On November 14, 2012, Earth’s
Daughters Magazine will present a literary reading and fundraiser, EARTH’S
DAUGHTERS: THE NEXT GENERATION at Buffalo East, 1412
Main St., Buffalo, at 7:30 p.m., featuring Marina Blitshteyn,
Robin Brox, Jennifer Campbell, Kim Chinquee, Sara Ries, and Janna
Willoughby-Lohr, as well as a mini-story/dance performance by Sophia
Roberts and Music by BloodThirsty Vegans. Although
Earth’s Daughters has been presenting over-50 writers in the Gray Hair Reading
Series, (co-sponsored by Just Buffalo and Hallwalls) for 8 years, this event
showcases younger women writers, most in their 20’s and 30’s. Admission is
two-tiered: $10 for performances, and a past issue of Earth’s
Daughters or $20 for performance, past issue, and a three-issue
subscription to Earth’s Daughters magazine (normally $20 by itself). For
students with ID, the fee is reduced by $5. All inclusive will be an available
array of appetizers and munchies.
Marina Blitshteyn was born in Moldova and immigrated to
the US in 1991. She completed her BA in English at the University at Buffalo
and an MFA in poetry at Columbia University, where she was a writing instructor
and consultant. Her chapbook, Russian for Lovers, was published by
Argos Books in 2011. She currently lives and works in NYC.
Robin Brox is
Jennifer Campbell is an English professor at Erie Community College and
a co-editor of Earth’s Daughters and of Beyond Bones.
Her first book of poetry, titled Driving Straight Through, was
published by FootHills in 2008, and her second book, Supposed to Love,
will be published by Saddle Road Press.
Recent work appears in Common
Ground Review, Sow’s Ear, Saranac Review, Fugue, The Healing Muse, The
Pedestal, Earthshine, Bloodroot, Bluestem, Slipstream, and Slant.
She has received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and
Creative Activities along with an Honorable Mention in the 2010 New
Millennium Writings competition and a Pushcart nomination.
Kim Chinquee is the author of the collections Oh
Baby, Pretty, and Pistol. Her fiction
has appeared in several journals and anthologies including The Nation,
The Huffington Post, NOON, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly,
Fiction, The Mississippi Review, The Notre Dame Review, The South Carolina
Review, New York Tyrant, Best of the Web 2010, The Pushcart Prize XXXI: Best of
the Small Presses 2007,
and many others. She is an associate professor of English at Buffalo State
Sara Ries holds a B.A. in English from Fredonia
State College and a MFA in Poetry from Chatham University. Her first
book, Come In, We’re Open (NFSPS Press), won the Stevens
Poetry Manuscript Competition. Her parents have owned a diner since
she was two-years-old which i where she hosts “Poetry and Dinner Nights at
the Woodlawn Diner.” Sara is an adjunct professor of English at ECC
Sophia Roberts is an activist, dancer, and performing
artist. She was a member of Ice 9 (a performance poetry group) and BCIJPG (the
Buffalo Contact Improv Jam Performance Group), and has produced several
collaborative shows of mixed performance artistry, with a focus on play,
inclusion, diversity, improvisation, contact, and community. She has been a regional coordinator for the Self
Advocacy Association since 2002, supporting people with developmental
disabilities to speak up for themselves, doing community education and systems
advocacy. She holds a
degree in Fine Arts and African-American studies from SUNY Brockport and is a
facilitator of Dance on the Wild Side.
Janna Willoughby-Lohr is a co-editor and layout artist for
Earth’s Daughters Magazine and a graduate of Warren Wilson College.
She has been the featured reader at Center for Inquiry, the Burchfield
Center, Wordflight Series, Poetry and Dinner Night at the Woodlawn Diner, and
elsewhere. She also performs poetry as her alter-ego “MC
Vendetta” and music as “Janna-Ruth.” She was a Grand Slam
finalist in 2005-2008 for the Nickel City Poetry Slam, and a member of the 2006
Nickel City Slam team at the National Poetry Slam. Since 2008 she has
been performing with her band, The Blood Thirsty Vegans. She
has also been the project coordinator and teaching artist for middle-school
students in a program in Chautauqua and Erie County. She works as a
graphic designer for Bodycandy.com.
Thirsty Vegans deliver
a “lively mix of energetic hiphop, rock, funk, ska and blues, topped off
with socially-conscious, positive lyrics.” The band consists of Janna Willoughby-Lohr (Vocals, Trumpet), Alex Mead (Vocals), Bryan Lohr
(Guitar), Matt Eppolito (Bass), Kaitlyn Gardner (Keyboard, Clarinet),
and Dave Harter (Drums).
Earth’s Daughters Magazine, produced by a
multi-generational collective of editors (Kastle Brill, Jennifer Campbell,
Joyce Kessel, Janna Willoughby-Lohr, and ryki zuckerman), is the oldest
continuously published literary feminist periodical in United States and has
been one of Buffalo’s best kept secrets for 41 years.