SO AND SO #1 -- May 6, 2006
Poetry by Ana Bozicevic-Bowling, Erin Burke, Justin Marks, & Chris Tonelli
The So and So Series kicks off on May 6th at 8pm. It will be run out of the Lily Pad (formerly the Zeitgeist) in Inman Square (Cambridge, MA). This first reading will feature poets on Kitchen Press (a micro independent press publishing chapbooks out of NYC). Justin Marks (editor of Kitchen Press and LIT magazine) will be reading from YOU BEING YOU BY PROXY, Ana Bozicevic-Bowling (co-editor of RealPoetik)will be reading from MORNING NEWS, Chris Tonelli will be reading from WIDE TREE, and Erin Burke will be reading from her forthcoming chapbook.
David Daniel is the Poetry Editor of Ploughshares and author of Seven-Star Bird (Graywolf Press).
Rob Arnold is the Managing Editor of Ploughshares and Editor of the on-line literary journal Memorious.
Simeon Berry is a Reader for Ploughshares and his NaPoWriMo poems can be found at simeonberry.blogspot.com.
SO AND SO #2 -- June 3, 2006
Poetry by David Daniel, Rob Arnold, Simeon Berry, & Elisa Gabbert
Elisa Gabbert is also a Reader for Ploughshares and her NaPoWriMo poems can be found at thesteinachoperation.blogspot.com.
Austyn Ellese Mayfield received her BA in English Literature from Washington University in Saint Louis and her MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. Among her many projects, she is currently translating the poems of the Afro-cuban poet Georgina Herrerra.
Rodney Wittwer's poems have appeared in many journals such as Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, DIAGRAM, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Literary Review, Memorious, Pleiades, Ploughshares and Verse Daily.
Beth Woodcome has published poems in Ploughshares, Columbia Journal of Arts & Literature and Gulf Coast, and she won the 2003 Grolier Prize. She has an MFA from Bennington College and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she serves as poetry editor of Agni.
SO AND SO #3 -- July 8, 2006
Poetry by Austyn Ellese Mayfield, Rodney Wittwer, Beth Woodcome, & Peter Jay Shippy
Peter Jay Shippy is the author of Thieves' Latin (University of Iowa Press), winner of the 2002 Iowa Poetry Prize. BlazeVOX Books just published his abecedarian suite, Alphaville, as an e-book. Shippy's work has received many awards, including grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2005 Gertrude Stein Award for innovative poetry. New poems can be found in The American Poetry Review, The Colorado Review, Fence, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He teaches at Emerson College. For more info, go to: www.peterjayshippy.com.
Dara Cerv is a New Yorker at heart, but a Massachusetts resident on
paper. Sometimes she's actually a Vermonter or West Coaster at heart,
too. She splits her time not at all down the middle between two jobs
and a yoga studio, somehow finding time to write in between. In
September she'll start massage therapy certification at the Muscular
Dax Bayard-Murray grew up on a hillside overlooking farms in the Virgin Islands. He left for Boston in 1993 to become a linguist. He
never quite got around to it. Dax now lives on a hillside with an Irishman who smokes a pipe and a dog who limps.
Emily Kendal Frey is originally from Seattle. She is the current poetry editor of REDIVIDER. Recent poetry appears in Washington Square Review and Poet Lore.
SO AND SO #4 -- September 2, 2006
Poetry by Dara Cerv, Dax Bayard-Murray, Emily Kendal Frey, & Matt Miller
Matt Miller was born and raised in Lowell, MA. He earned a BA at Yale University and an MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College. He is a former Visiting Professor of Writing at New England College and has taught writing workshops at Harvard Extension, Endicott College, Cambridge College and the New Hampshire State Prison for Men. He has published work in Connecticut Review, DMQ Review, Third Coast, Beacon Street Review, Entelechy International, and PN Review. Nominated for three Pushcart Prizes, his first book, Cameo Diner: Poems, was published in 2005. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.
Chad Reynolds's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Swink, RealPoetik, Redivider, Washington Square, Meridian, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. He teaches English at Gann Academy in Waltham and lives in Somerville with his wife.
Michael Levine has poems appearing and/or forthcoming in Natural Bridge, North American Review, Poet Lore, and 236. He currently teaches English at Gann Academy in Waltham, MA and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University, where he taught creative writing and won an Academy of American Poets Prize, and an MFA in Writing from Washington University, where he taught composition and poetry writing. Among other odd jobs: writing thank you letters for Washington University's chancellor, selling women's & men's shoes, working in the Illinois Department of Transportation Motor Pool, bagging groceries, & detassling corn. For what it's worth.
