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Living Writers: Andrea Abi-Karam with Literature Graduate Student Madison McCartha 

April 8, 2021 @ 5:20 pm - 6:55 pm  |  Virtual Event


Andrea Abi-Karam is an arab-american genderqueer punk poet-performer cyborg, writing on the art of killing bros, the intricacies of cyborg bodies, trauma & delayed healing. Their chapbook, THE AFTERMATH (Commune Editions, 2016), attempts to queer Fanon’s vision of how poetry fails to inspire revolution. Under the full Community Engagement Scholarship, Andrea received their MFA in Poetry from Mills College. With Drea Marina they co-hosted Words of Resistance [2012-2017] a monthly, radical, QTPOC open floor poetry series to fundraise for political prisoners’ commissary funds. Selected by Bhanu Kapil, Andrea’s debut is EXTRATRANSMISSION (Kelsey Street Press, 2019) a poetic critique of the U.S. military’s role in the War on Terror. Simone White selected their second assemblage, Villainy for publication in September 2021 at Nightboat Books. Andrea toured with Sister Spit in 2018 and has performed at RADAR, The Poetry Project, The STUD, Basilica Soundscape, TransVisionaries, Southern Exposure, Counterpulse, & Radius for Arab-American Writers. With Kay Gabriel, they co-edited We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2020). They are a leo currently obsessed with queer terror and convertibles.

Madison McCartha is a black poet and multimedia artist whose work appears in Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, DREGINALD, The Fanzine, Full Stop, jubilat, and elsewhere. Their writing has received support from Winter Tangerine, The Millay Colony for the Arts, and was shortlisted for the 2019-2021 CAAPP Creative Writing Fellowship. In summer 2021, Madison will hold a residency through the Ucross Foundation. Madison holds an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, where they received the Samuel and Mary Anne Hazo Award in Creative Writing, and is currently a PhD student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Madison’s debut book-length poem, FREAKOPHONE WORLD, is forthcoming from Inside the Castle in 2021. Their second book of poetry, THE CRYPTODRONE SEQUENCE, is forthcoming from Black Ocean.


April 8, 2021
5:20 pm - 6:55 pm