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Belladonna* Collaborative

Belladonna* Collaborative Belladonna* is a collaboratively organized feminist reading series and chaplet | chapbook | full-length book press. Please send all inquiries to our email at [email protected].com
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Operating as usual

At the Independent Book Publishers Party from 6 to 8 tonight!
05/05/2022

At the Independent Book Publishers Party from 6 to 8 tonight!

🌟We’re delighted to be announcing our first in-person Belladonna reading since March 2020, in the backyard of our neighb...
05/05/2022

🌟We’re delighted to be announcing our first in-person Belladonna reading since March 2020, in the backyard of our neighbors @unnameablebooks at their beautiful new location on Vanderbilt! Featuring Belladonna* alums and iconic poets Asiya Wadud, Chia-Lun Chang, and Krystal Languell! Come out and celebrate our return to bodily form! Oh, plus new chaps and a special edition broadside to mark the occasion! Yes! 🌟

🌟🌟🌟 Happening tonight! 🌟🌟🌟 Register at link in bio!
04/27/2022

🌟🌟🌟 Happening tonight! 🌟🌟🌟 Register at link in bio!

🔅☀️Reader spotlight ☀️🔅Khashayar “Kess” Mohammadi (He/They) is a queer, Iranian born, Toronto-based Poet, Writer and Tra...
04/25/2022

🔅☀️Reader spotlight ☀️🔅

Khashayar “Kess” Mohammadi (He/They) is a queer, Iranian born, Toronto-based Poet, Writer and Translator. They were shortlisted for the 2021 Austin Clarke poetry prize, they are the winner of the 2021 Vallum Poetry Prize and the author of three poetry chapbooks and two translated poetry chapbooks. Their debut poetry collection "Me, You, Then Snow" is out with Gordon Hill Press. Their second book “WJD” is forthcoming in a double volume with the translation of Saeed Tavanaee’s “The OceanDweller” from Gordon Hill Press fall 2022. Their collaborative poetry manuscript with poet Klara Du Plessis is forthcoming with Palimpsest Press Fall 2023.

Join us on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30pm for a spring reading featuring Khashayar and fellow poet Nilufar Karimi, co-curated by Poupeh Missaghi and Zoe Tuck.

🔅☀️Reader spotlight ☀️🔅Nilufar Karimi is a poet, essayist and translator. She is the author of Nuclear Deal (2021), whic...
04/24/2022

🔅☀️Reader spotlight ☀️🔅

Nilufar Karimi is a poet, essayist and translator. She is the author of Nuclear Deal (2021), which won the Noemi Press Book Award. Her work has appeared in publications such as World Literature Today, Poetry Magazine, Asian American Writers' Workshop's The Margins, and is anthologized in Green Linden Press's Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora.

Join us on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30pm for a spring reading featuring Nilufar and fellow poet Khashayar Mohammadi, co-curated by Poupeh Missaghi and Zoe Tuck.

Join us on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30pm for a spring reading featuring Nilufar Karimi and Khashayar Mohammadi, co-curat...
04/22/2022

Join us on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30pm for a spring reading featuring Nilufar Karimi and Khashayar Mohammadi, co-curated by Poupeh Missaghi and Zoe Tuck.

Nilufar Karimi is a poet, essayist and translator. She is the author of Nuclear Deal (2021), which won the Noemi Press Book Award. Her work has appeared in publications such as World Literature Today, Poetry Magazine, Asian American Writers' Workshop's The Margins, and is anthologized in Green Linden Press's Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora.

Khashayar “Kess” Mohammadi (He/They) is a queer, Iranian born, Toronto-based Poet, Writer and Translator. They were shortlisted for the 2021 Austin Clarke poetry prize, they are the winner of the 2021 Vallum Poetry Prize and the author of three poetry chapbooks and two translated poetry chapbooks. Their debut poetry collection "Me, You, Then Snow" is out with Gordon Hill Press. Their second book “WJD” is forthcoming in a double volume with the translation of Saeed Tavanaee’s “The OceanDweller” from Gordon Hill Press fall 2022. Their collaborative poetry manuscript with poet Klara Du Plessis is forthcoming with Palimpsest Press Fall 2023.

