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ithyramboree: A Waaaaay Off-site Reading

Please join us for an evening in which many wonderful writers will share brief readings of recent work, in solidarity with those who are bravely surviving the AWPization of the great city of Los Angeles.

Readers will include:

Matthew Whitley
Chana Porter
Geoffrey Olsen
Eugene Lim
Citron Kelly
Adjua Greaves
Nada Gordon
Callie Garnett
Ian Dreiblatt
Peter Dimock
Nicholas DeBoer
Anelise Chen
Julian Talamantez Brolaski
Nathan Austin

The readings will take place in a congenial atmosphere pervaded by implacable chill and an irrational joy that human beings exist at all. Please join us!

The readers:

Matthew Whitley is a writer, editor, activist, and publisher based in New York City. With Anastasiya Osipova, he runs Cicada Press, an artists’ publishing imprint putting out into the world stammer and stains -- the poetry of the slogan, the lyricism of the banner.

Chana Porter is a writer living in Brooklyn. Her plays and performance pieces have been developed and produced at Cloud City, 3LD, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, Cherry Lane, The Invisible Dog, Primary Stages, Movement Research, PS122, and The White Bear in London. She has been an Artist-In-Residence at Space On White, CAVE, and Dixon Place. She is currently writing a series of science fiction novels, POST HUMAN CLASSICS. Chana is the co-founder of the Octavia Project, a free summer program for Brooklyn teenage girls (learn more: Upcoming: 'PHATASMAGORIA or the Market of Ghosts', at La MaMa, October 2016. 

Geoffrey Olsen lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He is the author of two chapbooks: END NOTEBOOK (Petrichord Books) and NOT OF DISTENDS * ADDRESS PANICKED (Minutes Books). He is a student in the Pratt MFA in Writing program.

Eugene Lim is the author of the novels FOG & CAR (Ellipsis Press, 2008) and THE STRANGERS (Black Square Editions, 2013). His writings have appeared in Fence, Little Star, The Denver Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, Jacket2, Gigantic, Your Impossible Voice, The Coming Envelope, Everyday Genius and elsewhere. He runs Ellipsis Press, works as a librarian at a high school, and lives in Jackson Heights, NY. More info at

Citron Kelly is a poet and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently working on textual talismans that subvert language that surrounds the institutionalization of bodies, particularly in healthcare and labor. Poems have appeared in Rhizome and Theme Can, among other publications, and her recent chapbook PUDDING TIME is available from DoubleCross Press.

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves is an infortmation artist making relational work in New York City. She was born in New York City in the summer of 1980 and focused her undergraduate education on cultural anthropology and studio art. Greaves is inspired by language, machine aesthetics, diagrammatic communication, radical education, and investigative performance art. More information at

Nada Gordon was born in Oakland in 1964 and has lived in Bolinas, San Francisco, Tokyo and Brooklyn. Her seven books of poetry include VILE LILT, SCENTED RUSHES, FOLLY and V. IMP. A founding member of the Flarf Collective, she has performed widely in the USA and abroad. Her poems have been translated into Japanese, Icelandic, Hebrew and Burmese. She teaches English as a Second Language at Pratt Institute.

Callie Garnett was born and raised in Brooklyn. Having completed a masters in English from the University of Iowa, she now works for Bloomsbury Publishing. Her collection HALLELUJAH, I'M A BUM was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2015.

Ian Dreiblatt is a poet and translator who lives in Sunset Park. Recent translations include contributions to NOT A WORD ABOUT POLITICS by Roman Osminkin (Cicada Press, 2016) and AVANT GARDE MUSEOLOGY (e-flux classics, 2015). Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Elderly, Bomb, Pallaksch. Palaksch., Vestiges, the Agriculture Reader, Conjunctions, and Sink Review, and his chapbook בראשונה (BARISHONAH) was published by DoubleCross Press in 2015.

Peter Dimock is the author of two novels, A SHORT RHETORIC FOR LEAVING THE FAMILY (Dalkey Archive Press, 1999) and GEORGE ANDERSON: NOTES FOR A LOVE SONG IN IMPERIAL TIME (Dalkey Archive Press, 2013). The title of his novel in progress is “Daybook from Sheep Meadow: Tallis Martinson’s Book of Hours for the Year of the Drone.” He has been an editor for over twenty-five years, first at Random House and then at Columbia University Press. He now freelances. He is in the midst of writing an essay on the business model of contemporary book publishing titled “The Case for Writers and Readers’ Cooperatives: Alternative Book Publishing in the Age of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook.”

Nicholas DeBoer is a poet, collagist, activist, and chaos magician living in NYC. He is the author of many chapbooks and broadsides, including USHERED WHITE WAITING (con/crescent, 2009) and RED NIGHT ANTIMATTER (Potlatch Discordian Network, 2011), as well as a co-editor for Elderly with Jamie Townsend. His legendary verse melee against Pound's Cantos, THE SLIP, is ongoing. He also is a member of the Potlatch Discordian Network, a magickal organization operating out of Ridgely, MD. He is also also most certainly alive.

Anelise Chen’s novel, SO MANY OLYMPIC EXERTIONS is forthcoming from Kaya Press in Spring 2017. A former Open City fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, she is currently fiction editor of AAWW’s online publication The Margins. She lives in New York City.

Julian Talamantez Brolaski is the author of ADVICE FOR LOVERS (City Lights, 2012) and GOWANUS ATROPOLIS (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011). Xir chapbooks include HELLISH DEATH MONSTERS (2001), THE DAILY USONIAN (2004), MADAME BOVARY'S DIARY (2005), and BUCK IN A CORRIDOR (2008). Xe lives in Oakland, where xe sings with several bands.

Nathan Austin is the author of (GLOST) (Handwritten Press, 2002) and SURVEY SAYS (Black Maze, 2009). His work has been featured in Sink Review, on NPR's Studio 360, at Joyland Poetry, and in several anthologies. He holds a PhD from the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo and lives in Brooklyn.