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The Cultural Society presents Shamala Gallagher, Alexandra Mattraw and Alexis Almeida

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Shamala Gallagher is a queer Indian/Irish American poet and essayist. She is the author of Late Morning When the World Burns (The Cultural Society) and I Learned the Language of Barbs and Sparks No One Spoke (Dancing Girl Press), and she is working on a collection of essays about race, privilege, and marginalization. Her work appears in Poetry, The Rumpus, The Offing, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. Originally from Silicon Valley, she has worked and volunteered for a decade in homeless shelters all over the country. She now lives in Athens, Georgia.

Alexandra Mattraw’s full-length book of poems, small sirenis available at Cultural Society (2018), and her second book, We fell into weather, is forthcoming in 2020.  She is also the author of four chapbooks, including  flood psalm (2017, Dancing Girl Press). You can find her poems and reviews in places including Denver Quarterly,  Fourteen Hills, Jacket2The Poetry Project, and VOLT. In Oakland and San Francisco, Alexandra curates an art-centric writing and performance series called Lone Glen, now in its eighth year.

Alexis Almeida grew up in Chicago. She is the author of I Have Never Been Able to Sing (Ugly Ducking Presse, 2018), and most recently the translator Dalia Rosetti's Dreams and Nightmares (Les Figues, 2019) and Marina Yuszczuk's Single Mother (Spork, 2019). Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Folder, The Poetry Project NewsletterTripwire and elsewhere. She currently teaches at the Bard Microcollege at the Brooklyn Public Library and runs 18 Owls Press.