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SO AND SO #92 - February 11, 2016

Eric Martin and kathryn l. pringle


Eric Martin is a novelist. His books include The Virgin's Guide to Mexico, Winners, Luck and Donald, which he co-authored with Stephen Elliott. He's been a Fulbright Fellow, Northern California Book Award Finalist, and Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist. He lives in Durham.

kathryn l. pringle is the author of Temper & Felicity are Lovers (Lost Roads Press, 2014) - winner of the Besmilr Brigham Award, fault tree (Omnidawn, 2011) - selected by CD Wright for the 1st/2nd Omindawn Book Award, RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY (Factory School, 2009)  & The Stills (Duration Press, 2006). A new book, Obscenity for the Advancement of Poetry, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in Fall 2017. In 2013, she was awarded a grant from the Fund for Poetry and was also a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

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SO AND SO #93 - May 12, 2016

Dan Boehl and Tyree Daye


Dan Boehl is a founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry publisher, which put out his book Kings of the F**king Sea. He co-founded the Austin reading series Fun Party and has received fellowships and residencies from the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program, the Vermont Studio Center, the Akademie Schloss Solitude, the Lighthouse Works, and POGON. His latest book on Edition Solitude, emoemoji : woods, will be available in June.

Tyree Daye is a poet enrolled in the MFA program at North Carolina State University, and he is a longtime member of the editorial staff at Raleigh Review. Daye’s work has been published in Prairie Schooner, San Pedro River Review, and elsewhere. His chapbook entitled Sea Island Blues, was published by Backbone Press in 2014. Daye has recently released a new chapbook entitled What You and The Devil Do to Stay Warm with Blue Horse Press and recently won the Amy Clampitt Residency for 2018 and the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award for his poems in the Fall 2015 issue.

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SO AND SO #94 - July 7, 2016

Heather Bowlan, Alexis Pauline Gumbs,

and Joseph Silvers

Heather Bowlan's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Sugar House Review, Gigantic Sequins, Day One, Interim, Nashville Review, and elsewhere. She has received an Academy of American Poets University Award and fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the Chapbook Editor for BOAAT Press and the Assistant Poetry Editor for Raleigh Review, and will be blogging for Ploughshares beginning later this month.

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black troublemaker and a black feminist love evangelist who lives and loves in Durham, NC.  She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity (Duke University Press, 2016), the co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines (PM Press, 2016) and the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind Intergalactic community school.  She is a Lucille Clifton poetry Prize Honoree, was included in Best American Experimental Writing 2015 and was named one of 10 Poets for the Revolution by the Best American Poetry blog.

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Joseph Silvers is an electrical engineer living in Raleigh, NC. He is also an editorial assistant for Birds, LLC, an independent poetry publisher. His poems have appeared in Windhover, and he is an active participant in the So & So Books Creative Writing Workshop series.


SO AND SO #95 - August 9, 2016

NC WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS OUT LOUD! featuring Monika Gross, June Guralnick, Lynden Harris,

Naima "Ince" Yetunde, and Adrienne Earle Pender

Monika Gross is a director, writer, and performer. She is the 2015-2016 NC Artist Fellow for Playwriting. Monika grew up in Chapel Hill and holds a BFA in Drama from the UNC School of the Arts. In NYC, she was Artistic Director of Theatreworkers (1982-90), directing many original productions and of Smarty Pants Theatre (1990-2001), where she directed and performed in her own plays and adaptations. She is currently Artistic Director of At-A-Site Theater, creating theater in unusual spaces and in familiar spaces in unusual ways, arranging theater and audiences to meet unexpectedly. She curates and performs Celebrating the Birthdays of Dead Writers: the afterlife of the written word, an intimate street performance, where short selections from the works of dead writers on their birthdays are offered to be read to random passersby. The work has been performed in Asheville, New York City, Dublin, Westport, Limerick and Galway, and at flea markets in South Carolina.

