COME HEAR! Poetry Salon

Poets Regie Cabico and Nathaniel Siegel are THRILLED to present:

COME HEAR! – A Marathon Poetry Reading by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer poets at The Eighth Annual Rainbow Book Fair.

Nonstop Poetry Readings From 12:00pm to 6:00pm featuring…

Joel Allegretti, Austin Alexis, Betsy Andrews, Geer Austin, Cornelia Barber, Kevin Beerman, Jeffery Berg, David Bergman, Charlie Bondhus, Bryan Borland, Michael Broder, D.R.W. Bubba, Melissa Buzzeo, Sebastian Lopez Calvo, Guillermo Filice Castro, William Leo Coakley, Steven Cordova, Chauncey Dandridge, Risa Denenberg, Alan Felsenthal, Adam Fitzgerald, Davidson Garrett, Stephanie Gray, Joseph Harker, Reginald Harris, Aimee Herman, Scott Hightower, Kevin Hinkle, Gayle Johnson, Collin Kelley, Jee Leong Koh, Dean Kostos, Thomas March, Michael Montlack, Gala Mukomolova, Peter Nickowitz, Samantha Pious/Renee Vivien, T. Cole Rachel, Elizabeth Reddin, Weston Richey, Lindsay Romano, Sarah Sarai, Tom Savage, Jason Schneiderman, Elaine Sexton, Gregg Shapiro, Jacob Steinberg, Emma Thomas, John J. Trause, Steve Turtell, Brad Vogel, Chocolate Waters, LeNair Xavier, Don Yorty, Jason Zuzga.

Click HERE to view the poetry schedule.

Selected Bio’s for Participating Poets:

Austin Alexis is the author of the full-length poetry collection Privacy Issues (Broadside Lotus Press) [BroadsideLotusPress.com] and two chapbooks: Lovers and Drag Queens and For Lincoln & Other Poems, both from Poets Wear Prada [PWPBooks.blogspot.com].  His work has appeared in a number of literary journals, such as 2 Bridges Review, J Journal, Chiron Review, The Lyric, Home Planet News, and The Ledge, and in anthologies, including Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, Off the Cuffs, and Luminous Words.  In addition to poetry, he has published a number of short stories, reviews of dance, theater and film, and other nonfiction.  One of his one-act plays was selected for the Samuel French Short Plays Festival and he has had readings and/or productions of his plays at Performance Place 122, The Center, The Vineyard Theater and other venues.

Joel Allegretti is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently The Body in Equipoise (Full Court Press, 2015), a chapbook on the theme of architecture and design.  His second book, Father Silicon (The Poet’s Press, 2006), was selected by The Kansas City Star as one of 100 Noteworthy Books of 2006.  Platypus, his next full-length collection, is forthcoming from NYQ Books, and Our Dolphin, a novella, is forthcoming from Thrice Publishing.  He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium.  The Boston Globe called Rabbit Ears “cleverly edited” and “a smart exploration of the many, many meanings of TV.”

Betsy Andrews is the author of New Jersey, winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, and The Bottom, winner of the 42 Miles Press Poetry Prize. 

Geer Austin is the author of Cloverleaf, a poetry chapbook from Poets Wear Prada Press.  His poetry and fiction has appeared in anthologies, print and online journals including Big Bridge, Colere, This Literary Magazine, Potomac Review, and BlazeVOX.  He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was the editor of NYB, a New York/Berlin arts magazine.  He leads writing workshops for underserved populations through New York Writers Coalition.  He lives in Brooklyn.

Cornelia Barber writes poems, short stories, and essays.  Her work can be found in Weird-Sister, Berfrois, Prelude, Imperial Matters, The Poetry Project Newsletter and elsewhere. She is a senior editor at Queen Mobs Teahouse.  Website: Berfrois.com/2016/01/cornelia-barber-meaning-time

Kevin Beerman is a poet who lives in Alphabet City and is finishing up their undergraduate work in Comparative Literature and American Studies at New York University.  Their interests include: singing only the harmonies on “You Won’t See Me” by the Beatles, consuming coffee in excess while reading Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, researching the nuances between various national highway systems, and learning how queer narratives are made manifest.  More of their work can be read on their blog: InLightOfEros.tumblr.com.

