Poets of Queens Book Launch Cynthia Andrews

June 3, 2021 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A Little Before Twelve

Cynthia Andrews is a veteran of the NYC poetry circuit, and has had readings in such venues as The Knitting Factory, Cornelia Street Café, St. Marks Church, and The Nuyorican Poets Café, where her performance was one of the first to be archived at Poet's House. She is the author of two chapbooks Saving Summer and Homeless (The New Press.) A Little Before Twelve is her first full collection of poetry. She has been widely published in various literary journals and anthologies, including ALOUD: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, The Voice Literary Supplement, The 2020 Beat Poets Anthology, Long Shot, Red Fez and Tribes Literary Journal. She has been a favored guest poet on cable TV and radio, including Teachers and Writers in the Morning and WBAI New York. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize twice and a finalist for the Downtown Year of the Poet award, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing and resides in Queens, New York.

Bonny Finberg’s fiction, poetry and photographs have been published and translated internationally in numerous literary journals and anthologies and have been included in various gallery exhibitions. Her work has been translated into five languages. Publications include a novel, "Kali's Day” (Autonomedia/Unbearable Books);  a short story collection, How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era (Sisyphus Press); Déja Vu poetry and digital collages (Corrupt Press); Sitting Book (Xanadu Press).  Her work can be found in Ragged Lion Press, Big Bridge, Sensitive Skin, Thrice Fiction, KGB Literary Journal, The Villager, Le Purple Journal, Upstairs at Duroc, Noir Nation, Evergreen Review, Brooklyn Rail. She received a 2014 Kathy Acker Award for fiction and is working on her second novel. 

Mike Graves is the author of four (4) chapbooks, two of which are digital, and three full-length collections. The chapbooks are Outside St. Jude's (R. E. M.,1990), Blatnoy (madhattersreview3.com2005) Illegal Border Crosser (Cervena Barva, 2008), and Fifteen Villanelles (Robert Perron.com 2020). The full-length books are Adam and Cain and In Fragility (Black Buzzard, 2006, 2011) and A Prayer for the Less Violent Offenders: Selected Short Poems of Mike Graves (Nirala, 2017). And he has been coordinating and hosting the Phoenix Reading Series for about twenty (20) years.

Ron Kolm is a contributing editor of Sensitive Skin magazine. Ron is the author of Divine ComedyDuke & JillSuburban Ambush, Night Shift, A Change in the Weather, Welcome to the Barbecue and Swimming in the Shallow End. He's had work in AbwartsAnd Then, Feuerstuhl, Great Weather for Media, the Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance anthology, Maintenant, Live Mag!, Local Knowledge,  NYSAI, The Opiate, the Poets of Queens anthologythe Riverside Poets Anthology, StadtgelichterVar Ucca Muhely #63, the Brownstone Poets anthologies and The Red Wheelbarrow. Ron’s papers were purchased by the New York University library.

Wanda Phipps is a writer/performer living in NYC. Her books include Field of Wanting: Poems of Desire and Wake-Up Calls: 66 Morning Poems. Her poetry has been translated into Ukrainian, Hungarian, Arabic, Galician and Bangla. She has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Theater Translation Fund, and others. As a founding member of Yara Arts Group she has collaborated on numerous theatrical productions presented in Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Siberia, and at La MaMa, E.T.C. in NYC. She's curated reading series at the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church and written about the arts for Time Out New York, Paper Magazine, and About.com

Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of seven books, most recently Tricks of Light, a poetry collection. He teaches at Medgar Evers college and received a fiction writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Danny Shot’s WORKS (New and Selected Poems) was published in March 2018 by (CavanKerry Press). Danny is currently Head Poetry Editor of RED FEZ (https://www.redfez.net/), an online magazine and an Associate Editor of A Gathering of the Tribes (https://www.tribes.org/) online He was featured on the television show State of the Arts, NJ in July 2018. His play Roll the Dice, co-written with Lawrence Kelly was performed at the NYC Theater Summerfest in September 2018. He spent over 30 years as a NYC public high school teacher, serving in the South Bronx, Harlem and Brooklyn. Danny lives in Hoboken, NJ (home of Frank Sinatra and baseball) where he was the most recent poet-in-residence of the Hoboken Museum. Danny Shot was longtime publisher and editor of Long Shot arts and literary magazine, which he founded along with Eliot Katz in 1982 in New Brunswick, NJ. Check out his new website: https://dannyshot.com/

Francine Witte’s poetry and fiction have appeared in Smokelong Quarterly, Wigleaf, Mid-American Review, and Passages North. Her latest books are Dressed All Wrong for This (Blue Light Press,) The Way of the Wind (AdHoc fiction,) and The Theory of Flesh (Kelsay Books.) Her chapbook, The Cake, The Smoke, The Moon (flash fiction) will be published by ELJ September, 2021. She is flash fiction editor for Flash Boulevard and The South Florida Poetry Journal. She lives in NYC.