Reading: Aditi Kini, Andrea Abi-Karam, Rachel Wood, Maura Modeya, and Bo Hwang, Friday, May 3, 2024, 7pm

Join us on Friday, May 3, 2024, at 7pm at Counterpath (7935 East 14th Ave. in Denver) for a reading and performance by Aditi Kini, Rachel Wood, Andrea Abi-Karam, Maura Modeya, and Bo Hwang. Free and open to the public.

Aditi Kini is an undisciplined writer of prose, poetics, and screenplays. They’ve done both the MFA (at UCSD) and NYC (for a decade and a half). You can read Aditi’s hot takes and soft essays in publications ranging from Jezebel to Denver Quarterly. They’ve co-written and produced PROBLEMATIC, a BRIC TV comedy series on a hot take writer to premier at SeriesFest 2024, and produced short documentary EL BASTON on the indigenous struggle in Colombia. ORIENTAL CYBORG, winner of the Essay Press Chapbook Prize, was recently released in February 2024. Almost done is THE KILLING OF A TIGER, a hybrid nonfiction project on human and tiger sexualities, the economies of desire and dispossession, and the relationship between colonialism, climate violence, and the abject. 

Andrea Abi-Karam is a trans, SWANA, punk poet-performer cyborg. They are the author of EXTRATRANSMISSION (Kelsey Street Press, 2019) and, with Kay Gabriel, they coedited We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2020). Their second book, Villainy (Nightboat Books, Sept 2021), reimagines militant collectivity in the wake of the Ghost Ship Fire and the Muslim Ban. They are currently working on a poet’s novel about crushes.

Get ready to be thrust into Maura Modeya‘s world of delirium, desire, and dykedom && to inhabit the place where reality / fantasy / ritual collide between lyric & sleepingwalking, when the poet takes charge of what they want. Maura runs the longstanding / rowdy queer poetry series B HOT READ A POEM here in Denver, and has an MFA in writing & poetics from Naropa University, where they currently teach. 

Rachel Franklin Wood grew up in Laramie, WY. Currently she’s an adjunct lecturer and bookseller in Boulder, CO. Her poems have appeared in Annulet, Denver Quarterly, Fence, Hayden’s Ferry Review, smoke and mold, We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, and elsewhere.

Bo Hwang is an artist and writer working in poetry, movement, and things so mundane, nothing happens. her recent work, Squat Practice, was a finalist for the 2024 Essay Press Chapbook Contest. Her other work can be found now or in the near future at the Poetry Project, Wildness, Denver Quarterly’s FIVES and Bombay Gin. She grew up in Indonesia, spent years in Los Angeles and currently lives in Colorado where she is the 2022 Anselm Hollo Fellow at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School. She was also a 2022 Periplus Collective Fellow.