize from the PSA, and grants from the Lila Wallace Fund, American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim and NEA. His new book, Army Cats, is forthcoming in spring, 2011, from Graywolf Press. He teaches in the MFA Program at Hunter College.


Goodbye Blue Monday

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