6:30 PM, TUESDAY, JANUARY 26: Tia Clark, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers and Christopher Davis!

The Waves is thrilled to return with a reading by fiction writer Tia Clark and poets Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers and Christopher Davis. This reading is presented in partnership with Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop in New Orleans, and will also be a fundraiser for House of Tulip, an organization providing housing for TGNC people in Louisiana. Please go to https://www.facebook.com/events/436326917516391 to join the event! Many thanks to Candice Huber, proprietor of Tubby & Coo’s, for her help in making this possible, and to Poets & Writers, Inc., for a generous grant to help us pay our writers.

Tia Clark’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Joyland, The Offing, Kenyon Review,  American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. They have received fellowships and support from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Indiana University, the Lambda Literary Foundation and elsewhere. They write and teach in New Orleans.

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers is the author of two poetry collections: THE TILT TORN AWAY FROM THE SEASONS (Acre Books-Cincinnati Review 2020), a Rumpus Book Club pick, and CHORD BOX ( U of Arkansas Press, 2013), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Poems appear in Boston Review, The Missouri Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, FIELD, Crazyhorse, Shenandoah, Bennington Review, and elsewhere. Her creative nonfiction can be found in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Travel Writing, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, and other journals. A former Kenyon Review Fellow, she has taught at a number of colleges and universities, most recently Hendrix College, where she was the Murphy Visiting Fellow in English. She lives in Washington, DC.

Christopher Davis is the author of four collections of poetry:  The Tyrant of the Past and the Slave of the Future, The Patriot, A History of the Only War, and, most recently, Oath, published by Main Street Rag Press in the spring of 2020.  His poems have appeared in many journals, including American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Bennington Review, and Interim.  A 1985 graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, he is a professor of creative writing at UNC Charlotte.

Thursday, December 1: Bryan Borland, Julie R. Enszer, Brad Richard, Caleb Tankersley, Alison Barker, Prairie M. Faul, Will Slate, and Sophie Evans!

The Waves will present Bryan Borland, Julie R. Enszer, Alison Barker,Caleb Tankersley, Brad Richard, Prairie M. Faul, and student readers Will Slate and Sophie Evans at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, at Antenna Gallery (3718 St. Claude Ave.).

Bryan Borland is the author of two previous collections of poetry, My Life as Adam (Sibling Rivalry Press 2010) and Less Fortunate Pirates: Poems from the First Year Without My Father (Sibling Rivalry Press 2012). The American Library Association has honored him as both poet (My Life as Adam) and editor (Lady Business: A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry and Joy Exhaustible: Assaracus Presents The Publishers) through inclusion on its “Over the Rainbow” List of Recommended Reading. Borland is also the founder and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press, an independent publishing house that he runs with his husband, Seth, and the founding editor of Assaracus, the world’s only print journal dedicated exclusively to the gay poet and named by Library Journal as “Best New Magazine” of 2012.

Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is the author of Avowed from Sibling Rivalry
Press. She is the author of three other poetry collections, Lilith’s Demons (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2015), Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010). She is editor of Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2011). Milk & Honey was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry. She has her MFA and PhD from the University of Maryland. Enszer edits and publishes Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal, and a regular book reviewer for the The Rumpus and Calyx. You can read more of her work at www.JulieREnszer.com.

Brad Richard is the author of three books of poems and two chapbooks, including Motion Studies (The Word Works, 2011), Curtain Optional (Press Street, 2011), and Butcher’s Sugar (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012). His poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Literary Imagination, Mississippi Review, New Orleans Review, Passages North, Plume, Witness, and Xavier Review, among other journals. He directs the creative writing program at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans, and keeps very busy with endeavors for young writers and LGBT writers in the New Orleans region.

Caleb Tankersley’s work appears in CutBank, Gargoyle, Permafrost, and others. His chapbook Jesus Works the Night Shift was published in 2014 by Urban Farmhouse Press. He received a PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers, where he served as Associate Editor for Mississippi Review. Currently, he runs the creative writing program at Mississippi School of the Arts and is a reader for Memorious.

Alison Barker is a native of Wheaton Maryland. She has lived in southern Louisiana for ALMOST TEN YEARS. Where did the time go. She likes her students, nutritional fads, and dancing alone. She has been published in some places. Now she slowly chips away at her first novel!

Prairie M. Faul is a Cajun poet and flagrant transsexual currently living in New Orleans. She is the author of the chapbook Burnt Sugarcane from gloworm press and her work can be found in: inferior planets, fogmachine, the wanderer, spy kids review and wherever softness is at it’s most elusive.

Thursday, October 13th: Jonathan Penton and more!

