Sunday, September 9, 2018

Saturday, Sept 15: blake nemec, Erick Sáenz & Ash Ponders

The Poetic Research Bureau presents...

ASH PONDERS (reading the work of DIANA MORÁN)


Saturday, September 15 2018
Doors 7:30pm
Reading 8pm


blake nemec is a writer, teacher & sound artist who lives in Chicago. Sharing Plastic is hir hybrid poetry/fiction debut, & he has been featured in situations like the NOPF, JUPITER 88, the Red Rover Reading Series, the Rio Grande Review, Captive Genders, or the SF Queer Arts Performance Festival. He received an MFA from the UTEP and is a Lambda Literary Fellow. He has long worked as a sound recordist in queer independent movies, such as the documentary FREE CeCE! Hir work obsesses on the extraordinary musicality of everyday conversations by unprotected workers, pansexuals, & gender non-conforming people.

Panamanian poet and radical activist, Diana Morán, created her major works in the tumult of the 1960s and '70s. Despite winning the first Ricardo Miró National Literature Award for poetry, she was forced into exile as an active Marxist by the successive conservative and reformist military coups that overthrew the preceding government in the late '60s. Labeled a criminal reactionary by Torrijos and Noriega, Morán found a permanent home-in-exile in Mexico City, teaching at the Metropolitan Autonomous University. She passed away in 1987; her cremains were secretly scattered into the Panama Canal in 2004.

Panamanian multimedia artist Ash Ponders lives in the Sonoran Desert making visuals for newspapers and art galleries. His recent work has been covered by the New York Times, BBC, CNN and Teen Vogue. In his spare time he translates poems, chases hot air balloons, teaches firearms safety, and tutors adults in both Spanish and English.

Erick Sáenz is a 1st generation Latinx writer and English teacher from Los Angeles. He's the founding editor of Lilac Press, a small imprint dedicated to DIY ethics. He was previously a contributing editor for the online magazine Cheers from the Wasteland. In addition to several self-released chapbooks and zines, his writing has appeared in Entropy, Alien Mouth, Elderly Magazine, Pinball, Hobart Pulp, Five:2:One Magazine, and others. His first book SUSURROS A MI PADRE is forthcoming via The Operating System.

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