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82 WEST 3rd STREET, BETWEEN THOMPSON AND SULLIVAN STS.
SATURDAYS FROM 4:30 - 6:30 PM
$5 admission goes to support the readers
These events are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The Segue Reading Series is made possible by the support of The Segue Foundation. For more information, please visit www.seguefoundation.com or call (212) 614-0505. Curators: OCTOBER-NOVEMBER: Aldrin Valdez & Joël Díaz; DECEMBER-JANUARY: Sarah Arkebauer & Kate McIntyre
RICARDO HERNANDEZ & SAFIYA SINCLAIR
Ricardo Hernandez is the son of Mexican immigrants. He is a recipient of fellowships from Lambda Literary & Poets House. Ricardo’s work has appeared in Assaracus, The Cortland Review, & Newtown Literary. He is an MFA candidate in Poetry at Rutgers-Newark.
Safiya Sinclair was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of Cannibal (University of
Nebraska Press, 2016), winner of a Whiting Award, the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and an ALA “Notable Book of the Year.” Sinclair is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California.
AKEEMA-ZANE & CHESWAYO MPHANZA
Akeema-Zane is a multidisciplinary artist of Afro-Caribbean descent. Her published work includes There’s a Monopoly on Change, On Being the Daughter Discovering the Home of her Descendants…, Interlude, & When Money Can’t Buy You Home. She is a native New Yorker.
Cheswayo Mphanza was born in Lusaka, Zambia and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He earned a B.A. in English from Middlebury College. His work has been featured in or is forthcoming from New England Review, New Orleans Review, American Literary Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Vinyl, Prairie Schooner, and RHINO. He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Hurston/Wright Foundation, Callaloo, Cave Canem, and Columbia University. A recipient of the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers, he is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at Rutgers-Newark.
JOSEPH O. LEGASPI & PHILLIP B. WILLIAMS
Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of Threshold & Imago (CavanKerry Press) & two chapbooks, Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts) & Subways (Thrush Press). He co-founded Kundiman (www.kundiman.org), a non-profit organization serving Asian American writers.
Phillip B. Williams is the author of Thief in the Interior, winner of the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, a Lambda Literary Award, & a 2017 Whiting Award. He is co-editor in chief of the online journal Vinyl. He is a visiting professor at Bennington College.
SAFIA ELHILLO & RAMI KARIM
Safia Elhillo is a Sudanese-American writer living in Washington, DC. Her collection, The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), received the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. She is a Cave Canem fellow & holds an MFA from the New School.
Rami Karim’s work appears in Apogee, The Brooklyn Review, The Invisible Bear, & Peregrine. Their chapbook is Smile & Nod (Kaf/Wendy’s Subway, 2017). They teach writing at the City University of New York & are an Asian American Writers’ Workshop 2017 Margins Fellow.
SAHAR ROMANI & JAYSON P. SMITH
Sahar Romani’s work appears in The Offing, Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins, & 92Y’s Podium. She received a Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship in 2017 & is an MFA candidate at NYU. Raised in Seattle, she lives in Queens.
Jayson P. Smith is a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Poetry & a 2016 Emerge-Surface-Be Fellow with The Poetry Project. Jayson lives & works in Brooklyn as founder of NOMAD, a Crown-Heights based performance series. Their poems can be found in journals such as Gulf Coast, Vinyl, fields magazine, & The Offing. www.jaysonpsmith.com
MARIAM BAZEED & YANYI
Mariam Bazeed is an Egyptian performance artist & writer of fiction, memoir, & poetry living in Brooklyn. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction at Hunter College. In 2017, she debuted her first play, PEACE CAMP ORG, in workshop performance at La Mama Theater.
Yanyi is a 2017-2018 Asian American Writers Workshop Margins Fellow & contributing editor at Foundry. He was previously senior editor at Nat. Brut, curatorial assistant at The Poetry Project, & a 2015 Poets House Fellow. Find him at yanyiii.com.
I.S. JONES & BENJAMIN KRUSLING
I.S. Jones is a writer, educator, & hip-hop head from Southern California. She is a fellow with The Watering Hole, BOAAT Writer’s Retreat, & Callaloo. She received an honorable mention from the Academy of American Poets and two nominations for the Best of The Net Anthology. In 2016, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Benjamin Krusling’s recent work appeared in The New Inquiry, Hyperallergic, & Tagvverk. The winner of Sonora Review’s 2017 Poetry Prize, Benji received fellowships from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop & Naropa University. As grouppttherapy, he DJs & makes sound work.
