HEARTBREAKER / VERSE MAKER: Love Poems Live! is a live performance of poetry written by some of New York’s hottest poets and performed on stage by a cast of film and stage actors. This Valentine’s Day, snuggle up with some fiery poems about modern love that will surely get your heart going.
Tuesday Feb 12
Doors: 6:30pm | Show: 7:00pm
Please note this is a mixed seated and standing venue.
Please arrive early for the best seats. Tickets: $15
Caveat, 21 A Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002 (a 21+ space)
DIRECTIONS: F to Delancy St. or 6 to Bleecker St / Lafayette St.
This is Emotive Fruition's biggest lineup to date: 24 poets!
Letterpressed chapbooks of the poems will be sold at the show.
Keisha-Gaye Anderson: Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Rosedale, Queens, Keisha-Gaye has always been a storyteller. She is the author of a collection of poetry, "Gathering the Waters," which was selected from over 100 manuscripts by Jamii Publishing in 2014. After graduating from Syracuse University (Newhouse and College of Arts and Science), she began her career in television production at CBS News, where she worked as an associate producer or field producer for long-form documentaries like "A&E Biography." Since the beginning of her career as a journalist, she has simultaneously contributed freelance articles to print and electronic publications, including Psychology Today, Black Enterprise, Teen People, Honey, Upscale, and many others. She went on to work as an associate producer for the national prime time PBS news program "NOW With Bill Moyers" and then as a post-production associate producer on the independent documentary "Flag Wars," which kicked off PBS/ POV's summer 2003 documentary series. Keisha-Gaye has also worked as a producer/editor for Network News Service, a news sharing consortium between ABC, CBS and FOX. Keisha-Gaye is a screen writer, with credits on the show "New Morning," a Hallmark Channel program produced by Faith and Values Media, and the sitcom webisode, "The Married Bachelor." She has been a member the Harlem Arts Alliance Screenwriting Workshop, led by noted screen writers Jamal Joseph ("NY Undercover"), Zach Sklar (Oliver Stone's "JFK"), and Edward Pomerantz ("Law & Order"), for close to a decade. In 2003, Keisha-Gaye self-published her poetry chapbook Circle Unbroken. She has performed as a spoken word artist at a number of venues, including Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Knitting Factory, and a number of college-based reading series. She is one of the founding poets of Poets for Ayiti, a collective of poets from diverse backgrounds committed to the power of poetry to transform and educate. The proceeds from their poetry collection For The Crowns of Your Heads has helped to rebuild Bibliotheque de Soleil, a library razed during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Her poetry and essays have appeared in a number of national literary magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Poems on the Road to Peace, African Voices Magazine, Renaissance Noire, Mosaice Literary Magazine, The Mom Egg, Afrobeat Journal, Sometimes Rhythm Sometimes Blues, Small Axe Salon, the Killens Review of Arts and Letters, Caribbean in Transit Arts Journal. She is the recipient of a 2010 fellowship from the North Country Institute for Writers of Color and was chosen to participate in the 2013 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop at Brown University. She was selected for the VONA Voices Speculative Fiction Workshop with Tananarive Due in 2015. Keisha-Gaye is a member of the Author's Guild (which hosts her site www.keishagaye.com). She currently works as a director of communications within a large public college. In 2014, she received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The City College, CUNY. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two children.
Ryan Black is the author of Death of a Nativist, winner of the 2016 Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship, selected by Linda Gregerson. He has published previously in AGNI, The Journal, Ninth Letter, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and elsewhere, and has received fellowships from the Adirondack Center for Writing, The Millay Colony for the Arts, PLAYA, and the Queens Council on the Arts. He is the Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing at Queens College.
Matthew Brailas grew up in Texas. His poems have appeared in the Nassau Literary Review and Plain China magazine, and are forthcoming in Foothill Journal. He earned a BA in Philosophy at Princeton University in 2014 and an MFA in poetry at New York University in 2017. He now lives in the Lower East Side, and works as a tutor and educator in the city.
