Tracie Morris is the author of 10 books (3 forthcoming) and is a scholar and multidisciplinary artist. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa and Brooklyn, New York.
Timothy Liu is enjoying his early retirement triggered by a pandemic-induced fiscal meltdown shit show at his former ivory tower where he had been imprisoned for twenty-four years. Now in the wake of a raging pardon, hell soon be swabbing the decks of SS SUNY New Paltz and SS Vassar College when those swart ships get ready to set sail. www.timothyliu.net
Ken Taylor is author of “first the trees, now this” (2013), “dog with elizabethan collar” (2015), “self-portrait as joseph cornell” (2016) and “aeromancy garage” (2020). He is the founder and editor of selva oscura press.
Mel Elberg is a queer poet interested in the effects of writing on our experience of time.
Peter Burzyński works as the book center manager at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee and is the translator of Martyna Buliżańskas This Is My Earth (New American Press, 2019) as well as the author of the chapbook A Year Alone inside of Woodland Pattern (Adjunct Press, 2022). He is the son of immigrants who call him on the phone every day.
Tim VanDyke grew up in Colombia, South America, until guerilla warfare forced him back to the United States His most recent manuscript is Farallones (Garden Door Press, 2018). His work has most recently appeared in Typo, The Yalobusha Review, and elsewhere.
Maxine Chernoff has published 17 books of poems and six novels, one of which was a NYT Notable book of 1993. She is the winner of an NEA in poetry in 2013 and the 2009 PEN Translation Award. In 2016 she was a visiting writer at the American Academy in Rome. She is a professor of CW at SFSU and the former editor of New American Writing.
Garys poems have long intrigued me, beginning when I first encountered them, way back when. They were tough objects, chiseled, colloquial, and also literary. You got the feeling he worked on them a long time to get them just right. They were often in simple forms, couplets or quatrains. You could feel a conscious approach guiding the proceedings
Ive been looking forward to this debut poetry book, Diaries of a Terrorist, for quite some time. Christopher Soto is someone I think of as a poet and activist in the same breath. His taut debut poetry collection is a testament to queer defiance of policing in the United States and abroad. His activism off the page (with UCLA Cops Off Campus, Writers for Migrant Justice, and Undocupoets) has pushed back against policing, human caging, and the mistreatment of migrants. Through language, his poetry and activism share some of the same concerns: an urgency for action, a clarity of vision, and yes, a new sense of hope.
The human voice is a remarkable instrument, you know. It registers whats on the page but moves language out into this other realm where poesis exacts its real rewards. We get together to hear and see who we are and thats the impressive and ongoing magic of poetry thats moved off the page and into the ritualized space of the public reading.