Autonomedia Book Release Party for Mind Honey by Wanda Phipps Hosted by Jim Feast

July 1, 2021 - 7:00 PM
KGB Bar
Mind Honey

Join Wanda Phipps and Friends Reading from her new book and from their own work!

“In Wanda Phipps’ new collection we find city poems, desire poems, spirit poems; we walk streets and wait for trains—Rimbaud, Jesus, vampires, the Buddha; we embrace bodies, we are wanted, we are sexy, we are rejected, we are loved; and we are uplifted, by ritual, by communion, by days, nights, work, the blues. Here is a poetry of language, style, being, that is urban, witty, critically conscious of the world, self, humanity. These poems are beautiful. Very beautiful. Mind Honey feeds the reader and, never sated, we are restored. Poetry and life.”— Mark Statman, author of Exile Home (Lavender Ink)

Wanda Phipps is a writer and translator. 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 Boog City, Time Out New York, Paper Magazine, and others. Her new book is Mind Honey!

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”; a short story collection, How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic EraDéja Vu poetry and digital collages; and Sitting Book.  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, and Brooklyn Rail. She received a 2014 Kathy Acker Award for fiction and is working on her second novel.

Darius James lived and worked in New York City for twenty-two years.  In 1998, he moved to Berlin, Germany and worked as a free-lance journalist; radio host; theater director; and creative writing coach. He is the author of four books. He is also a lecturer and spoken-word performer who has appeared on radio, television and film.

Olena Jennings is the author of the novel Temporary Shelter, being released from Cervena Barva Press. She is also the author of the poetry collection Songs from an Apartment and the chapbook Memory Project. Her translation with Oksana Lutsyshyna of Artem Chekh’s Absolute Zero was released in 2020 by Glagoslav. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and an MA from the University of Alberta. She is the founder and curator of the Poets of Queens reading series.

David A. Kirschenbaum (http://boogcity.com) is the author of The July Project 2007 (Open 24 Hours), a series of songs about Star Wars set to rock and pop classics. His work has appeared in Brooklyn Rail, the Brooklyn Review Online, Chain, and The Village Voice, among others. He is the editor and publisher of Boog City, a New York City-based small press and electronic newspaper now in its 30th year. He is the director of the Welcome to Boog City Arts Festivals, now in its 15th year. His Gilmore girls-tinged poems form the lyrics of Preston Spurlock and Casey Holford's band Gilmore boys (http://www.myspace.com/gilmoreboysmusic).

Ron Kolm is a contributing editor of Sensitive Skin. Ron is the author of Divine Comedy, Suburban Ambush, Night Shift, A Change in the Weather, Welcome to the Barbecue and Swimming in the Shallow End. He's had work in And Then, Great Weather for Media, Maintenant, Live Mag!, Local Knowledge, the Poets of Queens anthologythe Riverside Poets Anthology, and the Brownstone Poets. Ron’s papers were purchased by the New York University Library.

David Mills holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. He’s published four collections, The Dream Detective, The Sudden Country, After Mistic and Boneyarn (New York Slavery poems). His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Brooklyn Rail, Colorado Review, Crab Orchard Review Jubilat, Callaloo, Obsidian, Aloud: Live from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and Fence. He has also received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Breadloaf, The American Antiquarian Society and the Lannan Foundation.  He lived in Langston Hughes’ landmark Harlem home for three years.

Dennis Moritz (Playwright/Director/Producer) writes a lot of plays. His work appears on mainstage and in improvised spaces. Producers include the Public, Painted Bride, Freedom Theater, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Bowery Poetry Club, Sticky, Theater Double, N1, Theatre Ariel, HERE. He prefers to work in bars and art galleries. His theater work has been published in theater magazines and poetry magazines. Angel Hair/United Artists, the longtime poetry press, published two collections of his theater works: the only plays listed in that catalogue.