112th: BigCityLit with Stephen Massimilla and J. Chester Johnson
Join us at Book Culture on 112th as BigCityLit presents a reading with Stephen Massimilla and J.Chester Johnson on Friday, February 16th at 7pm.
Nicholas Johnson and his partner Maureen Holm founded BigCityLit with his brother Chet Johnson as webmaster in December 2000. Their first issue was a profile of the Brooklyn College MFA program featuring members of their faculty, students in the program, and an assessment of whether getting a degree in Creative Writing was a worthwhile idea. They began as a monthly, publishing work in various styles, and also profiling other MFA programs such as Sarah Lawrence, Columbia University, Hunter College and others. To be a magazine, they also published fiction, essays, articles, reviews of books, films, plays, and different political viewpoints on various issues. They were fortunate to have a large worldwide and diverse readership and plan to continue that tradition. Their new issue is freshly online; find out more at BigCityLit.
Stephen Massimilla is a poet, scholar, professor, and painter. His multi-genre volume Cooking with the Muse (Tupelo, 2016) won the Eric Hoffer Book Award, the National Indie Excellence Award, and others. Previous books include The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat (SFASU Press Prize), Forty Floors from Yesterday (the Bordighera/CUNY Prize), Later on Aiaia (the Grolier Prize), and a critical dissertation. He has recent work in hundreds of publications such as Agni, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Poet Lore, Poetry Daily, and The Southern Review. Massimilla holds an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University and teaches at Columbia University and The New School. For more info: www.stephenmassimilla.com and www.cookingwiththemuse.com
J. Chester Johnson has written verse for more than forty years. Over this period, his work has received praise from writers and poets spanning several decades – from, among others, Poet Laureate Allen Tate and Nobel Laureate I. B. Singer to current, well-recognized poets, such as Molly Peacock, Major Jackson, Lawrence Joseph and Vijay Seshadri.