3/24/15

April 4: Sherlock, Soto-Román, Longmire

Carlos Soto-Román is a poet and translator. A former resident of Philadelphia, PA, he now hails from Santiago, Chile. He has published in Chile: La Marcha de los Quiltros (1999), Haikú Minero (2007), Cambio y Fuera (2009), and in the US: Philadelphia’s Notebooks (Otoliths, 2011), Chile Project: [Re-classified] (Gauss-PDF, 2013), Alternative Set of Procedures (Corollary Press, 2014) and The Exit Strategy (Belladonna, 2014). As a translator he published an expanded Spanish edition of Do or DIY (Das Kapital, 2013), a collective essay written by Craig Dworkin, Simon Morris, and Nick Thurston. He is also the curator of the cooperative anthology of contemporary US poetry Elective Affinities

Warren Longmire is a web programmer, game developer, performance poet and part-time philosopher. He's been published in Apiary Magazine, Painted Bride Quarterly, Metropolary, Eleven Eleven and two chapbooks: Ripped Winters and Do.Until.True, but what he really wants to do is direct. He currently resides in a nameless part of Philly across from a former mausoleum with one roommate, one bluetooth karaoke machine and a pet python named Fugee. You can find his writings, essays, videos and sounds at dountiltrue.tumblr.com and soundcloud.com/wclongmire.

Frank Sherlock is the 2014-15 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. He approaches the work of poet as conduit, and the writing process as collaborations of encounter. He is a founder of PACE (Poet Activist Community Extension), which enacts roving guerilla readings/performances in public space. Poems beyond the page have found their forms in installations/performances/exhibitions, including Refuse/Reuse: Language for the Common Landfill, Kensington Riots Project, Neighbor Ballads, and B. Franklin Basement Tapes. He's the author of Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated (ixnay press 2014) and other books. He is a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature.

3/1/15

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.