Poet Bios

More Bios will be published as they are received.

Co-Coordinators:

Regie Cabico won the Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam and took top prizes in three National Poetry Slams with a first place team prize with Mouth Almighty New York City. His solo play Godiva Dates and One Night Stands received critical acclaim at The 2012 Capital Fringe Festival. He’s appeared on NPR’s Snap Judgment and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. He resides in Washington, DC.
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Nathaniel A. Siegel is a GAY poet in the tradition of homoSEXual writers, thinkers, and doers throughOUT time immemorial. His chapbook “Tony” is published by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. He has new work in Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Poetry and Spoken Word (Low Brow Press).

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Austin Alexis has work published in or forthcoming in The Long Islander, 2 Rivers Review, Home Planet News, Paterson Literary Review, Chiron Review and elsewhere.  Some of his work has been translated into Portuguese and Japanese.  His book, Privacy Issues, received the Madgett Poetry Award from Broadside Lotus Press, selected by poet laureate emeritus of California , Al Young.  His chapbook, Lover & Drag Queens (Poets Wear Prada Press), was a “Pick of the Month” by Small Press Review.  One of his one-act plays was selected for the Samuel French Short Play Festival.  Currently, he is concentrating on fiction.

Joel Allegretti is the author of five collections and poetry and the editor of Rabbit EarsTV Poems, the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium. He has published his poems in Barrow Street, The New York Quarterly, Smartish Pace and many other journals. His website is www.joelallegretti.com.

Betsy Andrews is the author of The Bottom, winner of the 42 Miles Press Prize for 2014, and New Jersey, winner of the 2007 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Her chapbooks include She-Devil, In Trouble, and Supercollider.

Geer Austin is the author of Cloverleaf, a poetry chapbook from Poets Wear Prada Press. His poetry and fiction has appeared in print and online journals including Big Bridge, ColerePotomac Review and BlazeVOX, and anthologies Including the Lammy nominated Best Bi Short Stories. He leads writing workshops for underserved populations through New York Writers Coalition. He lives in Brooklyn , NY .

Cornelia Barber is a poet and performance artist living in Crown Heights , NY . She has performed at Bureau of General Services Queer Division, Mellow Pages Library, The Cake Shop, and several private events in Hudson , Bushwick and Manhattan , NY . She writes at the intersection of Feminine Mysticism and experimental poetics. She is published in Luma Foundation’s 89+ project, Lemon Hound, Prelude Magazine and Local-Nomad.

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Jeffery Berg‘s poems have recently appeared in Leveler, glitterMOB, and No, Dear. A Virginia Center of the Creative Arts fellow, Jeffery lives in the East Village and blogs at jdbrecords www.jdbrecords.blogspot.com

David Bergman‘s latest book of poetry is Fortunate Light (Mid-Summer Night’s Press).  In June, he will publish his study, The Poetry of Disturbance: The Discomforts of Post-War American Poetry (Cambridge University Press).

Bryan Borland is publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press and founding editor of Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry.

Michael Broder is the author of This Life Now (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014), a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Assaracus, BLOOM,  Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, and Painted Bride Quarterly, among other journals and anthologies. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband, the poet Jason Schneiderman, and a colony of feral cats.

Guillermo Felice Castro is a 2013 recipient of an E-S-B fellowship from the Poetry Project. A chapbook, Agua, Fuego, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

William Leo Coakley is in Christopher Street , Paris Review, London Magazine, the forthcoming Assaracus, 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, a 2011 Yeats Society Award, and the 2013 New England Poetry Club’s Der-Hovanessian Prize for the Cavafy translation printed here.  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 2012 first-place winner of the International Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize. His first full-length poetry collection, Long Distance, appeared in 2010 from Bilingual University Press. He lives in Brooklyn , New York .

