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SO AND SO #105 - January 11, 2018

Rachel Allen, Lightsey Darst, and Jessica Stark


Rachel Allen was born in North Carolina and lives in New York. Her poetry and essays have been in Gramma, The Fanzine, Full Stop, and Best American Experimental Writing 2018. She has also written for Guernica, where she is an editor.

Lightsey Darst is author of Thousands, Find the Girl, and DANCE, all from Coffee House Press. Her awards include an NEA Fellowship for Literature and a Minnesota Book Award. She is a co-founder of Durham Independent Dance Artists (DIDA).

SO AND SO #106 - March 25, 2018

Sandra Beasley, Zeina Hashem Beck, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Leila Chatti, Tyree Daye, and Dorianne Laux

Sandra Beasley is the author of Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize; and Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches with the University of Tampa low-residency MFA program.

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her second full-length collection, Louder than Hearts, won the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize. She’s also the author of two chapbooks:

3arabi Song, winner of the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize, and There Was and How Much There Was, a smith|doortop Laureate’s Choice, selected by Carol Ann Duffy. Her first book, To Live in

Autumn, won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her work has won Best of the Net, has been nominated for the Pushcart and the Forward Prize, and has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a- Day, and World Literature Today, among others. Her poem, “Maqam,” won Poetry Magazine’s 2017 Frederick Bock Prize.

Jessica Stark is a doctoral candidate at Duke in English, writing on the intersections between American poetry and comic books. Her chapbook manuscript, The Liminal Parade, won Heavy Feather's Double Take Poetry Prize in 2016. Her poetry and/or illustrations have appeared in Lute & Drum, Tethered by Letters, Tipton Poetry Journal, Potluck, and others. She writes an ongoing poetry zine called INNANET: love poems for the Internet.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of Rocket Fantastic (Persea), Apocalyptic Swing, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, winner of the Connecticut Book Award. Her poems have been featured in The New York Times and Washington Post, on Garrison Keillor's "Poet's Almanac," and in numerous literary journals, including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Paris Review, and Poetry. She is Editor at Large for Los Angeles Review of Books and Assistant Professor and Walker Percy Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tyree Daye is a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina. He is the winner of the 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for his book River Hymns (APR, 2017). Daye is a 2017 Ruth Lilly Finalist and Cave Canem fellow and longtime member of the editorial staff at Raleigh Review. He received his MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. Daye’s work has been published in Prairie Schooner, The New York Times, and Nashville Review. Daye recently won the Amy Clampitt Residency for 2018 and The Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award for his poems in the Fall 2015 issue.

Ben Pease is the author of the chapbook Wichman Cometh (Monk Books 2011), and Wichman Cometh (Big Lucks Books, 2017). He is president of the Ruth Stone Foundation in Goshen, VT.



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Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of the chapbooks Ebb (Akashic Books, New-Generation African Poets Series) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors' Selection

from Bull City Press. She is the recipient of a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and fellowships and scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, the Key West Literary Seminar, Dickinson House, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, where she is the 2017-2018 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, The Georgia Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review Online, Narrative, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.

Dorianne Laux’s fifth collection, The Book of Men, was awarded The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book of poems, Facts About the Moon won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also the author of Awake; What We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Smoke; as well as a fine small press edition, The Book of Women. She is the co-author of the celebrated text The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry. Laux teaches poetry in the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is a founding faculty member of Pacific University's Low Residency MFA Program. Only As the Day is Long: New and Selected, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.

SO & SO #107 - April 5, 2018

Dorianne Laux, Ben Pease, and Bianca Stone

Stuart Dischell was born in Atlantic City, NJ. He is the author of Good Hope Road, a National Poetry Series Selection, Evenings & Avenues, Dig Safe, Backwards Days and the forthcoming Children With Enemies and the pamphlets Animate Earth and Touch Monkey and the chapbook Standing on Z. His poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Agni, The New Republic, Slate, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and anthologies including Essential Poems, Hammer and Blaze, Pushcart Prize, and Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems. A recipient of awards from the NEA, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

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Dorianne Laux’s fifth collection, The Book of Men, was awarded The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book of poems, Facts About the Moon won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also the author of Awake; What We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Smoke; as well as a fine small press edition, The Book of Women. She is the co-author of the celebrated text The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry. Laux teaches poetry in the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is a founding faculty member of Pacific University's Low Residency MFA Program. Only As the Day is Long: New and Selected, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.

