Reading series & events

Tuesday, April 22, 2014; 7:00 pm

Brooklyn Independents presents Belladonna* with Uljana Wolf, Betsy Fagin, and LaTasha N. Nevada Digg

Location: Brooklyn Public Library: 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Friday, April 25, 2014; 6 pm

Center for Books Arts Broadside Series
Zorha Saed and Mendi + Keith Obadike
Organized by Latasha Diggs.
Free broadsides for guests and a reception to follow the reading.
$10 suggested donation/ $5 CBA members

Location: 28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor. New York, NY 10001

Saturday, April 26, 2014; 6 pm

Mr. Hip Presents Readings Series with Gail Mazur, Jamaal May, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Marie-Elizabeth Mali, Zachary Bos, Ben Berman, Jason Rotstein, Amber Rose Johnson, and Musical Guest Lukey the Bird.

UFORGE Gallery: 767 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Tuesday, April 29, 2014; 6 pm

r. erica doyle reading

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art: 26 Wooster St, New York City

Thursday, May 15, 2014; 6 - 8 pm

12th Annual Start the Presses! Book Party

Zieher Smith Gallery: 516 W. 20th Street, New York, NY

Thursday, May 29, 2014; 7:00 pm

Lambda Literary Finalists will be reading together. Readers are: Ana Božičević, David Groff, Kamilah Aisha Moon, R. Erica Doyle, Sophie Cabot Black, Angelo Nikolopoulos.

Berl's Poetry Shop: 126A Front Street in D.U.M.B.O, Brooklyn, NY


previously in the Belladonna* reading series

Thursday, March 27, 2014; 6:15 pm

Performance + Performance Studies with The Writing Program at Pratt Institute & Belladonna* presents: the Annual Women’s History Month Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading featuring R. Erica Doyle

r. erica doyle's first book, proxy, came out last year from the Belladonna* Collaboratice. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Gay and Lesbian Writing from the Antilles, Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade and Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing. Her poetry and fiction appear in various journals, including Ploughshares, Callaloo, Bloom, From the Fishouse, Blithe House Quarterly and Sinister Wisdom. She has received grants and awards from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Humanities Council of DC and Poets and Writers, and she was a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow. Erica is also a fellow of Cave Canem: A Workshop and Retreat for Black Writers.

Location: Pratt Institute: 208 DeKalb Hall, Brooklyn, NY 22

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Brenda Hillman and Evelyn Reilly

Location: Berl's Poetry Shop: 126A Front Street in D.U.M.B.O, Brooklyn, NY

BRENDA HILLMAN is an activist, writer, and teacher. She has published nine collections of poetry, all from Wesleyan University Press, including Practical Water, for which she won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry, and most recently Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire. Hillman serves on the faculty of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California, as the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry.

Evelyn Reilly's recent books of poetry are Apocalypso and Styrofoam, both published by Roof Books. Essays and poems have appeared lately in Omniverse, Jacket2, The Eco-language Reader, Interim, and The Arcadia Project: Postmodernism and the Pastoral. She has taught poetics at St. Marks Poetry Project and the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University, and has been a co-curator of the Segue Reading Series.

Friday – Saturday, April 4 – 5, 2014
Pratt Institute & Belladonna* present: Indie Book Fair & Performances
Location: Pratt Institute: 200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn NY 11205

Friday, April 4, 2014: Independent Publishers Book Fair
Location: Pratt Lawn (rain location TBA)
Time: 11 am – 3 pm

Saturday, April 5, 2014: Pratt Faculty/Staff/Alumni/Student Performances
Location: Alumni Reading Room
Time: 1 – 6 pm, 8 – 10 pm

1:00 – 1:50
1. Amy Guggenheim
2. Jean-Paul Pecqueur
3. Sacha Frey
4. Priscilla Becker

2:00 – 2:50
1. MacGregor Card
2. Liza Williams
3. Krystal Languell
4. Bethany Ides

3:00 – 3:50
1. Jon Cotner
2. Anna Moschovakis
3. Tim Simonds
4. Laura Elrick

4:00 – 4:50
1. Thom Donovan
2. Sam Hunt
3. Melissa Buzzeo
4. Ariel Goldberg

5:00 – 6:00
1. Nada Gordon
2. Bill Obrecht
3. Youmna Chlala
4. Mendi Obadike
5. Amanda Davidson

8:00 – 9:10
1. A Wrecked Tangle
2. Lonely Christopher
3. Students

9:10 – 10:00
1. Rachel Levitsky
2. Ira Livingston
3. Christian Hawkey

Thursday. February 27, 2014, 7-9pm

eohippus labs & Poetry + Politics Imprint Book Release and Reading AWP Offsite

Please join us for a reading by contributors to the newly released Acts + Encounters and by the writers of eohippus labs. Hosted by Andrea Quaid &Harold Abramowitz w/ readings by Cole Cohen, Michelle Detorie, Tung-Hui Hu, Krystal Languell, Janice Lee, Juliana Leslie, Joseph Mosconi, Doug Nufer, Eireene Nealand, Vanessa Place, David Shook, and more TBA!

Location: Barca Lounge: 1510 11th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98122

Saturday March 1, 2014, 6pm – midnight

From the Convergence Zone, An AWP off-site sponsored by the UWB MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics
A reading by faculty in the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics — UW Bothell, together with an array of our pressmates from 1913, Belladonna* Collaborative, Chax Press, Coach House Books, Essay Press, Les Figues Press, Slope Editions, and Split Level Texts!

Location: Sole Repair Shop, 1001 East Pike (in Capital Hill), Seattle, WA 98122

Help us blow out the last night of AWP with:
Harold Abramowitz; Samuel Ace
Charles Alexander; Amaranth Borsuk
Rebecca Brown; Julie Carr
Jen Currin; La Digga (Latasha N. Nevada Diggs)
Sarah Dowling; Kate Durbin
Andrew Fitch; Kathleen Fraser
Carla Harryman; Jeanne Heuving
Lily Hoang; Lucy Ives
Krystal Languell; Rachel Levitsky
Aaron McCollough; Scott McFarland
Catherine Meng; Joe Milutis
Robert Mittenthal; Monica Mody
Tenney Nathanson; Shin Yu Pai
Sina Queyras (Lemon Hound)
Frances Richard; Mary Austin Speaker
Maged Zaher; Monica Zobel

Wednesday, February 5, 2014; 6:00 pm

Tuesday, February 18, 2014; 7:00 pm

Ideas Like Rocks: Ashley Mansi, Jamila Cornick, and Liz Roberts
Hosted by Krystal Languell & the Belladonna* Collaborative

Location: Dixon Place Lounge: 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY

The third annual intern celebration reading from Brooklyn's Belladonna* Collaborative. Expressing our gratitude for the meaningful labor of our dedicated interns from Pratt Institute and Queens College. As the internship economy comes under closer scrutiny, Belladonna* Collaborative seeks to value the time, energy and creative work of our dedicated interns from various schools in the city by providing a forum for their in-progress writing. Pairing two interns with one more experienced poet, each year Belladonna* reserves a night in our literary reading series and a chaplet in our publication series (now approaching #160) to honor these young writers.

Ashley Mansi grew up in Philadelphia and moved to New York in 2010 to attend Pratt Institute where she will soon graduate from the Writing Program. A fiction major, she was welcomed into the Belladonna* community as an
intern in Spring 2012. Though she has yet to be published, she has hopes the novel she is working on for senior thesis will prove lucrative.

Jamila Cornick is a writer of critical essays, fiction and poetry. They are currently completing their BA in psychology. Besides interning for Belladonna*, they are an editor for THEM Lit, an online biannual journal that highlights the written work of Trans and queer artists. They were also the recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston scholarship for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program 2013.

Activist and poet Liz Page Roberts left her job at War Resisters League in 2013 and began Brooklyn College’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Erasure, We’Moon, anthologies including We Have Not Been Moved (PM Press) and The Widows Handbook (Kent State University Press, 2014), and a handful of obscure 'zines lovingly produced by ravers, pagans and anarchists. She is a recipient of the 2014 Himan Brown Award for Poetry. Sparked by a year-long creative exploration with two other experimental poets, she wrote Poppet & Oarlock, a manuscript which addresses current people’s movements and the necessity of remaining whole and human as we confront mass suffering and face economic and environmental perils.

Belladonna* collaborative presents: Holding the Space with Anne Waldman & the Waldman Family Band, Joyce LeeAnn & LaVonne Natasha Caesar, Women of The Barrow Group, Maame-Mensima Horne, Victor V. Gurbo & Co., Karl Leone, Trae Harris,and Chicle + Angelus

Join us in "holding the space" for our late friend and poet Akilah Oliver with an evening of poems in performance and new collaborations. This event supports artists who fuse music, movement, sound, and dance with spoken word poetry. We are dedicated to poets, like Oliver, who seek alternative ways to present the spoken word.

Location: The Cornelia St. Cafe: 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

Friday, January 31, 2014; 6:30 pm

Belladonna* collaborative presents: Carlos Soto Román, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Jena Osman
Location: Unnameable Books: 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Carlos Soto Román is the author of Philadelphia’s Notebooks (Otoliths, 2011), and Chile Project [Re-Classified] (Gauss PDF, 2013)  He is a translator and the curator of the cooperative anthology of US poetry Elective Affinities. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Sueyeun Juliette Lee grew up three miles from the CIA. Her full-length collections include That Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut Books),Underground National (Factory School), and the forthcoming Solar Maximum (Futurepoem). She writes reviews for The Constant Critic and is the editor of Corollary Press, a chapbook series dedicated to innovative mulit-ethnic writing. She is also a 2013 Pew Fellow in
the Arts.

Jena Osman's recent books include Public Figures (Wesleyan 2012) and The Network (Fence Books 2010). Her book Corporate Relations will be out this April from Burning Deck Press. She co-edits the ChainLinks book series with Juliana Spahr, and teaches in the MFA creative writing program at Temple University.

Fringe Benefit

Friday, December 13, 2013, 7 pm - midnight

Belladonna Benefit!
Location: The Belladonna* Studio, 925 Bergen Street, Suite 405, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $20 now or $25 at the door.
Thank you for supporting Belladonna*!

Want to bid on an auction item, but can't make it in person? That's okay! Just email us:

We welcome you to join us for a wintry fete to benefit the work of Belladonna*. Join us at our lovely studio in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn for a silent auction and dance party. We'll toast and bid and mingle, all to support Belladonna*s upcoming publications, events and the advancement of feminist poetics in NYC.

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
Jenny Zhang
Adam Fitzgerald
Wendy S. Walters
... and more!

Krystal Languell
Emily Skillings
Leslie Scalapino – O Books Fund
Jen Firestone
Latasha Diggs
Liz Roberts
Bill Mazza
Diana Cage
Trace Peterson
Maxe Crandall
Wendy S. Walters
Stacy Szymaszek
Rachel Levitsky
Anna Moschovakis
Julia Bloch
Kristin Prevallet
Brooklyn Brewery
Rathbones Pub


Sonya Derman1. 
"Requiem for Concepts I" by Sonya Derman

Acrylic, collage, and plants on found book cover
Size: 9.5 x 12 inches
Starting bid: $175
Todd Colby2. 
"Ibuprofren" by Todd Colby

Starting Bid: $40
Bianca Stone3.
"Family Portrait" by Bianca Stone

Watercolor, Acrylic, Pen & Ink
14 x 17
Starting bid: $50
Lee Gough4. 
"Luncheonette #2" by Lee Gough

Lithographic monotype, unframed
8.5" x 11”
Starting bid: $100
Dorothea Lasky5. 
COLOR JARS by Dorothea Lasky

Starting bid: $20
Grace Moon6. 
Painting by Grace moon

"Chloe", 2011, 18" x 24"
Ink on paper. Framed
Starting bid: $75

DriftDrift 27.
Collages by Laynie Browne

2 mixed medium collages, sold as pair 
"Drift 1" & "Drift 2"
9 x 11 inches, unframed
Starting bid: $75 for pair

Weekend at The Millay Colony for the Arts

(no food or transport included)
Want to put the finishing touches on that manuscript? Stay at The Millay Colony for the Arts for a weekend! The Colony sits on a seven-acre campus bordered by Edna St. Vincent Millay's former house and gardens and the beautiful Harvey Mountain State Forest. 
Starting bid: $150

A 90 minute hypnotherapy session with poet and board certified hypnotherapist Kristin Prevallet. 

My background has taught me that both scholarly perspective and self-inquiry are mutually critical for a more holistic view of our emerging selves. I believe in changing the emerging catastrophic futures in the realms of earth, politics, and everything in between by confronting the deepest blocks in our own lives and witnessing our amazing transformational potential.

TWO unlimited 30-day yoga passes at Yoga Sole

Favorite yoga spot of Caitlin McDonnell and Rachel Levitsky!
Starting bid: $30 each

11. Drawing by Robert Kocik

12. Pottery by Simone Kearney

13. Letterpress items by Richard O'Roussa

Nov 22 2013 ReadingFriday, November 22, 2013; 7:30 pm

A double book launch party forr Barbara Henning & HR Hegnauer

Email Belladonna* for location:

Barbara Henning has published three novels, ten books of poetry and several limited art/poetry pamphlets; including A Swift Passage (Quale Press, 2013) and Looking Up Harryette Mullen (Belladonna, 2011). In the 1990's, Barbara edited Long News in The Short Century: A Journal of Writing and Art. Currently, she is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative. As a long-time yoga practitioner, she brings this knowledge and discipline to her writing and teaching at Naropa University,, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, where she is Professor Emerita.

HR Hegnauer is the author of the Sir (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2013). She is a book designer and website designer specializing in working with independent publishers as well as individual artists and writers. HR is a member of the feminist publishing collaborative Belladonna*, and the poets’ theater group GASP: Girls Assembling Something Perpetual. She received her MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University, where she has also taught in the Summer Writing Program.

Nov 2013 ReadingFriday, November 15, 2013, 6:30 pm

Reading with Emily Abendroth, Jen Hofer, Anna Maria Hong, Cole Swensen

Unnameable Books 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY

$5 suggested donation

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

DoyleSaturday - Sunday, September 21-22, 2013

B[E]ARING THE LINE, FREE[K]ING YOUR MIND: Two-day Intensive Writing Workshop with R. Erica Doyle through the Millay Colony

Join us for this exciting, two-day writing workshop in at the Trisha Brown studios! How can we find language for the unspeakable ecstatic, the disastrous? How can we counter exposition with
composition? How can we distill spillage, leakage and carnage with an eye towards not only our own liberation, but the planet's? In this workshop, through exercises and readings, we will trouble
and excite the writer inside and see what new moves we can make. R. Erica Doyle was born in Brooklyn to Trinidadian immigrant parents, and has lived in Washington, DC, Farmington, Connecticut and La Marsa, Tunisia. Her book proxy is new from Belladonna* and her poetry and fiction have appeared in Best American Poetry, Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles, Callaloo, Best Black Women's Erotica, Bum Rush the Page, Bloom, and From the Fishouse, among others. She has received grants and awards from the Hurston/Wright Foundation and the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, and she was a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow. Erica is also a fellow of Cave Canem: A Workshop and Retreat for Black Writers. She received her MFA in Poetry from the New School, and lives in New York City, where teaches in the NYC public schools and facilitates Tongues Afire: A Creative Writing Workshop for queer women and trans and gender nonconforming people of color.

Weekend Workshop Schedule: We will begin each four-hour class at 10:00 with coffee, tea and a lot of ideas about a lively, focused, smart writing and art practice. Total workshop time is eight hours. Lunch is served at each class and the day ends at 3:00 PM.

Weekend Fees: $250 for one weekend class, $450 for two Weekend Workshops, $650 for three Weekend Workshops.

Limited Scholarships, based on need, are available. Millay Colony Alumni receive a 30%discount.

Please contact or 518-392-4144 for more information.

Location: Trisha Brown Studio, Tribeca, New York City

DiggsSunday, September 22, 2013; 5 pm

Poetry in Performance: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs(TwERK), Tyehimba Jess (leadbelly), Taylor Mali (The Last Time As We Are), and Quincy Troupe (ErranCities) read their recent work and speak about the influence of music and performance in their poetry. Moderated by Mary Gannon, Academy of American Poets.

Location: Brooklyn Book Festival, North Stage

Sunday, September 22, 2013; 10 am - 6 pm: Join Belladonna at the Brooklyn Book Festival Bookfair!

ProxyMonday, September 23, 2013; 8 pm

R. Erica Doyle reading with Christopher Stackhouse.

Location: The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10003

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 8pm

Reading with Tonya Foster and Salvatore Scibona

Wesleyan University

Tuesday, October 1, 2013; 7:30 pm

Lee Gough, Julia Drescher, Dawn Pendergas

Belladonna* presents three authors from the Little Red Leaves Textile Series, a handmade chapbook publisher based in Houston, TX.

