HOUSEWORK is having a reading this Saturday with three brilliant local writers: Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Alex Smith and Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela. It will be great. Hope to see you there! The reading will start at 7pm at Chapterhouse (620 S. 9th St).
• Alex Smith is a queer black activist, poet, dj, actor, musician, afro punk/afro-futurist chronicler of the naughty universe. Smith’s work speaks to the edge, to the post-fringe dystopia slowly creeping upon us. Too cantankerous and flamboyant for the Saul Williams wanna-be/def poetry set, too tribal for academia, Smith paints viral inscriptions for an audience of armed pixie insurrectionists. He is the founder and curator of the queer-empowered Laser Life sci-fi reading series, where he met his co-conspirators in Metropolarity, a sci-fi/speculative arts collective that uses the genre’s tropes for activism and transformative, visionary art. Selected by Rosarium Publishing for the anthology dedicated to the writing of Samuel Delany, Stories for Chip, it’s Alex’s flash fiction collection, “Gang Stalk Oprah“, with its lines hashed like an SAT-word injected SEPTA bus graffiti, and self-published sci-fi zine “Ark Dust” that will kidnap you, convert you, shoot you in the leg and then set you free.
• Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. And though she’s also paid some sort of rent in Lawrence, Detroit, D.C., Denver, Laramie, Havana and the Mexican state of Chiapas, Philadelphia has mostly been her home since 2000. Her poetry and prose has been supported by the work of The Leeway Foundation, Hedgebrook, Art Farm, Fancyland, VONA/Voices, Lambda, Make/shift, As Us, The Rust Belt Rising, Solstice, APIARY, Aster(ix), Big Bell and others. She is the founder of Thread Makes Blanket press www.threadmakesblanket.com and teaches at Community College of Philadelphia.
Starts @ 8pm! More info? www.housework-at-chapterhouse.com
This Saturday, March 7th at 8pm
& OKI SOGUMI
Wendy S. Walters is the author of the forthcoming book of essays, Multiply/Divide(Sarabande, 2015); two collections of poems, Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem, 2014) and Longer I Wait, More You Love Me (Palm Press, 2009); and a chapbook. In June of 2013 she directed “Out of Regiment, A Project in Personal Mapping,” a community installation in an abandoned house on Governor’s Island in New York Harbor, as part of Writing on It All. Walters was a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Poetry, and her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Bookforum, FENCE, and Harper’s Magazine. She is Associate Professor of creative writing and literature at Eugene Lang College of The New School University in the city of New York.
Emily Abendroth is a poet, teacher and anti-prison activist. Much of her creative work attempts to investigate state regimes of force and power, as well as individual and collective resistance strategies to the same. Her poetry book, ]Exclosures[, was released from Ahsahta Press in May 2014. Her writings are often published in limited edition, handcrafted chapbooks by small and micropresses such as Belladonna (New York), Horse Less Press (Denver), Little Red Leaves (Texas), Albion Press (Philadelphia), and Zumbar Press (San Francisco). Recent work can be found in Aufgabe, Conveyor, XPoetics, Thermos, Women’s Studies Quarterly, OmniVerse, Jacket2, EcoPoetics, and Encyclopedia.
Oki Sogumi was born in Seoul, lives in Philadelphia (recently transplanted from Oakland), and writes poetry, speculative fiction, and into little boxes on the internet. Recent work can be read in Drunken Boat and Tripwire. She dreams commune dreams.
May 31st at 8pm at Chapterhouse Cafe
MARK WALLACE • JENA OSMAN • THOMAS DEVANEY
will bring the poetry – Hope to see you there, Ryan & Stan more info @: http://chapterhousereadings.blogspot.com/
This Saturday, March 15th at 8pm • Come listen to
DAVID JAMES MILLER
& JENMARIE MACDONALD
Details here: http://chapterhousereadings.blogspot.com/
Ossian Foley is a poet and man of the sea. His first book, OF: Vol. I, was published this fall by Ugly Duckling Presse. Versions of some parts of Of: Vol. I have appeared in SET, Esque, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, 6×6, and elsewhere. With James Longley, Ossian edits LVNG Magazine, published by Flood Editions. With his dog, Satchel, he lives in Tallahassee, FL and Port Townsend, WA.