Chauncey Dandridge wears many a hat on his bald head from artist to DJ to photographer to freedom fighter to instigator to nightlife and online personality.  He is well known for his political opinions and activism which bestow a fierce electrical current throughout everything that he entangles himself in.  He is the daddy of The House Of Dandridge (www.houseofdandridge.com) a blog and entity which produces various entertainment events and manages talent throughout the city as well as one of the members of the marketing and production team for the annual New York City Dance Parade (www.danceparade.org) for nine years.  Yet no matter what adventures he finds himself engulfed in, it always comes back to his first love : poetry.

Seren Divine Brevigleiri is a queer anti-racist feminist Educator, Published Author, Performance & Visual Artist, Organizer, Producer, and Award Winning Poet.  She has toured and competed nationally, with over ten years of involvement in the National Poetry Slams; from competition to volunteering, organizing and hosting. Seren has  over 25 years in the performing arts community as a whole, with 4 books in print, two recordings, and has several exhibitions of her visual and installation work.  For the past eight years Seren has worked with Urban Word NYC, Urban Arts Partnership & El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice , leading writing & performance workshops for students at every age level all around the 5 boroughs from the Boogie-down Bronx to the heart of Brooklyn.

Mark Doty’s nine books of poems include FIRE TO FIRE: New and Selected Poems, which won the National Book Award in 2008, and DEEP LANE , published in April 2015 by W. W. Norton.

Ron Drummond’s first collection of poems is the prize-winning Why I Kick At Night. His poetry also appears in the Penguin textbook Literature as Meaning, and in the anthologies Poetry Nation, Poetry After 9/11, This New Breed, Saints of Hysteria and Flicker and Spark. His translations, in collaboration with Guillermo Filice Castro, have appeared in U.S. Latino Review, Terra Incognita and Guernica . He has been awarded fellowships from Ragdale, VCCA, and Blue Mountain Center , and is a Macondo fellow.

Davidson Garrett is a native of Shreveport , Louisiana .  He trained for the theatre at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity. He is a graduate of The City College of New York. Davidson is the author of the poetry collection, King Lear of the Taxi. He has also published two chapbooks, To Tell the Truth I Wanted to be Kitty Carlisle and Other Poems and in 2015, Southern Low Protestant Departure. His spoken-word play, Conspiracy Theory: The Mysterious Death of Dorothy Kilgallen was recently published in Issue 8 of the Performance Journal: Nerve Lantern. Davidson is a New York City taxi driver to help subsidize his art and was invited by PEN AMERICA to read his taxi poems for the PEN World Voices Festival in 2013 at Joe’s Pub, and in 2014 for the festival’s celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. In June 2014, Davidson won first place for the Juanita Torrence-Thompson International Poetry Award sponsored by Amulet Poetry Magazine.

Poet-filmmaker Stephanie Gray is the author of a poetry collection, Heart Stoner Bingo (Straw Gate Books, 2007), and a chapbook I Thought You Said It Was Sound/How Does That Sound? (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2012). Her poetry has been published in journals such as Aufgabe, Sentence, EOAGH, Esque, Boog City , 2nd Avenue Poetry, VLAK, Brooklyn Rail. She has received funding for her films from the New York Foundation for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. She has read her work often live with her films at venues including the Poetry Project Friday series, Segue series, Triptych series, and others such as community garden Le Petit Versailles and Angel Orensanz Foundation. Her films have screened at fests such as Oberhausen , Viennale, Ann Arbor , Chicago Underground, and NYC venues such as Microscope Gallery, Millennium Film Workshop, and Mono No Aware. She will have a retrospective of her films at Anthology Film Archives in Spring 2015. A second full-length poetry collection, with images from her films, is forthcoming from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs in Spring 2015.

Ricardo Hernandez is a recent graduate of the City University of New York. In 2014, Lambda Literary named him an Emerging LGBT Voice in poetry. He is currently a participant at Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship. He lives in Queens .

Kevin Hinkle is a photographer and educator. As a photographer, he has had work published in numerous arts journals including the Baltimore Review, the Tulane Review, and Tupelo Quarterly, and he has exhibited work in shows in several states. Recently, three of his prints were purchased to hang in a commercial building in Pittsburgh , PA. He was been brought under the spell of poetry by his partner and a good friend. They can be blamed for any bad poems he produces.