Come through May 5th to see us and friends, catch up, and buy books! Books! Chaplets! From our literal hands to yours!
04/20/2022

Come through May 5th to see us and friends, catch up, and buy books! Books! Chaplets! From our literal hands to yours!

Tomorrow! Join us for our March reading via Zoom, curated by Zoe Tuck and Cameron Awkward-Rich.
03/15/2022

Tomorrow! Join us for our March reading via Zoom, curated by Zoe Tuck and Cameron Awkward-Rich.

"You are refuge at the / end of a dangerous path."From R. Erica Doyle's 2013 poetry book "proxy." Available for purchase...
03/10/2022

"You are refuge at the / end of a dangerous path."
From R. Erica Doyle's 2013 poetry book "proxy." Available for purchase, link in bio!

"Today my love keens, / it calls: an elegy."[265. Zombie Apocalypse Now: The Walking Dead by Cathy Linh Che]...You can f...
03/01/2022

"Today my love keens, / it calls: an elegy."
[265. Zombie Apocalypse Now: The Walking Dead by Cathy Linh Che]
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You can find and order this chaplet on our website! Link in bio! 🌸

"believe what I see: integrated shock—doorways forced—"An excerpt from Betsy Fagin's "All is not yet lost." Published in...
02/28/2022

"believe what I see: integrated shock—
doorways forced—"

An excerpt from Betsy Fagin's "All is not yet lost." Published in 2015, pictured in 2022. For purchase at belladonnaseries.org, link in bio.

Happening today! Join Brooklyn Eviction Defense and the Crown Heights Tenant Union today Sunday February 20th at 12PM, f...
02/20/2022

Happening today! Join Brooklyn Eviction Defense and the Crown Heights Tenant Union today Sunday February 20th at 12PM, for a door-knocking campaign throughout Crown Heights North to educate community members, businesses, and churches about the rampant impacts of deed theft and the ongoing eviction defense at 964 Park Pl. Swipe through and visit @brooklynevictiondefense and @crownheightstenantunion on IG to learn more about today’s action, the situation at 964 Park Pl., and further ways to stand in solidarity with our fellow Crown Heights tenants.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN AT THE LINK IN OUR BIO FOR:Rivering Towards: Desert-Water Poetics and Politics with Mallika Sin...
02/11/2022

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN AT THE LINK IN OUR BIO FOR:

Rivering Towards: Desert-Water Poetics and Politics with Mallika Singh

Sundays: 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3
2-4PM EST on Zoom
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Thank you @e_huney for this gorgeous poster! Full workshop description below:

Water is located, tied to place, and water is also everywhere, is everything. In this six week reading and writing group, we will think about water and waterways within desert geographies, particularly the so-called Southwest. What is the history and future of land and water in dry places? What are the life forms at the border, which is also the river? We will attempt to understand rivers/rivering as an action and verb, and water as movement. Amidst ongoing apocalypse(s) and climate catastrophes, as well as demands for material decolonization and abolition, we will hold the strengths of multiplicity, spaciousness, and spilling/excess as a feature of water bodies. What can water teach us about gender, intimacy, collaboration, and collective power?

We will read and web together poets, writers, and artists including Natalie Diaz, Asiya Wadud, Nick Estes, Nikesha Breeze, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, mónica teresa ortiz and Brandon Shimoda. We will also engage with videos, music, manifestos, and short writing experiments.

Mallika Singh is a poet, cook, and facilitator who writes about environment, surveillance, and intimacies. Mallika is from many places and is currently based on Tiwa land in Albuquerque, NM. They spend most of their days farming, frolicking, and weaving relationships in the high desert. Mallika is the author of the chapbook, Retrieval (Wendy's Subway), and is pursuing a certificate in Community Herbalism from the People’s Medicine School.

Readings will be provided as PDFs.

The workshop will be capped at 10 participants.

