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Poetry Reading & Voter Registration: State of the Union

beckman.jpg Joshua Beckman is the author of five books of poetry: Things Are Happening (1998); Something I Expected To Be Different (2001); Nice Hat. Thanks. (2002), written with Matthew Rohrer; Your Time Has Come (2004); and most recently, Shake (Wave Books, 2006). He has numerous books of translation, including the forthcoming Five Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat, and Poker by Tomaž Šalamun (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003) which was a finalist for the PEN Poetry in Translation Award. He is also an editor at Wave Books, a poetry press based in Seattle and New York.
 Harvey.JPG Matthea Harvey is the author of three books of poetry: Modern Life (Graywolf, 2007), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf, 2004) and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (Alice James Books, 2000.) She is a contributing editor to jubilat, BOMB and Meatpaper. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawerence and lives in Brooklyn. Her website is
 kocot2.jpg Noelle Kocot’s first book, 4, won the Levis Prize and was published by Four Way Books in 2001. Her second book, The Raving Fortune, was also published by Four Way in 2004. Her third book, Poem for the End of Time and Other Poems, was published by Wave Books in 2006, and her fourth, Sunny Wednesday, is forthcoming from Wave in spring, 2009.  She has received awards and grants from The Academy of American Poets, The American Poetry Review, The Fund for Poetry and The National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, where she was born and raised.
 lederer.jpg Katy Lederer is the author of the poetry collection, Winter Sex (Verse Press, 2002) and the memoir Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers (Crown, 2003), which Publishers Weekly included on its list of the Best Nonfiction Books of the Year and Esquire Magazine named one of its eight Best Books of the Year. Her second poetry book, The Heaven-Sent Leaf will be out with BOA Editions in the fall of 2008.
 lin.jpg Tao Lin is the author of the poetry collections You Are a Little Bit Happier Than I Am (Action Books, 2006) and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (Melville House, 2008). He has two other books.
 eileenmyles.jpg Eileen Myles was born in Cambridge, MA in 1949. She moved to New York City in 1974 to be a poet. Since then she has written produced, performed and edited more than 20 plays, libretti, films, and books of poetry and fiction, most recently Sorry, Tree. She lives and writes in New York.
 tksmith1.JPGTracy K. Smith is the author of Duende (Graywolf 2007), which received the 2006 James Laughlin Prize of the Academy of American Poets.  Her first collection, The Body’s Question (Graywolf 2003), won the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She has also received awards from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, Essence Magazine and elsewhere. She has been a member of the Creative Writing faculty at Princeton since 2005.
 mrohrer.jpg Matthew Rohrer is the author of Rise Up (2007) and A Green Light (2004), which was shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin International Poetry Prize. He is also the author of A Hummock in the Malookas (W.W. Norton, 1994), a winner of the National Poetry Series, Satellite (2001), and Nice Hat. Thanks. (2002, with Joshua Beckman), the recipient of a Hopwood Award for Poetry and an M.F.A from the University of Iowa. 
 torres.jpg Edwin Torres started creating text and performance work in 1988 under the banner “I.E. Interactive Eclecticism,” an invented “movement” whose purposefully broad term gave his one-man variety shows a forum, e.g. I.E. Songs, I.E. Dances and I.E. Costumes were interspersed with audience interaction. In 1990, he discovered poetry at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and The St. Marks Poetry Project and poems evolved out of what were then I.E. Monologues. 
 wolff.jpg Rebecca Wolff is the founding editor and publisher of Fence and Fence Books, and of "The Constant Critic," a poetry review site. She is the author of three books of poems: Manderley (U. of Illinois Press), Figment (W. W. Norton), and The King (forthcoming W. W. Norton, 2009). She lives in Athens, New York and is a Program Fellow of the New York Writers Institute at the University at Albany, with which Fence is affiliated.
 zucker-rachel.jpg Rachel Zucker's first full-length collection is Eating in the Underworld (2003), a series of poems that follows the narrative arc of the myth of Persephone. Her second collection, The Last Clear Narrative (2004) is a cross examination of marriage and motherhood. Her third collection, The Bad Wife Handbook is a darkly comic contemplation of married life. Along with poet Arielle Greenberg, Zucker edited Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections, (2008) an anthology of essays by younger women poets about mentorship.