On Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:00pm, Lost Lit is thrilled to collaborate with the THE JASPER COLLECTIVE to present their Spring Reading. The Jasper Collective is comprised of a group of women interested in editing and interrogating the creation of story in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Come hear featured readers Nicole Sealey and Jason Koo, members from the Jasper Collective and invited readers interpret the theme of “Visitation(s).” Afterwards, please join us for a small reception to meet the readers and enjoy some refreshments.
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Reading)
8:30pm – 9:30pm (Reception)
Place: Grumpy Bert
82 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
Admission: FREE (donations welcome!)
RSVP REQUIRED: *PLEASE NOTE: This Reading is SOLD OUT. You may still Register HERE but you will be automatically put on the waitlist. Reception-no RSVP necessary. Just come on by!
Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida, NICOLE SEALEY is the author of The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Varoujan Award and the Poetry International Prize, as well as fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem and the Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Copper Nickel, Ploughshares, Third Coast, and elsewhere. Nicole holds an MLA in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. She is the Programs Director at Cave Canem Foundation. Twitter: @Nic_Sealey.
Named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture” by Brooklyn Magazine JASON KOO is the author of two collections of poetry, America’s Favorite Poem (C&R Press, 2014) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009). He is also the editor of Poems for Kobe, a private limited edition of poems presented as a retirement gift to Kobe Bryant by the Brooklyn Nets and Brooklyn Poets, and coeditor of the forthcoming Bettering American Poetry anthology and Brooklyn Poets Anthology. An assistant teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University, Koo is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and creator of the Bridge. He lives in Brooklyn.
JESSICA ESPINOZA lives in Jackson Heights, Queens. She is a graduate of Hunter College and Long Island University. Currently, she teaches science at Middle School 217 in Jamaica, Queens. Jessica is cofounder of the Jasper Collective and has read for the Unpublished reading series. Her narratives include themes of immigration, feminism, gender, sexuality, and education. She likes whiskey and reading aloud to her students, not at the same time, of course.
STEPHANIE JIMENEZ is a Queens-based writer and former Fulbright
recipient who currently works in publishing. She runs the Young to
Publishing Writers Committee and is cofounder of the Jasper Collective.
She has just finished writing her first book-length manuscript.
Follow her at @estefsays.
JESSICA KASHIWABARA is a web editor at Poets & Writers. She has written for Spin.com, the Amsterdam News, and on mental health for the Child Mind Institute. Jessica is cofounder of the Jasper Collective and has read for Lost Lit and the Unpublished reading series. She was recently published in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and is currently at work on a collection of personal essays. She lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with her dog Kitty. Follow her @JessKashiwabara.
JESSICA LANAY currently lives in Bronx, NY and works at a magazine for writers in Manhattan. She moved to the city from Macon, Georgia and was raised in different places throughout the South. Themes that trickle through her poetry and short stories are female protagonists, internal migrations, and the investigation of violence, disappearance (of landscape or persons), and magic realism. Her work is forthcoming in Salt Hill Journal, and Crab Fat Magazine. Her work can be found in Sugar House Review, Minerva Rising, Acentos Review, Duende, As/Us and Five Quarterly. She is the founder of the Jasper Collective, an editorial group comprised of women.
MOLLY BEACH-MURPHY is a NYC based playwright and director from Galveston, Texas. Plays include: ‘Molly Murphy & Neil de Grasse Tyson On Our Last Day On Earth’, ‘Big Bend in the Red Dirt Desert’, ‘The H20 Pool Bar at the San Luis Hotel’. Three-time artistic resident at the Incubator Arts Project, New Georges Affiliated Artist, Member of Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playground Playgroup. Published works in The Hairpin & The Santa Ana River Review. www.mollybeachmurphy.com
LEAH SILVIEUS is a poet and writer currently based in the Washington, D.C. area. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Miami. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from The American Academy of Poets, Kundiman, and US Poets in Mexico. Her work has appeared in Four Way Review, CURA, The Collagist, and diode, among others. Her chapbook, Anemochory, is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press this year. https://leahsilvieus.wordpress.com/