Emily Brandt (brandt.emily at gmail) is a Brooklyn-based poet, editor, public school teacher and instructional coach. She’s a co-founding editor of No, Dear and Web Acquisitions Editor for VIDA. Emily earned a BA in Psychology, Women’s Studies, and English from Boston University, an MEd from Pace University, and an MFA in Poetry from New York University, where she facilitated the Veterans Writing Workshop for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She’s been in residence at Saltonstall and Elsewhere, and an Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House. She’s a Leo hitched to a Pisces.
Nicole Callihan writes poems, stories and essays. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming in, among others, American Poetry Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Tin House, Copper Nickel, Plume, and as a Poem-a-Day feature from the Academy of American Poets. Her books include the 2012 nonfiction Henry River Mill Village which she wrote with Ruby Young Kellar and which documented the rise and fall of a tiny mill village turned ghost town in North Carolina, as well as, SuperLoop, a collection of poems published in early 2014. In 2015, she received, with Zoë Ryder White, the Baltic Writing Residency Chapbook Contest Award for their chapbook A Study in Spring which was released by Rabbit Catastrophe Press in fall 2015. Her book, The Deeply Flawed Human, was released by Deadly Chaps Press in summer 2016; in summer 2017, Finishing Line Press published Downtown, and in Spring 2018 Aging was released from YES Poetry. Her latest project, Translucence, is a dual-language cross-cultural collaboration with Palestinian poet Samar Jaber Abdel (Indolent 2018). The Assistant Director and a Senior Language Lecturer at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering, Nicole frequently collaborates with artists and actors throughout New York City.
Poet Allison Escoto is a poet and head librarian at the Center for Fiction in NYC and Associate Editor of Newtown Literary Journal
Jared Harél is the author of Go Because I Love You (Diode Editions, 2018) and The Body Double (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012). He’s been awarded the ‘Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize’ from American Poetry Review, the ‘William Matthews Poetry Prize’ from Asheville Poetry Review, and an ‘Individual Artist Grant’ from Queens Council on the Arts. His poems have appeared in such journals as Tin House, The Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, Massachusetts Review, Poetry Daily, Bennington Review, 32 Poems and Newtown Literary. Harél teaches writing at Nassau Community College, plays drums for the rock-band Flyin’ J & The Ghostrobber, and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and two kids.
Aimee Herman is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominated poet and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York, looking to disembowel the architecture of gender and what it means to queer the body. Aimee is also the Finalist of Split this Rock poetry contest (2013) for poem, interchangeable genitals; Finalist for Matrix Lit Pop Awards 2013 and 2014; and Finalist for Button Poetry’s Exploding Pinecone Press Chapbook Contest (2013). Aimee is also the author of two books of poetry, “to go without blinking” (BlazeVOX books) and “meant to wake up feeling” (great weather for MEDIA) Find Aimee’s poems in The Outrider Review, nin journal, Wild Gender, Nerve Lantern, Lavender Review, EDUCE, Sous Les Paves, the Lambda Literary Award winning anthology: Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books), in the full-length collection, to go without blinking (BlazeVOX books), the recent chapbook, rooted, (Dancing Girl Press), and in the full-length book of poems, meant to wake up feeling (great weather for MEDIA). Aimee is an adjunct professor at Bronx Community College, a faculty member with Poetry Teachers NYC and a host for The Inspired Word open mic erotica series “Titillating Tongues”. In addition, Aimee has been featured at Dixon Place’s Hot! Festival, The Fresh Fruit Festival, HOWL fest, and the Dumbo Arts Festival. Aimee has guest taught at various universities and colleges including: CUNY Grad Center, St Johns University (Queens), Malloy College (Long Island), Stoneybrook University (Long Island), City College of New York, and Metro State (CO). Check out Aimee on itunes and cdbaby.com
Emily Alta Hockaday is a poet living in Queens. She has three chapbooks of poetry out--What We Love and Will Not Give Up (Dancing Girl Press), Starting a Life (Finishing Line Press), and Ophelia: A Botanist's Guide (Zoo Cake Press). Her work has appeared in NPR's show Radiolab and in a number of literary journals including the North American Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, West Wind Review, and Newtown Literary. She works for the two science fiction magazines Asimov’s Science Fiction and Analog Science Fiction and Fact. You can follow her on twitter @E_Hockaday.
