KGB: Monday Night Poetry - Trace Peterson + Devin Kelly + Danielle Blau

December 04, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Trace Peterson is a trans woman poet critic. Author of Since I Moved In (Chax Press) and forthcoming books of poetry, she also edits/publishes EOAGH which has won two Lambda Literary Awards including the first Lammy in Trans Poetry. She is Co-editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books) and of Arrive on Wave: Collected Poems of Gil Ott (Chax Press). Her recent work appears in The Best American Experimental Writing 2016 (Wesleyan University Press), From Our Hearts to Yours: New Narrative As Contemporary Practice (ON Contemporary Practice), Readings in Contemporary Poetry: An Anthology (Dia Art Foundation/Yale University Press), and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, and at The Academy of American Poet’s website (

Devin Kelly is the author of the chapbook This Cup of Absence (Anchor & Plume), a collaboration with Melissa Smyth, as well as two forthcoming books of poetry, Blood on Blood (Unknown Press), and In This Quiet Church of Night, I Say Amen (Civil Coping Mechanisms). His work has been nominated for both the Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes and has been published in such journals and magazines as Adirondack Review, Appalachian Heritage, BOAAT, Columbia Journal, Drunken Boat, Entropy, Fanzine, Forklift Ohio, Front Porch, Full Stop, Gigantic Sequins, The Millions, Post Road, Vol 1 Brooklyn, and more. He is the Director of the College Success Team at Sunnyside Community Services, as well as a part-time English Professor at the City College of New York. He’s also taught at Bronx Community College, the New York Public Library, and the Baccalaureate School of Global Education. He is the founder and co-host of the Dead Rabbits Reading Series and currently lives in Harlem.

Danielle Blau’s Rhyme and Reason: Poetry, Philosophy, and the Art of Living the Big Questions is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. Her collection mere eye was selected for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Award and published in 2013 with an introduction by poet D.A. Powell, and her poems won first place in the 2015 multi-genre Narrative 30 Below Contest. Poetry, short stories, articles, and interviews by Blau can be found in such publications as The Atlantic online, The Baffler, Black Clock, The Harvard Review, The Literary Review, Narrative Magazine, The New Yorker’s book blog, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Plume Poetry, The Saint Ann’s Review, The Wolf, the Argos Books poetry anthology Why I Am Not a Painter, and Plume Anthology of Poetry. A graduate of Brown University with an honors degree in philosophy, and of NYU with an MFA in poetry, she curates and hosts the monthly Gavagai Music + Reading Series, and teaches at Hunter College.