The Agriculture Reader: Issue 7 Launch

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:00pm

The Agriculture Reader is a limited-edition arts annual with a design focus. It has a rich history of publishing excellent and unlikely poetry, fiction, translation, and art, including one short story that ended up in Best American Poetry and no small number of literary debuts. All this delivered in a book that is a covetable aesthetic object in its own right. We know we're not the easiest to find, or keep track of (nine years of existence; seven "annual" issues--go figure) but when we come out of hibernation we always bring the goods. To celebrate the publication of AGR #7, our biggest and wildest issue to date, co-editor Justin Taylor, most recently the author of Flings, hosts an evening of readings by current and past contributors: Morgan Parker, Mark Doten, Nicole Steinberg, Sara Nović, and Erika Bisk, whose chapbook "65 Haikus, Spring 2013" appears in its entirety in the new issue, which can be previewed here.

About the readers:

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize, and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, forthcoming from Tin House Books in 2017. Morgan is a Cave Canem graduate fellow, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and poetry editor for The Offing. She also co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective.

Nicole Steinberg is the author of Glass Actress (forthcoming from Furniture Press Books, 2016) and Getting Lucky (Spooky Girlfriend Press, 2013), as well as three chapbooks, most recently Clever Little Gang, winner of the 4X4 Furniture Press Chapbook Award. Her work has been featured or reviewed in the New York Times, Newsweek, Flavorwire, Bitch, Hyperallergic, and elsewhere. She's the founder of New York's EARSHOT reading series and she lives in Philadelphia.

Sara Nović is the author of the novel Girl at War (Random House), out now in paperback. She is the fiction editor for Blunderbuss Magazine and teaches writing at Columbia University, Wesleyan University, and for the literary nonprofit Words After War. She has an MFA from Columbia, where she studied fiction and literary translation. She lives in Brooklyn.

Erika Bisk (b. 1992) is a writer and visual artist from Green Brook, New Jersey. She studied at Pratt Institute from 2013-2014. 65 Haikus, written in the classical Japanese poetry form, concerns stasis, nostalgia, relationships, summer camp, boring jobs, death and depression. 

Mark Doten is the author of the novel The Infernal, published in 2015 by Graywolf Press. His writing has appeared in Conjunctions, Guernica, The Believer, and New York Magazine. He has an MFA from Columbia University, and is the recipient of fellowships from Columbia and the MacDowell Colony. He is currently Senior Editor at Soho Press and lives in Brooklyn.

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