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Belladonna* presents: A Reading by Poets Maryam Ivette Parhizkar, Emily Skillings, & CL Young

The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation 526 Laguardia Pl, New York

Please join the Belladonna* Collaborative for an evening of poetry at The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation on November 18 at 6:30 pm, featuring poets Maryam Parhizkar, Emily Skillings, and CL Young. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Maryam Ivette Parhizkar is a writer, scholar and author of two chapbooks: Pull: a ballad (The Operating System, 2014) and As For the Future (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2016). Her recent writing can be found in The Felt, Omniverse, Social Text Online, Amerarcana/Shuffle Boil, Bone Bouquet, The Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day, among other places. Born and raised in southwest Houston by Salvadoran and Iranian immigrant parents, she currently lives in northern New Jersey, and is working on a series of poems on migration and the social and ecological landscape of the Hackensack Meadowlands. She is a 2019 CantoMundo Fellow. Emily Skillings is the author of the poetry collection Fort Not (The Song Cave, 2017), which Publishers Weekly called a “fabulously eccentric, hypnotic, and hypervigilant debut,” as well as two chapbooks, Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press). Recent poems can be found/are forthcoming in Poetry, Harper’s, Boston Review, Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, Hyperallergic, LitHub, and jubilat. Skillings is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective, small press, and event series. She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow in 2017. She splits her time between Brooklyn and Hudson, NY. CL Young writes poems and essays. She is the author of a chapbook called What Is Revealed When I Reveal It to You (dancing girl press, 2018), and co-author with Emily Skillings of Rose of No Man's Land, a chaplet from Belladonna*. Her poems have appeared in Lana Turner, the PEN Poetry Series, Pinwheel, Sixth Finch, The Volta, and elsewhere, and essays can be found at Entropy and The Scofield. She holds an MFA from Colorado State University and currently lives in Boise, Idaho, where she runs a reading & workshop series called Sema.


Belladonna* And/With: Alissa Quart & Celina Su

berl's brooklyn poetry shop 141 Front St, New York

Belladonna* presents a night of readings by Alissa Quart and Celina Su. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Join us for the first Fall reading of 2019 at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop on October 30th at 7 pm. ---------------------------------------------------------------- Alissa Quart is the author of four non-fiction books, Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2018), Branded (Basic Books, 2003) and Hothouse Kids (Penguin Press, 2006), and Republic of Outsiders: The Power of Amateurs, Dreamers and Rebels (The New Press, 2013). She is the Executive Editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a journalism non-profit devoted to reporting on inequality. She has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, Elle, O Magazine and many other publications. She writes the Outclassed column for The Guardian. She received the 2018 Columbia Journalism School Alumna Award and the 2017 L.A. Press Club Award for Commentary. She was a 2010 Nieman fellow at Harvard University. As a professor she was a 2015 Ottaway Professor at SUNY New Paltz and taught at a number of universities including Columbia University’s Journalism School. Her poems have been published by the London Review of Books, The Nation, and many other publications. Monetized (Miami University Press, 2015) is her first poetry book and she has a collection of poetry forthcoming from OR Books, Thoughts and Prayers. (September 2019) ---------------------------------------------------------------- Celina Su is the Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and a Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York. Her publications include Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx (Cornell University Press) and essays in Harper’s, n+1, and elsewhere. She has received several distinguished fellowships, including a Berlin Prize and a Whiting Award for Excellence in Teaching. As a writer, Celina's debut full-length collection of poetry, Landia, was published by Belladonna* in 2018. Her work has appeared in n+1, Boston Review, Aufgabe, and other journals. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including residencies at or scholarships from Ucross, Millay Colony, and Bread Loaf. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Plurality Decree (MIEL Books, 2015) and Beyond Relief (with Ariana Reines, Belladonna* Series, 2013). Celina received a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from MIT. She was born in São Paulo, moved to the US in middle school, and lives with her family in Brooklyn. She is fond of sending out new year's cards, talking to strangers, and cutting up paper.

Lesbian Allstars: Switchboard Edition — with Ariel Goldberg, Andriniki Mattis, Natalie Peart, LJ Roberts, Jeanne Thornton, and Jeanne Vaccaro

Bureau of General Sevices - Queer Division 208 W 13th St #210, New York

Join us for the second installment of Belladonna* Lesbian Allstars, an intergenerational lesbian poetry reading. The reading will take place in the midst of Y’all Better Quiet Down, a group exhibition of art and ephemera in response to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. The exhibit is curated by Nelson Santos and Jeanne Vaccaro.