A Garden Variety - POETRY and PROSE, hosted by Mindy Levokove and Sahar Muradi. Words among the bleeding hearts and the tomatoes. Bring words or listen.
Samira Sadeque is a Brooklyn-based Bangladeshi journalist and poet focusing on migration, refugee communities, gender, and mental health. Her work has been featured by Button Poetry, NYC Poetry Festival, SAKHI, National Book Month, Thinking in Full Color, SOJOURN poetry, SubDrift NYC, Ledbury Poetry Festival (UK) among other platforms. Her work has been published in Thinking In Full Color Anthology (2019), and Women's Poetry Workshop zine (2018).
Joanne Pagano Weber:
Joanne Pagano Weber is a visual artist, a writer, and educator. A narrative painter, in recent years she has collaborated with the sculptor Janice Mauro on cross-disciplinary installations, including text, which combine humor and social critique concerning the ramifications of global warming. She teaches Fine Art at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in The Bronx, New York.
Bruce Weber is the producer of Brain Storms: The Hudson Valley New Year's Day Spoken Word/Performance Extravaganza. He was the founder and longtime producer (from 1995-2019) of the Alternative New Year's Day Spoken Word/Performance Extraganza in New York City. He is the author of five books of poetry, most recently of THE BREAKUP OF MY FIRST MARRIAGE (Rogue Scholars Press).
Candace Williams is a black queer nerd living a double life. By day, she’s a sixth grade humanities educator and robotics coach. By night and subway ride, she’s a poet. futureblack, her first full-length manuscript, is a finalist of the 2018 National Poetry Series open competition. In 2018, she released Spells for Black Wizards (The Atlas Review), a winner of the 2017 TAR Chapbook Series. Her work has appeared in the PEN Poetry Series, Tin House Online, Hyperallergic, and Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books), among other places. She earned her master’s in education from Stanford University and has received support from Cave Canem, Brooklyn Poets, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her essays, interviews, and reviews can be found in Electric Literature, VIDA Review, the Fanzine, and Shondaland.