Thursday, October 27, 2016

So and So: Poetry and art - 7:00 PM

5:30 PM Cash Bar

6 PM Highlights tour

7 PM So and So Reading
Poets and Fiction writers Lauren Hunter, Odie Lindsey, Joanna Ruocco and Sampson Starkweather give a reading of their work in response to art and issues raised in Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art. The So & So Series began in Boston in 2006 and moved to Raleigh in 2008. Featuring both local and national poets, So & So has hosted more than 300 readers, including Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners.

Lauren Hunter is the author of HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS (forthcoming from Birds, LLC) and the chapbook My Own Fires (Brothel Books, 2011). She is the managing editor for the experimental translation press Telephone & is co-founder/curator of Electric Pumas, an occasional reading series/web presence based in New York City. Lauren lives in Durham, her hometown.


Odie Lindsey’s writing appears in Best American Short Stories, Iowa Review, Columbia, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, Fourteen Hills, Guernica and elsewhere. He was included in a 21st Century Fiction issue of Southern Cultures, and selected for a Tennessee Arts Council fellowship in Literature. Odie is a combat veteran, and his related story collection, We Come To Our Senses, and a novel, are forthcoming from W.W. Norton.

Joanna Ruocco has published several books, including Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych, which won the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, and most recently, Dan (Dorothy, a publishing project). Joanna also works pseudonymously as Alessandra Shahbaz (Ghazal in the Moonlight, Midnight Flame) and Toni Jones (No Secrets in Spandex). Her stories have appeared in numerous journals including NOON, Conjunctions, The Black Warrior Review, Caketrain, Bidoun, Quarterly West, Western Humanities Review, The Fanzine, Marginalia, 3 AM Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail and Harp & Altar. She is an assistant professor of creative writing in the English department at Wake Forest University.


Sampson Starkweather is the author of PAIN: The Board Game (Third Man Books, 2015) and The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather (Birds, LLC, 2013). He is the founding editor of the independent poetry press Birds, LLC. He works for the Center for the Humanities at the City University of New York Graduate Center and lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Chris Tonelli works in the Libraries at NC State and co-owns So & So Books in downtown Raleigh, where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their two kids, Miles and Vera. He is a founding editor of the independent poetry press, Birds, LLC, and he curates the So & So Series and edits So & So Magazine. He is the author of five chapbooks and one full-length collection, The Trees Around (Birds, LLC).