Poets in Pajamas 2020 Call for Readers

September 01, 2019 — Poets in Pajamas (PiP), a Sundress Publications reading series is putting together the slate of readers for 2020 and would like to invite you to apply to read. 

Poets in Pajamas is a live-feed online reading series, hosted by Sundress Publications, which prides itself on producing high-quality poetry readings for an online audience. Readers read from their own work for fifteen minutes and then field questions for an additional ten or fifteen. (See examples, here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/poetsinpajamas/videos/)

We are interested in hearing from ALL writers (we accept both poetry and prose readers) but we also particularly want to welcome writers who identify as being a part of disenfranchised or marginalized communities (such as but not limited to, people of color, immigrant populations, native and indigenous people, LGBTQ+, d/Deaf and Disabled, non-binary people, members of non-dominant religious groups, all women, Dreamers, formerly incarcerated, and more). We want to host you and promote your work. 

To apply, send three poems or up to five pages of prose and a short video clip of you reading (NOT a recorded reading in front of a crowd), please send a new video of you reading at home or in your garden, in front of your computer, or in your living room. This is NOT a call for produced sessions). Read for no more than 1 to 3 minutes (less is more), and please also attach a bio and author photo (and work samples) in one email to poetsinpajamas@gmail.com. Submissions close November 01, 2019.

Invitations to read will be sent in mid-to-late December.

Note: We are NOT concerned with audio/video quality here, nor your appearance—don’t stress, just use your phone and show us that you have a good audio/video presence, a good sense of a digital audience. We are NOT judging you based on your weight or what you’re wearing or whether you did your hair. We are looking for that magical combination wherein the poet/writer writes wonderful words we want to hear AND is willing to engage with a camera AND knows how to give a good reading. Really, one to three minutes, read as you would at any reading, one poem, or one paragraph, don’t overthink. Please apply!

Have you ever considered how many people either really miss getting out to readings because they don’t live near a literary city/don’t have time/can’t get to them? These are the people who will rarely be at your readings but want to see you read, want to know your work better, and want to love you. PiP would like to help you and they find one another.

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PiP 62 Featuring Tzynya Pinchback

Author Photo-Pinchback.jpgPoets in Pajamas brings you Tzynya Pinchback at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on September 15th with a 15-minute live reading immediately followed by a short Q&A. The event will be held at the PiP Facebook page.

By clicking “going” to the Facebook event, you will let us know to expect you and will ensure that you are sent a reminder, so you don’t forget. Remember to prepare your questions for the featured poet, too!

Tzynya Pinchback is author of the chapbook How to Make Pink Confetti (dancing girl press, 2012). Poems and essays from her current manuscript, Tulle, have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Journal, The Aurorean, Mom Egg Review, Midnight & Indigo, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. She writes about things at www.tzynyapinchback.com.

How to Make Pink Confetti from dancing girl press
Tzynya Pinchback in Midnight & Indigo
Tzynya Pinchback in Up the Staircase Quarterly

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on September 15, 2019. When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

Anna Black and Annie McIntosh will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

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PiP 61 Featuring Faylita Hicks

CPC_4752 (1).jpgPoets in Pajamas brings you Faylita Hics at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on September 1st with a 15-minute live reading immediately followed by a short Q&A. The event will be held at the PiP Facebook page.

By clicking “going” to the Facebook event, you will let us know to expect you and will ensure that you are sent a reminder, so you don’t forget. Remember to prepare your questions for the featured poet, too!

Faylita Hicks (pronouns: she/her/they) is a black queer writer and the editor of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. She is an organizer with social justice group Mano Amiga, a 2019 Lambda Literary Arts Writing Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices Non-Fiction Fellow, and a 2019 Jack Jones Literary Arts “Culture, Too” Conference Gender/Sexuality Fellow. She was a finalist for Palette Poetry’s 2019 Spotlight Award, the 2018 PEN American Writing for Justice Fellowship, and the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Annual Poetry Prize. Her debut book, HoodWitch, is forthcoming in October 2019 with Acre Books.

Her poetry and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in Slate, Huffington Post, the Texas Observer, POETRY magazine, Kweli Journal, The Rumpus, The Cincinnati Review, Foundry, Tahoma Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Glass Poetry Press, HomologyLit, Lunch Ticket, Matador Review, and others.

She received her MFA from Sierra Nevada College’s low-residency program and lives in San Marcos, Texas. She is at work on a memoir.

Faylita Hicks in The Rumpus
Faylita Hicks in Slate
Faylita Hicks in HuffPost
Faylita Hicks in the Cincinnati Review

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on September 1, 2019. When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

Anna Black will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

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PiP 60 Featuring Randon Billings Noble

Version 2Poets in Pajamas brings you Randon Billings Noble at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on August 18th with a 15-minute live reading immediately followed by a short Q&A. The event will be held at the PiP Facebook page.