Jeffery Berg grew up in Six Mile, South Carolina and Lynchburg, Virginia.  He received an MFA from NYU.  His poems have appeared in glitterMOB, the Leveler, Court Green, the Gay & Lesbian Review, Map Literary, Assaracus and Harpur Palate, and No, Dear.  He has written reviews for The Poetry Project Newsletter and Lambda Literary.  A Virginia Center of the Creative Arts fellow, Jeffery lives in between Bushwick and Ridgewood, Queens and blogs at jdbrecords (JDBRecords.blogspot.com).  

David Bergman (awaiting bio).

Charlie Bondhus’s second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won the 2013 Main Street Rag Award and the 2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry.  His first book, How the Boy Might See It was reissued in fall 2015 in a revised, expanded edition from Jane’s Boy Press.  His work appears in Poetry, The Missouri Review, Columbia Journal, The Bellevue Literary Review, Nimrod, Copper Nickel, The Gay & Lesbian Review, and Cold Mountain Review.  He is assistant professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College (NJ) and is the poetry editor at The Good Men Project (GoodMenProject.com).

Bryan Borland is a 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, the founding editor of Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, and the founding publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press.  He is the author of My Life as Adam and Less Fortunate Pirates, both from Sibling Rivalry Press, and DIG, out in September 2016 from Stillhouse Press.  His website is BryanBorland.com.

Michael Broder is the author of Drug and Disease Free, just out from Indolent Books, as well as of This Life Now (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014), a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Gay poetry. He is the founding publisher of Indolent Books Indolent Books and the founding director of The HIV Here & Now Project.  He lives in Brooklyn with his husband, the poet Jason Schneiderman.  Website: MBroder.com.

D.R.W. Bubba grew up in a tourist trap 80 miles north of Atlanta, GA.  He studied English, American Studies, and Gender Studies before taking the underground queer railroad to NYC, where he remembered that he loved to draw, paint, write, and photograph his world.

Melissa Buzzeo‘s new book The Devastation (Nightboat) was just nominated for a 2016 Lambda Literary Award for Poetry.  The dedication of The Devastation reads “but/ for them”.  She is the author also of For Want and Sound (2013), Face (2009) and What Began Us (2007).  She teaches creative writing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and maintains a radical palm reading practice.  She is interested in descent, healing and refusal.  Currently she is working on a specific kind of memoir simply called Writing.

Sebastian Lopez Calvo is a social-worker-in-training and student at NYU, as well as a member of the Minetta Review publication.  You can follow them on Twitter @sillpanchu.

Guillermo Filice Castro is the author of Agua Fuego (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and a recipient of an Emerge-Surface-Be fellowship from the Poetry Project.  His work appears in numerous journals and anthologies such as Rabbit Ears and Divining Divas.  Connect with him: Instagram | Finishing Line Press | Amazon.

William Leo Coakley is in Assaracus, Christopher Street, Paris Review, London Magazine, and other publications here and abroad.  A NY Poetry Center Discovery winner, he has read at colleges, art galleries, and the Day without Art programs, and on radio.  He has won a Sotheby’s International Poetry Competition Prize, 2011 and 2015 Yeats Society Awards, the 2013 New England Poetry Club’s Der-Hovanessian Prize for the Cavafy translation, and publication as finalist in the English anthology Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2016.  A Bostonian and also an Irish citizen, he is publisher of Helikon Press, which he founded with the late Robin Prising, his lover for 48 years.

Steven Cordova is the author of a collection of poems entitled Long Distance (2010, Bilingual Review Press).

Chauncey Dandridge works regularly as in-house DJ/sound tech at the legendary Stonewall Inn.  He is one of the producers of the annual NYC Dance Parade (DanceParade.org) as well as a social media maverick during the day.  An activist, artist and cerebral jester…his first love is writing poetry and the art of manipulating words.  Chauncey of The House of Dandridge is a real life fictitious character, a soldier of love and all around troublemaker who has been writing poetry, lyrics and creating art his entire life.

Risa Denenberg, Mary Meriam and Rita Mae Reese comprise the team of editors at Headmistress Press, an independent publisher of books of poetry by lesbians.  The Press also produces the trademark series of Lesbian Poet Trading Cards.  Denenberg’s recent publications include three chapbooks and a full-length book, Mean Distance from the Sun (Aldrich Press, 2013).  Website: HeadmistressPress.blogspot.com.

