Friday, June 8, 6:00PM
Jacob A. Bennett, Nicholas DeBoer, Ryan Eckes, Travis MacDonald, and Chris McCreary
@ The Black Squirrel

Jacob A. Bennett
Nicholas DeBoer
Ryan Eckes
Travis MacDonald
Chris McCreary

We hope you can join us for the reading & the festivities afterward.

Jacob A. Bennett lives in Philadelphia where he teaches writing and literature courses. When not marking up student essays, he writes poems and reviews and translations and open letters to unresponsive public officials. Poems from his most recent manuscript have appeared or will soon appear at Certain Circuits, Unlikely Stories, Apiary, and Philadelphia Stories, among others.

Nicholas A DeBoer is a scoundrel. His poems should be run out of town. A committee should be formed to boycott him. You may, if you can, put me down for a contribution of one thousand dollars... Mr. DeBoer puts out a lot of stuff. Little DIY stuff, Red Night Anti-Matter (PDN 2011), HS Hammerheart (PDN 2012),Vintage Violence Canto (PDN 2012), Ushered White Waiting (con/crescent 2009). He runs con/crescent press with Jamie Townsend, who is up in the Massachusetts. They sometimes run a poetry reading series, when they have it all together. He did the whole education thing, Naropa, where he met those favorites he keeps up with. The sweet people of Fact-Simile, EOAGH, Cousin Corrine, In Stereo Press and some such stuff coming up in Well Greased have all been super special in putting out his work. Most recently, EOAGH put out an essay on his process, called To the End of Ezra Pound. And back in the day StarlightPhiladelphia did a nice little interview and such, and then I remember there was this thing on Bloof Books that was pretty sweet too. He is a Potlatch Discordian, believes in the 23 Enigma and has an ongoing debate with Ezra Pound's The Cantos, in his long poem, The Slip..

Ryan Eckes was born in Philadelphia in 1979. He's the author of Old News (Furniture Press 2011) and when i come here (Plan B Press 2007). More of his poetry can be found on his blog, Old News, and in various magazines. He works at Community College of Philadelphia and Temple University.

Chris McCreary's most recent books of poems is Undone : A Fakebook (Furniture Press, 2010), and a new chapbook, Elseworlds, is forthcoming from Cy Gist Press. His reviews and interviews have been published in venues such as Rain Taxi and The Poetry Project Newsletter, and his short fiction can be found online at BlazeVOX. Along with Jenn McCreary, he co-edits ixnay press, a Philadelphia-based poetry press.

Travis Macdonald graduated from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in 200. His poetry has appeared in Otoliths, Bombay Gin, Hot Whiskey, Cricket Online Review and elsewhere. His first book, an erasure of The 9/11 Commission Report titled The O Mission Repo, was released in late 2008 from Fact-Simile Editions (


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