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    S. Erin Batiste, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, t'ai freedom ford
    Friday, June 7, 7-9pm 

    LINEAGE is a seasonal event honoring the relationships that sustain artists. Poets’ concerns, processes, and creations intersect, inform, support and challenge each other. In this reading series, one selected reader invites a mentor and a mentee to read alongside them, illuminating this sometimes subtle, sometimes urgent, golden thread of artistic lineage.

    The third LINEAGE reading features S. Erin Batiste, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, and t'ai freedom ford.

    LINEAGE is organized by Emily Brandt for Wendy's Subway.


    - Readers - 

    S. Erin Batiste is the author of Glory to All Fleeting Things (Backbone Press, forthcoming Summer 2019), recent winner of the Backbone Press Chapbook Contest and finalist of the 2019 Foundlings Press Wallace Chapbook Award. Last year she was named a finalist for the 2018 Furious Flower Poetry Prize and The New Guard Knightville Poetry Contest, a semi-finalist for the 92Y Discovery Contest, and was long listed for the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize and 2018 Peach Mag Gold in Poetry. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Brooklyn Poets, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her poems appear in Wildness, Cosmonauts Avenue, Peach Mag, and Puerto del Sol among others. She is also a reader for The Rumpus.

    Cheryl Boyce-Taylor is a poet curator and workshop facilitator. A finalist for the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize, and the judge for The Maureen Egan 2018 Poetry Prize. Cheryl is the author of four collections of poetry: Raw Air, Night When Moon Follows, Convincing the Body and Arrival. A VONA Fellow, her work has been published in: Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Pluck, The Mom Egg Review, Adrienne, and Killens Review of Arts & Letters. Cheryl earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast; The University of Southern Maine. She curates the Calypso Muse Reading Series.

    t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in The African American Review, Apogee, Bomb Magazine, Calyx, Drunken Boat, Electric Literature, Gulf Coast, Kweli, Tin House, Obsidian, Poetry and others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. Winner of the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize, her first poetry collection, how to get over is available from Red Hen Press. Her second poetry collection, & more black, is from Augury Books. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn where she is an editor at No, Dear Magazine.


    - Organizer - 

    Emily Brandt is the author of three chapbooks: Sleeptalk Or Not At AllManWorld, and Behind Teeth. Among other places, her poems have recently appeared in LitHubThe RecluseThe Wall Street JournalWashington Square Review, and the anthology Inheriting the War. She’s been in residence at Saltonstall Arts Colony and was a 2016 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House. Emily is a co-founding editor of No, Dear, Web Acquisitions Editor for VIDA, and an Instructional Coach at a NYC public school.


    This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.