March 8, 2009

Michael Cross & Emily Kendal Frey

Sunday, March 8
7:30 pm

Concordia Coffee House
2909 NE Alberta

$5.00 suggested donation

Michael Cross edited the anthology Involuntary Vision: after Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Avenue B, 2003), a companion piece to the New Brutalism reading series he founded in Oakland in 2002. He publishes Atticus/Finch Chapbooks (, coedits On: Contemporary Practice (with Thom Donovan and Kyle Schlesinger), and is currently editing a collection of lectures on George Oppen. His book In Felt Treeling is just out from Chax Press.

Emily Kendal Frey lives in Portland and teaches at Portland Community College. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Bird Dog, DIAGRAM, Fou, Handsome, Mudlark, New York Quarterly, Sink Review, Spinning Jenny and Washington Square Review. Work from Something Should Happen at Night Outside (a collaboration with Zachary Schomburg) can be found in Anti-, Diode, Sir! and jubilat. Collaborations with Sarah Bartlett can be found at Alice Blue and Caffeine Destiny, among others.


(beneath the sycamore
drew crystal to the wood
spun iron lungs
the trees breathe shade
lisp addled haling
open mouth, o wisp

Michael Cross


Latex paint makes walls cleaner and shinier.
People go away on purpose.
"We can make it if we try" becomes a popular phrase.
I know I'm not a nice person.

Emily Kendal Frey