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SO AND SO #57 -- January 26, 2013*

*Held at Oak City Cycling (212 E. Franklin St., Raleigh)

Poetry by Kate Greenstreet, Scott Wilkerson,

& Rodney Witwer

Kate Greenstreet’s new book Young Tambling is just out from Ahsahta Press. Her previous books are case sensitive and The Last 4 Things, also with Ahsahta. For more information, visit her site at kickingwind.com.

Rodney Wittwer is a native of Wisconsin, received an M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and has lived in the Boston area since 1983.  He currently spends his days writing and working with his wife in her clothing design business.  His poems have appeared in many journals, including Barrow Street, DIAGRAM, The Literary Review, Mead, Memorious, Pleiades and Ploughshares. His first book, Gone & Gone, was published by Red Hen Press in September, 2012, and he is the recipient of a 2012 Artist Fellowship in Poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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SO AND SO #58 -- February 16, 2013

Poetry by Anne Keefe, Julian Semilian,

and Laura Ingram Semilian

Anne Keefe's first book of poems, Lithopedia, won the Bull City Press First Book Award and was published in 2012. She holds a PhD in literature from Rutgers University and an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her scholarly research focuses on the relationship between contemporary poetry and the visual arts. She is the manuscript editor and acquisitions coordinator for Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, published through the University of Chicago Press. Her poems have appeared in several journals including Prairie Schooner, The Southeast Review, Cream City Review, The Greensboro Review, The Grove Review, and Ekphrasis, and her scholarly article on contemporary lyric ekphrasis appeared in Word & Image.

Julian Semilian is a Romanian-born poet, novelist, and translator. Recent novels include A Spy in Amnesia and Osiris with a Trombone Across the Seam of Insubstance. Poetry collections include Transgender Organ Grinder and publications in numerous periodicals, including Exquisite Corpse, Arshile, World Letter, Callaloo, and Fascicle.

 

Julian’s translations include Mircea Cărtărescu’s Nostalgia and Paul Celan's Romanian Poems. Collaborative translations with his wife, Laura Ingram Semilian, include Gherasim Luca's Inventor of Love, Max Blecher's Defiled Hearts, and works by Gellu Naum. Highlights from this oeuvre will be published in Semilianology, forthcoming from Trembling Pillow Press.

 

Julian’s experimental surrealist films have been featured in numerous festivals and galleries in the US and internationally, including the Freud Museum in London, Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, and the University of Haifa, Israel. After a lengthy career in Hollywood as a film editor, he teaches film editing and experimental cinema at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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Soprano Laura Ingram Semilian's solo performances with orchestras and opera companies have ranged from Verdi to Wagner to Ravel. A First Place winner of the southeastern region's Metropolitan Opera Auditions, her training included private study with Virginia Zeani.  She holds Master's degrees in history and in opera performance.

 

Laura's independently researched and produced program, Szalon Transylvania: True Tales of Love & War, featuring works of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály performed in Hungarian, resonates shared realms of creative cognizance, incorporating music, history, folklore, and material culture.  Several of her new translations of folk songs collected by Bartók and Kodály are featured in the forthcoming Hyperion: On the Future of Aesthetics.

 

Laura's other writings, including her collaborative translations with Julian, have been cited/featured/reviewed in The Journal of Southern History, Exquisite Corpse, The Brooklyn Rail, and Hyperallergic. She recently completed the musical soundscape for Julian's upcoming film Gazing Oozing With Mendacity, their third such collaboration; their second, Devotees of the Precipitate, can be viewed online at Exquisite Corpse.

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SO AND SO #59 -- March 16, 2013

Poetry by Joseph Donahue, Nathaniel Mackey, Fred Moten, & Ken Taylor

Joseph Donahue teaches in the English Department at Duke University. His most recent book is Dissolves, from Talisman House. Black Square Editions will bring out a new volume of poetry, Red Flash on a Black Field, sometime this year.

