Crossover Episode 1: Middleyard



Now that some of our events are transitioning back to IRL, we are so psyched to announce the launch of our new event series, Crossover Episodes! Crossover Episodes is the official virtual spinoff of our longstanding Episodes Reading Series in which we invite a second journal, press, or literary collective to team up with us on a mashup-style evening of readings, games, and other performances.


Our first Crossover Episode is a collaboration with Los Angeles-based DIY events organizer, Middleyard! Join us online on Thursday, March 31 for an April Fool's Day Eve party featuring games, pranks, and performances by Aiden Arata, Arti Gollapudi, Colin Drohan, Jo Barchi, Mark Leidner, and Mary Boo Anderson.


Gist:

  • Crossover Episode 1 (xe01): Peach Mag x Middleyard

  • Thursday, March 31, 2022; 8:30pm ET, 5:30pm PT

  • Games and readings by poets, writers, and comedians Aiden Arata, Arti Gollapudi, Colin Drohan, Jo Barchi, Mark Leidner, and Mary Boo Anderson

  • Online via Zoom

  • Live verbatim closed captioning provided

  • Free and open to the public

  • Advance registration required


All things considered, we've had a lot of fun these past two years bringing our readings online. We've loved the opportunity to invite performers and guests from anywhere/everywhere to hang out with us for a night, and to partner with our favorite journals and presses based in other cities—and sometimes countries!—like Shabby Doll House, The Bushwick Review, and Nightboat Books. But now that some of our events are back to IRL, we wanted to formalize this spinoff series to keep up this collaborative spirit—and to keep some of our events virtual!


The first season of Crossover Episodes is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and administered by Arts Services Inc. Crossover Episodes is also made possible because of a partnership with Just Buffalo Literary Center.



About Middleyard

Middleyard is a DIY organizer of performances, exhibitions, and other arts events currently based out of Los Angeles and run by poet and previous Peach Mag contributor, Leah Clancy. Leah is a writer, creative consultant, and the cofounding editor of Potluck Mag, a stellar online literary journal that published hundreds of writers from 2014 to 2018. Revisit Leah's poem, "Rust Belt Country," which we published during our very first season!


Learn more about Middleyard on their Instagram.



About the readers


Aiden Arata is a writer and artist from Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in BOMB, Mask, The Rumpus, The Fanzine, Hobart, and NDA: An Autofiction Anthology (Archway editions, forthcoming 2022).



Arti Gollapudi is a writer and comedian based in Brooklyn. She has been featured in Bustle, Vulture, Wax Nine, HuffPost, Brown Girl Mag, and more.



Colin Drohan is from Chicago. He is the director of writing programs at Catapult and was the archives editor for jubilat. He is an MFA candidate in poetry at UMass Amherst and lives in western Massachusetts.



Jo Barchi is a poet and essayist living in Chicago. They are a Midwest editor at Joyland Mag, and their writing has previously appeared in or is forthcoming from post45, Triangle House Review, Baest, The Poetry Project newsletter, and We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, out from Nightboat Books and edited by Kay Gabriel and Andrea Abi-Karam. They are currently hard at work on a book of epistolaries.



Mark Leidner’s most recent book is the poetry collection Returning the Sword to the Stone, published by Fonograf Editions in 2021. He has also written two feature films: 2019’s Empathy, Inc. and 2014’s Jammed. His story collection Under the Sea was published by Tyrant Books in 2018.



Mary Boo Anderson is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles. Her writing has been featured in American Chordata, Hobart, Peach Mag, and Metatron among others. Her art has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the U.S. and abroad.


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