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A reading with Sueyeun Juliette Lee & Melissa Buckheit

Melissa Buckheit is a poet, dancer/choreographer, photographer, English Lecturer and Bodywork Therapist. She is the author of Noctilucent (Shearsman Books, 2012), Arc (The Drunken Boat, 2007), and her poems, translations, photography, interviews and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in HerKind, The Drunken Boat, Tarpaulin Sky, Sinister Wisdom, Can-Can, Bombay Gin, Spiral Orb, Shearsman Magazine, and Sonora Review, among others. Olga Broumas has described her poetry as deploying "the sensory intricacies of high lyric, iridescent candor & dynamic range to serve our imagination an eclectic feast of electrifying, intimate, thermospheric meditations," and Jocelyn Heath, in a review in Lambda Literary, noted that, "Buckheit pairs earthly longings with writings of celestial delicacy to show us what we can see when we look beyond immediacy. Her collection, like the noctilucent cloud that shares its name, lingers long in the atmosphere." Buckheit translates the poet Ioulita Iliopoulou from Modern Greek, and is a recipient of the American Poets Honorary Award, a Tucson-Pima Arts Council Dance grant, and two Pushcart Prize nominations. She served on the poetry committee for the Tucson Festival of Books, and founded and has curated the innovative Edge Reading Series for Emerging and Younger Writers, in Tucson, AZ, since 2007. She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from Naropa University and a B.A. from Brandeis University. She teaches at Pima Community College. Find her at

Founder of Corollary Press, a chapbook series dedicated to innovative multi-ethnic writing, Sueyeun Juliette Lee is a writer, teacher, editor, and Pew Fellow in the Arts. She grew up three miles from the CIA and is currently based in Philadelphia. For a living, she teaches creative writing courses at Richard Stockton College and for the College of Art Media and Design at the University of the Arts. She reviews contemporary poetry for The Constant Critic, a project of Fence Books, and helps curate poetry for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s digital magazine, The Margins. Her interests include light, displacement, imaginations of the future, devastation, and movement. She is currently developing a new dance poetics that poaches ancient east Asian dance forms to help bring poetry into her body. Her third full-length collection, SOLAR MAXIMUM, is forthcoming from Futurepoem Books in 2015.