Rachel Loden is the author of Dick of the Dead (Ahsahta Press), a finalist for the California Book Award and one of the three most-cited books in Attention Span 2009 (“a collectively-drawn map of the field”), landing on lists by Rae Armantrout and others. The Washington Post’s “Poet’s Choice” column featured a poem from the book and it has been called “oddly sublime” and “intoxicating” by the Poetry Project Newsletter and “expansive and whimsical” by the Brooklyn Rail. Loden’s first book, Hotel Imperium, won the Contemporary Poetry Series competition and was selected as one of the ten best poetry books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has appeared in New American Writing, the Paris Review, Jacket, two editions of the Best American Poetry series, and many other magazines and anthologies. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Fellowship in Poetry from the California Arts Council, an &NOW Award, and a grant from the Fund for Poetry. This is her first reading in New York City.
Jerome Sala is a poet and critic. He is the author of cult favorites such as Spaz Attack, I Am Not a Juvenile Delinquent and Look Slimmer Instantly. Forthcoming is a chapbook of goth-horror poems titled Prom Night, done in collaboration with artist Tamara Gonzales. His blog on poetry and pop culture is espresso bongo.