Dec 11: Sullivan & Perkins-Valdez

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is from Harlem, New York. Her fiction has appeared in Callaloo, Best New Writing, Crab Orchard Review, The Minnesota Review, Bloom, X-24: Unclassified, Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing, 2010 Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories, and other publications. She is the winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the William Gunn Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, and the second place winner of the American Short Fiction Short Story Contest. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate and Dean’s Scholar in English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, and is completing her first novel.

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the novel Wench. Her fiction and essays have appeared in StoryQuarterly, Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories 2009, The Kenyon Review, PMS: PoemMemoirStory, North Carolina Literary Review, and Richard Wright Newsletter. Born and raised in Memphis, a graduate of Harvard, and a former University of California postdoctoral fellow, Perkins-Valdez lives in Washington, DC.


Nov 20: Lyalin, Russell, Taransky

Natalie Lyalin is the author of Pink and Hot Pink Habitat (Coconut Books 2009) and the chapbook Try A Little Time Travel (Ugly Duckling Presse 2010). She is the co-founder and co-editor of GlitterPony Magazine and Agnes Fox Press. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Temple University and The University of the Arts.

Jacob Russell was recently honored by a request from a dead tree on Passyunk Avenue to accept the position of curator & caretaker of what had hitherto been the tree’s Secret Life as a Mystical Magical PoemTree. Jacob has it from reliable sources that there are countless other PoemTrees in Philly & across our tiny blue marble in the void, waiting with the admirable patience for which trees are famous--for a passing poet, attentive to the Waking Life beyond the Corporate Hologram, to accept them in joyous partnership. Jacob & PoemTree have recently become engaged, & look forward to the day when, with perhaps a circle of poets in attendance for a reading, they may exchange vows of spiritual union in public ceremony. Jacob states his poetic credo as follows: First you do stuff. Then you write about it. If the stuff you DO is a poem, you are a poet. Links to his fiction and poetry can be found on his blog, Jacob Russell's Barking Dog.

Michelle Taransky is the author of BARN BURNED, THEN selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize. Taransky lives in Philadelphia, works at Kelly Writers House, is reviews editor for Jacket2, and teaches writing at University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.


Nov 13: McCreary, Nguyen, Skinner

Hoa Nguyen was born in the Mekong Delta, grew up in the DC area and studied poetics in San Francisco. She is the author of 8 books and chapbooks, most recently Hecate Lochia (Hot Whiskey, 2009), Kiss a Bomb Tattoo (Effing Press, 2009) and Chinaberry (Fact Simile, 2010). Based in Austin, TX, Hoa curates a reading series and leads a creative writing workshop.

Jonathan Skinner 's poetry collections include With Naked Foot (Little Scratch Pad Press, 2009) and Political Cactus Poems (Palm Press, 2005). He founded and edits the journal ecopoetics, which features creative-critical intersections between writing and ecology. Skinner also writes ecocriticism on contemporary poetry and poetics: his essay "Thoughts on Things: Poetics of the Third Landscape" appeared recently in the eco language reader (ed. Brenda Iijima). Skinner teaches in the Environmental Studies Program at Bates College, in Central Maine, where he makes his home.

Chris McCreary is the author of Undone : A Fakebook as well as a chapbook of revisions of older poems, An Apocrypha, which can be downloaded for free via ixnay press's website. In a recent review of Poets on Teaching at 360mainstreet.com, he discusses his work as a high school English and creative writing teacher. He lives in Philadelphia.


Oct 23: Cory, Glaser, Neuman

Rachel B. Glaser was born in New Jersey. Her stories have been published in New York Tyrant, American Short Fiction, Unsaid, and elsewhere. Her first story collection Pee On Water has recently been published by Publishing Genius Press. Colin Bassett says of Pee On Water, "the stories all seem simple and enjoyable but then somewhere inside of them there's something else happening that feels outrageous and sort of painfully new." Glaser lived in Philly, in the Italian Market area, from 2006-2007, before moving to Western Mass, where she's lived ever since.

Jim Cory was born in 1953 in Oklahoma, grew up in a NYC suburb and in the Midwest for a few years. His father sold carpet and made a science of non-communication. He had seven brothers and sisters, most of them difficult. He learned about modernist poetry and how to read it when a house painter came down off his ladder one afternoon and explicated a Wallace Stevens poem in the anthology he was reading, circa age 14. He studied European history at Penn State and began writing poetry in his late teens. Recently he stopped watching television. Some of his poems can be read in Elective Affinities.

