Dear Friends,

We are so happy to welcome these six brilliant authors to the Birds, LLC family: Harmony Holiday, Raquel Salas Rivera, Kinga Tóth, Precious Okoyomon, Jessica Q. Stark, and Kelin Loe!!!

Six vital new books, forthcoming in 2019-20!!!


Harmony Holiday is the author of four collections of poetry Negro League Baseball, Go Find Your Father/ A Famous Blues, and Hollywood Forever. She is also the founder of Mythscience, an arts collective devoted to cross-disciplinary work that honors and explores the function of the black body in the capitalist system, and demands new levels of autonomy and creative freedom. Harmony also runs and founded Afrosonics an archive of jazz and everyday diaspora poetics. She worked on the SOS, the selected poems of Amiri Baraka, transcribing all of his poetry recorded with jazz that had yet to be released in print and exists primarily on out-of-print records. Harmony studied rhetoric and at UC Berkeley and taught for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She received her MFA from Columbia University and has received the Motherwell Prize from Fence Books, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a NYFA fellowship. She is currently working on a book of poems, as well as a separate book of lyric essays, both on Reparations and the body, and a biography of jazz singer Abbey Lincoln.

while they sleep (under the bed is another country)

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Raquel Salas Rivera es la poeta laureada de la ciudad de Filadelfia del 2018-19. Es la primera recipiente del Ambroggio Prize de la Academia de Poetas Americanos (Academy of American Poets) por su libro en español con traducciones al inglés, x/ex/exis. Sus poemas han aparecido en revistas tales como la Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Apogee y McSweeney’s. Cuenta con la publicación de seis plaquetas y cuatro poemarios. Su último libro, lo terciario/the tertiary, enfrenta la ley PROMESA y es finalista para el Premio Nacional del Libro del 2018 (2018 National Book Award). Del 2016-2018 fue co-editora de la revista literaria The Wanderer y co-editora de Puerto Rico en mi corazón, una colección bilingüe de volantes de poetas puertorriqueños contemporáneos. Este verano trabajó junto con Raena Shirali, Kirwyn Sutherland y Ashley Davis, organizando un festival llamado We (Too) Are Philly e inspirado por el poema “I, Too” de Langston Hughes. Ama y vive por Puerto Rico, Filadelfia y un mundo libre de la supremacía blanca.

Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. They are the first recipient of the Ambroggio Prize from the Academy of American Poets for their dual-language book x/ex/exis. Their work has appeared in journals such as the The Journal of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña), Apogee, and McSweeney’s. They are the author of six chapbooks as well as four full-length poetry books. Their latest book, lo terciario/the tertiary, confronts the PROMESA bill and was recently on the 2018 National Book Award Longlist. From 2016-2018, they were co-editor of The Wanderer and co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón, a collection of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets. This summer, they spent countless hours alongside Raena Shirali, Kirwyn Sutherland, and Ashley Davis organizing a festival called We (Too) Are Philly, inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem, “I, Too.” They love and live for Puerto Rico, Philadelphia, and a world free of white supremacy.


Kinga Tóth (poet, translator, illustrator, songwriter, performer; Hungary) has published six poetry books, all self-illustrated. Her visual poetry has been exhibited widely; she is the lead singer of the experimental band Tóth Kína Hegyfalu and is working on the visual/sound/poetry projects X and [Moonlight Faces], for which she received the 2017 Hazai Attila award.


Precious Okoyomon is a queer poet, artist, and performer living in New York. She is the author of “Ajebota” (Bottlecap Press, 2016). Her writing has been performed and exhibited at the Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, Exo Exo in Paris, and Moma ps1 in New York. Her writing has been published in numerous places including The Believer, Lambda Literary, and in Best American Experimental Writing 2019. She loves her sweet toy poodle rainbow and is a Leo that is very low key evil.


Jessica Q. Stark is a mixed-race Vietnamese American poet from Southern California who lives in Durham, North Carolina. She is a PhD Candidate in the English department at Duke University where she writes on the intersections between poetry and comics. Her poetry and/or illustrations have been published most recently by Glass Poetry Journal, The Operating System, Lute & Drum, Potluck, and others. Her poetry chapbook, The Liminal Parade, was selected by Dorothea Lasky for Heavy Feather Review's Double Take Poetry Prize in 2016. She writes an ongoing love poetry zine for the Internet called INNANET and curates the Little Corner Poetry Reading Series.


