In collaboration with Small Anchor Press, ND/SA publishes first chapbooks by NYC poets.
TRANSFORMIGRATION Series /
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Escobar / Helal / Peitchev / Rubio
Joshua Escobar / Caljforkya Voltage / 2017
Joshua Escobar aka DJ Ashtrae makes poetry into a kind of music. He mixes family drama with travelogues, interviews about the HIV epidemic with biographies of Mexican immigrants, the lyrical with the actual, English with Spanish. Caljforkya Voltage records his imaginary journey through a dreamy dystopia known for its heat, far from the ocean and fueled by the shipping industry, a dystopia based off of his beloved hometown, San Bernardino.
In the summer of 2016, DJ Ashtrae graduated from the Master of Fine Art program at Bard College where he was the Dean’s Fellow in Writing, as well as the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a Merit Fellow. He is a CantoMundo fellow. He lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn with dj lil piñata. IG: djashtrae17.
Marwa Helal / I Am Made To Leave I Am Made To Return / 2017
Marwa Helal is the winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest and has been awarded fellowships from Poets House, Brooklyn Poets, and Cave Canem. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, Helal currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from The New School and her BA in journalism and international studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Forthcoming Spring 2018:
Exile in Orbit by Viktoria Peitchev & Poster Child by Maria Rubio
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Chialun Chang / One Day We Become Whites / 2016
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Writing rapidly, and into a language is to create a new language entirely. The poems in One Day We Become Whites resist and embrace perspectives that render us simultaneously complicit and resistant to otherness or privilege, but they are more than just an important cultural critique of our moment in America.
The poems in this collection are love poems made of complex emotions. They are poems that help us see how something can be scary and beautiful at the same time. Chialun Chang’s images are expansive and fast, but accessible. It is as if we are following Chang down the street and she is always seven steps ahead of us to remind us that the emotions we digest are not always great, but even the most bitter can be light, even the most ordinary can be complex.
Chialun Chang is a visual artist and writer born in Taipei and now living in NYC. She is recipient of a 2015 Immigrant Artist Mentoring Fellowship from NYFA and a 2016 Emerging Writers Fellowship from Poets House.
Shante' Cozier / Sometimes Angels / 2015
Shante' Cozier is an artist who believes in the power of stories. Cozier received a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from SUNY New Paltz and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at the City College of New York. She’s a New York Writers Coalition workshop facilitator, leading writing workshops for groups of all ages in Canarsie. Shante’ Cozier has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa and the Caribbean in order to gain a global perspective on creating an environment where art can be utilized as a vehicle for transformation.
Isabel Sobral Campos / Material / 2015
In Material, by Isabel Sobral Campos, the language of the body, of landscape, of the interior of hospitals, of undersea creatures, of the digital world, are collaged as a poem cycle whose words repel and attract, ordering the chaos of a body’s cancer. Boog City says of the chapbook, “Her words permeate our being; dense, textured, auratic; the syllables limitless as to where they can drift, fall, seed, and harm.”
*Includes code for a digital recording of the chapbook.*
excerpt posted at Medium
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Isabel Sobral Campos holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the CUNY Graduate Center. She recently left Brooklyn to teach literature at Montana Tech of the University of Montana. Her poems have appeared in Smoking Glue Gun, the gobbet, Gauss PDF, Bone Bouquet and Deluge, among others. Material is her first chapbook.
Emily Skillings / Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants / 2014
The Swedish author August Strindberg wrote that, “Linnaeus was in reality a poet who happened to become a naturalist.” Through Skillings, we meet the poet in Linnaeus. Linnaeus who opens his mouth and a new word flies out, who touches his ear and hears, “you are making sense,” who celebrates in private. Despite an attempt to atomize and categorize, things become other things: his hand becomes a part of his desk, little human turds tumble out of the esophagus of an elevator, leaves become buttons. Sure, he laid the foundations for the modern biological naming scheme of binomial nomenclature but in Skillings’ portrait, he’s also somewhat wayward, prone to irritability, and like the best of us, a little dirty.
Skillings' other chapbook, Backchannel, is out from Poor Claudia. Recent poems can be found in the Philadelphia Review of Books, Stonecutter, Maggy, Elderly, Bone Bouquet, Big Lucks and Poor Claudia :: Crush. Skillings dances for The Commons Choir and presents her own choreography in New York. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective and event series.
David Feinstein / Woods Porn: The Adventures of Little Walter / 2014
The poems in Woods Porn take you deep into the wet cave of Little Walter’s pants, to a place that is familiar, estranged, and dirty as a little boy’s waterlogged cock. Part Freud, part Whitman, these poems delve into the id of Little Walter, with all of its sparkling, terrible complexities.
David Feinstein’s poems have appeared in Tin House, Forklift, Ohio, The Atlas Review, smoking glue gun, Ilk Journal, and No, Dear. He lives in Western Massachusetts, where he studies and teaches English at Umass-Amherst and helps to edit jubilat.
Brian Trimboli / The Brothers, Perdendo and Perdendosi / 2013
Trimboli writes of how each generation bears onward despite the previous one, that the children might indeed master the meaningless: to rename, they might establish a little control. They endure. This even, breathing, blood-rich narrative made me want to squeeze everyone I have ever known for just one more drop of meaning. — Amy Lawless
The brothers and their father are delightfully specific, but also tragic Everymen. Trimboli’s concerns are with masculinity’s sad and inexorable toll on youth, in a way that’s mythic and particular, heartbreaking and beautiful all at once. — Matthew Rohrer
Brian Trimboli’s poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, and Forklift, Ohio. He has received fellowships from NYU and Bucknell University, and is currently a PhD candidate at Binghamton University.