The So & So Series- one of the Triangle’s longest running reading series — will host an evening of readings at LUMP on September 14 at 7:00 pm.
The reading will coincide with the Janks Archive exhibition, an ongoing investigation of traditions in insult humor from cultures around the world. This multifaceted study documents this tradition through field recording, and presents the collection through an online database, public events, exhibitions, installations, publications, and a podcast.
Donations to Lump are greatly appreciated.
Threa Almontaser is an Arab-American writer born and raised in New York City. She is a MFA candidate in poetry at North Carolina State University and the recipient of scholarships from Tin House, Winter Tangerine, the Fine Arts Work Center, and elsewhere. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets, she is winner of the 2017 Unsilenced Grant for Muslim American Women Writers as well as the 9th annual Nazim Hikmet poetry competition. Her work is published in Baltimore Review, Track//Four, Kakalak, Gravel, Day One, and elsewhere. She currently teaches English to immigrants and refugees in Raleigh.
Brian Howe is a journalist and poet in Durham. He is the managing arts and culture editor of INDY Week, and his writing has appeared in Pitchfork, SPIN, The New York Times Magazine, Hyperallergic, and others. He has published three chapbooks and made three full-length albums of sound poetry: Black Sail (with various poets), The Lion's Face (with Tim Van Dyke), and Lure (with Michelle Dove). His poems and sound art have appeared in journals including Coconut, So & So, Horse Less, Past Simple, Drunken Boat, McSweeneys.com
, and others. His manuscript Wolf Intervals, ten years in the making, was recently a semifinalist in the Fence Modern Poets Series. He's currently working on a new book of poems that end mid-line and running the Howse Party reading series. waxwroth.com
Christopher Shipman is author or co-author of eight books. Keats is Not the Problem, co-authored with Brett Evans, and The Movie My Murderer Makes Season II, are his most recent collections. Shipman’s work appears in journals such as Cimarron Review, PANK, Plume, Salt Hill, So and So, Spork Press, and TENDERLOIN, among many others. His poem, «The Three-Year Crossing,» was a winner of the 2015 Motionpoems Big Bridges prize, judged by Alice Quinn. A Ship on the Line (2015), co-authored with Vincent Cellucci, was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. Shipman lives in Greensboro where he teaches literature at New Garden Friends School and dances to the Boss with his four-year-old daughter on his shoulders.
Crystal Simone Smith is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Routes Home, Finishing Line Press (2013) and Running Music, Longleaf Press (2014). She is also the author of Wildflowers: Haiku, Senryu, and Haibun (2016). Her work has appeared in numerous journals including: Callaloo, Nimrod, Barrow Street, Obsidian II: Literature in the African Diaspora, African American Review, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. She is an alumna of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the Yale Summer Writers Conference. She holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and lives in Durham, NC with her husband and two sons where she teaches English Composition and Creative Writing. She is the Managing Editor of Backbone Press.
SPARKcon is an interdisciplinary creativity, art & design festival produced by the non-profit creativity incubator, Visual Art Exchange, in Raleigh NC. SPARKcon happens each September (since 2006!) in Downtown Raleigh.