Readers: Miriam Bird Greenberg, Trinity Tibe, and Edwin Torres.
Chapbook Program Curator Edwin Torres will MC the reading.
Preliminary reviewers LaTasha Diggs, Sharon Dolin, and Urayoan Noel, selected the three writers from whom Edwin selected this year’s Chapbook and two Broadside poets. At the reading, we will be offering copies of the letterpress printed chapbook, The Sixth Extinction by Miriam Bird Greenberg at a special price and broadsides by Falomo and Tribe. Greenburg will be reading from this beautifully designed, letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook printed and bound by artist Keith Graham at the Center for Book Arts.
Miriam Bird Greenberg is the author of “In the Volcano’s Mouth” (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), which won the 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and the chapbooks “All night in the New Country” (Sixteen Rivers, 2013) and “Pact-Blood, Fevergrass” (Ricochet Editions, 2013). She’s held fellowships from the NEA, the Poetry Foundation, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. A poet with a fieldwork-derived practice, she’s written about nomads, hitchhikers, and hobos living on America’s margins, and is currently working on a project about the economic migrants and asylum seekers of Hong Kong’s Chungking Mansions.
Contest judge Edwin Torres says, “with her work The Sixth Extinction, Greenburg brings to our world a brilliantly cohesive other world, running parallel to a current existence, a present other. A cataclysmic landscape, which calls to question a continuous fluidity through our daily extinction—a quietly honed freefall that allows poetry and its underlying tendrils to reach beyond the same body as the new story. Presented as equal parts journal and world-making, this book tosses convention through the gyre of seriential rebirth in book form. Gorgeous, smart, loose and tight…all at once.”
Ayokunle Falomo is Nigerian, American, a TEDx speaker & the author of two self-published collections: “KIN.DREAD” & “thread, this wordweaver must!” and a chapbook, “African, American” (New Delta Review, 2019). He is the recipient of a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. His poems have been selected as finalists or winners for Fourteen Hills Press’ Stacy Doris Memorial Award, Flypaper Magazine‘s Music Poetry Contest, and Nimrod Journal‘s The Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry.
Torres describes the imagination and cross-fusion of two subject matters to cover an iconic genre in Falomo’s submission “African, American” as inspired and powerful. “I love the unexpected openings in the details and how the physicality of the text and page is utilized in the formatting of data. Plus, the reach beyond historical data to investigate how poetry can emerge underneath difficult terrain, is a testament to perseverance and the human condition. Inside the shifted perspective is where clarity begins to emerge as a new viewpoint for understanding, for possible change.”
Trinity Tibe is a Brooklyn-based poet, educator, and artist. She is a winner of Crosswinds Poetry Journal’s Annual Contest and Pacifica Literary Review’s Winter Poetry Contest. Her work can be found in The Florida Review, Bodega, Duende, Potluckand more. She has an MFA in Poetry from The New School. Trinity was a writer-in-residence at the Trelex Residency in Switzerland in 2018.
Of Tibe’s entry “My Blood Must Have Something To Do With Me,” Torres says, “The missing parental figure taps into a universal search for connection — a search to define absence, which connects to the creative regeneration of search as a narrative. These focused, emotionally concise pieces give the reader open space to feel the heat and heart of the writer, and to then land as an outsider — to family/to country/to language. How the artistic relocates the authentic, and where origin looks for definition.”
Edwin Torres is a lingualisualist, fluent in the languages of sight and sound. He is a native of New York City and the author of nine poetry collections, including most recently, “Xoeteox: the infinite word object”(Wave) and is editor of the forthcoming, “The Body In Language: An Anthology” (Counterpath Press). The diversity of the East Village during the ‘90’s sparked Edwin’s poetry education, plus the combined forces of Dixon Place, The Nuyorican Poets Café, and The St. Marks Poetry Project, all of which shaped his multi-disciplinary approach to a transformative language. He is widely anthologized and has taught at Bard College, Naropa University, and UPenn, among others. His CD “Holy Kid” was part of the Whitney Museum’s exhibit “The Last American Century Part II.” Edwin has a dual career as a visual artist, working in the field of advertising and graphic design for over 25 years.