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A Horse Less Press reading with Carrie Bennett, Emily Brandt, Youmna Chlala, Claudia Cortese, Aubrie Marrin & Annie Won


Carrie Bennett has been teaching in the Writing Program at Boston University since 2004 and currently teaches writing seminars on theater and feminist performance. She is the author of biography of water (Word Works’ Washington Prize, 2004) and chapbooks A Quiet Winter (Dancing Girl press, 2012) and Animals in Pretty Cages (Dancing Girl, forthcoming). Her poetry has been published in Boston Review, Caketrain, Denver Quarterly, Horse Less Review, Indiana Review, Interim, Prose-Poem Project among many others. After receiving her MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she moved to Somerville where she lives with her family. In 2012, she was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship and was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.

Aubrie Marrin was awarded a fellowship to Columbia University's School of the Arts and received her MFA in poetry in 2005. She is the author of INCOGNITUM (Shearsman, 2015). Her poems have appeared in many publications, including Guernica, Harp & Altar, Sink Review, The Literary Review, Horse Less Review, and Colorado Review. Her chapbook, Terrible + Powerful + Wondrous, was published in 2012 by Horse Less Press. Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, she currently lives and works in Brooklyn. 

Annie Won is a poet, yoga teacher, and medicinal chemist who resides in Somerville, MA. She is a Kundiman Fellow and a Juniper Writing Institute scholarship recipient. Her chapbook with Brenda Iijima, Once Upon a Building Block, recently published with Horse Less Press (2014) and individual chapbook, so i can sleep, is forthcoming from Nous-Zot Press (2015). Her work has appeared in or is soon to appear in the following venues: New Delta Review, Entropy, Delirious Hem, TheThePoetry, TENDE RLION, Similar:Peaks::, and others. Her critical reviews can be seen at American Microreviews and Interviews.

Youmna Chlala is a writer and an artist born in Beirut & based in New York. Her work investigates the relationship between fate and architecture through poetry, prose, drawing, video and performance. She is the recipient of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award for her manuscript, The Paper Camera. Her writing has appeared in journals & magazines such as Guernica, CURA, Bespoke, Horse Less Press Review, MIT Journal for Middle Eastern Studies and XCP: Journal of Cross Cultural Poetics. She is the Founding Editor of Eleven Eleven {1111} Journal of Literature and Art and an Associate Professor in the Humanities & Media Studies Department at the Pratt Institute.


Claudia Cortese’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2011 (Samovar Press), CrazyhorseHayden’s Ferry Review,Rattle, and DIAGRAM, among others.  


Emily Brandt (brandt.emily at gmail) is a Brooklyn-based poet and teacher. She’s a co-founding editor of No, Dear, a contributor at Weird Sister, and Web Acquisitions Editor for VIDA. Emily earned a BA in Psychology, Women’s Studies, and English from Boston University, an MEd from Pace University, and an MFA in Poetry from New York University, where she facilitated the Veterans Writing Workshop. She’s been in residence at Saltonstall and Elsewhere.