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Apr 22 2018

Red Hen Press presents Peggy Shumaker and Maurya Simon

Join us at our brand new Event Space, right here in our offices, for the celebratory book launches for Peggy Shumaker and Maurya Simon! It's an event you won't want to miss!

Red Hen Press
1540 Lincoln Ave
91106 Pasadena, California
Apr 23 2018

Poetry Reading: Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach & Sam Herschel Wein

The Bear Who Ate the Stars by Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach is the winner of the 2014 Split Lip Uppercut Chapbook Awards. Contest Judge Michael Meyerhofer says: "There's a wonderful range to Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach's poems, rendered all the more remarkable by their consistent depth and polish. These poems feel meticulously crafted, despite a certain primal, sometimes sensual quality often falsely seen as antithetical to intellectual poetry. These poems smell of stars and campfires, a deeper sense of story, a mythological thread running, river-like, all the way back to the dawn of time." 

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach emigrated from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine as a Jewish refugee when she was six years old. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon and is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania where her research focuses on contemporary American poetry about the Holocaust. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf and TENT Conferences, as well as the Auschwitz Jewish Center. Julia is the author of The Bear Who Ate the Stars (Split Lip Press, 2014) and her recent poems appear in  Best New Poets, Poetry Northwest, and Nashville Review, among others. Julia is also Editor-in-Chief of Construction Magazine ( and when not busy chasing her toddler around the playgrounds of Philadelphia, she writes a blog about motherhood (

"To enter Sam Herschel Wein’s Fruit Mansion is to fall headfirst into a hungry labyrinth, a juicy '[g]eometry of bodies.' Queer morsels of citrus light romp here. Unruly fistfuls of spaghetti reign here. The speakers are eaters and double-dipping skinny-dippers, bitter saliva-knowers and sweet hairy secret-sharers. In every 'stairwell of your love,' these poems are world-kissers. These wet, arugula-peppery words talk back to straight roommates, concerned family members, boys with boundary issues, and a self steeped in the lonely shame of desiring the wrong, the too-much. I cried, I laughed, I flashbacked to a school trip to Quebec when I had to sleep in a room full of very straight boys. This chapbook says, 'Do not tell me to patience' when it comes to being seen as fully 'fingers and toes' alive. This poet says, 'You onions!' and 'I am tongue to tongue cool'—and we should listen with ripe, mansion-sized attention."  --Chen Chen, author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities

Sam Herschel Wein lives in Chicago and specializes in aimless frolicking. He is the poetry editor for The Blueshift Journal and is co-founder of a new journal, Underblong, with his friend and esteemed poet, Chen Chen. His chapbook, Fruit Mansion (Split Lip Press, 2017) was the winner of the 2017 Turnbuckle Chapbook prize. Recent work has appeared in Vinyl Poetry, Pretty Owl Poetry, and Connotation Press, among others. He can be found in the cheese aisle of most stores, in the middle of a hug, or editing poems at your local coffee shop. 

Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
19104 Philadelphia, Pa, Pennsylvania
Apr 23 2018

Poetry Atlanta Presents: Jennifer Holley Lux, Karen Paul Holmes and Amy Pence

Poetry Atlanta returns to the Georgia Center for the Book for an evening of poetry, featuring Jennifer Holley Lux, Karen Paul Holmes and Amy Pence.

Georgia Center for the Book
215 Sycamore Street
30030 Decatur, New York
Apr 23 2018

Talk — Holding Forgotten Readers Close: Four Black Women Reflect on African-American Literary Community

Olaronke Akinmowo is a Bed-Stuy born visual artist, cultural scholar, yoga teacher, set decorator, and mom. She creates interactive installations, performances, altars, paper works, and collages that center and celebrate Black womanhood. Her art practice is based in an inquiry and an exploration of the deep and beautiful connections between race, culture, and gender.  In 2015 she started The Free Black Women’s Library, an interactive roving biblio-installation that holds a collection of 900 books written by Black women. This mobile library travels throughout New York City and pops up monthly in a wide range of public locations and cultural institutions. This social art project also features performances, workshops, readings, film screenings, and critical conversations. Olaronke is working on expanding the library to create a digital app and is also raising money to purchase or build a tiny home or bus that will serve as a physical container/bookmobile for the mobile library which she can then take across the country. Find out more about the library through your favorite social media platform, IG, Tumblr, Facebook or Twitter.
Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves (New York City, 1980) is an artist chiefly concerned with postcolonial ethnobotany working in mediums of scholarship, performance, corporeal wisdom, archival gesture, and language. Greaves has been published in The Black Earth Institute’s About Place Journal, The Recluse, The Poetry Project Newsletter, and No, Dear. In 2017 Belladonna* published her first chaplet Close Reading As Forestry. She lives and works in New York City where she is Monday Night Reading Series Coordinator at the Poetry Project, a Wendy’s Subway board member, and young mother of The Florxal Review.
Lyric Hunter is a writer from New York City. Her chapbooks include Motherwort (Guillotine, 2017) and Swallower (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014). Her work has also appeared in Pelt Vol. 4: Feminist Temporalities, The Felt, Poems by Sunday, Belleville Park Pages, and Arava Review.
Jhani Miller is an award winning scholar hailing from the University of Illinois School of Information Science.  Her work relates to black femme identity, emotional health, and social influence. When she isn’t advocating for historically marginalized groups in libraries, she’s an aerial performer, lo-fi photographer, and geek culture researcher. You can find her at the Brooklyn Public Library where she is the Library Information Supervisor or reach out to her online on Instagram at Librarian_shimmy.
Admission fee: $8.00
The Poetry Project
131 E 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Apr 24 2018

