Five young writers from Octopus Books (Portland, Denver, and Chicago), and Ugly Ducking Presse Collective (Brooklyn), two of the hottest independent publishers around. Featuring Micah Ballard, Julien Poirier, Rebecca Farivar, Ben Mirov, and Claire Becker.
Micah Ballard is the author of Waifs and Strays, nominated for a California Book Award, Parish Krewes, Evangeline Downs, and many other books. He co-edits Auguste Press and Lew Gallery Editions and works for the MFA in Writing Program at USF.
Julien Poirier is the author of El Golpe Chileño. He helped start the Ugly Duckling Presse Collective, where he edited New York Nights newspaper from 2001 to 2006.
Rebecca Farivar is the author of Correct Animal and chapbook American Lit. She holds an MFA in poetry from St. Mary’s. Her poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, cold-drill, RealPoetik, SIR! and elsewhere.
Ben Mirov is the author of Hider Roser, Ghost Machine, and the chapbooks Vortexts, I Is to Vorticism, and Collected Ghost.
Claire Becker teaches high school students at the California School for the Blind and co-edits the online journal RealPoetik. She is the author of Where We Think It Should Go and the chapbooks Young Adult, Get You, and Untoward.