August 19: Emergency, Freeman, and Johnson

Join us back at Unnameable Books for our last reading of summer


Ammi Emergency
Valentine Freeman
& Paul Foster Johnson

Wednesday August 19/ 7 pm / free


AMMI EMERGENCY is a Wallace Stegner fellow in fiction at Stanford University, where she is at work on an interconnected short story collection about the year after Hurricane Katrina. A native New Yorker, Ammi was living in New Orleans at the time of the storm and, after evacuating, spend time in Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, Brooklyn and Arkansas, all the while observing how people reacted to displacement and to the changes in the country and the natural world. Ammi has written the zine Emergency since 1998.

VALENTINE FREEMAN is a poet and archivist from Portland, Oregon. Twice the recipient of the Burnam Award for Poetry, she lectures and facilitates workshops about lesbian history and queer gender, and recently taught a writing workshop with incarcerated women and their daughters. Valentine lives in Brooklyn and is currently at work on a short play, two essays, and a long list.

PAUL FOSTER JOHNSON's first collection of poetry, Refrains/Unworkings, was published in 2008 by Apostrophe Books. With E. Tracy Grinnell, he is the author of the g-o-n-g press chapbook Quadriga. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of literary journals, including Cannot Exist, GAM, EOAGH, Pom2, Fence, The Portable Boog Reader 2, Antennae, Bird Dog, and Octopus. From 2003 to 2006, he curated the Experiments and Disorders reading series at Dixon Place. He is an editor at Litmus Press and currently lives in New York, NY.