Dear poetry lovers,

A few days ago, I was very excited to hear confirmation that the reading I was trying to arrange in New York City was going to happen! I was not sure I was going to be able to contact the venue, but I had some help from the writers themselves, and together, we made it happen! Let me give you more information about the authors who will participate in this reading.

Elana Bell was selected by Fanny Howe as the winner of the Walt Whitman Award for 2011. Her first collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones, will be published by Louisiana State University Press in 2012. Elana is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Drisha Institute. Her work is published or is forthcoming in Harvard Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and Storyscape, among others. Elana has led creative writing workshops for women in prison, for educators, and for high school students in Israel, Palestine, and throughout the five boroughs of New York City. She currently serves as the writer-in-residence for the Bronx Academy of Letters.

Claudia Cortese is a recipient of the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Scholarship and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program. She was the poetry editor for Lumina Magazine and a featured reader at the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival. Her poems are published or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Crazyhorse, Bellevue Literary Review, RATTLE, and Pank. She lives and teaches in New Jersey, and never tires of Buffy the Vampire Slayer re-runs.

Janlori Goldman is a poet, teacher, and civil liberties advocate. She received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and teaches at Columbia University. She lives in New York City with her teenage daughter and sweetheart. Her poems have been published in The Cortland Review, Mudlark, The Sow’s Ear, Connotation Press, The Mom Egg, and she co-edited an anthology, For the Crowns of Your Heads: Poems for Haiti.

The reading will take place on August 24, 2011 at Bluestockings (172 Allen Street, New York City, NY 10002). It will start at at 7 p.m.

Join us to enjoy some great poetry!

Until next time,


CALYX intern.