Archive for November, 2009

Hello everyone,

Please come out on December 9th for the LAST Southern Writers Reading Series of the year!!

That’s right, you’re cordially invited to celebrate the new year 22 days early; you’re cordially invited to drag that friend of yours along who has never attended a fiction or poetry reading; you’re cordially invited to hear six talented authors share their innermost thoughts…..for free.

You’ll be dismayed through all of 2010 if you miss it.

Reading Info
date: Wednesday December 9th
time: 7:30PM
venue: Happy Ending Lounge
302 Broome Street between Forsyth & Eldridge

Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer and educator. She holds an MFA in fiction from The New School University. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she has received grants and residencies from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and Louisiana ArtWorks. Crowned, her debut collection of poetry will be published by Sawyer House Press in January 2010.

E.J. Antonio is a 2009 fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a recipient of fellowships from the Hurston/Wright Foundation and the Cave Canem Foundation. Her work has been published in various Journals and magazines, most recently, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, and Mobius: The Poetry Magazine. Her work is forthcoming in The Encyclopedia Project. Her first chapbook, Every Child Knows, was published in the Fall of 2007 by the Premier Poets Chapbook Series, and she is one of the featured poets on the CD, Beauty Keeps Laying It’s Sharp Knife Against Me: Brant Lyon and Friends.

JW McCormack hails from two of the more preposterous townships in the Union (Las Vegas, Nevada and Knoxville, Tennessee) and lives in Brooklyn. A graduate of Bard College, he is senior editor at the fiction magazine Conjunctions and has worked as a book reviewer, literary archivist and as a fact checker for Harper’s and New York. Some Velvet Morning is his favorite song.

Lauren Ireland was raised in coastal Virginia and southern Maryland. Currently an editor of Lungfull! Magazine, she co-curates The Readings at Chrystie Street, a monthly poetry series, with Steve Roberts. Her poems have appeared in Bateau, Conduit, and jubilat, among many other magazines. She lives in Brooklyn.

Martin Rock is from the deep northern state of Florida, and is working towards his MFA in poetry at NYU. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Mississippi Review Online, Tuesday; an Art Project, NANO fiction, At-Large Magazine, and Thirteenth Warrior Review. His collaborative chapbook, “Fish, You Bird,” which was written over the course of 5 years with his (Texan) friend Phillip D. Ischey, won the Pilot Books chapbook contest and will be published in the spring. He is Editor in Chief of Washington Square Review and co-curator of the Cornelia St. Graduate Poetry reading series. To relax on the weekends, he is translating a book of poems by the Japanese poet and musician Masato Tomobe.

Saeed Jones received his BA in English at Western Kentucky University where he was the arts editor for Rise Over Run Magazine and recipient of the 2008 Jim Wayne Miller Award for Poetry. He’s currently a MFA student at Rutgers University – Newark. His poetry has appeared in StorySouth, The Adirondack Review, Word Riot, and Pluck! among other publications.


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Hello southern writing friends,

If April is the cruelest month, then November is the most joyous. Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and of course the Southern Writers Reading Series…what more could one ask for in 30 days?

Please come out to Happy Ending Lounge, 302 Broome between Forsyth & Eldridge, for a wonderful evening with four talented poets who will bring the joy (and a little pain) to the mic.

Farrah Field‘s poems have appeared in many publications including the Mississippi Review, Typo, Harp & Altar, La Petite Zine, Eklesographia, Effing Magazine, and are forthcoming in Ploughshares. Rising, her first book of poems won Four Way Books’ 2007 Levis Prize. She lives in Brooklyn and blogs at adultish.blogspot.com.

Hallie S. Hobson is a poet, playwright and Cave Canem Fellow. She has been featured poet at the LouderArts Project reading series, the Brooklyn Museum and the Bryant Park Reading Room. Her theatrical works have been workshopped and presented at Brava! Theatre for Women in the Arts, the Mark Taper Forum Blacksmyths Writers’ Lab, and A.S.K. Theatre Projects, among other venues. She also works as a fundraiser for The Museum of Modern Art. Hallie received her bachelor’s degree from Yale and an MFA in playwriting from UCLA. Though she currently resides in Harlem, she will always be a Georgia Peach.

Rickey Laurentiis is a Cave Canem fellow whose poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in several journals, including Knockout Magazine, Mythium: The Journal of Contemporary Literature, and DIAGRAM. His poems have most recently placed as first and third runner-up in the 2009 International Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize, selected by Carl Phillips. He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, but now studies as an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Of his many obsessions, the most dominant is water.

Nicole Sealey is a writer, editor and Cave Canem fellow. Her interviews with writers Sapphire, DJ Spooky and Nikki Giovanni can be found in Artists and Influence: Volume XXV, Studio and Mosaic literary magazine, respectively. Her poems can be found in print and online journals including Callaloo and Torch. Nicole holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and is the Readings/Workshops and Writers Exchange Program Manager at Poets & Writers, Inc. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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