Join us for a reading with visiting writers Brenda Coultas and Stacy Szymaszek!
Brenda Coultas is the author of The Tatters, a collection of poetry, recently published by Wesleyan University Press, and she is a contributing fiction editor at Black and Grey. Her other books included The Marvelous Bones of Time (2008) and A Handmade Museum (2003) from Coffee House Press. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship (NYFA) and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency (LMCC). Her poetry can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Witness and the Denver Quarterly. This past year she was a mentor in the Emerge-Surface-Be program sponsored by The Poetry Project and The Jerome Foundation.
Stacy Szymaszek is a poet, editor and arts administrator. She is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (Litmus Press,2005), Hyperglossia (Litmus Press, 2009) and hart island (Nightboat Books, 2015). Her book Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals won the 2014 Ottoline Prize from Fence Books and is forthcoming in 2016. Select chapbook titles include Pasolini Poems (Cy Press, 2005), Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (Faux Press, 2008), austerity measures (Fewer & Further Press, 2012) and Journal Started in August (Projective Industries, 2015). Szymaszek is a regular teacher for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and a mentor for Queer Art Mentorship. She worked at Woodland Pattern from 1999-2005. She currently lives in New York City where she is the Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village.
Please also joins us for The Curious Writing Cabinet, a workshop with Brenda Coultas taking place from 2 PM until 5 PM on Sunday, November 22.
from The Tatters
A wet pigeon said, “Why don’t I ask for what I really want?”
I have forgotten the purpose
Of touching a child’s hand
Of pigeon shit on perfect feathers
Of deep round cake pans
In taking it apart
to see how it works
I realized that I wish to control the means of production
from hart island
who’s under who’s wing
make a pantomime of loss some-
one made Aspiration a new
arm from sticks and paper
mache he’s holding a bouquet
so furtive this is flip phone to flip
phone only a white whale
away here is my card I am not
working is what I will say
here is my card I am not working
today wish friends would re-
populate as quickly as the fields
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