About the line up:
Chocolate Waters, the “Poet Laureate of Hell’s Kitchen,” is one of the first openly lesbian poets to publish in the U.S. during the second wave of feminism, and her contribution is documented in Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975 (U of Il. Press, Barbara Love, ed.). With 3 previous collections, including Take Me Like A Photograph (Eggplant Press), classics of the early women’s movement, Waters is also a founding mother of the radical women’s newspaper, Big Mama Rag, which was produced in Denver, Colorado from 1972 to 1982. We are celebrating the release of her 1st book in over 3 decades, The Woman Who Wouldn’t Shake Hands from Poets Wear Prada Press.
Mark Larsen has dabbled in stand-up comedy and poetry for over 25 years, refusing to go away and then refusing to show up, both at the same time. Recently married to Francine Witte, also on tonight’s bill, he lives in New York city and makes his living as a market researcher. He is happy to be a part of the book release party for Chocolate, and counts Ms. Waters as a close friend and mentor.
Francine Witte lives in . She received her from SUNY and her MFA from . Her flash fiction chapbook, The Wind Twirls Everything, was published by MuscleHead Press in 2007. She is the winner of the Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award in fiction from Ropewalk Press, and her chapbook, Cold June was published in 2010. Her poetry chapbook, First Rain was published Summer 2009 by Press. She is a high school English teacher. She's happy to be a part of Chocolate's book release party!
Chavisa Woods is a Brooklyn based author whose work pushes boundaries of class culture, gender, literature and sexuality. Her debut collection of short stories, Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (Fly By Night Press, 2008) was a Lambda Literary Award Nominee for Debut Fiction. Chavisa Woods is the recipient of the 2009 Jerome Foundation Award for emerging writers. Woods has featured as a reader with a number of renowned institutions and festivals. She featured in a performance series, which ran for five days at The Whitney Museum in New York City, as a member of the Chorus of Poets. She has also been featured at the New York Vision Festival as well as the New York Hot Festival in multiple years. Woods’ poetry, short stories and essays have been published nationally and internationally in a number of magazines and journals. Woods is currently completing her first full-length collection of poetry as well as her second work of fiction.
Nominated for a 2010 Pushcart, Roxanne Hoffman's work appears in several anthologies including The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates (Soft Skull Press), Love After 70 (Wising Up Press), and It All Changed In An Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure (Harper Perennial). Her vampire poetry can be heard during the 2005 indie flick Love and the Vampire, directed and produced by Dave Gold. She runs Poets Wear Prada, a small literary press, since 2006 and blogs at http://roxanne-hoffman.blogspot.com/.
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