Face Out Emerging Writers Showcase 2019

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On January 22, we held this year’s Face Out Emerging Writers showcase at Greenlight Bookstore, an independent bookseller in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The event featured readings by four writers who had taken part in our Face Out program, which supports writers and their publishers by sharing essential tools that enhance digital visibility and marketing presence.

Introduced by Executive Director Mary Gannon, each writer read from their new books, all of which are just out or forthcoming soon from CLMP member publishers.

Youmna Chlala, a Lebanese-American artist and writer, read poems from her poetry collection, The Paper Camera, forthcoming this spring from Litmus Press. She is the founding editor of Eleven Eleven {1111} Journal of Literature and Art and the recipient of a Joseph Henry Jackson Award.

t’ai freedom ford read a selection of poems from her forthcoming book & more blackavailable later this year from Augury Books. t’ai is a high school English teacher and a Cave Canem Fellow.  Her first poetry collection is how to get over and she is currently an editor of No, Dear Magazine

Shiv Kotecha, read from his book The Switch, published by Wonder in December 2018. Also the author of EXTRIGUE (Make Now, 2015), Shiv is a PhD candidate in English at New York University, where he’s finishing his dissertation titled Decomposition as Explanation: The Forms of Duration from Poe to Post-Conceptualism.

Zahra Patterson read a series from her new experimental essay collection Chronology, published in Fall 2018 by Ugly Duckling Presse. She is a youth educator, and previously directed the community arts project Raw Fiction. She is currently at work on an investigation of the history of de/segregation in America’s schools.

Thanks to all who joined us to celebrate these talented writers and the small presses that have helped usher their new work into the world!