October 3rd, 7pm
Furniture Press Books is celebrating 10 years of innovative publishing with a 12 city American tour. The crew will be reading from their collections in galleries, bars, universities, bookstores and living rooms, with a big send off in Baltimore at Peabody Heights Brewery, which will include musicians, comedians and dancers plus a small press book fair—all free to the public. The mission of the tour is very simple: introduce a wider audience to the diversity of the press’ poetics while collaborating with local poets to create an ever-expanding community of emergent presses, curators and creative human beings.
Martine Bellen’s latest collection of poetry is WABAC MACHINE (Furniture Press Books). She’s the author of eight collections, including THE VULNERABILITY OF ORDER (Copper Canyon Press) and TALES OF MURASAKI AND OTHER POEMS (Sun & Moon Press), which won the National Poetry Series Award, as well as the novella 2X(SQUARED). She has written the libretto for OVIDIANA, an opera based on Ovid’s METAMORPHOSES (composer, Matthew Greenbaum) and AH! OPERA NO-OPERA (in collaboration with David Rosenboom). MOON LADY: THE STORY OF CHANG E, (An Opera in Three Acts), in collaboration with Zhang Er, will be performed by the Zhejiang Opera in China. Ms. Bellen’s poetry has appeared in numerous nthologies. She has been a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Fund for Poetry and has had a Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy. Bellen is a contributing editor of the literary journal CONJUNCTIONS.
“Magus Magnus is the author two Furniture Press Books titles: The Re-echoes (2012) and Heraclitean Pride (2010). Along with Idylls for a Bare Stage (twentythreebooks, 2011) and Verb Sap (Narrow House, 2008), Magnus’ works source poetry and “the poetic” as central both to the extremes of interiority (thought, philosophy) and exteriority (performance, deed). He lives and writes in the DC metro area.
Iris Marble Cushing was born and raised in California. Her manuscript, Wyoming, was the winner of the 2013 Furniture Press Poetry Prize, selected by Tom Devaney. A former resident of Arizona, she has been a writer-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park. She now lives in New York, where she edits Argos Books.
Ryan Eckes lives in South Philadelphia. He’s the author of Old News (Furniture Press 2011), Valu-Plus (Furniture Press 2014), and other books. Much of his poetry can be read on his blog, Old News. He works
as an adjunct professor.
Joshua Ware lives in Cleveland, OH where he teaches at Case Western Reserve University and writes for the literary website Vouched Books. He is the author of Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley (Furniture
Press Books) and several chapbooks, most recently Imaginary Portraits (Greying Ghost Press), How We Remake the World (Slope Editions) co-written with Trey Moody, and SDVIG (alice blue books) co-written
with Natasha Kessler. His writing has appeared in journals such as American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Conduit, Gulf Coast, New American Writing, and Salt Hill.
Alicia Puglionesi writes about the history of telepathy, psychic mediums, and nineteenth-century science in a scholarly capacity. Her current project is a dictionary of nonverbal communication. A novella
related to Karl Krall, the German animal psychologist, is forthcoming with Cars Are Real press in the fall of 2013, and she will release a chapbook with Furniture Press in 2014. She lives in Baltimore.
Sean M. Conrey is a professor in the writing and rhetoric program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York State’s Finger Lakes region, where he lives most of the year with his wife and two daughters. He spends his summers writing and visiting family in Beirut, Lebanon. His poetry has appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Cream City Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Midwest Quarterly, Notre Dame Review and Tampa Review, among others. His first book of poems, The Word in Edgewise, is due to be published by Brick Road Poetry Press later this year. A chapbook of his poems, A Conversation with the Living, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2009 and his monograph Coming to Terms with Place, a theoretical work concerned with how language affects our sense of place, was published in 2007. An album of original songs, Hosmer and Ninth, recorded with The Mercury City String Band, a revolving group of musicians, is available on CD and online through Soundcloud.
Lori Anderson Moseman’s newest poetry collection, All Steel, is from Flim Forum Press. Anderson Moseman is the author of Temporary Bunk (Swank Books), Persona (Swank Books), Cultivating Excess (The Eighth Mountain Press) and Walking the Dead (Heaven Bone Press). She founded Stockport Flats press in the wake of Federal Disaster #1649, a flood along the Delaware River. Her work recently has appeared in literary journals: dislocate, divide, Epoch, PEEP/SHOW: A Taxonomic Exercise in Textual and Visual Seriality, Portland Review, Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments, Trickhouse.org, Tonopah Review, The Volta.org and Water~Stone.
Jesse Nissim is the author of Day cracks between the bones of the foot (Furniture Press Books), SELF NAMED BODY (Finishing Line Press), and Alphabet for M (Dancing Girl Press). Her poems have appeared in 26, Barrow Street, Court Green, ecopoetics, H-NGM-N, New American Writing, Requited, RHINO, La Petite Zine and others. Jesse has received grants from the Ragdale Foundation and the Saltonstall Foundation and her work won Spoon River Poetry Review’s 2013 Editor’s Prize, selected by Juliana Spahr. She teaches writing at Syracuse University.
Patrick Williams is a poet and academic librarian living in Central New York. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including The Metric, Word Riot, 3:AM Magazine, and Right Hand Pointing. He earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Information Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on creative writers’ online reading and writing practices, social interaction, and what we can learn from the systems that support them. He shares poems he has found in printed concordances at http://concordancepoems.com.