Book launch for David de Young's A Flash of Insight and Other Poems

Nordic Moon Press announces the US Book Launch for David de Young's first collection of poetry, A FLASH OF INSIGHT AND OTHER POEMS at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis on Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m., along with Nordic Roots author Kari Tauring and musical guest Ben Connelly.

As part of the US launch of the book, de Young will make his first visit to Minneapolis in over 5 years to present poems from the collection as well as new poems and commentary. "I'm excited to share this work in the city where I lived for 25 years," said de Young, "but I'm also excited just to return and see dearly-missed friends and old colleagues. The BLB was a favorite entertainment venue when I lived in Minneapolis, so I am thrilled to hold our launch party there."

The early evening program will conclude with a social hour and book signing. Attendees will get $6 off the price of the book with their paid admission. This event is jointly sponsored by Nordic Moon Press and

"In his collection of poetry that spans over three decades, de Young deftly reconstructs a captivating and familiar universe populated with keen at times, whimsical insights on love, loss, pain, delight, and personal growth." - Michael Leggs, author of Advance the Engine Summer

Admission fee: $6.00
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W. Lake St.
55408 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 24 2018

The Holloway Series in Poetry Presents Brenda Hillman

Brenda Hillman reads for the Holloway Series in Poetry at UC Berkeley.
The Holloway Series in Poetry is sponsored by the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and is funded through an Endowment made by Roberta C. Holloway in 1981. This generous fund has enabled us to establish a tradition of poetry on campus to celebrate the works of renowned and rising contemporary poets, and provide an opportunity for graduate student poets from the UC Berkeley campus community to introduce and read alongside a featured poet.
University of California, Berkeley
315 Wheeler Hall
Maude Fife Room
94720 Berkeley, California
Apr 24 2018

Beach=Culture: Red Hen Press

Join Red Hen Press and Sebastian Matthews, Chelsey Clammer, Ellen Rachlin, and Sarah Manguso for a night of words and music in Santa Monica.

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
90402 Santa Monica, California
Apr 24 2018

COMMUNITY POETRY NIGHT: Celebrate National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day!

Celebrate National Poetry Month and National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day! The evening will begin with a brief overview of the holiday, and an open mic poetry reading will follow. Poems read on National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day are traditionally fairly short, and all participants will leave with a new poem for their pocket! Come to listen & enjoy, or bring a poem to share (original or borrowed)! Readers - please sign in upon arrival.

Who: Adults, Teens
When: Tuesday April 24, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
Contact: Please email Kaecey or visit for more information

Cupertino Library
10800 Torre Avenue
95014 Cupertino, California
Apr 25 2018

National Poetry Month Open Mic Night @ SFSC

Open mic night provides a venue for writers to read their poetry to an enthusiastic audience. Anyone may read during this event. Short poems are encouraged in order to give everyone a chance to read, and readers should keep language family-friendly.

South Florida State College Library (Building Y)
600 W. College Dr.
33825 Avon Park, Florida
Apr 25 2018

Gabrielle Civil & Miguel Gutierrez

Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, poet, and writer, originally from Detroit MI. Her writing and translations can be found in the anthologies Kitchen Table Translation, Walk Towards It, and Writing through the Visual and the Virtual. She has also guest-edited special issues of Aster(ix) and Obsidian and contributed to Small Axe, Art21, Two Lines, and Something on Paper. She has premiered almost fifty original solo and collaborative performance art works around the world, including a year-long investigation as a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico and a trilogy of diaspora grief works after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Her memoir in performance art Swallow the Fish was named by Entropy as a “Best Non Fiction Book of 2017.” Her forthcoming book Experiments in Joy engages race, performance, and collaboration. The aim of her work is to open up space.
Miguel Gutierrez’s current fascination is thinking about how being a queer Latin-American dance artist relates to the legacy of (predominantly white) abstraction. This will be the conceptual framework for a new group piece for Latinx performers called This Bridge Called My Ass. Other current activities: a cabaret show called SADONNA (sad versions of Madonna songs), running LANDING – an educational and mentoring program at Gibney, touring the Bessie award winning John Bernd project (co-directed with Ishmael Houston-Jones), touring as a musician with Colin Self in Jen Rosenblit and Simone Aughterlony’s Everything Fits in the Room, writing a TV show with his sister about their family, writing a second book, and working as a Feldenkrais Method practitioner.
Admission fee: $8.00
The Poetry Project
131 E 10th Street
10003 New York, New York