Summer 2019 Poets At Queen Mob’s Teahouse

Summer 2019 Poets At Queen Mob’s Teahouse

Editor’s Note: A list of poets appearing during Summer 2019 in the Queen Mob’s Teahouse poetry page (reverse chronological order), added to Spring list (at bottom):

Umang Kalra: Umang Kalra is a queer Indian poet. She is a Best of the Net anthology finalist, and is the Poetry Editor at the Brown Orient Literary Journal. Her work has previously appeared in the RECLAIM/RESIST Anthology, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Cotton Xenomorph, Vagabond City, and others. She tweets at @earthflwrs and writes at

Len Lawson: Len Lawson is the author of ”Chime” (Get Fresh Books, 2019), the chapbook ”Before the Night Wakes You” (Finishing Line Press, 2017), and co-editor of ”Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race” (Muddy Ford Press, 2017). He was a finalist for the inaugural 2015 Berfrois Poetry Prize.  He has received fellowships from Callaloo, Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Weymouth Center for the Arts, and the Emrys Foundation. His poetry appears in Callaloo Journal, African American Review (forthcoming), Verse DailyNinth LetterMississippi Review, and elsewhere. Len is also a Ph.D. student in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His website is

Karen Poppy: Karen Poppy has work published in The American Journal of Poetry, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, ArLiJo, Wallace Stevens Journal, and Chaleur Magazine. She has a chapbook forthcoming with Finishing Line Press, and another chapbook forthcoming with Homestead Lighthouse Press. Karen Poppy has also recently compiled her first full-length poetry collection, written her first novel, and is at work on her second poetry collection and second novel. An attorney licensed in California and Texas, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

José Luis Álvarez Escontrela: José Luis Álvarez Escontrela is a Student of Literature at the Central University of Venezuela, working in his Bachelor’s dissertation, with a Creative Writing Minor degree from the Metropolitan University and ICREA. He was part of the anthology Poets Night I of Diversidad Literaria press (Buenos Aires, 2015). His poems have appeared in Juste Milieu (June 2019) and Rigorous (July 2019). His poems will appear in MásPoesía (2019) and in Inkwell (April 2020) as the winner of the National Literature Day poem. He has published non-fiction articles for Problemon (2019).

Maxwell Gray: Maxwell Gray is an American poet and medievalist graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Yvonne Amey: Yvonne Amey holds an MFA from the University of Central Florida. Her poems, fiction, and  nonfiction have appeared in Tin House, 50 G’s, Arc Poetry, The Florida Review, and elsewhere.

Mary Buchinger: Mary Buchinger is the author of four collections of poetry:  Navigating the Reach (forthcoming), e i n f ü h l u n g/in feeling (2018), Aerialist (2015) and Roomful of Sparrows (2008). She is president of the New England Poetry Club and Professor of English and communication studies at MCPHS University in Boston. Her work has appeared in AGNI, Diagram, Gargoyle, Nimrod, PANK, Salamander, Slice Magazine, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere; her website is

Marina Carreira: Marina Carreira is a queer Luso-American writer and artist from Newark, NJ who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University, NJ. Marina’s chapbook, “I Sing to That Bird Knowing It Won’t Sing Back” was published May 2017 by Finishing Line Press. Her first full-length poetry collection, “Save the Bathwater”, is out now and published by Get Fresh Books. Her work is featured in Paterson Literary Review, The Acentos Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Hinchas de Poesia, Luna Luna, among others. Marina has showcased her art in group exhibitions and festivals at the Ironbound Cultural Center’s Shiman Gallery, Hahne & Co., Gallery 211, and Living Incubator Performance Space {LIPS} in the Gateway Project Spaces in Newark, NJ. She is founding member of “Brick City Collective”, a Newark-based multicultural, multimedia group working for social change through the arts.

Farah Ghafoor: Farah Ghafoor’s poems have recently appeared in Halal if You Hear Me, a BreakBeat Poets anthology edited by Fatimah Asghar and Safia Elhillo, and Glass: a Journal of Poetry. Her work has been nominated for Best New Poets and Best of the Net, and has been recognized by Hollins University, the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, the League of Canadian Poets, and Columbia College Chicago. She is the editor-in-chief of Sugar Rascals Magazine and attends the University of Toronto.

Iris McCloughan: Iris McCloughan is a transfeminine writer and artist in New York City. They were the winner of the 2018 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from the American Poetry Review. They are the author of the chapbook ‘No Harbor’ (L + S Press) and their poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Juked, Lines + Stars, muff magazine, Off the Coast, and decomP, among others.

