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Kick Assonance Poetry Series
Poet: Valzhyna Mort
Featured Poets:Kyle Erickson, Steven Leyva, Tyler Sage
May 18, 2013, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th Street, New York, NY

Award-winning storyteller and Huffington Post blogger Leslie Goshko hosts tonight’s curated evening of original poetic works that’s sure to Kick Assonance! Join co-creators Kyle Erickson ("Enduro’s Lament") and Steven Leyva ("Low Parish") as they welcome internationally renowned poet Valzhyna Mort and author Tyler Sage for an evening that Time Out New York magazine named a “Critics’ Pick.”

Tonight’s Readers:

Kyle Erickson is co-creator of the poetry series Kick Assonance, which has been noted by the Poetry Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, hailed as a “Critics’ Pick” by Time Out New York Magazine, and called “a notable New York Event” by The Rumpus. Kyle’s work can be read in This Land Press, Promethia, B’More Poetic, and on his blog,, which was heralded as a “Top 101 New York Blog.” His first book of poetry, Enduro’s Lament, was released last fall.

Steven Leyva is the author of the recently released book of poetry, Low Parish, and co-creator of the poetry series Kick Assonance. His poems have appeared in Welter, The Light Ekphrastic, and The Cobalt Review where his poem “Rare in the East” won the 2012 Cobalt Review Poetry Prize. He holds a MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he teaches in the undergraduate writing program.

Valzhyna Mort was born in Minsk, Belarus and moved to the United States in 2005. She is the author of Factory of Tears (2008) and Collected Body (2011), both published by Copper Canyon Press. 

Artist Residencies:

LiteraturHaus NO, Krems, Austria (July 2011)
Alice Yard Artist Residency, Port of Spain, Trinidad (January 2010)
Literarisches Haus Graz Fellowship, Graz, Austria (July 2009)
Sylt Quelle Residency, Sylt, Germany (May-June 2009)
Literarisches Colloquium Berlin Fellowship, Germany (May 2006)
Gaude Polonia Fellowship, Warsaw, Poland (January-May 2005)

Tyler Sage has recent fiction and essays in Story Quarterly, The L.A. Review of Books, Barrelhouse, PANK, New South, and elsewhere. He lives and teaches in Baltimore.

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