great weather is thrilled to return to Rainbow Book Fair.
RAINBOW BOOK FAIR IS THE LARGEST LGBT BOOK EVENT IN THE U.S.
Once a year, approximately 1500 people get together in New York City to mingle, get to know each other, enrich, broaden, and even extend their lives through the amazing medium of LGBT books. The New York Rainbow Book Fair is America’s longest-running LGBT book fair, and the largest LGBT book event in the country. It has grown every year since its beginning in 2009. It brings together thoughtful, interesting people of all ages, from early teens to those in their 70s and 80s; from a spectrum of countries, ethnicities, gender identities, and viewpoints. It attracts readers and writers of course, but also publishers, editors, agents, and media attention – people who have never experienced queer culture, and others who have made it the focus of their lives. Rainbow Book Fair is open to the public, with book discounts and giveaways.
Featuring Hilary Sideris and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
Hosted by George Wallace
HILARY SIDERIS is the author of Most Likely To Die, poems in the voice of Keith Richards (Poets Wear Prada 2014) and The Inclination to Make Waves (Big Wonderful 2016). She lives in Kensington, Brooklyn. Her new chapbook, A House Not Made with Hands, inspired by Vasari’s Lives of the Artists, is forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada.
Plus open mic
great weather for MEDIA is delighted to be included in the 2017 Massachusetts Poetry Festival.
As well as having at table at the lit fair, join us on Saturday May 6 at 12:15 pm for our panel, How I Learned to Be a Better Writer by Becoming an Editor with Thomas Fucaloro, Aimee Herman, David Lawton, Jane Ormerod, and Mary McLaughlin Slechta.
“Five editors from NYC small press, great weather for MEDIA, discuss how editing anthologies and full-length single-author books has broadened their scope as writers.Reading other people’s poetry is a master’s class in and of it self. They will discuss how to move beyond their own aesthetic to understand anothers’. In addition, they will talk about the challenges and rewards of being working writers/performers.”
Featuring Danny Shot and Pete Aravalo
Hosted by George Wallace
Plus open mic
Featuring Will Arbery and Nicholas Powers
Hosted by David Lawton
Plus open mic
Will Arbery is a playwright + filmmaker from Texas and Wyoming. He’s currently the recipient of the Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists, a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, a finalist for the Heideman award, and a recent semi-finalist for the Page 73 Fellowship. He’s a member of EST/Youngblood and an alum of Clubbed Thumb’s Impartial Nudity, Theater Masters, Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda group, Tofte Lake Center’s Emerging Artist Residency, and Variety’s “110 Students to Watch.” His play The Mongoose was an L.A. Times Critic’s Pick. His work with BOOMERANG has been seen at Steppenwolf, Art Basel, and The Watermill Center, and is upcoming at MCA Chicago and Pioneer Works. Short plays at: EST/Youngblood, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Flea, JACK, Little Theater, Samuel French OOB Festival (winner), American Theater Company. Up next: a micro-residency at The Bushwick Starr and a residency at 100W Corsicana. He has made music videos for Yoke Lore, Poor Remy, and Kid/Astro, and has a video forthcoming for Pinegrove. His work has been published in Better, Word Riot, decomP, Snow Monkey, and the great weather for MEDIA anthology The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker. He grew up the only boy among seven sisters. willarbery.com
Nicholas Powers is a Professor of African-American Literature at SUNY Old Westbury and author of The Ground Below Zero (UpSet Press, 2013)
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm CDT
great weather for MEDIA’s first Chicago event!
Featuring Savon Bartley, Cornelius Fortune, Anna Holmquist, Billy Tuggle, Jacob Victorine, plus great weather editors David Lawton and Jane Ormerod
Savon Bartley is an exhilarating black American storyteller known for his dynamic readings. Featured at venues around the world such as the Apollo Theater, MTV UK, and The United Nations, Bartley uses poetry to creatively address the narrative of young black men. His electric performances have allowed him to tour internationally as well as work in theater, film, and television alongside The Wu Tang Clan, The Black Panthers, Russel Simmons, and Tony Award winners. His work can be found or forthcoming in The Careless Embrace of the Boneshaker, Slate Magazine, Blavity, The New York Times, Suspect Press, and Afropunk.
Cornelius Fortune is a Detroit-based freelance journalist, editor, and playwright. His work has appeared in DBusiness magazine, Detroit Metro Times, Yahoo News, iPhone Life Magazine, Cinema Blend, and others. His play, “Dislocations,” was selected for performance during the Thespis Festival in New York (2014) and was a finalist for the DUFT (Downtown Urban Theater Festival). In 2015, Fortune participated in Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival with “Against Human Nature,” a retelling of the fall of man (from the angel’s perspective). Most recently, the play was adapted in audio drama format for Backwell Playhouse, which you can listen to here. Additionally, he’s written content for a Fortune 500 company, ghostblogged for a circus performer, won an award for enterprise reporting, and rebranded a popular emagazine. Follow him on Twitter@Arlingtonscribe.
