No, Dear Magazine's TRANSFORMIGRATION Chapbook Series: Viktoria Peitchev, Sonja Hristina Bjelić, Christina Gayton, Brittany Leitner, and Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz (WILLIAMSBURG)

No, Dear aims to bring together the voices of New York City poets who might not otherwise be in dialogue: both emerging and established poets from diverse backgrounds who are living and writing in New York City’s five boroughs. We aspire to disrupt a field that has historically privileged white patriarchal perspectives by building a publication and communal/critical dialogue that strives to be largely representative of women-identified poets, and poets of color and of all gender orientations.

Viktoria Peitchev grew up outside of Munich, Germany, where she attended an international school. She received a BA in Sociology from the University of York (U.K.) and an MA in English Literature from Brooklyn College. She has taught elementary school, given private German lessons, and worked as a personal and editorial assistant. She makes her home in Brooklyn, NY, with Sam Beebe, and their son, Niko. Exile in Orbit is her first publication.

Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz's chapbook Estoy Tristeza is published by ND/SA. She is a multimedia artist, curator, and educator born in Lima, Perú. Her work primarily touches on the imprint of inter-generational trauma within her own family in relationship to place and migration. She is the Teen Programs Coordinator at the Brooklyn Museum, the visual arts co-curator at Nat Brut as well as a founding member and co-curator of Sweety’s, a gallery and platform dedicated to supporting and exhibiting artists of color. In addition, Izquierdo Ugaz is the author of the self-published _Standing in the Bathroom in the Dark Thinking About Green _and _El Mismo Pozo/The Same Well_. Her work has appeared in FEELINGS. You can follow her at @besodemoza.

Sonja Hristina Bjelić is a poet and educator living in New York City. She holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Iowa and an MFA from NYU. Most recently, her work has been published in 3:AM Magazine, DATABLEED, Leveler, No, Dear, NECK TWO, Mud City Journal, petri press, and others. She was awarded a 2018 Writer's Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and is a founding editor at 叵CLIP. You may find her at sonjabjelic.com.

Christina Gayton is a poet, model, actress and real estate salesperson/investor based in Manhattan. In the past, she has slammed at the Apollo Theatre, and she has been on the slam poetry team for both NYU and UrbanWord. You can keep up with her work at christinagayton.com or on Instagram @christigabriella.

Brittany Leitner is a journalist and poet living in Brooklyn. She's originally from San Antonio Texas. Brittany's work has been published in No, Dear, The Write Launch, Cathexis Northwest Press, Bustle, Time Out NY, and more. She's the winner of the 2018 new writer award from Sequestrum and the 3rd place winner of the 2018 Palette Poetry Prize judged by Shane McCrae. Her self-published chapbook, "23 Emotions" is for sale online and in New York City bookstores.

Event date: 

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

76 North 4th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249