Nathaniel Mackey is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which are Splay Anthem (New Directions, 2006) and Nod House (New Directions, 2011); an ongoing prose work, From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, whose fourth and most recent volume is Bass Cathedral (New Directions, 2008); and two books of criticism, the most recent of which is Paracritical Hinge: Essays, Talks, Notes, Interviews (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005).  He is the editor of the literary magazine Hambone and coeditor, with Art Lange, of the anthology Moment's Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose (Coffee House Press, 1993). He lives in Durham, North Carolina, and teaches at Duke University.

Fred Moten lives and works in Durham, NC. He is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press), Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works), B. Jenkins (Duke University Press), and of three forthcoming books: The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions), consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press) and, with Stefano Harney, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia).

Ken Taylor's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Hambone, VOLT, The Offending Adam, 3:AM Magazine, Verse Daily, elimae, EOAGH, MiPOesias, The Chattahoochee Review, Southword, Carolina Quarterly, Gigantic Sequins, Clade Song, cancan, ARDOR and others.

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SO AND SO #60 -- April 6, 2013

Poetry by Michael Earl Craig, Joe Fletcher and Christopher Brean Murray

Michael Earl Craig lives in the Shields Valley, near Livingston, Montana.  He’s the author of Can You Relax In My House; Yes, Master; Thin Kimono; and the chapbook Jombang Jet.  A new book of poems—Talkativeness—will be published by Wave Books in the spring of 2014.

Joe Fletcher is the author of two chapbooks of poetry: Already It Is Dusk (Brooklyn Arts Press) and Sleigh Ride (Factory Hollow Press). Other work can be found in jubilat, Octopus, Slope, Puerto Del Sol, Painted Bride Quarterly, Hoboeye, Hollins Critic, and elsewhere. He is a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he is the Assistant Project Manager at the William Blake Archive.

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Christopher Brean Murray was born in Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey, on June 9th. He holds degrees from the Universities of Montana and Michigan. He lives in Raleigh and is about to complete the MA program in literature at NC State. He has taught writing at colleges in Oregon and California, and his poems have appeared in Jubilat, Puerto del Sol, Hoboeye, Fou Magazine, Cutbank, and Correspondence. He will begin a PhD program in creative writing in the fall.

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SO AND SO #61 -- May 4, 2013

Poetry by Erika Jo Brown, Sean Patrick Hill and BJ Love

Erika Jo Brown is from New York. She currently lives in Savannah, GA, where she co-curates the Seersucker Shots reading series and docents at the Flannery O'Conner Childhood Home. Her chapbook What a Lark! was published by Further Adventures Press in 2011.

Sean Patrick Hill is the author of the chapbook Hibernaculum (Slash Pine Press, 2013), as well as The Imagined Field and Interstitial. His poems are forthcoming in Blackbird, Smartish Pace, Fourteen Hills, and Catch Up, and he is the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Kentucky Arts Council, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. He is completing his MFA at Warren Wilson College and lives in Kentucky.

BJ Love is the author, most recently, of Yes, I'm Sure This Was a Beautiful Place (Strange Cage), a collaboration with the poet, Lucas Pingel. In addition to teaching at Savannah State University, he co-hosts Seersucker Shots, and produces Pretty LIT, a podcast that brings together, finally, the worlds of poetry and club bangers, and can be found at: https://soundcloud.com/b-j-love

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SO AND SO #62 -- June 15, 2013

Poetry by Alina Gregorian, Lauren Hunter, Christine Kanowik, and Amy Lawless

Alina Gregorian is the author of Flying Bark, a forthcoming chapbook from Monk Books, and an, as yet, untitled chapbook from Diez. Her poems have appeared in Sink Review, Boston Review, GlitterPony, and other journals. She curates a video poetry series at the Huffington Post, co-curates Triptych Readings, and co-edits the collaboration journal Bridge. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Lauren Hunter is from North Carolina and lives in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in poetry from The New School and works with the team at Telephone Books as their Managing Editor. Lauren occasionally reads as Harriett Van Os with The Poetry Brothel and her chapbook, My Own Fires, was released by Brothel Books in 2011. Her poems and translations can be found online in Lyre Lyre, Food I Corp Publishing Enterprise, Bling That Sings and in both English & Spanish in The Translation Project: Volume 1 (Brothel Books, 2011).

