Readings from Susan Briante, Caroline Crumpacker, Vi Khi Nao & Sarah Riggs.
Belladonna* is an avant-garde collective with the mission to promote the work of feminist writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable and dangerous with language.
SUSAN BRIANTE’s most recent book is The Market Wonders (Ahsahta Press 2016). The Kenyon Review calls it “masterful at every turn.” She is also the author of the poetry collections Pioneers in the Study of Motion and Utopia Minus (an Academy of American Poets Notable Book of 2011), both from Ahsahta Press. She is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Arizona.
CAROLINE CRUMPACKER lives with her daughter Coco and her partner Roberto Rossi in Red Hook, NY. A bit further upstate, she runs The Millay Colony for the Arts, an artists’ residency program and arts center. Caroline was a founding Poetry Editor of Fence magazine, an editor of the French/American online magazine DoubleChange, and a contributing editor for Circumference magazine. She is currently a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative.
VI KHI NAO is the author of a novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and The Old Philosopher (Nightboat Books, 2016), a poetry collection. Vi’s work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. She was the winner of 2014 Nightboat Poetry Prize and the 2016 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest.
SARAH RIGGS is a writer and artist, born in New York where she is now based, after having spent over a decade in Paris. Before directing Six Lives: A Cinepoem, she produced The Tangier 8 at the Cinémathèque de Tanger in Morocco, which was screened at the Berlin Film Festival and the Tate Modern Museum among other international venues. She is the author of five books of poetry in English: Waterwork (Chax, 2007), Chain of Minuscule Decisions in the Form of a Feeling (Reality Street, 2007), 60 Textos (Ugly Duckling, 2010), Autobiography of Envelopes (Burning Deck, 2012), and Pomme & Granite (1913 Press, 2015) which won a 1913 poetry prize. She is the director of Tamaas, and a member of bilingual poetry association Double Change.
She has also translated and co-translated six books of contemporary French poetry into English, including most recently Oscarine Bosquet’s Present Participle (La Presse).
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