NYC | May 17, 2009

We’re mixing in more poetry this month! Just can’t get enough of it, and we guarantee the work of these poets and writers will spin your head and make your heart soar. Join us. You’ll be glad you did.

santeeSantee Frazier is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and is currently pursuing an MFA at Syracuse University. He is the recipient of various awards including: The Truman Capote Scholarship and a Syracuse University Fellowship. His poems have appeared in American Poet, Narrative Magazine, Ontario Review, and various literary journals. His first collection of poems Dark Thirty was released by the University of Arizona Press in the spring of 2009.

thomassayersellisPoet and photographer Thomas Sayers Ellis, co-founded The Dark Room Collective (in Cambridge, Massachusetts); and received his M.F.A. from Brown University. He is the author of The Maverick Room (2005), which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award, and a recipient of a Mrs. Giles Whiting Writers’ Award. His poems and photographs have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Callaloo, Best American Poetry, Grand Street, Tin House, Poetry, and The Nation. Mr. Ellis is a contributing writer to Waxpoetics, Poets & Writers and the Poetry Editor at He is also an Assistant Professor of Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and a faculty member of The Lesley University low-residency M.F.A Program. His Breakfast & Black Fist: Notes for Black Poets is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press.

davidslDavid Samuel Levinson is the author of the forthcoming novel, Antonia Lively Breaks The Silence (Algonquin Books, 2010), as well as the story collection, Most Of Us Are Here Against Our Will (Viking UK, April 2005). He is a 2008 Pushcart Prize nominee and finalist (The Brooklyn Review; “Blue Is Just A Color”); has won an award for his fiction in The Atlantic Monthly; was a Chapter One winner—a prize offered by the Bronx Writers’ Center—and a top finalist in the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner-Wisdom Society Competition. He received the New York Times Residency for a Writer Fellowship from the Corporation of Yaddo, as well as fellowships from Ledig House, Pouch Cove, the Santa Fe Arts Institute and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His stories and poems have appeared in RE:AL, storySouth, The James White Review, The New Penguin Book of Short Stories, The Brooklyn Review, Prairie Schooner and are forthcoming in The Toronto Quarterly, Between Men 2: An Anthology and West Branch among others. He has taught creative writing at UT-Austin, NYU and GWU and is the 2008-2009 Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College.

Born and raised in the South Bronx section of New York City, Mecca Woods knew she wanted to become a writer at a very young age. Born an avid reader and blessed with the super ability to string words together like ‘at’ and ‘the’, Mecca took to the pen with much ardor and promise. At the age of 6, she first began entertaining friends and family with the occasional haiku and sonnet before moving on to the craft of the short story. Many years later, while studying Creative Writing at Hunter College in the heart of the Big Apple, Mecca would go on to win the Audre Lorde Prize in Poetry and secure a publishing internship with Simon & Schuster. Since completing school she has found a very comfortable niche in the non-profit sector. When not writing proposals to secure grants for low-income residents of the Bronx, she is hard at work smithing literary delights for the masses and her upcoming film ZEMIRA.



This reading is sponsored in part by Poets & Writers and NYSCA.


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