Abeer Hoque is a Nigerian born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. She published a book of linked stories, poems, and photographs called "The Lovers and the Leavers" (Bengal Lights Books, 2014; HarperCollins India 2015; Harper360 2015), and a monograph of travel photographs and poems called "The Long Way Home" (Ogro Bangladesh, 2013). Her memoir, Olive Witch, was published by HarperCollins India in 2016 and released in the US by Harper360 in 2017. She is the recipient of a 2018 Queens Council for the Arts grant, a 2014 NYFA grant, a 2012 NEA Literature Fellowship, a 2007 Fulbright Scholarship, and the 2005 Tanenbaum Award, and has received writing fellowships to attend Sacatar, Saltonstall Arts Colony, SLS St. Petersburg, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Millay Colony, and the Albee Foundation. Her writing and photography has been published in Guernica, Elle, ZYZZYVA, Outlook Traveller, Catapult, 580 Split, Drunken Boat, India Today, the Daily Star, the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, and KQED Writers Block, among others. She has BS and MA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco, and she has held two solo photography exhibitions. She lives in New York City. See more at olivewitch.com.
Safia Jama was born to a Somali father and an Irish-American mother in Queens, New York. A Harvard graduate and a Cave Canem fellow, she has poetry appearing or forthcoming in Ploughshares, Boston Review, BOMB, Cagibi, and RHINO. Mark Bibbins selected her work for a feature in The Awl. Safia is a Pushcart-nominated poet and her manuscript was a semi-finalist in the Pleiades Press Editors Prize for Poetry. She was the subject of a “Shades of U.S.” documentary about her life and work (CUNY TV). Safia teaches in the English Department at Baruch College.
Arden Levine’s poems have recently appeared in Sycamore Review, The Missouri Review, Barrow Street, RHINO, and River Styx, and been featured in American Life in Poetry (a partnership of The Poetry Foundation and the Library of Congress). Arden is a D.C. native, an Advisory Editor for Epiphany, and an adorer of all things avian. She lives in New York City, where her work focuses on the development and preservation of affordable urban housing and neighborhoods.
Anna Limontas-Salisbury is the first daughter, of a first daughter, of a first daughter. She spent her early childhood and teens growing up Monmouth Country and Ocean Country near woods and bodies of water. Her published work as a journalist is featured in Women’s eNews, where she concentrates on issues of women and poverty. She’s been a recipient of the Fund for Investigative Journalism in 2012, Belt Magazine RNC Fellowship in 2016 and is currently a BKLYN Incubator Fellow 2018, where she is project manager of a writing and publishing project for Adult Learners at the New Lots Learning Center, Echoes of Our Lives. A writer and keeper of journals since the age of 12, she’s written poems and personal essays that she’s currently releasing from her notebooks to consider for publication.
Katie Longofono received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where she directed the 2014 SLC Poetry Festival. She is the co-founder of Dead Rabbits Reading Series, a monthly literary salon that takes place in NYC. Her first chapbook, The Angel of Sex, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2013. Her chapbook Angeltits is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Tinderbox Poetry Journal, BOAAT, South Dakota Review, Juked, Midwestern Gothic, and more. She may or may not be on Twitter. She lives in Brooklyn.
