Assaracus 18 cover (Carmine Santaniello)

ASSARACUS: A Journal of Gay Poetry—A Reading to Celebrate Issue 18

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ASSARACUS: A Journal of Gay Poetry—A Reading to Celebrate Issue 18
June 6, 2015 7:00 PM
June 6, 2015 10:00 PM
646 457 0859
May 12, 2015
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
646 457 0859
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
Assaracus 18 cover (Carmine Santaniello)


Please join us to celebrate the latest issue of the beautiful and sexy gay male poetry magazine Assaracus 18 (Sibling Rivalry Press). Poets look at the world today from San Francisco to Greece and many points between, at memories brought to life, at fucking and drag, love and families, tricks, beaches, bathhouses, Grindr, even a god or two. Four widely published gay poets will read, William Leo Coakley (a New York Poetry Center Discovery series winner), Graham Coppin (Brooklyn poet and leadership coach born in South Africa), Joseph Harker (Assaracus editor and Poet Blogger), and Jee Long Koh (organizer of the NY Singapore Literature Festival and Singapore Poetry website).

Copies of the magazine are available for purchase at the Bureau.

Cover art by Carmine Santaniello

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Photograph by Joseph Batista

Photograph by Joseph Batista

William Leo Coakley, who recently won the Der-Hovanessian prize for a gay Cavafy translation, has appeared in many magazines and other publications here and abroad, including the Paris Review and the Gay and Lesbian Review. He often reads his work on the radio, at Day without Art programs, and at venues like the Leslie-Lohman Gay and Lesbian Art Museum.


Graham Coppin 1

Graham Coppin is a recovering mathematician and poet now working as a leadership coach and consultant. He was born and raised in South Africa and emigrated to the US just before his homeland’s first democratic elections in 1994. He first lived in Minnesota where he learned to love flannel and hate lutefisk. He currently resides in a not-so-gentrified-yet-thank-God part of Brooklyn.


Joseph Harker

Joseph Harker is a linguist and poet often found prowling the trains and cafés of the Northeast. Currently, he edits Assaracus, a journal of gay male poetry; his own work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Ganymede, Hobble Creek Review, qarrtsiluni, and others. He does the Twitter thing at @JHPoet, and the blog thing at, which you are welcome to visit, if you promise to wipe your feet.


Jee Leong Koh

Jee Leong Koh is the author of four books of poems. A new collection titled Steep Tea is forthcoming from Carcanet Press in July. The organizer of the Singapore Literature Festival in New York, he runs the Singapore Poetry website and the Second Saturdays Reading Series.