Alan Felsenthal runs a small press called The Song Cave with Ben Estes.  They co-edited A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind: The Poems of Alfred Starr Hamilton.  His first collection of poems is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Press.

Adam Fitzgerald (awaiting bio).

Davidson Garrett is a native of Louisiana and trained for the theatre at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  He is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity.  His poetry and prose have been published in many literary journals and magazines.  Davidson is the author of the poetry collection, King Lear of the Taxi, published by Advent Purple Press, To Tell the Truth I Wanted to be Kitty Carlisle and Other Poems, published by Finishing Line Press, and Southern Low Protestant Departure: A Funeral Poem published by Advent Purple Press. His spoken word play, Conspiracy Theory: The Mysterious Death of Dorothy Kilgallen, was published in 2015 in the journal, Nerve Lantern.  Most recently as a performance poet, Davidson performed his poetic monologue “Nine Meditations on the Nothingness of Now” for the Boog City 2015 Poetry and Music Festival, and in January 2016, he performed “The Traveler I Have Spoken To” by Dan Evans for The Transcendental Play Festival at the Metropolitan Playhouse.  In March 2016, he was cast in the spoken word play, “Ishtar Redux” by John J. Trause at the William Carlos Williams Center for the Arts, in Rutherford, New Jersey.  Davidson is a New York City taxi driver and has read his taxi poetry for the PEN World Voices Festival at Joe’s Pub.  AdventPurplePress.com

Filmmaker-poet Stephanie Gray most recent poetry publications include two from 2015: Shorthand and Electric Language Stars, a full length on Portable Press at Yo Yo Labs, and A Country Road Going Back In Your Direction, a chapbook on Argos Books.  She is also the author of Heart Stoner Bingo, a full length on Straw Gate Books (2007); Place Your Orders Now!, a chaplet on Belladonna* (2014); and I Thought You Said It Was Sound/How Does That Sound, a chapbook on Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2012).  Her films about queer icons like Kristy McNichol, Eileen Myles, Joan of Arc and Laverne & Shirley have screen internationally.  Stephanie’s book Shorthand and Electric Language Stars was selected as a finalist for a 2016 Lambda Literary Art Award in Lesbian Poetry.

Joseph Harker is a linguist-poet and professional slacker often spotted in New York cafés.  He is the editor of the journal Assaracus, and his work has appeared both online and in print, here and there.  You can probably find him on Facebook, or visit him at JHPoet.com (which will be updated someday) (really).

Reginald Harris is Directory of Library and Outreach Services for Poets House.  A Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of the Cave Canem/Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for Autogeography, his work has appeared online and in various publications including African-American Review, BuzzFeed, Sou’wester; and The Ringing Ear anthology. Website: ReggieH.blogspot.com.

Aimee Herman is a queer writer and performance artist who teaches creative writing and composition at Bronx Community College.  Aimee’s recent book of poetry, Meant To Wake Up Feeling was published by great weather for MEDIA.

Scott Hightower is the author of four books of poetry in the U.S. (Fordham U Press, Copper Canyon, Barrow Street) and Hontanares, a bi-lingual collection (Spanish-English) published by Devenir, Madrid.  His third book won the 2004 Hayden Carruth Award. Hightower’s translations from the Spanish have garnered him a prestigious Barnstone Translation Prize.  When not teaching at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, he sojourns in Spain.  Website: ScottHighTower.com.

Kevin Hinkle is a writer and photographer whose photography has been featured in literary and arts journals such as The Baltimore Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Tulane Review, Grey Sparrow, The Pedestal Magazine, and Utter.  Three of his photos were purchased by PNC Bank for display in its corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA.

Collin Kelley is the author of the American Library Association honored poetry collection Render and The Venus Trilogy of novels – Conquering Venues, Remain In Light and the just-published Leaving Paris – all from Sibling Rivalry Press.  His poetry, stories, essays and reviews have appeared in anthologies, magazines and journals around the world. Website: CollinKelley.com.

