Release party for BACKCHANNEL by Emily Skillings (Poor Claudia) with Todd Colby, Sarah Gerard & r. erica doyle

Emily Skillings is a dancer and poet. Her chapbook, Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants is forthcoming from No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press. Skillings dances for The Commons Choir (Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik) and presents her own choreography in New York. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective and event series. She recently co-curated the exhibit “John Ashbery Collects: Poet Among Things” with Adam Fitzgerald at Loretta Howard Gallery. This fall she will begin her graduate studies at Columbia University.

r. erica doyle's poetry and fiction have been published in Best American Poetry, Ploughshares, Callaloo, Bloom, and others, and her first book, proxy (Belladonna*, 2013) was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist and the recipient of the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is a fellow of Cave Canem, an educator in the New York City public schools, and a proud author in Emily Skilling's coterie of writers who've benefited from her particular brand of fairy dust.

Sarah Gerard is the author of the chapbook Things I Told My Mother (Von Zos) and the forthcoming novel Binary Star (Two Dollar Radio). Short works have appeared in The New York TimesBookforum,JoylandThe Paris Review Daily, and other journals. She spends her days at BOMB Magazine and is currently at work on several book-length projects. She will fuck you up.

Todd Colby is the author of five collections of poetry, including Tremble and Shine (Soft Skull Press, 2004), Riot in the Charm Factory: New and Selected Poems (Soft Skull Press, 2003), Flushing Meadows (Scary Topiary Press, 2013) and Splash State (The Song Cave, 2014). He posts new work at gleefarm.blogspot.com.