The Other Side of Violet – Book Release Party

by Jane on June 8, 2017

August 17, 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Parkside Lounge
317 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002
Jane Ormerod

Join us for the release party for great weather for MEDIA’s latest anthology, The Other Side of Violet The Other Side of Violet front cover

Featuring E.J. Antonio, C. Bain, Billy Cancel, Isa Guzman, Omotara James, I.S. Jones, Kearah-Armonie, Nkosi Nkululeko, and Shane O’Hanlon

Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro

The Other Side of Violet is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and short fiction by established and emerging writers from across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding and award-winning poet and novelist Tim Z. Hernandez.


2 drink minimum (alcoholic or non)

Submissions for our next anthology open October 15 2017

E.J. AntonioE.J. Antonio is a recipient of fellowships from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Cave Canem Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the author of the chapbooks Every Child Knows (Premier Poets Chapbook Series, 2007) and Solstice (Red Glass Books, 2013) and a CD, Rituals in the marrow: Recipe for a jam session.

Corrina Bain by Syreeta McFaddenC. Bain is a Brooklyn-based gender-liminal writer-performer. His poetry collection Debridement (great weather for MEDIA, 2015) was a finalist for the 2016 Publishing Triangle Awards. He has published poems, reviews, and interviews in anthologies and journals including Muzzle Magazine, PANK, The Rumpus, BOOTH, and the Everyman’s Library book Villanelles. He is an Artistic Associate with Sacred Circle Theatre Company, holds a mental health focused master’s degree, and works extensively with embodiment, trauma and sexuality. But he’d rather just dance with you.

Billy CancelBilly Cancel has recently appeared in Pouch, Boston Review, and Skidrow Penthouse. His latest body of work, PSYCHO’CLOCK, is out on Hidden House Press. His collection MOCK TROUGH RASPING CROW will be published by BlazeVox in 2017. Billy Cancel is half of the noise duo Tidal Channel.

Isa Guzman is a poet from Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Invading the invisible borders of his mind, he writes to explore his puertorriqueñidad in all its rich history and personal testimony. He recently received his BA in English Literature from Hunter College. He has been published in journals including The Same Magazine, Symmetry Pebbles, Inclement Poetry, Tribe Magazine, and Underground Voices; and is also the recipient of The Edith Goldberg Paulson Memorial Prize for Creative Writing.

Omotara James is a British-born American poet and essayist. The daughter of Nigerian and Trinidadian immigrants, she is an MFA candidate at NYU. A 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow, she is Third Place Winner of the 2017 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry, the recipient of Slice Literary’s 2016 Bridging the Gap Award for Emerging Poets, as well as the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Award. Her work appears in Winter Tangerine, The Recluse, Cosmonauts Avenue, Luna Luna, and elsewhere. Omotara has received scholarships from Cave Canem and the Home School.

I.S. Jones is a writer, educator, and hip-hop head hailing from Southern California. She is a fellow with The Watering Hole and BOAAT Writer’s Retreat. I.S. is very Blk & loud about her joy. She is the Assistant Editor at Chaparral, a literary magazine based in Southern California. Her works have appeared in The Harpoon Review, Fat City Review, Qua Magazine, The Blueshift Journal, SunDog Lit, Matador Review,, and other publications.

Kearah-Armonie is a poet, spoken word artist, MC, filmmaker, blogger, and writer from Brooklyn. She recently completed her B.A. in Documentary Film Production at Brooklyn College, where she hosted and facilitated events as part of the school’s poetry slam team. Having performed spoken word since 2011, she is now a mentor and teaching artist, continuing to perform all over NYC. Her most recent documentary short, BLK GRL POET, a spoken word-driven chronicle of the Black Lives Matter protests in NYC, has been featured in the Women of African Descent Film Festival and the 34th Annual Brooklyn College Film Festival.

Nkosi NkululekoNkosi Nkululeko is a Callaloo fellow and a finalist for the 2016 Winter Tangerine Awards for Poetry. He was featured on TEDxNewYork and his work can be found in No Token, VINYL, Before Passing (great weather for MEDIA, 2015), PANK, and other publications. Nkosi lives in Harlem, New York City.

Shane O’Hanlon is a logistician for Doctors Without Borders. He has worked in Lebanon, Uganda, Central African Republic, India, and throughout Central America. Shane says, “Whether writing about the refugees I currently live and work with, nostalgia for home, or writing a language poem, I strive for an art that is free and striving: free from expectations or rules, and striving to express the part of ourselves which is impossible to describe but—as humans—we are trying to describe all the time.”


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