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Ideas Like Rocks
February 19, 2014 @ 12:00 am - 1:30 am
Tuesday, February 18, 2014; 7:00 pmIdeas Like Rocks: Ashley Mansi, Jamila Cornick, and Liz RobertsHosted by Krystal Languell & the Belladonna* CollaborativeLocation: Dixon Place Lounge:161A Chrystie Street, New York, NYThe third annual intern celebration reading from Brooklyn’s Belladonna* Collaborative. Expressing ourgratitude for the meaningful labor of our dedicated interns from Pratt Institute and Queens College. As the internship economy comes under closer scrutiny, Belladonna* Collaborative seeks to value the time, energyand creative work of our dedicated interns from various schools in the city by providing a forum for their in-progress writing. Pairing two interns with one more experienced poet, each year Belladonna* reserves a night in our literary reading series and a chaplet in our publication series (now approaching #160) to honor these young writers.Ashley Mansi grew up in Philadelphia and moved to New York in 2010 to attend PrattInstitute where she will soon graduate from the Writing Program. A fiction major, she was welcomed into the Belladonna* community as anintern in Spring 2012. Though she has yet to be published, she has hopes thenovel she is working on for senior thesis will prove lucrative.Jamila Cornick is a writer of critical essays, fiction and poetry. They are currently completing their BA in psychology. Besides interning for Belladonna*, they are an editor for THEM Lit, an online biannual journalthat highlights the written work of Trans and queer artists. They were also the recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston scholarship for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program 2013.Activist and poet Liz Page Roberts left her job at War Resisters League in 2013 and began Brooklyn College’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Erasure, We’Moon, anthologies including We Have Not Been Moved (PM Press) and The Widows Handbook (Kent State University Press, 2014), and a handful of obscure ‘zines lovingly produced by ravers, pagans and anarchists. She is a recipient of the 2014 Himan Brown Award for Poetry. Sparked by a year-long creative exploration with two other experimental poets, she wrote Poppet & Oarlock, a manuscript which addresses current people’s movements and the necessity of remaining whole and human as we confront mass suffering and face economic and environmental perils.