Kelin Loe is the author of These Are The Gloria Stories (Factory Hollow Press 2014) and the chapbook The Motorist (minutesBOOKS 2010). Her poetry and criticism can be found in jubilat, Sink Review, iO, Epiphany Magazine, Octopus Magazine and others. Her chapter "'Let's Listen With Our Feet': Animals (Non/Human, Neurodivergent), Vulnerability, and Haptic Rhetoricity" is included in the edited collection Rhetorical Animals: Boundaries of the Human in the Study of Persuasion (Lexington Books 2017). She earned her MFA (2012) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is currently a PhD Candidate in Rhetoric and Composition. She lives in Northampton, MA, with her husband and service dog.

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Today is the official publication date for R E D, by Chase Berggrun!

It’s available now as a Handpicked title for May from SPD. Get 20% off with code HANDPICKED.

It was also #10 on SPD’s Poetry Bestsellers List for April 2018.


In their starred ⭐️ review, Publisher’s Weekly had this to say about R E D:

“In Berggrun’s striking debut, a book-length erasure of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, that text becomes fertile soil for cultivating complex story of sexual awakening, domestic abuse, and liberation. Indeed, if flipping Stoker’s novel into a feminist narrative is a somewhat straightforward reversal, Berggrun’s poems convey that narrative’s stark circumstances with a poignancy and rage difficult to achieve. When the speaker asserts that “I am sane though proving it has been dreadful,” readers hear her triumphant reclamation of agency after abuse and recognize its resonance with the process of gender transition in a transphobic society.”

The latest issue of wildness includes a review of R E D by Terry Abrahams, who calls it, “Beautiful, poignant, inspiring, and, despite it all, optimistic in its narrator’s defiance and will to live, R E D is as assured of itself as it is assuring to read.”


If you’re in the NYC area, you can hear Chase read from R E D

May 25 7:00 PM
Lauren Hilger & Chase Berggrun
Bwe Kafe
1002 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ

May 26, 4:30 PM
Segue Reading Series: Chase Berggrun & Precious Okoyomon
Zinc Bar
82 West 3rd Street

June 5, 6:00 PM
NYU Writers in New York Summer Program
Lillian Vernon Writer’s House
58 West 10th St.


Selections from R E D are in the latest issue of Poetry Magazine

Hear Chase read from that selection, as well as the editors discuss those poems in the “Darlings” episode of the Poetry Magazine Podcast.


"R E D is a thoroughly modern transfeminist work that recoups deep ontological value from a misogynist text. Berggrun pulls tropes out of their source, like storms, wolves, and blood, but reassigns each meaning and purpose. The characters generalize into pronouns: I, she, he. Out of the cacophony of voices in Dracula, a new and singular narrative perspective emerges: the poet, or a different Mina (or a Mina trying to parse the nebulous, existential threat of difference). The sumptuous language of the pulpy original fractures and reforms into striking verse. This book has fangs. Like creeping through winding tunnels under a castle, it explores the violence and glory of gender on both intellectual and bodily levels. It is a strange and wonderful feat to have harnessed this monster Dracula and rewritten its DNA. This is a major win for the publisher, the author, and poetry at large. Any other title vying for best book of the year has formidable competition."

-Lønely Christopher

Thank you for your support.


The Birds

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We’re thrilled to share that Tommy Pico is a winner of this year’s Whiting Award for poetry!

We’re also excited to announce that IRL is now available as an audiobook, read by Tommy himself.

        Download IRL Audiobook Now

You can also get the print version of IRL (now in it’s 2nd printing!) directly from Birds, LLC.

Many congratulations to Tommy and all the incredibly talented Whiting Award winners!

Recipients clockwise from left; Weike Wang, Anne Boyer, Tommy Pico, Hansol Jung, Rickey Laurentiis, Esme Weijun Wang, Antoinette Nwandu, Patty Yumi Cottrell, Brontez Purnell and Nathan Alan Davis.

By Beowulf Sheehan.


The Birds

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The New York Times Style section featured an author profile of Tommy Pico and mentions his Birds, LLC book IRL. Check out the full article. IRL is now available in audiobook format from your favorite provider. Check out this one at Audible.

R E D excavates from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, through the process of erasure, an original narrative of violence, sexual abuse, power dynamics, vengeance, and feminist rage, and wrestles with the complexities of gender, transition, and monsterhood.

Chase Berggrun’s R E D is deathy goddy girly queer erasure supreme. They turn the “I,” that bossy mercurial pronoun, into a transcendent blade beyond confession. They take the broken thing of identity and endow it with the kind of agency that can only arise in the survivor, one who has seen madness only in what madness has already been done to them. Chase’s brilliant debut demands to be re[a]d with an exasperated, murderous clarity.

