Pen and Brush Presents…Judith Kerman, Eleanor Lerman, Soham Patel, and Ada Smailbegovic

May 3, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Pen and Brush Presents… is a reading series curated by Kate Angus for 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…” will feature readings by three writers, each one selected by editors at a press, journal, or organization with a strong female editorial presence.

Join us for our May reading, featuring the following writers and presses:

Judith Kerman retired in 2011 as Professor Emerita of English from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, where she taught creative writing, literature and electronic media. She has published nine collections of poems, most recently Aleph, broken: Poems from My Diaspora (Broadstone Books, 2016) and three collections of translations. She was a Fulbright scholar in the Dominican Republic in 2002. She is founder/publisher of Mayapple Press in Woodstock, NY, and founding editor of Earth's Daughters, thought to be the oldest feminist literary magazine still publishing.

Earth's Daughters is a feminist literary and arts periodical published in Buffalo, N.Y. We believe E.D. to be the oldest extant feminist arts periodical, having been published continuously since 1971. Today, it is edited by Kastle Brill, Jennifer Campbell, Joyce Kessel, Janna Willoughby-Lohr, and ryki zuckerman.

Although E.D. does publish work by men, our focus is the experience and creative expression of women, and from all contributors we require technical skill and artistic intensity, as evidenced in the work we have published by Denise Levertov, Lyn Lifshin, Marge Piercy, Diane diPrima, Janine Pommy Vega, Susan Fantl Spivack, and the list goes on. We also publish many "unknown" poets, writers and artists, and therefore welcome submissions from new writers.

To read a full introduction to Earth’s Daughters, please visit our website 

Eleanor Lerman, who lives in New York, is the author of numerous award-winning collections of poetry, short stories, and novels. She is a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2016, her novel, Radiomen, was awarded the John W. Campbell Prize for the Best Book of Science Fiction. Her next novel, The Stargazer's Embassy, will be published by Mayapple Press in the summer of 2017.

Mayapple Press celebrates literature that is both challenging and accessible: poetry that transcends the categories of "mainstream" and "avant-garde"; women's writing; the Great Lakes/Northeastern culture; the immigrant experience; poetry in translation; science fiction poetry. The Press was founded by Judith Kerman in 1978 in Buffalo, NY, but soon relocated to Ann Arbor, MI. After publishing two poetry chapbooks and a crafts book, the Press was dormant until 1992, when Kerman was back in Michigan after living in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Press has produced more than 110 titles, the majority single-author poetry collections but also short fiction, novels, memoirs, translations of poetry and short fiction, poetry anthologies and a few hard-to-categorize titles. Mayapple Press is proudly independent and largely self-funded. Our authors include Allison Joseph, Eleanor Lerman, Judith Minty, Judith McCombs, Toni Ortner, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Hilma Contreras, Susana Case, Toni Mergentime Levi, Johanny Vasquez Paz, William Heyen, Carlos Matos, Conrad Hillbery, Eric Torgersen, Nola Garrett, Steven Lewandowski.

Soham Patel is a Kundiman fellow. Her chapbooks and nevermind the storm and New Weather Drafts are available from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. She studies Creative Writing in the PhD Program at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where she also serves as a poetry editor for cream city review.

Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs publishes poetic works: subtle and intense forms of public exchange and autonomous expressions—dynamic in awareness—luminous in form. Emphasis: diversity and interconnection—social, cultural, environmental and aesthetic.

Ada Smailbegović was born in Sarajevo and now resides in the triangular movement between New York, Vancouver and Providence. She studied biology and literature at UBC, completed a PhD in Poetry and Poetics from NYU and is now an Assistant Professor of English at Brown University. Her writing explores relations between poetics, non-human forms of materiality, and histories of description. She is a co-founder of The Organism for Poetic Research. Critical and poetic work includes Avowal of What Is Here (JackPine Press 2009), Of the Dense and Rare (Triple Canopy 2013), “Some Disordered Interior Geometries” (Reanimation Library; The Volta 2015), “Cloud Writing” (Art in the Anthropocene 2015), and an article on animal architecture and the affective ethology of Monk Parakeets (Angelaki 2015). She is currently at work on a critical-theoretical book Poetics of Liveliness and a poetry chapbook The Scarlet Letter: or (On Waiting) is forthcoming this month from DoubleCross Press. 

DoubleCross Press is a publisher of handmade books of poetry and poetics. With an eye toward artist book studio practices and spaces, and toward the materials and structures of contemporary and historic hand-bookmaking, we produce physical manifestations of our writers' language. We publish poetry chapbooks, essays on book arts and book culture, poetry journals, and other materials exploring the boundaries of poetry, poetics, and artist books. Founded in 2008 in Tuscaloosa, AL, DoubleCross Press has also lived in Minneapolis, MN and, now, in Brooklyn, NY. It is run by MC Hyland, Anna Gurton-Wachter, and Jeff Peterson. 

Kate Angus is a founding editor of Augury Books. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Awl, Best New Poets 2010 and Best New Poets 2014. Her poetry collection, So Late to the Party, was published by Negative Capability Press in 2016.

The event is free and open to the public; RSVPs to <> are encouraged but not required. 

Event photo credit Manny Fernandes.

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