Laura Neuman is a poet and performing artist originally from the San Francisco bay area. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2005, she has studied clown technique, taught preschool drama, learned and then forgotten how to tie the bow-line, and collaborated with several dance and dance-theatre companies, including the Workshop For Potential Movement. You can hear her read some poems at PennSound. She has an M.F.A. in Writing from Bard College, and is currently studying poetry at Temple University.


Oct 9: Bell, Neigh, Taggart

Paige Taggart lives in Brooklyn and her chapbook Polaroid Parade is forthcoming with Greying Ghost Press. An e-chapbook, Won't Be A Girl is available from Scantily Clad Press. Recent or forthcoming work can be found at So and So Magazine, No Tell Motel, Glitterpony, Sink Review, RealPoetik, Umbrella Factory, Bateau, and Sentence. She was a 2009 recipient of the New York Foundation of the Arts grant. And she has a jewelry blog.

Janet Neigh lives in Philadelphia. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including the journals P-Queue, HOW2, and West Coast Line as well as the anthology Shift and Switch: New Canadian Poetry. She recently completed her Ph.D. at Temple University. These days she spends a lot of time in her car driving to North Jersey where she teaches at Montclair State University.

Marion Bell lives in Fishtown and works in a coffee shop. Some of her poems can be read in Elective Affinities.


Sept 11: Mirov, Nghiem, Spagnoli

Ben Mirov is the author of I is to Vorticism (New Michigan Press, 2010) and Ghost Machine (Caketrain, 2010). He has recent work in or forthcoming from Absent Magazine and Sixth Finch, LUNGFULL!, The Agriculture Reader, and We Are Champion. His critical writings can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Coldfront, BOMB, and The Sink Review. He lives in Brooklyn.

Laura Spagnoli’s poems can be found in a handful of on-line and print publications, and her short story about people doing bad things in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood will appear this November in a collection called Philadelphia Noir. She lives south of South Street and makes her living teaching French. She loves artificial lighting and sometimes feels elated walking through the tunnels that connect subway, trolley, and rail lines beneath Center City.

Quyen Nghiem will be wearing dark brown suede boots, checkered pants, a t-shirt, and a black cardigan. He will be nervous and maybe slightly drunk.


July 31: Livingston, Behm-Steinberg, Short

Reb Livingston is the author of GOD DAMSEL, YOUR TEN FAVORITE WORDS and co-editor of THE BEDSIDE GUIDE TO NO TELL MOTEL anthology series. She's also the editor of No Tell Motel and publisher of No Tell Books. She blogs at www.reblivingston.blogspot.com

Hugh Behm-Steinberg is the author of Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books) and Sorcery (Dusie Chapbook Kollektiv). His poems have appeared in such places as Crowd, VeRT, Volt, Spork, Cue, Slope, Aught, Fence, dirt, ditch, Swerve and Zeek, as well as some more multi-syllabic places such as foam: e and The Nepotist. He teaches at California College of the Arts, where he edits the journal Eleven Eleven.

Kim Gek Lin Short is the author of The Bugging Watch & Other Exhibits (Tarpaulin Sky Press) and the chapbook, Run (Rope-a-Dope). Her work appears in literary journals and blogs, as well as in the anthologies narrative (dis)continuities: prose experiments by younger american writers (Recycled Karma Press) and Elective Affinities: a cooperative e-anthology of U.S. poetry.


May 29: Costanzo, Thoumsin, Fletcher

Wade Fletcher’s recent publications include Conditions Which (Pied-a-terre, 2010) and poems in Barrelhouse, Versal, and The Portable Boog Reader. A chapbook, Snitch Culture, was published with dusie press in 2008. He teaches poetry and writing at George Washington and George Mason Universities, co-curates the monthly Cheryl’s Gone Reading Series in Washington, DC and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and son.

Chelsea Thoumsin arrived in Philadelphia nearly two years ago to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts’ Post Baccalaureate program. There she found that entwining poetry and drawing floats her boat. In less than a couple years, she has managed to live and navigate in South, West, and Central Philly. One day she plans to create a complex Venn diagram about these places. Until then, she lives in Center City with her goldfish Archimedes. Her favorite things include creating and cleaning up aesthetic messes. Some of her work can be seen on her website.

Francesca Costanzo
began shooting photographs at age 4 and writing poetry at age 5. Her favorite poet was Maynard G. Krebs. As an adult, she has studied graphic design + advertising @ The Philadelphia College of ART [now UARTs] and is an award-winning copywriter and designer. She is a member of Suppose An Eyes Poetry Group and was the Winner of the First Annual 2010 Bukowskiest Poet Award. She has an upcoming book and performance piece: 8mm Backwards and a recently published e-chapbook: Dia: Six Sense (Avantacular Press, Limited Edition).


