The night will also feature theremin and drums duo Andrew Joron and Mark Pino, otherwise known as Cosmists.
Please note, this event begins at 7:00 PM. Beverages and snacks will be served.
Special thanks also to our emcee for the evening, Robert Andrew Perez!
Andrew Joron is the author of (City Lights, 2010). Joron’s previous poetry collections include The Removes (Hard Press, 1999), Fathom (Black Square Editions, 2003), and The Sound Mirror (Flood Editions, 2008). The Cry at Zero, a selection of his prose poems and critical essays, was published by Counterpath Press in 2007. From the German, he has translated the Literary Essays of Marxist-Utopian philosopher Ernst Bloch (Stanford University Press, 1998) and by the proto-Dada fantasist Paul Scheerbart (Wakefield Press, 2011). Joron plays theremin in the dark ambient group as well as in the instrumental rock trio .
Dora Malech was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1981 and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. She earned a BA in Fine Arts from Yale College in 2003 and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2005. She has been the recipient of a Frederick M. Clapp Poetry Writing Fellowship from Yale, a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship from the Writers’ Workshop, a Glenn Schaeffer Poetry Award, a Writer’s Fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy, and a 2010 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. The Waywiser Press published her first full-length collection of poems, Shore Ordered Ocean, in 2009 and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center published her second collection, Say So, in 2011. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Best New Poets, American Letters & Commentary, Poetry London, and The Yale Review. She has taught writing at the University of Iowa; Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters in Wellington, New Zealand; Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois; and Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, California. Her paintings and drawings are available at the Chait Galleries in Iowa City, Iowa. She lives in Iowa City, where she writes, draws, teaches, and coordinates the Iowa Youth Writing Project, an arts outreach program for children and teens.
Michael Leong is the author of two books of poetry: e.s.p. (Silenced Press, 2009) and Cutting Time with a Knife (Black Square Editions, 2012), which won a "Face Out" grant from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. He has also published a translation of the Chilean poet Estela Lamat, I, the Worst of All (BlazeVOX [books], 2009). He is the recipient of a 2012 &NOW Award for his chapbook The Philosophy of Decomposition/Re-Composition as Explanation (Delete Press, 2011), and his newest chapbook, Words on Edge, was chosen by Rob Fitterman as the winner of Plan B Press' 2012 Poetry Contest. He is a lecturer at Rutgers University where he completed a dissertation on the contemporary long poem and the archive.
Mark Pino began playing the drums at age eleven. Previous to that he had loved listening to music, and his parents’ catholic tastes in music opened up his ears to many different styles. Pino began playing publicly in the SF Bay Area in the early 1990’s, and since then has played regionally and nationally in many different bands. Mark considers himself a band player; the interaction with other musicians remains important to him, as does the act of manipulating physical instruments for sound and music making. Over the course of his career, Pino has played with all sorts of people in all sorts of settings, and is grateful to all of them, as well as to his teachers who shared their knowledge with him.Robert Andrew Perez lives in Berkeley, California with two biologists. Unlike most poets, he is literally rolling in the dough, working for a deep dish pizza company not in Chicago. He holds various other odd jobs, including but not limited to mobile DJing for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs and miscellaneous aca-drone for the English departments of UC Berkeley and Saint Mary’s College (where he earned his BA and MFA, respectively). He is also the blog manager for the Underpass Reading Series and an associate editor for speCt!, a book arts letterpress poetry imprint, both based on Oakland. He is the recipient of the Lannan Prize for Saint Mary’s College and a Lambda Literary fellow. His recent work can be found in publications such as The Cortland Review, Writing Without Walls, and The Offending Adam.