Featherless #8 will be held on February 20th at 7:30 pm at Wordspace. Jessica Piazza, Amanda Ackerman, and Tisa Bryant will perform.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jessica Piazza received a
creative writing master’s from UT Austin, where she co-founded Bat
City Review. She now lives in Los Angeles, pursuing a PhD in
Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern
California, co-editing the Gold Line Press chapbook series and
co-directing The Loudest Voice reading series. She is a contributing
editor at The Offending Adam and her poems have appeared or are
forthcoming in Mid-American Review, National Poetry Review, Rattle,
Agni, 32 Poems, Indiana Review, Forklift Ohio, Barrelhouse and 42
Opus, among other places.
Amanda Ackerman lives in Los Angeles where she writes and teaches.
She is co-editor of the press eohippus labs. She is also a member of
UNFO (The Unauthorized Narrative Freedom Organization) and writes as
part of SAM OR SAMANTHA YAMS. Her publications include three
chapbooks: Sin is to Celebration (co-author, House Press), the
recently-released The Seasons Cemented (Hex Presse), and the
forthcoming I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck (Insert Press Parrot
#8). Her work can also be found in several journals including the
current edition of Little Red Leaves and The Encyclopedia Project:
Tisa Bryant’s books include Unexplained Presence (Leon Works, 2007), a
collection of hybrid essays on black presences in film, literature and
visual art; the cross-referenced journal of narrative possibility, The
Encyclopedia Project, War Diaries, an anthology on black gay men’s
desire and survival, published in 2010 by AIDS Project Los Angeles,
co-edited with Ernest Hardy. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming
in the journals 1913, Mandorla, Animal Shelter, and has been featured
in the solo exhibits of visual artists Laylah Ali, Jaime Cortez,
Wura-Natasha Ogunji, and filmmaker/installation artist Cauleen Smith.
She teaches fiction, hybrid forms and ethnic innovative literature at
the California Institute of the Arts.
Reception to follow.