The Night Heron Barks reads @SMOLfair

Saturday, March 6, 2021


Aaron Caycedo-Kimura
Preorder his chapbook, Ubasute (Slapering Hol Press, 2021), here.

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura is a writer, painter, and cartoonist. He is the author of the chapbook Ubasute (Slapering Hol Press, 2021), which won the 2020 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition. His poetry has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Poet Lore, DMQ Review, Tule Review, Louisiana Literature, The Night Heron Barks, and elsewhere. Aaron earned his MFA in creative writing from Boston University and is a recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry. He is also the author and illustrator of Text, Don’t Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life (TarcherPerigee, 2017).

Gustavo Hernandez
Order Flower Grand First (Moon Tide Press, 2021) here.

Gustavo Hernandez is the author of Flower Grand First (Moon Tide Press) and the micro-chapbook Form His Arms (Ghost City Press). Gustavo’s poems have previously been published in ReedAcentos ReviewSonora Review, and other publications. He was born in Jalisco, Mexico and lives in Southern California.  

Darla Himeles
Preorder Cleave (Get Fresh Books Publishing, 2021) here.

Darla Himeles (she/her) is the author of the chapbook Flesh Enough (2017) and Cleave (forthcoming, 2021), both with Get Fresh Books. Darla is a poetry editor for Platform Review, and her poems can be read in recent issues of Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Naugatuck River Review, Atticus Review, Off the Coast, and Talking River. She holds a PhD in English from Temple University, where she works as the assistant director of the Writing Center, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife and daughter. Find her on Twitter @darlaida or at

Chloe Martinez
Order Corner Shrine (Backbone Press, 2021) here.

Chloe Martinez is a poet and a scholar of South Asian religions. She is the author of the chapbook Corner Shrine (Backbone Press, 2020), and the collection Ten Thousand Selves (The Word Works, forthcoming Fall 2021). Her poems are published/forthcoming in Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Common and elsewhere. She teaches at Claremont McKenna College.

Angela Narciso Torres
Order What Happens Is Neither (Four Way Books, 2021) here.

Angela Narciso Torres is the author of What Happens Is Neither (Four Way Books 2021) Blood Orange, winner of the 2013 Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry, and the chapbook, To the Bone (Sundress Publications 2020). Recent work appears or is forthcoming in POETRYMissouri Review, Quarterly West, Cortland Review, and Poetry Northwest. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Illinois Arts Council, and Ragdale Foundation. She received First Prize in the Yeats Poetry Prize (W.B. Yeats Society of New York). New City magazine named her one of Chicago’s Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she currently resides in San Diego. She serves as a senior and reviews editor for RHINO ​Poetry.

Arisa White
Order Who’s Your Daddy (Augury Books, 2021) here.

Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow and an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Colby College. She is the co-editor of the anthology Home Is Where You Queer Your Heart and co-author of the middle-grade biography Biddy Mason Speaks Up, winner of the 2020 Maine Literary Award for Young People’s Literature. Published by Augury Books, Who’s Your Daddy is Arisa’s recently released poetic memoir, which Patricia Smith says “unreels like heart-wrenching fragments of film.” She serves on the board of directors for Foglifter and Nomadic Press. Instagram: arisaawhite and Twitter: arisaw

Open Mic hosted by Cathlin Noonan featuring poets: Said Shaiye, Jennifer Roche, James Henry Knippen, Martha Kaplan, Joe Babcock, and Kari Ann Ebert. Closing remarks by poetry editors Michele Karas and Philip F. Clark.