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Belladonna* Roll Call Reading Series

  • 99 New Montrose Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11211 United States (map)
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Join Spoonbill Studio [99 Montrose, Brooklyn NY] for a reading series Roll Call presented by Belladonna* Collaborative.

For each installment of Roll Call, presented by Belladonna* Collaborative, two previously published poets from the Belladonna* chaplet archive have selected and will introduce a poet whose work expands and enriches the tradition of experimental feminist writing. Roll Call builds upon networks and communities within the feminist avant-garde while materializing the breadth of Belladonna* Collaborative’s twenty-year publishing history.


About the readers:

Rachel Blau DuPlessis, poet, critic, collagist, is the author of the multi-volume long poem Drafts, (1986-2012), from Salt Publishing and Wesleyan. Post-Drafts books include Interstices (Subpress, 2014), Graphic Novella (Xexoxial Editions, 2015), POESIS (Little Red Leaves, 2016), Days and Works (Ahsahta, 2017), and the recent Around the Day in 80 Worlds (BlazeVOX, 2018). The collage-poem Numbers (from Materialist Press) and the work Eurydics (Further Other Books Works) are both slated for 2019. DuPlessis also recently published Selected Poems/ Poesie scelte, 1978-2015, in Italian, translated by Anny Ballardini (QuiEdit, 2017). 

Serena J. Fox, MD is an intensive care physician. She works in the intensive care units of the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. She has also served as a consultant in bedside medical ethics and a human rights advocate with Physicians for Human Rights. She believes deeply that poetry and the Humanities have essential roles in the teaching of medicine and care giving. Her book of poems, Night Shift (Turning Point, 2009), is the basis for a series of poetry and medicine seminars that she facilitated first for the NYU School of Medicine Master Scholars Program and then the University of Iowa School of Medicine’s Examined Life Conference: Writing and the Art of Medicine. She is the poetry editor for their Examined Life Journal.

Patricia Spears Jones is a poet and winner of the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers. She is author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press, 2015), which was Finalist for the PSA’s William Carlos Williams Prize and the Patterson Poetry Prize and featured a Pushcart Prize winning poem. She has 10 additional publications: poetry books, chapbooks and is in anthologies such as Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin; BAX: Best American Experimental Writing, 2016: 2017 Pushcart Prize XLI, Best of Small Presses; Truth to Power: Writers Respond to The Rhetoric of Hate and Fear; and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She has received grants and awards from NYSCA, NEA, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, and the BAU Institute for residency in France. She is a fellow at Robert Rauschenberg Residency; VCCA, Yaddo, and the Millay Colony. She has taught Adelphi University, CUNY and at FAWC, summer programs at Naropa and University of Rhode Island. She is a Black Earth Institute senior fellow emeritus and organizer of American Poets Congress.

Orchid Tierney is a poet and prose writer from Aotearoa-New Zealand, currently residing in Philadelphia. Her work has appeared in Western Humanities Review, Jacket2, Deluge, Pacifica Literary Review, Landfall, Brief, and many others. She is the author of four chapbooks: Brachiation (Dunedin: GumTree Press, 2012), The World in Small Parts (Chicago: Dancing Girl Press, 2012), Gallipoli Diaries (GaussPDF, 2017), and ocean plastic (BlazeVOX, forthcoming). In 2016, TrollThread published her full-length dictation of the Book of Margery Kempe, Earsay. Her first collection of poetry, prose, and Polaroid, a year of misreading the wildcats, is forthcoming from The Operating System in 2019.

Earlier Event: October 8
Spoonbill Studio presents Poetry 99
Later Event: October 15
In Cold Read