CA Conrad, Ben Malkin, Jennifer Knox & Kristina Hummel

***Announcing the first reading of the Spring Season!***

And what a doozie.

Friday, February 20th, 7 pm

CAConrad is the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He escaped to Philadelphia where he lives and writes with the PhillySound poets. His latest book The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2009) received The Gil Ott Book Award. He is also the author of Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), (Soma)tic Midge (FAUX Press, 2008), and two forthcoming books, advanced ELVIS course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled THE CITY REAL & IMAGINED: Philadelphia Poems (Factory School Press, 2009). Here's a poem and here and here.

Ben Malkin sings and plays keyboards for the band Gracefully, runs the multi-media label Goodbye Better, has released the poetry chapbook Listen with Robin Mapes, and is the editor & chief of Cock-Now Zine. He has also released albums and a bunch of 7"s and EPs with the band So L'il. His new book, The Birthday Poems, contains the new Gracefully album, Follow That Bliss and is coming out on February 20th, 2009. Poems in Eoagh.

Jennifer L. Knox hails from Lancaster, California, where absolutely anything can be made into a bong. Her books of poems, Drunk by Noon and A Gringo Like Me, are both available from Bloof Books. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies Best American Poetry (1997, 2003 and 2006), Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to Present, and Free Radicals, American Poets Before Their First Books. Poems in Blackbird and Coconut.

Kristina's poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Agni, Colorado Review, Diagram, Fourteen Hills, and elsewhere. She has a chapbook forthcoming from handheld editions. She teaches writing at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science and at Baruch College.

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