No, Dear 10 Year Anniversary Reading Featuring Amber Atiya, Mike Lala, Legacy Russell, & Bianca Stone

No, Dear, publisher of chapbooks by emerging writers and a hand-bound journal, marks ten years of publishing New York City’s finest poets. To celebrate, three interdisciplinary poets/artists published by No, Dear (Issues 7, 9, 11 & 15) present new works, followed by a brief discussion. Featuring Amber Atiya, Mike Lala, Legacy Russell, and Bianca Stone.

No, Dear aims to bring together the voices of New York City poets who might not otherwise be in dialogue: both emerging and established poets from diverse backgrounds who are living and writing in New York City’s five boroughs. We aspire to disrupt a field that has historically privileged white patriarchal perspectives by building a publication and communal/critical dialogue that strives to be largely representative of women-identified poets, and poets of color and of all gender orientations.

Amber Atiya

Amber Atiya is a multidisciplinary poet whose work incorporates elements of performance, book arts, and visual arts. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in Boston Review, PEN America, Poets & Writers Blog, Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, and elsewhere. A proud native Brooklynite, she is a member of a women’s writing group that will be celebrating sixteen years in 2018. Her chapbook the fierce bums of doo-wop (Argos Books) is currently in its second printing.

Mike Lala

Mike Lala was born in 1987 and lives in New York. He is the author of Exit Theater (2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry) and the chapbooks In the Gun Cabinet (The Atlas Review ’16) and Twenty-Four Exits: A Closet Drama(Present Tense Pamphlets ’16).

Legacy Russell

Legacy Russell is a writer, artist, and cultural producer. Born and raised in New York City’s East Village, her work can be found in a variety of publications worldwide: BOMB, The White Review, Rhizome, DIS, The Society Pages, Guernica, Berfrois and beyond. Holding an MRes of Visual Culture with Distinction from Goldsmiths College at University of London, her academic and creative work focuses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, idolatry, and new media ritual. Her first book Glitch Feminism is forthcoming from Verso. Twitter: @legacyrussell | Instagram @ellerustle.

Bianca Stone

Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of the poetry collection Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, (Tin House & Octopus Books 2014); Poetry Comics From the Book of Hours, (Pleiades, 2016), the illustrated edition of Antigonick, (New Directions, 2012) a collaboration with Anne Carson, and The Mobius Strip Club of Grief, forthcoming from Tin House, 2018. Bianca runs The Ruth Stone Foundation & Monk Books along with her husband, the poet Ben Pease, and their daughter Odette, in Goshen, Vermont.

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