Readings by Jeanne Heuving, Samar Abulhassan, Maged Zaher, Christina Montilla, and Travis A Sharp
INCA: 2 West Roy St. Seattle, WA, 98110
7 July 2016, 7:30-9:30pm
A reading organized by Letter [r] Press with readings by contributors and one editor of the literary journal, Small Po[r]tions.
Letter [r] Press is a micropress that publishes chapbooks, artist’s books and ephemera, along with the literary journal Small Po[r]tions. The press promotes the work of Small Po[r]tions contributors and publishes experimental and multi/intermedia writing and art. Small Po[r]tions publishes short[er] work and multi/intermedia art. Each issue has a print component with a focus on book arts and an online component featuring selections from the print issue along with media work.
This event includes readings by contributors to Small Po[r]tions: Jeanne Heuving, Samar Abulhassan, Maged Zaher, Christina Montilla, and Small Po[r]tions’ co-editor Travis A Sharp.
Jeanne Heuving is a scholar and a writer. Her books include Incapacity, Transducer, and Omissions Are Not Accidents: Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore. Her book length-study The Transmutation of Love and Avant-Garde Poetics is out this June from the Modern and Contemporary Poetics series at the University of Alabama Press. She recently published her long poem, “Miss Lonelyhearts,” in Hambone 20. Her cross genre book Incapacity won a 2004 Book of the Year Award from Small Press Traffic. Heuving directs the MFA program in Creative Writing & Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell and is on the graduate faculty in the English Department at the University of Washington Seattle. She is the recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Simpson Humanities Center, and the Beinecke Library at Yale.
Samar Abulhassan is a teaching artist, poet and bodyworker living in Seattle. She recently received a 2016 CityArtist grant to complete a novel-in-poems, reflecting on memory, longing and the Arabic alphabet ignited while exploring Pike Place Market and Seattle’s waterfront. She has worked for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers in the Schools Program for the past seven years, and continues to teach writing to teens and adults at the Hugo House. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University, where she studied fiction. She is a Hedgebrook alum, has published five chapbooks (including Farah and Nocturnal Temple), and loves working between poetry and prose.
Maged Zaher is the author of THANK YOU FOR THE WINDOW OFFICE (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), THE REVOLUTION HAPPENED AND YOU DIDN’T CALL ME (Tinfish Press, 2012), and PORTRAIT OF THE POET AS AN ENGINEER (Pressed Wafer, 2009). His collaborative work with the Australian poet Pam Brown, FAROUT LIBRARY SOFTWARE, was published by Tinfish Press in 2007. His translations of contemporary Egyptian poetry have appeared in Jacket Magazine, Banipal, and Denver Quarterly. He performed his work at Subtext, Bumbershoot, the Kootenay School of Writing, St. Marks Project, Evergreen State College, and The American University in Cairo. Maged is the recipient of the 2013 Genius Award in Literature from the Seattle weekly The Stranger.
Christina Montilla grew up in Mountlake Terrace, Washington and studied Anthropology and Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University. Her prose-poetry and more has appeared in the literary journals Hobart and Duende and in venues around the Puget Sound. She works and hangs out at the intersection of an array of fields from non-profit to retail, from literary arts to tech.
Travis A Sharp is a queer poet and book artist. Travis is an editor and designer at Essay Press and is a co-founding editor of Small Po[r]tions Journal and Letter [r] Press. Travis is entering the PhD program in English and the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo this fall and has an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington, Bothell. Travis’ work has appeared with Columbia Poetry Review, LIT, Puerto del Sol, Big Lucks, Entropy, The Conversant, Fact-Simile, and elsewhere.