Vapors 3.0: Insomnia

May 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM @ Babycastles Gallery


Vapors is a poetry and performance event structured around historical concepts of madness and its treatments. Vapors–the umbrella term for hysteria, mania, depression and other illnesses ascribed to women–also speaks to the nature of poetic performance, that it exists in a moment, that it can impact despite its ephemeral nature. Each reading focuses on a different symptom associated with female mental instability in the Victorian era, volume three being “Insomnia,” the elusiveness of sleep and our tortured relationship to it which often leads to diagnoses of madness. Performers from a range of literary backgrounds will explore the nature of intimacy, care, and what it means to be human in the 21st century. Featured Performers: Ruby Brunton is a New Zealand-raised poet and performer who now lives in Brooklyn. She spends a lot of time thinking about how to create community and education alternatives. She has poems in Metatron, Queen Mob’s Teahouse and The Felt and is a regular contributor to Mask Magazine. Find her on twitter & tumblr @rubybrunton Deirdre Coyle is a "writer," fashion librarian, and non-practicing mermaid. Her work has appeared in Goddessmode, Luna Luna Magazine, Hello Giggles, and elsewhere. She likes talking about literature and punk rock at @DeirdreKoala Sloane Eliot Mariem is a Florida-raised, Brooklyn-based poet exploring trauma recovery and the formation of new relationships in the wake of domestic violence. Her work has appeared in Vending Machine Press and Electric Cereal. Camonghne Felix is a poet, political speechwriter and essayist. She is an MA Candidate in Arts Politics at NYU, a 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, and the 2013 recipient of the Cora Craig Award for Young Women. You can find her work in various spaces, including Youtube, and in publications like Apogee, Union Station, and Poetry Magazine. She is also the author of the chapbook Yolk, published via Penmanship Books in March 2015 and in May of that year was listed by Black Youth Project as a "Black Girl From the Future You Should Know" Melissa McDaniel is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Necessary Fiction, Psychopomp Magazine, Luna Station Quarterly, Be About It Press, Heavy Feather Review, and Witch Craft Mag. She is a former editor at tNY.Press, and she runs, a guide for finding readings and literary events in NYC. She tweets at @melissamcd29 Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the author of IRL (Birds LLC, 2016) and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has poems in BOMB, Guernica, and the Offing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and with Morgan Parker co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA). @heyteebs

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