November 16, 2006 - 6 pm

Noah Eli Gordon will have two books appear in 2007: Novel Pictorial Noise (selected by John Ashbery for the 2006 National Poetry Series) and A Fiddle Pulled From the Throat of a Sparrow (New Issues, winner of the Green Rose Prize). He is the author of the book-length poem The Frequencies (Tougher Disguises, 2003), a collection of three long poems The Area of Sound Called the Subtone (Ahsahta Press, 2004, selected by Claudia Rankine for the Sawtooth Prize), an e-book notes toward the spectacle (Duration Press) and chapbooks from Margin to Margin, Anchorite Press, and Anon Books. Ugly Duckling Presse recently published That We Come To A Consensus, a chapbook written in collaboration with Sara Veglahn. His reviews have appeared in dozens of journals, including Boston Review, The Poker, 26, Jacket, and The St. Marks Poetry Project Newsletter. He writes a new chapbook review column for Rain Taxi, teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado at Denver, and has an essay slated to appear in Burning Interiors: On the Poetry of David Shapiro (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, forthcoming).

Jason Zuzga is currently a PhD student in English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the nonfiction editor of FENCE magazine, and his poetry and nonfiction have appeared in such journals as The Yale Review, jubilat, Tin House, Seneca Review and VOLT. He was the 2005-2006 James Merrill Poet-in-Residence in Stonington, CT and a 2001-2002 Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Writing Fellow. He received his MFA in poetry and nonfiction from the Univerity of Arizona.

Kate Greenstreet's first book, case sensitive, is just out from Ahsahta Press. Her chapbook, Learning the Language was published by Etherdome Press last fall. Born in Chicago, Kate has lived mostly on the east and west coasts of the U.S., currently back on the Atlantic side, in New Jersey. She received a Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts in 2003. Her poems have appeared in Bird Dog, Conduit, can we have our ball back?, GutCult, Diagram, Octopus, POOL, The Massachusetts Review, No Tell Motel, Fascicle, Barrow Street, Kulture Vulture, and other journals. She has new work forthcoming in Saint Elizabeth Street, Track and Field, Cannibal, and Vanitas.


October 12, 2006 - 6 pm

Sarah Dowling is originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, and lives in Philadelphia. She recently completed an M.A. in creative writing at Temple University and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in How2, Descant, In/Vision, Taproot II, and The Mitre.

Read her poems from "Keepness"

Jena Osman's most recent book of poems is An Essay in Asterisks (Roof Books, 2004). Her book The Character (Beacon Press, 1999) was the winner of the 1998 Barnard New Woman Poets Prize. Other publications include Jury(Meow Press), Amblyopia (Avenue B), and Twelve Parts of Her (Burning Deck Press). Her poems have appeared in Big Allis, Conjunctions, Hambone, O-blek, Verse, and elsewhere. Osman is the editor, with Juliana Spahr, of the literary magazine Chain. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Fund for Poetry, and has been a writing fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Blue Mountain Center, the Djerassi Foundation, and Chateau de la Napoule. In 2006, she was awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts for poetry.

Osman received an M.A. in poetry and playwriting from Brown University, and a Ph.D. in English from the Poetics Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the director of the creative writing program at Temple University, where she teaches poetry workshops and seminars on contemporary poetry and poetics. Recent courses have included "Documentary Poetics" and "Hybrid Genres: Visual, Sound, and Performance Poetries."

Read her poem "Flag of My Disposition"