Simone Liggins: Simone Liggins earned her MFA in Writing at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics of Naropa University. The foundation for her love of writing and literature was paved at an early age and blossomed during her teenage years through the kind of tortured freedom that only the ostracism & funk-weirdness of being an African-American Gemini mystic can grant a person. Her various influences include but are not limited to: Sylvia Plath, Kurt Vonnegut, Dorothy Parker, Audre Lorde, Lenore Kandel, Laurell K. Hamilton, Octavia Butler, The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Fiona Apple, and Jimi Hendrix. Her work has been featured in Raven Chronicles, Buddy–A Lit Zine, BEATS Poetry Periodical, Boulder Weekly, Outsider Poetry, SurVision Magazine, Reject Press, and Petrichor Magazine.

Cameron Morse: Cameron Morse was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in 2014. With a 14.6 month life expectancy, he entered the Creative Writing Program at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and, in 2018, graduated with an M.F.A. His poems have been published in numerous magazines, including New LettersBridge EightPortland Review and South Dakota Review. His first poetry collection, Fall Risk, won Glass Lyre Press’s 2018 Best Book Award. His three subsequent collections are Father Me Again (Spartan Press, 2018), Coming Home with Cancer (Blue Lyra Press, 2019), and Terminal Destination (Spartan Press, 2019). He lives with his pregnant wife Lili and son Theodore in Blue Springs, Missouri, where he manages Inklings’ FOURTH FRIDAYS READING SERIES with Eve Brackenbury and serves as poetry editor for Harbor Review.  For more information, check out his Facebook page or website.

Bradley J. Fest: Bradley J. Fest is Winifred D. Wandersee Scholar in Residence and assistant professor of English at Hartwick College. He is the author of two volumes of poetry, The Rocking Chair (Blue Sketch, 2015) and The Shape of Things (Salò, 2017), and recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Grain, Nerve Cowboy, Spork, Sugar House Review, Verse, and elsewhere. He has also written a number of essays on contemporary literature and culture, which have been published in boundary 2, CounterText, Critique, Scale in Literature and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), The Silence of Fallout (Cambridge Scholars, 2013), and elsewhere. More information is available at

Emer Lyons: Emer Lyons is a creative/critical PhD candidate in the English department at the University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ and originally from Cork. Her poetry, fiction and reviews have appeared in journals such as Poetry Ireland Review, The Tangerine, Headland, Turbine, Mimicry, takahē, Southword, The Cardiff Review, London Grip, and Queen Mob’s Teahouse.

Matthew James Friday: Matthew James Friday has had many poems published in numerous international magazines and journals, including, recently: All the Sins (UK), The Ear (USA), Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal (USA), and the Waterford Teachers Centre (Ireland). The mini-chapbooks All the Ways to Love, Waters of Oregon and The Words Unsaid were published by the Origami Poems Project (USA). Website:

Patricia Farrell: Patricia Farrell is a poet and visual artist. She has collaborated with other writers and artists, most notably Robert Sheppard, as well as the installation artist Jivan Astfalck, on the project B*twixst, exhibited in Birmingham, Portsmouth and Cologne, and A Space Completely Filled with Matter with the dancer, Jennifer Cobbing. Her collection, The Zechstein Sea, was published by Shearsman in 2013 and her latest publication is High Cut: My Model of No Criteria (Leafe Press 2018). She completed a PhD thesis in 2011 on poetic artifice in philosophical writing.

Gabrielle Martin: Gabrielle Martin is a poet living and working in Philadelphia. Originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, many of their formative years were spent shucking corn. Their work has appeared in YesPoetry, Vagabond City Lit, and Rag Queen Periodical. Find them on Twitter @crabbygabie.

Adriana Cloud: Adriana Cloud‘s work has appeared in The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, and others. Her chapbook Instructions for Building a Wind Chime is available from the Poetry Society of America. Find her on Twitter at @adicloud.

Erika Luckert: Erika Luckert is a writer from Edmonton, Canada, and a recipient of the 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize. Her manuscript, “Prepared Ground,” was a finalist for Tupelo’s Berkshire Prize. Her work has appeared in Indiana Review, CALYX, Room Magazine, Measure, Tampa Review, Boston Review, The American Literary Review, and elsewhere. Erika holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, and currently lives in New York City, where she teaches creative and critical writing.

Mary Lannon: Mary Lannon has work published at Story, New World Writing, and her short story “The Key to Catastrophe Management” was a finalist for the 2019 Iron Horse Literary Review Trifecta Contest for the long short story.  A resident of Queens NY, she is at work on a second novel and a book of poems, while looking for a publishing home for her first novel.

Meagan Rachuy: Megan Rachuy is a graduate student of Gothic Literature currently based in Scotland where the weather keeps her feeling, well, Gothic. As an emerging writer and devout student, her publications include “Tell Me Again” found on ENTROPY while her academic essay ““The City Of Dreadful Night” And Gothic Modernity” is upcoming in the Gothic Studies blog. Her current academic interests are the feminine culinary Gothic, a new direction in Gothic studies. Despite her love for everything Gothic, Megan is particularly fond of the color pink and enjoys dried mango.

