Reading and performance: Saretta Morgan (celebrating Alt-Nature), poupeh missaghi, Mary Margaret Alvarado, Brian Alarcon, Jeffrey Pethybridge, remy malik, and Bo Hwang, Monday, March 18, 2024, 7pm

Join us on Monday, March 18, 2024, at 7pm at Counterpath (7935 East 14th Ave. in Denver) for a reading and performance by Saretta Morgan, celebrating the publication of Alt-Nature, and poupeh missaghi, Jeffrey Pethybridge, remy malik, and Bo Hwang. Free and open to the public.

Saretta Morgan was born in Appalachia and raised on military installations. Her work considers the ecologies and intimacies that materialize in the shadows of U.S. militarization. From 2018-2023 she lived between the Sonoran and Mohave Deserts where she organized with the grassroots humanitarian aid organization No More Deaths, as well as several community-based initiatives that centered wellness for BIPOC and immigrant communities. Her first full-length book of poems, Alt-Nature (Coffee House Press, 2024), emerged from those experiences. She is also the author of the chapbooks Feeling Upon Arrival (2018) and room for a counter interior (2017). More at  

poupeh missaghi is a writer, translator, and editor. Her debut book trans(re)lating house one was published in 2020 and her second book Sound Museum is forthcoming in 2024 (Coffee House Press). Her most recent translation In the Streets of Tehran, a book of witness narrative about the current Woman Life Freedom uprising in Iran, was published by Bonnier Books, UK, in October 2023. She also has another novel in translation forthcoming in 2024. An assistant professor of literary arts and studies at the University of Denver and a faculty mentor at Pacific Northwest College of Art MFA, she is currently based in Denver, Colorado. (photo credit: Howard Romero)

Mary Margaret Alvarado is the author of American Weather, a book-length essay in collaboration with the artist Corie J. Cole, forthcoming from NewLights Press; Chrome of Iris, winner of the Burnside Review’s 2023 chapbook contest; and Hey Folly (Dos Madres), a book of poems. Mia (as she’s known) was an Iowa Arts Fellow and Provost’s Post-Graduate Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa, where she received her MFA. A mother, teacher, and muralist, Mia leads her local shape-note singing group, and farms her yard.

Jeffrey Pethybridge is a poet, editor, curator, and sound artist; he is the author of Striven, The Bright Treatise (Noemi Press 2013), which was selected as one of ten best debuts of 2013 by Poets & Writers. His second book Force Drift, an essay in the epic is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2025. He teaches in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University where he is Director of the Summer Writing Program. In 2025 he’ll serve as the curator of Enclave, a transdisciplinary poetry festival held in Mexico City each year.He lives in so-called Denver with the poet Carolina Ebeid, and their son Patrick; together they edit the online zine Visible Binary.

remy malik is a Black Trans nonbinary poet and performance artist from St. Louis, Missouri. They are the 2022 Allen Ginsberg Fellow at the Jack Kerouac School. Their work has been published in Nat Brut, Sleepingfish, and as part of the 2021 Transformation Residency in Portland, OR. malik’s work is centered on blackness and abstraction.

Bo Hwang is an artist and writer working in poetry, movement, and things so mundane, nothing happens and that’s narrative. She grew up in Indonesia, lived in Los Angeles, and is currently based in Colorado where she is the 2022 Anselm Hollo Fellow at the Jack Kerouac School. Previously, she was a 2022 Periplus Fellow. Her short fiction can be found at Wildness and the Poetry Project.

Brian Alarcon is a Colombian-American poet, performance and visual artist from Queens, New York, currently an Allen Ginsberg fellow at the Jack Kerouac School. His poetry crosses the borders between mediums and industries, having performed at art galleries, for media clients such as Versace and Drome Magazine, nonprofits like the Queer | Art Foundation and City Artists Corps, and so on.