Here are audio files for the three readings at On Deck (vol. 1.2) (we roused the Brood II cicadas for the event, and it works to especially wonderful effect in Hassen’s reading!):
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 second event features Hassen Saker, Ethel Rackin, and Sue Landers, whose bios follow below. The grills (one for veggie-friendly foods only) will go red around 5pm, with the readings to commence at 7pm. Although there will be lagers in the cooler, and snacks on the table, please bring your own grill food and any special beverages you want to drink.
Hassen Saker writes & performs transmedia poetry. Chapbooks include Salem (Belladona*), Crabapples (Furniture Press), & the Sky Journal triptych, which will be published in a single volume from Dusie Press in 2013. She is a sustainable entrepreneur and eco-blogger, as well as a producer, writer and director of documentary video projects at Dog Feed Dog Productions.
Ethel Rackin’s first collection of poems is The Forever Notes, published by Parlor Press in 2012. Other recent work has appeared in Colorado Review, Big Bridge, Evergreen Review, Verse Daily, and Zócalo Public Square. She has taught at Penn State Brandywine, Haverford College, and Bucks County Community College, where she is currently an assistant professor. She lives along the Delaware River with her husband and two dogs.
Sue Landers is the author of 248 mgs., a panic picnic (O Books), Covers (O Books), 15: A Poetic Engagement with the Chicago Manual of Style (Least Weasel), and What I Was Tweeting While You Were on Facebook (Perfect Lovers Press, forthcoming). Her latest project is a mash-up of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Gertrude Stein’s Making of Americans, and the history of one Philadelphia neighborhood (Germantown). Together, they form Franklinstein. Selections from Franklinstein have appeared as a chapbook from Cannot Exist, as well as in On and On Screen, West Wind Review, and E O A G H. She blogs about her research at susanlanders.tumblr.com.