KGBBar Launch, Feb 14, 7 PM, 85 East 4th Street, NYC, I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe, eds. Susana H. Case & Margo Taft Stever
Please bring vax card and mask as per NYC guidelines. And bring friends. Venue has a staircase and no elevator, is not wheelchair-accessible.) Must be 21 or older.
Introduction, Susana Case & Margo Taft Stever read CD Wright & Ted Berrigan
Bruce E. Whitacre
Susana Case & Margo Taft Stever read Lucia Perillo & Ai / Intermission
John J. Trause
Conclusion, Susana Case & Margo Taft Stever read Gwendolyn Brooks & Sylvia Plath
C. D. WRIGHT received fellowships from foundations including the MacArthur, the Lila Wallace, the Lannan, the Guggenheim, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She published sixteen collections of poetry and prose during her lifetime and was a faculty member at Brown University for decades. Her book One With Others won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. (cdwrightpoet.com)
TED BERRIGAN was the author of more than twenty books, including The Sonnets, Bean Spasms (with Ron Padgett and Joe Brainard), Poems, In Brief, Red Wagon, and, lastly, A Certain Slant of Sunlight. He taught at the famed Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, at Northwestern University in Chicago as poet-in-residence, at the Poetry Project of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery in New York City, and, toward the end of his life, at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
ELAINE SEXTON’s most recent collection of poetry is Prospect/Refuge (Sheep Meadow Press). She teaches at the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute, serves as the visual arts editor for Tupelo Quarterly, and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She is an avid bookmaker and micro-publisher, and founder of the 2 Horatio poetry seminars. (www.elainesexton.org)
ANNA LIMONTAS-SALISBURY is a New York City poet, writer, freelance journalist, and educator. Her poetry can be found inthe Emotive Fruition performance series Heartbreaker/ Verse Maker, Came Back with A Clap Back, and Let Lighting Set Us on Fire, and corresponding chapbooks. She’s been featured storyteller and poet at arts venues such as How to Build A Fire with Open Source Galleries and Honey Dipped Productions. (www.annalimontassalisbury.webs.com)
STEPHANIE LATERZA is a writer and attorney from Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of the poetry chapbook, The Psyche Trials (Finishing Line Press) and a SU-CASA 2018 award recipient from the Brooklyn Arts Council. (www.stephanielaterzaauthor.wordpress.com)
CINDY BEER-FOUHY has been teaching in public and private schools and community facilities for fifty years. She currently teaches at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.
MEREDITH TREDE’s Tenement Threnody is from Main Street Rag. Stephen F. Austin State University Press published Field Theory. A Toadlily Press founder, her chapbook, Out of the Book, was in Toadlilly’s Desire Path. She has earned residency fellowships at Blue Mountain Center, Ragdale, Saltonstall, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Virginia and France. (www.meredithtrede.com)
JASON SCHNEIDERMAN is the author of four books of poems: Hold Me Tight and Primary Source (both from Red Hen Press); Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press); and Sublimation Point (Four Way Books). He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press). He is an Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
MARION BROWN, a lifelong resident of New York State, lives in Yonkers. Her chapbooks, published by Finishing Line Press, are Tasted and The Morning After Summer. She serves on the Advisory Committee of Slapering Hol Press, the Program Committee of the Hudson Valley Writers Center, and the National Council of Graywolf Press.
BRUCE E. WHITACRE has completed master workshops with Jericho Brown, Alex Dimitrov, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Mark Wunderlich. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and lives in Forest Hills, Queens. (www.brucewhitacre.com)
PATRICIA CARRAGON’s poem Paris the Beautiful won Poem of the Week from great weather for MEDIA. Herlatest book from Poets Wear Prada is Meowku and her debut novel, Angel Fire, is from Alien Buddha Press. Patricia hosts Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of its annual anthology. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. (www.patriciacarragon8.wordpress.com)
LUCIA PERILLO’s books include Dangerous Life (Northeastern University Press), which won the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize and the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America; The Body Mutinies (Purdue University Press), winner of the Kate Tufts prize from Claremont University; Luck is Luck (Random House), which won the Kingsley Tufts prize from Claremont University; and Inseminating the Elephant (Copper Canyon Press), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress and others. Perillo was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 2000.
AI’s book, Vice: New and Selected Poems was awarded the National Book Award for Poetry. Her other books include: Cruelty (Perseus Books Group), Killing Floor (Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets), Sin (an American Book Award winner), and Fate (all by Houghton Mifflin), Greed, Vice: New and Selected Poems, Dread, and the posthumous No Surrender (all by W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.). She was a professor and the vice president of the Native American Faculty and Staff Association at Oklahoma State University until her death in 2010.