Anna Holmquist is a poet, songwriter and creator currently residing in Chicago, IL. She is currently working on albums for two musical projects, The Curls (https://thecurls.bandcamp.com/) and Night & Gale (https://nightandgale.bandcamp.com/).
Featuring Angel Nafis and Trace Peterson, plus spotlight reader Mary Mackey
Hosted by Aimee Herman
Trace Peterson is the author of Since I Moved In(Chax Press, 2007), winner of the Gil Ott Award, as well as numerous chapbooks. Known for her efforts to increase transgender representation in poetry, Peterson is also the editor and publisher of the journal EOAGH and coeditor of the anthologyTroubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2013), which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in 2014. A member of the Board of Directors of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Peterson is currently pursuing a PhD at CUNY Graduate Center and teaches at Hunter College, where she has designed a pioneering course in transgender poetry.
Mary Mackey is the author of 14 novels and 7 collections of poetry including Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and Travelers With No Ticket Home (Marsh Hawk Press 2014). Her poems have been praised by Wendell Berry, Jane Hirshfield, Dennis Nurkse, Ron Hansen, Dennis Schmitz, and Marge Piercy for their beauty, precision, originality, and extraordinary range. Four times Garrison Keillor has featured her poetry on The Writer’s Almanac. Her novels have made The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller lists and been translated into twelve languages. At www.marymackey.com, you can sample her work and read her interview series. You can also follow her on Twitter @MMackeyAuthor
Plus open mic, 21+
Featuring Isa Guzman, Chris Rockwell, Sergio Rosario, and Laurie Stone
Plus open mic, 21+
Isa Guzman is a Bori-Surrealist, Bori-Futurist, and Titere poet from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Occupied and occupying the invaded/invading borders of his puertorriqueñidad, he still manages to work the floor at your local Barnes and Nobles. Recently receiving his B.A. in Literature at Hunter College, he continues to study and advocate for Latinx literature through programs like SOPA (School of Poetic Arts) and Cave Canem. He is currently working on his first collection of poems.
Chris Rockwell is a nationally touring poet and hip-hop artist hailing from the Jersey Shore. He is a former Poet Laureate of Asbury Park, has competed numerous times at The National Poetry Slam, and is also the founder of Jersey Shore Poetry Slam. In 2017, he published his newest collection of poems and musings, entitled Understand Oceans. His favorite color takes too long to explain, and he has no spare time.
Sergio Rosario: Born in 1973 in the East New York section of Brooklyn, this Nuyorican Poet had to traverse all the ups and downs associated with growing up “in da hood” A high school dropout at the age of seventeen and on a path to be another soul lost to the “mean streets” of Brooklyn. He returned to school where he earned his equivalency diploma and became a skilled tradesman applying his creative talent to help build the city he called home. Out of the pain of personal loss his first poem was born and in February of 2015 he took to the stage to share his work. Since then he has been consistent contributor and proud member of the Capicu Culture Peoples Open Mic and the School of Poetic Arts (La Sopa) families. His poems cover a range of diverse topics from mental illness and homelessness to American Imperialism, children’s issues and love; inciting laughter and thought provoking questions about our own human experience. In April 2016 he was one of the feature artists in the Brooklyn Gypsies’ production of Ghetto Hor’ Dourves as well a feature performer during the Queens Literary Crawl. He’s been called the working man’s poet with an energetic, theatrical style that makes him someone to look for in the future.
Laurie Stone is author most recently of My Life as an Animal, Stories. She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. She won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle and has published numerous stories in such publications as Fence, Open City, Anderbo, The Collagist, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction. In 2005, she participated in “Novel: An Installation,” writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory’s gallery space. She has frequently collaborated with composer Gordon Beeferman in text/music works. The world premier of their piece “You, the Weather, a Wolf’ was presented in the 2016 season of the St. Urbans concerts. She is at work on The Love of Strangers, a collage of hybrid narratives. Her website is: lauriestonewriter.com.
Features include Brent C. Green
Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro
Plus open mic, 21+
Featuring Laylage Courie and LuLu LoLo
Hosted by David Lawton
Plus open mic. 21+
Laylage Courie is a poet, performer, and maker of things-from-words. Her most recent thing is a record: the soon-to-be-released art-pop experimental concept album these fountains rare. Her writing has appeared in Fence, Adbusters, 2RiverView, and The Open Page. As a performer she has appeared in theaters all over New York in her own and others work. You can listen to her do strange readings of poetry on her podcast Cosmic Dream Radio which is available through itunes or at www.luminouswork.org/podcast. Her imaginary friend blogs at www.conversewithbirds.org
LuLu LoLo is a New York based playwright/actor, international performance artist, historian, and activist. LuLu has written and performed eight one-person plays Off-Broadway that evolve from her passion for historical research and social justice, especially as pertaining to the dramatic struggle of women in New York City’s past. Her ongoing performance project “Where are the Women?” highlights the lack of public monuments honoring women in New York City. LuLu was a 2013 Blade of Grass Fellow in social engagement and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Writer in Residence in 2008. LuLu is a board member of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, the City Reliquary Museum in Brooklyn, and the Vito Marcantonio Forum. www.lululolo.com