The Belladonna* School of Feminist Practice & Poetics is able to offer tuition waivers to 2 trans / queer / POC for whom the cost of participation presents an inhibiting financial obstacle. Please write to [email protected] for more information.

Sliding scale tuition: $150-$350

They’re *FINALLY* here! Fall 2021 Chaplets, 271 - 276 have arrived in studio and are ready to ship! If you’ve ordered on...
01/28/2022

They’re *FINALLY* here! Fall 2021 Chaplets, 271 - 276 have arrived in studio and are ready to ship! If you’ve ordered one of these already it’ll be on it’s way to you today. If you haven’t — the time is NOW to get your hands on:

271 - Así Así by Vi Khi Nao
272 - Reading Mei-mei Berssenbrugge July 28, 2019 by Ella Longpre
273 - from The Chorography by Sueyeun Juliette Lee
274 - from Laura’s Desires by Laura Henriksen
275 - Jupiter by Gabrielle Civil
276 - More Notes on Ghosts by Zefyr Lisowski

Order these and more on our website today!

TODAY! SUNDAY 1/9Poetry reading and art sale featuring readings and beautiful original artworks for sale. We’re starting...
01/08/2022

TODAY! SUNDAY 1/9

Poetry reading and art sale featuring readings and beautiful original artworks for sale. We’re starting 2022 on a high note and we hope you’ll join us! There were be multiple ways to show your support at various price points and most importantly it will be a lot of FUN. Register at the link in bio via Eventbrite! See you soooooon 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

A beautiful signed Diane DiPrima broadside which we’ll be auctioning off Sunday 1/9 among other treasured and precious a...
01/06/2022

A beautiful signed Diane DiPrima broadside which we’ll be auctioning off Sunday 1/9 among other treasured and precious art objects at our virtual fundraiser reading & party (3-5PM). RSVP at the link in bio!

Join us this Sunday January 9 for a post-holiday (epiphany-ish?) virtual party and fundraiser! Featuring readings by all...
01/05/2022

Join us this Sunday January 9 for a post-holiday (epiphany-ish?) virtual party and fundraiser! Featuring readings by all these mighty poets and some gorgeous artworks for sale. Register for free at the link in our bio and spread the word!

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925 Bergen St, Ste 405
Brooklyn, NY
11238

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The mission of Belladonna* Series is to promote publication and literary community among women writers who are writing off-center work that is adventurous, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, unpredictable, political & critical, formally innovative, hybrid & experimental, that reaches across the boundaries and binaries of literary genre and artistic fields, and that questions the gender binary. Ours is prose that is situational and poetry that is inter-subjective or performative or witnessing. Since our founding in 1999 as a reading and salon series at Bluestockings Bookstore, Belladonna has expanded to become, in addition to a literary series, a publisher of chaplets, chapbooks, and full-length books of poetry and multi-genre writing, serving women writers whose work has not yet reached a broad audience. We reorganized as a ten-person collaborative in 2010 and acquired 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 2011.

