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From Nature's Gasp

From Nature's Gasp: 
A reading featuring John High, Lauren Camp, Anne Valley-Fox, Lise Goett, Emily Stern, Mya G., and co-hosted by John Casquarelli and Noah G. Simpson.

November 25, 5pm
Free admission, donations to theatre gratefully accepted

John High   A recipient of four Fulbright Fellowships, John High has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (fiction and translation), the Witter Bynner Foundation, and Arts International. He is a former member of the Moscow Club Poetry and a founding editor of Five Fingers Review. Poet, translator, Zen monk—he has written ten books, including the novel, The Desire Notebooks, and his most recent, interconnected poetry collections: herea book of unknowingyou are everything you are not, and forthcoming, 2017 vanishing acts (Talisman House). His translations of contemporary Russian poetry include books by Nina Iskrenko, Ivan Zhdanov, and Aleksei Parshchikov, and he is the chief editor for Crossing Centuries—The New Generation in Russian Poetry. His translations of Osip Mandelstam have appeared in The NationFulcrum, Denver QuarterlyPen AmericaUgly Duckling Presse, and Poetry. Recent readings include Istanbul, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Hangzhou, Venice and New York. Recent work has appeared in Verse, New American WritingThe Brooklyn Rail, Ugly Duckling Presse (6×6), Brooklyn Paramount, Poems by SundayVisceral Brooklyn, ConjunctionsPoetry Northwest, and Paris Lit Up. Poems from his recent four book series have been translated into French and Russian for the Paris Ivy SeriesUpstairs at Duroc Literary & Arts Journal, and The St. Petersburg literary journal, Kreshchatik. He has taught creative writing and literature in Moscow, Istanbul, Hangzhou, and San Francisco, and currently directs the MFA program at LIU Brooklyn.

Lauren Camp is the author of three books, most recently One Hundred Hungers, published by Tupelo Press. Her poems have appeared in New England Review, World Literature Today, At Length, Beloit Poetry Journal and as a Poem-a-Day for She is the recipient of the Dorset Prize, the Margaret Randall Poetry Prize, the 2014 RL International Poetry Award, an Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, and a Black Earth Institute Fellowship. A long time radio producer, she hosts “Audio Saucepan”—a global music program interwoven with contemporary poetry—on KSFR 101.1FM. 

Major geographical hubs for Anne Valley-Fox have included Paterson, New Jersey; Santa Monica, Berkeley and San Francisco, California; and—since 1980—northern New Mexico. Valley-Fox has published five books of poetry, most recently, Nightfall (Red Mountain Press, 2016) and before that, How Shadows AreBundled (University of New Mexico Press, 2009). Her nonfiction books include Your Mythic Journey (co-author, Sam Keen) and five collections of oral histories culled from the New Mexico Federal Writers' Project (co-editor, Ann Lacy). In 2016, she won a William Matthews Poetry Prize.

Lise Goett’s second manuscript, Leprosarium, was the 2012 winner of the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award in Poetry from the Poetry Society of America and one of two selections in the July 2015 Open Reading Period of Tupelo Press, publication forthcoming by Tupelo in 2017. Her other awards include The ParisReview Discovery Award, The Pen Southwest Book Award in Poetry, the Capricorn Prize from the West Side Y, the James D. Phelan Award, and The Barnard New Women Poets Prize for my first poetry collection, Waiting for the Paraclete (Beacon), as well as postgraduate fellowships from The Milton Center and the Creative Writing Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has held residencies at the Julia and David White Artists’ Colony, Cuidad Colón, Costa Rica, the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and the American Academy in Rome, as well as the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship to the University of New Mexico’s Summer Writing Conference. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including the Paris ReviewPloughsharesImage, Mandorla, and the Antioch Review.  She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from N.Y.U., and an M.F.A. from the Writing Division of Columbia University. 

Emily Stern is the author of When Doves Cry, a memoir about her childhood and her mother’s death in 1993 from complications of HIV/AIDS, represented by Jet Literary Agency. Currently, she and Liz Latty are co-editing an anthology, entitled Visceral Cartographies, about crafting trauma and the human need to recreate the circumstances necessary to restore the flow of truth within systems. Emily performed in and co-created The Transfused, a full-length Rock Opera written up in Time, Bust, and Bitch magazines, and has performed at multiple Ladyfests, Homo-A-Gogo, and The Sex Worker’s Art Show national tour with Michelle Tea and Penny Arcade. For nearly 25 years, she has consulted locally and nationally for academic, diversity and equity, and Title IX programming, curriculum, and professional development, as well as creates original educational tools, including the“El Corozón Deck,” a bilingual educational tool designed to inspire critical thinking about social justice, community, and identity. She oversees the Santa Fe Community College’s Center for Diversity and Integrated Learning, and is Creative Writing and Liberal Arts contributing faculty at IAIA and SFUAD. More info HERE.

Mya Green received an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where she completed a thesis collection of poems and served as poetry contest editor for Lumina Literary Journal, Vol. XI. Mya also worked as a liaison for the largest free poetry festival in New York State and was featured as the opening reader for 2012 National Book Award Winner, Nikky Finney. Mya also hosted Ink Open Mic in Jacksonville, Florida; taught composition for Baltimore City Community College, and in 2014, her poem, Responsibility, won Baltimore City's third annual library contest. She's been published in journals such as ApogeePoet Lore, and Brown Girl Love. Mya has read for audiences along the East Coast and as a new resident of Santa Fe, Mya hopes to expand her literary community in the Southwest. To learn more about her adventures and personhood, visit her on the web @ i am divine light dot com.

John Casquarelli is the author of two full-length collections: On Equilibrium of Song (Overpass Books, 2011) and Lavender (Authorspress, 2014). He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Long Island University—Brooklyn. John was awarded the 2010 Esther Hyneman Award for Poetry, 2016 Kafka Residency Prize in Hostka, Czech Republic, and a 2017 residency at the Writer’s Room of The Betsy Hotel on South Beach. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Teaching as a Human Experience (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Pilgrimage MagazineSuisun Valley ReviewVisceral BrooklynThe Lonely CrowdExpound MagazinePeacock JournalThe Poetry Mail/RaedLeaf Foundation for Poetry and Allied ArtsFive 2 OneBlack Earth InstituteBoarder SensesGinosko Literary Journal, and Flatbush Review

Noah G. Simpson is elated to be the newest addition to Santa Fe’s creative energy! Fresh from Trinidad, CO, he is a talented pianist, actor, and stage director. His piano career started 20 years ago when a ninety-year-old woman classically trained him. He has since deviated from the sheet music and improvises all his songs. His original melodies are alluring, intoxicating, and mesmerizing. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch! But they are really good! Noah is a natural on the stage, having been on the boards since he was a young chap. He has acted in numerous productions, a musical (he is not a huge fan of them), and has just started his directing career. This fun-loving fiend is thrilled to be here to delight your ears and bring the light.