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What’s New in Poetry, 5-7-15

What’s New in Poetry, 5-7-15


I hope you enjoy tonight’s episode of What’s New in Poetry, with four new videos by four amazing young poets. Joanna C. Valente and Lo Kwa Mei-en each have brand new, amazing books, and Laura Theobald and Mike Krutel each have rockin chapbooks with full-lengths, I would imagine, soon forthcoming. I’m really thrilled about all four of these readings and hope you’ll enjoy them too.

Laura Theobald: “There’s this other story, obviously, about Nietzsche and a horse. My friend, interrupting, says, ‘I could say a lot of shit about the seeds of change cuz butterflies are all metaphoric, I mean, metamorphic.'”

Joanna C. Valente: “You and C will fill your bodies with cigarettes and breathe into cups to see if it’s still only half full.”

Lo Kwa Mei-en: “We will imagine you, unsinkable girl, stirring the seas from east to west, and the sea, sniffing at the cherry notes of your bones.”

Mike Krutel: “The once and again great land smells like rain on some sheriff’s blotter.”



laura theobald

Laura Theobald is the author of the chapbook eraser poems from H_NGM_N Books, and an editor for various journals and small presses. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Sink, Atlas Review, Black Warrior Review, and Everyday Genius, among others. She is studying for a poetry MFA at LSU in Baton Rouge. More of her work is available at


joanna valente

Joanna C. Valente is sometimes a mermaid and sometimes a human. She is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014) and received her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Her second full length collection Marys of the Sea is forthcoming from ELJ Publications in 2016 and she has a chapbook The Gods Are Dead forthcoming in 2015 from Deadly Chaps Press. Some of her work appears in The Huffington Post, Columbia Journal, Similar Peaks, BORT Quarterly, among others.  She founded Yes, Poetry in 2010, and is the Managing Editor for Luna Luna Magazine. Her ghost resides here.


Lo Kwa Mei-en

Lo Kwa Mei-en is the author of YEARLING (Alice James Books 2015), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. She is from Singapore and Cincinnati, Ohio, where she currently lives and works.



mike krutel

Mike Krutel is the author of the chapbook FOGLAND (forthcoming from Magic Helicopter Press) and Best Poems (Big Lucks). Mike is a co-curator for The Big Big Mess Reading Series in Akron, OH, and an assistant editor for the journal Pinwheel.

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Bruce Covey publishes & edits Coconut magazine & Coconut Books and, for 12 years, hosted the "What's New in Poetry" reading series in Atlanta. His sixth book of poetry, Change Machine, was published by Noemi Press in 2014.

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