Crossover Episode 2: Pretty Cool Poetry Thing



Our next Crossover Episode is a collaboration with our friends at Pretty Cool Poetry Thing, the Philadelphia-based digital literary journal that's run like an indie game studio. Join us online on Wednesday, June 22 for an evening of poetry readings and other performances by Hannah Rego, Jakob Maier, Julianne Neely, Matthew Bosque, Spencer Williams, and Will LaPorte. There will also be video game-themed trivia during intermission with sick prizes for guests, as well as an afterparty featuring a ruthless Super Smash Bros tournament... (if we can pull it off)... ! Friends may be lost...


Gist:

  • Crossover Episode 2 (xe02): Peach Mag x Pretty Cool Poetry Thing

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2022; 8:00pm ET

  • Readings by Hannah Rego, Jakob Maier, Julianne Neely, Matthew Bosque, Spencer Williams, and Will LaPorte

  • Intermission trivia game (ft. prizes) and Super Smash Bros afterparty (ft. "ultimate honor" ??)

  • Online via Zoom

  • Live verbatim closed captioning provided

  • Free and open to the public

  • Advance registration required


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. We launched the series earlier this year to keep some of our events virtual now that others are transitioning back to IRL.


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 locally by Arts Services Inc. Crossover Episodes is also made possible due to a partnership with Just Buffalo Literary Center.



About Pretty Cool Poetry Thing

Pretty Cool Poetry Thing is a lit mag run like an indie game studio: You don't know what you're gonna get or when you're gonna get it, but you'll get something truly unique at some point. Through building little worlds for poems to branch out in, PCPT hopes to give poetry lovers something new and poetry skeptics a way in. The editors have made an Animal Crossing Zine, a texting minigame, and a jukebox all in the name of making poems a little spicier. PCPT is also the only lit mag in the world with a Twitter account run by a chameleon named Bart.



About the readers


Hannah Rego is a writer from Louisville, Kentucky. They have an MFA from the University of Arizona and are a founding editor of ctrl+v, a journal of collage. Their writing is anthologized in Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3 and Best Small Fictions 2020 and appears most recently in terrain.org and smoke and mold.



Jakob Maier was the first poet on the cover of GQ.



Julianne Neely received her MFA degree from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received the Truman Capote Fellowship, the 2017 John Logan Poetry Prize, and a Schupes Fellowship for Poetry. She is currently a Poetics PhD student and an English Department Fellow at the University at Buffalo. Her writing has been published in Hyperallergic, VIDA, The Poetry Project, The Rumpus, The Iowa Review, and more. She has three chapbooks out with Slope Editions, garden-door Press, and Foundlings Press.



Matthew Bosque is a proud Bowser main and writer based in Buffalo, New York. He has completed an M.A. in English and Innovative Writing at the University of Buffalo and is currently a member of the Youth Arts Team at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology. His work can be found in My Next Heart: New Buffalo, Boricua En La Luna Writing Anthology, and Pretty Cool Poetry Thing. He likes small walks, medium-size roguelikes, and very large conversations about Hugo from the hit ABC Television series LOST.



Spencer Williams is from Chula Vista, California. She is the author of the chapbook Alien Pink (The Atlas Review, 2017) and the forthcoming collection TRANZ (Four Way Books, 2024). She received her MFA in creative writing from Rutgers University-Newark and is currently a PhD student in poetics at University at Buffalo.



Will LaPorte is a musician and writer based in Kingston, New York. He has been previously featured in the experimental lit mag Pretty Cool Poetry Thing, and is arguably in too many bands.


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