An Evening with Brooklyn Arts Press featuring readings by Jason Koo, Anaïs Duplan, Debora Kuan, and Sheila Maldonado, with music by John Leitera from Tuff Sunshine. Presented by BAP Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Joe Pan.
Jason Koo was born in New York City and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of More Than Mere Light (Prelude Books, forthcoming 2018), America's Favorite Poem (C&R Press, 2014) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009), winner of the De Novo Poetry Prize and the Asian American Writers' Workshop Members' Choice Award for the best Asian American book of 2009. Coeditor of the Brooklyn Poets Anthology, he also served as one of the editors of Bettering American Poetry 2015 and the editor of Poems for Kobe, a private limited edition of poems presented as a retirement gift to Kobe Bryant by the Brooklyn Nets and Brooklyn Poets. He is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and creator of the Bridge. He lives in Brooklyn.
Anaïs Duplan is the author of a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). Their poems and essays have appeared in Hyperallergic, on PBS News Hour, the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, Fence, Boston Review, The Journal, and in other publications. Duplan is also an artist and curator who has facilitated exhibitions at the Distillery Gallery, Elastic Arts, Disjecta, the Radical Abacus, Public Space One, and at Mengi in Reykjavík, Iceland. Their visual works have appeared or are forthcoming in group exhibitions at Flux Factory, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Daata Editions, the 13th Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in LA. Anaïs is the founder of the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color in Iowa City and is the joint Public Programs Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Debora Kuan is the author of the poetry collectionXING. Her writing has appeared in The Awl, The Baffler, Brooklyn Rail, Fence, The Iowa Review, Art in America, Artforum, Modern Painters, and other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Princeton University, and the CUNY Writers’ Institute, she has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Macdowell, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She is currently Director of English Language Arts assessment design and development at the College Board and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Sheila Maldonado is a New York-based artist who was born in Brooklyn, NY. Maldonado is a writer whose work explores the use of image. She authored one-bedroom solo (debut poetry collection), Fly by Night Press (A Gathering of the Tribes) (2011). Her published poems include In the American dream room, Dream Closet (anthology), Secretary Press (2016); At the Uptown Marsh, epic laundry, Ping Pong (journal), Henry Miller Library (2015); documents in disorder, abandoning the cities (again), guards, retiring in the murder capital of the world, In memoriam of the lives lost in the war against humanity (portfolio); The Poetry Mail, Red Laef Foundation, India (2015); great blood, The Quarry, Split This Rock poetry database (2015); and Submit/Resist, A Poet in a Shade of Jade, Hyperallergic (2014).