Jee Leong Koh is the author of four books of poems and a book of essays.  His latest book Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Best Book of 2015 by UK’s Financial Times.  A poem was selected from the book by Carol Rumens as “Poem of the Week” for The Guardian.  His work was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize and translated into Japanese, Chinese, and Russian.  Jee runs the Second Saturdays Reading Series and the Singapore Literature Festival I New York City.

Dean Kostos: His poetry collections include This Is Not a Skyscraper (recipient of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, selected by Mark Doty), Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma, and Celestial Rust.  His memoir, In the Toot, is forthcoming.  He also co-edited Mama’s Boy: Gay Men Write about Their Mothers and edited Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry (its debut reading was held at the United Nations).  His work has appeared in over 300 journals, including The Bangalore Review (India), Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, The Cincinnati Review, Mediterranean Poetry (Sweden), Southwest Review, Stand Magazine (UK), Talisman, Vanitas, Western Humanities Review, and on Oprah Winfrey’s website Oxygen.com.  His commissioned libretto, Dialogue: Angel of Peace, Angel of War, was performed by Voices of Ascension.  His literary criticism has appeared on the Harvard University Press website and in Talisman.  A multiple Pushcart-Prize nominee, and a finalist for the Gival Award, he won the Jot Speak Award (UK) for “Amadou Diallo’s Ghost Reminisces.” His poem “Subway Silk” was translated into a film and screened in Tribeca and at San Francisco’s IndieFest.  He has been invited to read his work at Bryant Park, Poets House, Princeton, Harvard, and City Lights Bookstore.  Kostos has taught at Wesleyan, The Gallatin School, The Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Berkeley College, and The City University of New York.  More info:  GuernicaMag.com/daily/dean-kostos-this-is-not-a-skyscraper.

Thomas March is a poet, critic, and teacher.  He has been a featured reader or performer at Joe’s Pub, The Players, The Nuyorican Poets Café, The Peoples Improv Theater, The Cornelia Street Café, and The Back Fence.  His poetry column, “Appreciations,” which appears regularly in Lambda Literary Review, promotes new poetry by offering close readings of poems from recent collections.  His own poetry has appeared most recently in Bellevue Literary Review, The Account, The Common Online, Confrontation, Pleiades, and RHINO.  He is a past winner of the Norma Millay Ellis Fellowship, awarded by the Millay Colony for the Arts, and he has received an Artist Grant from the Vermont Studio Center.  More information is available online at: ThomasMarch.org

Michael Montlack is the author of the poetry collection Cool Limbo (NYQ Books) and the editor of the Lambda Finalist essay anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press).  Recently his work has appeared in Cimarron Review, Barrow Street, The Cortland Review, Hotel Amerika, Ocean State Review and other journals and anthologies.  He lives in New York City.  Amazon Link #1 | Amazon Link #2

Gala Mukomolova received her MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program.  You can find her poetry in numerous publications including the Indiana Review, Vinyl, Nailed Magazine, and PANK.  Monthly, she transforms into an astrologer called Galactic Rabbit.  Lots of people believe in her.

Peter Nickowitz [PeterNickowitz.com] is a poet and playwright living in New York City.  He is the author of Cinema Vernacular, a collection of poems, (Publication Studio, 2014) and Rhetoric and Sexuality: The Poetry of Hart Crane, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Merrill (Palgrave, 2006) [PublicationStudio.biz/books/278].  His poems have appeared in journals including: The Paris Review, Third Coast, Barrow Street, and Shampoo.  Peter’s plays include The Alice Complex (Dixon Place, The Blank Theatre, Cherry Lane), Backgammon at the Louvre (The Blank Theatre), Songs & Statues (Stella Adler Studio/Harold Clurman Lab Theatre as Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence), and Love, Alters, Everything (The Lark).  He teaches at New York University.

Samantha Pious is studying for a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her first book, A Crown of Violets (Headmistress Press, 2015), offers a selection of the poetry of Renée Vivien in translation.  Some of her other translations and poems have appeared individually in Adrienne, Lavender Review, Lunch Ticket, Mezzo Cammin, and other publications.