Lee Gough is a cross-disciplinary artist and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She teaches drawing to people with cancer and other chronic illnesses in New York City and she does other odd jobs and occupations when she can. Her chapbook, Future Occupations, is available from Little Red Leaves and her website from her drawings, prints and experimental animations is

Julia Drescher lives in Texas. Her most recent chapbooks include Birds of Paradise, published by Ypolita Press and Hands Chalk the Walls, published by Further Other Book Works.

Dawn Pendergast lives in Houston, Texas. She’s written five chapbooks, most recentlyEpithalamium (LRLTS, 2012) and Sea Quills (Beard of Bees, 2011). She is the founding editor of Little Red Leaves Textile Series (

Location: Dixon Place: 161A Chrystie St.New York City

Levitsky DiggsThursday, October 3, 2013; 4:30pm

Rachel Levitsky and Latasha N. Nevada Diggs

Location: Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University


DoyleSaturday, May 18, 2013; 8 pm
R. Erica Doyle reads for the BLT Salon Series with Bliss Broyard, Aisha Cousins, Cynthia Cruz, Natalia Gianella, Julie Kantor, Emily Raboteau, Eugenia Semjonova, and Lauren Whitehead.
Contact for location.

ProxyTuesday, May 28, 2013, 8 pm

R. Erica Doyle reads for the Mental Marginalia Series

Location: The West Brooklyn, 379 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY


Levitsky Twerk Friday, May 31, 2013; 7 pm

Rachel Levistky and LaTasha Diggs read in the Stain of Poetry series.

Location: Goodbye Blue Monday: 1087 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Proxy TwerkWednesday, June 12, 2013; 7 - 8:30 pm

CLMP Faceout culminating event to celebrate R. Erica Doyle's Proxy and LaTasha Diggs's Twerk.

Location: Housing Works Used Bookstore and Cafe
126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012

Fifteen PoemsEverywhere Here and In BrooklynProxy TwerkThursday, May 9, 2013; 6 pm
Start the Presses!
11th Annual NYC Independent Publishers Book Party celebrates new Belladonna books, along with new books from The Figures, Future Poem, Litmus, O Book, Lunar Chandelier, Pressed Wafer, Roof, Talisman, Ugly Duckling, and Zieher- Smith.
Location: ZieherSmith Gallery, 516 W. 20th Street, NYC

DiggsTuesday, May 14, 2013; 6:30 pm
Jayne Cortez & Sekou Sundiata: The Legacy Conversation Revisited
Dialogue and Book Signing with Tracie Morris, Cornelius Eady, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
Presented by Cave Canem

DiggsFriday, April 19, 2013; 2 - 3:45 pm
EMP (Experience Music Project) Conference, NYU
Migrant Locals, a panel
Jace Clayton (aka DJ /Rupture)
Jazmin Soto (aka Venus X)
"Chief" Boima Tucker
Larisa Mann (aka DJ Ripley)
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
Hosting by Wayne Marshall (Harvard University / wayneandwax)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013; 6:30 pm

Beyond Relief: Two Writers' Work & Words :
CELINA SU & ARIANA REINES; moderated by Alissa Quart

Join us for a reading and conversation with activist writers Celina Su and Ariana Reines as they read poetry and prose, ask and answer questions, hold forth, and generally illuminate the politics and poetics of their original, radical, "relief" work on the Thai-Burmese border and Haiti respectively.

Location: Poets House: 10 River Terrace, New York City
Cost $5


Celina Su was born in São Paulo and lives in Brooklyn. She is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York. Her writing has appeared in both academic and literary journals, including n+1, Aufgabe, Critical Policy Studies, and Boston Review, and her honors include the Berlin Prize, the Whiting Award for Excellence in Teaching, an Academy of American Poets prize, and fellowships from Saltonstall, The Millay Colony, and Bread Loaf. She teaches political science at the City University of New York, and she’s written two books on education policy and grassroots activism. She co-founded the Burmese Refugee Project in Thailand in 2001and received her Ph.D. in Urban Studies from MIT.

ReinesAriana Reines was born in Salem, Massachusetts.  Books include The Cow (Alberta Prize, Fence 2006), Coeur de Lion (Mal-O-Mar 2007, Fence 2011), Mercury (Fence 2011).  Her play Telephone was commissioned and produced by the Foundry Theatre in 2009, winning two Obies.  Book-length translations include The Little Black Book of Griselidis Real: Days and Nights of an Anarchist Whore by Jean-Luc Hennig (Semiotext(e) 2009), My Heart Laid Bare by Charles Baudelaire (Mal-O-Mar 2009), and Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl by TIQQUN (Semiotext(e) 2012). She has read and performed at venues including Works+Process at the Guggenheim, MoMA Print Studio, The Swiss Institute, and many others, and has led workshops as Roberta C. Holloway Lecturer at UC Berkeley and at The Poetry Project, Poets House, and Columbia University.  Recent experiments in visionary poetics include ANCIENT EVENINGS at 208Bowery, THE WOLF AND THE DOG at The New School, and THE OPENING OF THE MOUTH in Santa Fe, NM.  New texts have appeared in Grey, Parkett, Triple Canopy, and Film Comment, and a new production of Telephone is being mounted by Theatre Ninjas in Cleveland this Spring.  Ariana is working on a new book and a screenplay.  She lives in Queens.

QuartAlissa Quart is the author of two non-fiction books, Branded (Basic Books, 2003) and Hothouse Kids (Penguin Press, 2006), and the forthcoming Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers and Rebels. She has written features for The New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire and many other publications. In 2012, she has contributed regular reported opinion pieces to The New York Times Sunday Review and New York and her work has appeared in 2013 in The Atlantic, Reuters and The Atavist.  An adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, she was a 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and is a contributing editor and columnist and blogger for Columbia Journalism Review. She is editor at large of The Atavist, a publisher of non-fiction multi-media eBooks. Her poetry has appeared in the London Review of Books, The Awl, Fence, Open City, Feminist Studies and many other publications. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Solarized (2002).

DiggsDiggsFriday, April 26, 2013; 6:30pm
Center for Book Arts Broadsides Reading Series
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Emily Skillings

Proxy Twerk Tuesday, April 16, 2013; 6:30 pm

Book Launch party for LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and R. Erica Doyle

Location: Accola Griefen Gallery: 547 W 27th St, New York, NY


DiggsWednesday, April 10, 2013; 6:30pm
El Museo del Barrio curated and hosted by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
Featuring Michael Paul Britto, D'Lo, ariel robello, and Alexandro Segade
Admission: Free, RSVP required

DiggsFriday, April 12, 2013; 7:30 pm
Habana/Harlem®: Crossing Harlem
Performed by the Habana/Harlem® all-star group featuring Onel Mulet, multi-instrumentalist/composer and Roman Diaz, master percussionist, joined by special guests Antoine Roney, saxophonist/composer, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, singer, and 8-year old jazz prodigy, Kojo Roney, drummer, this far-reaching evening transcends land, time, and space as it debuts new arrangements by Mulet of original works by key 20th century Harlem composers.
Location: Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
$30; Members $25; Under 30 $15

ProxySaturday, April 13, 2013; 12 noon

R. Erica Doyle reading at the Rainbow Book Fair.

Be a part of the most exciting LGBT book event in the U.S. The 5th Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair will feature more than 1OO publishers, writers, poets, editors, booksellers, and the 15OO+ readers who love and buy their books—from the serious to the wild, from the zany to the super hot. Rainbow Book Fair is open to the public with book discounts and giveaways.

Location: Holiday Inn Midtown: 440 W. 57th Street (between 9th & 10th), NYC

DiggsThursday, April 4, 2013; 6:30 pm
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs reads as part of the Women Writers of the Diaspora Series,
with book signing to follow.
This series moderated by Celesti Colds Fechter, Ph.D, associate dean for Academic Services, The New School for Public Engagement, celebrates the literature written by women across the African Diaspora (African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latina, Afro-European, Afro-Asian, and continental African).

Location: Hirshon Suite/ 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY
Admission: Free; seating is limited; reservations required by calling or emailing:
Phone: 212.229.5615

TwerkFriday, April 5, 2013; 6-8 pm
Race in Writing and Art with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Robin Hayes, Tavia Nyong'o, and Laimah Osman
hosted by the New School’s Experimental Writing Collective in collaboration with the New School’s Social Justice Initiative.
Location: The New School's Kellen Auditorium: 66 5th Ave, New York, NY

ProxyFriday, April 5, 2013; 7 pm

R. Erica Doyle reading

The Glitter Pomegranate Performance Series Celebrates Poetry History Month
featuring: R. Erica Doyle, Tai Freedom-Ford, Veronica Golos, Rosamond King
hosted by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

Location: Eve's Lounge: 769 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
2 drink minimum, no cover.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013; 7:30 pm

Queer Masculinity

Ronaldo Wilson, Stephen Motika, Brian Pietras, Judith Jack Halberstam, Mark Wunderlich

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Writers from poetic, literary, and scholarly backgrounds engage with the notion of 21st century queer masculinity. This event asks a variety of writers to respond to representations of queer men in popular culture, from the fight for marriage equality to music videos and beyond. Each will present his own work in discussion with fellow panelists, and the audience will be invited to continue the conversation.

HalberstamJack Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Halberstam is the author of five books including: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book on queer anarchy. Halberstam has co-edited a number of anthologies including Posthuman Bodies with Ira Livingston (Indiana University Press, 1995) and a special issue of Social Text with Jose Munoz and David Eng titled “What’s Queer About Queer Studies Now?”

MotikaStephen Motika is the author of Western Practice (2012) and the editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman (2009). He is also the author of two poetry chapbooks, Arrival and at Mono (2007) and In the Madrones (2011). His articles and poems have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, BOMB, The Brooklyn Review, Eleven Eleven, The Poetry Project Newsletter, among other publications. A 2010-2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Resident, he is the program director at Poets House and the publisher of Nightboat Books.

PietrasBrian Pietras is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at Rutgers University, where he focuses on gender and sexuality in early modern England. His paper on androgyny in Lady Mary Wroth's Urania won the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's prize for the best Graduate Student Conference Presentation of 2011.

WilsonRonaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010. Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry, Fiction and Literature in the Literature Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz. His latest book, Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other, is forthcoming from Counterpath Press in 2013.

WunderlichMark Wunderlich is the author of three volumes of poems, the most recent of which is The Earth Avails, forthcoming from Graywolf Press. He has published poems in Tin House, Poetry, Paris Review, The Yale Review, Slate and elsewhere, and his work is widely anthologized. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and Bennington College, where he also teaches undergraduate literature and directs Poetry at Bennington, a series of residencies by prominent American poets.  He lives in New York's Hudson Valley.

$12 at the door. $10 students & seniors. FREE CHAPBOOK

Location: Dixon Place Theater: 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY

ProxyThursday, March 7, 2013; 8:30 pm

R. Erica Doyle will read as part of "Intersecting Lineages," an AWP Off-Site Reading

Location: Make Shift: 549 Columbus Ave; Boston, MA

AWPMarch 7 - 9, 2013

Join Belladonna* at the AWP conference.

We'll be at the bookfair in the Table X section.

Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

DiggsFriday, March 8, 2013; 8 pm
Saturday, March 9, 2013; 2 pm & 8 pm

Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs will be part of this ensemble as an electronic vocalist
Conceived and Created by Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd with Maurice Decaul,
Directed by Patricia McGregor
Lang Theatre, Washington, D.C.
$38/$25/$15 military & senior/student
for ages 12+

TwerkTuesday, March 19, 2013; 7 pm
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Alison Hedgecoke reading
Manhattanville College: East Room, Reid Hall, 2900 Purchase St, Purchase, NY
This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013; 7 pm

Belladonna*s: Made of These, a reading from our wonderful interns Karl Leone and Mia Bruner with guest Christine Hou.

Belladonna* acknowledges the valuable contributions of our interns, who often volunteer their time to support our publications and events in exchange for college credit or simply our gratitude. While we're unable to compensate interns and volunteers with wages, we find unique ways to express our gratitude--including this event! Two graduating seniors at The New School, Mia Bruner and Karl Leone, are joined by guest poet Christine Hou in a pairing designed to illustrate the transition from college to early career.

Mia BrunerMia Bruner grew up in Los Angeles and moved to New York in 2009 to attend The New School where she co-founded The Annual Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading at Eugene Lang College and the New School's Experimental Writing Collective. Her work has appeared in RELEASE, Cuntry Living, Modulo, 11 1/2, The Failed Anthology, and The Isis. She was shortlisted for the Oxonian Review Poetry competition in February 2012, and has worked with Belladonna*, a hub of feminist literary action in Brooklyn, since 2009.

Karl LeoneKarl Leone is a New York based actor, poet, and playwright. Recent NY stage credits include: Bertolt Brecht's The Judith of Shimoda at La MaMa (Dir. Zishan Ugurlu, American Premiere), Our Town at La Tea (Dir. Leon Ingulsrud), and Dr. Coulmier in Marat/Sade with The Queens Players (Dir. Kelly Johnson, Indie Theater Award Nomination: Best Supporting Actor) Film: Speak (Ivan Ratner), Question & Answer (Dir. Sam Kressner) and Ira Sach's Keep The Lights On. More recently, Karl has been pursuing an internship at Belladonna* in honor of his late teacher, Akilah Oliver. He has gathered two collections of poetry and performance texts respectively titled: Castrate Tea/Bags (2009)  and which mother [Earth] is mine for the taking? (2011).  A play inspired by Oliver's poem In Aporia, titled The Shades of Our Eyes is currently looking for a home in the theater for Spring but is available online as an audio drama (prod.Victor Gurbo and Co., 2011). New School: Eugene Lang College Class of 2013.

Christine HouChristine Shan Shan Hou is a poet, artist, and critic living in Brooklyn, NY. Publications include Accumulations (Publication Studio, 2010) and C O N C R E T E  S O U N D (Norte Maar, 2011), a collaborative artist’s book with Audra Wolowiec. Additional poems appear, or are forthcoming in Weekday, EOAGH, Parallelograms, Bone Bouquet, and A Science. She has curated exhibitions at Art in General, Jack the Pelican Presents, and The Abrons Arts Center. Her awards include The Flow Chart Foundation/The Academy for American Poets and the Zora Neale Hurston Scholarship. In 2011, she completed a residency at Mount Tremper Arts in partnership with The Brooklyn Rail. She is currently the Managing and Program Director for iLAND (Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art Nature and Dance) and writes on performance for The Brooklyn Rail, The Performance Club, Hyperallergic Weekend, Idiom and Critical Correspondence.

Location: Dixon Place Lounge: 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY


Friday, December 14, 2012; 8 pm

Belladonna* Benefit Party! Join Bellaonna for an Open Studio Benefit Party with guest poet DJs, tarot, drinks, food, and door prizes.

This year Belladonna* is hosting a benefit dance party in our Brooklyn studio space. The party will feature Poet DJs Bill Mazza, Marcella Durand, Dan Magers, Hanna Andrews, Adam Fitzgerald, and LaTasha Diggs, as well as palm reading by Melissa Buzzeo, tarot readings by Ana Božičević, and on-site hypnotherapist Kristin Prevallet.

This benefit party is supported by our terrific committee members including Anna Moschovakis, Matvei Yankelevich, Jennifer Firestone, Lila Zemborain, and Krystal Languell, Mia Bruner, Karl Leone, Zee Whitesides, Kylee Weiss, Rae Winkelstein-Duveneck, Cara Benson, Caroline Crumpacker, Marcella Durand, HR Hegnauer, Barabara Henning, Rachel Levitsky, Kristin Prevallet, Emily Skillings, Adam Tobin, Chris Loccisano, Jenny Awasano, Hanna Andrews, Dan Magers, Bill Mazza, Adam Fitzgerald, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Leah Souffrant, Carley Moore, and Paige Taggart.

Free drinks courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery and Rathbones Pub!
Sponsored by: Brooklyn Brewery, Rathbones Pub, The Center for Mindbody Studies

Location: The Belladonna Studio, 925 Bergen Street; Suite 405; Brooklyn, New York 11238

Anne WaldmanAnne Waldman - photo by HR HegnauerThursday, November 15, 2012; 7 pm

IOVIS Reading

A group/polyvocal performance from Anne Waldman's famous book The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment featuring her own reading with her son, Ambrose Bye, playing music. The Iovis Trilogy is the winner of Pen Center USA's Poetry Award for 2012.

Other readers include Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Ana Bozicevic, Amy King, Julie Patton, and Stacy Szymaszek. Refreshments to follow.

This event is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners Space Rental Program.

$10 Donations suggested. No one turned away.