—Natalie Eilbert

“I violate limitation” says the speaker in Chase Berggrun’s R E D and how can I help it, I love her to no end. This is a book that celebrates, no, reifies the power of erasure to usher in (re)creation. The gifts of transition. The gift of a body becoming “a determined echo hammering away.” How my own body needed these “hands full of sound.”

—TC Tolbert

Erasing Bram Stoker’s Dracula all the way down to its psychoanalytic minimalia, Chase Berggrun unearths a narrative not only of gender transition, but of the uncanny political and metaphysical transitions entailed by the metamorphosis of individual into chorus as well. By the end of this adventure in appropriation as self-disclosure, we learn that the “mystery” was self all along: “A detail in a pool of blood / the body gathered in an awkward kink / I dress myself in easy anything.”

—Srikanth Reddy

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Chase Berggrun is a trans poet. They are the author of R E D, forthcoming from Birds, LLC. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Lambda Literary Spotlight, Pinwheel, PEN Poetry Series, Sixth Finch, Diagram, The Offing, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. They received their MFA from New York University. They are poetry editor at Big Lucks.


Tommy Pico’s IRL won the 3rd annual Brooklyn Library Prize for Fiction & Poetry!

“IRL delights and surprises, defies categorization, and challenges our narrative and linguistic expectations,” said Téa Obreht, Brooklyn Library Prize jury member and National Book Award finalist. “It is, on every level, a remarkable achievement.”

About winning the prize, Tommy said, “When I was young and bullied, libraries gave me books and books gave me a reason to want to keep going. Seeing [IRL] awarded a literature prize by a library is pretty cosmic.”

Pico was awarded the Fiction & Poetry prize by a jury that featured Téa Obreht (novelist, National Book Award finalist), Anderson Tepper (Vanity Fair editor and Brooklyn Book Festival international committee co-chair), Imbolo Mbue (novelist, winner of the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction), Jack Halberstam (eminent queer theorist and Columbia University professor), and Nick Higgins (BPL Director of Outreach Services).

Please join us in congratulating Tommy...yay Teebs!!!

If you haven’t already, get your copy of IRL now.


The Editors


Please join Ana Božičević with Anne Boyer, Jesse Chun, Roberto Montes, and music by Juan & the Pines Thursday, Sep. 21 for the launch of her new book Joy of Missing Out(dance party to follow with DJ Sapphic Faggot & DJ Pastiche Lumumba).

Ana will also be reading from JOMO this Friday, Sept. 15 at the Ace Hotel with Jenny Zhang and Javier Zamora in Poets With Attitude (PWA), hosted by Tommy Pico & Morgan Parker.

Joy of Missing Out is an SPD staff pick and available from them for 20% off for the month of Sept. with the code “SPDPICKS.”

Ana will also be teaching a poetry workshop called:

ALL ALONE TOGETHER: Poetry in Solitude and Collaboration Poetry

October 1–October 29
Sundays, 4-7 PM
Register now

Birds, LLC will be at the Brooklyn Book Fest, Sunday, September 17, booth #644 with friends Lost & Found and Upset Press. Birds, LLC books will be available and Bird’s author Tommy Pico will be reading with Kaveh Akbar, Nicole Sealy, and Meghan O'Rourke on the North Stage, Camden Plaza East at 5pm.

Mega congratulations to Tommy Pico, whose book IRL made the shortlist for Brooklyn Public Library’s Literary Prize for 2017 Poetry Book of the Year!

You can also hear Tommy read on

For our Midwest friends, check out Lauren Hunter reading on her Human Achievements Tour:

Lauren and Ana will also be reading in Northampton, MA with Chase Berggrun, Dan Boehl, Justin Marks and Chris Tonelli in the The But Also Reading Series #3: The Birds LLC Edition, Saturday, Sept 23.


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Ana Božičević’s Joy of Missing Out is officially… out! To celebrate, Joy of Missing Out is 20% off during August as part of Small Press Distribution’s Handpicked series. Use code HANDPICKED for 20% off discount. Many thanks to everyone at SPD.

Three Birds, LLC books were also on the Small Press Distribution Bestseller list for July, including Tommy Pico's IRL as the #1 Bestseller. Congrats to Lauren Hunter (Human Achievements), Ana Božičević (Joy of Missing Out), and Tommy Pico (IRL), brilliant books by brilliant poets.

