Amy Beeder‘s third book, And So Wax Was Made & Also Honey, is recently out from Tupelo Press. A recipient of an NEA Fellowship, a “Discovery”/The Nation Award and a James Merrill Fellowship, she has worked as a creative writing instructor, freelance writer, political asylum specialist, high-school teacher in West Africa, and a human rights observer in Haiti and Suriname. Her work has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, AGNI, The Southern Review and other journals.
Liza Nash Taylor is the author of two historical novels from Blackstone Publishing. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and was named a Hawthornden International Fellow for 2018. She was the winner of the San Miguel Writer’s Conference Fiction Prize in 2016 and her short stories and essays have appeared in Microchondria II (a flash anthology published by the Harvard Bookstore), Bluestem Magazine, Rum Punch Press, The Copperfield Review, Seven Hills Review, Gargoyle Magazine #66, Deep South Magazine and others.
Susan Buttenwieser is the author of the short story collection, We Were Lucky with the Rain (Four Way Books). Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in numerous literary publications and received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She contributes news features regularly to Women’s Media Center and teaches creative writing in New York City public schools in high-poverty neighborhoods, with incarcerated women and older adults.
Brionne Janae is a poet and teaching artist living in Brooklyn. They are the author of Blessed are the Peacemakers (2021) which won the 2020 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize, and After Jubilee (2017) published by Boat Press. Brionne is the recipient of the St. Botoloph Emerging Artist award, a Hedgebrook Alum and proud Cave Canem Fellow. Their poetry has been published in Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, The Sun Magazine,jubilat, and Waxwing among others. Off the page they go by Breezy.
Miriam Sagan is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Her most recent include Bluebeard’s Castle (Red Mountain, 2019) and A Hundred Cups of Coffee (Tres Chicas, 2019). She is a two-time winner of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards as well as a recipient of the City of Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and a New Mexico Literary Arts Gratitude Award. She has been a writer in residence in four national parks, Yaddo, MacDowell, Gullkistan in Iceland, Kura Studio in Japan, and a dozen more remote and interesting places. She works with text and sculptural installation as part of the creative team Maternal Mitochondria in venues ranging from RV Parks to galleries. She founded and directed the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement. Her poetry was set to music for the Santa Fe Women’s Chorus, incised on stoneware for a haiku pathway, and projected as video inside an abandoned grain silo in rural Itoshima. Her blog is Miriam’s Well–http://miriamswell.wordpress.com
Chelsea Dingman’s first book, Thaw, was chosen by Allison Joseph to win the National Poetry Series (University of Georgia Press, 2017). Her second poetry collection, Through a Small Ghost, won The Georgia Poetry Prize (University of Georgia Press, 2020). She is also the author of the chapbook, What Bodies Have I Moved (Madhouse Press, 2018). Visit her website: chelseadingman.com.
Chaya Babu is a South Asian American writer, journalist, artist, and educator based in Brooklyn. Her work focuses on power and oppression, cities, the body, foolishness, individual and collective healing, and more, and has been featured in or at The Margins, the Bellingham Review, BuzzFeed, VICE, Open City, GO HOME!, and Project for Empty Space, amongst others. She is a writing center consultant at the Columbia School of Social Work and teaches classes on personal narrative, poetry, and reporting with Community Word Project while she works on her first book, a memoir about the intergenerational trauma of exile and the impossibility of return post-diaspora. You can find her twitter/instagram @fobbysnob and www.fobbysnob.com.
About this reading:
CW: psychological violence and ableism A note about how the piece came about: “I’ve been a part of the BIPOC Writing Community since the start of the pandemic; we meet every Monday night on Zoom to write, dance, and commune in this unprecedented time. My essay emerged in response to a prompt about illusions, hence the title!”
Hadara Bar-Nadav is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Award from the Poetry Society of America, and other honors. Her most recent book of poetry is The New Nudity (Saturnalia Books, 2017). Her previous books include Lullaby (with Exit Sign) (Saturnalia Books, 2013), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012), Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007), awarded the Margie Book Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Fountain and Furnace (Tupelo Press, 2015), awarded the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, and Show Me Yours (Laurel Review/Green Tower Press 2010), awarded the Midwest Poets Series Prize. In addition, she is co-author with Michelle Boisseau of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. (Pearson, 2011). Individual poems appear in the American Poetry Review, The Believer, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is a Professor of English and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Kathryn Nuernberger is an essayist and poet who writes about the history of science and ideas, renegade women, plant medicines, and witches. Her latest book is The Witch of Eye, which is about witches and witch trials. She is also the author of the poetry collections, RUE,The End of Pink, and Rag & Bone, as well as a collection of lyric essays, Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past. Her awards include the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets, an NEA fellowship, and notable essays in the Best American series. She teaches poetry and nonfiction for the MFA program at University of Minnesota.
Originally from Los Angeles, Cherene Sherrard-Johnson is a poet, scholar, and essayist. She is the Sally Mead Hands-Bascom Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Vixen (2017) and Grimoire (2020), both from Autumn House Press, and two scholarly books on the Harlem Renaissance. Her creative nonfiction and poetry have appeared in The Rumpus, Plume, The New York Times Magazine, The Journal, Terrain.org, Blackbird, Water~Stone Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.