Reading with Charif Shanahan, Jay Deshpande, E.C. Belli and Marina Blitshteyn
7:00pm 7:00pm

Reading with Charif Shanahan, Jay Deshpande, E.C. Belli and Marina Blitshteyn

I'm excited to read with these poets! Here are our bios.

E.C. Belli is a poet and translator. Her translation of I, Little Asylum, a short novel by Emmanuelle Guattari, was released by Semiotext(e) for the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and The Nothing Bird, her translation of some selected poems by Pierre Peuchmaurd, appeared with Oberlin College Press (Fall 2013). She is the recipient of a 2010 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in VERSE, AGNI, Colorado Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Antioch Review, and FIELD. Work in French has appeared in Europe: revue littéraire mensuelle and PO&SIE (France), among others. A finalist for the 2016 National Poetry Series, she is the author of plein jeu (Accents Publishing, 2010) and an editor at Argos Books.

Marina Blitshteyn is the author of 4 published or forthcoming chapbooks: Russian for Lovers (Argos Books), Nothing Personal (Bone Bouquet Books), $kill$ (dancing girl press), Sheet Music (Sunnyoutside Press). Her writing can be found in No, Dear Magazine, CutBank, The Berkeley Poetry Review, 1913, Apogee Journal, and the &NOW AWARDS 3 anthology of best innovative writing. She works as an adjunct instructor of composition and literature.

David McLoghlin is an Irish poet and literary translator who has lived in New York City since 2010. He is the author of Santiago Sketches (2017) and Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems (2012), which was a prizewinner in Ireland's Patrick Kavanagh Awards, and Sign Tongue, winner of the 2014 Goodmorning Menagerie Chapbook-in-Translation prize. His writing has been broadcast on WNYC's Radiolab, interpreted on the stage and on film (by Dominic West), and published in journals of note on both sides of the Atlantic. His honours include a major Literature Bursary from Ireland's Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, a teaching fellowship from New York University, and a scholarship from the 2011 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Most recently, he was a prize-winning finalist for the 2015 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, judged by Billy Collins.

Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger (YesYes Books), named one of the top debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers. He has received fellowships or support from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri, Vermont Studio Center, Saltonstall Arts Colony, and the Key West Literary Seminar, where was selected by Billy Collins for the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Narrative, Boston Review, Horsethief, and elsewhere. He holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia. Jay also writes about literature, popular culture, and the arts. He has written extensively for Slate; his essays and reviews also appear in The New Republic, Boston Review, The Millions, Coldfront, Publishers Weekly, and elsewhere. Jay teaches at Columbia University and Rutgers University. Born in Austin, Texas, he now lives in Brooklyn. 

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (SIU Press, 2017), winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. He holds degrees in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and Dartmouth College and an MFA from New York University. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Baffler, Barrow Street, Boston Review, Callaloo, Literary Hub, New Republic, Poem-a-Day of the Academy of American Poets, Poetry International, and Prairie Schooner, which awarded him the Edward Stanley Poetry Award.  His translations from German and Italian have appeared in Circumference, A Public Space, and RHINO Poetry, among other publications, and have been performed by the Vienna Art Orchestra. For his work, he has received awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Cave Canem Foundation, the Frost Place, the Fulbright Program, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Starworks Foundation. Twice nominated for the Puschart Prize, he is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Born and raised in the Bronx to an Irish-American father and a Moroccan mother, Charif has extensive international experience and has lived in Argentina, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. From 2012-2015, Charif was Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America. He has taught creative writing, literature, and language at Dartmouth College, the Collegio di Milano (Italy), International House (Europe, North America), New York University, and Stanford University. 



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Poets Against Sexual Violence: a Fundraiser for RAINN

A reading to raise funds for RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, featuring Aziza Barnes, Emily Brandt, Thomas Dooley, Camonghne Felix, Lizzie Harris, Venessa Marco, David McLoghlin and Paul Tran.

