Hey! Poets! Friends of poets! People dragged to poetry readings for various personal and professional reasons! You know what time it is! It's time for an amazing reading, courtesy of Cody-Rose Clevidence, Margaret Ross, and Rohan DaCosta.
Cody-Rose Clevidence lives in the Arkansas Ozarks with their dog, pearl. Their most recent book is FLUNG THRONE from Ahsahta (2018). Their first book, Beast Feast, also from Ahsahta, was a finalist for the 2016 CLMP Firecracker award in poetry and their little chapbook, Perverse, All Monstrous, is out from Nion Editions.
Margaret Ross was born in New York City. She holds degrees from Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center and Yaddo. She is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa, the International Writing Program and Yale. Her first book, A Timeshare, was selected by Timothy Donnelly for the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Prize.
Rohan DaCosta is a multi-disciplinary artist from the city of Chicago, working primarily through photography, writing, and song. Often approaching his work with great emotional sensitivity, Rohan explores complex dilemmas, and frequencies found in lovers, in families, in ecosystems, and in places. In his candid street photography and in his poetry, Rohan keenly examines intimacy and relativity, often finding the personal angle to political problems. In verse, he expresses the profound joy and quandary of black life in America. He is the founder of and curator for GRACEGOD The Collective, which celebrates the unique work of artists, craftsmen, and activists from all over the world. His work in graphic design and clothing has been featured as limited edition merchandise at The Koppel Project in London. His photography has been featured at The Flight Deck Gallery as a solo exhibition titled Ordinary People (2018). His photography has also been featured at Root Division Gallery as part of a group exhibition titled Let Me Be a Witness (2018). His book of photography, poetry, and song, The Edge of Fruitvale, was published by Nomadic Press on April 28, 2018. He was recently awarded the Individual Artist Funding Grant by the City of Oakland for his upcoming show, Trap : Trauma : Transformation.