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Black Ocean

June 20, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

with Carrie Olivia Adams, Zachary Schomburg, Hedgie Choi, and Nathan Hoks

Black Ocean is an award-winning independent publisher based out of Boston, with satellites in Detroit and Chicago. From early silent films to early punk rock, Black Ocean brings together a spectrum of influences to produce books of exceptional quality and content. In conjunction with our book releases we manifest our aesthetic in celebrations around the country. We believe in the fissures art can create in consciousness when, even if just for a moment, we experience a more vital way of operating in the world—and through that moment then seek out more extreme and enlightened modes of existence. We believe in the freedom we find through enlightened modes of existence, and we are committed to promoting artists we firmly believe in by sharing our enthusiasm for their work with a global audience.

This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.


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City Lights celebrates this exemplary independent press with an evening of readings.

Joining us will be:

Carrie Olivia Adams

Carrie Olivia Adams lives in Chicago, where she edits poetry for Black Ocean, publicizes books for the University of Chicago Press, and finds lots of uses for mason jars. She is the author of Intervening Absence (Ahsahta 2009), Forty-One Jane Doe’s (book and DVD, Ahsahta 2013), and the chapbook “Overture in the Key of F” (above/ground press 2013).

Hedgie Choi

Hedgie Choi, is a poet, fiction writer and translator. She writes from a trans-pacific perspective is a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Austin, Texas. She co-translated Hysteria by Kim Yideum, which won the 2020 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize and the 2020 National Translation Award in poetry. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review OnlineWashington Square ReviewBeloit Poetry JournalWest Branch, and The Journal.  She is a 2019 Keene Prize Winner.

Black Ocean just published Hedgie Choi’s translation of Pillar of Books by Moon Bo Young

Nathan Hoks

Nathan Hoks is the author of two books of poetry, Reveilles and The Narrow Circle, which was a winner of the 2012 National Poetry Series and published by Penguin. His chapbook Moony Days of Being was chosen by Matthew Zapruder for the Tomaž Šalamun Prize. His translations, poems, and critical writings have appeared in journals such as The Colorado ReviewjubilatCrazyhorseLitCircumference, Octopus Magazine, and Verse. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Hoks works as an editor and letterpress printer for Convulsive Editions, a micro-press that publishes chapbooks and broadsides.

Black Ocean is publishing his third book, Nests in Air.

Zachary Schomburg

Zachary Schomburg is the father of 35 children, none of which are visible. They are very tiny and live in his hair. They are the ones who wrote these three books: The Man Suit (Black Ocean, 2007), Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean, 2009), and FJORDS vol. I (Black Ocean, 2012) . Zachary Schomburg is a girl. Zachary Schomburg is a refrigerator. Zachary Schomburg is a talking wolf and she co-edits Octopus Magazine andOctopus Books while living in Portland, OR.



sponsored by the City Lights Foundation


June 20, 2021
3:00 pm


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