May 8: Conner, Maugeri, Ostashevsky

Eugene Ostashevsky is a Russian-born American poet from New York City. His poetry books include Iterature and The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza, which employs characters such as MC Squared, Peepeesaurus, the Begriffon and, of course, DJ Spinoza, to explore the shortcomings of axiomatic systems with the insouciance and energy of Saturday-morning cartoons. He has edited an English-language anthology of Russian absurdist writings of the 1930s by such authors as Alexander Vvedensky and Daniil Kharms. His PhD dissertation was on the history of zero. He teaches at New York University.

Carolina Maugeri: Transcription, auto-correction, revision, & improvisation, & the personal-to-cultural tensions & histrionics that arise from such activities, make up her main poetic preoccupations. In addition to writing, she likes to make music, surveys, sketches, &
explores sound & textures through vocal phonic utterances, typewriter taps, multi-instrumental manipulations within interrupted songscapes. She lives in Philadelphia, where she teaches writing & literature to visual artists at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Kyle Conner is a poet who works and lives in Philadelphia with his keeshond Sam. His chapbooks are: Songs for South St. Bridge (1996), The Pulverized Thing of Doubt (2002), Toward Belief (2005) and breaths for f l e s h (2008). He has been involved with the Philadelphia literary scene for over 15 years and has given numerous readings in various venues. He co-curated the Highwire Reading Series from 1998-2000 and is the nominal spokesman for the theory of “Oughtism” (because you Ought to know), which makes the obvious explicit: that art is never more or less than an extension of the way one chooses to live one’s life.


Apr 24: Holmquest & Warsh

Lewis Warsh is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction and autobiography, including A Place in the Sun, Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005, Touch of the Whip, Avenue of Escape and Ted's Favorite Skirt. He is coeditor of The Angel Hair Anthology, editor and publisher of United Artists Books, and director of the MFA program in creative writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn.

Brandon Holmquest was born 1979, in Indiana. Teenage years up to early twenties Missouri. Three trips along the length of the Mississippi. Then three years in Chicago, two in Philadelphia, two and a half in New York. Currently in Philadelphia again. His books are Stereo Daguerreotype, The Sorrows of Young Worthless, and a translation of Manuel Maples Arce's City: Bolshevik Superpoem in 5 Cantos.


April 17: Audia, Berrigan, Weiser

Justin Audia lives in Philadelphia, where he co-curates the Moles Not Molar series and works in adult education from 9 o'clock in the morning until 5 o'clock in the afternoon. His writing has appeared somewhat recently in places like sidebrow and Pocket Myths. He still hopes to publish his first book before turning 12.

Anselm Berrigan's most recent book of poems is Free Cell, published by City Lights last fall. Other books include Zero Star Hotel and Some Notes on My Programming. Recent unpublished poems include Primitive State and Notes from Irrelevance, the titles of which indicate work moving further away from the saleable light. He is the poetry editor for The Brooklyn Rail, and a member of the subpress publishing collective, through which he published Selected Poems of Steve Carey last year.

Karen Weiser lives in New York City where she is studying for her doctorate in English. Her chapbooks include Placefullness and Eight Positive Trees, she has published in 6X6, Lungfull! Magazine and Cypress Magazine, and her new book, To Light Out, was just released by Ugly Duckling Press.


March 27: Brooks, Gaudry, TeBordo

Molly Gaudry is the author of We Take Me Apart (Mud Luscious Press, 2009) and the editor of Tell: An Anthology of Expository Narratives (Flatmancrooked, 2010). She facilitates the series "Look at this fucking writer" at Big Other, and she runs WWP, a fiction chapbook press. Find her online at mollygaudry.blogspot.com.

Christian TeBordo has published three novels, most recently We Go Liquid. His first collection of short fiction, The Awful Possibilities, is forthcoming from featherproof books. A recipient of a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, he lives in Philadelphia.

Jason Napoli Brooks
's fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter, H.O.W., Pindeldyboz, and the anthology America Street II (HarperCollins), and his non-fiction in Tema Celeste, Colors, Index, and El Pais. Brooks was the recipient for the New School Chapbook Award for Best Fiction for an excerpt of his forthcoming novel Shelter. His debut collection of short stories Las Vidas Menos Vivadas (Sexto Piso Press, Mexico) will be published in 2011. He lives in New York City.


