At The Inkwell New York is partnering with Luna Luna Magazine with recently published selections read by Devin Kelly, Sarah Bridgins, Joanna C. Valente, Deniz Ataman, Lana C. Marilyn, Leza Cantoral, Nicola Maye Goldberg, Lisa Marie Basile, Monica Lewis and Jessica Reidy.
DEVIN KELLY earned his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series in New York City. He is the author of two chapbooks as well as the books, Blood on Blood (Unknown Press), and In This Quiet Church of Night, I Say Amen (forthcoming 2017, ELJ Editions). He has been nominated for both the Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes. He works as a college advisor in Queens, teaches at the City College of New York, and lives in Harlem.
SARAH BRIDGINS’ work has appeared in Tin House, Buzzfeed, Bustle, Sink Review, Big Lucks, and The Fanzine among other journals. She is the cofounder of the Ditmas Lit reading series in Brooklyn.
JOANNA C. VALENTE is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (2016, ELJ Publications), and Xenos (2016, Agape Editions) and the editor of “A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault” (CCM, 2017). They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, as well as the managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine and CCM. Some of their writing has appeared in Prelude, The Atlas Review, The Feminist Wire, BUST, Pouch, and elsewhere. They also teach workshops at Brooklyn Poets.
DENIZ ATAMAN’s poetry has appeared in Quail Bell Magazine, Trouble Come Home and Ladies of Lore. She is inspired by feminine constructs in both Middle Eastern and western cultures, and combines sensory elements such as taste, smell and sound into her writing. Deniz is the managing editor for Perfumer & Flavorist magazine and currently lives in New York City.
LANA C. MARILYN is a self-published author, curator, event coordinator and literary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently pursuing a degree in screenwriting and linguistics. In her work, Lana focuses primarily on writing for and about women and explores themes like femininity, love and displacement through essays, collaborative pieces, zines and other mediums. She published a collection of memoir and poetry titled Wet Sand in an Hourglass: a self portrait and is currently curating a writing gallery. More about Lana C Marilyn and her work can be found at: lanalbxe.com.
LEZA CANTORAL is the author of Cartoons in the Suicide Forest and editor of CLASH Books. She was born in Mexico and she lives in New Hampshire with the love of her life and their two cats.
NICOLA MAYE GOLDBERG is the author of Other Women (Sad Spell Press, 2016). She is a graduate of Bard College, where she received the Mary McCarthy Prize. Her work has appeared in the Winter Tangerine Review, Quietus, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and elsewhere. She is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia University.
LISA MARIE BASILE is the founding editor-in-chief of Luna Luna Magazine and moderator of its digital community. She is the author of Apocryphal (Noctuary Press), and three chapbooks. Her work can be found in PANK, Spork Press, Tarpaulin Sky, Best American Poetry, PEN American Center, The Atlas Review, and the Ampersand Review, among others. She has taught or spoken at Brooklyn Brainery, Columbia University, New York University and Emerson College. Lisa Marie Basile holds an MFA from The New School. @lisamariebasile
MONICA LEWIS lives in Brooklyn, New York and holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. Both her fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Apogee, AAWW’s The Margins, and The James Franco Review, and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rust + Moth, The Boiler Journal, Yes, Poetry, FLAPPERHOUSE, Breadcrumbs, the Shade Journal, and the anthology, TOUCHING: Poems of Love, Longing, and Desire by Fearless Books, among others. She is a VONA/Voices alumna and an assistant editor at NOON Annual. Her full collection of poetry, a collaboration with Joanna Valente, is forthcoming in 2017 by Unknown Press.
JESSICA REIDY is a Brooklyn-based writer and professor. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in/ are forthcoming in Narrative Magazine as Short Story of the Week, The Los Angeles Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. She’s also the winner of The Penelope Nivens Award for Creative Nonfiction. She’s an editor for The VIDA Review as well as a freelance writer and editor. She is a Kripalu-certified yoga instructor offering yoga and creative writing workshops, and also works her Romani (“Gypsy”) family trades, fortune telling, energy healing, and dancing. She is currently writing her first book.