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Everything Is Bigger presents: Martin Rock, Emily Bludworth de Barrios, Amanda Johnston, Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, Austin Rodenbiker & Sarah Janczak

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They call April "National Poetry Month," and in honor of that goodness, we are doing a special all-poets lineup for this month's EIB. Six poets to be exact. Six of the raddest poets we know--Martin Rock! Emily Bludworth de Barrios! Amanda Johnston! Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez! Austin Rodenbiker! Sarah Janczak! What a way to spend a Sunday.

Cheer Up Charlie's
Sunday, April 24th
Doors at 7 pm / Show at 7:30 pm SHARP
Bring cash for books and donation please!

Martin Rock is the author of RESIDUUM (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2016), and DEAR MARK (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013), a chapbook response to the work of Mark Rothko. With Kevin Prufer and Martha Collins he edited the Unsung Masters volume Catherine Breese Davis: On the Life and Work of an American Master (Pleiades Press, 2015). His poetry and translations from the Japanese have appeared in Asymptote, AGNI, Black Warrior Review, Conduit, Diagram, Forklift, Ohio, Best New Poets 2012, and other journals. Martin has held senior editorial positions at Gulf Coast, Washington Square Review, and Epiphany, and he is Founding Editor of Loaded Bicycle, an online journal of poetry, art, and translation. As Poet-in-Residence at Texas Children's Hospital, he helps young patients express themselves through the written word. A recipient of fellowships from New York University, University of Houston, InPrint, and the Port-Townsend Writers' Conference, he is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Houston. 

Emily Bludworth de Barrios is the author of Splendor, a book of poems from H_NGM_N Books. She's also published two chapbooks: Women, Money, Children, Ghosts, from Sixth Finch, and Extraordinary Power, from Factory Hollow Press. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Jellyfish, New Delta Review, Sixth Finch, and Tender. Emily was born in Houston and raised in Egypt, the United States, and Venezuela; she currently lives in Houston.

Amanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them, Kinfolks Quarterly, Muzzle, Pluck! and the anthologies, Small Batch, di-ver-city and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. The recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Johnston is a Stonecoast MFA faculty member, a co-founder of Black Poets Speak Out, and founding executive director of Torch Literary Arts.

Austin Rodenbiker is a second year poet in the New Writers Project. He holds an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He serves as poetry editor for Bat City Review. His guiding obsessions are with queer and altered texts.

Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez is a poet, visual artist, and professional illustrator. His work has been featured in Metropolis, Esquire, The Believer, Flaunt, and Moma PS1. His first major collection of poems, 'Morbid Belly Aching', was published by CARSAREREAL, in 2013.

Sarah Janczak's poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and Witness, among others. Sarah studied at Sarah Lawrence College where she was a founder of the annual Poetry Festival. She lives in Austin, TX and is currently working on a collection of poems about the body.