On Tuesday, March 13th I am reading at the Writers & Words series in Baltimore alongside Joyce Lombardi, Jamesha Caldwell, and Karen Bennett. The reading starts at 7pm at Charmington's (2601 Howard St.).
In advance of the reading, I answered a few questions. I might have said I hope to be a couch in the next life. You can read the interview here.
Please join us on Sunday, February 25, for a night of readings upstairs at Tattooed Mom featuring Steven Karl, Raena Shirali, Boston Gordon, and Steven Perez. Doors at 7 pm and reading at 8 pm.
Steven Karl is the author of two poetry collections, Sister (Noemi Press, 2016) and Dork Swagger. Recent poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from the Journal of New Jersey Poets, Elderly, Dream Pop Press, Bear Review, and Sublevel. He is an editor for Sink Review and was born in Philly, raised in S. Jersey, and currently lives in Tokyo, Japan, with his wife and daughter.
Indian American poet Raena Shirali is the author of GILT (YesYes Books, 2017), an experimental collection grappling with standards created by an invisible system and enforced by family, relationships, and violations of women’s rights in a reckoning of intersectional identity. Born in Houston, Texas, & raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Shirali earned her MFA from The Ohio State University.
Boston Gordon is a poet and writer living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They run the You Can't Kill A Poet reading series - which highlights queer and trans identified poets in Philadelphia. Boston earned their MFA in Poetry through Lesley University. They are a winner in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s inaugural Cultureshare. They received a Leeway Foundation Art & Change grant in 2017. They have previously been published in The Fem, Bedfellows, Tinderbox, Guernica and more.
Steven Perez is a writer and musician living in Philadelphia. His work has been published in Bedfellows, Sink Review, La Galería Magazine, Southeast Review, Fourteen Hills, and Zoomoozophone Review. His self-released chapbook, in palm, can be found on Issuu. He also records music under the name clarence.
I am super honored to have some poems in the new issue of Summer Stock! The issue includes work by:
melissa christine goodrum
Eileen R. Tabios
Luis Humberto Valadez
The issue cover art is also by Dara Cerv. Information about the contributors is here. Big thanks to the editors, Andrew K. Peterson and Jared Hayes!
At the Ploughshares blog, Kimberly Ann Southwick reviews my Barrelhouse chapbook Philadelphia. Read the review.
Tonight I'll be reading with Mike Ingram and Bud Smith in The Hatchery Reading Series at the Monkey Bar in Kensington. Details on the Facebook event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/128420391119582/
Please join us for the first Accidental Player of 2017 at Tattooed Mom when we welcome Stacy Szymaszek, Davy Knittle, and p.e. garcia! Doors at 7, reading at 8.
Stacy Szymaszek is a poet, and arts administrator/organizer. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where in 1999 she started working for Woodland Pattern Book Center. She founded and edited seven issues of GAM, a free magazine featuring the work of poets living in the upper midwest. In 2005, she moved to NYC to work for The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, where she has been its director since 2007. Szymaszek is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (2005), Hyperglossia (2009), hart island (2015), and Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals (2016), which won the Ottoline Prize from Fence Books. Her book A Year From Today is forthcoming in 2017 with Nightboat Books. She is the recipient of a 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. She is a regular teacher for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, and mentor for Queer Art Mentorship.
Davy Knittle's poems and reviews have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Fence, Jacket2, Denver Quarterly and The Iowa Review. His second chapbook, "empathy for cars / force of july," was published by horse less press in 2016. He lives in Philadelphia where he curates the City Planning Poetics series at the Kelly Writers House.
p.e. garcia is a contributor for HTMLGiant and an editorial assistant at the Rumpus. They have a good dog.
The following press release is from Barrelhouse:
GINA MYERS’ "PHILADELPHIA" TO BE FIRST EVER BARRELHOUSE CHAPBOOK
We’re excited to announce that we’re getting into the chapbook game. To us, the chapbook may be the most perfect way to read poetry. It’s short enough that you can read it in one sitting, but long enough to really give you a feel for the poet’s mind and style. They're often only available in short runs and for a short period of time but they can stick with you forever.
Next year Barrelhouse will publish our first chapbook, “Philadelphia” by Gina Myers. This long poem is full of grit, hope, and pragmatic realism. What we love about Gina’s work is that it showcases a sharp, lyrical take on the world--from interactions at work to street harassment to the Black Lives Matter movement. The poem circles around the questions that lie at its center - What does it mean to navigate a new city? What does it mean to try to feel at home? When there are so many reasons to leave, why stay?
Gina is the author of A Model Year (2009) and Hold It Down (2013). Her essays and reviews have appeared in Fanzine, Frontier Psychiatrist, Coldfront Magazine, Philadelphia Review of Books, and other places. Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, Myers lives in Philadelphia. Selections from the poem “Philadelphia” appeared in The Brooklyn Rail and Bedfellows.
To make all this a reality, Tony Mancus will join poetry editor Dan Brady on Barrelhouse Chapbooks. Tony Mancus is the author of a handful of chapbooks himself, including Bye Land(Greying Ghost), Bye Sea (Tree Lights Books), and City Country (Seattle Review). In 2008, with Sommer Browning, he founded Flying Guillotine Press, which published nearly 20 chapbooks across its seven year run, including abu ghraib arias, by Philip Metres, which won the Arab American Book Award in 2012.
With our first chapbook release, we’ll also be opening submissions in February 2017.
I've been awful about updating my website, so here are a couple of recent reviews:
Athena Farrakhzad's White Blight (trans. by Jennifer Hayashida) at The Rumpus
Gabriel Ojeda-Sague's Oil and Candle at Hyperallergic
Mel Bentley's new chapbook Bucolic Eclogue is now available from Lame House Press. This is the 25th and final chapbook in the press's 11 year run. Thank you to everyone who has supported the press throughout the years, and especially a huge thanks to all of the amazing authors and artists I was able to work with. It's truly been an honor.
On Wednesday, Sept. 28, I am hosting four writers at Tattooed Mom. We'll be celebrating the release of Tommy Pico's IRL. Joining Tommy are Lauren Wilkinson, Ryan Eckes, and Mel Bentley. Details here on the Facebook event page.
I also have a few readings coming up this fall, which I've added to my event page.
I'm extremely honored to be included in Barrelhouse's epublication Dig If You Will the Picture: Writers Reflect On Prince, which is available for download here.
Over at the Lame House Press blog, I've announced the final two forthcoming titles: Laura Theobald's edna poems (March 2016) and Mel Bentley's Bucolic Eclogue (May 2016). They are now available for pre-order along with some special combo pack deals. Details here.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Lame House throughout the years. Especially thanks to all the writers, artists, and designers who have trusted the press with their work. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to help get these things into the world.