In Support of Repulsive Women: Chia-Lun Chang + Carrie Lorig + Alexis Pope + Tommy Pico + Emily Skillings

Chia-Lun Chang was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She is a poet, writer, visual artist and an events coordinator for Belladonna* Collaborative. Her work has appeared or forthcoming in The Brooklyn Rail, Bone Bouquet, Chaplet #172, Internal Combustion (Belladonna*, 2015), Cloudy City Press and Keep This Bag Away From Children among others.

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the founder and editor in chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press, and zine that publishes art and writing. He’s the author of absentMINDR (VERBALVISUAL, 2014)—the first chapbook APP published for iOS mobile/tablet devices—was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has poems in BOMB, Guernica, [PANK], and the Best American Poetry blog. He’s read for New York’s iconic Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, the KGB reading series, and McNally Jackson Books amongst many others. Pico is represented by Lauren Smythe of Inkwell Management literary agency, and with Morgan Parker curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA). Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn.

Emily Skillings is a dancer and a poet. She is the author of two chapbooks: Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (forthcoming from No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press). She lives in Brooklyn, where she is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative.Emily Skillings is a dancer and a poet. She is the author of two chapbooks: Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (forthcoming from No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press). She lives in Brooklyn, where she is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative.

Alexis Pope is the author of Soft Threat (Coconut Book, 2014) which was selected for the Cargill First Book Prize, as well as three chapbooks. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Washington Square, Guernica, No Dear,Octopus, and Forklift Ohio, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, is involved with Belladonna* Collaborative, and edits for ILK Journal.

Carrie Lorig is the author of The Pulp Vs. The Throne (Artifice Books). Chapbooks include Reading as a Wildflower Activist (H_NGM_N Books), NODS.(Magic Helicopter Press), with Nick Sturm, Labor Day (Forklift, OH), and with Sara Woods, stonepoems (Solar Luxuriance Press). She also serves an associate books editor for Big Lucks, is the co-poetry editor for NOO Journal, and frequently writes reviews for ENTROPY.