Friday, May 31, 7pm @ Goodbye Blue Monday Bar
☆☆ J M Z trains to Myrtle Ave or J train to Kosciusko St ☆☆
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is a writer and musician and the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Jubilat, Fence, Rattapallax, Nocturnes, and LA Review. She has received awards including Cave Canem, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a native of Harlem.
Lynn Melnick’s If I Should Say Have Hope was published earlier this year by YesYes Books. Her poetry has appeared in Antioch Review, BOMB, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Guernica, Gulf Coast, jubilat, Narrative, Paris Review, Poetry Daily, A Public Space, and elsewhere. One of her poems was included in Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Wave Books, 2004) and another on a postcard for the O’ Miami Poetry Festival. Anticipated Stranger published a chapbook of her poems in summer 2012. Her fiction has appeared in Opium and Forklift, Ohio and she has written essays and book reviews for Boston Review, Coldfront, LA Review of Books, Poetry Daily, and VIDAweb, among others.
Rachel Levitsky is the author of a novel, The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem, 2013), two books of poetry, Under the Sun (Futurepoem, 2003) NEIGHBOR (UDP, 2009) and a number of chapbooks including Renoemos (Delete, 2010). She is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist avant-garde hub for interventions in writing, reading, engaged discourse and activism. In 2010 with Christian Hawkey, she started The Office of Recuperative Strategies (OoRS.net), a mobile research unit variously located in Amsterdam, Berlin, Boulder, Brooklyn, Cambridge, NYC and Leipzig. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Pratt Institute.
Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, composers of typewritten poetry on demand. She is the author of six books of poetry and nonfiction including, most recently, the novel in poems Robinson Alone, the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs and the art modeling memoir Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object. Her debut novel, O Democracy!, is forthcoming in Spring 2014.
Lee Ann Roripaugh
Lee Ann Roripaugh’s fourth volume of poetry, Dandarians, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2014. She is the author of three other volumes: On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (SIU Press, 2009), Year of the Snake (SIU Press, 2004), and Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin, 1999). She is currently a Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review.
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