June Guralnick is a native New Yorker and her plays, performance projects and multi-media installations have been presented at venues including the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Abrons Arts Centre/Henry Street Settlement (NY), Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (NC), Bethany Arts Centre (CA), Burning Coal Theatre (NC), AS220 (RI), Spirit Square (NC), the North Carolina Museum of Art, and beamed to the International Space Station! Works include Memories of Childhood, Containments: The Home Project, In Gold We Trust (with Guy Nickson), Art Tales of Thaddeus, Women of the Light (with Cynthia Mitchell), Space Interlude, Dreams of Flight, Finding Clara, Across the Holy Tell, On the Dreamhouse Sea, and most recently, Birds of a Feather: A Comedy About De-Extinction. Awards include Silver Medal-Pinter Drama Review Prize, NC Arts Council Literature Fellowship, Southern Appalachian Repertory New Plays winner, Festival51 finalist, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Writing Fellows, Hambidge Center for the Arts Writer-in-Residence, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference Tennessee Williams Scholar (University of the South). June is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Playwrights Center, and International Centre for Women Playwrights. For more info, visit

Lynden Harris is the Founder/Director of Hidden Voices, a radically inclusive, participatory and co-creative organization committed to creating just, compassionate, and sustainable relationships that connect communities across difference and provide pathways for global change ( Through Hidden Voices, Lynden collaborates with underrepresented communities to create award-winning works that combine narrative, performance, mapping, music, digital media, animation, and interactive exhibits.  During her decades of work as an artist facilitating community connections, Lynden developed the Hidden Voices Process, a participatory workshop model designed to empower change through collective visioning and collaborative action.  This process facilitates a dynamic exchange between documentary, art, and community that allows for a multiplicity of voices and a multiplexity of understandings. Lynden also teaches at Duke University and writes about community voices, the arts, and social justice issues. She is a member of the MAP Fund Class of 2016 and in 2014 was named a Founding Cultural Agent for the US Dept. of Arts and Culture, a people-powered movement mobilizing creativity to build a world rooted in empathy, equity, and social imagination.

Adrienne Earle Pender began her writing career in 2001. Her first play, The Rocker, was a finalist in the FutureFest 2002 Festival of New Works in Dayton, Ohio. The Rocker received its world premiere in 2004 at Theatre in the Park (Raleigh). Additional works include Stone Face, which was a selection in the Reader's Theater at the 2003 National Black Theater Festival and an alternate selection for the 2004 Edward Albee 12th Annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska; Somewhere In Between, which had a staged reading at the Drama Book Shop in NYC, 2010, a staged reading at Wordsmyth Theater in Houston in May, 2014, and a full production at Theater in the Park, September, 2014. Adrienne's latest play, “N," is a finalist in the 2016 Dayton Playhouse FutureFest and will have a staged reading at the Eugene O'Neill Festival in California in September, followed by its world premiere at Theatre in the Park in February, 2017. Adrienne was named a Tao House Fellow by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation and served as Artist-in-Residence in September, 2015. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and is a member of the Dramatist Guild.


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Naima "Ince" Yetunde Originally from Brooklyn, New York and a recent resident of North Carolina, Ince served as Melvin Van Peebles’ production and writing assistant for the stage adaptation of Sweet, Sweetbacks Baad Assss Song. Ince also worked alongside Alfred Priesser (Classical Theater of Harlem) as stage manager and actress, youth advisor and founder/director for In Progress and participated in a Poetry Tour with Parlé Magazine. Inspired by her poetry mentor, Luis Bernard, Ince has already left her signature mark at various spoken word venues in North Carolina. In North Carolina, she has served as stage manager for Gallery Players and Teen 2 Teen in Burlington and acted in the ensemble for Big River. Ince is an active member of The Women's Theater Festival-North Carolina, currently directing an original one-act play, Men Always Leave, for the festival. This story of family, betrayal, love and, ultimately, self discovery was inspired by one of Ince’s original, spoken word pieces that share the same title. Equipped with positive energy, enthusiasm and team spirit, she has thrown herself into the core of The Women's Theater Festival, and in common with the Festival mission, continues her personal mission to create, produce, promote and, most importantly, inspire!


SO AND SO #96 - September 16, 2016

litSPARK 2016: Eduardo C. Corral and Lauren Spohrer

Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning, which won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. He's the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Holmes Poetry Prize from Princeton University. Currently, he's the Writer-in-Residence at North Carolina State University.

Lauren Spohrer's fiction has been published in Noon, Gigantic, and Guernica. She's the founder of Two Serious Ladies and the co-creator of the podcast, Criminal.

