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SO AND SO #68 - January 25, 2014

So and So Books (704 N. Person St., Raleigh)

Christopher Salerno's ATM Book Launch ft. Russell Dillon and Andrea Applebee

Christopher Salerno's books of poems include ATM, selected by D.A. Powell for the 2013 Georgetown Review Poetry Prize, Minimum Heroic (Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, 2010), and Whirligig (Spuyten Duyvil Publishing House, 2006). His chapbook, Automatic Teller won the Laurel Review Midwest Chapbook Prize and will be published in 2014. Another chapbook, AORTA, was published by Poor Claudia in 2013. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Fence, American Letters and Commentary, Jubilat, Verse Daily, and others. Currently, he’s an Assistant Professor of English at William Paterson University where he manages the new journal, Map Literary and directs the WPU Spring Writer’s Conference.


Image courtesy of Jacqueline Pan, 2014.


Andrea Applebee is a poet based in Durham, NC. Her work has appeared in Absent, Ditch, Hot Metal Bridge and others.

She grew up in the Carolinas.

Russell Dillon is co-editor of Big Bell and author of the chapbook, Secret Damage, and the newly released full-length collection, Eternal Patrol.  He began life in New York, continued it in San Francisco, and now continues it further in New York.

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SO AND SO #69 - February 20, 2014

David Applegate, Lightsey Darst, Brian Howe,

and Chris Vitiello

A culture journalist, Brian Howe is the associate editor of INDY Week. His poems, videos and sound art have appeared in many publications, including Coconut, Horse Less, Octopus, Effing Magazine and Cannibal. He is the author of three chapbooks: Guitar Smash (3rdness Press), This is the Motherfucking Remix (with Marcus Slease; Scantily Clad Press), and Foreign Letter (Beard of Bees). He sporadically runs the Wax Wroth Reading Series and is currently finishing a book, seven years in the making, called Wolf Intervals.

David B. Applegate lives and works in Raleigh, NC.  He co-operates the electronic music net-label Immigrant Breast Nest.  His best poem is available to read now in Bestoned: a journal of new metaphysical verse.

Lightsey Darst is a writer, critic, and teacher based in Durham. Her books are Find the Girl and DANCE (both from Coffee House Press). You can find her criticism in the Indy and online at mnartists.org, walkerart.org, The Huffington Post, and Bookslut.

Chris Vitiello lives in Durham with his two daughters. He teaches writing widely and writes art and performance criticism for newspapers and magazines. His most recent poetry book is Obedience (Ahsahta, 2012), a doubled aphoristic series within two front covers. Other books includeIrresponsibility (Ahsahta, 2008) and Nouns Swarm A Verb (Xurban, 1999). He also performs original toy theater and writes custom poems at public events as the Poetry Fox.

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SO AND SO #70 - March 13, 2014

Joe Fletcher, Laura Jaramillo, and Ken Taylor

Ken Taylor is the author of the chapbook, "first the trees, now this" (Three Count Pour 2013). His poetry has been included in several anthologies and has appeared or is forthcoming in Hambone, VOLT, The Offending Adam, Blackbird, 3:AM Magazine, Verse Daily, elimae, MiPOesias, Carolina Quarterly, Cloud Rodeo, The Chattahoochee Review, Southword, Posit, ARDOR, can can, Gigantic Sequins, Finery, So and So, Clade Song, and others.

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 online at joefletcherpoetry.com. He lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, and is the project manager of the William Blake Archive.

Laura Jaramillo is a poet from Queens. She is working on her PhD in film studies at Duke University.

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SO AND SO #71 - April 10, 2014

Marisa Crawford, Hannah Gamble, Becca Klaver,

Lily Ladewig, and Jennifer Tamayo

Marisa Crawford is the author of the poetry collection The Haunted House (Switchback Books, 2010), and the chapbook 8th Grade Hippie Chic (Immaculate Disciples Press, 2013). Her poems, essays and articles have recently appeared in Moonshot, Fanzine, The Hairpin, The Tusk and Bitch. Find her work online at marisacrawford.net.

