PiP 117 Featuring .chisaraokwu.

Poets in Pajamas brings you .chisaraokwu. at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on July 25 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!

.chisaraokwu. (she/her) is an Igbo poet, actor & healthcare futurist. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Obsidian, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Midnight & Indigo, Cutthroat, & Tinderbox Poetry. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies in the US and overseas, including Cave Canem (2020). She earned her BA in History from Stanford University and her MD from Duke University School of Medicine.

The Edge of Black“, Tinderbox Poetry Journal

The Suicide Bomber Climbs a Mountain and Leaves a Note”, Glass: A Journal of Poetry

The Dancer“, Midnight & Indigo, Celebrating Black Women Writers

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on July 25, 2021 When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

PiP 116 Featuring Dena Rod

Poets in Pajamas brings you Dena Rod at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on July 11 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!

Dena Rod is a non-binary poet whose work has been highlighted in My Shadow is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora, Butter Press, and Imagoes: A Queer Anthology. In 2020, Dena toured with Sister Spit, debuted the chapbook swallow a beginning, and joined The Rumpus‘s features team. A fellow of Kearny Street Workshop’s Interdisciplinary Writer’s Lab, Dena writes to illuminate their experiences in the Iranian American diaspora and queer communities through creative nonfiction essays and poetry. Connect with Dena on Twitter/Instagram: @alightningrod or at their website, denarod.com.

“In a Beginning” and “The Wrong Kind of Flowers”, Butter Press

“please don’t call it a “guzzle””, Dear Quarantine Diary

“gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABA” Forum Magazine

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on July 11, 2021 When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

PiP 115 Featuring Akua Lezli Hope

Poets in Pajamas brings you Akua Lezli Hope at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on June 27  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 is a creator and wisdom seeker who uses sound, words, fiber, glass, metal, and wire to create poems, patterns, stories, music, sculpture, adornments, and peace. She wrote her first speculative poems in the sixth grade and has been in print every year, except one, since 1974. She is published in numerous literary magazines and national anthologies. A third generation New Yorker, her honors include the NEA, two NYFAs, an SFPA award, Rhysling and Pushcart Prize nominations, among others. She twice won Rattle’s Poets Respond. Her first collection, EMBOUCHURE, Poems on Jazz and Other Musics, won the Writer’s Digest book award. A Cave Canem fellow, her collection, THEM GONE, was published 2018. She launched Speculative Sundays, an online poetry reading series, in 2020.She just won an individual artist grant for Now Voyager, her sculpture project about the immigration of her four grandparents from the West Indies to New York. She won Sundress Publications anthology competition to edit a speculative poetry anthology by BIPOC creators. Later this year, she is also editing an edition of Eye to the Telescope on the Sea.An avid hand papermaker and crochet designer with over 130 patterns published, she exhibits her artwork regularly. A paraplegic, she founded a paratransit nonprofit. Her chapbook, Otherwheres (ArtFarm Press 2020) is available on Amazon. She sings songs from her favorite anime in Japanese, practices her soprano saxophone and prays for the cessation of suffering for all sentience.

“Serve”, The New Verse News

“Igbo Landing”, Penumbra Online

“Luno”, Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on June 27, 2021 When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

PiP 114 Featuring Melissa Fite Johnson

Poets in Pajamas brings you Melissa Fite Johnson at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on June 13  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!

Melissa Fite Johnson is the author of Green (Riot in Your Throat, 2021) and While the Kettle’s On (Little Balkans Press, 2015), a Kansas Notable Book. She is also the author of A Crooked Door Cut into the Sky (Paper Nautilus Press, 2018), winner of the Vella Chapbook Prize. Her poems have appeared in Pleiades, SWWIM, Whale Road Review, Broadsided Press, and elsewhere. Melissa teaches high school English in Lawrence, KS, where she and her husband live with their dogs.

“Abecedarian for My Neighbor, Whose Name I Still Don’t Know,” SWWIM

“Elegy for Slasher Movie Victims,” Whale Road Review

“I’m Only Happy When It Rains,” Noble / Gas Qtrly

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on June 13, 2021 When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

PiP 113 Featuring Shannon Pulusan

Poets in Pajamas brings you Shannon Pulusan at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on May 30 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!

Shannon Pulusan is currently a poetry candidate at Rutgers Newark’s MFA program. She reviews poetry as an editorial assistant for Flock, teaches poetry for NJPAC’s City Verses, and draws round-faced characters with triangle noses and pepperoni cheeks under the name moonmemo. Her work has been featured in Bridge Eight, Entropy, Talon Review, and more.

