Poets & Performers Bios and Photos
AMY LAWLESS is the author of two books of poems, most recently My Dead (Octopus Books 2013). Her book Broadax is forthcoming from Octopus Books. Her chapbook from BROADAX is recently out from Black Cake Records. She was a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. She is from Boston, Massachusetts but lives in New York City. For more information, check out her blog amylawless.blogspot.com.
SAMPSON STARKWEATHER is the author of The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather. He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. His most recent chapbooks are Flowers of Rad by Factory Hollow Press, and Until the Joy of Death Hits, pop/love GIF poems (a collaboration with Ana Božičević) appearing somewhere soon on the Internet. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
DEBORAH LANDAU is the author The Last Usable Hour, a Lannan Literary Selection published by Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium, which won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. A third collection of poems, The Uses of the Body, is forthcoming in spring 2015. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, Tin House, Poetry, The New Yorker, The Best American Erotic Poems, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Harvard Review, and elsewhere. She is the Director of the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where she also teaches.
Smooth, soulful, and jazzy are a few words that may describe the musical style of singer-songwriter, Thurston Ray. It may also be described as romantic, optimistic, and uniquely familiar. However it’s described, the Thurston Ray sound has been crafted to take the listener on a journey through emotions, melodies, and sweet inspiration. Thurston Ray is a Brooklyn, NY bass baritone vocalist who blends groovy soul music, jazzy vocals, and messages about real life and love.
Thurston Ray, originally born Timothy Thurston, got his start while growing up in the small town of Montross, VA. From the beginning, Thurston always had a love for the arts, whether drawing, writing, or singing. And growing up in a family rooted in gospel music helped to develop an ear for music and melodies at an early age. Somewhere in the midst of the music, Thurston started writing and reciting poetry as an outlet for creativity in churches, schools, and talent showcases.
Erika Chamberland is a Boxer and Personal Trainer in NYC. Her passion for fitness is only rivaled my one thing: her passion for the gospel. She uses her poetry to spread the good news of Jesus to people who may otherwise never hear it and inspire conversation around Christ’s teaching. You can find her blog online at AForgottenStory.com. God bless!
EMILY TODER is the author of the poetry collections Beachy Head and Science (from Coconut Books) and the chapbooks No Land (Brave Men Press), Brushes With (Tarpaulin Sky), and I Hear a Boat (Duets Books). She has translated various prose and poetry collections, among them The Life and Memoirs of Dr. Pi (Clockroot Books), Wendolin Kramer (Barcelona eBooks), and The Errant Astrologers (Ugly Duckling Presse). She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Also, featuring Eduardo Corral, Don Share, and Maria Dontas & the GOOD Vibes Trio.