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Suitcase of Chrysanthemums

  • The Parkside Lounge 317 East Houston Street New York, NY, 10002 United States (map)

Celebrate the publication of our latest anthology, Suitcase of Chrysanthemums, and meet an indie press looking for new voices. 

Featuring contributors Joel Allegretti, John S. Hall, Eleni Kourti, Rick Mullin, Alison Myers, Puma Perl, Claudia Serea, plus special guest Steve Dalachinsky.

Free admission, 2 drink min. 21 +

Hosted by Thomas Fucaloro.

Suitcase of Chrysanthemums is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and fiction from established and emerging writers across the United States and beyond. The anthology also contains an interview with actor/director Sonja Sohn (The WireThe ChiBaltimore Rising).

Submissions for our next anthology are open October 15 2018 to January 15 2019. 

Joel Allegretti is the author of, most recently, Platypus (NYQ Books, 2017), a collection of poems, prose, and performance texts, and Our Dolphin (Thrice Publishing, 2016), a novella.

Poet/collagist Steve Dalachinsky was born in Brooklyn after the last big war and has managed to survive lots of little wars. He is the recipient of an Acker Award for poetry and in 2014 was honored with a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture. In addition, his collection The Final Nite (Ugly Duckling Presse) won the PEN Oakland National Book Award. great weather for MEDIA is proud to publish his new collection, Where Night and Day Become One: The French Poems.

John S. Hall is a poet / spoken word artist / singer-songwriter. He is the lyricist and vocalist for three active musical groups, having recorded nine albums with King Missile, one with Unusual Squirrel, and two solo releases. An album with his newest band, Sensation Play, is planned for 2019. John has appeared on HBO, PBS, and MTV, and has written seven books—two of which have actually been published (Soft Skull Press). He lives in New York City. 

Eleni Kourti is a writer / performer who has extensively performed her stories and short comedic pieces in New York venues such as the Cornelia Street Café, Dixon Place, Magnet Theatre, The Bowery Poetry Club, and more. She holds a BFA in Acting from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU where she studied at the Experimental Theatre Wing. She has also studied at the William Esper Studio and most recently at HB Studio with Austin Pendleton. Eleni is the author of a short fiction collection, Tirza Winebath and Other Inappropriate Stories. 

Rick Mullin’s latest collection, Transom, was published by Dos Madres Press in 2017. His other publications include the book-length poems Soutine (Dos Madres, 2012) and Huncke (Seven Towers, Ireland, 2010). His work has appeared in The New Criterion, American Arts Quarterly, Epiphany, and other journals.

Alison Myers is a high school English teacher with a BA in philosophy and Italian literature, MS in education, and RYT 200 Certification. She lives in “Coastal Philadelphia” (New Jersey) with her husband, two dogs, and an overgrown garden. Her work has appeared in Ender’s World and SWWIM Every Day.

Puma Perl is a performer, producer, and a widely published poet / writer. She’s the author of two chapbooks, Belinda and Her Friends and Ruby True, and two full-length collections, Retrograde (great weather for MEDIA, 2014) and knuckle tattoos. She is the creator and curator of Puma Perl’s Pandemonium, which merges poetry with rock and roll; as Puma Perl and Friends, she performs with some of NYC’s best musicians. Puma is a recipient of a 2016 Acker Award in the category of writing, and of two New York Press Association Honorable Mentions (2015 and 2016) in recognition of her journalism.

Claudia Serea’s poems and translations have appeared in Field, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Meridian, Gravel, and many others. She is the author of Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, 2012), A Dirt Road Hangs From the Sky (8th House Publishing, 2013), To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervena Barva Press, 2015) and Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Books, 2016). Claudia is a founding editor of National Translation Month. 




Earlier Event: August 12
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Later Event: August 19
Spoken Word Sundays NYC