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September 7, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

HOT TEXTS is a reading series in Brooklyn, New York that celebrates innovative writing rooted in the body, desire, sexual politics and the erotic sphere. HOT TEXTS is an extension of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist, avant-garde event series, collective and publishing venture.

Daniela Olszewska is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: cloudfang : : cakedirt (Horse Less Press, 2012), True Confessions of an Escapee From The Capra Facility for Wayward Girls (Spittoon Press, 2013), and the recently-released Citizen J(Artifice, 2013). She sits on Switchback Books’ Board of Directors andteaches writing in correctional facilities and community colleges. Daniela was born in Poland and received her MFA from University of Alabama, but she self-identifies as a Chicagoan.

Audrey Zee Whitesides is a poet and musician born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Her poetry and cultural writing has appeared or is forthcoming in/on Autostraddle, WONDER, and Bone Bouquet among others, and she’s the author of severalDIY chapbooks. She also leads Brooklyn trans punk band Little Waist.

Cassandra Gillig is a poet and new media artist from Chicago, IL. She is co-author of the mimeo-chap I Went to Believe [Ben Roylance] (w/ Ben Roylance; Minutes Books, 2013) and poetry editor for Epiphany Magazine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Artifice, Black Warrior Review, HOUSEFIRE, Red Lightbulbs, and CBS News. She lives inNew Brunswick, NJ.

Rickey Laurentiis is the recipient of 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He has also received fellowships and scholarships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Cave Canem Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, as well as a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship from Washington University in St Louis where he received his MFA. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Callaloo, Feminist Studies, Fence, Indiana Review, jubilat, The New York Times, Oxford American and Poetry. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Rickey currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.


September 7, 2013
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm