July Poets' Bios and Photographs: Poets House Reading

Mr. Hip Presents: Poetry Celebration at the Poets House, #NYC

Dear Literary Lovers, Poetry People, and Lovers of the Arts,

This past year has been one of the best. I was able to enjoy all of my favorite poets. Majority of those poets I grew up reading. Along with hearing phenomenal poets share their work, I was able to hear it introduced and concluded by a tremendous jazz band trio. We've found the correct algorithm for enjoying and celebrating poetry. With that said, we are hosting our last reading of our first year at the Poets House in NYC through their Literary Partners Program. The poets and performers who we will be celebrating are below. We hope you can make it out. You will not want to miss this special event. New York's poetry scene will definitely see more of Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series. For poetry, come on out. For jazz, come on out. For spoken word, come on out. For a damn good time, come on out. 


Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. His poetry collection, Far District: Poems (2010), won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. Other honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and the Academy of American Poets’ Larry Levis Prize. He is the Meringoff Sesquicentennial Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University and a contributing editor to the literary journal, Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art. 


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Lisa Marie Basile in a NYC-based poet. She is also the author of the chapbooks Andalucia (The Poetry Society of NY) and triste (Dancing Girl Press) and the forthcoming full-length APOCRYPHAL. She is the founding editor of Luna Luna, a diary of art, sex and culture, curator for the musicopoetics performance salon, Diorama and the NY editor and a writing instructor for The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review. A graduate of The New School’s MFA program, she has been named a top contemporary NYC poet to read by several publications. She tweets at @lisamariebasile and works as a writer. 

Leah Umansky is the author of the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream (Kattywompus Press, 2014) and the full-length collection, Domestic Uncertainties (BlazeVOX 2013).  She is the curator of the COUPLET Reading Series in NYC, and writes for Tin House and Luna Luna Magazine among others. Her poems can be seen in such places as Poetry Magazine, The Poetry Review, Barrow Street, and The Brooklyn Rail. She has been featured in such places as USA Today, the Huffington Post and Coldfront Magazine.  Flavorwire named her #7 of 23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013. Read more at: http://leahumansky.com

Ella is an artist. She is a Black, Hispanic female and while those have a great affect on her existence, she is truly opposed to social circles and burdensome boxes. In 2010, she founded an online magazine, Just What We Wanna Do, to showcase and encourage everyone to define and love their perfectly imperfect selves - without limits or gimmicks. While she is actually a 9-to-5'er for Saks Fifth Avenue's, working in advertising, Ella's heart always pulls her back into performing spoken word. Or rap. Or whatever. The writer wears her individuality like a shield, exposing herself brazenly via the art-form of her choice including (but never limited to) poetry, hip-hop and song. The purpose of her art is to express, not impress... but don't expect anything less than style and finesse.

Ashleigh Lambert is the author of the chapbook Ambivalent Amphibians (Dancing Girl Press, 2013). Her poems and other writing can also be found in Ampersand Review, Anti-, Bone Bouquet, Coldfront, Elimae, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Sink Review, and other places. A native of the Midwest, she now lives in New York.

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Jasmine Dreame Wagner is the author of Rings (Kelsey Street Press, 2014,) Rewilding (Ahsahta Press, 2013) and Listening for Earthquakes (Caketrain Journal and Press, 2012.) Her writing has appeared in American Letters & CommentaryBlackbirdColorado ReviewIndiana ReviewNANO FictionNew American WritingSeattle ReviewVerse, and in two anthologies: The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Press, 2012) and Lost and Found: Stories from New York (Mr. Beller's Neighborhood Books, 2009.) A graduate of Columbia University and the University of Montana, Jasmine has received grants and fellowships from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Hall Farm Center for Arts & Education, Summer Literary Seminars - Kenya, and The Wassaic Project. She teaches creative writing at Western Connecticut State University.


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In 2011, Ian Blake was afforded the opportunity to attend Columbia University for his graduate endeavors where he studied psychopathology. In 2013, he completed his degree, which accentuated poetry therapy.

His heavily stressed, elegiac, free verse poems conjure up the rudimentary images of the lives of people inhabiting a specific fascination with the human mind and behavior. His poetry is dense with impressions, voices, and glimpses of people who have experienced and explored love, loss, and the struggles of personal memory, often in a fragmented-style. For more, please visit his website: www.ian-blake.com

Joe Sonnenblick is a Brooklyn born Poet/Actor/Writer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines including 'Citizen Brooklyn', 'The Reject', and 'Stage Door Dish' to name a few. He is honored to have been brought to such an event and hopes to be back for many more.


Deron is a son of the New Jack Era. His love for the Roc became evident as he began to pick up the pen and write his own rhymes to songs from artists like Jay-Z and Beanie Siegel. By the time he reached college, Deron had performed all over the Northeast and released two successful projects. Deron looks to the future as he works to become one of the most influential artists in music.

Special Poet Guest: Jerard Fagerberg.