126A Front Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Featuring: Mark Leidner (Beauty Was the Case that They Gave Me, The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover) Spencer Madsen (You Can Make Anything Sad) Wendy S. Walters (Troy, Michigan, Longer I Wait, More You Love Me) Molly Rose Quinn (Two Serious Ladies, No, Dear) Gregory Crosby (Spooky Action at a …
Mark Leidner (Beauty Was the Case that They Gave Me, The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover)
Spencer Madsen (You Can Make Anything Sad)
Wendy S. Walters (Troy, Michigan, Longer I Wait, More You Love Me)
Molly Rose Quinn (Two Serious Ladies, No, Dear)
Gregory Crosby (Spooky Action at a Distance)
The Franklin Park Reading Series, based in Crown Heights, will host an off-site reading at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop in DUMBO, as part of the POPSICKLE literary arts festival, which celebrates Brooklyn-based reading series, publishers, and literary organizations. Our lineup features five exciting, groundbreaking poets, working in a wide range of styles: Mark Leidner, Spencer Madsen, Wendy S. Walters, Molly Rose Quinn, and Gregory Crosby.
MARK LEIDNER is the author of Beauty Was the Case that They Gave Me (Factory Hollow Press, 2011) and The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover (Sator Press, 2011).
SPENCER MADSEN runs Sorry House, an independent publisher based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of YOU CAN MAKE ANYTHING SAD (Publishing Genius Press, 2014). He tweets @spencermadsen.
WENDY S. WALTERS' work resides at the intersection of the poem, essay and lyric drama. She is the author of TROY, MICHIGAN (Futurepoem, 2014), and LONGER I WAIT, MORE YOU LOVE ME (2009) and a chapbook, BIRDS OF LOS ANGELES (2005), both published by Palm Press (Long Beach, CA). Walters' poetry has been recognized with residency fellowships from Breadloaf, MacDowell and Yaddo, and her poems have recently appeared in Callaloo, HOW2, Natural Bridge, Seneca Review and the Yalobusha Review, among several others. Her lyric and personal essays have been published or are forthcoming in Seneca Review, Seattle Review, and Harper's Magazine. She is Associate Professor of Poetry in the Department of Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College of The New School University.
MOLLY ROSE QUINN was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. Her writing appears or is forthcoming from Two Serious Ladies, Four Way Review, The Fiddleback, No, Dear, Freerange Nonfiction, and Parallax. She works as a producer of the literary programs at Symphony Space in Manhattan. She lives in Brooklyn, where she helps out with The Atlas Review, the Moby Dick Marathon, and the Brooklyn Book Festival.
GREGORY CROSBY is the author of the chapbook Spooky Action at a Distance (2014, The Operating System); his poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including Court Green, Epiphany, Copper Nickel, Leveler, Sink Review, Ping Pong, & Rattle. In 2002, as a poetry consultant to the City of Las Vegas, he was instrumental in the creation of the Lewis Avenue Poets Bridge, a public art project in downtown Las Vegas. His dedicatory poem for the project, “The Long Shot,” was subsequently reproduced in bronze and installed in the park, and was included in the 2008 anthology Literary Nevada: Writings from the Silver State (University of Nevada Press). He is co-editor of the online poetry journal Lyre Lyre and currently teaches creative writing at Lehman College, City University of New York.
Join us for an evening of poetry with readings by Charlie Bondhus, Elisabeth Frost, Michael Montlack, and Robert Siek. May 22, 7:30 pm CHARLIE BONDHUS’s second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won Main Street Rag’s Annual Poetry Book Award for 2013. It was also a finalist for the Gival…
Join us for an evening of poetry with readings by Charlie Bondhus, Elisabeth Frost, Michael Montlack, and Robert Siek.
