Book Launch Celebration for Five Poets

Date and Time
June 4, 2023


Event Details

Join us to celebrate the publication of Martine Bellen’s An Anatomy of Curiosity (MadHat Press);
Ruth Danon’s Turn Up the Heat (Nirala); Jordan Davis’s chapbook, Noise (above/ground press);
Caroline Hagood’s Filthy Creation (Madhat Press); and Jerome Sala’s How Much? New and
Selected Poems
(NYQ Books). Refreshments will be served, and the authors’ books will be

Martine Bellen’s just-published poetry collection is An Anatomy of Curiosity (MadHat Press,
2023). She is the author of nine other books, including This Amazing Cage of Light: New and
Selected Poems
 (Spuyten Duyvil), The Vulnerability of Order (Copper Canyon Press) and Tales
of Murasaki and Other Poems
(Sun & Moon), which won the National Poetry Series. A poem
from An Anatomy of Curiosity is forthcoming in the anthology Best American Poetry, 2023.

Ruth Danon’s fourth book of poems, Turn Up the Heat, was published in May 2023 by Nirala
Series. She is the author of three previous books of poetry: Triangulation from A Known Point
(North Star Line, 1990), Limitless Tiny Boat (BlazeVOX, 2016), and Word Has It (Nirala, 2018.)
Her critical book, Work in the English Novel, was reissued by Routledge in 2021. She has
published widely in the United States and abroad. Her work has been anthologized in Best
American Poetry 2002, Resist Much, Obey Little (2017), Stronger Than Fear: Poems of
Empowerment, Compassion, and Social Justice
(2022) and will appear in the Poetry is Bread
. She is founder of Live Writing: A Project for the Reading, Writing and Performance
of Poetry. She teaches through Live Writing and for New York Writers Workshop. Since retiring
from New York University in 2017 she has lived in Beacon, New York.

Jordan Davis’s work has appeared recently as a broadside from unbound books; a chapbook,
Noise, from Canadian publisher above/ground press; a chapbook from UK publisher if a leaf
falls press; in Saginaw, an expatriate magazine published samizdat in China; and on cashmere
sweaters produced by Last Poets in Italy. His third full collection, Yeah, No, is forthcoming from
MadHat Press. He is a former poetry editor of The Nation.

Caroline Hagood is an Assistant Professor of Literature, Writing and Publishing and Director of
Undergraduate Writing at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, where she also teaches in the creative
writing MFA program. She is the author of two poetry books, the novel, Ghosts of
, and the book-length essays, Ways of Looking at a Woman and Weird Girls: Writing the
Art Monster
. Her novel Filthy Creation is forthcoming in May 2023. Her work has appeared in
publications including Electric Literature, Creative Nonfiction, LitHub, the Kenyon
Review, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, Salon
, and Elle.

Jerome Sala’s latest book is How Much? New and Selected Poems (NYQ Books).  Other books
include cult classics such as Corporations Are People, Too! (NYQ Books), The Cheapskates
(Lunar Chandelier), and Look Slimmer Instantly (Soft Skull). Widely published, his work
appears in Pathetic Literature (ed. by Eileen Myles) and two editions of Best American Poetry.
His blog – on poetry, pop culture and everyday life—is espresso