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A Chapbook Release and Party for Skye Jackson's A Faster Grave

Reservation Dates: 
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 7:30pm to 10:30pm

A Chapbook Release and Party for Skye Jackson's A Faster Grave
Hosted by Kristina Ray Robinson

BENJAMIN ALESHIRE travels the world as a poet-for-hire, composing poems for strangers on a manual typewriter. His work has been featured recently in The Times UK, Iowa Review, Boston Review, and on television in the US, China, and Spain. An excerpt of his novel, 'Poet for Hire: Kismet of a 21st Century Troubadour' is forthcoming in LitHub. Ben was a Breadloaf waiter in 2016, and serves as assistant poetry editor for the Green Mountains Review. He lives in New Orleans.

SWISS MCCALL is a first-year graduate student at the University of New Orleans, pursuing a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry. She has been writing poetry since age 8 and performing her pieces since the age of 14. After working two years at The Boeing Company, she changed the trajectory of her career in order to pursue her passion for writing. Swiss won an NAACP award in the category of original oratory, and has also performed her spoken word at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY. She aspires to teach literature and creative writing on a collegiate level, and to create as many literary works as her imagination will allow.
CARMIN WONG is a Guyanese-born poet and playwright, currently studying poetry at the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop. Her work incorporates heavy dialect that toys with English oration in the Caribbean. Wong has competed in numerous poetry slams at Lincoln Center and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and performed in venues like Scholastic Auditorium and The Apollo. Her monologue, “3 Generations,” was featured in the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival, and her 10 minute play, TRIGGER, also won the 2018 Howard Players' 8x10 Play Festival. Wong is currently writing her first Choreopoem titled, What Is Life Without Hope/ Rainbows Are Casted After Every Black Girl Sheds Her Last Tears.

SKYE JACKSON was born and raised in New Orleans. She attended and graduated from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, LSU, and Mississippi College School of Law where she received a Juris Doctorate. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop, where she serves as an associate poetry editor of Bayou Magazine. She also serves as co-editor of The Portable Boog Reader, an instant anthology based in New York City. Her work has appeared in the Delta Literary Journal and Thought Catalog. Last, but not least, she is the author of the award-winning chapbook, A Faster Grave, which was recently published with Antenna Press.