Bushel is thrilled to host these four poets from near and nearly-near.
Jared Daniel Fagen lives in Brooklyn and Arkville. His prose poetry has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The Collagist, Numéro Cinq, Entropy, PLINTH, Sleepingfish, and elsewhere. He is the editor of Black Sun Lit and studies at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).
Rachael Guynn Wilson is a writer who lives in Brooklyn. She holds a Ph.D. in English from New York University. Her poetry, fiction, and critical writing has appeared in Brooklyn Rail, Free Spirit News, Jacket2, Pelt, Textual Practice, The Volta, and the Reanimation Library’s Word Processor series. She is a co-founder of the Organism for Poetic Research and Studio Manager at Belladonna* Collaborative.
Alexandra Egan is a poet living and working in Brooklyn. As of August 2017 she has successfully resisted writing a bio.
Sparrow was born in 1953 in Lenox Hill Hospital, in Manhattan. He grew up in a housing project in Inwood, graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, flunked out of Cornell University, became a hippie, studied at the Naropa Institute in 1976 with Allen Ginsberg, Philip Whalen & William Burroughs, published his first book of poems in 1978 (Sparrow’s Poetry Coloring Book, entirely hand-drawn, xeroxed surreptitiously at a copy shop) returned to New York City (still in 1978), finished college, began graduate school at CCNY (studying with Ted Berrigan). Soft Skull Press published three of his books: Republican Like Me (about running for President of the United States in 1996), Yes, You ARE a Revolutionary! & America: A Prophecy – The Sparrow Reader. Sparrow is the longest-running contributor to The Sun magazine, beginning in 1981. He has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times (five poems & three op-ed pieces), The American Poetry Review, Lungfull! (plus other magazines) – and was quoted in Vogue. Sparrow plays flutophone in the “New Crimean” pop band Foamola. He now lives in a doublewide trailer in Phoenicia, New York with his wife Violet Snow.