ALEXANDER CAVALUZZO is an East Village-based writer and artist. His writing has appeared in publications ranging from Newsweek to Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine. (www.alexandercavaluzzo.com)
KAREN NEUBERG is a retired information specialist and lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of Pursuit (Kelsay Books) and the chapbook, the elephants are asking (Glass Lyre Press). She holds an MFA from The New School and is associate editor of the online journal First Literary Review East. (www.karenneuberg.blogspot.com)
ROBERT ANTHONY GIBBONS, a native Floridian, came to New York City in 2007 in search of his muse Langston Hughes and found a vibrant contemporary poetry community. His first book, Close to the Tree, was published by the New York-based Three Rooms Press. He is a Cave Canem Fellow (2019–2021) and has received residencies from the Norman Mailer Foundation and the DISQUIET International Literary Program. In 2018, he completed his MFA at City College.
JOHN J. TRAUSE, Director of Oradell Public Library, is the author of six books of poetry and one of parody, Latter-Day Litany, the latter staged Off Broadway. His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies. Marymark Press has published his visual poetry and art as broadsides and sheets. He is the subject of a 30-on-30-in-30 essay on The Operating System, written by Don Zirilli, and an author of an essay on Baroness Elsa at the same site. He co-founded the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N.J. and was the former host/curator of its monthly reading series. (www.johnjtrause.com)
TINA KELLEY’s fourth poetry collection, Rise Wildly, was published by CavanKerry Press, which also published Abloom and Awry. Ardor won the Jacar Press chapbook competition. Her other books are Precise (Word Press), and The Gospel of Galore, winner of a Washington State Book Award. She co-authored Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope. Kelley was a reporter for The New York Times for a decade, sharing in a staff Pulitzer for coverage of the 9/11 attacks. (tinakelleypoetry.wordpress.com)
HENRY CRAWFORD is the author of two collections of poetry, American Software (2017) and Binary Planet (2020). He won first prize in the 2019 World Food Poetry Competition. He enjoys an extensive online presence. He currently hosts the online poetry series, Poets vs The Pandemic. (www.henrycrawfordpoetry.com)
FRANK BÁEZ, born in the Dominican Republic in 1978, has published six books of poetry, a short story collection, and two chronicles. He belongs to the Spoken Word band El Hombrecito, which has produced three albums. In 2006, he received the Short Stories Prize of the Santo Domingo International Book Fair for You’ll Have to Pay the Shrinks Yourself, and in 2007 he won the Salomé Ureña National Poetry Prize for Post Cards. In 2017, he was selected for the Hay Festival as a member of Bogotá39, the list of the best Latin American writers under forty years of age.
JOEL ALLEGRETTI is the author of, most recently, Platypus (NYQ Books), a collection of poems, prose, and performance texts, and Our Dolphin (Thrice Publishing), a novella. His second book of poems, Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006. He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books). The Boston Globe called Rabbit Ears “cleverly edited” and “a smart exploration of the many, many meanings of TV.” (www.joelallegretti.com)
MERVYN TAYLOR, originally from Trinidad, has been a Brooklyn resident for many years. He has taught at Bronx Community College, The New School, and in the New York City public school system. Retired from teaching, he’s the author of seven full-length books of poetry, including No Back Door, Voices Carry, and the recent Country of Warm Snow (all by Shearsman Books), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation which was longlisted for the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in the poetry category. A chapbook, News of the Living: Corona Poems, was published by Broadstone Books. Taylor can be heard reciting his poetry on the CD Road Clear, accompaniedby renowned bassist David Williams. He is a co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. (www.mervyntaylor.com)
SUSANA H. CASE is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently The Damage Done (Broadstone Books, 2022). Dead Shark on the N Train (Broadstone Books, 2020) won a Pinnacle Book Award for Best Poetry Book and a NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite and was a Finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award. She is also the author of five chapbooks. Her first collection, The Scottish Café (Slapering Hol Press) was re-released in a dual-language English-Polish version, Kawiarnia Szkocka (Opole University Press). She is a co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. (www.susanahcase.com)
MARGO TAFT STEVER’s latest of three full-length poetry collections are Cracked Piano (CavanKerry Press, 2019), which was shortlisted and received honorable mention for the 2021 Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize, and The End of Horses, Broadstone Books, 2022. Her latest of four chapbooks is Ghost Moose (Kattywompus Press, 2019). She is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the Bioethics Department of the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Stever also teaches a poetry workshop at Children’s Village, a residential school for at-risk children and adolescents. She is founder of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and founding and current co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. (www.margotaftstever.com)