Reading: Micaela, Akant, Gabb, Raphel & Fox

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About the Readers:

Tessa Micaela is the author of there are boxes and there is wanting (Trembling Pillow Press, 2016), and the chapbook Crude Matter (ypolita press, 2016) and co-edits HOLD: a journal. Currently living and working in central Vermont, Tessa practices herbal medicine, and is a midwife-in-training.

Turkish-American poet and performer Sara Deniz Akant was born and raised in New York. She is the author of Babette (Rescue Press, 2015), selected by Maggie Nelson; Parades (Omnidawn, 2014), selected by Gillian Conoley; and Latronic Strag (Persistent Editions, 2015). Her poetry has appeared most recently in the Bennington Review, Lana Turner, and the Brooklyn Rail. Akant earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a doctoral candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has taught poetry at the University of Iowa, composition at Baruch College, and is currently an adjunct lecturer at Medgar Evers College. She has been the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, and she has been an artist in residence at Yaddo, Art Farm, and MacDowell. Akant lives in Brooklyn.

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb is the author of Weekend Poems (dancing girl press) and Red Poems (forthcoming, Similar:Peaks::). Her most recent work can be found in Word Riot, The Atlas Review, The Sensation Feelings Journal, Smoking Glue Gun, and Wicked Alice. She teaches at Newark Academy and is the co-founder of Five Quarterly. She received her MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College and lives in Prospect Heights.

Adrienne Raphel is the author of What Was It For (Rescue Press, 2017), winner of the Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize, and the chapbook But What Will We Do, winner of the Seattle Review Chapbook Contest. She writes for the New Yorker online, and her work has also appeared in the Paris Review Daily, the Atlantic online, and Lana Turner Journal, among other publications. Raphel earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a PhD in English from Harvard University.

Brad Fox is a PhD Candidate in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His stories, articles, and translations have appeared in The New Yorker, Guernica, Urban Omnibus, and in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. He teaches at City College in Harlem.