Widow’s Peak: The Kiss of Death – Blickley & Bassin

New York fine arts photographer Amy Bassin and writer Mark Blickley work together on text based art and videos. Their text based art collaboration, Dream Streams, was featured as an art installation at the 5th Annual NYC Poetry Festival Their video, Speaking In Bootongue, was selected for the London Experimental Film Festival. They recently published a text based art chapbook,Weathered Reports: Trump Surrogate Quotes From the Underground (Moria Books, Chicago  Bassin is co-founder of the international artists cooperative, Urban Dialogues. Blickley is the author of Sacred Misfits (Red Hen Press) and proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center.

Tucson – Kristina Ten

Kristina Ten is a Russian-American writer living in Oakland, California. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared or is forthcoming in Word Riot, The Awl, Jellyfish Review, Pantheon Magazine, and elsewhere. See more of her writing at kristinaten.com.

 Follow her on Twitter @kristina_ten.

Three Poems – Khaya Osborne

Khaya ‘Khalypso’ Osborne is an 18 year old poet and actor born in Berkeley, CA and currently residing in Elk Grove. They are the Social Media Manager of Black Napkin Press and Poetry Editor of Cerurove Magazine as well as Culaccino Magazine. Their work centers primarily around charting the complicated existence of being colored and woman and alive—a metaphysical dilemma they wish they could conquer and whose defeat they would whisper the secrets of into Ntozake Shange’s ear. Their work has been published in or is forthcoming in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Crab Fat Magazine, Calamus Journal, Vending Machine Press, and Black Napkin Press. They will rep South Sac ’til their dying days and live for black celebrities dragging the Kardashians for filth. Follow her on Twitter @KhalypsoThePoet.

Two Poems – Hannah Ingram

Hannah Ingram (she/her) has been teaching in public and private schools in New York and California since 2005. During that time, Hannah has also taught at Teacher’s College as clinical faculty to support student teachers in applying theory to practice in New York City classrooms, and as an adjunct professor at LIU Brooklyn. Hannah is committed to ongoing professional development, organizing and curriculum design around anti-racism, dis/ability studies, and queer studies. Hannah has been writing since she could form letters, and her practice has been built through poetry workshops in college and graduate programs. Hannah’s work has been published in college journals at Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon and The Evergreen State College. Hannah continues to grow in her writing practice by participating in workshops at Brooklyn Poets and started her own workshop group, which has met twice a month for the last year. This year, Hannah was invited to apply for the Queer/Art/ Mentorship fellowship program in poetry. Most importantly, Hannah makes poems with children.

Two Poems – Aaron Kent

Aaron Kent is a poet from Cornwall, UK. He has recently had a art-verse-novella released through zimZalla titled ‘Subsequent Death’. He has a collaborative book with photographer William Arnold – The Last Hundred – due out in late 2018 / early 2019 with Guillemot Press, and a pamphlet – Tertiary Colours – due out in 2018 with Knives, Forks and Spoons Press

Aaron also runs the Saboteur Award longlisted site Poetic Interviews, where he interviews poets using poetry. Aaron is also a poetry and film lecturer, and his wife gave birth to their first child in July. Follow him on Twitter @GodzillaKent

Where I learned to play with fire – Jasper Wirtshafter

Jasper Wirtshafter is a trans spoken word poet from Athens Ohio, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Currently, he lives in the least terrible town in Indiana. He performed with F Word Performers, a queer feminist art collective, for four years. His work has been published in A Quiet Courage and is forthcoming in Star 82 Review and the Not My President anthology.

Bittersweet – Brenda Taulbee

Brenda Taulbee is writing her way across all of the South and West this country has to offer. From Portland, Oregon by way of Montana, she is a candidate for an MFA in Poetry from San Diego State University. Her work explores the messy overlap zones in human relationships and intimacies. Her second collection of poems is slowly materializing from the ether. Her first, The Art of Waking Up, is available on Amazon, used, for real cheap.

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