PEGGY ROBLES-ALVARADO & PAUL TRAN
Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a two-time International Latino Book Award winner & an MFA candidate at Pratt Institute. She authored Conversations With My Skin, Homenaje A Las Guerreras, & The Abuela Stories Project. She edited the anthology, Mujeres, The Magic, The Movement, and The Muse. Contact her at robleswrites.com.
Paul Tran is Poetry Editor at The Offing & Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow in the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis. Their work appears in The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, MTV, & elsewhere.
JENNIFER FIRESTONE & MC HYLAND
Jennifer Firestone is an Assistant Professor of Literary Studies at the New School’s Eugene Lang College. She is the author of 4 books, including TEN (BlazeVOX, forthcoming) and Gates & Fields (Belladonna* Collaborative, 2017).
MC Hyland is a PhD candidate in English Literature at NYU, & holds MFAs in Poetry and Book Arts from the University of Alabama. From her research, she produces scholarly & poetic texts, artists’ books, & public art projects. She is the founding editor of DoubleCross Press as well as the author of the poetry collection Neveragainland (Lowbrow Press, 2010).
DIA FELIX & AKOSUA ZIMBA AFIRIYIE-HWEDIE
Dia Felix wrote the Lambda-nominated experimental novel Nochita (City Lights/Sister Spit, 2014) & the poetry chapbook YOU YOU YOU (Projective Industries, 2017). She curates a monthly pan-genre literary performance series, GUTS, at Dixon Place. By day she shoots & edits video at The Metropolitan Museum. Originally from California, she lives in New York.
Akosua Zimba Afiriyie-Hwedie is a Zambian-Ghanaian poet raised in Botswana. She is a Callaloo and Watering Hole fellow as well as a Cave Canem workshop participant. She is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Michigan.
LIZ BOWEN & RACHEL ZOLF
Liz Bowen is a poet & teacher living in New York City. She published Sugarblood (Metatron Press, 2017). She is a doctoral student in English and Comp. Lit. at Columbia University.
Rachel Zolf is a Canadian poet living in Philadelphia. Coach House Books published Janey’s Arcadia, Neighbour Procedure, & Human Resources. Video projects have shown at White Cube (UK), Art Basel Miami, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, & elsewhere.
DECEMBER 23 & DECEMBER 30
DAVY KNITTLE & BOB PERELMAN
Davy Knittle s the author of the chapbooks empathy for cars / force of july (horse less press, 2016) & cyclorama (the operating system, 2015). He lives in Philadelphia, & curates the City Planning Poetics series at the Kelly Writers House.
Bob Perelman is a Professor Emeritus at Penn. His book Modernism the Morning After was published by the University of Alabama Press, 2017. He is at work on a new book of poems Jack and Jill & is the author of Iflife (Roof) & Playing Bodies (Granary).
TONYA M. FOSTER & MICHELLE TARANSKY
Tonya M. Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna* Press, 2015). She is an assistant professor of writing & literature at California College of the Arts.
Michelle Taransky is the author of Sorry Was In The Woods (Omnidawn, 2013) & Barn Burned Then, selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize. She teaches courses in critical & creative writing at Penn, & is the Reviews Editor for Jacket2.
JULIA BLOCH & SAWAKO NAKAYASU
Julia Bloch is a 2017-2019 Pew Fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, & the author of Letters to Kelly Clarkson (Sidebrow, 2012), Valley Fever (Sidebrow, 2015), & Like Fur (Essay Press, 2017). She coedits Jacket2 & directs the creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sawako Nakayasu’s books include The Ants, Texture Notes, & the translation of The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa. With Lisa Samuels, she edited A Transpacific Poetics (Litmus Press, 2017). Nakayasu has performed on Japanese television as a poetry judge & in Yvonne Rainer’s Grand Union Dreams (dir. Yelena Gluzman). She teaches at Brown University.
CHARLES BERNSTEIN & ERICA HUNT
Charles Bernstein & Ted Greenwald started what is now the Segue/Zinc series at the Ear Inn forty years ago. PennSound has archived many of the readings.
Erica Hunt is the author of Local History, Arcade, Piece Logic, A Day and Its Approximates, & Time Slips Right Before Your Eyes. With Dawn Lundy Martin, she co-edited the anthology Letters to the Future, Radical Writing by Black Women. Hunt is the Parsons Family Professor of Creative Writing at LIU Brooklyn.