Honoring WORLD OCEANS DAY — Brooklyn Action

Poets for Living Waters Action — Tuesday, June 8th @ 7 p.m. @ Unnameable Books

Tamiko Beyer’s poetry has appeared in The Collagist, Little Red Leaves, Sonora Review, and elsewhere. She serves as the poetry editor of Drunken Boat and leads community writing workshops with the New York Writers Coalition. She is a founding member of Agent 409: a queer, multi-racial writing collective, a Kundiman Fellow, and an M.F.A candidate at Washington University in St. Louis. Find her online at wonderinghome.com and blogging at kenyonreview.org.  Tamiko read “The Water In You,” “Wade,” “Talking into Each Other’s Mouths,” “We come Elemental,” and part of Muriel Rukeyser’s “The Dam” from The Book of the Dead.”

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Ana Božičević was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1977. She emigrated to NYC in 1997. Her first book of poems is Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, November 2009), a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her fifth chapbook, Depth Hoar, will be published by Cinematheque Press in 2010. With Amy King, Ana co-curates The Stain of Poetry reading series in Brooklyn. She works at the Center for the Humanities of The Graduate Center, CUNY.  Ana read “About a Fish” & “War on a Lunchbreak,” and an excerpt from “Paean to Place” by Lorine Niedecker.

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Julian T. Brolaski is the recent editor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards with erica kaufman and E. Tracy Grinnell (Litmus Press 2009), and author of the chapbook A Buck in a Corridor (flynpyntar 2008/9), gowanus atropolis (forthcoming, Ugly Duckling 2011) and Advice for Lovers (forthcoming, City Lights 2011). Brolaski lives in Brooklyn where xe is an editor at Litmus Press, curates vaudeville shows and plays country music with The Low & the Lonesome.  New work is on the blog hermofwarsaw and @juandenowherr.  Julian read “astonished fish,” “who is not yr cousin,” “whos manifest asp” and “whos brainpan literally creaturely.”

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Nicole Cooley grew up in New Orleans. These poems are from her collection, Breach, just published by Louisiana State University Press that focuses on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Her fourth book of poems Milk Dress will appear with Alice James Books this November. She has published two other books of poems and a novel. She directs the new MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College-City University of New York.  Nicole read “You Author of Weather” and “Dauphin Island Field Notes,” and from “The Book of the Dead” (Muriel Rukeyser).

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Brenda Iijima’s books include revv. you’ll—ution (Displaced Press), If Not Metamorphic (Ahsahta Press), Animate, Inanimate Aims (Litmus Press) and Around Sea (O Books).  At present, she is writing an informal encyclopedia on animals used as surrogates by humans. She runs Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs (http://yoyolabs.com) from Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.  Brenda read from Leslie Scalapino’s, “The Return of Painting,” “The Pearl,” and “Orion/ A Trilogy” in her book, It’s go in horizontal, Selected Poems, 1974-2006.

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Amy King’s most recent book is Slaves to Do These Things (Blazevox), and forthcoming, I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press).  She is currently preparing a book of interviews with the poet Ron Padgett.  She also teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.  With Ana Bozicevic, King co-curates the Brooklyn-based reading series, The Stain of Poetry.  For more information, please visit http://amyking.org.   Amy read “It’s Hers, This Mine I Mine for Black Apple Butter.”

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Rachel Levitsky is, most recently, the author of the Delete Press chapbook, Renoemos. Her full length book NEIGHBOR, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2009. A novel, The Story of My Accident is Ours will soon be published by Futurepoem. Four mini-essays on The Poetics of Confinement are online athttp://poetryproject.org/tag/rachel-levitsky. She teaches Writing and Literature at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, Bard Prison Initiative and Pratt Institute. She co-curates Belladonna Series–an exploration of feminist avant-garde writing.  Rachel read a chapter from “Public Space and Privasphere”, and Notes from a new poem in the works “Make the Road by Walking.”

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Rajiv Mohabir teaches English as a Second Language in Queens, New York, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Queens College. He is a VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation) alumnus. Rajiv’s poems have appeared in Trikone, EOAGH, Ghoti, and Saw Palm magazines. Pudding House Press named him a “Poet of Note” in their 2009 chapbook competition and published his chapbook nabad-eye me in 2010.  Rajiv read “Slow cover, underwater night,” “Break, devastation,” and “u.s.” By Jeffery Yang.

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Poets and Writers Magazine — “Poets Take Action in Wake of Gulf Coast Disaster

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