Location: Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282

Saturday, November 17, 2012; 12 noon - 12 midnight

7:00 pm: Belladonna Collaborative facilitates

8:00: R. Erica Doyle looks at the working relationship between Audre Lorde & Adrienne Riche

Audre Lorde & Adrienne Rich Marathon Reading

The Lesbian Herstory Archives (LHA) is celebrating the lives and contributions of Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich with a marathon reading of their work. Their work and presence as poets, theorists, activists and teachers inspired decades of anti-racist, feminist, and lesbian feminist thought and activism. We will read from their poetry and essays, as well as Audre Lorde's biomythography, Zami, and Adrienne Rich's autobiographical reflections, Institution of Motherhood. We will have access to their unpublished papers housed at the Archives, Lorde's lectures and talks, recordings of Lorde and Rich reading their work and together in conversation. In addition, artifacts from their archival collections, including a photo exhibition featuring images of Lorde, will be displayed and passed around. We especially welcome your memories and thoughts on their impact on your own life and work.

This event marks the twentieth anniversary of Audre Lorde's transition to becoming an ancestor and the year of Adrienne Rich's transition/passing. This joint celebration will honor their life-long dialogue on issues that remain critical in our lives.

Items from the life and work of both Lorde and Rich will be on display throughout the day. In addition, light refreshemnets will be served throughout the day.

Suggested donations will be collected at the door ($5-10, more if/less if, no one will be turned away)

Location: The Lesbian Herstory Archives, 484 14th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Kristin PrevalletSaturday, October 27, 9:00 pm – Sunday, October 28, 9:00 am

Root of a Dream: Poets House Members' Sleepover

Join Poets House for an unforgettable evening spent reading, writing and dreaming the "poetry of the night" in the dimmed stacks of their library. Poet Kristin Prevallet returns for a second year to lead our group.

This is a special event open only to Poets House Members. Space is limited. For details and registration contact Krista Manrique: (212) 431-7920 ext. 2830, or email

To become a Poets House member, click here.

$75—includes writing and discussion led by Kristin Prevallet, evening refreshments and breakfast.

Location: Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282

PrevalletFriday, October 12, 2012, 7:30 pm

Bees in High Court and Everywhere:
A Belladonna* Book Party for Kristin Prevallet and Tonya Foster

Come celebrate new Belladonna* titles!

Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn by Kristin Prevallet

A Swarm of Bees in High Court by Tonya Foster

Location is private. Please email or sign-up for our email list on the right to receive the address.

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


PrevalletWednesday, October 10, 2012, 6:30-8:00 pm

Celebrating New Work from 2012 CLMP Face Out Grantees including Kristin Prevallet's Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn.

Short readings by:

Cynthia Cruz, The Glimmering Room, Four Way Books
Farrah Field, Wolf and Pilot, Four Way Books
Michael C. Leong, Cutting Time with A Knife, Black Square Editions
Dan Machlin reading for Frances Richard, Anarch, Futurepoem Books
Dan Magers, Partyknife, Birds, LLC
Kristin Prevallet, Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn, Belladonna Books

About CLMP's Face Out Program: Designed to maximize the visibility of emerging writers, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses’ Face Out Program supports exceptional writers in partnership with their publishers to put a spotlight on important new experimental titles.

Location: NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway, NYC


Thursday September 27, 7 pm
Transfeminism in Literature: Reading and Discussion
Poets House, 10 River Terrace, NYC
Suggested donation: $5

What is transfeminism? How does it redefine genre and gender poetics? Join Belladonna* as we host Transfeminism in Literature, a reading and discussion investigating transfeminist theory in contemporary literature, featuring poets Trish Salah, Tim Trace Peterson and critics Nicholas Birns and TL Cowan. Discussion will be moderated by poet Joy Ladin.

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
This event is made possible through Poets House's Literary Partner Program.

SalahTrish Salah is a lecturer at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her research addresses the contemporary emergence of transgender literatures and the cultural politics of transnational anti-trafficking movements. Her writing has appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies, most recently Selling Sex, Contested Imaginaries, Cordite Poetry Review, No More Potlucks and Feminist Studies. Her first book of poetry, Wanting in Arabic, was published by TSAR in 2002, and her new book, Lyric Sexology, is forthcoming.

PetersonTim Trace Peterson is the author of Since I Moved In (Chax Press) and Violet Speech (2nd Avenue Poetry), and the editor/publisher of EOAGH. Peterson is co-editing, with TC Tolbert, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books / EOAGH) and co-editing with Gregory Laynor the forthcoming Collected Writings of Gil Ott (Chax Press). From 2009-2012, Peterson curated the TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice talks series at CUNY Graduate Center.

BirnsNicholas Birns is on the faculty of Eugene Lang College, the New School, where he teaches courses on post-1900 American and British fiction, literary theory, Shakespeare, and the history of literary genres and traditions. He is the author of Understanding Anthony Powell (University of South Carolina Press, 2004) and the co-editor of A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900 (Camden House, 2007), which was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book of the Year for 2008 and of Vargas Llosa and Latin American Politics (Palgrave. 2010). His book Theory After Theory: An Intellectual History of Literary Theory From 1950 to the Early 21st Century appeared from Broadview in 2010, and his edited anthology Cultural Encounter will appear from Salem Press in 2012.

CowanT.L. Cowan teaches feminist and queer performance, literary and cultural studies at Eugene Lang College and in the School of Media Studies at The New School. T.L. has shown work in venues including Montreal’s Edgy Women Festival, Edmonton’s Visualeyez, Poetry Gabriola, and Toronto’s Festival of Original Theatre. Her performance work includes The Twisted She Project—an intermedial collaborative performance collage that deals with the perversities of contemporary queer femininity—and the ongoing video and performance cycle, Forgiving Medjugorje—a meditation on sex, religion, reconciliation and money. She is also co-convener of DYKE CHECK! Queer Takes on the Revolution, a stage for trans* feminist and queer political performance at Dixon Place, and she is the author of GLITTERfesto: An Open Call For A Revolutionary Movement Of Activist Performance Based On The Premise That Social Justice is Fabulous. You can regularly find T.L. concocting GLITTERactions on the streets of New York City, where she lives.

LadinJoy Ladin, Gottesman Professor of English at Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University, is the first out transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. She is the author of a recently-published memoir of transition, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders and six books of poetry, including recently-published The Definition of Joy, and two collections that address transgender issues, Forward Fives award winner Coming to Life and Lambda Literary Award finalist Transmigration.

DCA Poets&WritersThis event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.



This event is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners SpaceSharing Program.

Sunday, September 30, 2012; 10 pm

Julie Patton performance.

Location: The Stone: 2nd St and Avenue C, New York City

LadinSeptember 21, 2012; 7:30 pm
Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends Event: The Third Annual Brooklyn Indie Party!
Greenlight Bookstore: 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Featuring A Public Space, Akashic Books, Archipelago Books, Armchair/Shotgun, Belladonna Series, Black Balloon Publishing, BOMB Magazine, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Ig Publishing, Litmus Press, Melville House, Patasola Press, powerHouse Books, Stonecutter, Tin House, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Vulgar Marsala Press

Drinks, refreshments, and music from DJ Johnny Temple

The Brooklyn Book Festival has become one of the premier literary festivals in the country, featuring great authors and publishers from within the borough and around the world. Greenlight is proud to be a vendor at this year’s BKBF, and to participate in the Bookends project: a series of events before and after the Festival to extend the celebration of all things literary throughout the borough. On Friday night, Greenlight once again partners with some of Brooklyn’s best independent book and magazine publishers to throw a Brooklyn-sized party celebrating the spirit of literary independence in Brooklyn with food, drinks and music! Partygoers will mingle with the borough’s great authors and publishers, discover new works, and kick off Brooklyn Book Festival weekend.

September 23, 2012; 10 am - 6 pm
Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Sharing a table with Litmus Press at the book fair!

September 24, 2012; 7 pm
WE ARE THEATRE - a speak out against sexism in theatre
co-sponsored by Belladonna* Collaborative
Cherry Lane Theatre; 38 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014

Guerrilla Girls On Tour! along with 50/50 in 2020 and the Women’s Initiative members of the Dramatists Guild have organized this event because we agree that the continued exclusion of women from the main stages of global theatre is unacceptable.

WE ARE THEATRE is an evening of monologues, skits, songs and scenes about sexism in theatre. Participants include Theresa Rebeck, Kate Bornstein, Shay Youngblood, Brighde Mullins, Caridad Svich, Andrea Lepcio, Honor Molloy, Kathleen Warnock, Laura Shamas, Penny Jackson, Lauren Ferebee, Sheilah Rae, Paula Cizmar, Velina Hasu Houston, Sarah Duncan, Thelma Virata de Castro, Tiffany Antone and Guerrilla Girls On Tour.

The one night only event is supported by Women’s Project and Productions, the LA Female Playwrights Initiative, Hollaback!, Hedgebrook, Live Girls! Theater, The Queen’s Company, Judith Shakespeare Company, Guerrilla Girls Broad Band, Little Black Dress INK, Nashville Dramaturgy Project, Looking for Lilith, Tap It New Works Ensemble Theatre and Gloria Steinam.

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In Aporia

September 19, 2012 at 7pm
In Aporia: The Annual Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading
co-sponsored by Belladonna* Collaborative
Lang Café, Eugene Lang College, 65 W 11th Street

The annual Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading at The New School honors the memory of Akilah Oliver, a radical poet, professor, feminist, and activist. The second of this annual reading series, this event will feature the work of Nick Von Kleist, Krystal Languell, Wendy S. Walters, and Eileen Myles.

Nick Von Kleist is a current senior at Eugene Lang College of the New School, where he studies Literature, Chinese and Fine Arts. Nick has been published on the online zine ShortfastandDeadly in London, where he also did many readings at the Woodburner. In New York, Nick has read at Bowwow at the Bowery Poetry Center.

Krystal Languell is a graduate of the MFA program at New Mexico State University, where she won the Mercedes Jacobs Thesis Award. Her first book, Call the Catastrophists, was published by BlazeVox in 2011. Her poems have appeared in Barn Owl Review, DIAGRAM, esque and elsewhere, and her reviews and interviews have been published online at NewPages and Coldfront. Founder of the feminist literary journal Bone Bouquet, she is part of the Belladonna Collaborative in Brooklyn and teaches writing at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and Pratt Institute.

Wendy S. Walters is the author of Troy, Michigan (forthcoming from Futurepoem Books in 2013),  Longer I Wait, More You Love Me (2009) and a chapbook, Birds of Los Angeles (2005), both published by Palm Press (Long Beach, CA).  She is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Poetry.  Walters’ poetry has been recognized with residency fellowships from Bread Loaf, MacDowell, Cave Canem and Yaddo, and her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Los Angeles Review, Callaloo, HOW2, Natural Bridge, Seneca Review and the Yalobusha Review, among several others.  She has been a nominee for the Essay Prize and her prose has been published or is forthcoming in Bookforum, The Iowa Review, Coldfront, Seneca Review, Seattle Review, and Harper’s Magazine. She is also a co-founder of the First Person Plural Reading Series in Harlem with Amy Benson and Stacy Parker Le Melle.

Eileen Myles is from Boston and moved to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Eileen has published 18 collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction most recently Snowflake/different streets (poetry), and Inferno (a poet’s novel). Also The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art (2009)  for which she received a Warhol/Creative Capital art writers grant. She is a 2012 Guggenheim fellow. She lives in New York.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012; 7 pm

HOT TEXTS READING SERIES: Kate Schapira, Melissa Broder, HR Hegnauer

Location: The Way Station: 683 Washington Ave; Brooklyn, NY 11238

Curated by local poet activists Krystal Languell and Emily Skillings—HOT TEXTS is a reading series in Brooklyn, New York that celebrates innovative writing rooted in the body, desire, sexual politics and the erotic sphere. HOT TEXTS is an extension of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist, avant-garde event series, collective and publishing venture.

Aufgabe 12Theory, A SundayTuesday, October 22; 2013; 5 pm

Belladonna* collaborative & Litmus Press present: Montreal! Feminism, Poetry, Prose and the Germ of Language
Panel, Reading, Reception

This event celebrates and showcases two simultaneous publications of translation of writing from Montreal:

Twenty-five years after its first French language publication, Theory, A Sunday, a collaborative feminist poetics text, debuts Belladonna Collaborative's new Germinal Texts series. Written in the context of years of theoretical discussion on feminism and language, "Sunday meetings," in Montreal, this volume gathers six women's theoretical and creative texts, plus a new introduction by Lisa Robertson and afterword by Gail Scott and Rachel Levitsky. Translators of this text include Erica Weitzman, Luise von Flotow, Popahna Brandes, and Nicole Peyrafitte.

Aufgabe #12 (Litmus Press) features a special section of poetry in translation from Quebec, guest edited by poet/translator Oana Avasilichioaei also containing translations by Daniel Canty, Norma Cole, Ingrid Pam Dick, Katia Grubisic, Bronwyn Haslam, Jen Hutton, Lazer Lederhendler, françois luong, Robert Majzels, Erín Moure, and Cole Swensen.

Participants in the panel include Gail Scott and Nicole Brossard from Belladonna and Oana Avasilichioaei and Jean-Marc Desgent from Aufgabe.

Short readings from Louise Cotnoir, Louise Dupré, Franz Schürch, Steve Savage, and Katia Grubisic.

Rachel Levitsky will be introducing and moderating.

Location: Pratt Institute: Engineering Room 305, 200 Willoughby, Brooklyn 11205

TwerkWednesday, October 9; 2013
Busboys and Poets reading with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
hosted by Derrick Weston Brown
Washington, D.C

Doyle DiggsTuesday, October 15, 2013
First Person Plural Reading Series hosted by Wendy S. Walters featuring LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs reading and remixing from TWERK, and R. Erica Doyle and Tonya Foster reading.

Location: Shrine World Music Venue. 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY

Wednesday, October 16, 2013; 8:00 pm
Reading with Tonya Foster and Martha Ronk
The Poetry Project: 131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10003

Tonya Foster’s poetry, fiction, and essays have been published in a variety of journals from Callaloo to The Hat to Western Humanities Review. She is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna Press) and co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing Through Visual Art. She is currently completing a cross-genre piece on New Orleans, and Monkey Talk, an inter-genre piece about race, paranoia, and surveillance. She’s a recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a Magnet Fellowship, and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, and regularly teaches for Bard’s Language and Thinking Program.

Martha Ronk is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently, Partially Kept, published by Nightboat Books, and Vertigo, a National Poetry Series selection, published by Coffee House Press. Her forthcoming, Transfer of Qualities, will be published by Omnidawn Books. Her current project focuses on photographs and reproductions. She has had residencies at Djerassi and MacDowell, received a NEA Fellowship, and is Professor of English at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Theory, A SundaySaturday, October 19, 2013; 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Segue reading for Theory, A Sunday with Nicole Brossard, Gail Scott, Louise Cotnoir, and Louise Dupré. Curated by Genji Amino and Daisy Atterbur.

Location: Zinc Bar. 82 W.3rd St. NY

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Aufgabe 12 Theory, A SundaySunday, October 20, 2013; 3 -6 pm

Salon for Theory and Aufgabe with Louise Dupré and Louise Cotnoir

Location: PAGE POETRY PARLOR: 435 West 22nd Street, NYC

Aufgabe 12Monday, October 21; 2013; 8 pm

Poetry Project Reading for Aufgabe

Location: 131 E 10th St, NYC

ProxyThursday, September 5, 2013; 4:30pm

R. Erica Doyle reading with Lauren Shufran

Location: Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University


RickeyGilligZeeDanielaSaturday, September 7, 2013; 2 pm

Daniela Olszewska , Audrey Zee Whitesides, Cassandra Gillig, Rickey Laurentiis
Location: The Way Station: 683 Washington Ave; Brooklyn, NY 11238; 21+, donation

Curated by local poet activists Krystal Languell and Emily Skillings

HOT TEXTS is a reading series in Brooklyn, New York that celebrates innovative writing rooted in the body, desire, sexual politics and the erotic sphere. HOT TEXTS is an extension of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist, avant-garde event series, collective and publishing venture.

Daniela Olszewska is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: cloudfang : : cakedirt (Horse Less Press, 2012), True Confessions of an Escapee From The Capra Facility for Wayward Girls (Spittoon Press, 2013), and the recently-released Citizen J (Artifice, 2013). She sits on Switchback Books’ Board of Directors and teaches writing in correctional facilities and community colleges.  Daniela was born in Poland and received her MFA from University of Alabama, but she self-identifies as a Chicagoan. 

Audrey Zee Whitesides is a poet and musician born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Her poetry and cultural writing has appeared or is forthcoming in/on Autostraddle, WONDER, and Bone Bouquet among others, and she’s the author of several DIY chapbooks. She also leads Brooklyn trans punk band Little Waist.

Cassandra Gillig is a poet and new media artist from Chicago, IL.  She is co-author of the mimeo-chap I Went to Believe [Ben Roylance] (w/ Ben Roylance; Minutes Books, 2013) and poetry editor for Epiphany Magazine.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Artifice, Black Warrior Review, HOUSEFIRE, Red Lightbulbs, and CBS News.  She lives in New Brunswick, NJ.

