Pen and Brush welcomes the Mental Marginalia reading series to Manhattan as part of our literary takeover. Featuring six writers who speak in a myriad of Brooklyn voices, January’s Mental Marginalia is a welcome cross-borough collaboration for the start of a new year.
The readers for the evening are:
Amy Lawless is the author of two books of poems including My Dead (Octopus Books). Her third poetry collection Broadax is forthcoming from Octopus Books. She is also co-author of I Cry: The Desire to Be Rejected, a collaborative, hybrid composition (forthcoming in February from Pioneer Works Press) with Chris Cheney. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in jubilat, The Volta, Washington Square Review, Best American Poetry 2013, and the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion. She received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2011.
Caridad De La Luz is a Bronx-born performer known as LA BRUJA. Considered one of America's leading spoken word poets, this past year she was named one of the Top 20 Puerto Rican Women Everyone Should Know. In 2014 she was awarded Comité Noviembre’s Puerto Rican Women Legacy Award, and in 2013, The Edgar Allan Poe Award for excellence in writing. Honored as A Bronx Living Legend by the Bronx Borough President, this Renaissance woman has performed at places such as The Apollo, The Museum of Natural History, and the Nuyorican Poets Café, and has made a name for herself as a recording artist and in off-Broadway theater. Currently, she works with youth throughout the country teaching poetry workshops for Sadie Nash, Pepatian.org & NYC Mission Society. For more info go to: www.labrujamusic.com
Christie Ann Reynolds is the author of Texts from My Mom (Big Lucks Books 2014), Revenge for Revenge (Coconut 2012), and idiot heart (New School Press 2009). She teaches writing and science in a middle school and lives in Brooklyn.
Heeyen Park was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to America in June 1997. She currently lives in Brooklyn, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College. She worked as a local journalist for Bay Currents, and additionally has published works in The New School Collaborative Book 2012: From A Flower to A Garden, The National Gallery Writing, and multiple volumes of They Wanted Blood: They Got Poetry. She is an objectivist poet and her favorite American poet is Walt Whitman. She loves food and colors.
Ruwa Alhayek graduated from Princeton University in 2014 with a degree in Near Eastern Studies and certificates in Arabic, Creative Writing, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing (nonfiction) at The New School. Ruwa is also a contributor to the online middle eastern magazine Jaffat elAqlam, which will publish one letter from a collection of her letters to a future daughter every month of 2016, starting at the end of January.
Jane LeCroy is a NYC based poet, singer, performance artist (Sister Spit, Vitapup, Nu Voices, Ohmslice, Transmitting) and home-birthing mother of 3. She fronts the avant-pop-post-punk band The Icebergs and has been published widely. Her chapbook, Names (Booklyn) was published as part of their award winning ABC chapbook series, purchased by the Library of Congress along with her braid! In April 2013 Three Rooms Press released her first full length book, Signature Play, a multimedia book of lyrical poems, including musical scores, and collage. Jane is a teaching artist in NY public schools.