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“In a field in a” by Laura Sims

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selfie in mirrorLaura Sims is the author of three books of poetry: My god is this a man, Stranger, and Practice, Restraint (Fence Books); her fourth collection, Staying Alive, is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2016. She edited Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson, a book of her correspondence with the celebrated experimental novelist (powerHouse Books), and has also published five chapbooks of poetry. Her work was included in the anthology, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century, and individual poems have recently appeared in: Black Clock, Colorado Review, Talisman, and Denver Quarterly. Sims has been a featured writer for the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog, and has been a co-editor of Instance Press since 2009. She teaches literature and creative writing at NYU-SCPS and lives with her family in Brooklyn.




“I’ve Got To Tell You” by Sarah Dowling

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photo-17-3Sarah Dowling is the author of DOWN, Birds & Bees, and Security Posture, winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Selections from her work appear in I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women. Her critical work has appeared in American Quarterly, GLQ, Canadian Literature, Signs and elsewhere. Dowling is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.






“A Time Before Hashtags” by Joon Lee

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Joon Oluchi Lee is the author of Lace Sick Bag (Publication Studio Portland, 2013) and “The Joy of the Castrated Boy” (Social Text, F/W 2005).  His writing and textual performances can be found on  He is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Creative Writing at Rhode Island School of Design, and divides his time between Brooklyn and Providence.





ANNOUNCEMENT: 2014-2015 Poetry Project Emerge – Surface – Be Fellows

In this second year of the Emerge – Surface – Be Fellowship, we were thrilled and honored to received over 100 applications.  The range and depth of these applications illuminated how vibrant this moment is for poetry in New York City, and reaffirmed our commitment to encouraging its emerging poets.  Choosing three fellows and six finalists was an extremely challenging task for our mentors, but they did it!  Today it is our privilege to announce the 2014-2015 Emerge – Surface – Be Fellows!

Morgan Vo will be working with Brenda Coultas, Miriam Atkin will be working with David Henderson, and Maxe Crandall will be working with Mónica de la Torre.  The finalists are Ali Power, Amanda Calderon, Caitie Moore, Diana Hamilton, Jeffrey Grunthaner, and Nabila Lovelace.  Congratulations to everyone!

morgan voMorgan Vo was born in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1989, to a Vietnamese father and an American mother.​  He moved to New York in 2​008 to attend the Cooper Union, where ​he​ studied in performance and design, graduating in 2012.​  He has published work in The Brooklyn Rail and Pelt. He puts out paper giveaways under New Pinky, and lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn.





599899_456613284350959_1325780689_nMiriam Atkin is a writer and performance artist based in New York City. Her work has been largely concerned with the possibilities of poetry as an oral medium in conversation with avant-garde film, music and dance. Since 2010, she has collaborated with artist Kurt Ralske on various multimedia experiments combining poetry with the moving image. Their 2011 artists’ book, Rediscovering German Futurism: 1920-1929, accompanied a series of performative lectures which were presented in New York at ​The Poetry Project, Soloway Gallery and Spectrum Performance Space, as well as in Providence at the Empire Black Box Theater and the Granoff Center at Brown University. In 2013 the collaboration expanded to include improvising musicians Jonathan Wood Vincent and Daniel Carter, generating various performance pieces which were staged at Outpost Artists Resources and Spectrum Performance Space in New York. Miriam regularly contributes art criticism to Art in America and ArtCritical, and her poetry has been published in the Boog City Readerand This Image journal. She is pursuing a PhD in English at CUNY Graduate Center and teaches writing and literature at Lehman College.


MaxeGrandArmyMaxe Crandall’s first chapbook, Together Men Make Paradigms, was published this summer by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. The play premiered at the Hot! Festival at Dixon Place. A 2014 Poets House fellow, Maxe teaches in the undergraduate writing program at Columbia University and is at work on a critical biography called Gertrude Stein and Men.






from Here in There by Angela Carr

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Photo on 2014-07-25 at 12.43 PM #2Angela Carr’s most recent book of poetry is Here in There (BookThug 2014). Her other poetry books are Ropewalk (2006) and The Rose Concordance (2009). She has also published a few chapbooks, including “Risk Accretions” in Handwerk. Currently, she teaches creative writing and poetry at The New School for Liberal Arts. In addition, she is a translator (French to English). Her book-length projects include Jean A. Baudot’s 1964 poetry experiment, The Writing Machine. Her translation of Québécoise poet Chantal Neveu’s Coït was also published by BookThug (2012). Selections from Carr’s poetry have been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Slovene and German. Originally from Montréal, Angela Carr now lives in New York City.

“After the Oracle” by Cedar Sigo

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SONY DSCCedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry, including Language Arts (Wave Books, 2014), Stranger In Town (City Lights, 2010), Expensive Magic (House Press, 2008), and two editions ofSelected Writings (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003 and 2005). He lives in San Francisco.





“Minor Miracles” by Jasmine Dreame Wagner

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“Minor Miracles” was first published in Listening for Earthquakes (Caketrain).

Jasmine Dreame Wagner w booksJasmine Dreame Wagner is an American poet, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. She is the author of Rings(Kelsey Street Press, 2014), Rewilding (Ahsahta Press, 2013), Listening for Earthquakes (Caketrain Journal and Press, 2012), and an e-chapbook, True Crime (NAP, 2014). Her writing has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, New American Writing,Verse, and in two anthologies: The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Press, 2012) and Lost and Found: Stories from New York (Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood Books, 2009). A collection of hybrid lyric essays on noise, silence, and aesthetics is due out from Ahsahta Press in 2016.

As a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Wagner has performed at the CMJ Music Marathon, free103point9 Wave Farm, and the Olympia Experimental Music Festival. She has opened shows for bands such as Zola Jesus, Dirty Projectors, Magnolia Electric Co., and Mount Eerie. Wagner’s multidisciplinary work in sound, text, and performance has earned her grants and residencies from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Hall Farm Center for Arts & Education, Kultuuritehas Polymer, and The Wassaic Project. In 2013, she was awarded an Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

“The Ectoplasmic D’Ubervilles” by Gina Abelkop

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ginaGina Abelkop is the author of I Eat Cannibals (forthcoming 2014, coimpress) and Darling Beastlettes (Apostrophe Books, 2012). She lives in Athens, GA, where she runs the DIY feminist press Birds of Lace.








Poem by Lucas de Lima

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Lucas de Lima was born in southeastern Brazil. He is the author of Wet Land (Action Books) as well as the chapbooksGhostlines (Radioactive Moat) and Terraputa (Birds of Lace). A contributing writer at Montevidayo, he pursues doctoral studies in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.







Fall Newsletter Correction

As the latest issue of The Poetry Project Newsletter is just hitting people’s mailboxes, we wanted to note that the readings on Wed 10/22, Wed 10/29, and Wed 11/12 will all begin at the regular start time of 8pm, not 10pm as listed.