I’m reading in a closet for Machine Project – Poets in Closets

Saturday, September 27th, 1-5pm & Thursday, October 2nd, 8-10pm
in The Gamble House Downstairs Bedroom Closet // 4 Westmoreland Pl, Pasadena, CA 91103

Emerson will read a single poem to one audience member at a time in the Gamble House’s walk-in closet.

May 22nd – 24th in Winnipeg, Canada

I’ll be participating as part of the first annual Writing Trans Genres Conference this May in Winnipeg, CA … on a panel with Ames Hawkins, Ching-In Chen, and K. Bradford, then giving a workshop on “Documentary Experiments”

The conference is the first of its kind and showcases the writing of so amazing trans folks. There’s still room to register.

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May 15th at 8:30 p.m. in Downtown Los Angeles

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Thursday 5/15 at REDCAT in Los Angeles ::: Admission is Free! 

The School of Critical Studies hosts it annual reading showcasing the graduating class of CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program.

Next Words is both a reading series and a publication featuring work by graduating MFA Creative Writing students. The readings take place at venues throughout Los Angeles—bookstores, art galleries, community centers—during the spring of each year. At the final Showcase reading, the graduating class presents brief excerpts from their work—a selection of fiction, poetry, nonfiction and hybrid genres. The publication representing their work will also be on hand. Followed by a reception, the Showcase offers an opportunity to experience the exciting new writing coming out of CalArts and to raise a glass to a group of talented and dedicated young writers.

For more information about CalArts’ unique interdisciplinary MFA Creative Writing Program, visit

The 2014 Next Words series was curated by Adriana Widdoes, Emma Kemp, Riley Raubacher and Shishonia Livingston. The Next Words Anthology was curated and edited by Adriana Widdoes and Emma Kemp.

This event is free, but reservations are recommended to guarantee admission. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 213-237-2800.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Poetic Research Bureau @ 951CKR
951 Chung King Rd
Chinatown, Los Angeles

Fred Moten
 works at the intersection of black studies, performance studies, poetry, and critical theory. He is author of Arkansas (Pressed Wafer Press, 2000), In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), I ran from it but was still in it. (Cusp Press, 2007), Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2008), B Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010), and The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2013).

Emerson Whitney
 is a poet, writer, and artist based in Los Angeles. Emerson’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Troubling the Line: Anthology of Trans and Genderqueer Poetry, Work Magazine, Bombay Gin, NPR, the Huffington Post, the New York Observer, and elsewhere. Emerson is also a 2013 kari edwards fellow on behalf of Naropa University and is the author of the forthcoming documentary project, Ghost Box.

Frank Sherlock
 is the author of Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated, Over Here, The City Real & Imagined (w/ CAConrad), and a collaboration with Brett Evans entitled Ready-to-Eat IndividualPor Aquí, a Spanish-language collection of works translated by Carlos Soto-Román, will be published in Chile in fall 2014. Poems beyond the page have found their forms in installations/performances/exhibitions, including Refuse/Reuse: Language for the Common Landfill, Kensington Riots Project, Neighbor Ballads, and B.Franklin Basement Tapes. Sherlock is a recipient of the 2013 Pew Fellowship in the Arts for literature. He is currently Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.


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May 9, 2014

I am so grateful to have been invited to read on behalf of the wonderful Zoe Tuck and her new Timeless, Infinite Light chapbook, Terror Matrix, at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore!

I got to read with Elaine Kahn, and alongside visual artist, Erika Staiti, and the amazing artist Z. Ozma, whose spells are featured in the book.


Apr 17, 2014

Writing Our Future: Readings from Graduate Writing Programs of the Southland

With Nicole Adlman, KT Browne, Marie Horrigan, Blake Kimzey, Eugenie Montague, Angela Peñaredondo, Amanda Ruud, Rachel Schramm, Emerson Whitney and Victor Yates

Listen to the podcast here !

@ Human Resources
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— Friday, March 14, 2014 – 7:00pm Human Resources, Los Angeles CRITICAL STUDIES: The MFA Writing Class of 2014 invites…