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May 2018

Belladonna* And/With: Iman Mersal and Aditi Machado

May 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Institute for Arab and Islamic Art, 3 Howard St
New York, New York 10013

Belladonna* and IAIA (Institute of Arab and Islamic Art) are proud to co-present an evening of literature featuring Iman Mersal and Aditi Machado. Additional support has been generously provided by Mophradat and Poets & Writers. The readings will be followed by a conversation between the two writers, moderated by Omar Berrada. New Belladonna* chaplets from each reader will be released and available for purchase at the night of the event. Aditi Machado’s reading and the following discussion will be conducted in English, while Iman Mersal’s reading will alternate between English and Arabic. Seating is limited, please rsvp@instituteaia.org by May 10, 2018. RSVP to our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2003061719947697/ Belladonna* Collaborative's programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Belladonna* Collaborative's programs and publications are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. A special thanks to Mophradat as a co-sponsor of this event.

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September 2018

Sweet Dreams Book Party with Pamela Sneed, Tracie Morris, Shelley Marlow, & Roya Marsh

September 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Poetry Project, 131 East 10th St.
New York, New York 10003

Join us for a celebration of Pamela Sneed's Sweet Dreams (Belladonna* 2018), a hybrid work of poetry, essay, and memoir that confronts issues of in/visibility; relationships, community, and inclusion/exclusion; writing and transformation--through anecdotes from Sneed'sown life, interwoven with analyses of pop culture, and buoyed by the wisdom of mentors such as Sekou Sundiata and Audre Lorde. Pamela will bejoined by special guest readers Shelley Marlow, Roya Marsh, and Tracie Morris. General admission: $8 Students/Seniors: $7 Members: $5 or free -- No one turned away for inability to pay. Accessibility: St. Mark’s Church is wheelchair accessible. Please call The Poetry Project at 212-674-0910 in advance of events to arrange accessibility. The Poetry Project will arrange for an ASL interpreter for any event with one week’s advance notice. RSVP to our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2096622573987827/

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October 2018

Belladonna* Roll Call Reading Series: Serena J. Fox & Orchid Tierney

October 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Spoonbill & Sugartown Warehouse, 99 Montrose Ave.
Brooklyn, New York 11206

Join us for the first reading of our Belladonna* Roll Call Reading Series with Patricia Spears-Jones presenting Serena J. Fox, and Rachel Blau DuPlessis presenting Orchid Tierney. New work & new chaplets! About the Series: For each installment of Roll Call, presented by Belladonna* Collaborative, two previously published poets from the Belladonna* chaplet archive have selected and will introduce a poet whose work expands and enriches the tradition of experimental feminist writing. Roll Call builds upon networks and communities within the feminist avant-garde while materializing the breadth of Belladonna* Collaborative’s twenty-year publishing history. RSVP to our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/232325430769271/

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Belladonna* Roll Call Reading Series with Anaïs Duplan & Yumi Dineen Shiroma

October 14, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
BGSQD, 208 West 13th St.
New York, New York

Anaïs Duplan and Yumi Dineen Shiroma read for the second event in the Belladonna* Roll Call Reading Series. Come hear new work and get new chaplets! Takes place during the NY Queer Zine Fair!! About the Series: For each installment of Roll Call, presented by Belladonna* Collaborative, two previously published poets from the Belladonna* chaplet archive have selected and will introduce a poet whose work expands and enriches the tradition of experimental feminist writing. Roll Call builds upon networks and communities within the feminist avant-garde while materializing the breadth of Belladonna* Collaborative’s twenty-year publishing history. RSVP to our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/528693830914282/

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Belladonna*, The Operating System, & Ugly Duckling Presse

October 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McNally Jackson Williamsburg, 76 N 4th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Belladonna* Collaborative teams up with The Operating System and Ugly Duckling Presse to host a bilingual reading with Urayoán Noel, Margaret Randall, Mónica de la Torre, María Vásquez Valdez, Lila Zemborain, and Elizabeth Zuba. From the OS: Join the Operating System for a bilingual poetry event in celebration of the release of the dual-language translation of Mexican poet / scholar / translator María Vázquez Valdez’s 'Kawsay - La llama de selva / Kawsay - The flame of the jungle' at McNally Jackson's Williamsburg Store on October 16th! Vázquez Valdez will be joined by the translator of the volume, renowned poet Margaret Randall, as well as a host of incredible bilingual poet-translators representing Belladonna*/Belladonna Books and Ugly Duckling Presse! We’re thrilled to have Urayoán Noel, Elizabeth Zuba, and LIla Zemborain joining us for this very special evening. Kawsay is Vázquez Valdez’s poetic account of her experience in Peru working with the Shipibo indigenous community, and features drawings by Chizuko Osato. RSVP to our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2247864495443673/

