KGB: Poets and Friends of TRF

June 13, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Akeem K. Duncan is a Berkeley graduate who founded Quiet Lunch, an internationally distributed art magazine, in 2010. Along with cultivating a career in art journalism and publishing, Duncan is also an avid poet. Hailing from the southeast section of the Bronx, his work inspired by an off-kilter harmony of love, drugs, instinct and generational existentialism. He has read at venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Lovecraft and SHAG. His work has also been published in Palabra Luminosas and LiVE MAG13. Follow him on Instagram @akeemduncan and @1985xiii

Aaron Poochigian is a poet and classicist, and recipient of the 2020 Richard Wilbur Prize for his poetry collection American Divine. WW Norton will be publishing his translations of Euripides’ Bacchae and Four Plays By Aristophanes in 2021.  The SITI Theater company produced his translation of the Bacchae in the Fall of 2018 at the Getty Theater in LA and BAM in New York, to rave reviews.  The Bacchae will tour again in 2020 with SITI across the US, starting at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. His poetry collection Manhattanite won the 2016 Able Muse Book Award, and will be published in Italian later this year. Sappho, Stung With Love, was published by Penguin Classics in 2009, and his translation of Apollonius’s Jason and the Argonauts was released October 2014. For his work in translation he was awarded a 2010-2011 Grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book of original poetry, The Cosmic Purr (Able Muse Press) was published in 2012, and several of the poems in it collectively won the New England Poetry Club’s Daniel Varoujan Prize. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Poems Out Loud, and Poetry.  Follow him on Twitter at @Poochigian.

Jeff Dess is a dynamic public speaker, author, emcee and professor of Haitian descent. The native New Yorker is the author of five books including his latest, Trill Motivation, which through imagery, poetry and commentary tackles leadership and motivation from a contemporary perspective. He has delivered lectures and performed to more than 15,000 people at over 40 universities including Columbia and Princeton, and has performed globally in Indonesia, Italy and South Africa. His recent TEDx Talk, TrillEDU: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy tackles education from a pop culture perspective. He’s been featured in Ebony Magazine, The Root and Urban Cusp Magazine. He currently serves as the Director of Campus Life at New Jersey City University and is co-founder of the educational platform Trill or Not Trill.  Follow the movement on IG and Twitter: @trillornottrill

Kay Gabriel is a poet and essayist. She’s the author of Elegy Department Spring / Candy Sonnets 1 (BOAAT Press, 2017), the finalist for the 2016 BOAAT Chapbook Prize selected by Richard Siken. The recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Project and Lambda Literary, Kay is completing her dissertation in classics at Princeton University. Find her recent work in Social Text, The Brooklyn Rail, Salvage and The Believer. Follow her on Twitter @unit01barbie.

G.M. Palmer is a professor, musician, and writer living in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife and daughters on their poodle farm. If he’s not writing, he’s swimming, teaching, cooking, playing on the farm, or performing with his band, Girl Scout Fight Club. Called the Lester Bangs of poetry criticism, his poetry and prose can be found at Trop, Tahoma Literary Review, Burlesque Press, Fried Chicken and Coffee, Everse Radio, and elsewhere. His book With Rough Gods is available from Jagged Door Press and the inclusion of his translation of Catullus’s infamous “Carmen 16” in the Penguin Anthology The Poetry of Sex thoroughly offended Germaine Greer. A distinguished graduate of the University of New Orleans Low Residency program, Palmer was the first person to translate the poetry of Mary de Rachewiltz, Ezra Pound’s daughter, from Italian into English.  His forthcoming 1990s era verse novel is titled Some Boys Are Better Dead. Follow him on Twitter at @GM_Palmer.

Anton Yakovlev’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hopkins Review, Prelude, Measure, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Amarillo Bay, and elsewhere. His collection Chronos Dines Alone won the James Tate Poetry Prize in 2018 and is published by SurVision Books. He is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Ordinary Impalers (Aldrich Press, 2017), The Ghost of Grant Wood (Finishing Line Press, 2015), and Neptune Court (The Operating System, 2015). The Last Poet of the Village, a book of translations of poetry by Sergei Esenin, is forthcoming from Sensitive Skin Books. Yakovlev won the 2016 KGB Poetry Annual Open-Mic Contest and was a finalist for the 2016 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. His work has been profiled in The Huffington Post, The Arts Fuse, and At the Inkwell, among others.  Born in Moscow, Russia, he studied filmmaking and poetry at Harvard University and has also written and directed several short films.  Follow him on Instagram @anton.yakovlev