MEGA WOMEN’S READING – Joanna Penn Cooper ~ Claire Donato ~ Farrah Field ~ Molly Gaudry ~ Hailey Higdon ~ Anne Cecilia Holmes ~ Brenda Iijima ~ Julia Story

6 May

7 PM on May 13’th @ Goodbye Blue Monday – Bushwick, Brooklyn


Joanna Penn Cooper’s creative and critical work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals, including Poetry International, Opium, Supermachine, Pleiades, elimae, and Boog City. Her second chapbook of poetry and short prose pieces, Mesmer, was published in April 2010 by Dancing Girl Press. Joanna’s full-length poetry collection, How We Mostly Were, was a finalist for the Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books in December 2010. A Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Fordham University, Joanna lives in New York City and has a blog at

Claire Donato lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her prose and poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly and Action Yes. She holds an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University, is a member of the Electronic Literature Organization, co-edits Dewclaw and teaches at Eugene Lang College (The New School for Liberal Arts) in New York City. Her hometown is Pittsburgh, PA.

Farrah Field is the author of Rising (Four Way Books, 2009) and Parents (Immaculate Disciples Press, 2011). Two of her poems will appear in The Best American Poetry 2011 and more of her work is forthcoming in Fou, Dewclaw, and Drunken Boat. She lives in Brooklyn where she co-hosts an event series called Yardmeter Editions. Her second book of poetry (Four Way Books) is forthcoming in 2012. She occasionally blogs at and is co-owner of Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop.

Molly Gaudry is the author of the verse novel We Take Me Apart and her website is

Hailey Higdon is the author of the chapbook How To Grow Almost Everything,
recently published by Agnes Fox Press. She runs What To Us (press) and is
currently publishing chapbooks by emergent female poets in a series called
THE DIMES. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Anne Cecelia Holmes is the managing editor of jubilat. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in SUPERMACHINE, notnostrums, and Sir!. With Lily Ladewig she is co-author of the chapbook I Am A Natural Wonder (Blue Hour Press 2011). She lives in Northampton, MA.

Brenda Iijima is the author of Around Sea (O Books), Animate, Inanimate Aims(Litmus Press), revv. you’ll-ution (Displaced Press) and If Not Metamorphic(Ahsahta Press) as well as numerous chapbooks and artist’s books. She is
also the editor of the eco language reader (Nightboat Books and PP@YYL).
Presently she is working on a body of work titled Untimely Death is Driven
Out Beyond the Horizon
which focuses on psycho-geologic properties of space,
communication beyond event horizons, Leslie Scalapino, Antigone and the
toxicity of war. She is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs

Julia Story’s first collection, Post Moxie, was the recipient of Sarabande Books’ 2009 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and Ploughshares’ 2010 John C. Zacharis First Book Award, and was named one of Coldfront’s Top 30 Poetry Books of 2010. Her recent work has appeared in The Paris Review, Octopus, and Salt Hill. She is currently working on her next collection, tentatively titled Red Town. A native of Indiana, she now lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.


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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