The Waves will present Jonathan Penton,  Spencer Silverthorne, Gabrielle Douglas, Mack Guillory and Jo Gehringer at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, at Antenna Gallery (3718 St. Claude Ave.). The series features local and visiting writers alongside emerging and student voices to encompass a multigenerational LGBTQ perspective.

Jonathan Penton founded www.UnlikelyStories.org in 1998, and has run it, and its print subsidiary Unlikely Books, since. He has lent editorial and management assistance to a number of literary and artistic ventures, such as MadHat, Inc. and Big Bridge. He has organized literary performances, and performed himself, in places like Arkansas, California, Chihuahua, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Washington, state and DC. His poetry books areStandards of Sadiddy (Lit Fest Press, August 2016), Prosthetic Gods (New Sins Press/Winged City Chapbooks, 2008), Blood and Salsa and Painting Rust (Unlikely Books, 2006), and Last Chap (Vergin’ Press, 2004).

Spencer Silverthorne has poetry and nonfiction published in Assaracus, Pelican Bomb, and Apiary Magazine. He has also been awarded a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Originally from Philadelphia, he lives and writes in New Orleans, LA.

Gabrielle Douglas is a South Louisiana lycanthrope in a passionate yet intermittently abusive relationship with Microsoft Word. They are currently studying Creative Writing and Religious Studies at Loyola University New Orleans and perpetually waxing poetical about the Crescent City, Mediterranean food, and video games.

Mack Guillory III is an actor, writer, and student who attends Loyola University in New Orleans. When he isn’t trying to suppress his obsession with Ann Coulter, he can be seen actively grappling with his love of poetry, intellectual anarchy, and casual drinking. Thanks to Bret Buckels and the Waves crew for giving me this opportunity to indulge myself in community. Thanks to the people, places, and things in my life who have deterred me from becoming who I’m supposed to be.

Jo is from Omaha and lives in New Orleans. Their work has appeared in MICRO//MACRO, the Soul Stoned, and New Bile, and is forthcoming from Paper Darts and Xavier Review. They tweet at @josephgehringer, and they love you, like, a lot.

THE WAVES: January 28th, 2016

Come out to Antenna (3718 St Claude Ave) at 7pm to hear:

Uriel Quesada, Cassie Pruyn, Engram Wilkinson, Amelia Hess, Anya Leonhard, and perhaps more!

The Waves Reading Series at Antenna Gallery: a new LGBTIQ reading series presenting student voices, local writers, and visiting writers side by side.

Read Engram Wilkinson’s interview with Uriel Quesada here!

Uriel Quesada is the author of seven books of fiction, including El atardecer de los niños (short stories, 1990; Editorial Costa Rica Award and Costa Rica National Book Award 1990), Lejos, tan lejos (short stories, Áncora Award in Literature, 2005), El gato de sí mismo (novel, Costa Rica National Book Award 2006) and Viajero que huye (short stories, 2008). Uriel Quesada got a Masters Degree in Latin American Literature from New Mexico State University, and a PhD from Tulane University. He lives in New Orleans, and is the current director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Loyola University.

Cassie Pruyn is a New Orleans writer originally hailing from Portland, Maine. Her poems, reviews, and blog posts can be found in AGNI Online, ENTROPY, The Normal School, 32 Poems, The Los Angeles Review, The Adroit Journal, NolaVie, and others. She is currently working on her first poetry collection, and also on a book-length narrative history of Bayou St. John.

Originally from Birmingham, AL, Engram Wilkinson now lives in New Orleans, where he works as a school counselor at Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School. HIs work has previously appeared in Wag’s Revue, Anomalous and Cobalt Journal; for The Waves, he’ll be reading from his novel-in-progress, The Other Adults Test.

Amelia is a second semester sophomore at Tulane University where she studies English and Digital Media Production and has focus in creative writing. Amelia is the co-editor of poetry for the Tulane Review. She is also involved in Tulane’s creative writing department through her literary events management position with Peter Cooley. Amelia currently works at Lusher Middle and High School as a creative writing intern. Amelia has been published in The Wrens Nest as well as contributed to the Notes of the Margin zine.

Anya Leonhard was born in Melrose Park, IL, but commonly lies about this and says she is from Chicago. She is a fourth-level student in the Certificate of Artistry Creative Writing program at Lusher Charter School. Currently, she is working on her own bio, but in the near future, she will be working on a one-act play based on a personal statement essay and a nonfiction piece about the white alligator at Audubon Zoo. Her favorite poet is Elizabeth Bishop and her favorite fiction writers include Nella Larsen and Yoko Tawada. She would like to thank her cats, Tigger and Mouse Rat, for their support.

