National Poetry Month Celebration Reading

In celebration of National Poetry Month and the arrival of spring at long last, Sunday Salon is thrilled to welcome to the mic five amazing, award-winning poets with new books and the return of DJ Doublesix! Join us on April 15th for a divine evening of poetry and music. At Von Bar at 3 Bleecker St. 7pm.

Omotara James

Omotara Jamesis a poet and essayist. The daughter of Nigerian and Trinidadian immigrants, she lives and studies in New York City. Her poetry chapbook, Daughter Tongue, was selected by African Poetry Book Fund, in collaboration with Akashic Books, for the 2018 New Generation African Poets Box Set. Her debut full length collection, Mama Wata, is forthcoming in the Fall of 2018, from Siren Songs of CCM press. She is a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow and her work has appeared in American Chordata, The Recluse, Cosmonauts Avenue, Newtown Literary and elsewhere. Her awards include the Bridging the Gap Award for Emerging Poets and the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Award. Visit her website, omotarajames.com to make inquiries or get updates on her cat, named Brooklyn.

Joseph O. Legaspi

Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago, both from CavanKerry Press; and three chapbooks: Postcards (Ghost Bird Press), Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts), and Subways (Thrush Press). Recent works have appeared in POETRY, New England Review, World Literature Today, Beloit Poetry Journal, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day. He co-founded Kundiman (www.kundiman.org), a non-profit organization serving generations of Asian American writers and readers.

Andrew Levy

Andrew Levyis the author of Artifice in the Calm Damages (Chax Press, 2017), Don’t Forget to Breathe (Chax Press), Nothing Is In Here (EOAGH Books), and Cracking Up (Truck Books), along with eleven other titles of poetry and prose including, The Big Melt (Factory School), Paper Head Last Lyrics (Roof Books), Ashoka (Zasterle), and Values Chauffeur You (O Books). Levy’s poems and essays have appeared in numerous American and international magazines and anthologies including The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry, Telling It Slant: Avant-Garde Poetics of the 1990s, LITSCAPES: Collected US Writings 2015, and The Canary Islands Connection – 60 Contemporary American Poets (Zasterle, 2016). He was co-editor and publisher of the poetry journal Crayon with Roberto Harrison, 1997-2008. In addition, he fosters collaborations with musicians and writers on improvisatory poetry readings and performances, and he plays R&B and Jazz drums. Levy lives in New York City with his wife and two children. He teaches composition, critical thinking, journalism, and literature at BMCC-CUNY.

Carly Joy Miller

Carly Joy Miller is the author of Ceremonial (Orison Books, 2018), selected by Carl Phillips as the winner of the 2017 Orison Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Like a Beast (Anhinga Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Rick Campbell Chapbook Prize. Her work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Blackbird, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, West Branch and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor for Poetry International and a founding editor of Locked Horn Press.

Anna Rose Welch

Anna Rose Welch holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2014, Kenyon Review Online, Guernica, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, Crab Orchard ReviewBarrow Street, The Paris-American, Tupelo Quarterly, The Adroit Journal, and other publicationsHer first book, We, the Almighty Fires, was published by Alice James Books in April 2018.She lives in Erie, PA where she is the chief editor of a pharmaceutical publication and a violinist in The Erie Chamber Orchestra.

Guest DJ: Doublesix

Doublesix was born and raised in Queens, NYC. He used to mix cassette tapes as a child and dropped needles to grooves as a teen, but now he curates soundscapes that make the night a night to remember. His selections tell stories and fill dance floors. They are why people say he is the “music man”. Remember to wear your dancing shoes when DOUBLESIX is juggling tunes. He is about musical revolution using the 1’s and 2’s.

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