SO AND SO #5 -- September 16, 2006
Poetry by Chad Reynolds, Michael Levine, & Rob MacDonald
Although Rob MacDonald graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Mathematics, he spent most of his time there writing poetry. In 1997, he was named Connecticut State Student Poet, which encouraged him to laterpursue an MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College. He's been teaching high school math and English for the past nine years, and is currently the head of the math department at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill.
Ari Banias lives in Brooklyn, NY and teaches creative writing to undergraduates at Hunter, where he is also getting his MFA in poetry. His family hails from Greece, but he grew up in California, Texas, and in the Midwest. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Columbia Poetry Review, and in Orpheus and The Odyssey, both part of the Pocket Myths series.
Ana Bozicevic-Bowling is a Croatian poet living in Brooklyn and writing in English. Her poems and translations can be found in 6x6, The Cortland Review, LIT, The New York Quarterly, Redivider, Three Candles and other journals. Her chapbook Morning News is available from Kitchen Press. She works at PEN American Center, studies at Hunter, co-edits RealPoetik (an online poetry magazine) & clings to sanity.
SO AND SO #6 -- October 7, 2006
Poetry by Ari Banias, Ana Bozicevic-Bowling, Danica Colic, Caroline Conway, & Alana Joblin
Danica Colic is a native New Yorker who lives in Brooklyn and studies at Hunter College.
Caroline Conway is a native New Yorker who has tried to live elsewhere to no avail. She hopes to complete her MFA in Spring 2007. Recent poems have appeared in Normal College Review, luzmag, and in RealPoetik, which she also co-edits.
Alana Joblin is a poet living in Brooklyn. Sparked by her interest in varied vehicles for narrative, she studied English, Religion and Film at Oberlin College. Prior to moving to New York five years ago, she spent a year writing in the Israel desert as a resident of the Arad Arts project, and published poems in their journal, Views from the Seventh Floor. She is completing her MFA at Hunter College in Manhattan, where she also teaches introductory creative writing to undergraduates.
Adam Clay lives in Michigan. His first book, The Wash, was published by Parlor Press, and a chapbook, Canoe, is available from horse less press. His poems appear in Denver Quarterly, Barrow Street, CutBank,
Kate Greenstreet’s first book, case sensitive, is just out from Ahsahta Press. Visit her online at kickingwind.com.
SO AND SO #7 -- November 11, 2006
Poetry by Adam Clay, Kate Greenstreet, Matthew Henriksen, & Jess Mynes
Matthew Henriksen co-edits Typo and Cannibal and curates The Burning Chair Readings in Brooklyn. His poems have appeared recently in Fascicle, Coconut and Indiana Review; others will soon appear in Lit, Wildlife & Agricultural Review. horse less press has published recently his first chapbook, Is Holy.
Among Jess Mynes’ publications are: birds for example (CARVE Editions), In(ex)teriors (Anchorite Press), and The Sun Seen From Afar (forthcoming from Skysill Press). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in: Small Town, String of Simple Machines, Shampoo, The Canary, CARVE, Cannibal, The Tiny, and other publications. He is the editor of Fewer & Further Press. He also co-curates a local reading series in Western, MA where he sports an enviable shirt collection.
Kim Garcia's poetry collection Madonna Magdalene was published by Turning Point Books this past October. Her work has appeared in The Atlanta Review, Rosebud, Nimrod, Cimarron Review, Mississippi Review, Brightleaf, Scribner's Best of the Fiction Workshops, Negative Capability, and Lullwater Review, among others. She is the recipient of an AWP Intro Writing Award, a Hambidge Fellowship and an Oregon Individual Artist Grant. A graduate of Reed College, she teaches creative writing at Boston College.
SO AND SO #8 -- December 9, 2006
Poetry by Kim Garcia, Seth Hurley, and Erin Trahan
Seth Hurley is a poet of nine years and received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Long Island University. In both 2003 and 2005 he was the recipient of the prestigious John Steinbeck Award, offered annually by the University, for submissions of his original poems. Over the summers of 2003 and 2004 he attended the Southampton College Writers Conference where he worked personally on a daily basis with our nation's former Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. In April of 2006, he headlined a poetry reading at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. His work has appeared in such magazines as Abbey, Proteus, Seldom Nocturne and Redivider, the latter of which nominated his poetry for the Pushcart Prize in both 2004 and 2005. His master’s thesis, You Can Count on It, was lucky enough to have Mr. Collins as a third reader, after which Billy attached the compliment, “You pick up the fallen torch of Richard Brautigan, and add your own spin to a mix of metaphor.”
Erin Trahan was born in the same town as Madonna then grew up in the Cherry Capital of the World. This summer she finished a short documentary about her mom’s retirement from a career in elementary school counseling. In addition to Redivider, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Coe Review, Word Riot, and the TMP Irregular. She also writes essays and covers New England film and filmmakers for regional publications.
So and So #8 special guest: Chad Reynolds.