Couplet Reading Series: The Winter Edition

A quarterly poetry series and social featuring award winning and emerging poets in a hybrid format hosted by Poet and Curator Leah Umansky.

Featured Poets:

K. Iver is a nonbinary trans poet from Mississippi. Their book Short Film Starring My Beloved’s Red Bronco won the 2022 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry from Milkweed Editions. Their poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry Northwest, TriQuarterly, The Adroit, and elsewhere. Iver is the 2021-2022 Ronald Wallace Fellow for Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. They have a Ph.D. in Poetry from Florida State University. For more, visit

Hari Alluri (he/him/siya) is author of The Flayed City (Kaya) and chapbooks The Promise of Rust (Mouthfeel) and Our Echo of Sudden Mercy (Next Page). He is co-editor of We Were Not Alone (Community Building Art Works) and co-founding editor at Locked Horn Press. Recipient of the Vera Manuel Award for Poetry, his work appears widely in anthologies, journals and online venues, including Chautauqua, Poetry International and Split This Rock.

Shelley Wong is the author of As She Appears (YesYes Books), winner of the Pamet River Prize and longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award. She is an affiliate artist at Headlands Center for the Arts and lives in San Francisco.

Adam J. Gellings is a poet & instructor from Columbus, Ohio. He received his MFA from Ashland University & his PhD from the State University of New York at Binghamton where he was the recipient of a Fellowship from the Marion Clayton Link Endowment. His poems have appeared in numerous journals & magazines including Salamander, The Southampton Review, Willow Springs & elsewhere. He currently teaches writing at Columbus College of Art & Design.

Matt Hart is the author of FAMILIAR (Pickpocket Books 2022) and nine other books of poems. Additionally, his poems, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous print and online journals, including American Poetry Review, Big Bell, Kenyon Review, and POETRY, among others. He was a co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety from 1993-2019. Currently, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, co-edits the journal Sôrdəd and plays in the band NEVERNEW:

Matthew E. Henry (MEH) is the author of the Colored page (Sundress Publications, 2022), Teaching While Black (Main Street Rag, 2020), and Dust & Ashes (Californios Press, 2020). He is the editor-in-chief of The Weight Journal and an associate poetry editor at Pidgeonholes. MEH’s poetry is appearing or forthcoming in Bending Genres, Massachusetts Review, New York Quarterly, Pangyrus, Ploughshares, Poetry East, and Shenandoah among others. MEH’s an educator who received his MFA, yet continued to spend money he didn’t have completing an MA in theology and a PhD in education. You can find him at writing about education, race, religion, and burning oppressive systems to the ground.

Tickets only required to join on Zoom; RSVP here.

In-person attendees must be 21 plus and adhere to a 2 drink minimum, including non-alcoholic beverages.