Rickey Laurentiis is the recipient of 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He has also received fellowships and scholarships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Cave Canem Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, as well as a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship from Washington University in St Louis where he received his MFA. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Callaloo, Feminist Studies, Fence, Indiana Review, jubilat, The New York Times, Oxford American and Poetry. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Rickey currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

ProxySaturday, August 3, 2013; 11:30 am
R. Erica Doyle featured at OutWrite 2013.
Poet R. Erica Doyle comes to The DC Center to read from her book Proxy. This reading is in conjunction with Dan Vera, Daniel Nathan Terry, and Michael Klein who will be reading from their poetry works as well at this panel.
Location: The DC Center, Washington, DC

DiggsSaturday - Sunday, August 3 - 4, 2013; 12 - 5 pm
La Casita at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs will be this year's M.C.
Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors will dedicate La Casita 2013 to the memory of Sekou Sundiata, who performed at its inaugural edition in 2001. La Casita offers urban poetry, spoken word, and the musical and poetic expressions of traditional and contemporary cultures in two marathon performances featuring 15 artists, presented in consecutive days at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Teatro Pregones. La Casita’s emcee, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, will share the poetry of Sekou Sundiata between the sets of the invited spoken word and musical artists.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors is sponsored by Bank of America.

DiggsAugust 9, 2013; 6 pm
La Casa Azul Bookstore
A reading and conversation with Edwin Torres and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
143 E. 103rd Street
New York, NY 10029
(between Lexington & Park Ave, steps away from the 6 train - 103rd street stop)

DiggsJuly 31, 2013
Thomas Hirschorn: The Gramsci Monument featuring LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
Forest Houses, The Bronx
Sponsored by Dia Art Foundation

DiggsJuly 30, 2013
Poets House Showcase Readings:
with Dorothea Lasky (Wave Books),
Dean Kostos (Spuyten Duyvil)
and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (Belladonna)

Kray Hall
10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282

DiggsWednesday, July 3, 2013
Thomas Hirschhorn and The Gramsci Monument Project
Gramsci Monument is the fourth and final work in Thomas Hirschhorn’s series of “monuments” dedicated to major writers and thinkers of the twentieth century, which initiated in 1999 with Spinoza Monument (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and was followed by Deleuze Monument (Avignon, France) in 2000 and Bataille Monument (Kassel, Germany) in 2002. Gramsci Monument will be located on the grounds of a housing development and take the form of a temporary pavilion with a theater stage, a library of Antonio Gramsci’s books, a public lounge, an internet corner, a workshop area with carpentry tools, and a food kiosk. Daily and weekly programs will include: lectures by scholars on Antonio Gramsci, poetry readings and workshops, open microphone event, art workshops led by Thomas Hirschhorn, field trips organized by the ambassador, and a play, titled Gramsci Body.

Gramsci Monument will be open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
Presented by Dia Art Foundation

DiggsThursday, July 18, 2013; 7:30 pm
Free: Amplified, curated and organized by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, invokes, remixes and deconstructs Sekou Sundiata’s Free (1977), his only published book of poetry. This multimedia concert features a generation of New York and L.A. based poets and performing artists who came of age in the 1990s as well as a new generation of poets in their twenties inspired by both Sundiata and his heirs. Free: Amplified’s ensemble features HPrizm  (Anti-Pop Consortium), Tamar-kali, Douglas Kearney, Patrick Rosal, Kamala Sankaram, Jasiri, Val-Jeanty, Kassa Overall, and Lisette Santiago.

Co-commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for Target Free Thursdays and co-sponsored by Poetry Society of America. Produced by MAPP International for Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited Free: Entrance is on a first come first served basis; seating is limited

Free: Amplified, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

Thursday, May 10, 2012; 6 - 8 pm

Start the Presses! Announcing the 10th Annual New York City Independent Publishers Book Party
Join Belladonna* in celebrating its new titles!

Location: ZieherSmith Gallery: 516 West 20th Street, NYC

Other presses include: Litmus Press, Emergency Press, Future Poem, Hanging Loose, Lunar Chandelier, Roof Books, Talisman, The Figures, Ugly Duckling Press, and United Artists.

Fifteen Poems by Bobbie Louise Hawkins
The Putterer's Notebook by Akilah Oliver
The Elders Series, #1-8
Looking Up Harryette Mullen by Barbara Henning

Emergency Press
Gentry by Scott Zieher
Drive Me Out of My Mind by Chad Faires

Future Poem
The Malady of the Century by Jon Leon,
Sherwood Forest by Camille Roy
Late in the Antenna Fields by Alan Gilbert
The Source by Noah Eli Gordon

Hanging Loose
What It Is Like: Selected Poems by Charles North
Surrender When Leaving Coach by Joel Lewis
Threads: More Stories from a New York Life by Steven Schrader
Drive-By Vigils by R. Zamora Linmark

Litmus Press
I Want to Make You Safe by Amy King
O Bon by Brandon Shimoda
Then Go On by Mary Burger
Aufgabe #11

Lunar Chandelier

petals, emblems by Lynn Behrendt
Deliberate Proof by Vyt Bakaitis
Homwork by Joe Elliot
Earth after Earth by Toni Simon

Roof Books
Apocalypso by Evelyn Reilly
Split the Stick by Mac Wellman
Motes by Craig Dworkin
Both Poems by Anne Tardos

Bursts of Light: The Collected Later Poems by William Bronk
The Vanishing Point That Whistles
An Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry edited by Mugur, Sorkin and Serea
New Poetry from Spain: An Anthology edited by Lopez-Luaces, Lorenz and Lamboy
The Spiritual Life of Replicants by Murat Nemet-Nejat

The Figures
White Thought by Tom Clark
The Champ by Kenward Elmslie
Seeing Out Loud by Jerry Saltz
Mon Canard by Stephen Rodefer

Ugly Duckling Press
Apart by Catherine Taylor
Emergency Index edited by Yelena Gluzman and Matvei Yankelevich
On the Tracks of Wild Game by Tomaž Šalamun, translated by Sonja Kravanja
Transfer Fat by Aase Berg, translated by Johannes Göransson

United Artists
Alpha Donut by Matvei Yankelevich
Clearview/Lie by Ted Greenwald
Night Scales by Chris Tysh
The Imperfect by George Tysh

May 4 – 5, 2012

Join Belladonna* at the Emergent Communities Conference

More information here.

Location: UC Santa Cruz, California

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 7 pm

Belladonna* celebrates poets Wendy S. Walters and Albert Mobilio for their recent accomplishments and dedication to the literary community. Walters' book, Troy, Michigan, has recently been selected for publication by Futurepoem. Mobilio's book, A Handbook of Phrenology, has also been awarded publication by Black Square Editions. 

Location: Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY

Price: $6

Wendy WaltersWendy S. Walters is a co-founder of the First Person Plural Reading Series in Harlem, NY. Her most recent book of poems is Longer I Wait, More You Love Me (Palm Press). She is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Poetry. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Los Angeles Review, Drunken Boat, Callaloo, HOW2, and Seneca Review, among several others. She has been a nominee for the Essay Prize and her prose has been published or is forthcoming in Bookforum, The Iowa Review, Coldfront, Seneca Review, and Harper’s Magazine.

Albert MobilioAlbert Mobilio is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and the National Book Critics Circle award for reviewing. His work has appeared in Harper’s, Black Clock, Bomb, Cabinet, Open City, and Tin House. Books of poetry include Bendable Siege, The Geographics, Me with Animal Towering, and Touch Wood. He is an assistant professor of literary studies at the New School’s Eugene Lang College and is an editor of Bookforum.

Monday, April 23, 2012; 7 pm

HOT TEXTS READING SERIES: Chris Hosea, Jenny Sampirisi, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
Location: The Way Station: 683 Washington Ave; Brooklyn, NY 11238

Curated by local poet activists Krystal Languell and Emily Skillings—HOT TEXTS is a reading series in Brooklyn, New York that celebrates innovative writing rooted in the body, desire, sexual politics and the erotic sphere. HOT TEXTS is an extension of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist, avant-garde event series, collective and publishing venture.

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs. TwERK. Diverse remixtranslated dutty-tom-gal-DJ-mash-up macaronics aka what happens when Babel reforms through the personal vs persona, cultural identity vs pop media, language vs itself. Belladonna* Spring 2013. Get ready.

Friday, April 20, 2012; 7:30 pm

Anne Waldman and Bobbie Louise Hawkins will read at Naropa University's annual Women of Naropa Reading.

Location: Naropa: 2130 Arapahoe Ave. Boulder, CO

Wednesday, April 18, 2012; 7 pm

Join Belladonna* & R Erica Doyle in celebrating her forthcoming book, Proxy! This event will be held in collaboration with Litmus Press and Futurepoem Books as part of the Brooklyn Public Library's Poetry Month.

Poets from a trio of small, independent poetry presses read their work. R. Erica Doyle’s book, Proxy, is forthcoming from Belladonna. Amy King reads from I Want to Make You Safe from Litmus Press and Jon Leon will read from The Malady of the Century, published by Futurepoem.

R. Erica Doyle’s poetry and fiction have appeared in Best American Poetry, Our Caribbean, Ploughshares, Best Black Women's Erotica, and Bloom, among others. She was an Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund finalist, a New York Foundation for the Arts and Cave Canem Fellow, and she lives and teaches in New York City.

"proxy is an unrequited love story in prose poems, where the landscape of the beloved body becomes the windows of new york city, the deserts of north africa, and the mangroves of the caribbean. proxy is a conversation with the calculus, plotting time and space against the infinite capacities of desire."

Location: Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza; Brooklyn, NY 11238

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 7 pm

Poem. Body. Planet. Need.
Belladonna Collaborative presents readings by TC Tolbert and Juliana Spahr.

Location: Dixon Place Lounge, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY

How can we, as poets, take care of ourselves, our creative work, and the larger planetary body on which we depend? Juliana Spahr and tc tolbert read from new work and discuss. This event is part of the 2011-2012 Belladonna* Material Lives season which calls attention to the material life of the artist, as person, who, in addition to being creator/conspirator to a body of work, possesses a physical body, and real financial, medical and social needs. Bring questions and desire.

Juliana SpahrJuliana Spahr is the author of Well Then There Now (Black Sparrow Press, 2011); This Connection of Everyone with Lungs (University of California Press, 2005); Fuck You—Aloha—I Love You (Wesleyan University Press, 2001); and Response (Sun & Moon Press, 1996), winner of the National Poetry Series Award.

TC TolbertTC Tolbert is a genderqueer, feminist poet and teacher committed to social justice. S/he is a member of Movement Salon, a compositional improvisation group in Tucson, and is the Interview Curator for Trickhouse, an online multi-genre publication. TC’s chapbook, territories of folding, was recently published by Kore Press. His manuscript, Gephyromania, is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press. His poems can be found in Volt, The Pinch, Drunken Boat, Shampoo, A Trunk of Delirium, jubilat, and EOAGH. S/he is the creator of Made for Flight, a youth empowerment project that utilizes creative writing and kite building to commemorate murdered transgender people and dismantle homophobia and transphobia.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012; 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 21, 2012; 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 24, 2012; 3 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 25, 2012; 3 pm

Culture Project's Women Center Stage Festival Presents: A Dance Theater adaptation of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee

Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky
Conceived and performed by Soomi Kim
Directed by Suzi Takahashi

Location: The Living Theatre 21 Clinton St., between Houston & Stanton

By using the code AF1516 before March 16, $15 tickets for any event in the Festival, limited to 4 tickets per performance.

Adapted from the groundbreaking literary collage by late Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, DICTEE intertwines the stories of ordinary, mythic, and martyred women—including Korean revolutionary Yu Guan Soon, Joan of Arc, Demeter and Persephone, as well as Cha herself. Korean born, NYC-based performer Soomi Kim uses movement, video, and original music to transpose Cha’s postmodern poetry to the stage .Dictee: bells fall a peal to sky is based on the book Dictee, by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, copyright The Regents of the University of California, courtesy of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Featuring Kiyoko Kashiwagi and Diana Oh
Music by Jen Shyu
Additional music by Adam Rogers
Lighting design by Lucrecia Briceno
Video by Eric Jiaju Lee
AD/SM Leta Tremblay
Also featuring works by Korean American Female artists


March 29 – 30, 2012

Join Belladonna at the CUNY Chapbook Festival.

More information here. Events throughout New York City.

Monday, March 12, 2012; 7 pm

HOT TEXTS READING SERIES: Kirsten Kaschock, Mark Wunderlich, Adam Fitzgerald
Location: The Way Station: 683 Washington Ave; Brooklyn, NY 11238

Curated by local poet activists Krystal Languell and Emily Skillings—HOT TEXTS is a reading series in Brooklyn, New York that celebrates innovative writing rooted in the body, desire, sexual politics and the erotic sphere. HOT TEXTS is an extension of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist, avant-garde event series, collective and publishing venture. We are back again after February’s amazing reading: it was our biggest crowd yet! Join us this Monday for readings from...

Kirsten Kaschock is the author of two books of poetry: A Beautiful Name for a Girl (Slope Editions) and Unfathoms (Ahsahta Press). Her first novel, Sleight, was recently published by Coffee House Press. She has earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia and is currently a doctoral fellow in dance at Temple University. Kirsten lives with her three sons and their father in Philadelphia, where she makes things—sometimes people.

Mark Wunderlich’s collections of poetry include The Anchorage (1999), winner of the Lambda Literary Award, and Voluntary Servitude (2004). His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Wunderlich has taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College, San Francisco State University, and Bennington College. He lives in New York’s Hudson River Valley. Photo by Mary Jane Dean.

Adam Fitzgerald is the founding editor of Maggy Poetry Magazine. He teaches creative writing at Rutgers and New School, and lives in the East Village.

Friday, March 9, 2012, 7 pm

Sidewalk Café: 94 Ave. A, NYC
Event will be hosted by BlazeVOX editor and publisher, Geoffrey Gatza

Featuring readings from
Geoffrey Gatza, Barbara Henning, Aimee Herman, Michael Kelleher, Krystal Languell 

and music from
Christy Davis, Julie Delano & Gold, Leslie Graves

There will be wine, cheese, and crackers, too.
Poetry booked by Geoffrey Gatza, music booked by Christy Davis. 
Curated and with an introduction by Boog City editor David Kirschenbaum

Barbara HenningWednesday, February 29, 2012; 8 pm

Barbara Henning & Frances Richard read at the Poetry Project.

Location: The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10003

February 29, 2012 - March 3, 2012

Join Belladonna* at AWP in Chicago. We will be a part of the Table X group in the conference bookfair.

Akilah OliverFriday, March 2, 2012; 1:30 - 2:45 pm
In the Midst of Words I Wanted: A Tribute to Akilah Oliver
Boulevard Room A, B, C, Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor

Panelists: Julie Patton, Tonya Foster, Selah Saterstrom, Danielle Vogel
And a film showing of Akilah: 3 Readings, directed by Ed Bowes

This event is a tribute to the poet, teacher, and activist, Akilah Oliver, who passed away recently. In celebration of her work and life, this panel consists of her colleagues, one of her earliest publishers and advocates, and a recent student. Oliver authored several books, and her influence as a mentor was widespread and inspiring. One of her last projects was a book-length theory on lamentation. This panel was organized by Belladonna Collaborative, the feminist publisher of which she was a member.

Monday, February 20, 2012; 7 pm

HOT TEXTS READING SERIES presents: Rachel Levitsky, Christian Hawkey, Erín Moure
Curated by local poet activists Krystal Languell and Emily Skillings—HOT TEXTS is a reading series in Brooklyn, New York that celebrates innovative writing rooted in the body, desire, sexual politics and the erotic sphere. HOT TEXTS is an extension of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist, avant-garde event series, collective and publishing venture.

Location: The Way Station: 683 Washington Ave; Brooklyn, NY 11238

Rachel Levitsky

Rachel Levitsky is the author of Neighbor (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), Under the Sun (Futurepoem Books, 2002), and DEARLY, (A+Bend Press, 1999). Her book The Story of My Accident Is Ours is forthcoming from Futurepoem Books in 2012. Levitsky is Associate Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute and a part-time professor at the Naropa University.

Christian Hawkey

Christian Hawkey's latest book is Ventrakl (2010, Ugly Duckling Presse). In 2006 he received a Creative Capital Innovative Literature Award. In 2008 he was a DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Fellow. He translates contemporary German poetry, and with the German poet Uljana Wolf he translates the Austrian writer Ilse Aichinger. He lives in Brooklyn and Berlin.

Erin Moure

Erín Moure is a Canadian poet, essayist and translator of poetry from Galician (Chus Pato, Rosalía de Castro), French (Nicole Brossard), Spanish (Andrés Ajens), Portuguese (Fernando Pessoa). She has published 16 books of poetry and a book of essays in English, and poems, reviews and essays in many countries. Her recent O Resplandor (2010) is a curious cousin to Christian Hawkey’s Ventrakl. A new work, The Unmemntioable, an investigation into subjectivity and experience in Ukraine and Alberta, will appear in February 2012. She lives in Montreal.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012; 7:30pm  

Voices of Belladonna*  

Belladonna* honors its hard working interns and devoted helpers with a celebratory reading. Interns Jamila Wimberly and Jane Kennedy read with Hanna Andrews.