“Messier 87,” Bridge Eight

“Sunday,” Talon Review

Odd Shapes of Love and Longing: On Couri Johnson’s I’ll Tell You a Love Story, Entropy

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on May 30, 2021 When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

PiP 112 Featuring Jasmine An

Poets in Pajamas brings you Jasmine An at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on May 16 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!

Jasmine An comes from the Midwest. Her writing can be found in Black Warrior Review’s Boyfriend Village, Michigan Quarterly Review, Nat. Brut, Waxwing, and Best New Poets 2020. She is author of two chapbooks of poetry: Naming the No-Name Woman (Two Sylvias Press, 2016) and Monkey Was Here (Porkbelly Press, 2020) and Poetry Editor at Agape Editions. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan.

Three Poems, Heavy Feather Review

Two Poems, Stirring

“Monkey and I Share a Cell,” Waxwing

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on May 16, 2021 When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

PiP 111 Featuring Brody Parrish Craig

Poets in Pajamas brings you Brody Parrish Craig at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on April 25 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!

Originally from Louisiana, Brody Parrish Craig is a creator & educator based in Arkansas. Their chapbook Boyish won the 2019 Omnidawn Chapbook Contest & is forthcoming in April 2021 from Omnidawn Press. Their poetry has appeared in New South, Hobart, Gigantic Sequins, and The Rupture, amongst other places. BPC is the editor of TWANG Anthology, a collection of creative arts from transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming folks throughout the South & Midwest US. Find more on the project at twanganthology.org.

“SHRINKING THE VIOLET,” Crab Fat Magazine

“(in)decent-exposure,” EOAGH

Three Poems, Hobart

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on April 25, 2021 When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

PiP 110 Featuring S. Brook Corfman

Poets in Pajamas brings you S. Brook Corfman at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on April 11 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!

S. Brook Corfman is the author of two poetry collections: My Daily Actions, or The Meteorites, chosen by Cathy Park Hong for the Fordham POL Prize & a New York Times Best Poetry Book of 2020, and Luxury, Blue Lace, chosen by Richard Siken for the Autumn House Rising Writer Prize. They are also the author of several chapbooks, including Frames (Belladonna* Books), and their work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Apogee, The Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, Diagram, and in Tupelo Quarterly as the winner of their Open Prose Prize, among other places. sbrookcorfman.com & @sbrookcorfman on Twitter.

“Before & After,” Pigeon Pages

“SONNET EXPANDING WITH THE MEMORY OF ANOTHER LIFE,” Apogee

Six Poems From My Daily Actions, or The Meteorites, The Brooklyn Rail

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 pm Eastern (4 pm Pacific) on April 11, 2021 When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

PiP 109 Featuring Ellen Chang-Richardson

Poets in Pajamas brings you Ellen Chang-Richardson at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on March 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!

Ellen Chang-Richardson (she/her) is an award-winning poet, writer, and editor of Taiwanese and Cambodian-Chinese descent. The author of three poetry chapbooks, including snap, pop, performance (Gap Riot Press), her writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead, untethered magazine, Anti-Heroin Chic, among others. She is the founder of Little Birds Poetry, the co-founder of Riverbed Reading Series, a reader for Room magazine, long con magazine, and Bywords.ca, and a member of the poetry collective VII. Ellen currently lives and works on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation (Ottawa, Ontario). Find her on Twitter @ehjchanghttps://ehjchang.com  

One Whose Name Was Water,” long con magazine
How bold I was, when I was seven,” Cypress: A Literary Journal
Grotto,” Vallum Contemporary

Join us at the Poets in Pajamas Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on March 21st, 2020. When the live video starts, click join to watch the reading and interact with the poet.

Sarah Jordan will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.

PiP 108 Featuring Xuan Nguyen

Poets in Pajamas brings you Xuan Nguyen at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. PST) on March 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!

Xuan Nguyen || FEYXUAN is a disabled fey orchestral music composer, writer-poet, and illustrator-designer. Their recent projects have involved the solo development of aesthetic interactive fiction games exploring the nuances not exclusive to the following: power, trauma, madness, nonbinariness, divinity, and monstrosity. Their chapbooks include LUNG, CROWN, AND STAR (Dec 2020, Lazy Adventurer) and the upcoming THE FAIRIES SING EACH TO EACH (Feb 2021, Flower Press), and their upcoming novella is LIAR, LIONNESS (March 2021, Flower Press). Someday, they’d like to create something that makes them feel like Revolutionary Girl Utena does.Xuan Nguyen is the Art Director of Lazy Adventurer Publishing, and they are part of the Grimalkin Records collective and help out as a Graphic Designer.

Three Poems by Xuan Nguyen, beestung
The Divine Do Not Live on the First Floor,” Nectar Poetry
The Fey, The Fen,” Rodwell Magazine

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

Sarah Clark will host.

This reading series is hosted courtesy of Sundress Publications.