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November 2018

Belladonna* Roll Call Reading Series: Marta Lopez Luaces & Montana Ray

November 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
McNally Jackson Williamsburg, 76 N 4th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Join us for our Belladonna* Roll Call Reading Series with Mercedes Roffé presenting Marta Lopez Luaces, and Mónica de la Torre presenting Montana Ray. New work & new chaplets! About the Series: For each installment of Roll Call, presented by Belladonna* Collaborative, two previously published poets from the Belladonna* chaplet archive have selected and will introduce a poet whose work expands and enriches the tradition of experimental feminist writing. Roll Call builds upon networks and communities within the feminist avant-garde while materializing the breadth of Belladonna* Collaborative’s twenty-year publishing history. RSVP to our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2186698694904183/

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December 2018

Belladonna* Roll Call Reading Series: Laura Buccieri & K. Lorraine Graham

December 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Printed Matter, 231 11th Ave
New York, New York 10001

Join us for our Belladonna* Roll Call Reading Series with Elaine Equi presenting Laura Buccieri, and Tina Darragh presenting K. Lorraine Graham. New work & new chaplets! About the Series: For each installment of Roll Call, presented by Belladonna* Collaborative, two previously published poets from the Belladonna* chaplet archive have selected and will introduce a poet whose work expands and enriches the tradition of experimental feminist writing. Roll Call builds upon networks and communities within the feminist avant-garde while materializing the breadth of Belladonna* Collaborative’s twenty-year publishing history. RSVP to our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/353398361896481/

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January 2019

Belladonna* Member Ru (Nina) Puro reads at the Poetry Project

January 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Poetry Project, 131 East 10th St.
New York, New York 10003
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Ru (Nina) Puro‘s collection, Each Tree Could Hold A Noose Or A House, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize, was recently released. They are a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, social worker, and recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Deming Fund, & others. Morgan Vo is a poet and singer. Born in the Tidewater area in 1989, he studied at the Cooper Union and the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and lives now in Brooklyn, NY.

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Poets on the Road: Barbara Henning and Maureen Owen

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McNally Jackson Williamsburg, 76 N 4th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

  Poets Barbara Henning and Maureen Owen are hitting the road, and keeping a blog along the way. Keep track of their travels at http://barbarahenning.com/category/maureenowen, and join us on January 18th to send them off. Barbara Henning is the author of four novels, seven collections of poetry, four chapbooks and a series of photo-poem pamphlets. Maureen Owen, former editor and chief of Telephone Magazine and Telephone Books, currently lives in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Edges of Water from Chax Press. RSVP to our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/298176650903172/

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March 2019

Lesbian All Stars Reading

March 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Performance Space, 150 First Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY
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Join us for the Lesbian All Stars reading at Performance Space New York! With readings by Raquel Gutiérrez, Ru (Nina) Puro, Camille Roy, Gail Scott, and Pamela Sneed, curated by Rachel Levitsky. Open bar in the lounge, New T-shirts, New Chapbooks, New Performance Space Series by Sarah Schulman featuring new work by the authors!

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Bernadette Mayer and Stacy Szymaszek

March 9 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Poets House, 10 River Terrace
New York, NY
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    Bernadette Mayer and Stacy Szymaszek in conversation on the long poem and dailiness at Poets House!!General admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and free for Poets House members RSVP to our Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/383706412393465/

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April 2019

Meet Me There Book Launch 4/29

April 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Poetry Project, 131 East 10th St.
New York, New York 10003
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June 2019

Epic Voices: The Caribbean (Un)Epic with M. NourbeSe, introduced by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

June 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Poets House, 10 River Terrace
New York, NY

Poet M. NourbeSe writes: “That ‘micropelago’ of tiny islands that arc in one long ache from Cuba to Guyana to enclose the Caribbean Sea (the Cari Basin) from the encroaching Atlantic Ocean; place and space of massive ‘interruckshuns,’ where tectonic plates of history grind against each other and shards of memory pierce and transfix green islands seeded with the spores of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indigenous: if places could be said to represent poetic forms or genres, the (un)epic would seem to be the Caribbean’s most natural form.” Drawing on poets of Caribbean/Cari Basin heritage, she discusses her book Zong!, as well as her manuscript Island Liturgies, in the context of the (un)epic. Writer, vocalist, and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna* 2013) and three chapbooks, which include Ichi-Ban and Ni-Ban (MOH Press), Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna*), and the album Televisíon.  Her work has been published in Rattapallax, Black Renaissance Noir, Nocturnes, Fence, Ploughshares, The Black Scholar, P.M.S, LA Review, Jubilat, Everything But the Burden, and Muck Worksamong others. Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at The Kitchen, Exit Art, MoMA, Recess Activities Inc, Brooklyn Museum, MoMA PS1, and The Whitney. A native of Harlem, LaTasha and writer Greg Tate are the founders and editors of yoYO/SO4 Magazine. Co-presented with Belladonna and the Canadian Consulate.

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July 2019

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

July 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Bureau of General Sevices – Queer Division, 208 W 13th St #210
New York, NY 10011 United States
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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.

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October 2019

Belladonna* And/With: Alissa Quart & Celina Su

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
berl’s brooklyn poetry shop, 141 Front St
New York, NY 11201 United States
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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.

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