Thanks to Hungry Ghost and to the fantastic lineup of readers for making Brew IV: An Evening of Literary Works such a fantastic event. Deirdre Coyle cataloged a history of scars–mostly physical, some psychological–for us. Stu Watson–aka “The Lizard King”–wowed us with his own poetry as well as a recitation of Hart Crane’s work. Coryn Brown gave us a hilarious and sometimes harrowing tale of life in Harlem. And finally Joanna C. Valente made us all suitably uncomfortable with her poignant and brutally honest poetry.
Coryn Brown is a digital copywriter for Macy’s and former entertainment journalist whose work has appeared in or on Seventeen, AOL & Vibe.com. She’s studied fiction under Junot Diaz as a participant in Voices of Our Nation, a workshop for writers of color. She resides in Harlem and is currently working towards an MFA in fiction at City College.
Deirdre Coyle is a non-practicing mermaid, “writer,” and fashion librarian. She edits Mixtape Methodology, and her work has appeared in Hello Giggles, Cheap Pop, Alt Current, Luna Luna Magazine, her mom’s fridge, and elsewhere. Visit her at www.deirdrecoyle.com.
Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015) & Marys of the Sea (forthcoming 2016, ELJ Publications). Her chapbook XENOS is forthcoming from Imaginary Friend Press in 2016. She received her MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, as well as the chief editor for Luna Luna Magazine.
Stu Watson is a poet, musician, and teacher living in Brooklyn. He is founder and editor of Prelude, a Pushcart Prize winning journal of poetry and criticism. His work has appeared or is forthcoming at Jacket 2, White Wall Review, Brooklyn Poets, and The Opiate.