Christine Kanownik lives in Brooklyn, works in Manhattan, and graduated high school in Carson City, Nevada. Her out of print chapbook was once available from Diez Press. Now your only hope is to find her work in such places as EOAGH, H_NGM_N, and Death and Life of American Cities.

Amy Lawless is the author of two collections of poetry: My Dead (Octopus Books, 2013) and Noctis Licentia (Black Maze Books, 2008). She was a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow. She was recently interviewed by Interview Magazine, and some of her prose has recently appeared in BOMBlog and HTMLGIANT. More poems are forthcoming in The Bakery, Similar:Peaks, and Best American Poetry 2013. She lives in Manhattan.

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SO AND SO #63 -- July 13, 2013

Poetry by Stephanie Anderson, Megan Burns, Dan Chelotti, and Chad Reynolds

Stephanie Anderson is the author of four chapbooks, including the forthcoming Sentence, Signal, Stain (Greying Ghost Press), and one forthcoming full-length collection, In the Key of Those Who Can No Longer Organize Their Environments (Horse Less Press).  She lives in Chicago and runs the micropress Projective Industries.

Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press (tremblingpillowpress.com) and edits the poetry magazine, Solid Quarter (solidquarter.blogspot.com).  She has two books Memorial + Sight Lines (2008) and Sound and Basin (2013) published by Lavender Ink. She has two recent chapbooks: irrational knowledge (Fell Swoop press, 2012) and a city/ bottle boned  (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her chapbook Dollbaby is forthcoming from Horseless Press. Her "30 Days of Weezy" project can be found at RapGenius.com.

Dan Chelotti is the author of x (McSweeney's, 2013) and a chapbook, The Eights (Poetry Society of America, 2006). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Fence, H_NGM_N, jubilat, Barrelhouse and many other journals. He serves on the advisory board for Flying Object and is an Assistant Professor of English at Elms College.

Chad Reynolds is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Victor in the New World (Rope-a-Dope Press, 2008), Buenos Aires (Rye House Press, 2013), and City of Tomorrow (Greying Ghost Press, 2013). His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in CutBank, Washington Square, Meridian, Puerto del Sol, Verse Daily, Open Letters Monthly, Sixth Finch, Octopus, and elsewhere. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and two sons.

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SO AND SO #64 -- September 21, 2013

Poetry by Gillian Devereux, Graham Foust,  and Dave Pavelich

Gillian Devereux received her MFA in Poetry from Old Dominion University and works as a writing consultant in Boston. She is the author of Focus on Grammar (dancing girl press, 2012) and They Used to Dance on Saturday Nights (Aforementioned Productions, 2011). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Anti-, apt, FOURSQUARE, Handsome, H_NGM_N, NAP, N/A, Open Letters Monthly, So and So, and Sundog Lit. She can be found online at gilliandevereux.com, streaming pop music from the cloud.

Graham Foust works at the University of Denver.  The author of five books of poems, including To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems (Flood Editions 2013), he is also the co translator, with Samuel Frederick, of Ernst Meister's In Time's Rift (Wave Books 2012).

David Pavelich lives in Durham where he is Head of Research Services at Duke’s Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Previously, he was a librarian at the University of Chicago, where he curated the poetry collections. From 2003 to 2009, David published Answer Tag chapbooks and broadsides in limited editions, including the work of Peter O’Leary, Laura Sims, Jesse Seldess, John Tipton, and other Midwest poets. David’s most recent poems have been published in Cultural Society and Chicago Review.

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SO AND SO #65 -- October 12, 2013

Poetry by Aaron Belz, Elisa Gabbert,

and Kyle McCord

Aaron Belz is the author of The Bird Hoverer (BlazeVOX, 2007) and Lovely, Raspberry (Persea, 2010). His third book, Glitter Bomb, is due in February from Persea Books. He teaches English at Durham Technical Community College in Durham, NC.