Becca Klaver is the author of the poetry collection LA Liminal (Kore Press, 2010) and several chapbooks, including Nonstop Pop (Bloof Books, 2013) and Merrily, Merrily (Lame House Press, 2013). She attended the University of Southern California (BA) and Columbia College Chicago (MFA) and is currently a PhD candidate in English at Rutgers University, where she's writing a dissertation on late-20th-century U.S. women's poetry and everyday life. With Hanna Andrews and Brandi Homan, she co-founded the feminist poetry press Switchback Books. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Hannah Gamble is working on her second book of poems. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from American Poetry Review, The Believer, POETRY, Black Warrior Review, Court Green, and a chapbook from coldfront magazine, featuring new work from authors of readers' favorite poetry collections of 2012. She lives in Chicago, where she is developing an arts-based learning workshop at the Museum of Science and Industry for a team of innovators seeking to address the city's problem of urban nutrition.

Jennifer BARRRRRFFFFFF Tamayo is a New York-based writer and performer. JT is the author of  Red Missed Aches Read Missed Aches Red Mistakes Read Mistakes (Switchback, 2011) and POEMS ARE THE ONLY REAL BODIES  (Bloof Books, 2013). YOU DA ONE, her second full collection of writing and art, is forthcoming this year from Coconut Books. JT also serves as the Managing Editor of Futurepoem, an independent press publishing contemporary prose and poetry. Videos, writing and news can be found at www.jennifertamayo.com.


Lily Ladewig is the author of The Silhouettes (SpringGun Press, 2012) and the e-chapbook I Am A Natural Wonder (Blue Hour Press, 2011), co-written with Anne Cecelia Holmes. Her poems have appeared in Conduit, Denver Quarterly, Salt Hill, Sixth Finch, So and So, and Spinning Jenny, among other places. She lives in Brooklyn.


SO AND SO #72 - May 8, 2014

Mark Jay Brewin, Jr., Amanda Dahill-Moore,

Justin Petropoulos, and Emilia Phillips

Mark Jay Brewin, Jr., is a graduate of the MFA program of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  His poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous journals including Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Humanities Review, Antioch Review, Copper Nickel, Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Greensboro Review, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere.  He has won the Yellowwood Poetry Contest at the Yalobusha Review and been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes. His first book Scrap Iron won the 2012 Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry at the University of Utah Press. Brewin is currently the Contributing Editor for the poetry journal, Cave Wall, as well as Guest Editor at PoemOfTheWeek.org.

Amanda Dahill-Moore lives in Durham, NC, and works in various media. Her interest in social spaces and lived experience has lead to several installations and collaborative multimedia projects.  She is currently writing her first chapbook, and is working with Blacksmyth Films on a feature exploring various aspects of American highways through documentary and experimental film techniques.

Justin Petropoulos is the author of two collections of poetry, Eminent Domain (Marsh Hawk Press 2011), selected by Anne Waldman for the 2010 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize and <legend>   </legend> (Jaded Ibis Press 2013), a collaborative work with multimedia artist, Carla Gannis. His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Crab Creek Review, Gulf Coast, Mandorla, Portland Review, and Spinning Jenny. He received an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Justin is a contributing editor of digital/interactive and collaborative literature for Entropy magazine. He is currently the site director of an after school program for at-risk, elementary age children and is an adjunct faculty member at New Jersey City University, where he teaches composition and creative writing.

Emilia Phillips is the author of Signaletics (University of Akron Press, 2013) and three chapbooks including Bestiary of Gall (Sundress Publications, 2013) and Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, forthcoming in 2014). Her poetry appears in Agni, The Kenyon Review, Narrative,  Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She’s the recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, U.S. Poets in Mexico, and Vermont Studio Center. She is the 2013–2014 Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, the prose editor for 32 Poems, and a staff member at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She's now finishing her second collection, Groundspeed.

