May 8th Special Event
Poetry Reading
May 8th, 2015, 7pm
Emily Blair, Mirielle Clifford, AKaiser, Sara Emily Kuntz, Claudia Prado

Emily Blair's poetry has appeared in the Mississippi Review, WSQ, Stolen Island, and Cura. She is the author of the illustrated chapbook Idaville (Booklyn Artists' Alliance, 2010). Emily is the recipient of a NYFA Fellowship in Fiction (2006) and in Poetry (2014). She creates artists' books and collaborates with artist Michelle Illuminato under the name Next Question. Their latest project, The Neighborhood Revisited, is at Open Engagement 2015 in Pittsburgh.

Mirielle Clifford is a native Texan who lives in Brooklyn. The city has given her many amazing teachers, including Cynthia Cruz, Jean Valentine, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Jason Koo. Each month, a writing group called Sweet Action takes her living room by storm.

AKaiser has poems published or to be published in ROAR, Coldnoon: Travel Poetics, Tenemos Journal and Amsterdam Quarterly. She was a 2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize finalist and has been a resident at Brushcreek Foundation for the Arts (WY) and at JIWAR (Spain). She is a translator of French, Spanish and Catalan and by the time these lines go to print, she hopes she will have successfully defended her MFA in writing with Carlow University (Pittsburgh/Dublin).

Sara Emily Kuntz has a BA in English from the University of Pittsburgh and a MFA in Creative Writing from Carlow University. She is a workshop facilitator and committee member for Union Square Slam, a weekly reading series in NYC. As an enterprising copy shop employee, she self-published ten single poem mini-books, as well as a small run chapbook. She has been published in Rivet, Stone Highway Review, Cabildo Quarterly, Rust + Moth, and Cactus Heart. Sara lives in Brooklyn with a big grey cat named Miso, like the soup.

Claudia Prado is an Argentine poet, documentary filmmaker, teacher and coordinator of Spanish writing workshops in NYC. She has published three collections of poetry: Viajar de Noche (2007), Aprendemos de los padres (2002) and El interior de la ballena (2000). Claudia co-directed ?Oro Nestas Piedras? (2008) and "El Jardín Secreto" (2012), two documentaries about poets Jorge Leonidas Escudero and Diana Bellessi, respectively. She is a 2015 recipient of a Queens College of the Arts Fellowship.