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Aziza Barnes is blk & alive. Born in Los Angeles, she currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi. You can find her work currently or forthcoming in PANK, pluck!, Muzzle, Callaloo, Union Station, Phantom Limb, The Rumpus, The Offing, and The Breakbeat Poets, among other journals and collections. Her first chapbook, me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun, was the first winner of the Exploding Pinecone Prize and published by Button Poetry. Her first full length collection of poems, I BE, BUT I AIN'T (2016), is the winner of the 2015 Pamet River Prize from YesYes Books.

Emily Brandt is the author of three poetry chapbooks. Emily is a co-founding editor of No, Dear and Web Acquisitions Editor for VIDA. For many years, she directed Take Back The News, an organization that confronted the under- and mis-representation of sexual assault by mainstream media.

Thomas Dooley is the author of Trespass, a winner of the National Poetry Series. His poetry, collaborations, and interviews have appeared on NPR,  Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers, and “PBS NewsHour.” A practitioner of narrative medicine, Thomas works at the bedsides of hospitalized teens and has presented internationally on the subject of pediatric illness narratives. He is the Artistic Director of Emotive Fruition, a New York-based collective of poets and actors that works to change the way artists and audiences engage with live poetry. A member of the creative writing faculty at New York University, Thomas lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Camonghne Felix is a poet, political speechwriter and essayist. She is an MA Candidate in Arts Politics at NYU, a 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, and the 2013 recipient of the Cora Craig Award for Young Women. You can find her work in various spaces, including Youtube, and in publications like Apogee, Union Station, and Poetry Magazine. She is also the author of the chapbook Yolk, published via Penmanship Books in March 2015 and in May of that year was listed by Black Youth Project as a “Black Girl From the Future You Should Know.”

Lizzie Harris’s debut collection, Stop Wanting (CSU Poetry Center, 2014), was selected by Tracy K. Smith and named one of Cosmo’s “10 Books by Women You Have to Read This Spring.” Her poems appear in All HollowBarrow StreetThe Carolina QuarterlyPainted Bride QuarterlyPhantom LimbSixth Finch and She was born in southern Arizona, raised in Pennsylvania and currently resides in Brooklyn, where she’s a poetry editor for Bodega Magazine.

Venessa Marco is an Afro-descendent writer by way of Cuba and Puerto Rico. Marco has been featured on the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Upworthy and The Feminist Wire. She was allocated the Cora Craig Author Award for young women writers and her book is forthcoming in Penmanship Books. 

David McLoghlin's The middle section of Brendan, “Digesting a Scorpion,” addresses experiences of disassociation and silencing resulting from clerical sexual abuse—and exhorts us to “hold the line” in the fight against erasure. The manuscript for his third collection, Crash Centre, continues and extends that concern.

Paul Tran is a Pushcart Prize & Best of the Net-nominated poet. Their work appears in Prairie Schooner, MTV, RHINO, which gave them an Editor's Award, & elsewhere. They received fellowships & residencies from Kundiman, VONA, Poets House, Lambda Literary, Napa Valley Writers Conference, Home School Miami, Vermont Studio Center, The Conversation, & Palm Beach Poetry Festival. They are the first Asian American in 19 years to represent the Nuyorican Poets Cafe at the National Poetry Slam & Individual World Poetry Slam, where they placed Top 10. Paul lives in Brooklyn, where they serve as Poetry Editor at The Offing and Poet In Residence at Urban Word NYC.

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3:30pm 3:30pm

"Open-Eyed, Full-Throated": Poetry Reading at the American Conference for Irish Studies

University of Missouri, Kansas City, Session 12C: Chancellor’s Dining Room

Moderator: Nathalie Anderson, Swarthmore College


Mary Madec, Villanova University

Ray McManus, University of South Carolina at Sumter

Ann Neelon, Murray State University

Donna Potts, Washington State University

Thomas Dillon Redshaw, University of St. Thomas (New Hibernia Review)

Drucilla Wall, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Eamonn Wall, University of Missouri-St.

