October 29, Friday ~ Ruth Lepson, Rick Reid, Michael Schiavo, Solmaz Sharif, & Ken L. Walker

27 Oct

7 PM on October 29 @ Goodbye Blue Monday – Bushwick, Brooklyn


Ruth Lepson is poet-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music & has been collaborating with musicians in recent years & is also trying to write songs lately. She has 3 books of poetry, published by Alice James Books & blazeVOX, & she edited Poetry from Sojourner: A Feminist Anthology, pub by the University of Illinois. Her poems have been in Carve, Shampoo, EOAGH & lots of other mags. Recently she wrote an article about poets John Wieners & Gerrit Lansing for Jacket magazine. She used to organize poetry readings for Oxfam America and work on magazines. She lives in Cambridge.


The voice of Brooklyn-based writer Rick Reid has been called a “true other” that is doing “nothing less than re-imagining and re-defining the boundaries of our poetry.” Rick’s work combines poetics, public space, performance, handwriting, photography and the body. He will be reading from his most recent work, a 96-page serial poem entitled To Be Hung from the Ceiling by Strings of Varying Length. Rick received his PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and is currently at work on a book length study of innovative writing entitled Lapse: Radical Poetics and Apertures of the Inhuman. He currently teaches Creative Writing and English as an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey.


Michael Schiavo is editor of The Equalizer. His poetry has appeared in can we have our ball back?, Forklift, Ohio, LIT, Fou, Sixth Finch, La Petite Zine, The Hat, The Awl, CUE, and The Normal School. He lives in Vermont and blogs occasionally at The Unruly Servant.


Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif holds a BA in Sociology and Women of Color Writers from U.C. Berkeley and an MFA in poetry from New York University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in jubilat, Diagram, Witness, and PBS’s Tehran Bureau. Between 2002-2006, Sharif studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. She is the managing director of The Asian American Writers’ Workshop.


Ken L. Walker still has a Kentucky driver’s license and, sadly, finished leading a poetry workshop at the Riker’s Island Correctional Facility. He earned his MFA degree from Brooklyn College and has placed reviews and interviews in the Boxcar, Rain Taxi, the Poetry Project Newsletter, The New Yorker on-line, and Coldfront where he is the Features editor. Poems can be found in Lumberyard, The Wolf, Crab Orchard Review, Gray Tape as well as in a collection and chapbook from the now defunct Shekhem Publishing. He also curates the semi-annual Letter Home Reading Series.



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


Hosted by Steven Karl, Erika Moya & Christie Ann Reynolds



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