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Spoonbill Studio presents Poetry 99 February 12th

Stupendous night of poetry featuring the wonderful poets Maddie Mori,Susan LewisMomina MelaBill LessardAnnabel GrahamJane LeCroy,Sonja Hristina Bjelić and hosted by JC Hopkins

Jane LeCroy: NYC based poet, singer and performance artist who has toured with the SF based all women’s poetry troupe, Sister Spit, and is a regularly featured character at The Poetry Brothel. She is a poet-in-the-schools through Teachers & Writers Collaborative and Uptown Stories and teaches adjunct at New School. Her chapbook, Names, was published by the art-book house Booklyn in the award-winning ABC chapbook series, purchased by the Library of Congress along with her braid! Three Rooms Press published, Signature Play, a multimedia book of lyrical poems, nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Jane fronts the avant-pop band, The Icebergs (Tom Abbs- cello/ David Rogers-Berry- drums): hear the debut CD Eldorado. Also, the experimental music project Ω▽(Ohmslice) with Bradford Reed’s modular synth: hear Conduit on vinyl. Both records are available from Imaginator Records, and digitally everywhere.
Join her list, you’ll get poems.

Susan Lewis (susanlewis.net) is the author of ten books and chapbooks, including Zoom, winner of the Washington Prize (The Word Works, 2018). Her work has appeared in Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Diode, The New Orleans Review, Seneca Review, TAMMY, Verse, and VOLT. She’s the founding editor of Posit (positjournal.com).

William Lessard has work that has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney's, Hyperallergic, Brooklyn Rail, Prelude, PANK, Heavy Feather Review. His work was also featured as part of a video installation at MoMA PS1. He co-curates the Cool as F*** series and is Poetry editor for Boog City.

Sonja Bjelić lives in New York City where she is an MFA candidate in Poetry at New York University. She studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts before transferring to the University of Iowa to study literature and writing. Her poems have appeared in the online journals petripress and Mud City Journal, and she is currently at work on her first book.

Madeleine Mori is a Japanese-American poet and winemaker from San Francisco. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from BOAAT, Bone Bouquet, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere. She is an MFA candidate at NYU, where she serves as co-poetry editor of Washington Square Review.

Annabel Graham is a writer, photographer and filmmaker from Malibu, California. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Joyland, CutBank, Cosmonauts Avenue, Corium Magazine, Atticus Review and others. Her journalism and photography have appeared in Autre, Surface, Bullett, GARAGE, Le Nouvel Obs, Malibu Magazine and others. She is a fiction editor at No Tokens Journal and a contributing editor at Autre Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, and is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction at NYU.

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The Madness Machine Tour in Brooklyn

Franny Choi and sam sax read from their recent collections, Franny's chapbook "Death by Sex Machine" and sam's full length "Madness" at Spoonbill Books in Williamsburg. They'll be joined by fellow NCW poet Jayson P. Smith and a special guest to be announced later.

The event is free and open to the public. Books available for purchase on site!

About "Death by Sex Machine": “To be clear, Franny Choi’s poetry has the extraordinary ability to solder with tender focus one moment, then rage like electrical fire in the next.”-- francine j. harris, author of play dead

About "Madness": In this ­­­powerful debut collection, sam sax explores and explodes the linkages between desire, addiction, and the history of mental health.

About Franny Choi: Franny Choi is a writer, performer, and teaching artist. She is the author of "Floating, Brilliant, Gone" (Write Bloody, 2014), the chapbook "Death by Sex Machine" (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017) and the forthcoming "Soft Science" (Alice James Books, 2019). She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams and has received fellowships from Kundiman and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post and PBS NewsHour, and her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, The Poetry Review, the Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and the Senior News Editor at Hyphen Magazine.

About sam sax: sam sax is a queer jewish writer, performer, educator, and organizer. He's the author of "Madness" (Penguin, 2017) winner of The National Poetry Series Selected by Terrance Hayes and ‘Bury It’ (Wesleyan University Press, 2018). He’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary, Bread Loaf & the MacDowell Colony. He’s the two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion, author of four chapbooks & winner of the 2016 Iowa Review Award, American Literary Award, and Gulf Coast Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, BuzzFeed, Poetry Magazine, Tin House + other journals. He’s the poetry editor at BOAAT Press.

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The Voices of #MeToo

In honor of the #MeToo movement and stories, in conjunction with the anthology A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM),  a reading honoring these voices and providing a safe space to share.

Among the writers and artists showcasing their work:

Lisa Marie Basile, Stephanie Valente, Joanna Valente, Lior Zaltzman, Lynn Melnick, Jessica Reidy, Darley Stewart, Leza Cantoral, Claudia Cortese, Laura-Marie Marciano, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Christine Stoddard, Omotara James, Jason Montalvo, Dallas Athent

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Paul Gizzi: The Brother In Elysium- A reading and film screening

Peter Gizzi and Jon Beacham will be doing an event hosted by Spoonbill Books at their Montrose Street location on January 18th, 2018 at 7pm. Gizzi will be reading poems from his publications Archeophonics (Wesleyan, 2016) and NEW POEMS (The Brother In Elysium, 2017). I will be screening a short silent 16mm film from 2017, Film for Violet. Copies of the recently published book NEW POEMS, along with other publications from the press will be available for sale. Please come join us to bring in the New Year on a creative note. Spoonbill is located at 99 Montrose Avenue in Brooklyn NY.

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In Cold Read #3

Please join us on Monday, January 15th at Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers for the third edition of "In Cold Read", a playwriting workshop hosted by Nancy Pop. 

The pieces presented will be composed of a heightened reality - shouting, laughing out loud, arguing, kissing, farting, crying, wailing, deep sobs, taunting, killing, giving birth, and more. 

Featuring 10-minute excerpts of works by Terry Boyle, Cynthia Arsenault, Ken Carlson, Nancy Pop, and JC Hopkins. Actors are encouraged to attend and read excerpts; if you are an actor wishing to read, please RSVP through either Nancy or JC. 

The event is free of charge and open to the public; wine is a suggested $3 donation. 

*** This event is taking place at Spoonbill & Sugartown's New Location, 99 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206 - NOT the Williamsburg location! ***

See you then!

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