David James Miller is a poet, editor, and publisher. He is the author of the chapbooks As Sequenceand Facts & Other Objects, and his writing was chosen by Charles Bernstein as the runner-up for the Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize. His writing can be found or is forthcoming in: The Cultural Society, LVNG, Otoliths, Moria, elimae, Diagram, and elsewhere. He edits SET, an annual journal of experimental poetry, publishes Elis Press, and lives with his family.
JenMarie Macdonald is the author of Sometime Soon Ago (Shadow Mountain 2009) and Graceries(Horse Less Press 2013), co-authored with Travis Macdonald, with whom she also publishes Fact-Simile Editions.
This Saturday, September 7th at 8pm • reading poetry–
& AMELIA BENTLEY
Hope to see you there!
Maged Zaher is the author of Thank You for the Window Office (Ugly Duckling, 2012),Portrait of the Poet As an Engineer (Pressed Wafer, 2009), and a collaborative work with the Australian poet Pam Brown, Farout Library Software (Tinfish Press, 2007). His translations of contemporary Egyptian poetry have appeared in Jacket magazine andBanipal. He has performed his work at Subtext, Bumbershoot, the Kootenay School of Writing, St. Marks Project, Evergreen State College, and American University in Cairo, among other places.
Carolina Maugeri is a poet and artist living in South Philly.
Amelia Bentley completed a BA at Evergreen State College in 2011, studying philosophy and poetry. Past jobs have included roofing, organic farming, in-home care-giving, and most recently positions at Copper Canyon Press and Kelly Writers House. Work has or will soon appear in several locations including The Portable Boog Reader, Tinge and Fact-Simile. A chapbook, & PARTS, was released from Damask Press in March 2013. Unpublishable aggregations of multiple minimum viable personalities can be found at:speakwright.org.
Nov 17: ANNE BOYER • R/B “BECCA” MERTZ • CHRIS McCREARY
bringing the poetry–
Anne Boyer is the author of The Romance of Happy Workers, Anne Boyer’s Good Apocalypse, Selected Dreams with a note on phrenology, My Common Heart, The 2000s, and Art is War. Recent work has appeared in The New Inquiry, Joyland Poetry, and Rethinking Marxism. New work also appears here: http://anneboyer.tumblr.com/. She lives on the edge of Kansas and is a professor at the Kansas City Art Institute.
R/B “Becca” Mertz is a poet and teacher from Pittsburgh, PA. Many of her poems can be found online by utilizing a search engine. She teaches writing at Penn State New Kensington and Duquesne University. She also posts a series of pop song poems at mylyriccompany.tumblr.com, and sometimes she twitters. R/B Mertz is a big fan of Anne Boyer and Philadelphia.
Chris McCreary‘s chapbook Elseworlds was just published by Cy Gist Press. His most recent full-length collection is Undone : A Fakebook (Furniture Press), and a section from his ongoing prose project, The Great American Songbook, is forthcoming in a future issue of Fact-Simile. He teaches at a private high school outside of Philadelphia.
This Saturday, November 17th at 8:00pm at Chapterhouse Cafe, 620 S. 9th St. • Philadelphia, PA
Details here: http://chapterhousereadings.blogspot.com
See you soon,
Ryan & Stan
Oct 20: C.S. GISCOMBE • MATTHEW KREMER • ANNE-ADELE WIGHT
C. S. Giscombe was born in Dayton, Ohio. His poetry books are Prairie Style, Two Sections from Practical Geography, Giscome Road, Here, At Large, and Postcards; his prose book—about Canada—is Into and Out of Dislocation. He has worked as a taxi driver, a hospital orderly, and a railroad brakeman, and for years he edited a national literary magazine, Epoch, at Cornell University. His writing has appeared in several anthologies: the Best American Poetry series, the Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry, Telling It Slant: Avant-Garde Poetics of the 1990s, Bluesprint: Black British Columbia Literature and Orature, American Hybrid, and elsewhere. He teaches poetry at the University of California, Berkeley.
Anne-Adele Wight is the author of Sidestep Catapult and the forthcoming Opera House Arterial, both from BlazeVOX Books, and an out-of-print chapbook, First Lizard Chronicles, from Kali Momma Press. Her work has appeared in American Writing, Philadelphia Poets, Tabula Rasa, Shrike, Mad Poets Review, Fairies in America, and elsewhere. Based in Philadelphia, she works with the long-running series Poets and Prophets and has just started curating the Jubilant Thicket series. She works as a medical editor and lives with her husband and two cats.
Matthew Kremer is at riverbottum-enterprises.