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SO AND SO #73 - June 12, 2014

Vincent Cellucci, Tim Earley, Zack Haber, Dylan W. Krieger

Justin Marks, and Sara Nicholson

Vincent Cellucci wrote An Easy Place / To Die (CityLit Press, 2011) and edited the contemporary poetry anthology Fuck Poems (Lavender Ink, 2012).  come back river, his first chapbook publication, a bilingual Bengali-English translation collaboration with the poet and artist Debangana Banerjee is available from Finishing Line Press.

Tim Earley has written three books of poems, Boondoggle, The Spooking of Mavens, and Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery (Horse Less Press, 2014). His worked has appeared in Chicago Review, Colorado Review, Cannibal, Bestoned: The New Metaphysick, jubilat, Dreginald, and many other journals. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi and teaches online for the University of Mississippi and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Sara Nicholson is the author of The Living Method (The Song Cave, 2014). She lives in the Ozark Mountains.

Zack Haber lives in West Oakland and curates The Other Fabulous Reading Series in Berkeley.  He is the author of Chapbook (duendagape press 2013) and if you want to be one of them playing in the streets... (Quiet Lightning Books, 2014).  Recent work appears in Dusie, Where Eagles Dare, Textsound, and West Wind Review.

Justin Marks’ books are, You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored (Barrelhouse Books, 2014) and A Million in Prizes (New Issues, 2009). His latest chapbook is We Used to Have Parties (Dikembe Press, 2014). He is a co-founder of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press, and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and their twin son and daughter.

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Dylan W. Krieger is an MFA candidate in creative writing at Louisiana State University, where she has also served as a writing instructor and co-coordinator of Baton Rouge’s annual Delta Mouth Literary Festival. Prior to her migration southward, she graduated with highest honors from her hometown University of Notre Dame with degrees in both English & philosophy. Her recent poetry can be found online in volume 7 of Smoking Glue Gun magazine and in 30 x Lace, a month-long project compiled in honor of National Poetry Month by Birds of Lace press.

SO AND SO #74 - July 10, 2014

Elaine Bleakney, Dan Brady, Mark Cugini, and Mike Young

Elaine Bleakney is the author of For Another Writing Back (Sidebrow Books, 2014) and 20 Paintings by Laura Owens, (Poor Claudia, 2013). Her writing has appeared in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, Verse Daily, The Volta and others. She is an editor at large for At Length, a place for long-form writing, and the editor of the tear-apart poetry anthology Poem In Your Pocket (Abrams, 2009). In 2013, Elaine was one of fifteen artists selected to take part in the Little Brown Mushroom Camp for Socially Awkward Storytellers. A native of Arizona, Elaine was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She works at Penland School of Crafts.

Dan Brady is the poetry editor of Barrelhouse. He is the author of two chapbooks, Fossil Record/Cabin Fever (Flying Guillotine Press) and Leroy Sequences (Horse Less Press). He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Mark Cugini is the author of I'm Just Happy To Be Here (Ink Press 2014). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Sink, Barrelhouse, Fanzine, Shabby Doll House, and other publications. He is a founding editor of Big Lucks, a contributor at HTMLGiant, and a curator of the THREE TENTS reading series in Washington, DC.

Mike Young is the author of Look! Look! Feathers (stories), We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough (poems), Who Can Make It (chapbook of poems), and Sprezzatura (poems again). He publishes NOÖ Journal, runs Magic Helicopter Press, and writes for HTMLGIANT. Find him online at http://mikeayoung.tumblr.com.


SO AND SO #75 - August 1, 2014

Dara Cerv, Zachary Schomburg, Abraham Smith,

and Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Dara Cerv lives and writes in Jamaica Plain, MA. Recent poetry has appeared in Sixth Finch. She will begin a master's program in mental health counseling in the fall of 2014.

Zachary Schomburg is the author of The Book of Joshua, now available at Black Ocean, and three other previous books of poems. He co-edits Octopus Books and co-curates the Bad Blood Reading Series from where he lives in Portland, OR.