Jamila Wimberly is a graduating senior at Eugene Lang College of the New School University.  She is the co-founder of Picnic, Lightning Reading Series, a collaborative which recognizes and supports the work of contemporary poets/writers, including students. She also has work published in Lingerpost Magazine. She has worked with Belladonna* since 2010.
Jane Kennedy was born in York, Pennsylvania. She attends Smith College where she studies linguistics and poetry.  

Hanna Andrews is the co-founder and co-editor of the feminist poetry press Switchback Books. She lives in Brooklyn, and is an editor at the Academy of American Poets, where she edits the journal American Poet. She is the author of Slope Move, which is forthcoming in 2012 from Coconut Books.

Location: Dixon Place Lounge, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY

Tuesday, December 13, 2011; 6 pm

Benefit Performance & Live Auction

Anne Waldman, Copyright HR HegnauerAO MovementErin Ward, Star Benefit AuctionsAmy King

The Belladonna* Benefit will showcase a performance by Anne Waldman and Ambrose Bye, live auction by renowned auctioneer Erin Ward of Star Benefit Auctions with special assistant Amy King, and a dance performance by the A.O. Movement Collective.

The Auction and the Benefit will support Belladonna*s 2012 season of publications and events, which share a theme of caring for the material realities of poets, viewing a publishing project holistically. We're referring to 2012 as The Year of Material Lives, and we plan to host combination readings/dinners with ample time set aside to discuss the economic and social concerns of writers, artists, publishers, and other creators. Moreover, in addition to continuing our commemorative chaplet series, we hope to publish five full-length books of hybrid and experimental work in the coming year including new work by Julie Patton, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, and Tonya Foster.

At the auction, we are hoping to earn the funds to complete our budget for 2012. This year we’ve been fortunate to be the recipient of funds from both NYSCA and The O Books Fund, but we still have work to do to make our goals a reality! Part of our benefit proceeds will also support honoraria for our wonderful interns.

The Belladonna* Collaborative would like to thank the following for their generous support & enthusiasm:
Action Books, Helen Adam Estate, Etel Adnan, Rosa Alcala, Natalia Porter Bolland, A.O. Movement Collective, Jenny Awasano, Eric Baus, Susan Bee, The Believer, Martine Bellen, Cyndie Bellen-Berthézène, Cara Benson, Susan Berger-Jones, Caroline Bergvall, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Beth’s Farm Kitchen, Bitch Magazine, Natalia Porter Bolland, Bone Bouquet Journal, BookThug, Ana Božičević, Brooklyn Brewery, Laynie Browne, Mia Bruner, Tisa Bryant, Rafael Bueno, Melissa Buzzeo, Ambrose Bye, Ariana Cameron, Center for Book Arts, Circus Warehouse, Steve Clay, Todd Colby, Conjunctions, Marisa Crawford, Caroline Crumpacker, Josane Cumandala, Dorothy: A Publishing Project, R. Erica Doyle, Marcella Durand, Mona Fafarman, Simone Fattal, Feminist Press, Jen Firestone, Muggs Fogarty, Suzan Frecon, Good Yoga, Gotham Girls Roller Derby, Great Small Works, Mimi Gross, Carla Harryman, Christian Hawkey, HR Hegnauer, Kristy Hegnauer, Barbara Henning, Hi Art!, Cathy Park Hong, Horse Less Press, Christine Shan Shan Hou, Erica Hunt, Laird Hunt, Brenda Iijima, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, Vincent Katz, Jane Kennedy, Amy King, Basil and Martha King, Krystal Languell, Le Poisson Rouge, Rachel Levitsky, Rebecca Liu, Jill Magi, Shelley Marlow, Bill Mazza, Millay Colony for the Arts, Minus House Chapbooks, Noemi Press, Rich O’Russa, Annie Paradis, Parcel Press, Nicole Peyrafitte, Deborah Poe, Poetry Foundation, Poetry Project, Post-Apollo Press, Kristin Prevallet, Publishing Genius, Alissa Quart, Khadijah Queen, Sina Queyras, Rain Taxi, Andrea Rexilius, Sarah Riggs, Robertson-Tait General Contracting Design, Jenny Romaine, Camilo Roldan, Jen Scappettone, Kate Schapira, Leonard Schwartz, Adrian Shirk, Eleni Sikelianos, Emily Skillings, Lois Skillings, Kaegan Spark, Kiki Smith, Paige Taggart, Catherine Taylor, Trembling Pillow Press, Trickhouse, Ugly Duckling Presse, Penelope Umbrico, Unnameable Books, Vine Wine, Anne Waldman, Erin Ward & Star Benefit Auctions, Lewis Warsh, Kylee Weiss, Natalie Wetzel, Tom White, Jamila Wimberly, Uljana Wolf, Audra Wolowiec, WORD Bookstore,, Lila Zemborain, Zhang Er, Rachel Zolf, and Rachel Zucker

Location: Hi Art! 227 West 29th Street, 4th Floor (between 7th & 8th) New York, NY 10001

Tuesday, October 11, 2011; 7:30 pm

Two readings: Uljana Wolf and Erica Kaufman
Plus: Re-introducting the 'short open mike' — a space for poets to sign up on the spot and give a brief, 1 – 3 minute reading. We welcome you to bring a short work that addresses 'material lives' to the event.

Location: Dixon Place: 161A Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002
Admission: $6

Uljana Wolf

The German poet and translator Uljana Wolf published two books of poetry, kochanie ich habe brot gekauft and falsche freunde (both kookbooks, Berlin), as well as “BOX OFFICE” (an essay on the prose poem). false friends, an English selection translated by Susan Bernofsky, appeared from Ugly Duckling Presse 2011. Her poems appeared in journals and anthologies such as New European Poetry (Graywolf, 2008), Dichten No. 10: 16 New German Poets (Burning Deck, 2008), jubilat, Chicago Review, Harper’s Magazine. She translates numerous poets into German, among them Matthea Harvey, Christian Hawkey, Erín Moure, and Cole Swensen, and was the co-editor of the Jahrbuch der Lyrik 2009. 
Photography by Katja Zimmermann.

Erica Kaufman

Erica Kaufman is the author of censory impulse (Factory School 2009) as well as several chapbooks, most recently selections from INSTANT CLASSIC (Least Weasel 2011). More poems from this recent project, INSTANT CLASSIC, can be found online in Little Red Leaves and Elective Affinities. Recent prose can be found in The Poetry Project Newsletter and Rain Taxi. Kaufman is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the CUNY Graduate Center in Composition & Rhetoric, and teaches at Baruch College and Bard College’s Institute for Writing & Thinking and Institute for Language & Thinking.

DCA Poets&WritersThis event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 8 pm
featuring Khadijah Queen and Julian T. Brolaski.
Please join us for the second installment of HOT TEXTS at The Way Station. Curated by local poet activists Krystal Languell and Emily Skillings—HOT TEXTS is a reading series in Brooklyn, New York that celebrates innovative writing rooted in the body, desire, sexual politics and the erotic sphere. HOT TEXTS is an extension of the Belladonna* Collaborative.
Location: The Way Station: 683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, September 18, 2011
Brooklyn Book Festival
Bookend events at BAM, Brooklyn Bowl, BookCourt, Community Book Store, Galapagos Art Space, powerHouse Arena, WORD and other locations.
Location: Brooklyn Borough Hall; 209 Joralemon St; Brooklyn, NY   

Tuesday, September 13, 2011; 7:30 pm

Our Material Lives: Feminism and Poetry at Various Ages

Our 2011-2012 season will call to attention the material life of the artist, as person, who, in addition to being creator/conspirator to a body of work, possesses a physical body, and real financial, medical and social needs. To inaugurate this season, we'll begin with an unique event focusing on feminism and writing in the many stages of our poetic lives.
The evening will include an exclusive screening of The Poetry Deal, Melanie La Rosa's film about legendary poet Diane di Prima, readings by internationally acclaimed poets Ana Bozicević and Caroline Crumpacker, with Hannah Zeavin and an opportunity for conversation among presenters and audience.

Curated by Rachel Levitsky, Krystal Languell and Emily Skillings
Click here to purchase tickets

Location: Dixon Place: 161A Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002
Admission: $6

Ana Bozicević

Poet and translator Ana Bozicević came from Croatia to America and wrote Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009), a Lambda Literary Award finalist. She works and studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she prepared Diane di Prima's "The Mysteries of Vision: Some Notes on H.D." for publication in Lost&Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. Currently she's completing her second book of poems.

Caroline Crumpacker

Caroline Crumpacker has published the chapbooks Recherche Theories (Etherdome Press, 2010) and The Institution in Her Twilight (Dusie Kollectiv, 2011). Her poetry, translations and reviews appear in magazines and anthologies including The Talisman Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Talisman, 2007) and American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan University Press, 2007). She is a member of Belladonna* Collaborative and a contributing editor for Circumference, and was a founding editor of both Fence and the French/American online magazine Double Change. She lives in "mid-upstate New York" with her lovely daughter Coco and her partner the puppeteer Roberto Rossi. A bit further upstate, she runs The Millay Colony for the Arts.

Diane di Prima

Diane di Prima was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1934, a second generation American of Italian descent. She lived and wrote in Manhattan for many years, where she became known as an important writer of the Beat movement. During that time she co-founded the New York Poets Theatre, and founded the Poets Press, which published the work of many new writers of the period. With Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), she edited the literary newsletter The Floating Bear (1961-1969). She is the author of 43 books of poetry and prose, including Pieces of a Song (City Lights, 1990). Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages and she's received many grants and awards for her poetry. Diane lives and writes in San Francisco, where she teaches private classes and workshops and does individual consultations on writing and creativity. Di Prima was named Poet Laureate of San Francisco in 2009, and she turned 77 in August.

Melanie La Rosa has worked in the production of documentaries since 1996. Aside from directing, her numerous roles have included that of producer, director of photography, 2nd unit camera, associate producer, and assistant editor. Her education includes an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She teaches documentary filmmaking at Hunter College. Melanie is currently at work on THE POETRY DEAL, a film about the life and work of poet Diane di Prima.

Hannah Zeavin

Hannah Zeavin is a poet and feminist from Brooklyn.  She now attends Yale University, where she helped instigate a recent Title IX complaint.  Her poetry and articles have appeared in a few magazines and journals.  Zeavin has spoken out on issues of gender and sexuality on CNN, The New York Times, and Good Morning America. She is the poetry editor at Cousin Corinne’s Reminder and the editor-in-chief of Her first book, Circa, was published by Hanging Loose Press.


Akilah OliverMonday, September 12, 2011; 7 pm

In Aporia: The Annual Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading

The annual Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading honors the memory of Lang professor Akilah Oliver, a radical poet, feminist, and activist. As the first of an annual reading series, this reading will feature the work of Oliver's contemporaries Julian Brolaski, Rachel Levitsky and Lauren Nicole Nixon, along with Oliver's former students Erik Freer, Karl Leone and Kaley Foley.

Location: The New School: Lang Cafe, 65 West 11th Street; New York, NY

Rachel Levitsky

Rachel Levitsky is the author of Under the Sun (Futurepoem 2003), NEIGHBOR (UDP 2009) and the forthcoming novel,The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem 2011 or 2012). She is also the author of seven or eight chapbooks, most recently a prose work, Renoemos (Delete Press 2010). Levitsky teaches Writing and Literature at Pratt Institute, Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, Poets House and Bard Prison Initiative. She is a member of Belladonna* Collaborative—a hub of feminist avant-garde literary action. Four of her mini-essays on Confinement can be found online. With Christian Hawkey and a bunch of their students, she recently opened The Office of Recuperative Poetics, a mobile installation of cultural recollection and reanimation.

Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Julian Talamantez Brolaski is the author of gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011) and several chapbooks. Advice for Lovers is forthcoming from City Lights in spring 2012. Julian lives in Brooklyn where xe is an editor at Litmus Press and plays country music with Juan & the Pines. New work is on the blog hermofwarsaw.

Lauren Nicole Nixon

Lauren Nicole Nixon is a Brooklyn-based artist representative and poet. Nixon holds an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU and a B.A. in Dance and Culture/Media Studies from The New School. Recent and forthcoming work is published in Bone Bouquet, The Tulane Review, apt, 491, Jelly Bucket, No, Dear and In Posse. She is a  Pushcart Prize nominee.  

Erik Freer

Erik Freer is an undergraduate student at The New School in the dual degree program pursuing a BFA from Parsons the New School for Design in Communication Design and a BA from Eugene Lang College the New School for the Liberal Arts in Writing. At Parsons his focus is on Information, Print, and Typography and at Lang his focus is on Poetry and Play writing, with a minor in Japanese. Erik possesses a deep interest in ideas of mapping (or un-mapping) and the visual representation of information. Erik dedicates his spare time to any and everything cultural and creative he can produce and experience. 

Kailey Foley

Kailey Foley is a poetry major in her third year at Lang. She resides and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn, which is often detrimental to her health if not instrumental to her writing. Her favorite poetry includes that of Charles Bukowski and the female Language poets. She spends most of her time composing 90's power-hour playlists and thinking about syntax. Kailey has had pieces published in Voice and Moth Mouth literary magazines and online at Spillway publications. Cool, whatever.

Karl Leone

Karl Leone is a junior at Eugene Lang College of The New School and is honored to be taking part in this fall’s reading honoring his dear friend, mentor, and teacher Akilah Oliver. As an actor, Karl’s New York stage credits include “Marat/ Sade,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “Laramie Project,” and “Undermilkwood. 4 Recent film credits include “Keep the Lights On” dir. Ira Sachs and “Going Out” dir. Leah Samuel. Most recently, Karl has been concentrating on the genre of poetic drama and is developing a play called “Our Aporia” influenced on the writings of Oliver’s “A Toastin the House of Friends.”

Boog City Book Fair

Saturday - Sunday, August 6 - 7, 2011
Boog City Book Festival

Please join Belladonna* at the Boog City Book Festival!

With a special reading from Belladonna* author Evie Shockley @ 12pm on August 6th!  Stop by our table to hear her read her own work and an excerpt from Akilah Oliver's recently reissued Putterer's Notebook.

Location: Unnameable Books: 600 Vanderbilt Avenue; Brooklyn, NY 11238

Saturday - Sunday, July 30-31, 2011
The First Annual New York City Poetry Festival 
Location: Governors Island, Colonel's Row; 10 South Street, NYC
Details to come!

Friday, July 29, 2011
Printers' Ball
The Printers' Ball is an annual celebration of literary culture, featuring thousands of magazines, books, and broadsides available free of charge; live music and readings; letterpress, offset, and paper-making demonstrations; and much more, free to all ages.
Location: The Ludington Building; 1104 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL   

Tuesday, July 26, 2011; 8 pm
HOT TEXTS READING SERIES: R. Erica Doyle, Lila Zemborain, Paul Foster Johnson, Susana Gardner

Curated by local poet activists Krystal Languell and Emily Skillings—HOT TEXTS is a reading series in Brooklyn, New York that celebrates innovative writing rooted in the body, desire, sexual politics and the erotic sphere.  HOT TEXTS is an extension of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist, avant-garde event series, collective and publishing venture.  


Erica Doyle    Lila Zemborain    Paul Foster Johnson    Gardner

R. Erica Doyle’s poetry and fiction have appeared in Best American Poetry, Our Caribbean, Ploughshares, Best Black Women's Erotica, and Bloom, among others. She was an Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund finalist, a New York Foundation for the Arts and Cave Canem Fellow, and she lives and teaches in New York City.

Argentinean poet Lila Zemborain has been living in New York since 1985. She is the author of the poetry collections, Abrete sésamo debajo del agua (1993), Usted (1998), Guardianes del secreto (2002) / Guardians of the Secret (Las Cruces: Noemi Press, 2009), Malvas orquídeas del mar (2004) /Mauve-Sea Orchids (New York: Belladonna Books, 2007), Rasgado (2006) and in collaboration with artist Martin Reyna La couleur de l’eau / El color del agua (Paris: Virginie Boissiere, 2008). She has authored the book-length essay Gabriela Mistral. Una mujer sin rostro. From 2000 to 2006, she was the director and editor of the Rebel Road Series, and since 2003 she curates the KJCC Poetry Series at New York University, where she directs the MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish. In 2007 she was selected as a Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry, and in Spring 2010 she was awarded a one month residency at the Millay Colony.

Paul Foster Johnson’s first collection of poetry, Refrains/Unworkings, was published by Apostrophe Books, and his second, Study in Pavilions and Safe Rooms, was published by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. With E. Tracy Grinnell, he is the author of the g-o-n-g press chapbook Quadriga. His poems have appeared in The Awl, Cannot Exist, GAM, EOAGH, Fence, and Octopus. From 2003 to 2006, he curated the Experiments and Disorders reading series at Dixon Place. He is an editor at Litmus Press and lives in New York. 

