Fresh from the experience at the Standing Rock Reservation, writer and educator Stephen R. Acevedo is raising funds and support for the brave water protectors fighting at Standing Rock, through this fundraiser reading.
Readers include: Nkosi Nkululeko, Roberto Carlos Garcia, Randall Horton, Liv Mammone, Leila Ortiz, Dustin Parmenter, Sam O'Hana, and other special guests.
Nkosi Nkululeko, the 2016 New York City Youth Poet Laureate, is a Callaloo fellow, multi-nominated for Best of Net, nominated for Independent Best American Poetry as well as the Pushcart Prize. He was featured on TEDxNewYork and is a finalist for the 2016 Winter Tangerine Awards for Poetry. His work can be found in [PANK] Magazine, VINYL, No Token, and other publications. He lives in Harlem, New York.
Roberto Carlos Garcia's chapbook amores gitano (gypsy loves) was published by Červená Barva Press in 2013. His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Engagement, Public Pool, Stillwater Review, Gawker, Barrelhouse, Tuesday; An Art Project, The Acentos Review, Lunch Ticket, and many others. He is the founder of Get Fresh Books, LLC, a cooperative press. His first full collection, Melancolía, is available from Červená Barva Press. A native New Yorker, Roberto holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation, and is an Instructor of English at Union County College. His website is http://www.robertocarlosgarcia.com
Randall Horton is the author of three collections of poetry and most recently, Hook: A Memoir (Augury Books 2015). He is a member of the experimental performance group: Heroes Are Gang Leaders and Associate Professor of English at the University of New Haven.
Liv Mammone is an editor and poet from Long Island, New York; where she lives with her parents, brother, family of feral cats, and geriatric dachshund. She has previously taught creative writing at Hofstra University and Queens College. Her poetry has appeared in wordgathering, Wicked Banshee, The Medical Journal of Australia, Rogue Agent, QDA: a Queer, Disabled Anthology, Grabbing the Apple and Typo Magazine. As a spoken word poet, she has featured at Sip This, Artists Without Walls, Tache Chocolates, and is the winner of Union Square Slam's 2015 Nerd Slam. She is the third visibly disabled poet ever to place as a finalist for a national slam. She’s a two time nominee for this year’s Best of the Net poetry anthology.
Leila Ortiz was born on the Lower East Side and raised in Brooklyn. Her chapbook Girl Life is forthcoming from Recreation League.
Sam O’Hana is a performance and research led practitioner in transatlantic contemporary poetics, with work appearing in Seventh Wave, The Best American Poetry Blog and Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. A US-UK Fulbright Scholar to The New School, New York, he was the director of The Bureau of Imaginative Proposals: A Poetics and Politics Conference and is managing editor of Poet’s Country journal. He currently works with Bob Holman at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York.
All proceeds go to the Standing Rock main camp, Oceti Sakowin's Direct Paypal http://www.ocetisakowincamp.org/ (Och-et-eeshak-oh-win)
Oceti Sakowin. Seven Council Fires. The proper name for the people commonly known as the Sioux is Oceti Sakowin, meaning Seven Council Fires. The original Great Sioux Nation was made up of Seven Council Fires. Suggested Donation: $15