Abraham Smith hails from Ladysmith, Wisconsin. He has authored four poetry collections—In The Old Days (Action Books, forthcoming); Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer (Action Books, 2014); Hank (Action Books, 2010); and Whim Man Mammon (Action Books, 2007)—and two chapbooks, OOOT MMMMM (Kayrock, 2013) and Last Ride (Forklift, Ohio, 2010). Currently, he is working on a book-length pastoral poem and co-editing an anthology, Hick Poetics, within which 40 or so 'authentic' 'shepherds' stab the heart of urbane conjecture with real sharp panpipe reeds (Lost Roads Press, forthcoming). Smith winters as Instructor of English at University of Alabama; summers as farmhand at Hawks' Highland Farm.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of SELENOGRAPHY (with Polaroids by Tim Rutili) (2010), SWAMP ISTHMUS (2013), THE COURIER’S ARCHIVE & HYMNAL (2014), and MEADOW SLASHER (2015), all from Sidebrow Books and Black Ocean. With Solan Jensen, he directed a film about Califone, and he’s also edited five books of essays, poetry, conversation, and poetics. He lives in Tucson, where he edits The Volta, runs a small press called Letter Machine Editions, and teaches at the University of Arizona.


SO AND SO #76 - September 11, 2014

Ricky Garni, L.S. Klatt, Ted Pope, and Stephanie Strickland

Ricky Garni is a graphic designer living in Carrboro, NC. His poetry and short fiction is widely available in print, the Web, and anthologies. He received five Pushcart Prize nominations, one Pushcart Honorable Mention, a nomination for Best Of The Web, and a first place award for the INDY Poetry Contest. His titles include The Eternal Journals of Crispy Flotilla, Maybe Wavy, Dots, The Sea of Kicking Legs and My Favorite Fifteen Presidents. Jiggle Fest, a collection of short prose, is slated for release in the Fall of 2014.

New poems from L. S. Klatt have appeared in VOLT, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Phoebe, American Letters & Commentary, and The Common. His first volume of poetry, Interloper, won the Juniper Prize. Cloud of Ink, his second collection, was awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize. A third book, Sunshine Wound, is due out in December from Free Verse Editions (Parlor Press). He teaches at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was recently named the city’s Poet Laureate for 2014-2017.

Halsey Director Mark Sloan heard Ted Pope read at a Buckminster Fuller conference and knew immediately he had to bring this poet in for a special reading in conjunction with the Lesley Dill exhibition. Sloan says "Pope's poetry is some combination of Walt Whitman, Woody Guthrie, and Lenny Bruce as heard through the gauzy atmosphere of a fever dream."

Stephanie Strickland’s 7th book of poems, Dragon Logic, was published by Ahsahta in 2013. Her 8th, V : WaveTercets / Losing L’una, published by SpringGun in 2014, is accompanied by the Vniverse app for iPad, created with Ian Hatcher. She has collaborated on ten electronic poems, most recently Sea and Spar Between and Duels—Duets with Nick Montfort and House of Trust with Ian Hatcher. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization. For more information, go to http://stephaniestrickland.com


SO AND SO #77 - October 9, 2014

Adam Clay, Ada Limón, Douglas Piccinnini,

and Michael Robins

Adam Clay is the author of A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012) and The Wash (Parlor Press, 2006). A third book of poems, Stranger, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, New Orleans Review, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. He co-edits TYPO Magazine and teaches at the University of Illinois, Springfield. For more, go to adamclay.org.

Ada Limón is the author of three collections of poetry, Sharks in the Rivers, This Big Fake World, and Lucky Wreck. Her fourth book, Bright Dead Things, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Poetry Daily, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. For more, go to adalimon.com.

Michael Robins is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Ladies & Gentlemen (Saturnalia Books, 2011) and In Memory of Brilliance & Value (Saturnalia Books, 2015). He teaches literature and creative writing at Columbia College Chicago. For more information, visit www.michaelrobins.org.