Thomas March: Originally from Springfield, IL, Thomas March is a poet, performer, and critic based in New York City. His recent poetry collection, Aftermath (2018), was selected by Joan Larkin for The Word Works Hilary Tham Capital Collection. OUT Magazine praised its “diamond-sharp lyricism” and hailed it as “a stimulating, if sober, tonic for our times.” His poetry has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, The Good Men Project, OUT, Pleiades, and RHINO, among others. His reviews and essays have appeared in The Believer, The Huffington Post, and New Letters. With painter Valerie Mendelson, he is the co-creator of A Good Mixer, a textual-visual hybrid project based on a 1933 bartender’s guide of the same name; excerpts from the project have already been included in curated shows at Westbeth Gallery and The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. He is the host and curator of Poetry/Cabaret, a new performance series at The Green Room 42, that brings together the city’s top poets, comedians, and cabaret performers for a hybrid evening of emotional whiplash in response to a common theme. Appearing occasionally in Lambda Literary Review, his poetry column, “Appreciations," offers appreciative close readings of excellent poems from recent collections by LGBTQ poets. A past recipient of the Norma Millay Ellis Fellowship in Poetry, from the Millay Colony for the Arts, he has also received an Artist/Writer grant from The Vermont Studio Center. In recent years, he has written and performed monologues at a number of venues in New York City, including Ars Nova, Club Cumming, The Duplex, The Green Room 42, Joe’s Pub, The Peoples Improv Theater, Sid Gold’s Request Room, and The Tank.
Lynn Melnick is the author of the poetry collections Landscape with Sex and Violence (2017) and If I Should Say I Have Hope (2012), both with YesYes Books, and the co-editor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015). Her poetry has appeared in APR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and A Public Space, and her essays have appeared in LA Review of Books, ESPN, and the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture. A former fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers and previously on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, she currently teaches poetry at Columbia University and the 92Y, and works with saferLIT. Born in Indianapolis, she grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Sanjana Nair: After teaching at New York University, Sanjana Nair joined the faculty of John Jay College in 1998. A writer and poet, she has published in journals ranging from Spoon River Poetry Review to Fence Magazine, performed in collaboration with composers at Tribeca's The Flea Theatre, does readings in various venues around NYC and has been a guest poet on National Public Radio's Soundcheck. Currently, she is a full time Lecturer with the English Department.
Christina Quintana (CQ) is a New York-based writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. Her mission: to speak truth to our intersectional lives and untangle the seemingly disparate threads that tie us together. Quintana's plays and musicals have been developed and produced with companies including Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Southern Rep, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Prospect Theatre Company, Lied Center for Performing Arts, and the Alliance Theatre, among others. For more on her plays, check out The New Play Exchange. Her novella, A Slip of Moon, was selected as a semifinalist for YesYes Books' 2017 Pamet River Prize and her chapbook of poetry, The Heart Wants, was released from Finishing Line Press in 2016. Her poetry and prose is published in OnCuba, Front Porch Journal, Glass Poetry Press, Saw Palm, Nimrod Journal, and Foglifter, among others, and her poem "She-lium" was featured on NPR's hit show Radiolab, in collaboration with Emotive Fruition. She is the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Playwrights Realm, Van Lier New Voices at The Lark, CubaOne, Queer/Art, and Lambda Literary, and commissions from the Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST)/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Project, Peppercorn Theatre, and Actor's Express. She is a current member of the 2018-20 WP Lab, a proud alum of Youngblood, EST's Obie-winning cohort of playwrights, and holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts.
In 1970, Matthew Rohrer was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and raised in Oklahoma. He earned a BA from the University of Michigan, where he won a Hopwood Award for poetry, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from the University of Iowa. Rohrer’s poetry collections include Surrounded by Friends(Wave Books, 2015), Destroyer and Preserver (Wave Books, 2011), A Plate of Chicken (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), Rise Up (Wave Books, 2007), A Green Light (Verse Press, 2004), Satellite (Wave Books, 2001), and A Hummock in the Malookas (W. W. Norton, 1995), which was selected by Mary Oliver for the 1994 National Poetry Series. With Joshua Beckman, he is coauthor of Nice Hat. Thanks. (Verse Press, 2002) and the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He was poetry editor for Fence magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at New York University.
