Poetry performances by Ariana Reines, Steve Roggenbuck and Alok Vaid-Menon.
TICKETS – Doors open at 4:15pm $8 online: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2260104 $10 at the door
ARIANA REINES is an American poet, playwright, performance artist, and translator. Her books of poetry include The Cow (2006), which won the Alberta Prize from Fence Books; Coeur de Lion (2007); Mercury (2011); and Thursday (2012). She has taught at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, The New School, and Tufts University. Reines has been described by Michael Silberblatt of NPR's Bookworm as "one of the crucial voices of her generation." In 2014 she participated in the Whitney Biennial as a member of Semiotext(e), and her performance collaboration with Jim Fletcher, "Mortal Kombat," was presented at Le Mouvement in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, and at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
STEVE ROGGENBUCK is a poet and video artist whose work explores the new forms that literature and humor can take on the internet. His work has been covered by the New York Times, Gawker, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, NPR, The Fader, and The New Yorker. His videos were included in the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial. He has published six collections of writing, and he is the founder of Boost House, a small press and co-op house currently located in Tucson, Arizona.
ALOK VAID-MENON is a transfeminine south asian writer, performance artist, and community organizer based in NYC. For the past six years they have organized in solidarity with racial, economic, and gender justice movements across the world. Their creative and political work grapples with questions of power, trauma, diaspora, race, and desire. Alok currently works with The Audre Lorde Project and tours with DarkMatter, a trans South Asian art collaboration with Janani Balasubramanian. Alok's work has been published in various outlets like MTV, Thought Catalog, Buzzfeed, The New York Times, Upworthy, TEDx and more.