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A Bottlecap Press Reading with Marlena Chertock, Stephanie Valente, Ian Macks, William Keller, Elijah Pearson, Patrick Trotti, Shy Watson & Zachary Cosby, hosted by Amanda Dissinger

Marlena Chertock's first collection of poetry, On that one-way trip to Mars, is available from Bottlecap Press. She is the Poetry Editor for District Lit. Her poems and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Fat, The Deaf Poets Society, Dear Robot, The Fem, The Little Patuxent Review, and Paper Darts. Find her at or @mchertock

Stephanie Valente lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is a Young Adult novelist, short fiction writer, poet, editor, content & social media strategist. In short, she wears many hats. Especially if they have feathers. She is the Founder & Chief Editor of Alt Bride, Fashion Editor at Greenpointers, Associate Editor at Yes, Poetry, Social Media Manager & Columnist at Luna Luna Magazine, and Style Blogger at Kitschy. Some of her writing has appeared in Bust Magazine, Electric Cereal, Prick of the Spindle, The 22 Magazine, Danse Macabre, Uphook Press, Literary Orphans, Nano Fiction, and more. She has provided content strategy, copy, blogging, editing, & social media for per’fekt cosmetics, Anna Sui, Agent Provocateur, Patricia Field, Hue, Montagne Jeunesse, Bust Magazine, Kensie, Web100, Oasap, Quiz, Popsugar, among others. In her spare time, Stephanie volunteers with rescue dogs and animal shelters.

Ian Mack is a 23 year old city kid currently residing in Troy, New York. Writing since the age of 8, Ian has written poetry, short stories and essays. On the outside looking in, Ian wraps imagery around everyday life and what it is like to just exist. His chapbook, Loss and Gain of Comfort, is currently out on Bottlecap Press. He recently graduated this May with a Bachelor's degree in Communications and Psychology minor from SUNY Albany. When he isn’t working or in class, you can find him chilling in nature, walking around the city of Troy, or posted up at a baseball or hockey game.

elijah pearson is a 21 year old poet. you were invited to a poetry show. can I make it anymore obvious?

W. Keller is a Providence, Rhode Island / [plant-] based poet, musician & etcetera– originally from New York. He works as a life drawing model at the Rhode Island School of Design and has devoted his life entirely to the process and expression of: all thoughts & emotions. He spends a lot of time alone.

Patrick Trotti is the author of several full length books as well as chapbooks. His short fiction and poetry have appeared in a few dozen journals, both online and in print. For more, go to .

Zachary Cosby's work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Portland Review, and is forthcoming in esture. His most recent chapbook, 21 May (Glo Worm Press), is a collection of photographs, screencaps, and texts amassed over a single day. He lives in Philadelphia, where he co-edits og Machine.

shy watson is a poet waitress from rural missouri. she authored the chapbook AWAY STATUS (Bottlecap Press 2016). she now lives & writes in philadelphia wants to come to new york as much as possible! she loves fall, stoner metal, & falling in love.

Amanda Dissinger is a Brooklyn based poet who writes mostly about cities, complicated relationships, pop culture and loneliness. She released her first book of poetry 'This is How I Will Tell You I Love You' via Bottlecap Press in May 2015 and an ebook 'It's Fine, I'm Fine, I Think I'm Fine' on Ghost City Press in July 2016. She's currently working on her next collection, slated for early 2017. She has also been published on Potluck Mag, Rain Party Disaster Society, The Legendary, Be About it Press, Abrams Books/Poetry Bomb and many more journals and recently took on the position of poetry editor at Vagabond City Lit. Her interests include fruit, the library (or any library), 80s music and movies, and print dresses.