Manuel Igrejas Known in theater as the longtime publicist for Blue Man Group, Richard Foreman and Streb, among many others, Igrejas has written fiction (included in Men on Men 4) and poetry (included in A New Geography of Poets. Plays include Shrinkage, Kitty and Lina, Miss Mary Dugan, Hassan and Sylvia (both Best Play winners at the Fresh Fruit Festival.) Other plays include Margarita and Max (Best Short Play at the 2013 Midtown International Theatre Festival.) New work includes the acclaimed No Strings Attached (Left Out Festival, 2014.). Even more plays include Chantal, Lisbon and Pittsburgh! Most of the plays are available at http://www.indietheaternow.com.  A bill of Margarita and Max and Pittsburgh! will run at NYC’s Left Out Festival on Sunday, April 19th and Wednesday, April 22nd.  mannyigrejas@gmail.com, http://www.mannyigrejas.com, http://www.nost

Gowri K. is a Washington, DC-based Tamil American poet, performing artist, teaching artist, and lawyer whose parents immigrated from Sri Lanka . She serves as poetry coordinator at BloomBars, a poetry events host at Busboys and Poets, and senior poetry editor at Jaggery: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal. Gowri tweets on-the-spot haiku @gowricurry.

Lawrence Kaplun’s poems have appeared in the Gay & Lesbian Review, Sonora Review, and Toad. He’s from Southern California, and currently lives in Brooklyn .

Zoe Contros Kearl is a Brooklyn based poet and writer.

Michael Klein’s fourth book of poems and other stuff is “When I Was a Twin,” from Sibling Rivalry Press, September, 2015.  New work appears in Slice, Poetry and the next two issues of Ploughshares.  He teaches at Goddard College ‘s MFA Program and Hunter College .

Jee Leong Koh is the author of four books of poems, including The Pillow Book, shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize. A new collection, STEEP TEA, is forthcoming from Carcanet Press (UK) in July 2015. Originally from Singapore , Jee lives in New York City , where he curates the arts website Singapore Poetry and the Second Saturdays Reading Series.

Dean Kostos’s collections include This Is Not a Skyscraper (recipient of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, selected by Mark Doty, published by Red Hen Press, 2015), Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma, and Celestial Rust. He co-edited Mama’s Boy: Gay Men Write about Their Mothers and edited Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry. He translated and compiled Ancient, Byzantine, and Modern Greek poems for the Rockefeller Foundation. 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 ), Vanitas, Western Humanities Review, and on Oprah Winfrey’s website Oxygen.com.

Sam LaRoche is a spoken word poet and hip-hop artist who started her work as an artist, poet and LGBTQ advocate back in 2003 while signed under a Hartford record label as their official poet. Sam is thrilled to be participating in her fourth year at the LGBTQ Poets reading. Sam just finished her second year working with the Wild Project Theater that produced an ensemble performance piece comprised of LGBTQ poets.

Tony Leuzzi teaches and writes in Rochester , N.Y. His second book of poems, RADIANT LOSSES, won the New Sins Editorial Prize in 2009 and was released the following year. In November 2012, BOA Editions released PASSWORDS PRIMEVAL, Leuzzi’s interviews with 20 American poets. His latest book of poems, THE BURNING DOOR, was released by Tiger Bark Press in March 2014.

Ricardo Alberto Maldonado was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is the translator of Dinapiera Di Donato’s *Colaterales *(Akashic Books/National Poetry Series) and the recipient of fellowships in poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts and Queer Arts Mentorship. He is managing director at the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center.

Lynn McGee has two forthcoming collections of poetry: Heirloom Bulldog won
the 2015 Bright Hill Press award and is forthcoming in Spring 2015. Sober
Cooking, her full-length manuscript, is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil
Press.

Roberto Montes is the author of I DON’T KNOW DO YOU, named one of the Best Books of 2014 by NPR. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming from Coconut Magazine; Whiskey Island ; Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color; Apogee Journal, and elsewhere.

