Thursday, March 19, 2020

Megan Burns, Jacqueline Valencia, Sadiqa de Meijer, Heather Sweeney + Hailey Higdon : the virtual reading series #5

a series of video recordings of contemporary poets reading from their work, prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent cancellations, shut-downs and isolations; a reading series you can enjoy in the safety of your own protected space,

Megan Burns : “Observations”

Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press ( She is the co-director of the New Orleans Poetry Festival ( and has been hosting the Blood Jet Poetry Reading Series in New Orleans for the last six years. She has been most recently published in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, Dream Pop, and Diagram. Her poetry and prose reviews have been published in Tarpaulin Sky, Gently Read Lit, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi. She has three books: Memorial + Sight Lines (2008), Sound and Basin (2013) and Commitment (2015) published by Lavender Ink. Her recent chapbooks include: her Twin Peaks chap, Sleepwalk With Me (Horse Less Press, 2016), Beneath the Drift (Red Mare, 2019) and FUCK LOVE: I’m sorry someone hurt you (Shirt Pocket Press, 2019). Her fourth collection, BASIC PROGRAMMING, was published by Lavender Ink in 2018. Her forthcoming collection is called PLURALITY.

Jacqueline Valencia :La Chusa,” “You are as frightful as an engine developed,” both from Lilith (desert pets press, 2018)

Jacqueline Valencia is a Toronto-based writer and earned her Honours BA in English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Lilith (Desert Pets Press, 2018), There Is No Escape Out Of Time (Insomniac Press, 2016) and is the founding editor of These Girls On Film. Jacqueline is the organizer of The Toronto Poetry Talks (Racism and Sexism in the Craft), 2015. She is a project partner at Poetry inPrint.

Sadiqa de Meijer : “Incantation” and “Red-Eye”

The Outer Wards (Vehicule) is Sadiqa de Meijer’s second poetry collection. Leaving Howe Island, was a nominee for the 2014 Governor General’s Award for English-language poetry and for the 2014 Pat Lowther Award. Her memoir of her first language, alfabet / alphabet, will be published with Palimpsest Press in September 2020. She lives with her family in Kingston, Ontario.

Heather Sweeney : “#Pepper,” “#Neck” and “#Sorrow”

Heather Sweeney, she/her, lives in San Diego where she writes, teaches and does visual art.  Her chapbooks include Just Let Me Have This (Selcouth Station Press) and Same Bitch, Different Era: The Real Housewives Poems (above/ground press). Her collections, Dear Marshall, Language is Our Only Wilderness (Spuyten Duyvil Press) and Call Me California (Finishing Line Press) are both forthcoming. You can also find her at

Hailey Higdon : “Outtakes,” from Dream Pop Journal (

Hailey Higdon’s debut collection, Hard Some, is available from Spuyten Duyvil Publications (2019). Find her online at

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