March 7: Walters, Abendroth, 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.


Feb 28: Your Language--My Ear: Russian & American Poets at Close Quarters

PLEASE NOTE: This event has an earlier start time than all of our other Chapterhouse events. We will begin at 6:30PM and end around 8:30PM.

Your Language—My Ear: Russian and American Poets at Close Quarters

A bilingual reading in Russian and English of poetry, by five leading Russian poets from points across the geography of the Russian-Speaking world. This reading presents (some of) the fruits of an intense workshop on poetic translation that is taking place at the University of Pennsylvania from February 26-28, with support of that University’s Kelly Writers House, Slavic Department, Program in Comparative Literature and a Cross-Cultural Conference Grant sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The five featured Russian language poets include:

Shamshad Abdullaev (Fergana, Uzbekistan) was born November 1, 1957 in Fergana, Uzbekistan. He graduated from the Fergana Pedagogical Institute in 1979 with a degree in Russian literature. The founder of the “Fergana School” of Russophone poetry, he is the author of four books of poetry, including most recently Approach of Borderlands (2013) and two books of essays. 

Polina Barskova (Massachusetts, USA) was born in Petersburg, Russia in 1976. She arrived to the United States in 1998 to enter Graduate School in Russian Literature at UC Berkeley. She has published eight books of poetry in Russian and three in English translation — This Lamentable City (Tupelo Press, 2010), The Zoo in Winter (Melville Press, 2011), and Relocations (Zephyr Press, 2013). Her recent book of prose Tableaux Vivants (2014), published in Petersburg, explores the possibility of a dialogue with historical trauma im/possible today for a Russian/American subject and agent of memory. 

Keti Chukhrov (Moscow) – ScD in philosophy, an associate professor at the Department of Art Theory and Cultural Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities and a head of the Theory Department at the National Center for Contemporary Art. Her full-length books include: To Be – To Perform. ‘Theatre’ in Philosophical Criticism of Art (2011); Pound &£ (1999), and two volumes of dramatic poetry: Just Humans (2010) and War of Quantities (2004). 

Alexandra Petrova (Rome) was born in Saint Petersburg when it still was called Leningrad, she studied in Tartu, and in 1993 she immigrated to Jerusalem. Since 1998 she has lived in Rome. Her three volumes of poetry are Liniia otryva (in English “Point of Detachment” or “Edge of the Precipice,” 1994), Vid na zhitel’stvo (“License to Live,” “Residence Permit” or “A View on Existence” with introduction by Alexandr Goldshtejn, 1999), Tol’ko derevia (“Only the trees,” introduction by Stephanie Sandler, 2008). She has also published in 2001 a philosophical operetta entitled Pastukhi Dolly (“The Shepherd of Dolly), a play in ten acts that recounts a tale of cloning in pastoral terms.

Alexander Skidan (St. Petersburg) was born in Leningrad in 1965. Skidan attended The Free University (1989–1992), while working as a stoker in the boiler house (1985–2002). His poetry collections include Delirium (1993), In the Re-Reading (1998), Red Shifting (2005) and most recently Dissolution (2010). He is also the author of three books of essays, Critical Mass (1995), The Resistance to/of Poetry (2001), Sum of Poetics (2013) and Theses Toward Politicization of Art (2014). He has translated contemporary American poetry and fiction into Russiаn, as well as theoretical works of Paul de Man, J. Hillis Miller, Jean-Luc Nancy, Paolo Virno, Gerald Raunig. 

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Nov 22: Yau, Myers, Spagnoli

John Yau has published books of poetry, fiction, and art criticism. Recent publications include Further Adventures in Monochrome (Copper Canyon, 2012), A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (D.A.P/Distributed Arts Publishers, 2008) and Exhibits (Letter Machine Editions, 2010). In 1999, he started Black Square Editions, a small press devoted to poetry, fiction, translation, and criticism. He was the Arts Editor for the Brooklyn Rail (2007-2011) before he began writing regularly for Hyperallergic Weekend.

Gina Myers is the author of A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009) and Hold It Down (Coconut Books, 2013), as well as numerous chapbooks. Originally from Saginaw, MI, she lives in Philadelphia where she edits Lame House Press, serves as Senior Editor at Coconut Magazine, and works in media communications.

Laura Spagnoli is the author of the chapbook My Dazzledent Days (ixnay press). Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bedfellows, Trinity Review, and The Literary Review. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches French at Temple University.


Oct 25: Baus, Svalina, Ruocco, Steinberg

Eric Baus is the author of The Tranquilized Tongue (City Lights), Scared Text (Colorado State U. Press), Tuned Droves (Octopus Books), and The To Sound (Wave Books). He teaches at Regis University and lives in Denver, CO.

Mathias Svalina is the author of four books, most recently Wastoid from Big Lucks Books. He is an editor for Octopus Books & teaches writing in Denver.

Joanna Ruocco is the author of several books, including Dan (Dorothy Projects), A Compendium of Domestic Incidents (Noemi Press), and Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych (FC2). With Brian Conn, Ruocco co-edits the fiction journal Birkensnake.

Nicole Steinberg is the author of Getting Lucky (Spooky Girlfriend Press, 2013) and two chapbooks available in 2014: Undressing from dancing girl press and Clever Little Gang, winner of the Furniture Press 4X4 Chapbook Award. Her other publications include Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens (SUNY Press, 2011) and Birds of Tokyo (dancing girl press, 2011). She's the founder of the EARSHOT reading series, based in Brooklyn, NY, and she lives in Philadelphia.


Sept 20: Waters, Bloch, Sadicario

Jacqueline Waters is the author of One Sleeps the Other Doesn't (Ugly Duckling Presse) and A Minute without Danger (Adventures in Poetry). Recent poems have appeared in The American Reader, Fanzine and Everyday Genius. She edits The Physiocrats, a pamphlet press.