Michael Montlack is the author of the poetry book Cool Limbo (NYQ Books) and the editor of the Lambda Finalist essay anthology My Diva (University of Wisconsin Press) as well as its “sister” poetry anthology Divining Divas. His work has recently appeared in Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Assaracus, The Cortland Review, Gay and Lesbian Review, New America (anthology) and other journals. He has been awarded residencies at (or scholarships from) VCCA, Ucross, Lambda Literary Retreat, Squaw Valley and Tin House. In 2013 his poem won the Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award.

Ansley Moon was born in New Delhi , India , and she is the author of the poetry collection, How to Bury the Dead (Black Coffee Press). Her work has been published in Adrienne, J Journal, PANK, Southern Women’s Review and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships or residencies from Kundiman, Hambidge and Writer’s Room at the Betsy.

Sean Patrick Mulroy is a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow, is published in multiple journals online and in print, and has been featured on Button Poetry and Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam.  A list of publications and upcoming shows can be found at http://www.thevanishingman.com

Jerome Murphy is a writer and critic who currently serves on the board of Lambda Literary, and received an MFA in 2011 from the Creative Writing Program at NYU, where he currently acts as Undergraduate Programs Manager. You can read his reviews and essays at ellisonian.org, and find his writing online at LA Review of Books, The Brooklyn Rail, and Lambda Literary.

Eileen Myles lives in New York & her new & selected I Must Be Living Twice & a re-issue of Chelsea Girls, her dyke classic fiction, are both coming out in September from Ecco/Harper Collins.

Laura Neuman writes poems, lives, teaches and sometimes makes dances in philadelphia , pa. Her first book, Stop the Ocean, was published in 2014 by Stockport Flats.

Peter Nickowitz lives in New York City and writes poetry, plays and screenplays.  His first collection of poetry is Cinema Vernacular (Publication Studio, 2014). Go to www.peternickowitz.com for more information or www.publicationstudio.biz/books/278 to order a book.

Nina Puro’s work is forthcoming or recently appeared in H_ngm_n, Indiana Review, the PEN America Poetry Series, Sixth Finch, Washington Square Review, and other places.  She is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative and the author of a chapbook, Two Truths and a Lie (dancing girl, 2015). The recipient of a fellowship to the MacDowell Colony and an MFA from Syracuse University , she lives and works in Brooklyn .

Vittoria repetto who has been hosting the Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings since 1999 has a  poetry book entitled Not Just A Personal Ad. Vittoria repetto is a native downtown lesbian butch who grew up in the Greenwich Village . In 2006, Guernica Editions published her first full length poetry book, Not Just A Personal Ad. Vittoria repetto was the vice president and the newsletter editor of the Italian American Writers Association from 1992 to 2012 and she has been hosting the Women’s/Trans’ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings Bookstore since its opening in 1999. Her website is http://www.vittoriarepetto.wordpress.com

Sarah Sarai‘s books and chapbooks include The Future Is Happy, I Feel GoodEmily Dickinson’s Coconut FaceThe Risen Barbie, and O You of the Cotton Pajamas. She lives in New York . Visit her at My 3000 Loving Arms (my3000lovingarms.blogspot.com).

Tom Savage is the author of ten books of poetry including most recently: Afghanistan:From Herat to Balkh and Back Again from Fly By Night Press.  He has received grants from the Fund For Poetry and taught at the Poetry Project twice.

Jason Schneiderman’s third book of poems Primary Source won the Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press and will be published in Spring 2016; he is an Assistant Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.

Justin Sherwood’s poems have appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly (WSQ), H_NGM_N, ILK Journal, and elsewhere. He’s a contributor to Scout: Poetry in Review, and his essays have appeared in New Criticals and The Poetry Project Newsletter, among other places. He was selected for the 2012 Paul Violi Prize in Poetry from The New School. He tweets @JustinSherwood.

Robert Siek is the author of the poetry collection Purpose and Devil Piss (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and the chapbook Clubbed Kid ( New School University , 2002). His poetry has most recently appeared in The Good Men Project, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, and VACZINE, as well as the anthology Between: New Gay Poetry. He lives in Brooklyn .