SO & SO #108 - May 17, 2018

Stuart Dischell, Rochelle Hurt, and Lauren Moseley

Rochelle Hurt is the author of two collections of poetry: In Which I Play the Runaway (2016), which won the Barrow Street Book Prize, and The Rusted City: a Novel in Poems (2014), which was selected for the Marie Alexander Series from White Pine Press. She holds an MFA from UNC Wilmington and a PhD from University of Cincinnati. Rochelle’s work has been included in the Best New Poets anthology series and she’s been awarded prizes and fellowships from Arts & Letters, Hunger Mountain, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry International, Vermont Studio Center, Jentel, and Yaddo. She is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Slippery Rock University, and she lives in Pittsburgh.

Lauren Moseley is the author of Big Windows, which was named one of “12 Most Anticipated Poetry Collections Hitting Bookstores in 2018” by Bustle. Lauren’s poems have appeared in the anthologies Best New Poets and Women Write Resistance and in such magazines as FIELD, Narrative, Copper Nickel, West Branch, Wired, and Pleiades. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Lauren has been a fellow at Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a recipient of an artist’s grant from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She lives in Durham, North Carolina. Visit her online at

Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. Her books include Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House, 2014), Poetry Comics From the Book of Hours, (Pleiades, 2016), and most recently, The Mobius Strip Club of Grief (Tin House, 2018).

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Nathan Dixon was born and raised in the suburbs of Piedmont North Carolina. He currently lives in Athens, GA where he is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative writing at the University of Georgia. His creative work has appeared in the Tin House Open Bar, the North Carolina Literary Review, Bull: Men’s Fiction, NAILED, and the Erotic Review among others. His academic work has appeared in Renaissance Papers, where he previously served as assistant editor. He is currently at work on a composite novel about the Radical Right, and a collection of essays that deal with genetic illnesses and death in the family. He’ll be reading from a lyrical essay-in-progress that revolves around the concept of consent.

SO & SO #109 - June 7, 2018

Jane Craven, Nathan Dixon, Frank Montesonti,

and Jake Syersak

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Frank Montesonti is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Blight, Blight, Blight, Ray of Hope, Winner of the 2011 Barrow Street Book Prize chosen by D.A. Powell, and the book of erasure, Hope Tree (How To Prune Fruit Trees) by Black Lawrence Press. He is also author of the chapbook, Arts Grant, winner of the 2017 Midwest Chapbook Prize. His poems have appeared in journals such as Tin House, AQR, Black Warrior Review, Poet Lore, and Poems and Plays, among many others. He lives in Los Angeles and is the lead faculty of the MFA program at National University.

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Jake Syersak received his MFA from the University of Arizona and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. His poems have appeared in Conjunctions, Colorado Review, Black Warrior Review, Omniverse, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of the full-length Yield Architecture and several chapbooks, including the recent NEOCOLOGISM. Other projects include translating the works of Moroccan poet Mohammed Khair-Eddine and editing An Explosive Pearl in the Seashell of Sleep: An Anthology of American Surrealist Poetry. He edits the online poetry journal Cloud Rodeo, co-edits the micro-press Radioactive Cloud, and co-curates the Yumfactory Reading Series in Athens, GA.

Zaina Alsous is an abolitionist daughter of the Palestinian diaspora, born and raised in North Carolina. She currently lives in Miami, Florida while pursuing an MFA in poetry, and teaches undergraduate creative writing at The University of Miami. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in the Boston Review, Bitch Magazine, the New Inquiry, Bettering American Poetry and elsewhere. Her chapbook Lemon Effigies was recently published on Anhinga Press. She also serves as an editor for Scalawag Magazine, oriented towards unsettling and expanding narratives of “the South.”