Susana Gardner’s first full-length collection of poems, [lapsed insel weary], was published by The Tangent Press in 2008. Her second collection, HERSO An Heirship in Waves is just out from Black Radish Books, 2011. She has also published several chapbooks, the most recent of which is Idylls& Rushes (Dusie Kollektiv, 2011). Her poetry has appeared in many online and print publications including Jacket Magazine, How2, Puerto Del Sol, and Cambridge Literary Review among others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies, including “131.839 slog meth bilum” (131.839 keystrokes  with spaces), NTAMO, Finland and NOT FOR MOTHERS ONLY, a collection of  poetry by women from Fence Books, USA. She lives in Zürich, Switzerland, where she also edits and curates the online poetics journal and experimental kollektiv press, Dusie.

Location: The Way Station: 683 Washington Ave; Brooklyn, NY 11238
Between Prospect and St Marks
Subway: A to Washington or 2/3 to BK Museum or Q to 7th Ave B45 to Washington Ave and Prospect Place (stops right in front of bar)

Saturday, July 23, 2011
Popsickle Festival
The second annual POPSICKLE Festival unites Brooklyn-based poetry and prose reading series for a monster day of reading, performance, and screenings as well as book tables and a raffle with amazing prizes. 
Location: Gowanus Ballroom: 55 9th St; Brooklyn, NY

Rachel Levitsky

Friday, June 24, 2011: 7:30 pm
FACE OUT Book Party

A multi-press book party, featuring recipients of the Jerome Foundation Face Out grant, administered by CLMP. Join us for a dynamic event! Rachel Levitsky (Futurepoem) will read with Jeffrey Jullich (Litmus Press), Paul Foster Johnson (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), Karen Weiser (Ugly Duckling Presse), and Elizabeth Streb (The Feminist Press).

Location: Greenlight Bookstore: 686 Fulton St.; Brooklyn, NY 11217

Brooklyn Print + Zine Fair

Saturday - Sunday, June 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm – June 19 at 6:00 pm
Booklyn Print + Zine Fair

Please join Belladonna* at the Brooklyn Print + Zine Fair! In conjunction with Northside Open Studios, this will be a street-level print and zine fair featuring of a handful of independent publishers and individual artists including: Belladonna*, Booklyn Aritst Alliance, Brainwaves Print + Zine Department, Casey Farnum, FLY, Ian McGillivray, Jess Poplawski, Jason Kachadourian, Lauren Denitzio, Mike Taylor, Pen15, Press Ugly Duckling Presse, Wild Isle, & more!

The exhibition MASTER OF REALITY, will be open upstairs in our gallery space on the fourth floor from 12 - 6pm, along with AC and refreshments.

Location: Booklyn Artist Alliance: 37 Greenpoint Avenue; Brooklyn, NY 11222

Akilah Oliver

Wednesday, June 15, 2011; 8:00 pm
Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading.

Please join us as we create a space for people to read and perform Akilah Oliver’s work and work inspired by her. The reading will be in the Parish Hall, a room where she read her work, carefully listened to the work of other poets and taught workshops. The event is an opportunity for us to express our deep gratitude and pay homage to her gifts and her greatness. With Rachel Levitsky, Eileen Myles, Patricia Spears Jones, Julie Patton, Tonya Foster, E. Tracy Grinnell, Tracie Morris, Charles Bernstein, Steven Taylor, Tyler Burba, Julian T. Brolaski, Rachel Zolf, Joyce LeeAnn Joseph, Laura Meyers, Stacy Szymaszek, Marcia Oliver and a special tribute from a group of some of her former students: Stephen Motika, Lydia Cortes, Jamila Wimberly & Mia Bruner. Presented with the Poetry Project.

Location: Poetry Project: 131 East 10th Street; New York, NY 10003
Admision: FREE

The Wide RoadLooking Up Harryette MullenThursday, May 19, 2011; 5:45 - 8:00 pm
Belladonna*, Litmus, United Artists, Ugly Duckling, Future Poem, Talisman, Granary, Roof & The Figures invite you to a BOOK PARTY!
Belladonna* will celebrate two new books: The Wide Road by Carla Harryman & Lyn Hejinian, and Looking Up Harryette Mullen by Barbara Henning.
Refreshments will be served.
Location: ZieherSmith Gallery: 516 W. 20th Street; New York, NY

Wednesday, May 18, 2011; 6 pm

Eugene Ostashevsky & Elisa Biagini

Poet Elisa Biagini visiting from Florence reads her work in Italian and poet Eugene Ostashevsky reads his translations in English



Elisa Biagini lives in Florence, Italy after having taught and studied in the U.S. for several years. Her poems have been published in several Italian and American reviews and anthologies. She has published 6 poetry collections- some biligual- such as “L’Ospite”, (Einaudi, 2004) and “Fiato. parole per musica” (2006). Her new collection came out in 2007 (“Nel Bosco”, Einaudi). Her poems have been translated into English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Croatian, Japanese, Slovak, Russian, Serbian, Arabic and Chinese. She has translated several contemporary American poets for reviews, anthologies and complete collections (“Nuovi Poeti Americani” Einaudi, 2006). She teaches Creative Writing-Poetry, Travel Writing, Literature and Art History in American Universities in Italy and abroad.


Eugene Ostashevsky is a Russian-born American poet from New York City. His books include the poetry collections The Off-Centaur, (New York: Germ, 2002); Iterature (New York: Ugly Duckling, 2005); Infinite Recursor or The Bride of DJ Spinoza (New York: StudioRADIA / Ugly Duckling, 2006) and Chapbook Enter Morris Imposternak, Pursued by Ironies (Ugly Duckling). He also translates widely and edited a volume of Russian 1930s writings in translation called OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism which includes his translations of Alexander Vvedensky, Daniil Kharms, Nikolai Zabolotsky, Nikolai Oleinikov, Leonid Lipavsky, and Yakov Druskin.

Location: The Bowery Poetry Club: 308 Bowery (Between Houston and Bleecker), New York, NY; F train to 2nd Ave, 6 to Bleecker
Admission: $8, includes $5 red wine specials & snacks

Tuesday, May 17, 2011; 7:30 pm

With readings by Renee Gladman, Danielle Dutton and Amina Cain.

This is the second Belladonna* Collaborative PROSE EVENT. Each is a reading and conversation with prose writers who write at the intersection of fiction and the essay, producing texts that are urgent and often unclassifiable. We will be especially interested in exploring the idea of the walker as essayist, flaneuring through city and suburban space, skirting around the crosswalks or margins of genre.

Renee Gladman is the author of four works of prose, most recently To After That (TOAF) and Event Factory (Dorothy) and one collection of poetry, A Picture-Feeling. Since 2005, she has operated Leon Works, an independent press for experimental prose and other thought-projects based in the sentence, making occasional forays into poetry. She teaches in the Literary Arts Program at Brown University, and lives in Massachusetts.
Danielle Dutton is the author of two books — S P R A W L and Attempts at a Life — and her fiction has appeared in magazines such as Harper's, BOMB, and The Brooklyn Rail. She designs books at Dalkey Archive Press; teaches in The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa; and edits Dorothy, a publishing project.
Amina Cain is the author of the short story collection I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press, 2009), and an upcoming chapbook, Tramps Everywhere (Insert Press/PARROT SERIES). She is also a curator/organizer, and a teacher of creative writing/literature. Her writing has appeared in publications such as 3rd bed, Action Yes, Denver Quarterly, Dewclaw, Encyclopedia Project (F-K), LRL, onedit, and Wreckage of Reason: Xxperimental Prose by Women Writers, and has been translated into Polish on MINIMALBOOKS. She lives in Los Angeles.

Curated by Kate Zambreno. Kate Zambreno is the author of O Fallen Angel, which won Chiasmus Press’ “Undoing the Novel—First Book Contest.” Another novel, Green Girl, will be published by Emergency Press in Fall 2011. A nonfiction book revolving around the women of modernism, Heroines, will be published by Semiotext(e)’s Active Agents series in Fall 2012. She writes the blog Frances Farmer is My Sister.   She is also an editor at Nightboat Books.

Location: Dixon Place: 161 Chrystie Street; New York, NY
Admission: $6

MullenSaturday, April 30, 2011; 3 pm

Harryette Mullen reading with Camille Rankine and Niki Herd

Location: Cave Canem; 20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A; Brooklyn, NY

MullenFriday, April 29, 2011; 7 pm

Harryette Mullen and Barbara Henning in conversation about LOOKING UP HARRYETTE MULLEN: INTERVIEWS ON SLEEPING WITH THE DICTIONARY AND OTHER WORKS and Mullen's Genealogy Project

Location: Poets House; 10 River Terrace; New York, NY 10282

This event is supported, in part, with funding from: Poets&Writers DCA

MullenFriday, April 29, 2011; 12 noon

A Reading by Harryette Mullen

Location: Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
Humanities Building, Room 206
Dekalb & Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY

Tuesday, April 19, 2011; 7:30 pm

Flux Poetics: Writing in Cultural Duality

Belladonna* Collaborative is pleased to present three remarkable poet artists who write and live in dual or multiple cultures and languages. Performances will be followed by conversation moderated by Lila Zemborain.

Cecilia Vicuna
Cecilia Vicuña: Poet and artist, born in Chile, she performs and exhibits her work widely in Europe, Latin America and the US. She is also an activist and co-founder of Vicuña has published 20 books of poems including QUIPOem, The Precarious, Art & Poetry of Cecilia Vicuña, Wesleyan University Press. She co-edited The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry, NY 2009. In 2010/11 her poem-film Kon Kon Pi was exhibited at New York's MOMA. She lives in New York and Chile.

Tsering Wangmo Dhompa is the author of My rice tastes like the lake (Apogee Press) and In the Absent Everyday and Rules of the House (Apogee Press). Tsering attended Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi University), University of Massachussetts, and San Francisco State University. Her publications include two chapbooks, In Writing the Names (A.bacus, Potes & Poets Press) and Recurring Gestures (Tangram Press). Tsering grew up in the Tibetan exile communities of Nepal and India and now lives in San Francisco.

Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of two collections of poetry — Odalisque in Pieces (University of Arizona, 2009), and The City She Was (Center for Literary Publishing, 2011), and a memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds (University of Arizona, 2010).  She is the recipient of a fellowship from the Howard Foundation for creative nonfiction. She is the publisher of Noemi Press, the editor-in-chief of Puerto del Sol, and an assistant professor in the MFA program in creative writing at New Mexico State University.

Curated by Krystal Languell and Rachel Levitsky.

Location: Dixon Place: 161 Chrystie Street; New York, NY
Admission: $6
This event is supported, in part, with funding from:
Poets&Writers DCA

Akilah OliverFriday, April 8, 2011; 8-10pm

A Toast in Your House: a memorial reading to celebrate the life & work of Akilah Oliver

Adrienne Dodt
Krista Franklin
Jenny Henry
Jennifer Karmin + dancer J’Sun Howard
John Keene
Kevin Kilroy
Marie Larson
Todd McCarty
Marissa Perel

Hosted by Rebecca George & Luis Humberto Valadez

Location: Outer Space Studio; 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave; Chicago, IL
near CTA Damen blue line; third floor walk-up; not wheelchair accessible
Admission: $4 suggested donation
All funds will be donated to assist the Oliver family with the costs associated with Akliah’s departure and to keep her work alive!

Co-presented by the Midwest Naropa Writers & Red Rover Series

AKILAH OLIVER was a poet, a dedicated teacher, and an inspiration to the lives she touched. Her books include An Arriving Guard of Angels, Thusly Coming to Greet (Farfalla, McMillan & Parrish, 2004), The Putterer’s Notebook (Belladonna, 2006), a(A)ugust (Yo-Yo Labs, 2007), and A Toast In The House of Friends (Coffee House, 2009). She taught poetry in New York at The New School, Pratt Institute and The Poetry Project. She also taught at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

We will remember her warmly, in a house of friends, with our words.

Please click here or on the image above to view the full flier.

DicteeSaturday, March 5, 2011
Door: 1:40pm; Show: 2pm to 3:30pm [PROMPT]

Belladonna* and Kundiman Celebrate Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

On the weekend of what would have been Cha's 60th birthday (a full life cycle event in the Chinese/Korean lunar calendar), Belladonna* and Kundiman gather nine poets to perform a staged reading from Dictee. Cha's best known written work, Dictee focuses on the life of several women framed with the art of the Greek muses, yet in the cosmos of Shamanism and Daoism. Their struggle to speak and overcome suffering is enacted through a... mixture of media which destabilizes the notion of a progressive and seamless history.

Participants to include: Tamiko Beyer, Sarah Gambito, Laura Hinton, Cathy Park Hong, Myung Mi Kim, Soomi Kim, Nathanaël, Alison Roh Park, Sina Queyras, Jen Shyu, Anne Waldman, Zhang Er

Join us for an afternoon of projected images, voices, pictorial characters, scholarly contextualization, a birthday cake, and surprises.

Screening of Cha's video works courtesy of University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; gift of the Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Memorial Foundation.

Event is being filmed for Woo Jung Cho's documentary on Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, The Dream of the Audience.

Curated by Cara Benson, Sarah Gambito and Zhang Er

Location: Bowery Poetry Club: 308 Bowery (Between Houston and Bleecker); New York, NY
Admission: $8
Door: 1:40pm; Show: 2pm to 3:30pm [PROMPT]

DicteeWednesday - Saturday, March 2 - 5, 2011
Join Belladonna* at the 2011 Chapbook Festival

Belladonna* Recommended Festival Events: (for a full schedule, click here)

Thursday - Friday, March 3 - 4, 2011, Noon - 7 pm
Book Fair
Elebash Recital Hall Lobby, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Thursday, March 3, 2011, 1 pm
Workshop: Nuts and Bolts for Publishers
Andrew Kenower, Rachel Levitsky (Belladonna* co-founder); Emily Pettit, and Matvei Yankelevich discuss how to create and run a chapbook press. Organized by Poetry Society of America.

Friday, March 4, 2011, 1 pm
Workshop: Pushing Boundaries of Form
Cara Benson (Belladonna* member), Adam Robinson, Felice Tebbe, Mary Gannon, A showcase of publishers that are especially innovative in their approach to chapbook publishing—from the books they produce to the way they distribute them to readers. Organized by Poets & Writers.

Friday, March 4, 2011, 5:30 pm
Conversation: Book People
A Roundtable on Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative
Ammiel Alcalay, Steve Clay, Megan Mangum, Anne Waldman (Belladonna* author)
Even in the digital age, the book occupies enormous cultural space and remains a central metaphor of many civilizations. How have poets in the 20th and 21st centuries honored and expanded this tradition? How are histories newly created from archival materials and what are the differences between personal and institutional archives? What are the roles of preservation and design in the transmission of culture? In this extraordinary gathering, hear the perspectives of poets, scholars, archivists and book designers as they discuss these and other questions.

Location: CUNY Graduate Center; 365 Fifth Ave (at 34th St), New York, NY
FREE. To attend workshops, please register for free by emailing

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Akilah OliverThursday, March 3, 2011; 6:00 pm

Please join us in celebrating the life of Akilah Oliver
  Middle Collegiate Church
       50 East 7th Street at Second Avenue
       New York, NY 10003
       Subway:  6 to Astor Place

Please bring an offering to place on the altar or to share with others

Body of WordsTuesday, February 15, 2011; 7:00 pm

BODY OF WORDS: the critical and kinesthetic intersection of text and physical performance

The Belladonna* Collaborative presents an evening of discussion and performance by movement artists who use text as a regular part of their research and practice. A hybrid event for the dance and poetry communities—performances by Lauren Nicole Nixon, Alexandra Beller, Sally Silvers and Rosamond S. King. Curated by Emily Skillings. Discussion moderated by Saifan Shmerer

Location: Dixon Place: 161 Chrystie Street; New York, NY
Admission: $6

AWPWednesday - Friday, February 2 - 5, 2011

Join Belladonna * in Washington DC for AWP!

Belladonna * is part of Table X at the conference bookfair. TABLE X is ROW I1 - I11 and I28 - I36


Friday, February 4, 2011; 4 - 6 pm
SAYING IT: A Walking Poem Against Censorship
JOIN US for a march & speak-out against the silencing of voices that want & need to be heard and a celebration of voices, of our voices, of your voices. Bring signs, texts, images, costumes!
Location: GATHER outside Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (conference hotel) on corner of Connecticut Ave & Woodley Road NW, Washington DC.
MARCH on Connecticut Ave to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Monument at M Street NW for SPEAK-OUT, reading, breaking of silences.

