POETRY PRESS WEEK FALL/WINTER 2014

POETRY PRESS WEEK F/W 2014 took place at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center on December 5th and 6th, 2014. Presenting poets on December 5th were Carl Adamshick, Sara June Woods, John Brehm, Coleman Stevenson, Jessalyn Wakefield, Samiya Bashir. Presenting poets on December 6th were Lisa Ciccarello, Natalie Garyet, James Gendron, Jamalieh Haley, Jeff Alessandrelli, Brandi Katherine Herrera. 

Carl Adamshick’s debut collection, Curses and Wishes: Poems, was selected by Marvin Bell for the 2010 Walt Whitman Award. In 2012, the collection won the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry from Literary Arts, a Portland, Oregon–based nonprofit. Adamshick is also the recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship from Literary Arts and has been featured in Poetry in Motion. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including the American Poetry Review, the Harvard Review, and American Poet. He is a founding editor at Tavern Books, an independent publisher of poetry. His second book Saint Friend (McSweeney's, 2014) is forthcoming. He lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Sara Woods is a poet & artist living in North Portland. She is author of the books Sara or the Existence of Fire (Horse Less Press) and Wolf Doctors (Artifice Books). Her poetry is published or forthcoming in Denver QuarterlyGulf CoastGuernicaDiagram, and Salt Hill. She is a trans woman and a Scorpio. http://healthydogpoem.info

John Brehm is the author of two books of poems, Sea of Faith and Help Is on the Way, and the associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Sun, The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Missouri Review, Poetry Northwest, New Ohio Review, The Writer's Almanac, and many other journals and anthologies. He teaches for Literary Arts and Mountain Writers Series. His website is johnbrehm.net

Coleman Stevenson's first collection of poems, The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609, was published by bedouin books in 2012. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of publications such as Paper DartsSeattle ReviewE-ratioLaurel ReviewOsiris, Louisiana Literature, and Mid-American Review, and the anthology Motionless from the Iron Bridge. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches poetry and design communication.

Samiya Bashir’s two books of poetry, Gospel and Where the Apple Falls and two anthologies, Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, and Best Black Women’s Erotica 2, have brought some people joy, according to them. Her poetry has recently appeared in Poetry, World Literature Today, Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, and more. It’s forthcoming here and there. Samiya teaches creative writing at Reed College. A native Ann Arborite, Samiya has a magic cat who shares her obsession with trees, blackbirds, and hobo signs.

Natalie Garyet lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She is Managing Editor of Tavern Books, a non-profit poetry press dedicated to poetry in translation and reprints. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Grove Review, Phantom Limb, The Lewis & Clark Literary Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and on Oregon Poetic Voices. She is the author of one chapbook, Slow Witness (Berberis Press, 2013).

James Gendron is the author of Sexual Boat (Sex Boats) (Octopus Books 2013). He was born in Portland, Maine, and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of the full-length collection THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST. Other work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Gulf CoastBoston Review and four chapbooks. The name of Jeff’s dog is Beckett Long Snout. The name of Jeff’s micro-press is Dikembe Press.

Brandi Katherine Herrera's poetry, reviews and stories have appeared in Octopus Magazine, The Common, Word For/Word, Borderlands,VoiceCatcher, The Oregonian, and Charlotte, among others. She is also the co-editor of The Lake Rises, a WITNESS POST Series anthology (Stockport Flats, 2013), and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Pacific University. She lives and writes in Portland, Ore.