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SO AND SO #97 - October 27, 2016

Lauren Hunter, Odie Lindsay, Joanna Ruocco,

and Sampson Starkweather

Lauren Hunter is the author of HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS (forthcoming from Birds, LLC) and the chapbook My Own Fires (Brothel Books, 2011). She is the managing editor for the experimental translation press Telephone & is co-founder/curator of Electric Pumas, an occasional reading series/web presence based in New York City. Lauren lives in Durham, her hometown.

Odie Lindsey’s writing appears in Best American Short Stories, Iowa Review, Columbia, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, Fourteen Hills, Guernica and elsewhere. He was included in a 21st Century Fiction issue of Southern Cultures, and selected for a Tennessee Arts Council fellowship in Literature. Odie is a combat veteran, and his related story collection, We Come To Our Senses, and a novel, are forthcoming from W.W. Norton.

Joanna Ruocco has published several books, including Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych, which won the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, and most recently, Dan (Dorothy, a publishing project). Joanna also works pseudonymously as Alessandra Shahbaz (Ghazal in the Moonlight, Midnight Flame) and Toni Jones (No Secrets in Spandex). Her stories have appeared in numerous journals including NOON, Conjunctions, The Black Warrior Review, Caketrain, Bidoun, Quarterly West, Western Humanities Review, The Fanzine, Marginalia, 3 AM Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail and Harp & Altar. She is an assistant professor of creative writing in the English department at Wake Forest University.

Sampson Starkweather is the author of PAIN: The Board Game (Third Man Books, 2015) and The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather (Birds, LLC, 2013). He is the founding editor of the independent poetry press Birds, LLC. He works for the Center for the Humanities at the City University of New York Graduate Center and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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SO AND SO #98 - November 10, 2016

Elaine Bleakney, Stefania Heim, and Jennifer Kronovet

Elaine Bleakney is the author of the experimental prose memoir For Another Writing Back and a chapbook, 20 Paintings by Laura Owens. Her writings have most recently appeared in the Kenyon Review, jubilat, and Documentum. Excerpts from For Another Writing Back have been featured by The Believer, Poetry Society of America, and others.

Stefania Heim is author of the poetry collection, A Table That Goes On for Miles (published by Switchback Books in 2014) and translator of metaphysical artist Giorgio de Chirico's Italian poems. She is a poetry editor at Boston Review and a Lecturing Fellow at Duke University. This past spring she was the Richard Hugo Poet in Residence at the University of Montana.

Jennifer Kronovet is the author of The Wug Test (Ecco/HarperCollins), which was selected for the National Poetry Series. Her previous book of poetry is Awayward (BOA Editions). Under the pen name Jennifer Stern, she co-translated Empty Chairs (Graywolf Press), the poetry of Chinese poet Liu Xia. A native New Yorker, she currently lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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SO AND SO #99 - December 5, 2016

Jack Christian, Rachel Finkelstein, Josh Fomon,

and Mike Lala

Jack Christian is the author of the poetry collections Domestic Yoga (2016, Groundhog Poetry Press) and Family System (2012, Colorado Poetry Prize / University Press of Colorado). He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Program for Poets and Writers, and an MA in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University. Recent work has appeared in journals such as Green Mountains Review and Carolina Quarterly. He teaches composition and creative writing at Westfield State University, and lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.

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Rachel Finkelstein lives in Durham and teaches high school English. She holds an MFA in creative writing. Her work has appeared in The Boston Review, Small Po[r]tions, Lemon Hound, Prick of the Spindle, Columbia Poetry Review, Shampoo, and elsewhere.

Originally from Iowa City, Josh Fomon is a political operative in Seattle. His poems appear in alice blue review, Caketrain, DREGINALD, jubilat, Yalobusha Review and others. His first book, THOUGH WE BLED METICULOUSLY, is out from Black Ocean.

Mike Lala is the author of Exit Theater (2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry, selected by Tyrone Williams), as well as several chapbooks, most recently In the Gun Cabinet (The Atlas Review, 2016) and Twenty-Four Exits (A Closet Drama) (Present Tense Pamphlets, 2016). A poet who works with text, recorded sound, and, occasionally, images, his work has appeared in Boston Review, Fence, the Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, the Awl, and Volt. He lives in New York.