If Not For Kidnap

a portland, ore. poetry concern

INFK + Rattapallax: 8 poets, 1 filmmaker

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Saturday, February 22nd
IPRC 1001 SE Division St.
7:00pm (prompt!) till 10:00pm

Books / booze / babes. You know. Oh oh and booty lickin poetry. DON’T MAKE THE MISTAKE OF MISSING OUT.

Matthew Cooperman / Aby Kaupang / Brandon Downing / Lucy Ives / Donald Dunbar / Nathalie Handal / Caecilia Tripp / Flávia Rocha / + a special guest


Matthew Cooperman is the author of the collections Still: of the Earth as the Ark which Does Not Move (Counterpath Press, 2011), DaZE, (Salt Publishing Ltd, 2006) and A Sacrificial Zinc (Pleiades/LSU, 2001), which won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize, and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Prize. He’s also the author of three chapbooks, Still: (to be) Perpetual (Dove | Tail, 2007), Words About James (Phylum Press, 2005), and Surge (Kent State University Press, 1998), which won the Open Competition Award from Kent State.

Jeff Allessandrelli will read from his new book THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST (Burnside Review 2014).

Aby Kaupang is the author of Little “g” God Grows Tired of Me (SpringGun Press, 2013), Absence is such a Transparent House (Tebot Bach, 2011) and Scenic Fences | Houses Innumerable (Scantily Clad Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in VOLT, Verse, Denver Quarterly, FENCE, The Laurel Review, Parthenon West, Aufgabe, 14 Hills, Interim, Caketrain, lo-ball and others. She holds masters degrees in both Creative Writing and Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University.

Brandon Downing is a writer and visual artist originally from California. His books of poetry include The Shirt Weapon (Germ Monographs, 2002) and Dark Brandon (Faux Press, 2005), while a monograph of his literary collages from1996-2008, Lake Antiquity, was released by Fence Books in late 2009. A long poem, AT ME, was released by Octopus Books, while his next collection, Mellow Actions, published by Fence in 2012. In 2007 he released a feature-length collection of collaged digital shorts, Dark Brandon: Eternal Classics.

Lucy Ives was born in New York City and earned her BA from Harvard College and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first collection, the book-length poem Anamnesis (2009), won the Slope Editions Book Prize. She is also the author of the “brief novel” Nineties (2013) and a poetry and essay collection, Orange Roses (2013). Ives won an Iowa Arts Fellowship, as well as a MacCracken Fellowship. She is a deputy editor at Triple Canopy and lives in New York City, where she is completing a PhD in comparative literature at New York University.

Donald Dunbar is the author of Eyelid Lick (Fence Modern Poets Series, 2012), and the chapbooks You Are So Pretty (Scantily Clad Press, 2009), Click Click (Gold Wake Press, 2010), and Slow Motion German Adjectives (Mammoth Editions, 2013). He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he co-curates the reading series If Not For Kidnap and teaches poetry to future chefs at Oregon Culinary Institute.

Nathalie Handal is the author of numerous books, most recently the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía, which Alice Walker lauds as “poems of depth and weight and the sorrowing song of longing and resolve,” and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the 2011 Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award, which The New York Times says is “a book that trembles with belonging (and longing).” She writes the literary travel column The City and the Writer for Words without Borders

Flávia Rocha is a journalist, poet and translator, and editor-in-chief of Rattapallax Magazine. She worked as a staff writer for the Brazilian magazines Bravo!, República, Carta Capital and Casa Vogue, among others, and is a contributing editor for Rattapallax magazine since 2002. She has a M.F.A. in Writing/Poetry from Columbia University, and is the author of A Casa Azul ao Meio-Dia/The Blue House Around Noon (poetry, bilingual, Travessa dos Editores, Brazil, 2005). A few years ago, she founded with her husband, Steven Richter, the Academia Internacional de Cinema, a film and arts school based in São Paulo.

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