Here are audio files for the three readings at On Deck (vol. 1.1):
On Deck is a three-part BBQ-and-reading series, a kind of “summer salon en plein air.” The host, Jacob Bennett, has invited one reader for each installation, and that reader has invited one more reader, who has invited one more reader, for a total of three per event. This invitation process mimics the various networks of friends and acquaintances that a community creates and recreates, organically but conscientiously trading and sharing information and tastes. The first event features Carlos Soto Román, Laura Elrick, and Rodrigo Toscano, whose bios follow below.
Carlos Soto Román is a Chilean pharmacist (químico farmacéutico), and poet. He holds a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has published in Chile: La Marcha de los Quiltros (1999), Haikú Minero (2007), and Cambio y Fuera (2009); and in the States: Philadelphia’s Notebooks (Otoliths, 2011). His work can be found in Crux Desperationis 3, Newport Review, Coydup 5, Summer’s Stock, P-Queue, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Where Eagles Dare, and Dear Navigator 4. He is a MacDowell Fellow and has been awarded twice with scholarships from the Chilean Council for Culture and the Arts. He is also a translator and the curator of the cooperative anthology of US poetry Elective Affinities. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.
Laura Elrick’s Propagation is recently out from Kenning Editions (2012). Previous works include an oppositional cartography and performance piece called Blocks Away (2010), the video-poem Stalk (2008), a sound work, 5 Audio Pieces for Doubled Voice (2006), and two books of poetry, Fantasies in Permeable Structures (Factory School, 2005) and sKincerity (Krupskaya, 2003). Her essay “Poetry, Ecology and the Production of Lived Space” was included in the Eco Language Reader (2010), an earlier version of which appears online at the Brooklyn Rail. Her work has been translated into Spanish, French and Norwegian. She currently teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
Rodrigo Toscano is also the author of Collapsible Poetics Theater (National Poetry Series 2007), To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities. His poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry, Diasporic Avante-Gardes (Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement), and in the anthology, Against Expression. He was a recipient of a New York State Fellowship for the Arts in Poetry. Toscano has been involved in labor movement politics for over fifteen years.