SO & SO #110 - July 19, 2018

Zaina Alsous, Brandon Eckes, Ryan Eckes,

and Marta Pouzols

Brandon Eckes' Regarding The Music of Others is a music project that focuses on reframing preexistent sounds in order to convey new meanings within the context of history and genre via sampling and collage:

Ryan Eckes is a poet from Philadelphia. His latest book, General Motors (Split Lip Press 2018), is about labor and the influence of public and private transportation on city life. Other books include Valu-Plus and Old News (Furniture Press 2014, 2011). His poetry can be found in Tripwire, Slow Poetry in America Newsletter, Entropy and elsewhere. He has worked as an adjunct professor at many colleges and in recent years as a labor organizer in education. He won a Pew Fellowship in 2016.

Marta Núñez Pouzols was born and raised in Sevilla, Spain, and after spending some time in Manchester (U.K.) moved to NC exactly 10 years ago. She is a poet, translator, and a teacher of both Spanish and Film. She has translated into English Kamran Mir Hazar’s Stream of Deer (Full Page Publishing) and Eric Baus’ The Tranquilized Tongue into Spanish. Her work has appeared in Lute & Drum, and she has self-published the zine Verbatim.

Jane Craven lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, and has worked in systems development and as the director of a contemporary art museum. She is an MFA-Poetry candidate at North Carolina State University and her work has appeared in The Columbia Review, Tar River Poetry, The Texas Review, Palimpsest: Yale’s Graduate Literary & Arts Magazine, and Atlanta Review, among others. She was awarded a 2018 Academy of American Poets prize.



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SO & SO #111 - September 14, 2018

Threa Almontaser, Brian Howe, Christopher Shipman,

and Crystal Simone Smith


Brian Howe is a journalist and poet in Durham. He is the managing arts and culture editor of INDY Week, and his writing has appeared in Pitchfork, SPIN, The New York Times Magazine, Hyperallergic, and others. He has published three chapbooks and made three full-length albums of sound poetry: Black Sail (with various poets), The Lion's Face (with Tim Van Dyke), and Lure (with Michelle Dove). His poems and sound art have appeared in journals including Coconut, So & So, Horse Less, Past Simple, Drunken Boat,, and others. His manuscript Wolf Intervals, ten years in the making, was recently a semifinalist in the Fence Modern Poets Series. He's currently working on a new book of poems that end mid-line and running the Howse Party reading series.

Christopher Shipman is author or co-author of eight books. Keats is Not the Problem, co-authored with Brett Evans, and The Movie My Murderer Makes Season II, are his most recent collections. Shipman’s work appears in journals such as Cimarron Review, PANK, Plume, Salt Hill, So and So, Spork Press, and TENDERLOIN, among many others. His poem, "The Three-Year Crossing," was a winner of the 2015 Motionpoems Big Bridges prize, judged by Alice Quinn. A Ship on the Line (2015), co-authored with Vincent Cellucci, was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. Shipman lives in Greensboro where he teaches literature at New Garden Friends School and dances to the Boss with his four-year-old daughter on his shoulders.

Crystal Simone Smith is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Routes Home, Finishing Line Press (2013) and Running Music, Longleaf Press (2014). She is also the author of Wildflowers: Haiku, Senryu, and Haibun (2016). Her work has appeared in numerous journals including: Callaloo, Nimrod, Barrow Street, Obsidian II: Literature in the African Diaspora, African American Review, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. She is an alumna of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the Yale Summer Writers Conference. She holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and lives in Durham, NC with her husband and two sons where she teaches English Composition and Creative Writing. She is the Managing Editor of Backbone Press.

Threa Almontaser  candidate in poetry at North Carolina State University and the recipient of scholarships from Tin House, Winter Tangerine, the Fine Arts Work Center, and elsewhere. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets, she is winner of the 2017 Unsilenced Grant for Muslim American Women Writers as well as the 9th annual Nazim Hikmet poetry competition. Her work is published in Baltimore Review, Track//Four, Kakalak, Gravel, Day One, and elsewhere. She currently teaches English to immigrants and refugees in Raleigh.