Friday, April 14, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue. (at 165 St.)
New York NY 10032
Relle the Poet is touring NYC in celebration of the release of her very first book, and she invites all the artists of the Washington Heights community and beyond to join her. This event will feature a reading from Relle’s IN DISARRAY, a collection of poems, short stories, and letters. The night will also feature a one-hour open mic segment. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
A reading with Vanessa Jimenez Gabb, Wren Hanks, Allyson Paty, J. Scott Brownlee, and Christina Olivares.
Vanessa Jimenez Gabb is the author of Images for Radical Politics, the Editor’s Pick in the 2015 Rescue Press Poetry Contest, which begins with an economic update and moves through scenes of labor, liberty, danger, and the dull-gorgeous ache of a capitalist existence; an existence spent negotiating one’s time and worth, one’s civic role, one’s money. She is also the author of the chapbooks midnight blue (Porkbelly Press, 2015) and Weekend Poems (dancing girl press, 2014), and is a member of the Localist collective. vanessajimenezgabb.com
Wren Hanks is a trans writer from Texas and the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press). His recent work appears in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. His third chapbook, gar child, is forthcoming in 2017 from Tree Light Books. He currently lives in Brooklyn.
Allyson Paty’s poems can be found in publications including the Boston Review, the Brooklyn Rail, the Literary Review, Tin House, and the PEN Poetry Series. She is, with Norah Maki, co-founding editor of Singing Saw Press and, with Emily Skillings, co-curator of the Earshot reading series. allysonpaty.tumblr.com
J. Scott Brownlee is a poet-of-place from rural Texas and the author of Requiem for Used Ignition Cap (Orison Books), as well as the chapbooks Highway or Belief (Button Poetry), Ascension (Texas Review Press), and On the Occasion of the Last Old Camp Meeting in Llano County (Tree Light Books). He is a core faculty member for Brooklyn Poets and a founding member of the Localists. Learn more at http://www.jscottbrownlee.com.
Christina Olivares is the author of No Map of the Earth Includes Stars (2015), winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press Book Prize, and of the chaplet Interrupt (2015), published by Belladonna* Collaborative. A chapbook is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2018. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and the recipient of two Jerome Foundation grants as well as an LMCC Workspace Residency. christinaolivares.com