Pen and Brush Presents…October
Pen and Brush Presents… is a new reading series curated by Kate Angus for Pen and Brush. The series supports the work small press editors 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 the second reading of the series in our fall season, featuring the work of:
Katy Bohinc, representing Tender Buttons. Katy Bohinc is the author of Dear Alain, a critique of Western philosophy in the guise (?) of love letters (of a poet) to a philosopher, mostly addressed to French philosopher Alain Badiou. As irreducible a work as any poet would antagonize a philosopher with, the book is also a representation of the thought of Badiou, who responds himself in the afternote. Bohinc demonstrates how love, politics, math and poetry are conditions on philosophy, sexual metaphors intended, and poetry is everything. Slavoj Žižek writes: “This book should be banished!” A New York resident, Bohinc is director of Tender Buttons Press. She recently edited Please Add To This List: A Guide to Teaching Bernadette Mayer’s Sonnets and Experiments. Her work has appeared in Poor Claudia, The Capilano Review, Elderly, Armed Cell and others. She is working on a new book titled THE COMMUNITY.
Chialun Chang, representing No, Dear and Small Anchors Press. Chialun Chang is a visual artist and writer born in Taipei and now living in NYC. She is recipient of a 2015 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Fellowship from NYFA and a 2016 Emerging Writers Fellowship from Poets House. Her debut chapbook One Day We Become Whites was published by ND/SA in 2016.
Caits Meissner, representing The Operating System. Caits Meissner is the author of Let It Die Hungry, forthcoming from The Operating System in October 2016. Her previous book, The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You, was co-written with Tishon Woolcock (2012, Well&Often.) Her work has been awarded first place prizes from the Pan-African Literary Forum's OneWorld Fellowship, the Jan-Ai Scholarship Fund and City College’s The Jerome Lowell DeJur Prize in Poetry. Caits’s poems are published in numerous journals and anthologies including Drunken Boat, The Literary Review, Split This Rock Poem of the Week, Adroit, Public Pool, The Feminist Wire and The Offing. In 2010 she released an album, the wolf & me. Erykah Badu called it "Fresh, honest and loving," with "a delicate heart like mine." For over 15 years, Caits has facilitated innovative arts programs and co-created across a wide spectrum of organizations and communities, with a special focus on spaces of incarceration, women and youth. She serves as Writer-in-Residence at Bronx Academy of Letters, piloting a creative writing exchange between free and incarcerated young people, and is part-time faculty at CUNY and The New School. Caits is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at The City College of New York.
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 June.
The event is free and open to the public; RSVPs to <RSVP@penandbrush.org> are encouraged but not required.