Sarah Sala is a poet, educator, and native Michigander. Her debut poetry collection, Devil’s Lake, was recently named a finalist for the 2017 Subito Press Book Prize, and a chapbook of her selected poetry, The Ghost Assembly Line, was published by Finishing Line Press in Spring 2016. Her poem “Hydrogen” was featured in the “Elements” episode of NPR's hit show Radiolab in collaboration with Emotive Fruition. She is the founder of the free poetry workshop, Office Hours, which fosters community among adjunct instructors, and co-produces AmpLit Fest in conjunction with Summer on the Hudson. Sarah was a founding editor at The Oleander Review, International Editor for Washington Square Review, manuscript screener for Alice James Books, and poetry reader for Epiphany Magazine. Currently, she’s Assistant Poetry Editor at the Bellevue Literary Review. Sarah's awards and honors include: an Academy of American Poets University & College Prize, the Marjorie Rapport Award for Poetry, an Avery Hopwood Award for Nonfiction, and a Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship. She earned her MFA in Poetry from New York University, and is a 2016 & 2018 Home School Fellow. Her poems appear in Wreck Park, Atlas Review, and The Stockholm Review of Literature, among others. Sarah is a language lecturer in the Expository Writing Program at New York University, and lives in Manhattan. Write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Schneiderman is the author of three books of poems: Primary Source (Red Hen Press 2016), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Prize; Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press 2010), winner of the Richard Snyder Prize, and Sublimation Point (Four Way Books 2004), a Stahlecker Selection. He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press 2015). His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Story Quarterly, and Tin House. He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2004, and a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award in 2011. He is Poetry Editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, and Associate Editor of Painted Bride Quarterly. He is an Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York.
Poet and essayist KC Trommer is the author of the debut poetry collection We Call Them Beautiful (Diode Editions, 2019) as well as the chapbook The Hasp Tongue (dancing girl press, 2014). A graduate of the MFA program at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, KC has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poem "Fear Not, Mary" won the 2015 Fugue Poetry Prize, judged by Kevin Prufer. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Antioch Review, Blackbird, The Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, as well as in the anthologies Resist Much, Obey Little; All We Can Hold; Bared; and Who Will Speak for America? Her essays have appeared in VIDA Review, LitHub, and in the anthology Oh, Baby! True Stories About Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor, and Love, (Creative Nonfiction, 2015). She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Queens Council on the Arts, the Table 4 Writers Foundation, the Center for Book Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Prague Summer Program. In 2017, the Grammy Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein created the song cycle “3 Rides” for soprano, cello, and piano from her work. The first of the songs, “The Cyclone,” had its world premiere in New York as a part of the 2017 Five Boroughs Music Festival’s Five Borough Song Book, Volume II. She has taught writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at Bard High School Early College, Queens. KC studied collage and painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, School for Visual Arts, and Parsons. Her collage work has been featured in group and solo shows in Ann Arbor and New York City. She is the Assistant Director of Communications at NYU Gallatin and lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her son.
Irene Villaseñor is a Tornatrás Mestizx (Ifugao, Aeta, Chinese, Mexican, Spanish, Italian) multidisciplinary artist. Her poetry was published the first time anywhere in Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, May 2018). She’s also written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, P.O.V. Documentary Blog, Youth Media Reporter, and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought.
Rachel Zucker is the author of nine books, most recently, a memoir, MOTHERs, and a double collection of prose and poetry, The Pedestrians. Her book Museum of Accidents was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2013. Zucker teaches poetry at New York University and is currently delivering a series of lectures on the intersection of poetry, confession, ethics and disobedience as part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series.