PiP 70 Featuring Letitia Trent

81860154_2418466128417482_2505781557977939968_oPoets in Pajamas brings you Letitia Trent at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on February 16th 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!

Letitia Trent has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson award, and her nominated short story “Wilderness” appeared in Volume 8 of Best Horror of the Year. Trent lives in an Ozark mountain town with her husband, son, two black cats, and one very silly dog named Sally. She works in the mental health field.

Her work includes the poetry collections Match Cut and One Perfect Bird (Sundress Publications) and the chapbooks the ghost comes with me (Ghost City Press) and The Women in Charge (dancing girl press). Her short stories, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in The Daily Beast, Ghost Proposal, Diagram, Waxwing, Smokelong Quarterly, The Jellyfish Review, and Hobart, among others.

Match Cut, poetry collection
One Perfect Bird, poetry collection
the ghost comes with me, chapbook
The Women in Charge, chapbook
“An Author at Home in Lonely Landscapes” published in The Daily Beast

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on February 16, 2020. When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

Jacquelyn Scott will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

PiP 69 Featuring Alex DiFrancesco

81584902_2418462171751211_9084469882514309120_oPoets in Pajamas brings you Alex DiFrancesco at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on February 2nd 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!

Alex DiFrancesco is a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and journalism who has published work in Tin House, The Washington Post, Pacific Standard, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Brevity and more. Their essay collection Psychopomps (Civil Coping Mechanisms Press) and their novel All City (Seven Stories Press), were published in 2019. They are the recipient of grants and fellowships from PEN America and Sundress Academy for the Arts. They can be found @DiFantastico on Twitter.

Their author website
Their novel, All City
Their essay collection, Psychopomps
“Why I moved in with my best friend and her family” published in The Washington Post
“Lost & Found: Alex DiFrancesco on Stories from the Amazon” published in Tin House

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on February 2, 2020. When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

Jacquelyn Scott will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

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PiP 68 Featuring Daniel Crocker

danslook.jpgPoets in Pajamas brings you Daniel Crocker at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on January 19th 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!

Daniel Crocker’s work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Hobart, Big Muddy, New World Writing, Stirring, Juked, The Chiron Review, The Mas Tequila Review and over 100 others. His books include Like a Fish (full length) and The One Where I Ruin Your Childhood (e-chap with thousands of downloads) both from Sundress Publications. Green Bean Press published several of his books in the ’90s and early 2000s. These include People Everyday and Other Poems, Long Live the 2 of Spades, the novel The Cornstalk Man and the short story collection Do Not Look Directly Into Me. He has also published several chapbooks through various presses. His full length collection of poetry, Shit House Rat, was published by Spartan Press in September of 2017. Stubborn Mule Press  published Leadwood: New and Selected Poems—1998-2018 in October 2018.

He was the first winner of the Gerald Locklin Prize in poetry. He is the editor of The Cape Rock (Southeast Missouri State University) and the co-editor of Trailer Park Quarterly. He’s also the host of the podcast, Sanesplaining, about poetry, mental illness and nerd stuff. This summer, his first fiction collection, Grown Ass Men, in almost twenty years will be published by Stubborn Mule Press.

His book, Like a Fish 

His e-chap book, The One Where I Ruin Your Childhood

“Isabel and I” in Stirring

“Betty Doesn’t Know Who She Loves More” in As It Ought To Be Magazine

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on January 19, 2020. When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

Jacquelyn Scott will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

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PiP 67 Featuring Shahé Mankerian

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Poets in Pajamas brings you Shahé Mankerian at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on January 5th 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!

Poet Shahé Mankerian is the principal of St. Gregory Hovsepian School in Pasadena and one of the poetry editors at the Rockvale Review. He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Music Center’s BRAVO Award, which recognizes teachers for innovation in arts education.

His manuscript, History of Forgetfulness, has been a finalist at the Bibby First Book Competition, the Crab Orchard Poetry Open Competition, the Quercus Review Press Poetry Book Award, and the White Pine Press Poetry Prize.

In 2017, three literary journals, Border Crossing, Cahoodaloodaling, and Lunch Ticket nominated Mankerian’s poems for the Pushcart Prize. In 2018, Sum literary journal nominated Mankerian’s poem “In Twos” for the Pushcart Prize. Recently, two online publications, Border Crossing and Cahoodaloodaling, have nominated Mankerian’s poems for the 2018 Best of the Net Anthology. Visible Poetry Project animated his poem, “The Last Mosque,” and premiered it at the 2018 New York City Poetry Festival. Shahé received the 2017 Editors’ Prize from MARY: A Journal of New Writing. His poem “Learning to Swim” was a Finalist at the Rockvale Writers’ Colony’s Poetry Contest, 2019.

More from Mankerian:

“We Ended the Search” in Rise Up Review
“Table Poems” in Proximity Magazine
“Hunger” in Pinwheel
“Omnipresent” in Postcard Poems & Prose Magazine

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.

Jacquelyn Scott will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

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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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