Friday, February 4, 2011; 6:30 pm
PROSE EVENT: Reading and Conversation with Bhanu Kapil, Eileen Myles, & Vanessa Place
The first of four Belladonna* Collaborative PROSE EVENTS: a reading and conversation with prose writers who write at the intersection of fiction and the essay, producing texts that are urgent and often unclassifiable.
Limited edition chaplets available!
Location: Hamiltonian Gallery;1353 U Street, Suite 101; Washington DC
Directions: Half block away from U Street / Cardozo Metro stop at 13th St. Take the Red Line from Woodley Park, transfer over to green line at Chinatown/Gallery Place, and get off at U Street. Or a 15 minute cab from AWP.

Belladonna* authors will be involved in many other panels, readings, book signings, and events!
To read a complete listing of the events, please click here.

AWPAWPTuesday, December 14, 2010; 7:30 pm


The Wide Road: Lyn Hejinian and Carla Harryman

Belladonna Series is beside itself tickled to release The Wide Road, the long awaited masterpiece collaboration of two of our heroes Lyn Hejinian and Carla Harryman. Self-described as a “picaresque buddy being,” The Wide Road is a reveling revelatory investigation of the female body, female friendship, writing, community, activism, travel and the nature and possibility of human thinking. Please join us in celebration of this wonderful book and partnership.

Lyn Hejinian was born in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1941. Poet, essayist, and translator, she is also the author or co-author of several books of poetry, including Saga/Circus (Omnidawn Publishing, 2008), The Fatalist (2003), My Life in the Nineties (Shark, 2003), and A Border Comedy (2001). She lives in Berkeley, California.

Carla Harryman is the author of twelve books of poetry, prose plays, and essays, most recently the Essay Press publication Adorno’s Noise, two experimental novels, Gardener of Stars (2001) and The Words: after Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories and Jean-Paul Sartre (1999). Harryman teaches in the Department of English at Eastern Michigan University and is on the faculty of the Milton Avery School of the Arts Graduate Program at Bard College.

Location: Dixon Place: 161 Chrystie Street; New York, NY
Admission: $6

Leslie ScalapinoFriday, December 3, 2010

Leslie Scalapino Memorial readings with poets, artists & friends

Location: University of California, Berkeley; Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Eileen MylesThursday, November 18, 2010; 6:30 pm

Readings in Contemporary Poetry featuring Eileen Myles and Stacy Szymaszek

Location: Dia Chelsea: 535 West 22nd Street; New York, NY

Admission: $6: general admission; $3: Dia members, students, and seniors

Leslie Scalapino's ThumbTuesday, November 16, 2010; 7:30 pm
Flow – Winged Crocodile
A Play by Leslie Scalapino
Directed by Fiona Templeton,
with Katie Brown, Stephanie Silver and Julie Troost.
Dance by Molissa Fenley.
Music by Joan Jeanrenaud.
Projected drawings by Eve Biddle.
Technical director Ray Roy III.

Please join us for a special performance of poet Leslie Scalapino’s play: Flow – Winged Crocodile.

Flow – Winged Crocodile by poet Leslie Scalapino travels between the left and right sides of the brain, with appearances by a reincarnated Patty Hearst in the 1974 SLA bank heist and a green-winged creature that is part Crocodile, part Michelin Man, and part charging Rhino. Performed by The Relationship, a performance group directed by Fiona Templeton that specializes in innovative language and use of site.

Leslie Scalapino (1944-2010) was the author of thirty books of poetry, poem-plays, essays, and fiction.

Location: Dixon Place: 161 Chrystie Street; New York, NY
Admission: $6

Tuesday, October 12, 2010; 7:30 pm
Dixon Place: 161 Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002

Belladonna* FALL FUNDRAISER for a Year in The Commons
Click here for a preview of the silent auction items!

Please join Belladonna* for a benefit performance and reading.

• Delicious Food!
• Discounted Drinks
• Cutting Edge Collaborative Performances
• The Opening of Belladonna*s Year in the Commons
• Limited number of discounted year-long subscriptions. Be the first to sign up!

Part of the ticket proceeds will go to Belladonna*s generous host and long-time supporter, Dixon Place!

6:30 pm: Pre-performance Champagne Salon with Artists

Colette Alexander, Kristin Prevallet, Daria Fain and Robert Kocik (four of the seven artists performing at the benefit) discuss the work they will be presenting. Champagne toast and delicious treats included…

7:30 pm: Performances & Readings

Seasons: Quartets by Colette Alexander & Kristin Prevallet
This will mark the debut performance of conceptual poet Kristin Prevallet, rock-cellist Colette Alexander, and composer/producer Nancy Magarill's audacious collaboration in which they dare to recompose T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons—canonical pieces of Western music and literature.

Marcella Durand, Tonya Foster and Lila Zemborian
Belladonna Series writers will read a collaborative work written specifically for this evening.

The Phoneme Choir directed by Daria Fain and Robert Kocik present RE-ENGLISH
RE-ENGLISH asks, given our history, why have we not done otherwise? RE-ENGLISH states that today’s economic, climate, security and inequity crises are direct consequents of the sonic and connotative qualities of superpower English. RE-ENGLISH is an atoning and a re-tuning—imbuing our language with heretofore unheard of inherences, tones, meanings, moods, admixtures and admonishments.

9:00 to 10:00 pm: Two-for-One Drinks & Pizza in the Dixon Place Lounge

6:00 to 10:00 pm: Silent Auction featuring mystical, cultural, political and hysterical objects.

Click here for a preview of the silent auction items!

Location: Dixon Place: 161 Chrystie Street; New York, NY

Tonya FosterWednesday, September 15, 2010; 8:00 pm
Gulf Coast Poets Benefit Reading
featuring Tonya Foster, Darrell Bourque, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Mona Lisa Saloy. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Presented by the Writers at Rutgers Reading Series.
Location: Rutgers University
126 College Ave; New Brunswick, NJ
Admission: FREE

Julie PattonTuesday, August 24, 2010; 7:00 pm
SEA Poetry Series, No. 5

Featuring Julie Ezelle Patton

Julie Ezelle Patton will be reading, followed by a reading/panel with local food activists, including James Subudhi, Environmental Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Inc. (WE ACT) and others to be announced. There will be time for the audience to ask questions and get involved in the discussion. Please plan to hang out in the bar following the formal presentation.

EXIT ART; 475 10th Avenue; New York, NY
Admission: $5 suggested donation. Cash Bar.

August 2010 Belladonna ReadingThursday, August 12, 2010; 8:00 pm
Belladonna* & Dusie present

The Summer Reading
Please join us in celebrating these authors and their new books:

Cara Benson: (made), Book Thug
Mairéad Byrne: The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven, Publishing Genius
Caroline Crumpacker: Recherche Theories, EtherDome Press
Susana Gardner: Herso, An Heirship in Waves, Black Radish Books
Eileen Myles: Inferno (a poet’s novel), O/R
Kate Zambreno: O Fallen Angel, Chiasmus Press

Location: Book Thug Nation: 100 N. 3rd St; Between Berry St & Wythe Ave; Williamsbug, Brooklyn
Admission: Donations suggested

Eileen MylesBrenda IijimaFriday, July 30 – Sunday August 1, 2010
Boston Poet Tea Party
A Summer Poetry Marathon featuring 88 local and visiting poets reading for 8 minutes apiece.

Reading features many Belladonna* authors including Eileen Myles, Kate Colby, Brenda Iijima, Fanny Howe, Anna Moschovakis, and more.

Friday: Pierre Menard Gallery: 10 Arrow St., Harvard Square, Cambridge
Saturday & Sunday: OUTPOST 186: 186 1/2 Hampshire St., Inman Square, Cambridge
Admission: FREE

Rachel LevitskyThursday, July 22, 2010; 7:00 pm
Poets House Showcase Reading
with Tan Lin (Wesleyan University Press),
Rachel Levitsky (Ugly Duckling Presse),
Joanna Fuhrman (Alice James Books) &
Ken Chen (Yale University Press)
Location: Poets House: 10 River Terrace (at Murray St); New York, NY
Admission: FREE

Julie PattonAnne Waldman, photo copyright HR HegnauerThursday, July 8, 2010; 7:30 pm

Reading with Julie Patton, Anne Waldman, Patricia Smith, Douglas Dunn,
and Amiri Baraka.

Location: Naropa University, Performing Arts Center
2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Admission: FREE

Rachel LevitskyTuesday, July 6, 2010; 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Panel: Small Press & Blogs
Lectures and discussions with Rachel Levitsky, Danielle Dutton, Laynie Browne, Allan Kornblum, Colin Frazer, and Martin Riker.

Location: Naropa University, Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Admission: FREE

Rachel LevitskyMichelle Naka PierceTuesday, July 6, 2010; 7:30 pm

Reading with Rachel Levitsky, Michelle Naka Pierce, Joanna Howard, Danielle Dutton, and Brian Evenson.

Location: Naropa University, Performing Arts Center
2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Admission: FREE

Akilah OliverThursday, July 1, 2010; 7:30 pm

Reading with Akilah Oliver, Erik Anderson, Brian Kitely, and Jack Hirschman

Location: Naropa University, Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Admission: FREE

Jen HoferTuesday, June 29, 2010; 7:30 pm

Reading with Jen Hofer, Dolores Dorantes, Sherwin Bitsui, Murat Nemet-Nejat, and Anselm Hollo

Location: Naropa University, Performing Arts Center, 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Admission: FREE

Bronx MuseumSunday, June 27, 2010; 12:00 pm

Belladonna* at The Bronx Museum Book Fair

An event created as an action against the fact that there are no bookstores in the neighborhood, the Fair is entirely dedicated to small presses and publications. It will have have street food, music, tables, programming that showcases participants and noted local writers. Meet poets, writers, graphic–novelists and publishers in an afternoon entirely dedicated to the small press. Buy books with special discount. Enjoy good street–food and music through the afternoon.
3:00 pm: Panel on the current state of publishing, followed by a reading.

Location: The Bronx Museum: 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th St; Bronx, NY 10456
Admission: FREE

Brenda IijimaSunday, June 27, 2010; 2:00 pm
EOAGH Reading Series, featuring:
Brenda Iijima, E. Tracy Grinnell, and Shelly Taylor
Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Leslie ScalapinoMonday, June 21, 2010; 8:00 pm

Leslie Scalapino Memorial Readings
with local poets, artists & friends
Reception to follow.
Location: Poetry Project: 131 E. 10th Street; New York, NY 10003

Leslie Scalapino's ThumbSaturday, June 19, 2010; 7:00 pm & Sunday, June 20, 2010; 2:00 pm
Flow—Winged Crocodile
A play by Leslie Scalapino
Directed by Fiona Templeton,
with Katie Brown, Stephanie Silver and Julie Troost.
Dance by Molissa Fenley.
Music by Joan Jeanrenaud.
Projected drawings by Eve Biddle.
Technical director Ray Roy III.

Flow—Winged Crocodile by poet Leslie Scalapino travels between the left and right sides of the brain, with appearances by a reincarnated Patty Hearst in the 1974 SLA bank heist and a green-winged creature that is part Crocodile, part Michelin man and part charging Rhino. Performed by The Relationship, a performance group directed by Fiona Templeton that specializes in innovative language and use of site.

Leslie Scalapino is the author of thirty books of poetry, poem-plays, essays, and fiction.

Cosponsored by Belladonna* and the Poetry Project.

Location: Poets House: 10 River Terrace; New York, NY 10282
Admission: $10: general admission; $7: students and seniors; Free: Poets House Members

Rethinking PoeticsFriday, June 11 - Sunday, June 13, 2010
Rethinking Poetics Conference

"Rethinking Poetics." is the sense that the practices of poetics are in danger of becoming pro forma and that a focused, skeptical examination of basic assumptions will be most useful. Terms continue to be used routinely in circumstances that increasingly call for nuanced or even fundamental change. What does "materiality of the signifier" mean in the era of data mining or platform instability? What does "news" mean? How useful are current periodizations? Such questions can be multiplied.

Given that new questions need to be raised and old certainties troubled, the goal is to have a conference dedicated to articulating what most needs to be rethought, what familiar formulations seem increasingly inadequate, what new directions seem best to pursue.

There will be a series of plenary-panels, two in the morning and two in the afternoon, with four or five speakers each taking 10-12 minutes for themselves, leaving half the session for more general discussion. There will be a panel chair to moderate discussion, but there will be no introductions.

Participants include Rachel Zolf, Rodrigo Toscano, Jennifer Scappettone, Brent Hayes Edwards, Lytle Shaw, Juliana Spahr, Kenny Goldsmith, Erica Hunt, Alan Golding, Monica de la Torre, Andrew Schelling, Bruce Andrews, Michael Taussig, Joan Retallack, Rachel DuPlessis, K. Silem Mohammad, Jena Osman, Craig Dworkin, Elizabeth Willis, Barrett Watten, Rob Fitterman, Jonathan Skinner, Marjorie Perloff, Sherwin Bitsui, Mark Nowak, Judith Goldman, C. S. Giscombe, Steve Evans, Stephanie Young, Lisa Robertson, Paul Stephens, Rob Halpern, Jeff Derksen, Ben Friedlander, Joshua Clover, Michael Taussig, Astrid Lorange, James Livingston, Jeff Nealon, Richard Doyle, Tan Lin, Tonya Foster, Matthew Hofer, John Melillo, Susan Howe, and Charles Bernstein.

Conference costs for the 3-day conference:
$50: university faculty; $20: student & unaffiliated; $10: 1-day entrance.

Location: Columbia University, New York, NY

For more information, including conference registration, please visit the Rethinking Poetics Blog.

DurandIijimaTuesday, May 25, 2010; 7:00 pm
Ecopoetical Futures

A Panel with Marcella Durand, Brenda Iijima, Ted Mathys, and Tyrone Williams

Four emerging poets investigate how poetry might marshal diverse languages, ethnicities and identities to engage with a global ecosystem under duress.

Part of Ecopoetic Futures at Poets House, a series of events that examine poetry and the environment. Programs in this series are funded, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Council for the Humanities.

Location: Poets House: 10 River Terrace; New York, NY
Admission: $10 for general admission; $7 for students and seniors; Free to Poets House Members

Bharat jiva

May 13, 2010; 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Belladonna*, Litmus, Ugly Duckling, Futurepoem, Litmus, The Figures, Roof, Emergency, Bootstrap, Spuyten Duyvil, Talisman, Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, Corollary, United Artists invite you to celebrate the following books and authors (and more):

Bharat jiva by kari edwards
No Gender edited by Brolaski, Kaufman, Grinnell
The Belladonna Elders Series, Vol. 1-8
by Emma Bee Bernstein, Gail Scott, Leslie Scalapino, Lyn Hejinian, Anne Waldman, Chris Kraus, Tisa Bryant, and more.

Location: ZieherSmith Gallery:
516 West 20th, New York, NY

No Gender
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Rachel LevitskySaturday, May 8, 2010; 7:00 pm
Rachel Levitsky reads with Kate Zambreno and Michael Dumanis
Location: Visible Voice Books: 1023 Kenilworth, Cleveland, OH
Admission: FREE

NeighborFriday, May 7, 2010; 7:00 pm
Rachel Levitsky reads from her book Neighbor (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009).
Location: Cafe Istanbul: 4130 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA
Admission: FREE

Chapbook FestivalMonday - Tuesday, May 3 - 4, 2010

Annual Chapbook Festival
The Festival celebrates the chapbook as a work of art and as a medium for alternative and emerging writers and publishers. Now in its second year, the festival features a two-day bookfair with chapbook publishers from around the country, workshops, marathon poetry readings, and a closing-night reading of prize-winning Chapbook Fellows.

Location: CUNY Graduate Center: 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY; Workshops: C Level Breakout Rooms
Admission: FREE. Free registration required. To attend workshops, please register by e-mailing

MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010

10 – 11:30 am
Producing Chapbooks: A Workshop for Poets
Brenda Iijima (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), Rachel Levitsky (Belladonna*), and Lonely Christopher (The Corresponding Society)

10 – 11:30 am
Do-It-Yourself Chapbooks: Make and Distribute Your Own
Mary Gannon and Jean Hartig (Poets & Writers Magazine), Emily Goodale (Brave Men Press), Matvei Yankelevich (Ugly Duckling Presse), and Adam Robinson (Publishing Genius)

11:30 am – 1 pm
Producing Chapbooks: A Workshop for Publishers
Jan Heller Levi (Hunter College), Rachel Levitsky (Belladonna*), and Booklyn

11:30 am – 1 pm
Chapbooks as Art Objects

Roni Gross (Roni Gross Design), and Jeremy Thompson (The Autotypograph), with Sarah Nicholls (Center for Book Arts)

2 – 7 pm
Chapbook Poets: A Marathon Reading
Poets from participating presses read.

