Feb 27, 2014
Friday, March 8
5:30 p.m. -7 p.m.
The Plough & Stars
Cambridge’s storied Irish pub and restaurant
912 Massachusetts Ave
Order a bite and a pint while watching performances
by Ailish Hopper, Christopher Janke, Fred Sasaki, Julia Story, John Summers, and Eugenia Williamson.
Ailish Hopper is the author of the chapbook, Bird in the Head, selected by Jean Valentine for the Center for Book Arts prize. Individual poems have appeared in journals including Agni, American Poetry Review, The Baffler, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Tidal Basin Review, among other places. She has also received support from the Baltimore Commission for the Arts and Humanities, the MacDowell colony, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo.
A native of DC, she has degrees from Princeton University and Bennington College, and teaches at Goucher College and in Goucher’s Prison Education Partnership.
Christopher Janke’s poems have appeared in Harper’s, A Public Space, American Poetry Review, MAKE, and dozens of other journals. Among other projects, he is currently working on a series of poems entitled “of the of of the of” that explore the relationship between words and objects through visual and sculptural reinterpretations of the poems.
Fred Sasaki is associate editor of Poetry magazine. His most recent writing can be found on VICE.
John Summers is The Baffler’s Editor in Chief.
Julia Story’s first collection, Post Moxie, was the recipient of Sarabande Books’ 2009 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and Ploughshares’ 2010 John C. Zacharis First Book Award, and was named one of Coldfront’s Top 30 Poetry Books of 2010. Her recent work has appeared in The Paris Review, Octopus, MAKE, and Salt Hill. A native of Indiana, she now lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Eugenia Williamson is a freelance writer and book critic, as well as a contributing Editor to The Baffler Her work can be found in The Boston Globe, Bookforum and The Phoenix among other places.
Billy Blake and the Vagabonds is songwriters Kennedy Greenrod and Reid Coker, guitarist Saleem Dhamee, bassist Jason Labrosse & drummer Seth Vanek. Inspired by 18th century Romantic mystic, William Blake, the Vagabonds have arranged 15 new tunes from his canonical collections, “Songs of Innocence” and “Songs of Experience”. Contemporary interpretations of Blake’s classic work, the Vagabonds breathe new fire and meaning into William Blake’s iconic words, helping to re-illuminate his incendiary visions to both casual and most devoted of Blake enthusiasts. Drawing from Stones-y-rock, mellow pop, countrified folk, gospel music and hopping Bo Diddley blues, “Billy Blake and the Vagabonds” are a wholly modern representation of William Blake and his work.
The Baffler is a journal of art and criticism appearing every March, June, and October. It’s edited by John Summers with Thomas Frank and Chris Lehmann, published in print and digital formats by MIT Press, delivered to subscribers in all fifty U.S. States, Canada, and Europe, and distributed to fine book stores everywhere. http://www.thebaffler.com/
MAKE Literary Productions, NFP is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose purpose is to publish and promote contemporary literary writing and visual art. MAKE is a biannual publication not only showcasing established and emerging talent, but also creating a lasting document of the current writing and visual arts landscape. It is a literary, artistic object in pursuit of a thematic vision.