If the Woman is a Drum, 2:30pm

Jadele McPherson, t’ai freedom ford and electronic musi­cian Val Jeanty read and perform original works as well as a selection of poems by Cortez. Invoking surrealism, politics, the spoken word, New York City and music, this event celebrates Cortez’s influence on a younger generation of women artists.Curated by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

Tonya M. Foster’s Swarm of Bees Book Party, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Join us in celebrating Tonya Foster's long-awaited debut collection, A Swarm of Bees in High Court, (Belladonna*, 2015) with Charles Bernstein, Rich Blint, R. Erica Doyle, Marcella Durand, Erica Hunt, Tyehimba Jess and beloved friends.Tonya's poetry contemplates unspoken bonds of culture

Bohemian Book Fair

The book fair is not meant to focus on Czech literature, but rather to feature US-based presses that publish literary fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Popsickle Festival

With readers representing Belladonna*, including Janice Lowe (1:45pm) and Rachel Levitsky (2:00pm)

Boog City 12th Small Press Fair

The fair is for two days, Sat. Aug 6 to Sun Aug 7, and is held at Brooklyn’s Unnameable Books in the backyard. The fair will take place during the Welcome to Boog City poetry, music, and theater festival.August 6th, Maxe Crandall will represent us and read at 11:40am

Cave Canem and Belladonna* at Bryant Park

Join us for poetry al fresco in Bryant Park with Cave Canem fellows and friends Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Janice A. Lowe, Purvi Shahand Evie Shockley.This event is co-sponsored with Belladonna* Books.Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of two collections of poetry,Gravity, U.S.A., recipient of the Quercus Review Press Poetry Series Book Award, and Last Seen, a Felix Pollak Poetry Prize selection, about which Martha Collins writes, In their powerful tension between absence and presence

Belladonna* With Series: Valdez, Goldberg, Chan

7-9pm Aldrin Valdez is a Pinoy painterpoet. They grew up in Manila and LongIsland and currently live in Brooklyn. Aldrin studied at PrattInstitute and the School of Visual Arts. They have been awardedfellowships from Queer/Art/Mentorship and Poets House.Their work hasbeen published in Art21 Magazine, ArtSlant, BRIC Blog, The CortlandReview, In the Flesh Magazine, Poetry Project's The Recluse, andUncompromising Tang. Ariel Goldberg's The Photographer was published by Roof Books in 2015.Their book length essayThe Estrangement Principle is forthcoming fromNightboat Books in Fall2016. They are the Friday Night Coordinator atThe Poetry Project. Wo Chan is a multidisciplinary performance artist & poet. They havereceived honors from Poets House, Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and theAsian American Writers Workshop, and has been published in VYMMagazine, The Margins, No Tokens, and elsewhere. Wo is a standingmember of the Brooklyn based performance collective Switch N' Play,and has performed at venues including Dixon Place, Brooklyn Pride &the Architectural Digest Expo.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* Party!

5-9pm, email for details

Book Launch party for Caroline Crumpacker’s ASTROBOLISM, with Jason Zuzga

7-9pm We are excited to host the launch of Caroline Crumpacker's ASTROBOLISM (Belladonna*, 2016) and Jason Zuzga's HEATWAKE (Saturnalia Press, 2016) CAROLINE CRUMPACKER lives with daughter Coco and her partner Roberto Rossi in Red Hook, New York.A bit further upstate, she runs The Millay Colony for the Arts, an artists' residency program and arts center. Caroline was a founding PoetryEditor of Fence magazine, an editor of the French/American online magazine DoubleChange, and a contributing editor for circumference magazine. She is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, and author of the chapbooks Recherche Theories (Etherdome Press, 2010), The Institution in Her Twilight (Dusie Kollektiv, 2011), and Upon Nostalgia (Belladonna*, 2011). Her poetry, translations, essays, and reviews have also appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including The Talisman Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Talisman, 2008), American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan University Press, 2007), Not For Mothers Only (Fence Books, 2007), and Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Verse Press, 2004).ASTROBOLISM is pulled, marionette-like, by tethers to feminist anxieties and curiosities, motherhood, partnerhood, delight (if also dismay) in an evolving sense of urbanism, and, through all of the above, a reckoning with end-times existence that attempts to be as sympathetic as it is mournful as it is outraged.After a series of jobs in New York publishing and a residential poetry fellowship year at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown MA, JASON ZUZGA completed an M.F.A. in poetry and nonfiction at the University of Arizona, followed by a year as the poet-in-residence in the James Merrill House. He currently teaches at the Universityof Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. from the English Departmentfor his dissertation “Uncanny World: Envisioning Nature in Documentary”in August 2016. His debut book of poetry, Heat Wake was published by Saturnalia Books in March 2016. His poetry and nonfiction has been published in numerous journals, such as Tin House, The Awl, the Yale Review, and the Paris Review. He is the Other/Nonfiction co-editor of FENCE.Zuzga’s latest work, HEAT WAKE, mixes science with humor, humanity, whimsy and love. In his work the reader encounter natures in myriad forms, all crafted from the unusual perspective of a poet astonished by the world and at work among the queerness of life, the odd sweetness of other people, the city, nature, love, and humanity. The poems unfold amid the presence of stubborn rocks, the vast ocean and itsshores, the intimate details of a suburban New Jersey landscape. The book’s exuberant poems take a journey through time itself: the limited time of humans versus time evolutionary and geological. The poems present in rollicking, playful language and joyful imagery, glancing at the infinite and at the future imagined from the desert in Arizona to Mars.Belladonna* Collaborative's publications are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Belladonna* With Series: Keelay Gipson, Theodore (Ted) Kerr, and t’ai freedom ford at BAM

co-presented with Lambda Literary and Wendy's SubwayBAM Fisher, Sharp Lower Lobby321 Ashland PlaceBrooklyn, NY Wendy’s Subway Reading Room7-9pm Keelay Gipson is a multi-disciplinary artist including work as an actor, filmmaker, director and award-winning playwright. His play The Lost won 4 awards as part of the 2014 Planet Connections Theater Festivity and went on to a sold-out run at SCENE in the Summer of 2015. He was chosen as one of six playwrights featured as part of Harlem9’s Obie Award Winning 48 Hours in Harlem at The National Black Theatre.Canadian born Theodore (ted) Kerr is a Brooklyn based writer and organizer whose work focuses onHIV/AIDS and community. He was the programs manager at Visual AIDS. He received his MA from Union Theological Seminary where he researched Christian Ethics and HIV. He is a founding member of the What Would An HIV Doula Do? collective. His writing has appeared in POZ, The Advocate, WSQ, Lambda Literary, Drain, IndieWire, and Cineaste. t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. She received her MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. Herfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Ivy, The Brooklyn Review, Bronx Biannual and Kweli. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Sinister Wisdom, No, Dear, The African American Review, Vinyl, Muzzle, Poetry and others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. In 2012 and 2013, she completed two multi-city tours as a part of a queer women of color literary salon, The Revival. In 2014, she was the winner of The Feminist Wire’s inaugural poetry contest judged by Evie Shocklee. She is a 2015 Center for Fiction Fellow and the Poetry Project’s 2016 Emerge-Surface-Be Poetry fellow. Winnerof the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize, her first poetry collection, how to get over is forthcoming Spring 2017 from Red Hen Press. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn, but hangs out digitally at:shesaidword.comBelladonna* 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.