THE WAVES, volume 3

THE WAVES are coming together again for our last event in the overwhelming joy of our first year. Join us at Press Street‘s Antenna Gallery 3718 Saint Claude Avenue Thursday, May 14th, 7PM (please note the change of date for those of you still clutching your sea monster flyers from January).

Our last reading for the year features all local writers:

Michael Jeffrey Lee
Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers
Sara Slaughter
Julia Carey
David Schneider

Michael Jeffrey Lee is the author of Something in My Eye, a collection of stories. His fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Collagist, Indiana Review, among others. He teaches at NOCCA.

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers is the author of the poetry collection CHORD BOX (University of Arkansas Press, 2013), finalist for the Miller Williams Prize and the 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Her poems appear in Boston Review, The Missouri Review, FIELD, Guernica, Washington Square Review, and others; her nonfiction has appeared on The Rumpus. She was a 2012-2014 Kenyon Review Fellow, and now lives in New Orleans, where she teaches at Tulane and the Bard Early College.

Sara Slaughter lives in New Orleans where she teaches Creative Writing at Lusher Charter School. Her work has recently appeared in New World Writing, The Cortland Review, and PANK. Her first chapbook, UPRIVER, was published by Press Street Press in 2014.

Julia Carey’s work can be found in the journals Psychopomp, Dudley Review, Mason’s Road and Tiferet, as well as the anthologies Louisiana in Words and New Orleans: What Can’t Be Lost. A winner of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Prize in Poetry, she has also enjoyed nominations for a Pushcart Prize and the AWP Intro Journals Project. Along with teaching at Bard Early College and Xavier University, she slings drinks at the Delachaise wine bar on St. Charles Ave and cultivates her toddler’s love of books.

David Schneider is a student at LSU and a graduate of the Creative Writing program at Lusher Charter School.

THE QUEER SOUTH comes to New Orleans!


Join us at Press Street‘s Antenna Gallery 3718 Saint Claude Avenue Thursday, January 22nd, 7PM for a launch party celebrating Sibling Rivalry Press’s beautiful anthology, featuring readings by contributors:

Jericho Brown

Ken Pobo

Laurence Ross

Foster Noone

Ellen Goldstein

Liana Roux

Hannah Riddle

Elizabeth Gross

Brad Richard

and perhaps even more, traveling from near and far!


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who made our Kickoff Reading such an overwhelming joy! This photo is from early on (and then you just kept coming!). Thank you to everyone who came to listen–there was a special quality to your attention in that crowded, crowded room. Thanks to our readers Chanel Clarke, Madeleine LeCesne, Spencer Silverthorne, Kay Murphy, Megan Ann McHugh, Dynte Moore, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, Anne Marie Rooney, Tyler Gillespie, and my co-host Brad Richard. And to Antenna Gallery and Press Street for having us (especially Anne Gisleson and Dave Meinhart for helping us get this thing off the ground). And to True Colors for putting together such a great show of LGBTQ art!




We are so excited to launch The Waves Reading Series on  Thursday, August 28th, coinciding with the 2nd annual True Colors exhibit at Antenna Gallery!

When: 8/28/14. 7:00 PM

Where: 3718 St. Claude

Who: An all-local lineup. We’re here to celebrate our new queer multigenerational space-time. Readings by:

Chanel Clarke, Tyler Gillespie, Elizabeth Gross, Madeleine LeCesne, Megan Ann McHugh, Kay Murphy, Brad Richard, Anne Marie Rooney, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, Spencer Silverthorne,  and Dynte Moore! 

About the readers: 

Anne Marie Rooney is the author of Spitshine, as well as two chapbooks.

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers was born in a hailstorm, is the author of the poetry collection Chord Box, and lives on a street named Desire.

Tyler Gillespie is a pale Floridian whose writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Rolling Stone, Salon, NPR, and PANK, among other places.

Madeleine LeCesne is a senior at Lusher School and a writer in the Certificate of Artistry Program, directed by Brad Richard.

Elizabeth Gross throws her poems around and recently some have landed in LEVELER, Painted Bride Quarterly, B O D Y, and the upcoming Queer South anthology from Sibling Rivalry Press.

Spencer Silverthorne is a MFA candidate in poetry at the University of New Orleans.

Chanel Clarke is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers and has had poems published in Anti-, Flag and Void, Smoking Glue Gun, and Hayden’s Ferry Review.

Brad Richard directs the creative writing program at Lusher Charter School, has published three books and two chapbooks, and is working on, among other things, a manuscript titled Reconstructions.

Megan Mchugh, who recently completed her MFA at UNO, is a garden teacher with the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, and also grows/designs flowers at the flower farm and design studio, Pistil and Stamen.

Dynte Moore is a student at Bard College. 

Kay Murphy is Professor Emeritus at the University of New Orleans. Her poetry and essays have been published far and wide.