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Telephone Journal Launch Party

If you couldn't make it to the Berlin launch, come join us to celebrate Telephone #4, here in America, with readings from Marina Blitshteyn, Christine Kanownik, Lauren Hunter and Mathias Samuelsen (reading for Shane Anderson), video from Paige Taggart, Alexander Cigale, Aleksander Komarov & more!

This issue features the Russian poet Sveta Litvak, as translated by:

Shane Anderson, Vlad Bely, Marina Blitshteyn, Jenny Boully, Brandon Brown, Anastasia Cherov, Alexander Cigale, Eric Ellingsen, Ernesto Estrella, Johannes Goransson, Rozalie Hirs, Lucy Ives, Christine Kanownik, Aleksander Komarov, Steven Seidenberg, Mathias R. Samuelsen, Nadja Serry, Paige Taggart

This event is co-hosted by Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop. More information about Telephone Books can be found at:


SVETA LITVAK was born in 1959 in Kovrov and is a graduate of the Ivanovo Art Institute. In Moscow, she worked in the Soviet Army Theatre as a scene-painter. Her work has appeared in a number of young artist exhibitions and in 1999 she had her first one-woman show. SL is a well-known poet in the literary underground and a member of the Moscow club «POEZIA». Along with Nikolay Baitov, she founded a literary club for the performance of poetry in 1996, which won the Open Society Institute project competition 1998. Litvak has published eight collections of poetry and two prose manuscripts. She is a regular contributor to Znamia, Arion and many other literary magazines. Her poems have been translated by American, English, Serbian, and Romanian poets. SL issues a samizdat magazine of literature and art. She works in mail art, book art, visual poetry, and video. She has taken part in several contemporary art festivals in Russia, Ukraina, Estonia, Serbia, and Romania.

Marina Blitshteyn is a feminist poet and writer living in New York City. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, where she was also a University Writing instructor and consultant. The author of Nothing Personal (Bone Bouquet Books 2015) and  Russian for Lovers (Argos Books, 2011), she has work in No, Dear Magazine, Fawlt, Two Serious Ladies, la fovea, and Southword, among others. She is an adjunct instructor of Composition and Rhetoric.

Lauren Hunter is from North Carolina. She received her MFA in poetry from The New School and works at Telephone Books as their Managing Editor. Lauren was the co-founder/curator of the Electric Pumas, a reading series/revolution in New York City. Her chapbook, My Own Fires, was released by Brothel Books in 2011.

Christine Neacole Kanownik is founding editor/curator of The Electric Pumas. You can find her work in such places as: The Huffington PostjubilatEOAGHH_NGM_N andThe Poetry Project Newsletter. She lives in Brooklyn.

Mathias R. Samuelsen (1985) is a poet, translator and editor from Trondheim, Norway. He has published two books of poetry, and his translations of Gary Snyder's early poetry is forthcoming this August. Mathias runs the small press Beijing Trondheim with Rune F. Hjemås; the press focuses on new Norwegian short form literature and contemporary American poetry. The press has published poetry by Julian Talamantez BrolaskiAriana Reines, Thalia Field, and Leah Umansky, among others.

Paige Taggart is from Northern California and currently resides in Brooklyn. She is the author of five chapbooks: Last Difficult Gardens, DIGITAL MACRAMÉ, Polaroid Parade, The Ice Poems and I Am Writing To You from Another Country; Translations of Henri Michaux (forthcoming). Her first full-length collection Want For Lion (Trembling Pillow Press) will be published in March 2014 and her second Or Replica (Brooklyn Arts Press) later in 2014. She works as a full-time jewelry production manager and has her own jewelry line that specializes in blinging-out poets.