Come celebrate poems in the BACKROOM at Allen Street Hardware Cafe.
Sean Thomas Dougherty was born in New York City and grew up in Brooklyn, Ohio, and New Hampshire. Dorianne Laux has called him “the gypsy punk heart of American poetry.” Dougherty is the author of 13 books, including The Second O of Sorrow (BOA Editions, 2018), All You Ask for is Longing: Poems 1994-2014 (BOA Editions), and Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (BOA Editions, 2010), which was a finalist for Binghamton University’s Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award. His has received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and his work appeared in Best American Poetry 2014.
Joe Hall has performed in 41 cities, 25 states, Washington, DC, and Canada and is a founding member of Hostile Books, a small press committed to radical materiality. He is the author of Someone’s Utopia, The Devotional Poems, and Pigafetta Is My Wife.
Rachelle Toarmino is the author of the chapbook of paparazzi poems, Graphic (Ghost City Press, 2017), and the chapbook of embroidery poems, Personal & Generic (PressBoardPress, 2016). Her writing has appeared at Cosmonauts Avenue, McSweeney’s, Metatron, and Shabby Doll House. She is the cofounder and editor in chief of Peach Mag.