COUPLET Reading: Twelfth Anniversary Edition

Come celebrate '12' years of COUPLET at The Red Room in the East Village.

NOTE: this is an IN-PERSON event ONLY.

Virginia Konchan is the author of four poetry collections, Bel Canto (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2022) Hallelujah Time (Véhicule Press, 2021), Any God Will Do (Carnegie Mellon, 2020), and The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon, 2018), and a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift, as well as coeditor of the craft anthology Marbles on the Floor: How to Assemble a Book of Poems (University of Akron Press, 2023). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Atlantic, American Poetry Review, The Believer, and the Academy of American Poets.

Michael Dumanis is the author of two books of poems, Creature (Four Way Books, 2023) and My Soviet Union (University of Massachusetts Press), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry; and the co-editor of the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande). Born in the former Soviet Union, he emigrated to the United States at the age of five. His recent work appears in American Poetry Review, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, Colorado Review, The Common, Iowa Review, Poetry, and Waxwing. He lives in North Bennington, Vermont, and teaches at Bennington College, where he also serves as editor of Bennington Review.

Wendy Jane Grossman is a writer and poet, who brings writing to the work she does in mental health. She is currently working on a social media cento project, and other poems. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Indolent Books online edition, and her debut poetry chapbook, dreamcycle: (my days and nights with john leguizamo) was recently published with Bottlecap Press. You can also find Wendy’s personal blog focusing on cross-racial connection through the lens of whiteness, at Wendy lives in Providence with her two daughters, and their cat, Belle.

Airea D. Matthews is Philadelphia’s current poet laureate. Her first collection of poems is the critically acclaimed Simulacra, which won the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Gulf Coast, VQR, Best American Poets, American Poet, LitHub, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. Matthews holds a BA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania as well as an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program and an MPA from the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, both at the University of Michigan. A Pew fellow, she is a professor and directs the poetry program at Bryn Mawr College.

JP Howard is a poet, educator, literary activist, curator, and community builder. JP was the Spring 2023 Brooklyn College Tow Mentor-in-Residence. Her debut poetry collection, SAY/MIRROR (The Operating System), was a Lambda Literary finalist. She is also the author of bury your love poems here (Belladonna*), Praise This Complicated Herstory: Legacy, Healing & Revolutionary Poems (Harlequin Creature) and co-editor of Sinister Wisdom Journal Black Lesbians--We Are the Revolution! JP has received fellowships and grants from Cave Canem, VONA, Lambda Literary Foundation, and Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). She curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon and her poetry is widely anthologized. JP is a general Poetry Editor for Women's Studies Quarterly and Editor-At-Large of Mom Egg Review VOX online.

Elisa M. Gonzalez is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her work appears in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Paris Review and elsewhere. A graduate of Yale University and the New York University M.F.A. program, she has received fellowships from the Norman Mailer Center, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Rolex Foundation, and the U.S. Fulbright Program. She is the recipient of a 2020 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. Her debut poetry collection, Grand Tour (FSG), will be published on September 19, 2023.