Julia Bloch grew up in Northern California and Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Letters to Kelly Clarkson, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and Allison Corporation, forthcoming in April 2015 from Sidebrow. Other work has appeared recently in Fact-Simile, The Offending Adam and The Volta. She works as associate director of the Kelly Writers House, teaches literature and creative writing at Penn, and coedits Jacket2.

Jaclyn Sadicario is from New York but let's face it, she's a Philadelphia poet now. She is the co-editor of bedfellows, a small, Philadelphia based literary magazine focused on intimacy & relationships, which she co-edits alongside Alina Pleskova--the second issue of bedfellows was released in print June 2014 and will be hosted at bedfellowsmagazine.com starting September 21st in anticipation of Philalalia. Her work can be found in a recent pizza poem anthology entitled 'By the Slice' released in August 2014 from Spooky Girlfriend Press, trinity review, & mad house, among other places. If you want to see more of her work, offer to publish her manuscript or talk to her. She can't keep making Nicole Steinberg edit her weird poems.


May 31: Wallace, Osman, Devaney

Mark Wallace is the author and editor of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays. Most recently he has published a book-length prose poem, Notes from the Center on Public Policy, and a novel, The Quarry and The Lot. He lives in San Diego, California, and teaches at California State University San Marcos.

Jena Osman's latest book is Corporate Relations, put out by Burning Deck Press last month. Burning Deck also published her first ever chapbook, Twelve Parts of Her, 25 years ago. Parts of Corporate Relations have been set to music by the composer Ted Hearne, and you can hear the piece performed by The Crossing on June 15 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Osman's other recent books include Public Figures and The Network. She teaches in the English Department at Temple, where she's currently the director of the MFA Creative Writing Program.

Thomas Devaney is the author of Calamity Jane (Furniture Press Books, 2014) and The Picture That Remains (The Print Center, 2014). He is the editor of ONandOnScreen and teaches at Haverford College.


May 10: Brown, Ronan, Bell

Lee Ann Brown was born in Japan and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the author of In the Laurels, Caught, Polyverse, The Sleep That Changed Everything and collaborative projects such as “The 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time” with Tony Torn and Bagatelles for Cornell with Karen Randall. She is the founder of the award-winning independent poetry press, Tender Buttons, co-founder of The French Broad Institute (of Time & the River), and associate Professor of English at St. John’s University. Brown multiplies her time between New York City and Marshall, North Carolina.

Meg Ronan is the author of the obligatory garnish argument (SpringGun Press 2014). Her poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, APARTMENT Poetry, Robot Melon, West Wind Review, & other lovely journals. She works as a shop girl at Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC and tries to be like a good party.

Marion Bell is a poet who has lived in Philadelphia since 2007. She has written a chapbook called The Abjector, from con/crescent press and a manuscript called You People. You can find some of her writing online at Jupiter 88 and Elective Affinities. Some poems and her first ever interview are forthcoming on the Edwin Johns blog. If you were to describe her writing as a post punk musical genre it would be something like ambient emo queercore.


Apr 26: Heinowitz, Holmquest, Morse & Shayevich

Cole Heinowitz is the author of two books of poetry, Daily Chimera (Incommunicado, 1995) and The Rubicon (A Rest, 2008), the chapbook, Stunning in Muscle Hospital (Detour, 2002), and the critical study, Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826: Rewriting Conquest (Edinburgh University Press, 2010). She is the co-translator of Mario Santiago Papasquiaro’s Advice from 1 Disciple of Marx to 1 Heidegger Fanatic (Wave Books, 2013) and is currently translating the poetry and prose of Alejandra Pizarnik and the late letters of Antonin Artaud. Cole teaches literature at Bard College and lives in the Catskills.

Ainsley Morse is an advanced form of A.I. language-recognition technology, yearning hotly for a place at the table of Natural Speakers.

Bela Shayevich is a haunted hospital on Chicago's south side where she underwent hernia surgery several months after she immigrated to the United States, in 1991. As she came to from the anesthesia, she was presented with a plastic skeleton keychain with green jewels for eyes. Cured, in the early 2000s, she was shut down. Demons bite around inside her.

Brandon Holmquest is a scrappy fighter from Philadelphia who thinks birds look like candy, is good at screaming names and loses the fight at the end of the movie despite all the grit and heart, etc and the best efforts of Burgess Meredith.


March 15: Foley, Miller, Macdonald

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, 6x6, 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 Sequence and 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.


Feb 22: Jaramillo, Cushing, Nghiem

Laura Jaramillo is a poet from Queens. She is the author of The Reactionary Poems(olywa press, 2008), Civilian Nest (Love Among the Ruins, 2010) and MATERIAL GIRL (Subpress, 2012). She writes on transnational cinema and immigration at Duke University, where she is pursuing her PhD.

Iris Cushing was born in Tarzana, California. A former resident of Arizona, she has been a writer-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park. She is the author of Wyoming (Furniture Press Books, 2013), and lives in New York, where she teaches writing and edits Argos Books.

Quyen H. Nghiem writes poems about work, childhood, boredom, love, wonders, getting fat, things that happen, life. Fat jars of thick words. Sometimes he writes poems that I suspect are not about anything, not caring to be understood. Do men make chairs or liquor in order to be understood? When Quyen writes, “one-million-year-old-light / hits my eyes / drink it in / then forget it all!” his playful abrugeneity of verbiage is fleeting, but not urgent – like a naked boy peeing from a tree branch. That boy is Quyen. He has published small chapbooks of songs bound with string, one of which I own and will never give away. ~ Sean C. Taras