T. Cole Rachel is a writer and teacher who lives in Brooklyn.  He creates poems, essays, and all manner of music-related journalism.  He’s from Oklahoma and he collects ceramic cats.  T. Cole Rachel’s work has appeared in Interview, The FADER, Pitchfork, The New York Times Magazine, Bon, V Magazine, Man Of The World, OUT, Dossier, Maxim and Stereogum.  He is a regular contributor to Pitchfork and a Contributing Editor at V Magazine.  This year he taught POPNY – an introduction to music journalism – at New York University’s Journalism School, as well as a recurring poetry workshop, Poetry & Photography, via the Camera Club of New York.  His books include Surviving the Moment of Impact and Bend Don’t Shatter.

Elizabeth Reddin (awaiting bio).

Weston Richey was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is currently a second-year student at New York University, where he hope to earn his degree in Philosophy and English and American Literature.  When not found writing or studying, he can be found playing video games, reading fan fiction, and spending far too much time thinking about both.

Lindsay Romano is a self-taught writer who enjoys experimenting with a variety of styles, incorporating elements of fantasy and mysticism into her art.  She works as a teacher during the week and when she is not working enjoys spending time outside; spending time with her students and friends and exploring in the woods is where she receives most of her inspiration.

Sarah Sarai’s new poetry collection is Geographies of Soul and Taffeta (Indolent Books).  Her poems are in Painted Bride Quarterly, Boston Review, The Collagist, and many other journals. The Future Is Happy (BlazeVOX) was her first collection.  Visit Indolent Books or My 3000 Loving Arms for more information.

Tom Savage is the author of eleven books of poetry including, most recently Sonnets, Mostly, his collaboration with the late Bill Kushner, consisting of 135 poems we wrote collaboratively in the last two years of Bill’s life and Brainlifts, published by Straw Gate Books.  He has taught at The Poetry Project where he has given readings since 1968 and other places too numerous to mention.

Jason Schneiderman is the author of three books of poems: Primary Source (Red Hen Press 2016), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Prize; Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press 2010), winner of the Richard Snyder Prize, and Sublimation Point (Four Way Books 2004), a Stahlecker Selection.  He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press 2015).  His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Story Quarterly, and Tin House.  He is Poetry Editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, and Associate Editor at Painted Bride Quarterly.  He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York.

Elaine Sexton is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Prospect/Refuge, published by Sheep Meadow Press in 2016.

Gregg Shapiro is the author of Fifty Degrees (Seven Kitchens, 2016), selected by Ching-In Chen as co-winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize.  Other books by Shapiro include the short story collections How to Whistle (Lethe Press, 2016) and Lincoln Avenue (Squares and Rebels Press, 2014), the chapbook GREGG SHAPIRO: 77 (Souvenir Spoon Press, 2012), and the poetry collection Protection (Gival Press, 2008).  An entertainment journalist, whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBT and mainstream publications and websites, Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his husband Rick and their dog k.d.

Jacob Steinberg was born in Stony Brook, New York, in 1989.  He has published the poetry collection Before You Kneels My Silence (2014).  His translations include Cecilia Pavón’s A Hotel With My Name (selected by Chris Kraus as one of ARTFORUM’s “Best Books” of 2015) and Mario Bellatin’s Jacob The Mutant.  He currently lives in Brooklyn.  Magulladon.com

Emma Thomas is a junior at NYU studying art history and comparative literature.  She is the co-editor-in-chief of the Minetta Review, NYU’s oldest literary magazine.  Her poetry has been published in Brio, the NYU Comparative Literature Journal. 

John J. Trause, the Director of Oradell Public Library, is the author of five books: Exercises in High Treason (Great Weather for Media, 2016); Eye Candy for Andy (13 Most Beautiful… Poems for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, Finishing Line Press, 2013); Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round (Nirala Publications, 2012); Seriously Serial (Poets Wear Prada, 2007; rev. ed. 2014); and Latter-Day Litany (Éditions élastiques, 1996), the latter staged Off-Off Broadway.  His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies, including the artists’ periodical Crossings, the Dada journal Maintenant, the experimental arts journal Offerta Speciale, the Great Weather for Media anthologies It’s Animal but Merciful (2012) and I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand (2014), and in Rabbit Ears (NYQ Books, 2015), the anthology of television poems.  Marymark Press has published his visual poetry and art as broadsides and sheets.  He is a founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N. J., and the former host and curator of its monthly reading series.  He is pleased to appear at the Rainbow Book Fair.