Kyle McCord is the author of three books of poetry: Galley of the Beloved in Torment (Dream Horse Press 2009) winner of 2008 Orphic Prize, a co-written book of epistolary poems entitled Informal Invitations to a Traveler (Gold Wake Press 2011) and Sympathy from the Devil (Gold Wake Press 2013).  He has work featured in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere.  He’s received grants or awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Baltic Writing Residency.  He co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, and he is the co-founder and lead content editor for LitBridge.  He teaches at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.

Elisa Gabbert is the author of The Self Unstable (Black Ocean) and The French Exit (Birds, LLC), as well as a recent collaborative chapbook co-written with Kathleen Rooney, The Kind of Beauty That Has Nowhere to Go (Hyacinth Girl Press). Her poems and prose have recently appeared in journals including Boston Review and The Volta. She lives in Denver and blogs at The French Exit.

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SO AND SO #66 -- November 9, 2013

Poetry by Ana Božičević, Sommer Browning,

Dan Magers, Emily Pettit, and Sampson Starkweather

Ana Božičević was born in Croatia in 1977, and emigrated to New York when she was nineteen. She is the author of Stars of the Night Commute  (Tarpaulin Sky Press) and Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC). She completed her MFA at Hunter College, and is now a PhD Candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Sommer Browning writes jokes, makes comics and does poetry. She's the author of Either Way I’m Celebrating (Birds, LLC, 2011) and a collection of drawings and one-liners, The Presidents (and Other Jokes) (Future Tense, 2013). A member of the poets theater GASP (Girls Assembling Something Perpetual), she runs the handmade poetry chapbook press, Flying Guillotine, with Tony Mancus and hosts The Bad Shadow Affair, a monthly reading series, in Denver. She and Noah Eli Gordon co-founded a baby in Denver where Sommer works as an electronic resources librarian.

Dan Magers’s first book of poems, Partyknife, is published by Birds, LLC. He is co-founder and co-editor of Sink Review, an online poetry journal, founder and editor of Immaculate Disciples Press, a handmade chapbook press focused on poetry and visual arts collaborations. He lives in Brooklyn.

Emily Pettit is the author of Goat in the Snow (Birds, LLC). She is an editor for notnostrums and Factory Hollow Press and jubilat. She teaches poetry at Flying Object.

Sampson Starkweather is the author of The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather and numerous chapbooks from dangerous small presses. He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC and works for The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY where he helps run the Annual Chapbook Festival and Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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SO AND SO #67 -- December 7, 2013

Poetry by Steven Karl, Alexis Orgera, and Nick Sturm

Steven Karl is the author of Dork Swagger (Coconut Books). His chapbooks and collaborative chapbooks have been published by Lame House Press, H_NGM_N, Flying Guillotine Press, and Peptic Robot Press. Recent poems have appeared in Keyhole Magazien, jubilat, and Typo. He is an editor for Coldfront Magazine and Sink Review and lives in Miami, Florida.

Alexis Orgera is the author of the books How Like Foreign Objects (H_ngm_n Bks) and Dust Jacket (Coconut Books), and three chapbooks. Her poems, essays, and reviews can be found in Another Chicago Magazine, Barrelhouse, Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, Drunken Boat, Forklift Ohio, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, H_ngm_n, HTMLGiant, The Journal, jubilat, Memorious, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Sixth Finch, storySouth, and others. She lives in southwest Florida where she is at work on essays about Alzheimer’s, migraines, hallucinations, dreams, and visions.

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Nick Sturm is the author of How We Light, from H_NGM_N BKS, as well as a number of chapbooks including, with Wendy Xu, I Was Not Even Born (Coconut) and, with Carrie Lorig, Nancy and The Dutch (NAP), an erasure of paperback biographies of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior, Typo, jubilat, PEN, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. He is co-curator of Dear Marge, Hello, a reading series in Tallahassee, Florida.

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