Presenting: Your February Readers

Tomorrow night, February 15th, is the next Oh, Bernice! reading. Please join us at the Astoria Bookshop at 7pm. See you there!


Lee Ann Brown is Associate Professor of English at St. John’s University in Queens. A poet and filmmaker whose first book, Polyverse (Sun & Moon, 1999), won the New American Poetry Series Award. Her second book, The Sleep That Changed Everything, appeared in 2003 from Wesleyan. She is also the founder and editor of the small press Tender Buttons. Her newest books are In the LaurelsCaught (Fence) and Crowns of Charlotte (Carolina Wren Press), as well as a tribute to Black Mountain College she edited, Far from the Centers of Ambition (Lorimer Press). With her husband, actor and director Tony Torn, she curates a poetry in performance series called Page Poetry Parlor in New York City, whose schedule is posted under

Carey Wallace is the author of The Blind Contessa’s New Machine and The Ghost In The Glass House.

Wendy Wisner is the author of two books of poems, Morph and Bloom (2013) and Epicenter (2004), as well as a chapbook, Another Place of Rocking (2010). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Prairie SchoonerThe Spoon River ReviewThe Bellevue Literary ReviewRhinoNatural Bridge5AM, and Verse Daily. Wendy is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and blogs about breastfeeding, motherhood, and writing at She lives in Bayside, New York with her husband and two sons.

Jenna Telesca is a prose writer — of both fact and fiction. She reports on the fresh food industry for a trade magazine, and also writes short stories. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in English and also earned her MFA at CUNY Queens College (along with her fellow Bernicians). You can find her online at

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