Steve Turtell is the author of Heroes and Householders.  In 2010 His chapbook, Letter to Frank O’Hara won the Rebound Chapbook Prize given by Seven Kitchens Press.  He is at work on a memoir, Fifty Jobs in Fifty Years, and Peter Hujar: Invisible Master, a study of the work and influence of the legendary photographer.  His website is: SteveTurtell.com.

Brad Vogel continues to barnstorm the country with his debut poetry collection, Broad Meadow Bird: 15 Years of Poetry.  With written work appearing in The New York Times, Menagerie and fun videos on the interwebs, Vogel, when he dons his poet hat, is revealed as a moment crystallizer, a product of coming out in post-Katrina New Orleans, and a strange mix of deep currents with lots of froth on top.  The Bureau of General Services: Queer Division recently hosted a Poetry + Dance performance that featured dance interpretations of Vogel’s “Love Songs from the Closet”. 

Renée Vivien (née Pauline Mary Tarn, 1877-1909) was an English expatriate who made her home in Paris during the Belle Époque.  In 1903, Vivien’s collection of translations and adaptations from the Ancient Greek poetry of Sappho became one of the first works of modern European lesbian literature to be published by a lesbian writer under her real name.  For the rest of her life, Vivien continued to write and publish poetry, short stories, translations, plays, epigrams, and a novel based on her real-life romances with Natalie Clifford Barney and the Baroness Hélène van Zuylen van Nyevelt van Haar (née Rothschild).

Chocolate Waters: She is a continuously evolving radical feminist poet and celebrant of the new power of the feminine. 

LeNair Xavier is a former gay porn actor, now sex positive writer, poet, and blogger who uses his creativity and exhibitionism to teach mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy sex practices and body images.  Confronting the racism, ageism, and sexism plaguing our community in the process.  One of his greatest such efforts in doing so (so far, anyway) debuted last year at the COME HEAR! Poetry Salon with his poem Beauty To 44 & 5 Despites.  After the great response at COME HEAR!, he further confront ageism in our community by using his exhibitionist spirit to recite the poem in videos, in underwear and nude.  The videos have since gotten approximately 13.2K views.

Don Yorty was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania in 1949.  He has a BA in Latin and Greek from the City University of New York, and an MA in TESOL.  A poet and garden activist, he has two published collections of poetry, A Few Swimmers Appear and Poet Laundromat, a novel, What Night Forgets (Herodias, 2000), and was included in Out of This World, An Anthology of the Poetry of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, 1966-1991 (Crown).  Yorty lives in New York City, works on sonnets and keeps up a blog: DonYorty.com.

Jason Zuzga is the Nonfiction/Other editor of FENCE and is finishing a PhD in English at the University of Pennsylvania.  His debut book of poetry, HEAT WAKE, is available from Saturnalia Press.  You can follow his misadventures at JasonZuzga.com

Curators and Hosts of COME HEAR!

Regie Cabico produces Capturing Fire: An International Queer Spoken Word Slam and Summit and resides in Washington, DC.  Recent work appears in Poetry, Beltway Poetry Quarterly & 2 Bridges Review.

Nathaniel Siegel is a curator, artist, poet, photographer, real estate broker, host and producer of COME HEAR ! a L.G.B.T.Q. Poetry Reading series.  With Regie Cabico, he created the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer poet’s reading series COME HEAR! to bring our poems to you.

Nathaniel’s work has been exhibited and performed at the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation Museum , the Poetry Project, Naropa Summer Writing Program, C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center, the Living Theater, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the HOWL! Festival of the East Village Arts, the L.G.B.T. Center in New York,  Rainbow Book Fair, Gay Pride, Creative Visions Bookstore, Giovani’s Room in Philadelphia, the BOOG City Poetry and Music Festival, Segue Reading Series, the Hispanic Society, the Boston Poet Tea Party, and Split This Rock ! in Washington D.C.

Poem’s and interviews published in print and  on-line at Brooklyn Rail, E.O.A.G.H., Esque Issue 2, BOOG City, HIV Here & Now and the A.C.T. U.P. Oral History Project.

His chapbook Tony is published by Portable Press at Yo Yo Labs in Brooklyn.  His work appears in Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry.

Nathaniel A. Siegel is a GAY poet in the tradition of homoSEXual writers, thinkers, and doers throughOUT time immemorial.