Pen and Brush Presents…Effie Pasagiannis, Kiaya Rose Dilsner-Lopez, and Anna Gurton-Wachter
Pen and Brush Presents… is a reading series founded by Kate Angus and hosted by Pen and Brush. The series supports the work small press editors do in identifying excellent writing, as well as supporting the writing itself, by featuring exciting new work by established and emerging authors. Each month, “Pen and Brush Presents…” features readings by three writers, each one selected by editors at a press, journal, or organization with a strong female editorial presence.
Join us in February to hear from:
Kiaya Rose Dilsner-Lopez, reading on behalf of Cooties zine. Kiaya Rose is a storyteller who works to create space for the mythologies of multicultural voices. As lead writer of Cooties Zine, Kiaya Rose interviews and translates the perspectives of women creators around the world. She is also the poet and artist of the exhibit Mezclar (“To Mix”), where she showcased a development of queer Chicana consciousness through portraits. As a Fulbright scholar, she has created libraries, writing centers, and community engagement projects at Brazilian schools and universities. Today, Kiaya Rose lives in New York and works on her novel on Mexican-American woman narratives.
Effie Pasagiannis, reading on behalf of Anti-Heroin Chic. Effie is a first generation Greek-American lawyer, writer and curator based in New York City. Effie's poetry has been featured in various journals and anthologies such as Snapdragon Journal, the Write Launch, Platform Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, the Raw Art Review and Pen + Brush’s inaugural print publication. Some of Effie’s new poems have been selected by Mantis, Stanford University’s literary journal and press, to appear in their February 2019 Poetry & Protest print issue. Her very first poetry manuscript Anagnorisis (Revelation) will be published in late 2019 by Dancing Girl Press. Effie is currently working on a villanelle chapbook, as well as a collection of short stories with female protagonists at a crossroads of choice. One of these short stories “Sweet Nothings of a Foreign Exchange” was published in the Feminine Collective’s September 2018 issue. As a curator, Effie brings together writers and other artists to collaborate and showcase their work in soul-nourishing spaces. She is an avid proponent of personal transformation and an advocate for educational, criminal justice, immigration and environmental reform.
Anna Gurton-Wachter, reading on behalf of Ginger zine. Anna is a writer, editor, and archivist. Her first full length book, Utopia Pipe Dream Memory, is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2019. Chapbooks include Spring Bomb (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming), Mother of All (Above/Ground Press), The Abundance Chamber Words Alone (Essay Press), Blank Blank Blues (Horse Less Press), and CYRUS (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs). Other word has appeared in 6 x 6, the Organism for Poetic Research's Feminist Temporalities, No Dear, Elderly, and elsewhere. Anna edits and makes books with DoubleCross press, a poetry micro-press publishing handmade letterpress chapbooks.
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