Douglas Piccinnini is the author of the forthcoming novella, Story Book (The Cultural Society, 2014) and a book of poems, Blood Oboe (Omindawn, 2015)— as well as numerous chapbooks, including Crystal Hard-on (Minutes Books, 2010), Flag: an encoded chromaglyph, (Well Greased Press, 2013) and (TPR Press, 2013) — a bilingual book of poems with Cynthia Gray and Camilo Roldán.


His work has appeared or will soon appear in Antioch Review, Aufgabe, So & So, Ping Pong, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Lana Turner, Lemonhound, Seattle Review, Vanitas, Verse and Vlak — among others. Recently, he was selected by Ben Lerner as a finalist for The Seattle Review Chapbook Contest and also, as a winner of the 2014 SLS Contest for Poetry, judged by Dorothea Lasky.


SO AND SO #78 - November 13, 2014

Mary-Kim Arnold, Gabrielle Fuentes, Hassan Melehy,

and Thibault Raoult

Mary-Kim Arnold’s short fiction has appeared at Tin House (online), Wigleaf, Swarm Quarterly, and The Pinch. Her poems have been published in Day One, burntdistrict, Two Serious Ladies, Sundog Lit, and elsewhere. She has also written for HTML Giant, The Lit Pub, and The Rumpus, where she is Essays Editor. She is Reviews Editor at Queen Mob’s Tea House. Mary-Kim received her MFA in Fiction from Brown University and is studying poetry at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She plays bass in the band WORKING and lives in Rhode Island with her husband and children.

Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes is represented by LMQ Literary Agency. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, Pank, The Collagist, Tweed’s, NANO Fiction, Western Humanities Review, The Yoke, SpringGun, and elsewhere. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is currently a PhD Candidate in English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia and is at work on her second novel.

Hassan Melehy’s verse has appeared in Borderlands, BeStoned, The Hat, Redheaded Stepchild, and nthposition. He is the author of two books of literary criticism, Writing Cogito (1997) and The Poetics of Literary Transfer (2010), as well as essays on film and cultural criticism. He has just completed a new book, Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory, which several publishers are reviewing. At the moment he’s putting together a book of poems, tentatively titled A Modest Apocalypse. He teaches French and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Thibault Raoult (MFA, Brown) is the author of Disposable Epics (Caketrain) and Person Hour (BlazeVOX), as well as three chapbooks—Communist Couplets, El P.E. [physical education of the elevated train, and I'll Say I'm Only Visiting. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, 6x6, Bombay Gin, VOLT, Web Conjunctions, and BOMB. He lives in Athens, Georgia, where he edits RealPoetik, works at The Georgia Review, and performs with Historic Sunsets.


SO AND SO #79 - December 13, 2014

Margaret Chapman, Michael Leong, and John Lowther

Margaret Patton Chapman is the author of the novella-in-flash Bell and Bargain, published by Rose Metal Press in 2014 as part of the collection My Very End of the Universe. Her very short fiction has appeared in Wigleaf, The Collagist, Diagram, and the anthology The Way We Sleep, among others. She received her MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and taught fiction at The Iowa Summer Writers’ Festival and as a Visiting Professor at Indiana University South Bend.  She is prose editor for decomP magazine, and lives in Durham, NC.  You can find more of her work at margaretpattonchapman.com.

Michael Leong's most recent book of poetry is Cutting Time with a Knife (Black Square Editions, 2012).  His chapbook Fruits and Flowers and Animals and Seas and Lands Do Open will be published in 2015 by the Burnside Review Press. He currently teaches in the low res B.F.A. Program at Goddard College and will join the English Department at The University at Albany, SUNY as an Assistant Professor in August.

John Lowther’s work appears in the anthologies, The Lattice Inside (UNO Press, 2012) and Another South: Experimental Writing in the South (U of Alabama, 2003). Held to the Letter, co-authored with Dana Lisa Young is forthcoming from Lavender Ink. John works in video, photography, paint and performance. He’s writing a dissertation to reimagine psychoanalysis as grounded in the lives of intersex and transgender people so as to broaden our appreciation of subjective possibility.