Your hosts

Joanna Penn Cooper is the author of the chapbook Mesmer (dancing girl press).  Her writing has appeared in South Dakota Review, Lungfull! Magazine, Ping Pong, and Boog City, among other publications.  Her book of poems and lyrical prose pieces, How We Were Strangers, was a finalist for the Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books.  Joanna holds a Ph.D. in American literature from Temple University, and she was a Teaching Fellow at Fordham University.  She lives and writes in Brooklyn, and keeps a blog at

Erika Moya’s poetry has appeared in various places. Some of them are here: realpoetik, elimae,  and forklift,ohio.  She lives in Bushwick.

J. Hope Stein is the author of the chapbooks [Talking Doll]:  (Dancing Girl Press),  Corner Office (H_NGM_N BKS) and [Mary]:  (Hyacinth Girl Press).   Her full length manuscript The Inventor’s Last Breath was a finalist in the Alice James Books 2011 Kinereth Awards and her chapbook Light’s Golden Jubilee was a finalist in the 2011 Ahsahta Chapbook Contest.  J. Hope Stein is also the author of poetry/humor site, editor of Her short film, The Inventor’s Last Breath, based on her full-length manuscript about Thomas Edison, was screened at the 2011 Cinepoetry Festival at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur and will be screened in several venues in 2012.

JENNY ZHANG is the author of the poetry collection, Dear Jenny, We Are All Find (Octopus Books, 2012.) Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in Jezebel, Glimmertrain, The Iowa Review, The Guardian, Diagram, and Vice magazine. She writes for teenage girls at Rookie magazine, and teaches high school students in the Bronx. You can find her at

FOUNDERS/ Previous Hosts  (2006 – 2010)

The history of Stain is long and illustrious: founder Amy King curated the series in 2006 and 2007 as the MiPo Reading Series, dubbed after the online magazine MiPoesias she edited at the time. The series became Stain of Poetry in May 2008, and Amy was joined by a new co-curator, Ana Božičević. Amy and Ana curated the series through the end of 2010.

Amy King is the author, most recently, of I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press, 2011) and Slaves to Do These Things (Blazevox, 2009).  She also teaches at SUNY Nassau and works with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.   With Ana Božičević, she co-edits the journal esque.

Ana Božičević is a poet and translator. Her Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009) was a Lambda Literary Award in Poetry finalist. She is a PhD candidate in English & Program Manager at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she helped found Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and the Annual Chapbook Festival.  With Amy King, she co-edits the journal esque.

Previous Hosts 2010-2012

Christie Ann Reynolds is a native New Yorker and holds degrees from Hofstra University, The New School, and Queens College. Brenda Shaughnessy chose her manuscript, idiot heart, as the 2008 winner of The New School Chapbook Competition. She is the co-author of the chapbook GIRL BOY GIRL BOY (Correspondences) and the author of Revenge Poems (Supermachine). Her work can be read in Blaze Vox, Pax Americana, La Petite Zine, My Name is Mud, EOAGH, Maggy, Sub-Lit, The Houston Literary Reviewand others. She teaches writing at Hofstra University.
Steven Karl is the author of State(s) of Flux, a collaborative chap(art)book with Joseph Lappie (Peptic Robot Press, 2009), (Ir)Rational Animals (Flying Guillotine Press, 2010) and emissions/ of(H_ngm_n e-chap, 2011). In one way or another is involved with Borough Writing WorkshopsColdfront Magazine, and Sink Review. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and sometimes blogs at


3 Responses to “Your hosts”

  1. Loren Kleinman July 9, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    I am interested in reading. How can I go about submitting for a poetry reading? Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you.


  2. st May 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    please contact us regarding the MAY date

    • em May 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

      Our May date is the 13th:)

      Hope to see you there

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