May 22, 7:30 pm
CHARLIE BONDHUS’s second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won Main Street Rag’s Annual Poetry Book Award for 2013. It was also a finalist for the Gival Press Poetry Award. Previously, he published How the Boy Might See It (Pecan Grove Press, 2009), a finalist for the 2007 Blue Light Press First Book Award, and two chapbooks, What We Have Learned to Love—which won Brickhouse Books’s 2008–2009 Stonewall Award—and Monsters and Victims (Gothic Press, 2010). His poetry appears or is set to appear in numerous periodicals, including Midwest Quarterly, The Hawai’i Review, War, Literature & the Arts, The Wisconsin Review, CounterPunch, The Alabama Literary Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, Cold Mountain Review, and The Baltimore Review, among others. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey, and is the Poetry Editor at The Good Men Project (goodmenproject.com).
ELISABETH FROST is the author of a book of poems, All of Us (White Pine Press, 2011); a critical study, The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry (Iowa, 2003); and two chapbooks: A Theory of the Vowel (Red Glass Books, 2013), and Rumor (Mermaid Tenement Press, 2009). She also co-edited Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Interviews (Iowa, 2006). Her text-image collaborations with the visual artist Dianne Kornberg have been exhibited across the U.S. In 2009-2010, Frost held a Fulbright grant as a visiting professor at the University of Wrocław, Poland. Frost is Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Fordham University, where she founded and continues to edit the Poets Out Loud Prizes book series from Fordham University Press.
MICHAEL MONTLACK is the author of the poetry book Cool Limbo (NYQ Books, 2011) and the editor of the Lambda Finalist essay anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009) and its “sister” poetry anthology Divining Divas (Lethe Press, 2012). He has been awarded residencies at (or scholarships from) the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ucross Foundation, Lambda Literary Retreat, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and Tin House. Montlack splits his time between New York City, where he teaches at Berkeley College, and the West Coast.
ROBERT SIEK is a poet who lives in Brooklyn and works as a production editor at a large publishing house in Manhattan. His poems have appeared in journals such as The Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, Mary, Assaracus, Chelsea Station, The Nervous Breakdown, and The Good Men Project, as well as the anthology Between: New Gay Poetry. In 2002, the New School published his chapbook Clubbed Kid, his short story “Sixteen” appears in the short-fiction anthology Userlands: New Fiction Writers from the Blogging Underground, and Purpose and Devil Piss, published by Sibling Rivalry Press, is his first full-length collection of poetry. He occasionally blogs at hideandsiek.blogspot.com.
An evening you don't want to miss with Sasha Steensen, Julie Carr, and Graeme Bezanson! Come to Berl's to hear two from Denver and one from here and who is soon to say farewell! About the poets: Sasha Steensen is the author of three books of poetry, most recently House of Deer (Fence Books), and …
An evening you don't want to miss with Sasha Steensen, Julie Carr, and Graeme Bezanson! Come to Berl's to hear two from Denver and one from here and who is soon to say farewell!
About the poets:
Sasha Steensen is the author of three books of poetry, most recently House of Deer (Fence Books), and several chapbooks, including A History of the Human Family (Flying Guillotine). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Omniverse, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, and Denver Quarterly. She teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Colorado State University, where she also serves as a poetry editor for Colorado Review.
Julie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, most recently 100 Notes on Violence, and RAG, just out from Omnidawn. Think Tank will be out in 2014 from Solid Objects Press. She is also the author of Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry (Dalkey). She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and lives in Denver where she helps to run Counterpath Press and Counterpath Gallery.
Graeme Bezanson is a founding editor of Coldfront Magazine, an online journal of reviews, interviews, and essays on contemporary poetry. His poems have appeared, online or in print, in Washington Square, Verse, The Laurel Review, Spinning Jenny, Coconut, Everyday Genius, and elsewhere. In 2013 he was a poetry resident at the Millay Colony for the Arts.
Maureen Alsop, Ph.D. is the author of four full collections of poetry including Mantic, Apparition Wren, Mirror Inside Coffin (forthcoming), and Later, Knives & Trees(forthcoming) Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines including Kenyon Review, Tampa Review, New Delta Review, Typo, and Barrow Street. Her awards include: Tony Quagliano International Poetry Prize,Harpur Palate's Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and The Bitter Oleander’s Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award. She edits poetry for Poemeleon, and teaches locally through the Inlandia Institute and online with the Rooster Moans poetry cooperative.