Digging Through is a reading series curated and hosted by Gessy Alvarez. It takes place on the second Tuesday of the month in The Red Room at KGB Bar. We aim to entertain and celebrate cultural omnivores by showcasing a diverse mix of writers, poets, and local musicians.
March 10, 2019 – 7 PM
Poet, storyteller, and essayist Roberto Carlos Garcia is a self-described “sancocho […] of provisions from the Harlem Renaissance, the Spanish Poets of 1929, the Black Arts Movement, the Nuyorican School, and the Modernists.” Garcia is rigorously interrogative of himself and the world around him, conveying “nakedness of emotion, intent, and experience,” and he writes extensively about the Afro-Latinx and Afro-diasporic experience. His second poetry collection, black / Maybe, is available from Willow Books. Roberto’s first collection, Melancolía, is available from Červená Barva Press. His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, The BreakBeat Poets Vol 4: LatiNEXT, Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3, The Root, Those People, Rigorous, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Gawker, Barrelhouse, The Acentos Review, Lunch Ticket, and many others. He is founder of the cooperative press Get Fresh Books Publishing, A NonProfit Corp. A native New Yorker, Roberto holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Summer J. Hart is an interdisciplinary artist from Maine, living in the Hudson Valley, New York. Her written and visual narratives are influenced by folklore, superstition, divination, and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Northern New England Review, Third Point Press, South Broadway Ghost Society, blood orange: an experimental poetry tarot, Waxwing, and Post Ghost Press. Her mixed-media installations have been featured in galleries including Pen + Brush, NYC, Gitana Rosa Gallery at Paterson Art Factory, Paterson, NJ, LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA, and The InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. She is a member of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation.
Christine Sloan Stoddard is a Salvadoran-American writer and interdisciplinary artist. She is the founder of Quail Bell Magazine and the author of Desert Fox by the Sea (Hoot ‘n’ Waddle), Belladonna Magic (Shanti Arts), Water for the Cactus Woman (Spuyten Duyvil), and other books. You can find her words, images, and videos in Ms. Magazine, Bustle, The Feminist Wire, The Huffington Post, Yes! Magazine, and beyond. She has performed and presented creations at the New York Transit Museum, the Kennedy Center, the Broadway Comedy Club, the Queens Museum, FiveMyles Gallery, and elsewhere.
Mandy-Suzanne Wong’s duet of short stories, Awabi, was the 2018 winner of the Digging Press Chapbook Series Award. Her novel Drafts of a Suicide Note, published by Regal in 2019, was a finalist for American Book Fest’s Best Book Award, the Permafrost Book Prize, and the Eyelands Book Award as well as a Conium Review Book Prize semifinalist, SFWP Literary Award shortlistee, and PEN Open Book Award nominee. Launching in March 2020 is her nonfiction project Artificial Wilderness, winner of the Selcouth Station Environmental Chapbook Competition in London. Her essay collection Listen, we all bleed, a finalist for the Red Hen Press 2019 Women’s Prose Prize, will be published by New Rivers in 2021. She lives in Bermuda, where she was born. Photo by Heather Kettenis.
Isaac DaBom is a musician, singer, and producer. In his live shows, he is a one-man-band – incorporating singing, guitar playing, beatboxing and live looping to create multi-layered musical arrangements. Originally from Tel Aviv, Israel, Isaac has toured Europe with his award-winning hip hop opera “The City”, and has produced albums and hit singles for artists in Israel.
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