Saturday, May 28, 7:30 p.m.
Spring Reading Party! Alkhatib, Somerville, Akant, Laser, Fowley, Talone, Poppick, Garnett, McCormick, Perez, Smith
@ The Black Squirrel

Amanda McCormick is an American performer & writer whose work has appeared in a variety of forms & mediums over the past decade. She is the founding curator of Ink Press Productions where she explores the art & craft of DIY printing, publishing, and handmade books. Her latest, Amanda, is a project of poetry that deals with the physical, experienced, and internalized selfhood of the artist-poet who navigates society and the natural world in a slant framework of love and existence. Find her on the Internet at

Jamie Perez helped direct Narrow House and published the online weekly Rock Heals. His work has appeared in places like Fence, Fanzine,and Everyday Genius. His chapbook, There Were Rivers Before There Were People came out from Big Lucks in May 2016. Jamie lives and believes in Baltimore.

Rawaan Alkhatib is a poet and illustrator from Dubai. Her poetry has been published in Tin House, Gastronomica, LVNG and Trunk Books; her illustrations have appeared in The Lifted Brow, the LA Review of Books, the Iowa Review and the New Food Economy. She co-edits the Catenary Press with Rob Schlegel and Dan Poppick.

Human lives are divided into three stages. Colby Somerville laughs as he discerns the unlucky portents embroidering his early years, while a briny vapor exudes from his tear ducts as he reviews the wasted opportunities of his zenith. His decline is now.

Sara Deniz Akant is the author of Babette (Rescue Press 2015), Parades (Omnidawn, 2014), and Latronic Strag (Persistent Editions, 2015). Her work has appeared most recently in The Brooklyn Rail, The Denver Quarterly, jubilat, and Lana Turner. She lives in Brooklyn.

Jessica Laser is the author of Assumed Knowledge and the Knowledge Assumed from Experience (Catenary Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, The Iowa Review, jubilat, Lana Turner, and elsewhere. A graduate of The Iowa Writers' Workshop, she teaches at The New School and Brown University.

Katie Fowley is the author of the chapbook Dances & Parks (Diez Press, 2015). Her writing has been published in journals including No, Dear, The Atlas Review, Rain Taxi, and 6x6.

Bridget Talone is the author of a forthcoming chapbook from Catenary Press. Recent work has appeared in the Volta, Prelude and The Fanzine. Bridget is also a founding member of the P-Splash Puppet Collective. She lives and writes in Ridgewood.

Daniel Poppick's poems have recently appeared in BOMB, Granta, The New Republic, The Volta, and Prelude. His first book, The Police, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in 2017. He lives in Brooklyn, where he co-edits the Catenary Press with Rob Schlegel and Rawaan Alkhatib.

Callie Garnett's first published collection is the chapbook Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (UDP, 2015). Having completed a masters in English from the University of Iowa, she now lives in Brooklyn and works for Bloomsbury Publishing.


The Black Squirrel
2427 18th St NW

This reading will be held in the private lounge on the third floor.