By clicking “going” to the Facebook event, you will let us know to expect you and will ensure that you are sent a reminder, so you don’t forget. Remember to prepare your questions for the featured poet, too!

Randon Billings Noble is an essayist.

Her full-length essay collection Be with Me Always will be published by the University of Nebraska Press on 1 March 2019.  Her lyric essay chapbook Devotional was published by Red Bird in 2017, and her essay “The Heart as a Torn Muscle” was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016.

Individual essays have been published in the Modern Love column of The New York Times; The Massachusetts Review; Passages North; Emrys Journal (where she won their 2009 Nonfiction Award); Sweet: A Literary Confection; PANK; Brain, Child; The Georgia Review; Shenandoah; The Rumpus; Brevity; Fourth Genre; The Los Angeles Review of Books; Creative Nonfiction and elsewhere.

She has presented at AWP, NonfictioNOW, and HippoCamp (the creative nonfiction conference run by Hippocampus Magazine), and she has had residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sundress Academy for the Arts, Hambidge, and the Vermont Studio Center.  In 2013 she was named a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow to attend a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts.

Currently, she is the Founding Editor of After the Art and a freelance reviewer for The A.V. Club.  You can read her work at www.randonbillingsnoble.com.

Be with Me Always from the University of Nebraska Press
Devotional from Red Bird Chapbooks
Randon Billings Noble in Brevity
Randon Billings Noble in NonBinary Review

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on August 18, 2019. When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

Anna Black will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

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PiP 59 Featuring Ruth Williams

_P3A2405Poets in Pajamas brings you Ruth Williams at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on August 4th with a 15-minute live reading immediately followed by a short Q&A. The event will be held at the PiP Facebook page.

By clicking “going” to the Facebook event, you will let us know to expect you and will ensure that you are sent a reminder, so you don’t forget. Remember to prepare your questions for the featured poet, too!

Ruth Williams is the author of Flatlands (Black Lawrence Press, 2018) and Conveyance (dancing girl press, 2012). Her poetry has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, jubilat, Pleiades and Third Coast, among others. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English at William Jewell College and an editor for Bear Review.

Flatlands from Black Lawrence Press
Conveyance from dancing girl press
Ruth Williams in Pacifica Review
Ruth Williams in Split Lip Magazine

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on August 4, 2019. When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

Anna Black will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

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PiP 58 Featuring Dedria Humphries Barker

untitled-7424Poets in Pajamas brings you Dedria Humphries Barker at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on July 21st with a 15-minute live reading immediately followed by a short Q&A. The event will be held at the PiP Facebook page.

By clicking “going” to the Facebook event, you will let us know to expect you and will ensure that you are sent a reminder, so you don’t forget. Remember to prepare your questions for the featured poet, too!

Dedria Humphries Barker straddles the line between colors and cultures. She is totally America. Identifying as a black Detroiter, she recognized the white in and around her when she moved to Michigan. In her work as a journalist, writer, editor, publisher, educator and public speaker, she considers the issues of mixed-race families in the midwestern United States. She’s educated, with a Master of Arts degree in English from Wayne State University in Detroit. She studied writing at, among others, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop with the late James McPherson. Her writing career started at the Michigan Chronicle, Detroit, continued as a staff writer for Gannett Co., Inc. newspapers, and culminated as a professor of English at Lansing Community College in Michigan. Her work has appeared in anthologies and national and regional markets, including The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives of Mixed-Race Americans and Black Lives Have Always Mattered; Redbook magazine, The Detroit News, Salon.com, Literary Mama, Sundry: A Journal of the Arts, the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature and the Ohio and Michigan historical societies. Her first book, Mother of Orphans: The True and Curious Story of Irish Alice, a Colored Man’s Widow, is the story of her Irish great-grandmother who married a black man in 1899 in Cincinnati and, when widowed in 1912, put their three black children in an orphanage. Mother of Orphans is forthcoming from 2Leaf Press, New York City. A wife and mother of three, she lives with her husband, Michael D. Barker. Find her on Twitter @dedria_hb.

Read Dedria Humphries Barker’s work in The Beiging of America and Black Lives Have Always Mattered from 2Leaf Press.

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on July 21, 2019. When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

Anna Black will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

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PiP 57 Featuring Malcolm Friend

HeadshotPoets in Pajamas brings you Malcolm Friend at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on July 7th with a 15-minute live reading immediately followed by a short Q&A. The event will be held at the PiP Facebook page.

By clicking “going” to the Facebook event, you will let us know to expect you and will ensure that you are sent a reminder, so you don’t forget. Remember to prepare your questions for the featured poet, too!

Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, WA. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape (Glass Poetry, 2017) and the full-length collection Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple (Inlandia Books, 2018), selected by Cynthia Arrieu-King as the winner of the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. He currently serves as a poetry editor for FreezeRay Poetry.

Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple from Inlandia Books
mxd kid mixtape from Glass Poetry Press
Malcolm Friend in Tinderbox Poetry Journal
Malcolm Friend in Crab Fat Magazine

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on July 7, 2019. When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

Anna Black will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

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PiP 56 Featuring Shira Dentz

Shira Dentz cropsmall4.jpgPoets in Pajamas brings you Shira Dentz at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on June 23rd with a 15-minute live reading immediately followed by a short Q&A. The event will be held at the PiP Facebook page.

By clicking “going” to the Facebook event, you will let us know to expect you and will ensure that you are sent a reminder, so you don’t forget. Remember to prepare your questions for the featured poet, too!

Shira Dentz is the author of five full-length books, black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry), how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry), the sun a blazing zero (Lavender Ink/Diálogos, forthcoming 2019), and Sisyphusina (PANK, forthcoming 2020), and two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Shearsman), and FLOUNDERS (Essay Press). Her books have been favorably reviewed in many venues including American Book Review, Rain Taxi, Boston Review, Georgia Review, Colorado Review, Cutbank, Denver Quarterly, RATTLE, Fourth Genre, and The Rumpus. Interviews with her have appeared in journals including Ploughshares, The Rumpus, and OmniVerse.

Her writing has appeared widely in journals including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, jubilat, Brooklyn Rail, and Western Humanities Review, and featured at The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. She’s the recipient of an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the MacDowell Arts Colony, Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, The Summer Literary Seminar in St. Petersburg, and Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers‘ Workshop, she has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah.and was Drunken Boat‘s Reviews Editor from 2011-2016, and is currently Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky. She teaches creative writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. More about her writing can be found at shiradentz.com.

the sun a blazing zero from Lavender Ink/Diálogos
how do i net thee from Salmon Poetry
Shira Dentz in Tupelo Quarterly
Shira Dentz in Entropy

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on June 23, 2019. When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

Anna Black will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

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PiP 55 Featuring Mia S. Willis

IMG_0242.jpegPoets in Pajamas brings you Mia S. Willis at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on June 9th with a 15-minute live reading immediately followed by a short Q&A. The event will be held at the PiP Facebook page.

By clicking “going” to the Facebook event, you will let us know to expect you and will ensure that you are sent a reminder, so you don’t forget. Remember to prepare your questions for the featured poet, too!

Mia S. Willis is a 23-year-old African American artist and adventurer from Charlotte, North Carolina. Mia is a recipient of the 2018 Foothill Editors’ Prize for their poem “hecatomb,” which was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Their work appears or is forthcoming in WORDPEACE, Peculiar: a Queer Poetry Journal, Foothill: a Journal of Poetry, Button Poetry and SlamFind. In 2018, Mia ranked fourth out of 96 femme poets at the Women of the World Poetry Slam, placed fifth out of 150 poets at the Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam, and won the Capturing Fire Slam. They were also a member of Tender Bitch, the winning poetry performance team at the 2018 Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam Tournament. Mia’s debut poetry collection, monster house., was the 2018 winner of the Cave Canem Foundation’s Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize and will be published by Jai-Alai Books in the spring of 2019.

monster house. from Jai-Alai Books
Mia S. Willis in WORDPEACE
Mia S. Willis at Capturing Fire

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on June 9, 2019. When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

Anna Black will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

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PiP 54 Featuring Gillian Cummings

_DSC1842_DxO 2.jpegPoets in Pajamas brings you Gillian Cummings at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on May 26th with a 15-minute live reading immediately followed by a short Q&A. The event will be held at the PiP Facebook page.

By clicking “going” to the Facebook event, you will let us know to expect you and will ensure that you are sent a reminder, so you don’t forget. Remember to prepare your questions for the featured poet, too!

Gillian Cummings is the author of The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter, selected by John Yau as the winner of the 2018 Colorado Prize for Poetry (The Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University, 2018) and My Dim Aviary, winner of the 2015 Hudson Prize (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). She has also written three chapbooks: Ophelia (dancing girl press, 2016), Petals as an Offering in Darkness (Finishing Line Press, 2014), and Spirits of the Humid Cloud (dancing girl press, 2012). Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Boulevard, The Cincinnati Review, The Colorado Review, The Crab Orchard Review, The Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly, The Journal, The Laurel Review, Linebreak, The Massachusetts Review, The New Orleans Review, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, in other journals and in two anthologies. In 2008, she was awarded a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund Poetry Prize. A graduate of Stony Brook University (BA, English) and of Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program, Gillian lives in Westchester County, New York, where for five years she taught poetry workshops to women at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is currently at work on a novel and a third collection of poetry.

The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter from University Press of Colorado
My Dim Aviary from Black Lawrence Press
Ophelia from dancing girl press

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on May 26, 2019. When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

Anna Black will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

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