POETRY PRESS WEEK SPRING/SUMMER 2014

POETRY PRESS WEEK S/S 2014 took place at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center on June 7, 2014. Presenting poets were Carl Adamshick, Zachary Schomburg, Julia Clare Tillinghast, Zubair Ahmed, KMA Sullivan, Veronica Martin, Chrys Tobey, and Albert Goldbarth. 

Zachary Schomburg is the author of four books of poems, including most recently, The Book of Joshua (2014), and Fjords vol. 1 (2012). He co-edits Octopus Books and co-curates the Bad Blood Reading Series from where he lives in Portland, OR. 

Julia Clare Tillinghast is from Michigan. She studied poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and Virginia Tech, where she received her MFA. She has spent a number of years, on and off, living in Istanbul, Turkey, and is co-translator, along with Richard Tillinghast, of Dirty August, a selected poems of the experimental 20th-century Turkish poet Edip Cansever. In addition to translations in Agni, Guernica, The Boston Review, Crazy Horse, Arts & Letters, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily & others, she has had poems in 3:AM Magazine, Passages North, Sou’Wester, Pank, The Bakery, and Rattle, who nominated her for a 2013 Pushcart prize. She lives in Portland with her son, Hamza.

Zubair Ahmed was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Before immigrating to the U.S. in 2005, he was a professional video gamer for a year and a half. After finishing high school in a small Texas town, he went to Stanford University for his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. His first full-length collection, City of Rivers, published by McSweeney's, was nominated for a 2013 Northern California Book Award in Poetry. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington, where he enjoys working his day job as an engineer at Boeing and spending time exploring the Pacific Northwest.

KMA Sullivan is the author of Necessary Fire, winner of the St Lawrence Book Award (forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press, 2014). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, Forklift, Ohio, The Nervous Breakdown, Gargoyle, diode, and Anti-, among others. Recent essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, and Nailed. She has been awarded residencies in creative nonfiction and poetry at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Summer Literary Seminars and she is the editor-in-chief of Vinyl Poetry and the publisher at YesYes Books.

Veronica Martin lives, works and writes in her native Portland, Oregon. She curates a monthly column about the intersection of style and literature for Tin House’s blog, The Open Bar, and also works as a copywriter. 

Chrys Tobey was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and received her M.F.A. from Antioch University Los Angeles. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches college writing courses. Chrys’s poetry has been published in many literary journals, including the minnesota review, Rattle, Atlanta Review, and Smartish Pace. In 2008, her chapbook, Wash Away: Marie Antoinette Visits my Mind, was published by Finishing Line Press.

Albert Goldbarth is the Adele B. Davis Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Wichita State University. An MFA from Iowa, Professor Goldbarth is the author of over twenty collections of poetry and three collections of essays. His Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology won the National Book Critics Circle Award for 1992, and another collection, Saving Lives, won the 2002, and Many Circles: New & Selected Essays, published by Graywolf Press, won the creative nonfiction division of the PEN Center USA’s Literary Awards for 2002. His newest poetry collection, Everyday People, was published by Graywolf Press in January 2012. Goldbarth’s poetry has received a Guggenheim fellowship and three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has appeared in such venues as Poetry, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Harper’s and the New York Times.

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.