At this event, we’ll be celebrating the publication of Finn Menzies’s debut collection Brilliant Odyssey Don’t Yearn (Fog Machine Press) with readings by the author, as well as special guest readers JM Miller and Melanie Noel.
Brilliant Odyssey Don’t Yearn is a dream of the written body with one long poem as its vertebrae. Kaveh Akbar writes that this debut collection rises “with a vulnerability that is dexterous and rare.”
Finn Menzies is an out transgender teacher in Seattle, WA. He received his MFA from Mills College. He is the creator of FIN Zine, a bi-annual zine dedicated to his journey through transition. Brilliant Odyssey Don’t Yearn is Finn’s debut collection out from Fog Machine Press. His poetry can also be seen in Gigantic Sequins, Quiet Lightning, SUSAN /the journal, Open House, SPORK, HOLD: a journal, The Shallow Ends, and various other journals. Annually, Finn facilitates UNdoing Ego: a writers workshop on meditation and generative writing.
JM Miller is on summer break from the University of Washington Tacoma and is currently devising ways to become grass. When not dissolving, they are a poet and essayist and teacher whose work seeks to collapse power structures: over language, queer/trans beingness, white imagination and race, and human exceptionalism wrecking the planet’s balance for other species. Their poetry collection, Wilderness Lessons, is available for purchase at Open Books. jm-poet.com for more!
Melanie Noel is the author of The Monarchs (Stockport Flats, 2013) and has a chapbook forthcoming from Goodmorning Menagerie. Her poems have also appeared in Spiral Orb, Volta, Weekday, THERMOS, La Norda Especialo, and in the anthology THE ARCADIA PROJECT. She co-curated APOSTROPHE, a dance, music, and poetry series, and curated IMPALA, a reading series that took place in her grandmother’s car. She grew up in Oregon and lives in Seattle, where she teaches creative writing in a psychiatric hospital. She also sometimes teaches experiential outdoor workshops meant to invoke synesthesia.