Join Andrea Abi-Karam, Neon (NM Esc), Gia Gonzales and Samuel Ace to celebrate the release of Andrea Abi-Karam's EXTRATRANSMISSION.
EXTRATRANSMISSION is a poetic critique of nationalism, patriarchy & gender embedded in an explosive & unapologetic trauma narrative. It begins with an exhaustive loud, & unapologetic section on killing bros, the perpetrators of patriarchy before entering a narrative of how traumatic brain injury occurs to bodies in modern warfare. The text labors over how memory constructs our identity, our constant experience and how that can be destroyed in one of many empty military moments. The language pushes beyond conventional lyric and incorporates angry letters, prose pieces, a love poem, & intimate conversation while maintaining both an intense energy and constant movement. In resistance to how patriarchy and U.S. militarism produce the hypergendered subject, the text generates a genderqueer cyborg whose language comes together to form EXTRATRANSMISSION a book that explicates how patriarchy, capitalism, & nationalism form the high rising global city that will tear your heart out.
Andrea Abi-Karam is an arab-american genderqueer punk poet-performer cyborg, writing on the art of killing bros, the intricacies of cyborg bodies, trauma & delayed healing. Their chapbook, THE AFTERMATH (Commune Editions, 2016), attempts to queer Fanon’s vision of how poetry fails to inspire revolution. Simone White selected their second assemblage, Villainy for forthcoming publication with Les Figues. They toured with Sister Spit March 2018 & are hype to live in New York. EXTRATRANSMISSION [Kelsey Street Press, 2019] is their first book.
Samuel Ace is a trans and genderqueer poet and sound artist. The recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, he has published several collections of poems, including Stealth, a collaborative work written with Maureen Seaton, and two forthcoming volumes, Our Weather Our Sea (Black Radish Books, 2019) and Meet Me There: Normal Sex & Home in three days. Don’t wash. (Belladonna Germinal Texts, 2019). His work has been widely anthologized, including in Troubling the Line: Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics and Best American Experimental Poetry; and has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Atlas Review, Fence, Poetry, Posit, and Vinyl, among many other publications. He teaches poetry and creative writing at Mount Holyoke College. www.samuelace.com
Neon (NM Esc) is a poet, music writer, and nightlife worker from Brooklyn via post-Soviet diaspora. They write on collectivity, queer intimacies under the surveillance state, smashing borders of all kinds, anxious gq cyborg embodiment, and, occasionally, nü metal. Their most recent chapzine, Last Week's Weather Forecast Made Me Nervous, on how the crisis manifests in the public affect and the private body, was released on Ghost City Press's 2017 summer microchap series. They are currently working on a collection of gay noir.
Gia Gonzales is a poet in New York City, where she was born. She co-hosts an ongoing reading series with her poetry and performance collective, the Anchoress Syndicate. With Rebecca Teich, she co-hosted the Segue Reading Series' Fall 2018 season. Her work has most recently appeared in Bomb Cyclone.