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12pm - 5pm

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(718) 398-9003

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For the penultimate day of our #WomensHistoryMonth celebration of the women and non-binary members of CBAW's #UnitedAgainstSilence collective, we spotlight the incredible Christina Olivares! Christina is the author of NO MAP OF THE EARTH INCLUDES STARS, winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press Book Prize, and the chaplet INTERRUPT ( Belladonna* Collaborative, 2015). Olivares is the recipient of BRIO Nonfiction and Poetry Grants, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency, and two Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grants. In 2019, Olivares was an inaugural Asian American Writers Workshop Witness Fellow. Christina's work has been published widely (most recently in Lincoln Center's We Are The Work, in Aster(ix) and in The Rumpus) and has been republished by The Academy of American Poets. Olivares has most recently taught as a visiting professor at the Rutgers University—Newark MFA poetry program and community-based workshops through the Bronx Council on the Arts. She earned her undergraduate degree at Amherst College in interdisciplinary studies in education and her MFA in poetry at CUNY Brooklyn College. She is an educator and administrator, a poverty and prison abolitionist, and a q***r American-Cuban who is proud to be from the Bronx. Just the other day it was announced that Christina's newest book, FUTURE BOTANIC is forthcoming from Get Fresh Books. Congratulations Christina! Get more details about it in Christina's latest IG post! Sadly, Bookshop is out of Christina's books so we could not add them to our Women's History Month list, but they are available through the links on Christina's website. See links below! Christina on the web: christinaolivares.com Christina on IG: buff.ly/3tPf8p7 CBAW Women's History Month Booklist: https://buff.ly/3pzKKwo
A brilliant review of a brilliant book: Arden Levine on Cait O'Kane's A BRIEF HISTORY OF BURNING https://www.greenlindenpress.com/interviews-and-reviews#/cait-okane/ Belladonna* Collaborative
KPI’s been talking for decades about horizontal, sustainable, equitable organizing models. Here’s a throw back to one of them, this from AWP 2015, Minneapolis: “A conversation that aims to q***r, disrupt, interrupt, explore, and revolutionize the rhetoric, expectations, and notions of literary business as usual. How do we---as writers, artists, activists, publishers, curators, and producers--- engage new forms of working together? How can innovative aesthetic/editorial practices extend into more sustainable and responsible organizing models (collaborative, collective, coalitional, cooperative enterprise)? How do we subvert prevailing notions and operate within the systems that tend to reproduce those forces? Join the magic act with Teresa Carmody, Krystal Languell of Belladonna* Collaborative, TC Tolbert, Annie Guthrie and yours truly, to talk it out.” https://fb.me/e/4buR9jEV2?ti=ia
Our warmest congratulations to the finalists of the Lambda Literary Awards, including books from CLMP Members The Feminist Press, Nightboat Books, Graywolf Press, Soberscove Press, Tolsun Books, Belladonna* Collaborative, Four Way Books, Coffee House Press, Golias Books, Futurepoem, Noemi Press & Argos Books!
Discover books to read for #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth, including these titles from KAYA Press, New Rivers Press, Aquarius Press, Inc., Restless Books, BOA Editions, Coffee House Press, Bamboo Ridge Press, Tupelo Press, Hanging Loose, Nightboat Books, Sarabande, Alice James Books, Belladonna* Collaborative, The Common, Anomalous Press & more!
Tune in to radio.montezpress.com on Tuesday September 22 at 2PM to hear readings and performances by new Belladonna* authors Cait O’Kane and Kimberly Alidio! 😍
Kimberly Alidio's : once teeth bones coral : (Belladonna* Collaborative) is "a book of echoing and overhearing : breath and trembling : desert and sky : woundedness and gossip :" - Gabrielle Civil #SPDhandpicked 20% off all month w code HANDPICKED http://spdbooks.org/handpicked
TONIGHT! 7pm EST! Belladonna* Collaborative's second virtual reading for Matters of Feminist Practice Vol. 1, featuring Adrienne Perry, Frances Richard, Rachel Levitsky, Serena Chopra, and Yanara Friedland Register for free here: https://bit.ly/2CyIhwU
#SPDHANDPICKED is on SIMULTANEITY - : once teeth bones coral : by Kimberly Alidio (Belladonna* Collaborative) is a rendering of q***r affects of desire, loss, and travel, undoing in language normative relations of self, lover, body, adjective 20% off w code HANDPICKED http://spdbooks.org/handpicked
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ALL NEW AUGUST #SPDHANDPICKED feat. Kenning Editions, The Elephants, Tolsun Books & Belladonna* Collaborative
Check out Volume 4 of the Indie Lit Fair, presented in partnership with PEN World Voices Festival! This installment features Baltimore Review, Belladonna* Collaborative, Black Ocean, Broadsided Press, Fonograf Editions, Frayed Edge Press, Futurepoem, Gold Line Press, Green Writers Press, River Styx Literary Magazine, Swamp Ape Review & more! https://pen.org/indie-lit-fair-vol-four/