Jesse Nissim and Marthe Reed
April 17, 7pm
followed by an open mic
Jesse Nissim is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Day cracks between the bones of the foot (Furniture Press Books, 2013), SELF NAMED BODY (Finishing Line Press, 2012), and Alphabet for M (Dancing Girl Press, 2007). Her book manuscript has been a finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Alice James Books Kinereth Gensler Award, the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Award and a number of others. Her poems have appeared in 26: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics, Barrow Street, Borderlands, Court Green, Fourteen Hills, H-NGM-N, La Petite Zine, Mad Hatter’s Review, New American Writing, Requited, RHINO, Shampoo, Stone Canoe, Verse, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and other journals. She has written reviews for XANTIPPE and HTML Giant. Jesse has received grants from the Ragdale Foundation and the Saltonstall Foundation and her poem “Fire” was selected by Juliana Spahr as the winner of Spoon River Poetry Review’s 2013 Editor’s Prize.
Marthe Reed is the author of four books: Pleth, a collaboration with j hastain (Unlikely Books 2013), (em)bodied bliss (Moria Books 2013), Gaze (Black Radish Books 2010) and Tender Box, A Wunderkammer (Lavender Ink 2007). A fifth book of poems will be published by Lavender Ink (2014). She has also published six chapbooks (Dusie Kollektiv, above / ground press, and Shirt Pocket Press). Her manuscript, an earth of sweetness dances in the vein, was a finalist in Ahsahta Press’ 2006 Sawtooth Poetry Contest; her manuscript Nights Reading was a finalist for the Elizabeth P. Braddock Prize (Coconut Books). Her collaborative chapbook thrown, text by j hastain with Reed’s collages, won the 2013 Smoking Glue Gun contest and will appear in 2014. An essay on Claudia Rankine’s The Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue appears in American Letters and Commentary. She is Co-Publisher of Black Radish Books and publisher of Nous-zot chapbooks.