A Reading with Erica Lewis, Betsy Andrews, Claire Caldwell and AH Jerriod Avant

Betsy Andrews is the author of The Bottom (42 Miles Press, 2014), winner of the 42 Miles Press Poetry Prize, and New Jersey (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007), winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Her chapbooks include She-Devil (Sardines Press, 2004), In Trouble (BoogCity Press, 2004), and Supercollider, a collaboration with the artist Peter Fox. She is the acting editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine.


A. H. Jerriod Avant is a native of Longtown, Mississippi. A graduate of Jackson State University, he’s one of the newest members of the Affrilachian Poets. Jerriod is an alumnus of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop at Brown University and a 2013 Pushcart Nominee. His poems have appeared in The Louisville Review, PLUCK!, A Narrow Fellow, Madcap Review, The Rumpus, Callaloo, H_NGM_N, and are forthcoming from Lumberyard. While he’s the 2014-2015 Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation Online Editorial Fellow at Poets & Writers, Jerriod is currently an M.F.A. candidate and Writer in the Public Schools Fellow at New York University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

erica lewis lives in San Francisco where she is a fine arts publicist. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and journals, including BOMB, Boog City, Octopus, New American Writing,  Bombay Gin, Apartment, clinic, and Coconut, among others. Books include the precipice of jupiter(Queue Books) and camera obscura (BlazeVox Books), both collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein, and the solo project murmur in the inventory (Shearsman Books, 2013). Two new chap projects are forthcoming in 2015. She is currently at work completing her box set trilogy. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Claire Caldwell is a poet and editor living in Toronto. She was the 2013 winner of the Malahat Review's Long Poem Prize, and her work has appeared in many magazines and journals, including Maisonneuve and Prism International. Claire holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph.