On April 10, the poetry community lost poet and co-publisher of Black Radish Books, Marthe Reed. She died “suddenly and tragically, just before she was scheduled to attend the New Orleans Poetry Festival,” as Bill Lavender reports. Reed was the author of five books: Nights Reading (Lavender Ink, 2014); Pleth, with j hastain (Unlikely Books, 2013); (em)bodied bliss (Moria Books, 2013); Gaze (Black Radish Books, 2010); and Tender Box, A Wunderkammer (Lavender Ink, 2007). She was also co-editor, with Linda Russo, of an anthology of essays and poetry, Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing in the Anthropocene, forthcoming this summer from Wesleyan University Press. She taught literature and creative writing at Syracuse University in New York, after directing Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette for many years.
Jared Hayes, Sarah Mangold, Deborah Poe, and Anastacia-Renée host this event to celebrate the life and work of Marthe Reed.
Anastacia-Renée is a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator. She is the current Civic Poet of Seattle and a member of Seattle7Writers, Distinguished Visiting Writer at Seattle University, 2017-2018, and has received poetry fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust and Jack Straw, as well as a writing residency from Ragdale.
Jared Hayes tends to shadows and their ghosts in Portland, Oregon. Hayes is the author of The Dead Love (Black Radish Books, 2011) and Bandit from Little Red Leaves’ Textile Series. Enjoys being in the company of the Dusie Kollektiv, Black Radish Books, and Livestock Editions. Black Radish Books published Jared Hayes’ go with me in Fall 2017.
Sarah Mangold is the author of Giraffes of Devotion (Kore Press, 2016), Electrical Theories of Femininity (Black Radish Books, 2015) and Household Mechanics (New Issues, 2002), selected by C.D. Wright for the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of grants and residences from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Seattle Arts Commission, Artist Trust, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the MacDowell Colony, and Willapa Bay AIR. She is the founder and editor of the print literary journals Scout(2000-2002) and Bird Dog, a journal of innovative writing and art (2002-2009).
Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections keep (forthcoming from Dusie Press), the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats), Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). Deborah is honored to be in Marthe Reed’s and Linda Russo’s anthology of essays and poetry, Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing in the Anthropocene, forthcoming this summer from Wesleyan University Press.