March 13: Byrne, Pritts, Hart

Mairéad Byrne emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1994, for poetry. Her books include The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven (Publishing Genius 2010), Talk Poetry (Miami University Press 2007), SOS Poetry (/ubu Editions 2007), and Nelson & The Huruburu Bird (Wild Honey Press 2003). She lives in Providence and teaches at Rhode Island School of Design. Her blog is called Heaven.

Nate Pritts is the author of two poetry collections, Sensational Spectacular (BlazeVox) and Honorary Astronaut (Ghost Road Press), with a third, The Wonderfull Yeare on the way from Cooper-Dillon Press in 2010. He's also the founder and editor-in-chief of the online journal H_NGM_N.

Matt Hart is the author of the poetry collections Who's Who Vivid (Slope Editions) and YOU ARE MIST (MOOR Books, forthcoming), as well as several chapbooks, including The Hours (Cinematheque Press, forthcoming) and Deafening Leafening (Pilot Books), which he wrote in collaboration with Ethan Paquin. Additionally, Hart's poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals, including Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, jubilat and Ploughshares. He is a co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety. He teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.


Feb 27: Fuhrman, Varrone, Dowling

Joanna Fuhrman is the author of three collections published by Hanging Loose Press, most recently Moraine. Her new book, Pageant, has just been released by Alice James Books. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University and in public schools. Her essay on teaching Jayne Cortez’s work to high school students is in the current issue of Teachers & Writers magazine. She will be coordinating the Wednesday night readings at the Poetry Project at Saint Mark’s Church for the fall 2010 season and is the poetry editor for Boog City.

Sarah Dowling's first book, Security Posture, was the winner of the 2009 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Her work has previously appeared in Action, Yes!, The Capilano Review, Cue, Descant, EOAGH, GLQ, How2, Jacket, West Coast Line, and elsewhere. Sarah is a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania, and is originally from Regina, SK.

Kevin Varrone's most recent collection, g-point almanac: passyunk lost, is just out from Ugly Duckling Presse, as is a companion chapbook, Philadelphia Improvements. His previous collection, g-point almanac: id est, was published by Instance Press in 2008. Individual poems are available electronically at Duration Press, in Big Bridge, Cross Connect, and are forthcoming in [out of nowhere]. He lives in South Philly and teaches at Temple University.


Feb 13: Hogan, Ireland, Soto Román

Lauren Ireland grew up in coastal Virginia and southern Maryland. Currently an editor at Lungfull! Magazine, she also co-curates the monthly poetry series, The Readings at Chrystie Street, and edits Invisible Magazine with Steve Roberts. Her poems have appeared in Sixth Finch, Conduit, Caketrain, and jubilat, among other magazines. She lives in Brooklyn.

Angel Hogan is a member of Mighty Writers, New Philadelphia Poets, and is a contributor to First Person Arts as well as the Pigeon Arts Collective. She lives and works in West Philadelphia. Visit her website here.

Carlos Soto Román was born in Valparaíso, Chile. He has published the books La Marcha de los Quiltros (The Mongrel's march,1999), Haiku Minero (Miner Haiku, 2007) and Cambio y Fuera (Over and Out, 2009). His work has been collected in Bar (Anthology, 2006) and in Pozo (collective book, 2007). In 2004 he received the Creation Fellowship of the Book & Reading Council of the Chilean Government. He has resided in Philadelphia since March 2009 and is a member of The New Philadelphia Poets and the editor of the new cooperative anthology of U.S. poetry, Elective Affinities.


Jan 30: McCarthy & DuPlessis

Pattie McCarthy is the author of Table Alphabetical of Hard Words (forthcoming), Verso, and bk of (h)rs, all from Apogee Press. She received her M.A. in Creative Writing—Poetry from Temple University. Her work has appeared recently in many journals, including Colorado Review, Dusie, EOAGH, Fanzine, ixnay reader, Lungfull!, The Poker, The Poetry Project Newsletter, and The Tangent. She has taught literature and writing at Queens College of the City University of New York, Loyola University Maryland, and Towson University. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Temple University.

Rachel Blau DuPlessis is the author of Drafts, begun in 1986, and collected most recently in Pitch: Drafts 77-95 and The Collage Poems of Drafts, both forthcoming in 2010 from Salt Publishing. Other volumes include Torques: Drafts 58-76, Drafts 1-38, Toll and Drafts 39-57, Pledge, with Draft unnnumbered: Précis. She has written several books of criticism, including Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work (2006), and the ground-breaking The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice ([1990] 2006). She teaches at Temple University. For links to DuPlessis’ work, visit her EPC page.