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Buffalo Poet Robin Brox Joins Michigan Poets for Regional Tour
Buffalo Poet Robin Brox Joins Michigan Poets for Regional Tour

Just Buffalo Literary Center Teaching Artist Robin Brox to Join Poets from Michigan for Binge Press Literary Tour Starting  at Buffalo’s Rust Belt Books, Thursday, 5/12 at 7:30 P.M. 

Buffalo, NY—Just Buffalo Literary Center’s very own Robin Brox, a teaching artist and the organization’s marketing and publicity coordinator, has been invited to participate in The Binge Press Instant Mini Tour with three poets from Michigan. Brox will perform alongside JodiAnn Stevenson, the tour’s organizer and the founder and managing editor of Binge Press, Gina Myers, and Ashley Niedzwieki. Buffalo is the first stop, with an evening of poetry on Thursday, May 12th at 7:30 p.m. at Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St., Buffalo. The tour continues with engagements in Port Huron, Ferndale, and Saginaw, Michigan.

Robin F. Brox is a poet making her home on Buffalo’s west side. A graduate of Amherst High School, she earned an M.A. in English from The University of Maine—Orono in 2005 and a B.A. in English from SUNY—Buffalo in 2001 after beginning her undergraduate career at Barnard College in New York City. The founder of Saucebox, a women’s performance series turned small press, Brox produces handmade chapbooks, broadsides, and other book arts. She is the marketing and publicity coordinator for Just Buffalo Literary Center and is a poetry teaching artist for Just Buffalo, Young Audiences of WNY, and Project MUSE, and a member of Buffalo Poets Theater. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Foursquare, Stolen Island Review, drill, Artvoice, The Buffalo News, and others. Author of several chapbooks, her first full-length collection, Sure Thing, will be published by BlazeVOX [books] in autumn 2011. A lifelong hockey fan, Brox is also is the Buffalo-based author of Ice Hockey Chick, a lively and informative blog that rants and rambles it way around all things pertaining to hockey culture and the aesthetics of the National Hockey League.

JodiAnn Stevenson is a poet whose work has appeared in numerous print and online journals including The Hiss Quarterly, The Strangefruit, Buckle& , PoemMemoirStory, BathHouse, and InkPot. Her first chapbook, The Procedure, was published by March Street Press in 2006.  She is a founding editor of Binge Press and 27 rue de fleures. Some of her hypermedia and visual poetry lives at www.bowlofmilk.com. Born in Traverse City, MI, Stevenson has also lived in various parts of New England, Poland, New Mexico, Nevada and briefly in Chicago, Boston & Brooklyn. She now makes her home in Bay City, MI.

After studying mostly contemporary American Poetry for her BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, JodiAnn went on to obtain an MA in English with an emphasis in writing fiction from New Mexico State University and an MFA in Poetry at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Currently teaching writing & poetry at Delta College in University Center, Michigan, Stevenson has been teaching writing since 2000 in various institutions, including New Mexico State University in Las Cruces; Dona Ana Branch Community College in El Paso; University of Nevada, Reno; Truckee Meadows Community College; Heartwood College of Art in Kennebunk, Maine; and University of New Hampshire. Prior to teaching college level English, Stevenson taught English as a Second Language from 1995-2000 in Ann Arbor, MI, Boston, MA, and Rzeszow, Poland.

An interview with JodiAnn Stevenson can be found here:  http://www.360mainstreet.com/article/205/featured-faces-jodiann-stevenson

More of her poems can be read here:

http://www.womenwriters.net/june09/Stevenson.htm

 

Gina Myers currently lives in Saginaw, MI where she edits Lame House Press and works as the Book Review Editor for NewPages and occasionally blogs at A Sad Day for Sad Birds. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009), and several chapbooks, including most recently September Requiem (Binge Press, 2010) and Heartbreaking Machines (Lazy Frog, 2010), a collaboration with Nate Pritts.

Some poems by Gina Myers can be found here: 

http://www.shampoopoetry.com/ShampooFourteen/myers.html

An interview with her can be found here:  http://www.kickingwind.com/090507.html

 

Ashley Niedzwieki is a poet who lives in Bay City, MI. She is currently enrolled at Delta College, with a major in Psychology and is on leadership team for Unison, Delta College’s gay/straight alliance and the Women’s Alliance, a feminist group. In her poems, Niedzwieki frequently addresses her own life experiences. “‘Man Hater was a particularly difficult piece for me to write,’ she said. ‘It was difficult for me to read [in public]. It was about me being molested as a little girl and the string of abusive relationships that I’ve had since then. A lot of my poetry is in that vein, about the things that I have gone through,’” she explained in an interview Noah Essenmacher in The Valley Vanguard in 2010.

A poem from Ashley Niedzwiecki’s blog can be found here:  http://estimationofsomethingvalueless.blogspot.com/2009/06/poetry.html

 

For more information about Binge Press, please visit:  http://www.bingepressandproductions.com/

 

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