PiP 66 Featuring Akua Lezli Hope

unnamedPoets in Pajamas brings you Akua Lezli Hope at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on November 10th 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!

Akua Lezli Hope, a third-generation New Yorker, is a creator who uses sound, words, fiber, glass, metal, and wire to create poems, patterns, stories, music, ornaments, adornments and peace whenever possible. Her awards include two Artist Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Ragdale U.S.–Africa Fellowship, a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Walker Foundation Scholarship to Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, among others. She is a Cave Canem fellow. She received an Artists Crossroads Grant from The Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes for her project “Words in Motion,” which placed poetry on the buses of New York’s Chemung and Steuben counties. Her poem “Metis Emits” won the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s short poem award. In 2017 she was a Rhysling Award finalist.

Them Gone, her poetry collection, was published by The Word Works Press in 2018. Her first collection, Embouchure: Poems on Jazz and Other Musics, won a Writer’s Digest Book Award for poetry. She is published in numerous literary magazines and national anthologies, including: The 100 Best African American Poems; Too Much Boogie: Erotic Remixes of the Dirty Blues; Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks; Killens Review; Eye to the Telescope; Faerie Magazine; Andromeda Spaceways; The Crafty Poet II; The Cossack Review; Silver Blade; Tiny Text; Breath and Shadow; Stone Canoe; Three Coyotes; The Year’s Best Writing; Writer’s Digest Guides; Dark Matter, the first anthology of African American Science Fiction; Erotique Noire, the first anthology of black erotica; and Ordinary Women, the first multicultural anthology of women’s poetry. She led the Voices of Fire Reading Choir from 1987 to 1999. She has twice won Rattle’s Poets Respond. Her poem “Endangered” serves as lyric to the 2017 International Student LiedDuo Competition composition. She was a volunteer leader for Amnesty International and loves science fiction. She exhibits her art work regularly and has published over 120 crochet patterns. Akua has given hundreds of readings to audiences in colleges, prisons, parks, museums, libraries, and bars. She founded a paratransit nonprofit so that folks like her could get around her small upstate New York town.

Akua Lezli Hope’s website
Them Gone from The Word Works
Embouchure from ArtFarm Press
Akua Lezli Hope’s “Endangered” in Rattle

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on November 10, 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 65 Featuring Meg Eden

meg_eden.jpgPoets in Pajamas brings you Meg Eden at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on October 27th 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!

Meg Eden‘s work is published or forthcoming in magazines including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO and CV2. She teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is the author of five poetry chapbooks, the novel Post-High School Reality Quest (2017), and the forthcoming poetry collection Drowning in the Floating World (2020). She runs the Magfest MAGES library blog, which posts accessible academic articles about video games. Find her online at www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.

Post–High School Reality Quest from Rare Bird Books
A Week With Beijing from Neon Books
Meg Eden in CV2
Meg Eden in Rattle

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on October 27, 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 64 Featuring Heidi Czerwiec

hc_author1 (1)Poets in Pajamas brings you Heidi Czerwiec at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on October 13th 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!

Essayist and poet Heidi Czerwiec is the author of the recently-released lyric essay collection Fluid States (selected by Dinty W. Moore as winner of Pleiades Press’ 2018 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose), the poetry collection Conjoining, and is the editor of North Dakota is Everywhere: An Anthology of Contemporary North Dakota Poets. She lives in Minneapolis, where she is an editor for Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies and for Poetry City, and teaches for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, the University of Minnesota, and Normandale Community College. Visit her at heidiczerwiec.com.

Fluid States from LSU Press
Conjoining from Sable Books
North Dakota is Everywhere from North Dakota State University Press

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on October 13, 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 63 Featuring Margo Perin

margo-perin.portrait-photoPoets in Pajamas brings you Margo Perin at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on September 29th 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!

Margo Perin’s book publications include The Opposite of Hollywood, Only the Dead Can Kill: Stories from Jail, and How I Learned to Cook & Other Writings on Complex Mother-Daughter Relationships. A nominee for the Pushcart Prize, with publications in short fiction, nonfiction and poetry, she is the poet of San Francisco’s public memorial “Spiral of Gratitude” (sculpture by Shimon Attie, funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission/BALEAF).

Perin’s work has appeared in national and international media, including O, the Oprah Magazine, Heyday/PEN’s Fightin’ Words, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, The Press Democrat, The San Francisco Chronicle, Poets & Writers Blog, Mexico’s El Petit Journal, Holland’s Psycologie, and on KRON 4 TV, CultureConnect TV, KPFA, KALW, KGGV, WAMC, The Seed Room, U.K., and J Radio in Australia.

Awards include grants from Poets & Writers, the California Arts Council, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Creative Work Fund, Creative Sonoma, Sonoma County Office of Education, Potrero Nuevo Fund, and residencies at Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, Hedgebrook and Norcroft.

Perin is the Sonoma County Area Coordinator for California Poets in the Schools and a coach for Poetry Out Loud. She has been teaching poetry and personal narrative writing workshops to underserved populations for almost four decades, including at San Quentin State Prison, San Francisco and Sonoma adult and juvenile jails, as well as survivors of the northern California fires; people with cancer; medical professionals dealing with work-related grief and moral distress; low-income, first-generation youth; and migrants, refugees, and asylum-seeking adults and youth. A few years ago, she co-founded Whoa Nelly Press, whose mission is to publish “unheard voices.” Please visit www.margoperin.com.

Margo Perin in Postcard Poems and Prose
Margo Perin’s The Opposite of Hollywood
Margo Perin’s Only the Dead Can Kill: Stories from Jail
Margo Perin’s How I Learned to Cook

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on September 29, 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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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.

Poets in Pajamas is a Sundress Publications reading series.

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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