JOY OF MISSING OUT is starlite verse on death and independence for the dreamers, dropouts, rebels and the neuroatypical. A confession and sublimation of breakdowns personal and systemic, JOMO paints a playful and unflinching portrait of the ups and downs of psychological struggle, city survival, and queer romance. Simultaneously it deploys online slang and high lyrical registers, morphs the sad girl into Baba Yaga, drops truth bombs on art and politics, and puts the sin into sincerity. Even as it engineers the death of its speaker, JOMO is a paradoxically joyous litany of her endurance and a boost-plea to stay in a messed-up world and say it out loud. This anthem is best read at night or dawn when no one's around for a Like or a kiss.

Ana Božičević invents a new language of 21st century displacement: a displacement that occurs not just in space and in time but in heart, vision and mind. The poems in Joy of Missing Out range from Croatian farm fields and embroidered dresses to life spent online, emoji, chain stores and drugs. Her casual poems are formidably informed and, also, great.

Chris Kraus

Auto-erotic (sunlit) pool life + "the funny softness at the deep end of the field" = Joy of Missing Out. Mid-ocean, is that sound of civilians being murdered, or is it Julie Andrews exclaiming in B minor on an Alpine piste? (Or meadow.) This book is full of switches. Pull the wrong one and there's no Europe. To put it another way, are there continents, cities and countrysides that, having left them, a person might never see again? Twenty-first Century 101: "Stupid pleasures" substitute in their entirety for a very real glacier, etc. I have loved Božičević's poetry for a long time, and it was a glamorous treat for me to be with it again. The extreme poetry that will never, precisely, return.

Bhanu Kapil

from Joy of Missing Out


Life is lol
Love is lol
Pain is lol
The wind is lol
Cats are lol
Dreams are lol
You are awake
When all is lol

            —Ana Božičević


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Join Lauren Hunter & friends Thursday, May 18th in Brooklyn to celebrate the launch 🚀 of her first book HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS 🏅 from Birds, LLC. 🍾  

Featuring readings by lyrical luminaries:

✨ Lauren Hunter  ✨
✨ Precious Okoyomon ✨
✨ Niina Pollari ✨
✨ Bridget Talone ✨

Hosted by: 🎤 Amy Lawless & Paige Taggart 🎤

Readings will be followed by a dance party @ 9:30pm with 3 DJs spinning all vinyl: funk, soul & vintage Latin music 

Lauren's book HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS will be available at the launch party at a discounted price, and for more info and to order, go here.

Cover & interior art by the brilliant Dara Cerv.

For more info about Lauren, visit her author page.


Join Birds, LLC Monday, May 22nd at 7pm for the annual Brooklyn Independents reading series at the Brooklyn Public Library.

🎤 Poetry readings/performances by Birds, LLC authors 🎤:

Lauren Hunter ✨  (Human Achievements)
Chase Berggrun ✨  ( R E D )
Ana Božičević ✨  (Joy of Missing Out)
Sommer Browning ✨  (Backup Singers)

New Birds, LLC books will be available at the reading. 


CHASE BERGGRUN is a trans poet. They are the author of R E D, forthcoming from Birds, LLC in 2017, and the chapbook Discontent and Its Civilizations: Poems of Erasure, published by jubilat in 2012. Their work has appeared in the PEN Poetry Series, Sixth Finch, Diagram, The Offing, Prelude, Apogee, No Tokens, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. They received their MFA from New York University.


ANA BOŽIČEVIĆ, born in Croatia in 1977, is a poet, translator, teacher, and occasional singer. She is the author of Joy of Missing Out (Birds, LLC, 2017), the Lambda Award-winning Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC, 2013) and Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009). She is the recipient of the 40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism award from Feminist Press, and the PEN American Center/NYSCA grant for translating It Was Easy to Set the Snow on Fire by Zvonko Karanović from Phoneme Media (2017). She is the editor of "Mysteries of Vision" by Diane di Prima published by Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative.


LAUREN HUNTER is the author of HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS (Birds, LLC 2017) and the chapbook My Own Fires (Brothel Books 2011). Her voice can be found inside the Poetry Jukebox in New York's East Village, on the experimental track AM Radio by Marselle, and in poems forthcoming from Jubilat and The Recluse. Lauren currently lives in her hometown of Durham, North Carolina.


SOMMER BROWNING is a poet, comedian and librarian based in Denver. Her poems have appeared in BOMB, Spork, Brooklyn Rail, and more. Her latest book of poetry is Backup Singers (Birds, LLC; 2014) and her most recent book is the collection of comics "Everything but Sex" by Low Frequency Press.


A heartfelt thanks to the Brooklyn Public Library for their support and for their dedication to supporting small independent presses, their authors, poetry and literacy!