David-Glen Smith’s first book Variations on a Theme of Desire was published in March 2015 and is available through Saint Julian Press. His work has appeared in various magazines: Assaracus, The Centrifugal Eye, Lady Jane Miscellany, Minetta Review, The Meadow, Saltwater Quarterly, Slant, Summerset Review, and The Write Room. In addition, the print anthology Ganymede – Unfinished printed two of his poems. Residing in Cypress, Texas with his partner of fifteen years, Smith teaches English Literature at both Wharton County Junior College and Lone Star College – CyFair. For the past three years he served as an Editorial Assistant for The Centrifugal Eye. He received his MFA at Vermont College , and his MA at the University of MO at St. Louis . Most importantly, in 2010, he and his partner welcomed a baby boy into their lives in 2010. For more information visit: http://davidglensmith.blogspot.com/.

Luke Smithers studies the politics of the body at NYU. He plays out the dramas of his study through photo-performance art, changing dress to fabulate identities. His work confuses the staged for the non-staged and hoards personas like stick-ons.

Edward Southgate lives with his two cats in uptown Manhattan , where he is a full-time writer and part-time slut. Great Pleasures is his first adult book.

Jacob Steinberg was born in Stony Brook, New York, in 1989. He is the author of the Spanish full-length poetry collections Magulladón (2012) and Ante ti se arrodilla mi silencio (2013), both of which were subsequently compiled and translated into English as Before You Kneels My Silence (2014). He currently lives in New York .

Richard Tayson, author of The World Underneath and The Apprentice of Fever, was awarded a 2014 NYFA grant for his memoir about obsession, addiction, and celebrity culture in the digital age.

Chocolate Waters latest project is a new series of innovative writing workshops, “Wine, Chocolates and Your Life,” for lesbians and LGBT-friendly women. The first event, which centered around love and relationships was held in Manhattan in conjunction with Valentines’ Day and was quite successful. Upcoming topics have yet to be announced but some suggestions are lesbian idols, lesbian blood and lesbian rage. Stay tuned by looking for the “Wine, Chocolates and Your Life” page on Facebook or by writing cwaters@nyc.rr.com. Waters has been writing and publishing poetry for over four decades. During the second wave of feminism she was one of the first openly lesbian poets to publish, and her contribution has been documented in Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975 (Barbara Love, Ed.) Her first three collections: To the man reporter from the Denver Post, Take Me Like A Photograph and Charting New Waters were published between 1975-1980 (Eggplant Press, Denver, CO) and sold nearly 10,000 copies. They are considered classics of the early women’s movement. She was also a founding member of Big Mama Rag, one of the first radical women’s newspapers in the country. Her latest book, the woman who wouldn’t shake hands, was published by Poets Wear Prada ( Hoboken , NJ ) in 2011 and is available for sale here today. If your looking for a poetry coach or marketing expert her you can find her at all the usual social network places or visit her website: www.chocolatewaters.com.

LeNair Xavier is a survivor of the misleading world of the gay porn industry. Because of studio-based porn’s mostly bad influence on the gay community, he is now a blogger working to undo the damage he has witnessed and may have contributed to by highlighting healthier views of sexuality. By blog posts, as well as interviews for magazines and websites. He is also still working on an autobiography to include tales of his late coming out, and how it led to his experience in the porn industry. As well as considering putting together a poetry book featuring poetry series he has written over the years since his leaving the porn industry. It’s a way to celebrate the doors this new chapter of his life has opened for him. A chapter many with his past as of late don’t get. Links: TresX-RayVision.com

Don Yorty was born in Lebanon , Pennsylvania in 1949. He has a BA in Latin and Greek from the City University of New York. A poet and garden activist, he has two published collections of poetry, A Few Swimmers Appear and Poet Laundromat, and was included in Out of This World, An Anthology of the Poetry of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, 1966-1991 (Crown). His novel, What Night Forgets, was published by Herodias Press. And his poems have been recently published in LiVE MAG! and the Literati Quarterly. He lives in New York City and also keeps up a blog at donyorty.com.