Jackie Clark, Amy Lawless, and Danielle Pafunda, April 28, 2013

octopus books logoOn Sunday, April 28 at 4:00 PM Counterpath hosted Octopus Books Presents, with readings by Jackie Clark, Amy Lawless, and Danielle Pafunda.

Danielle Pafunda (video above) is the author of Manhater (Dusie Press Books), Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi Press), My Zorba (Bloof Books), and Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull Press). A fifth collection Natural History Rape Museum is forthcoming from Bloof Books. Her manuscript The Dead Girls Speak in Unison has been a finalist for the National Poetry Series and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Prize. Her work has been anthologized in Beauty Is A Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press), Best American Poetry (Scribner 2004, 2006, & 2007), Gurlesque: The New Grrly, Grotesque, Burlesque Poetics (Saturnalia Press), and Not for Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems on Child-Getting and Child Rearing (Fence Books). Her poems, essays, and short stories appear in American Poet, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fairy Tale Review, Kenyon Review, The Huffington Post, and the like. Danielle blogs for Montevidayo, and is an editor for the online journal Coconut.

Jackie Clark is the series editor of Poets off Poetry & Song of the Week for Coldfront Magazine. She is the recipient of a 2012 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry & is the author of three chapbooks: Office Work from Greying Ghost Press, Red Fortress from H_NGM_N, & I Live Here Now from Lame House Press. Jackie, a 48-mile (77.1 km) ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean, lives in Jersey City & can be found online at nohelpforthat.com.  Her first book of poems, Aphoria, was recently published by Brooklyn Arts Press.

Amy Lawless is the author of two collections of poetry: My Dead from Octopus Books & Noctis Licentia from Black Maze Books. She received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2011. Poems are forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2013 & The Bakery. The earliest mention of Amy Lawless dates to 1534, when Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor & King of Spain, ordered a survey for a route through the Americas that would ease the voyage for ships traveling between Spain & Peru. Some recent prose has appeared in Delirious Hem, HTML Giant, & BOMB Magazine.