Friday, November 26, 2021

James Yeary, Vanessa Jimenez Gabb, Monica Mody, Jenny Drai + Ben Robinson : virtual reading series #27

a series of video recordings of contemporary poets reading from their work, originally 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,

Ben Robinson : “Low Vacancy”

Ben Robinson is a poet, musician and librarian. His most recent publication is Without Form from The Blasted Tree. He has only ever lived in Hamilton, Ontario on the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. You can find him online at

Jenny Drai : “Wulf and Eadwacer” (translated from the Old English) and “Wide Tracks”

Jenny Drai is the author of three collections of poetry, including Wine Dark and The History Worker from Black Lawrence Press and [the door] from Trembling Pillow Press. More recently, her short fiction has been published in Alaska Quarterly Review and Pleiades, where she was awarded the Agnes B. Crump Prize for Experimental Fiction, as well as other journals. She is online at and lives in Dortmund, Germany.

Monica Mody : “Ordinary Annals”

Monica Mody is the author of Kala Pani (1913 Press), the forthcoming Bright Parallel (Copper Coin), and three chapbooks including Ordinary Annals (above/ground). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in anthologies including Extinction Violin: The Penguin Book of Modern Indian Poets, What is Time: An Anthology of New Indian Writing, Hibiscus: Poems that Heal and Empower, and &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing. Her poetry also appears in Poetry International, Indian Quarterly, Almost Island, Boston Review, and other lit magazines. She has been a recipient of the Sparks Prize Fellowship (Notre Dame), the Zora Neale Hurston Award (Naropa), and a Toto Award for Creative Writing. Monica was born in Ranchi, India, and lives right now in San Francisco – Ohlone territory.

James Yeary : “The Fishes”, “Neptune’s Back”, “The Sky at her Furthest”

James Yeary is a Portland-based poet, artist and publisher. Since 2008, he has collaborated with Nate Orton and Chris Ashby on the long-running site-based zine series My Day, which is approaching its fiftieth installment. He has published a number of books and objects under the names c_L books and spitch, the latter of which will be issuing a career-spanning collection by Sotere Torregian. The chapbook The 66,512 (written under the nomdegwar Urie V-J) is forthcoming from above/ground. 

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb : an excerpt from the “You and Me, Forever” section from Basic Needs

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb is the author of the poetry collections, Basic Needs (forthcoming October 26, 2021, Rescue Press) and Images for Radical Politics (2016, Rescue Press). She is from and lives in Brooklyn, NY. More at

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