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NYC Release Party for Amy Berkowitz's TENDER POINTS (Timeless, Infinite Light)

Readings by:
Amy Berkowitz 
Emily Brandt 
Marie Buck
Camille Rankine
Marina Weiss

Tender Points is a narrative fractured by trauma. Named after the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, the text explores sexual violence, gendered illness, chronic pain, and patriarchy through the lenses of lived experience and pop culture (Twin Peaks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, noise music, etc.).


AMY BERKOWITZ lives in a rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco, which serves as the headquarters for her chapbook press, Mondo Bummer Books, as well as the venue for the Amy's Kitchen Organics reading series. Her work has appeared in Dusie, Textsound, VIDA, and Where Eagles Dare. She was a 2014 writer in residence at Alley Cat Bookstore & Gallery. Tender Points is her first book.

EMILY BRANDT is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including Sleeptalk Or Not At All, which is coming out later this summer from horse less press. She is a founding editor of No, Dear Magazine, a web acquisitions editor for VIDA, and a contributing writer at WEIRD SISTER. You can find her work at

is the author of LIFE & STYLE (Patrick Lovelace Editions, 2009) and PORTRAIT OF DOOM (Krupskaya, 2015). Her work has been anthologized in Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing and translated into Italian for the magazine Abbiamo le Prove. You can find some recent poems in Fanzine, Poems By Sunday, and a Perimeter. 

CAMILLE RANKINE is the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. The recipient of a 2010 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a finalist for The Poetry Foundation's 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship, she was featured as an emerging poet in the fall 2010 issue of American Poet and the April 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including American Poet, The Baffler, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Narrative, Paper Darts, A Public Space and Tin House. Camille earned her BA from Harvard University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She was selected for a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2013, and was named an Honorary Cave Canem Fellow in 2012. She is Assistant Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College, editorial director of The Manhattanville Review, and lives in New York City, where she sings with the band Miru Mir

MARINA WEISS has been stung by multiple kinds of scorpion, and lives in East Harlem with a lot of houseplants. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Narrative, Parallax, Phantom Limb, and elsewhere. You can find her online at