Margin Shift February 21, 2019

READINGS BY DEBORAH POE, MATTHEW ROWE, ZHANG ER, AND SAM LOHMANN

Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections keep (Dusie Press), the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats), Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). Her visual works—including video poems and handmade book objects—have been exhibited at Pace University (New York City), Casper College (Wyoming), Center for Book Arts (New York City), University of Arizona Poetry Center (Tucson), University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House at Brodsky Gallery (Philadelphia), and ONN/OF “a light festival” (Seattle), as well as online with Bellingham Review, Elective Affinities, Peep/Show, Trickhouse, and The Volta. She lives in Seattle.
Matthew Rowe is a poet / farmer, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. He grew up partly in the Mojave Desert, and partly in the Redwood Forest. Some of his poems have appeared in Breadcrumbs Mag, Desert Jewels, Funeral Parade, PomPom Lit, and Sunset Magazine.

Zhang Er, poet and opera librettist, was born in Beijing and moved to US in 1986. She is the author of six collections of poetry in Chinese, most recently Closest to You (2017). Her most recent book in English translation, First Mountain (2018), a collaborative work with American poet Joseph Donahue, is from Zephyr Press, which also published her selected poems in two bilingual collections, So Translating Rivers and Cities and Verses on Bird. She has seven chapbooks in English translation, among them, The Disappearance of Little Fang Family Lane (2015). She co-edited and participated in the translation of the bilingual volume, Another Kind of Nation: an Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Talisman House Publishers). She writes opera libretti in English for American composers; Moon in the Mirror (with music by Stephen Dembski) was premiered in NYC in 2015; Fiery Jade, Cai Yan (music by Gregory Youtz) was premiered at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA in 2016. She teaches at The Evergreen State College.

Sam Lohmann lives in Vancouver, Washington and works as an academic librarian. His books include Stand on this picnic bench and look north (Publication Studio, 2011), Unless As Stone Is (eth press, 2014) and Day Use Area (Couch Press, 2014). He is a co-organizer of the long-running Spare Room reading series in Portland. Recent work has appeared in Susan, The Brooklyn Rail, and Boog City.