past event

Online Reading

Thursday 25 Aug 2022

Willa Smart, roadside fantacy (after robert glück), 2022, concrete poem. Image courtesy of the artist.

Willa Smart, roadside fantacy (after robert glück), 2022, concrete poem. Image courtesy of the artist.

Join us for an online reading from poets, Willa Smart, Imani Elizabeth Jackson and Loretta Riach. 

The event will be held on Zoom: 

4pm Thur 25 August Aotearoa

9pm Wed 24 August USA West Coast

11pm Wed 24 August USA Central

Midnight Wed 24 August USA East Coast


Tom Denize, the curator of On Blushing introduces an online reading from three writers. Concrete poems and video work by writer and artist Willa Smart appeared in On Blushing. All three writers share an interest in relations between the human and nature, crossing boundaries on timescales and lifeforms.




WILLA SMART is an artist and writer currently pursuing a PhD in California on food, fantasy, and transfemininity. Her erotic novel, Switch Wish, was published in 2021 by Meekling Press.

LORETTA RIACH is an interdisciplinary artist and writer, based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Their art practice spans sculpture, installation, paintings, and writing, with a leaning towards the handmade and the organic. They’re passionate about investigations of memory/time, fields of geology and history, and ideas of reconnection and reciprocity with land. Originally hailing from Tāmaki Makaurau, they are currently completing a BFA (Hons) at Massey University, Toi Rauwhārangi.

IMANI ELIZABETH JACKSON is a poet working across disciplines, dreaming up forms for personal, historical, and ecological decoding. She is the author of the chapbook saltsitting (reissued by g l o s s, 2020) and the book Flag (forthcoming from Futurepoem) and her writings appear in and are forthcoming from Triple Canopy, Apogee, The Arkansas International, Midst, BOMB, Triquarterly, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of Futurepoem’s 2020 Other Futures Award and has also received the Arkansas International’s inaugural C.D. Wright Award, selected by Hanif Abdurraqib, as well as several awards from Brown University. Imani is also a member of the Poetry Project’s newsletter editorial collective and co-organizes the Chicago Art Book Fair. She is from Chicago, a short walk from Lake Michigan, and presently lives in New Haven, beside the Quinnipiac River.