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A Nightboat Books reading featuring Rosamond S. King, Jared Stanley, Susan Gevirtz & Melissa Buzzeo

Rosamond S. King is a creative and critical writer, performer, and artist whose work is deeply informed by the many cultures and communities she is part of, by history, and by a sense of play. Her poetry has been published in more than two dozen journals and anthologies, and she has performed in theatres, museums, nightclubs, and traditional literary venues in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and throughout North America. She has also received numerous honors, including a Fulbright Award and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson, Mellon and Ford Foundations, Poets House and the Franklin Furnace Fund. She is the author of the chapbook, At My Belly and My Back and the critical book, Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination, which won the 2015 Caribbean Studies Association Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Prize for the best book in Caribbean studies. King holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a minor in Performance Studies from New York University, and is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York. The goal of her work is to make people feel, wonder, and think, in that order.

Jared Stanley was born in Arizona, grew up in California, and now lives in Nevada. He is the author of three books of poetry: Ears, The Weeds, and Book Made of Forest. Stanley has received fellowships from the Nevada Arts Council and the Center for Art + Environment and teaches writing and interdisciplinary art at Sierra Nevada College.

Susan Gevirtz's books of poetry include Aerodrome Orion & Starry Messenger (2010), Thrall (2007), Hourglass Transcripts (2001), Black Box Cutaway (1999), PROSTHESIS : : CAESAREA (1994); Taken Place (1993), and Linen minus (A 1992). Her critical study on the work of modernist Dorothy Richardson and early film, Narrative's Journey: The Fiction and Film Writing of Dorothy Richardson, was published by Peter Lang in 1996. She was an associate editor of HOW(ever), a journal of modernist/innovative directions in women’s poetry and scholarship, and on the editorial advisory board for its successor, the online journal HOW2. After teaching for ten years at Sonoma State University, she now teaches in California College of Art and Mills College. The recepient of the 2000 New Langton Arts Bay Area Award in Literature and editor of a feature section on David Bromige for Jacket 22 in 2003, she lives in San Francisco.

Melissa Buzzeo writes a literature of encounter, but also: descent, healing, refusal. She is the author of four full-length books: The Devastation (2015), For Want and Sound (2013), Face (2009) and What Began Us (2007). She teaches creative writing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and maintains a radical palm reading practice. At one time, she went to Cornell and then to Iowa. Currently she is working on a specific kind of memoir simply called Writing.