Louis Julie Henigan, Independent Scholar

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Paper on Bishop, Lowell, Grennan and Heaney

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Session 6A: Room: MNL 121, Miller Nichols Learning Center, 800 East 51st Street, Kansas City, MO, Chair: Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem, City University of New York / Kingsborough

Poetic Relationships and the Creative Process

David McLoghlin, Independent Scholar and Poet, "A Transatlantic Menagerie: The Animal Poetry of Bishop, Lowell, Heaney, and Grennan" (Originally published in Poetry Ireland Review issue 119, autumn 2016.)

Rebecca Ziegler, Georgia Southern University, "Derek Mahon and J.G. Farrell: A Friendship and its Artistic Fruit"

So Young Park, Gustavus Adolphus College, "Poetry and Ornithology: Yeats, Tynan, Ussher, and Warren"





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6:00pm 6:00pm

North American Launch of Waiting for Saint Brendan

You are cordially invited to the North American launch of my first collection, Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems 

Writer Scott Morris will emcee the event (quite possibly dressed as Elvis, but otherwise in the guise of a 3rd generation Floridian gentleman). The event will also include a reading of some of the poems from Brendan as interpreted by actor / poet Thomas Dooley who is the artistic director of emotive fruition (a theatre collective where actors collaborate with poets to bring poetry to life on stage: see for further details). The book will be available for 15$ USD (although Euros are acceptable). The event is free. Bring a friend. 

About Scott Morris: Scott Morris is the author of The Total View of Taftly (Hill Street Press, 2000) and Waiting for April (Algonquin Books, 2003). He has studied in Oxford (Mississippi) and Oxford (of the dons). He was an editor of The Oxford American and holds an MFA in Fiction from New York University. He is involved in several exciting writing projects, including the LA novel Right Now This Instant and Gaines Green.

Extra information: If you didn't already know it, "The Wren, the wren, [is] the king of all birds."

About David McLoghlin: for more information, see 

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7:00pm 7:00pm

(e)L Paper reading at La Casita comunal de Sunset Park

Music by Recycled Brain. Poetry readings by Montana Ray, Peter Longofono David McLoghlin and Elisa Clark. 
Performance Silabario by Maria Jose Duran

Featuring artwork by Christiano, Fiestoforo, Chicoma, Maria Paz Contreras, Matti Havens, James Prez, Kate Broitman, Kae Lazo, Sine Die, Itzy Ramírez, Ezequiel Mazariegos, Sebastian Parada AKA Ses.

Featuring Videos by: Adriana Velasco, Ellen Pearlman, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulus, Carlos Martinez, Miroslava Palavicini, Elizabeth Schwabe, Thelmo Cordones, Gabriel Roldos and Paulina Ramirez in a installation programed by Sofia Paraskeva


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5:00pm 5:00pm

Taproom Poetry Series

With Anne Yoder.


Anne K. Yoder is a staff writer for The Millions. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Fence, Bomb, and Tin House, among other publications. She has received fellowships from the Summer Literary Seminars and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is currently a student.

David McLoghlin is from Dublin, Ireland. He studies creative writing at New York University, and teaches poetry to long-term patients at Goldwater Hospital. Salmon Poetry will publish his first collection, Waiting for Saint Brendan, in May 2012. He has received several grants and fellowships, both in the USA and Ireland, the most important being the one from the Arts Council of Ireland which let him write full time for a year, and made him pursue his dream of being a writer. Where he belongs most? Close call between Lawrence, Kansas, and Ballyferriter, West Kerry. Favourite bar stool? Eighth Street Taproom, upstairs, under the Beamish poster, just after midnight.

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8:00pm 8:00pm

Fly By Night - Stinging Fly Reading

Join us for a winter gathering with readings by our 2009 Featured Poets, Monica Corish (Spring 2009) and David McLoghlin (Winter 2009-10); short stories by Colin Barrett (Winter 2009-10) and Aileen Armstrong (Summer 2009); a short film by Kevin Barry, author of There Are Little Kingdoms (Stinging Fly Press); and music by The Sick and Indigent Song Club.



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