7 – 8 pm
Opening Reception

Proshansky Auditorum Lobby

TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010

10 – 11:30 am
Producing Chapbooks: A Workshop for Poets

Sommer Browning and Tony Mancus (Flying Guillotine Press), Jill Magi (Sona Books), and Daniel Lin (Love Among the Ruins)

10 – 11:30 am
Do-It-Yourself Chapbooks: Make and Distribute Your Own

Mary Gannon and Jean Hartig (Poets & Writers Magazine), Emily Goodale (Brave Men Press), and Anna Moschovakis (Ugly Duckling Presse)

11:30 am – 1 pm
Producing Chapbooks: A Workshop for Publishers

Jan Heller Levi (Hunter College), Andrew Levy (CRAYON Magazine), Sueyeun Juliette Lee (Corollary Press), and Booklyn

11:30 am – 1 pm
Chapbooks as Art Objects

Roni Gross (Roni Gross Design) and Jeremy Thompson (The Autotypograph), with Sarah Nicholls (Center for Book Arts)

2 – 7 pm
Chapbook Poets: A Marathon Reading

Poets from participating presses read.

7 pm
PSA Chapbook Fellowship Reading at the Martin E. Segal Theatre

Alice Quinn with judges Mark Doty, Linda Gregg, and Arthur Sze, and winners Jocelyn Casey-Whiteman, Haines Eason, Heidi Johannesen Poon, and Stephanie Adams-Santos.
Followed by reception.

Talk ShowMonday, May 3, 2010; 7:00 pm
“Talk Show” presented by Ugly Duckling Presse

Hosted by Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch
with Rachel Levitsky, Dodie Bellamy, Alex Stein, Matthew Rohrer, and Marina Temkina

On the occasion of the release of two new books, Ten Walks/Two Talks and Made-up Interviews with Imaginary Artists, Ugly Duckling Presse presents “Talk Show” — an evening of interviews, poetry, and unscripted surprises in the format of a late-night talk show. Hosted by Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch (Ten Walks/Two Talks). With poets Dodie Bellamy, Rachel Levitsky, Matthew Rohrer, and Marina Temkina. Plus interview-aritst Alex Stein (Made-up Interviews with Imaginary Artists) interviewing Cecilia Vicuña.

Location: The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York
Admission: FREE
This is a seated event and admission is limited. Please arrive early.

Rachel LevitskyThursday, April 29, 2010; 7:00 pm
Brooklyn Independents: Ugly Duckling Poets
Readings from Ugly Duckling Presse poets Rachel Levitsky, Rick Snyder, and Karen Weiser.
Location: Brooklyn Public Libr
ary, Central Branch

IijimaTuesday, April 13, 2010; 7:30 pm
Closing Event for Belladonna's Year of New Releases

Dorothea Lasky
(Black Life)
Brenda Iijima (revv. you’ll—ution & If Not Metamorphic )
Eleni Stecopoulos (Armies of Compassion)
David Wolach (Occultations )

Location: Dixon Place: 161 Christie Street; New York City
Admission: $6.00

AWP 2010Thursday - Saturday, April 8-10, 2010
Belladonna* at AWP in Denver, CO
Locations: Hyatt Regency Denver & Colorado Convention Center

Belladonna* will be at the conference bookfair at TABLE X, A Publishing Commune.
Belladonna* members will also be a part of many panels, readings, book signings, and other events.

AWP events feauting Belladonna* members and authors:

CLMP Panel — Face Out:
Maximizing the Visibility of Emerging Writers
Thursday, April 8; 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Room: 106 - Colorado Convention Center
Panelists: Rachel Levitsky, E. Tracy Grinnell, Matvei Yankelevich, Rebecca Wolff
Description: A discussion about how small presses present and market experimental work by emerging writers—work too often misunderstood as possessing the least market potential.

Latin American Poets in the USA
Thursday, April 8; 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: 201 - Colorado Convention Center
Panelists: Lila Zemborain, Mariela Dreyfus, Eduardo Chirinos, Víctor Rodríguez-Núñez, Carmen Valle, Eduardo Espina
Description: This bilingual poetry reading (Spanish and English) aims to present six outstanding Latin American poets in mid-career. It is a very representative selection, with authors coming from strong poetic traditions all over the continent, namely Argentina, Cuba, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Uruguay. All these authors are long-time residents in the U.S a nd their poetry collections have been either partially—or fully—translated into English.

And the Beat Goes On...
Thursday, April 8; 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Agate Room, Hyatt Regency, Third Floor
Participants: Elizabeth Robinson, Reed Bye, Anselm Hollo, Maureen Owen
Description: Since its inception, Naropa University's Writing & Poetics program has been a living model of "outrider" traditions. This roundtable includes poets who have lived through and shaped poetic movements central to the 20th & 21st centuries: from Beat and Black Mountain experiments through New York School and Language poetries, this roundtable offers conversation with Naropa poets who have been at the center of American poetic history.

Orbiting Salt:
A Quarterly West / Western Humanities Review / Barrelhouse / Versal Reading
Thursday, April 8; 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: 111 - Colorado Convention Center
Participants: Sawako Nakayasu, Dawn Lonsinger, Cris Mazza, Alan Michael Parker, Blake Butler
Description: This reading features writers recently published in Quarterly West, Western Humanities Review, Barrelhouse, and Versal. Spanning the traditional and the experimental, the regional and the global, it celebrates the diverse and powerful work of four journals with editors currently studying creative writing at the University of Utah.

Reading by with the Denver Quarterly and Coach House Books
Friday, April 9; 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: The Dikeou Collection, 1615 California Street, Suite 515, Denver
Participants: Rachel Levitsky, Dan Beachy-Quick, Julie Carr, Malinda Markham, Martha Ronk, Cole Swensen, Brian Teare, Christian Bök, Jen Currin, kevin mcpherson eckhoff, K. Silem Mohammad

Reading by Anne Waldman & Gary Snyder
Friday, April 9; 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Room: Four Seasons Ballroom, Colorado Convention Center
Panelists: Anne Waldman, Gary Snyder
Description: Ecopoetic scholars and political activists Anne Waldman and Gary Snyder gather for a reading.

Siren Songs From Across the Seas: Women Poets in Translation
Saturday, April 10, 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Room: 107 - Colorado Convention Center
Participants: Sawako Nakayasu, Henry Israeli, Forrest Gander, Susanna Nied, Kristin Dykstra
Description: Extraordinary women poets from around the world have recently been given voice by a number of American poets and translators. This panel will feature readings of the work of Luljeta Lleshanau (Albania), Coral Bracho (Mexico), Inger Christensen (Denmark), Ayane Kawata (Japan), and Reina María Rodríguez (Cuba), followed by a discussion about capturing the poets' distinct voices in American-English.

CHAX Press Reading
Saturday, April 10, 1:30 am - 2:45 am
Room: 201 - Colorado Convention Center
Participants: Leslie Scalapino, Jane Sprague, Charles Alexander, Hank Lazer, Kyle Schlesinger, Elizabeth Treadwell
Description: Poetry Reading by Chax Press (Tucson, Arizona) published poets, in celebration of twenty-five years of Chax Press.

Can Poetry Save the Earth?
Saturday, April 10, 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: 201 - Colorado Convention Center
Participants: Brenda Iijima, Leonard Schwartz, Sandra Alcosser, John Felstiner, Jonathan Skinner
Description: This panel will investigate the relationship between poetry and ecology, ranging from historical imperatives to contemporary ecopoetics. These panelists—representing activist poets working in zoos and parks, scholars illuminating the vital role of Western nature poetry, and writers redefining our relationship to language and ecology—are at the leading edge of the conversation where poetic language meets environmental education and global sustainability.

The Future of Feminist Publishing
Saturday, April 10, 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Room: 303 - Colorado Convention Center
Panelists: Rachel Levitsky, Amy Scholder, Brooke Warner, Kate Khatib, Jocelyn Burrell
Description: This panel brings together five feminist publishing professionals to discuss these issues: how is the scope of feminist publishing changing with the times? What is a feminist book? Do readers respond differently to self-defined feminist books? Why should authors seek out feminist presses to publish their work?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010; 7:30 pm
New Releases from Ugly Duckling Presse

Kostas Anagnopoulos, author of Moving Blanket
Kevin Varrone, author of g-point almanac: passyunk lost
Karen Weiser, author of To Light Out

Location: Dixon Place: 161 Christie Street; New York City
Admission: $6.00

Monday, February 22, 2010
The Tenth Muse with John Ashbery

Readings by Marcella Durand, Robert Elstein and John Gallaher

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Three First Books in English!

Readings by:
Sarah Dowling (Security Posture)
Michelle Taransky (Barn Burned, Then)
Marina Temkina (What Do You Want?)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Poetry Reading & Triple Book Release

Readings by:
Anselm Berrigan — Free Cell (City Lights, Sept. 2009)
Mina Pam Dick — Delinquent (Futurepoem, Winter 2009)
Macgregor Card — Duties of an English Foreign Secretary (Fence Books, Winter 2009)

Bharat jivaNO GENDERMonday, October 12, 2009
Book launch

Bharat jiva by kari edwards and
NO GENDER, Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards

Thursday - Friday, September 24-25, 2009
Advancing Feminist Poetics & Activism: A Gathering
Full Schedule
Participant Bios
Community Blog

Elders SeriesTuesday, June 9, 2009
The Belladonna Elders Series
Jane Sprague, Diane Ward, and Tina Darragh

Elders SeriesTuesday, April 28, 2009
The Belladonna Elders Series
Cara Benson, Jayne Cortez and Anne Waldman

Elders SeriesTuesday, April 14, 2009
The Belladonna Elders Series
Kate Eichhorn, M. NourbeSe Philip and Gail Scott

Elders SeriesTuesday, March 3, 2009
The Belladonna Elders Series
Jen Scappettone and Etel Adnan

Elders SeriesSunday, March 1, 2009
The Belladonna Elders Series
Tribute to Emma Bee Bernstein at A.I.R. Gallery

Saturday, January 17, 2009
Book party for Marcella Durand at the Bowery Poetry Club

Elders SeriesTuesday, January 13, 2009
The Belladonna Elders Series
Chris Kraus and Tisa Bryant

Elders SeriesTuesday, December 16, 2008
The Belladonna Elders Series
Bob Gluck and Sara Schulman (hosted by Erica Kaufman and Rachel Levitsky)

Elders SeriesTuesday, November 11, 2008
The Belladonna Elders Series #1
Tracy Grinnell and Leslie Scalapino

May 6, 2008: Marcella Durand, Carla Harryman, & Lila Zemborain; Dixon Place, NYC

April 8, 2008: Dodie Bellamy & Kevin Killian; Dixon Place, NYC

March 11, 2008: Jean Day & Kathy Lou Schultz; Dixon Place, NYC

February 12, 2008: Barbara Cole & Elizabeth Robinson; Dixon Place, NYC

December 11, 2007: “The Medead” by Fiona Templeton (performed by Fiona Templeton & The Relationship); Dixon Place, NYC

November 6, 2007: R. Erica Doyle & Tracie Morris; Dixon Place, NYC

October 9, 2007: Stacey Levine & Maggie O’Sullivan; Dixon Place, NYC

September 11, 2007: Carol Mirakove & Jen Benka; Dixon Place, NYC

May 8, 2007: Evie Shockley & Jocelyn Saidenber; Dixon Place, NYC

April 10, 2007: Rebecca Brown & Anna Moschovakis; Dixon Place, NYC

March 13, 2007: Maureen Owen & Patricia Spears Jones; Dixon Place, NYC

February 13, 2007: Deborah Meadows & Tim Peterson; Dixon Place, NYC

December 12, 2006: Erica Hunt & Akilah Oliver; Dixon Place, NYC

November 15-17, 2006: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Women Poets; Poets House, Bowery Poetry Club
Publication of first Belladonna* perfect-bound book

October 10, 2006: A. Rawlings & Margaret Christakos; Dixon Place, NYC

September 12, 2006: Elizabeth Willis & Kate Colby; Dixon Place, NYC

July 25, 2006: E. Tracy Grinnell, Paul Foster Johnson, Sina Queyras; Dixon Place, NYC

May 9, 2006: Rae Armantrout, Laynie Browne, & Marjorie Welish; Dixon Place, NYC

April 11, 2006: Sharon Mesmer & Dawn Lundy Martin; Dixon Place, NYC

March 14, 2006: Myung Mi Kim, Melissa Buzzeo, & Laura Elrick; Dixon Place, NYC

February 14, 2006: Ann Lauterbach & Kim Rosenfield; Dixon Place, NYC

December 13, 2005: The True Love Project: Kathe Izzo & Friends; Dixon Place, NYC

November 8, 2005: Canadian Poetry Event: Nathalie Stephens & Rachel Zolf; Dixon Place, NYC

October 11, 2005: Mairead Byrne & Stacy Szymaszek; Dixon Place, NYC

September 13, 2005: Belleza y Felicidad (with Fernanda Laguna); Dixon Place, NYC

May 26, 2005: Karen Weiser, Martine Bellen, Zinc Bar, New York City

April 22, 2005: Canadian Poetry event: Erin Moure, Lisa Roberston, Zinc Bar, New York City

March 24, 2005: hassen, Monica de la Torre, Mercedes Roffe, Zinc Bar, New York City

February 24, 2005: Lyn Hejinian (talk with Anne Waldman), Zinc Bar, New York City

January 20, 2005: Susan Howe, Eileen Tabios, Corina Copp; CUNY Grad Center, NYC

November 10, 2004: Nicole Brossard, Renee Gladman; CUNY Grad Center, NYC

November 9, 2004: Nicole Brossard in Conversation with Mary Ann Caws (co-sponsored by Poets House and CUNY); CUNY Grad Center, NYC

October 25, 2004: Harryette Mullen, Lorenzo Thomas (housed & co-sponsored by the Poetry Project)

September 3, 2004: Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Joan Retallack; CUNY Grad Center, NYC

May 7, 2004: Rachel Daley, Jaimy Gordon; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

April 26, 2004: Belladonna* Bilingue: Work in Translation (NYU’s Maison Francaise)

March 5, 2004: Belladonna* Translation Series: Lourdes Vasquez, Maria Negroni; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

February 6, 2004: Catherine Daly, Caroline Bergvall, Nada Gordon; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

January 11, 2004: Belladonna* at Makor! Joanna Fuhrman, Marcella Durand, Julie Patton, Rachel Levitsky, Erica Kaufman

December 5, 2003: Jen Benka, Leslie Scalapino, Susan Briante; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

November 7, 2003: Michelle Naka Pierce, Veronica Corpuz, Anne Tardos; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

October 4, 2003: The Pretty Ugly Future Lounge—Collaborative Benefit with Ugly Duckling Presse and Futurepoem Press

June 17, 2003: Minnie Bruce Pratt, Joan Larkin; Zinc Bar, NYC

May 30, 2003: Julie Patton, Summi Kaipa; Zinc Bar, NYC

April 25, 2003: Maggie Nelson, Elaine Equi; Zinc Bar, NYC

March 28, 2003: Fiction Reading: Suzanne Wise, Lydia Davis, Brenda Coultas; Zinc Bar, NYC

January 31, 2003: Eileen Myles, Caitlin McDonnell; Zinc Bar, NYC

December 6, 2002: Alice Notely, Lauren Gudath; Zinc Bar, NYC

October 25, 2002: Zhang Er, Tonya Foster; Zinc Bar, NYC

September 27, 2002: Chris Tysh, Jennifer Moxley; Zinc Bar, NYC

May 31, 2002: Rosemarie Waldrop, Tina Darragh; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

April 26, 2002: Anne Waldman, Bhanu Kapil Rider, kari edwards; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

March 29, 2002: Carla Harryman, Gail Scott; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

February 22, 2002: Norma Cole, Jocelyn Saidenberg; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

January 25, 2002: Barbara Einzig, Deborah Richards; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

December 7, 2001: Lynne Tillman, Abigail Child, Cheryl Pallant (43 features, 20 books, 3 salons, about 20 open readers);
Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

October 26, 2001: Lila Zemborian, Rosa Alcala, Aja Couchois Duncan; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

September 28, 2001: Adeena Karasick, Lee Ann Brown; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

June 3, 2001: Nicole Brossard; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

April 6, 2001: Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Claudia Rankine; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

March 2, 2001: Kathleen Fraser, Lisa Jarnot; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

December 1, 2000: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Laura Wright, Kristin Prevellet; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

November 3, 2000: Laura Mullen, Beth Murray; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC
(Salon on Saturday, November 4—on The Room in the Poem)

October 6, 2000: Fanny Howe, Eleni Sikelianos; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC
(Salon on Saturday, October 7—on The Ancestors)

September 1, 2000: Cecilia Vicuna, Tisa Bryant; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

June 30, 2000: Brenda Shaughnessy, Camille Roy, Mary Burger; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC
(First Belladonna* chaplets published)

May 4, 2000: Marilyn Hacker, Yvette Christianse, kari edwards; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

March 30, 2000: Maureen Owen, Betsy Fagin; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

February 25, 2000: Erica Hunt, Wendy Kramer; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

January 27, 2000: Kim Lyons, Prageeta Sharma; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

November 16, 1999: Pam Lu, Kristin Stuart; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

September 24, 1999: Julie Patton, Betsy Andrews; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC

August 26, 1999: Akilah Oliver, Marcella Durand; Bluestockings Womens Bookstore, NYC