W – E Poetry Reading Series, July 19th

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

W – E
The W(est)-E(ast) Poetry Reading Series is delighted to present
Its second bi-coastal collaboration:

Marsha de la O
Kai Coggin
liz gonzalez
Gerry LaFemina
Mike The Poet Sonksen
Barbara Unger

7 p.m. (NYC time)
4 p.m. (L.A./S.F. time)

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On Sunday, July 19 — 7 p.m. NYC time; 4 p.m. L.A. time — W-E, Bicoastal Poets of the Pandemic and Beyond is excited to present east coast poets Kai Coggin, Gerry LaFemina and Barbara Unger, and west coast poets Marsha de la O, liz gonzalez andMike the Poet Sonksen.

Over a hundred people from around the country attended our inaugural reading last month, and W-E hosts Susana H. Case and Lynn McGee (east coast) and William Mohr (west coast) are looking forward to another event that cross-links west- and east-coast poetry communities.

We hope to see you on July 19. Stay safe and well. Keep writing or whatever keeps you strong.


KAI COGGIN is author of the poetry collections Periscope Heart (Swimming with Elephants, 2014), Wingspan (Golden Dragonfly Press, 2016) and Incandescent (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019), as well as the spoken word album Silhouette (2017). Nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and twice for Best in the Net, Kai’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Entropy, Sinister Wisdom, Assaracus, Calamus Journal, Lavender Review, The Rise Up Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Luna Luna, Blue Heron Review and elsewhere. A teaching artist with the Arkansas Arts Council and Arkansas Learning Through the Arts, Kai also hosts the longest-running open mic series in the country, Wednesday Night Poetry. She lives in the valley of a small mountain in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

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liz gonzález grew up in the San Bernardino Valley, California and is the author of Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected (Los Nietos Press 2018). Her poetry, creative nonfiction and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Interlitq, Voices de la Luna, Askew Poetry Journal, The Anthology of Contemporary Chicanx Writers and Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, among others. She teaches creative writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and lives in Long Beach, California with an indifferent Chihuahua, a talkative tortie cat and Jorge Martin, a scientist and musician.

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GERRY LaFEMINA’slatest books are the poetry collection The Story of Ash(Anhinga, 2018) and a volume of prose poems, Baby Steps for Doomsday Prepping(Madville, 2020). His essays on poets and prosody, Palpable Magic, came out on Stephen F. Austin University Press and his textbook Composing Poetry: A Guide to Writing Poems and Thinking Lyrically was released by Kendall Hunt. A noted literary arts activist who has served on the AWP Board of Directors and edited numerous literary journals and anthologies, Gerry is the former director of the Center for Literary Arts at Frostburg State University, where he is a Professor of English. He also serves as a poetry mentor in the MFA Program at Carlow University and is a current Fulbright Specialist in Writing, Literature and American Culture.

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MARSHA de la O’s latest book, Every Ravening Thing (Pitt Poetry Series) came out in Spring 2019. Her previous book, Antidote for Night, won the 2015 Isabella Gardner Award (BOA Editions) and her first book, Black Hope, won the New Issues Press Poetry Prize. Marsha has published extensively in journals, including two recent poems in The New Yorker, as well as poems in the Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Barrow Street, Third Coast and the North American Review. Together with Phil Taggart, she produces poetry events and has edited the literary journals Spillway and Askew.

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BARBARA UNGAR’s fifth book of poetry, Save Our Ship, won the Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press and was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2019; it also won an IBPA Ben Franklin award and was a Distinguished Favorite of the IPA. Barbara’s chapbook EDGE — named for the EDGE lists of Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered species — is just out from Ethel Press. Prior books include Immortal Medusa (Adirondack Center For Writing Poetry Award Co-Winner, 2015), Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life (Finalist For The National Poetry Series & Sarabande’s Kathryn A. Morton Prize; The Word Works, 2010), The Origin of the Milky Way (Gival Poetry Prize, 2006), and Thrift (Finalist For The Tupelo, Verse, Starrett & New Issues Poetry Prizes & The May Swenson Poetry Award). A professor at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, she lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
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MIKE SONKSEN, aka Mike the Poet, is a third-generation Los Angeles native. Poet, professor, journalist, historian and tour-guide, his latest book Letters to My Citywas published by Writ Large Press. For the last decade he has published over 200 essays with KCET and his poetry has been featured on the Public Radio Stations KCRW, KPCC and KPFK, as well as TV programs including Spectrum News. Mike teaches at Woodbury University in Burbank, California.

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