Taproom Poetry Presents: Michelle Naka Pierce and Chris Pusateri

Come hear featured writers Michelle Naka Pierce and Chris Pusateri read poetry. The featured readers will follow an open mic session, so bring your best work to share. As always, there will be a merch table, so please save up to support our readers by buying their books.

Born in Japan, Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of seven titles, including She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011) and Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (Fordham, 2012), awarded the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize. Pierce has collaborated with artists, dancers, and filmmakers and has performed internationally. Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, Japanese, and Hebrew. Currently, Pierce is associate professor and director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.

Chris Pusateri is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Common Time (Steerage Press, 2012) and Molecularity (Dusie, 2011). His work appears in many journals in the US and abroad, including Chicago Review, Fence, Jacket, Verse and others. In spring 2012, he was a visiting artist at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse in France, where he performed as part of their Locus Metropole exhibition. A librarian by trade, he has lectured on poetry and poetics at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Naropa University, Wittenberg University, and the École Polytechnique in Paris.


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