L. Bledsoe & Michael Gushue: CL Bledsoe is the author of seventeen books, most recently the poetry collection Trashcans in Loveand the novel The Funny Thing About… . He lives in northern Virginia with his daughter and blogs, with Michael Gushue, at Michael Gushue is co-founder of the nanopress Poetry Mutual Press, and he co-curates the reading series Poetry at the Watergate. His work can be found in journals such as Indiana Review, Third Coast, Redivider, Gargoyle, The Germ, and American Letters & Commentary and his books are Pachinko Mouth, Conrad, Gathering Down Women, and—in collaboration with CL Bledsoe—I Never Promised You A Sea Monkey. He lives in the Brookland neighborhood (“a shabby and decidedly unhip neighborhood” -New York Times) of Washington, D.C.


Spring 2019 Poets At Queen Mob’s Teahouse

Editor’s Note: A list with author name, date of publication, poem titles, and links to poems of poets appearing in Queen Mob’s Teahouse during Spring 2019.

Jolly, Tess – 20 Jun 19: “Miss”; “Sally”; “Christingle”; “Nancy’s Townhouse”; “Constance”; “Unnamed – I”:

Harris, Paula – 18 Jun 19: “trying to teach my ex how to take care of this house”; “the person you love is dead”; “Dear Tinder guy, if you’re going to be a creep, then at least be a mass murderer”; “a wolf named Naya became the first wolf on Belgian soil…”; “there are many different ways to say I love you.”

Goldwasser, Jake – 13 Jun 19: “The worst sex I ever had”; “Flying Fish”; “Above the Gowanus Canal.”

Miles, Ezra – 11 Jun 19: “‘…And I mon waxë wod’.”

Turner, Lizzy – 6 Jun 19: “Icon.”

Telling, Katy – 4 Jun 19: [Visual Poems] “Two”; “5 The Bony Fishes”; “I never at any point thought”; “Inspired”; “Voice.”

Venema, Ashen – 30 May 19: “My Painter”; “Young in Sepia.”

Karlovic, Antonio – 28 May 19: “Waltzer”; “Black Hands”; “Poverty”; “The Summer I Shaved My Head”; “The Gun.”

Hannett, C. C. – 25 May 19: “high-queues.”

Serea, Claudia – 21 May 19: “The clarinet”; “All the roads were smoldering”; “Preparing for winter.”

Akhtar, Sascha – 20 May 19: “Ejaculate As A Noun.”

Phelan, Nagmeh – 18 May 19: “The Last Cake”; “How We Age”; “The Great Sadness of Ben Affleck.”

Murphy, m/ryan – 16 May 19: “FOR A TIME IT COULD BE UGLY”:

Gallo, Julian 14 – May 19: “Soul’s On Fire”; “Goodnight, Mary Magdalene”; “Burn”; “My Idea of Torture”; “The Mirror Reflects A Fractured Spirit”; “Rome”; “An Ashcan Burns At The Feet Of Christ”; “Oil”; “The Architecture Of Circles.”

Sequeira, Jessica – 11 May 19: “Eastern Variations”; “Catch Me If You Can”; “My South.”

Umans, Linda – 9 May 19: “TIE-INS”; “Pony for my heart to ride”; “What’s in a rabbit”; “Zombie Drag.”

Janeshek, Jessie – 7 May 19: “Bite the Bullet”; “Queen Bad Seed”; “I’d Be Safe and Warm if I Was in LA.”

Esser Slentz, Kristine – 6 May 19: “ceremonial of spouse”; “sex: guilty”; “fucking poem.”

Perez, Emily – 3 May 19: “My Husband’s Hands”; “My Son Is”; “Stolen Things: Part III”; “What if There was a Cat.”

Regel, Hannah – 1 May 19: “Oliver Reed”; “Waiting for Dinner.”

Valor, Eric – 29 Apr 19: “Iki & Etta”; “My Strings Sing for Renaissance”; “Still..Life..”; “Oblivion.”

Hightower, Nancy – 26 Apr 19: “The Awakening.”

Morrison, Sarah – 24 Apr 19: “Sexting a Famous Musician”; “Well-Read”; “Enquirer: ‘Courtney Love’s Lonely Final Days’”; “We Went To The Flea Market to Find Something Shabby Chic.”

Miller, Pete – 23 Apr 19:  “Birds of Night”; “Les at Lethe Orphanage”; “Poppies”; “Contracture.”

Amey, Yvonne – 22 Apr 19: “Crack and Cake.”

Sarkar, Debarati – 20 Apr 19: “Adrift”; “Derelict”; “let me walk home.”

NTP, Jax – 19 Apr 19: “how to pivot when you’re paralyzed”; “hysterectomy wanted”; “money is motive is immobility in bones.”

Saul-Zerby, Amy – 11 Apr 19: “TRUST THE PROCESS.”

Submit a comment