Unless otherwise indicated, readings are at 8 pm at CAM Raleigh
409 W. Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 | (919) 513-0946
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SO AND SO #100 - January 12, 2017
Chanelle A. Bergeron, Minori Sanchiz-Fung, and Eli Viszk
Chanelle A. Bergeron recently moved to Raleigh, NC where she can be found working in her apothecary, writing poems, & experimenting with improvised sound-collage under the name mille & sometimes as de_Plata. Her writing has recently been published in the fifth issue of the Toronto-based, biannual poetry magazine, The 4 Poets, which can be found & purchased here: www.the4poets.com.
Minori Sanchiz-Fung was born in Caracas, Venezuela and currently resides in North Carolina. They write poetry & prose texts, and paint on canvas & panel, using acrylic, ink, watercolor and mixed media. They perform improvisational electronic music as chinchorro, and in collaboration with Chanelle Bergeron as de_Plata. A sum of their work can be found at: www.minorisanchizfung.com.
SO AND SO #101 - February 23, 2017
Michelle Dove, Colin Post, and Travis Smith
Michelle Dove is the author of Radio Cacophony (Big Lucks Books 2016). Recent prose and poetry appears in PEN America, Chicago Review, DIAGRAM, Sixth Finch, and Hobart. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, where she works and teaches intro creative writing in the English Department at Duke University.
Colin Post is a doctoral student in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where he is also pursuing a Masters degree in Art History. He researches the preservation of new media, digital, and net-based artworks. Before moving to NC, Colin earned his MFA in Poetry from the University of Montana. He is currently (forever) working on a performative electronic text, akhilleus, accessible via http://colincpost.info. Other poems have appeared in Tarpaulin Sky, textsound, HOAX, and elsewhere.
Eli Viszk is a performance artist and poet. Her performances involve the physical and sonic manipulation of her body and voice and explorations of tension, violence, and the present tense. She divides her time between working towards the perversion of language and the destruction of prisons.
Travis Smith lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and works as a bookseller. He is the author of a chapbook, Zodiac B, from Ninepin Press, and his poems have appeared in Little Star, Crazyhorse, Redivider, The Winter Anthology, and elsewhere. From 2011-2015, he served as poetry editor of the online quarterly Wag's Revue.
SO AND SO #102 - April 13, 2017
Richard Lucyshyn, Hassan Melehy, and Allison Titus
Richard Lucyshyn is a poet and visual artist living in Richmond, VA with his wife, children, and animals. Geoffrey Tungsten's Grievesome River, a chapbook of poems and illustrations, was published by Sybil Press in 2016. Some of his poems have appeared in Sprung Formal, Incessant Pipe, The Hollins Critic, and Glitterpony with newer work forthcoming in Gramma Daily. He teaches poetry and creative writing at The College of William and Mary.
Hassan Melehy has lived all over the United States and written poems on the way. Some of them have appeared in The Hat, nthposition, Borderlands, Redheaded Stepchild, and The New Formalist, among other journals. His verse is eclectic but probably owes more to experimental practices, from the sixteenth century to the present, than anything. A Modest Apocalypse (Eyewear, 2017) is his first collection. He’s also written three books of literary criticism, most recently Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory (Bloomsbury, 2016). He teaches French and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, USA.
Allison Titus is the author of two books of poetry, The sum of every lost ship and The True Book of Animal Homes, and a novel, The Arsonist's Song Has Nothing to Do With Fire. Recent poems have appeared in A Public Space and Tin House, and she is a recipient of an NEA fellowship in poetry. She currently teaches in the low-res MFA program at New England College.
SO AND SO #103 - September 14, 2017
Dasan Ahanu and Belle Boggs
Dasan Ahanu is a public speaker, organizer, workshop facilitator, poet, spoken word performer, educator, songwriter, writer, emcee, and loyal Hip Hop head born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to performing, Dasan has hosted many poetry, jazz, Hip Hop, and cultural arts events across the state. He is one of the founders of Black Poetry Theatre (BPT) where he has been a writer, director, producer, and cast member for their productions. As an active participant in poetry slam, Dasan has competed regionally and nationally as a founding member and coach of Durham, NC’s own Bull City Slam Team. In 2010 and 2014, Ahanu led the Bull City Slam Team in winning the Southern Fried Southeastern Regional Poetry Slam, the largest regional poetry slam in the country. He also led the team to a 3rd place finish at the 2010 National Poetry Slam and a 2nd place finish in Group Piece Finals at the 2012 National Poetry Slam.
Belle Boggs is the author of Mattaponi Queen, a collection of linked stories set along Virginia’s Mattaponi River, and The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood (Graywolf Press). Mattaponi Queen won the Bakeless Prize, the Library of Virginia Literary Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Belle’s stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's, Glimmer Train, the Oxford American, Slate, Orion, Ecotone, and other publications. She teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.