For the fifth year in a row Basilica SoundScape will present immersive spoken word performances that set a dramatic stage for its literary component. Set in the rafters of Basilica Hudson’s solar-powered reclaimed industrial factory, the audience becomes captivated by the power of the spoken word. Past participants have included Emel Mathlouthi, Genesis P-Orridge, Amber Tamblyn, Darcie Wilder, Morgan Parker, Dorothea Lasky, Ariana Reines, Melissa Broder, Sarah Jean Alexander, Meredith Graves, Mira Gonzalez and Mish Way (White Lung).

2018’s writers will include:
Hermione Hoby
Hermione grew up in south London and has lived in New York since 2010. Her first novel, Neon in Daylight, was published by Catapult in January 2018 and was a two times New York Times Editors’ choice, and a “Book of the Times”. She writes about culture for the Guardian, the New Yorker, the New York Times and others and teaches in the Creative Writing Department of Columbia University.

Hanif Abdurraqib
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much was released in 2016 and was nominated for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in fall 2017 by Two Dollar Radio.

Shanekia McIntosh
Shanekia McIntosh is a writer, poet, programmer, and educator born and raised in Brooklyn NY. McIntosh has performed her writing at the New Museum, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, September Gallery, Powrplnt and Basilica Hudson, among other places. Her writing has been exhibited in shows at the 511 Gallery in Portland, Basilica Hudson, and the New Museum. McIntosh has programmed for a variety of art spaces and educational institutions. She is based in Hudson NY.

Joey De Jesus
Joey De Jesus is a queer Nuyorican poet. Joey edits poetry for Apogee Journal and edited Façadomy, has a BA from Oberlin College, a MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a 2017-8 Departmental Fellow in NYU’s MA in Performance Studies. Joey is a recipient of the 2017 NYFA/NYSCA Fellowship in Poetry and lives in Queens. Their poems have recently appeared in Puerto Rico En Mi Corazon, Bettering American Poetry vol. 2, BOAAT, Beloit Poetry Journal, Brooklyn Magazine, Guernica, The Literary Review and Southern Humanities Review, and have been installed and performed at The New Museum (2017) and Artists Space (2016).

Melissa Tuckey
Melissa Tuckey lives, writes and gardens in Ithaca, NY. Her book of poems, Tenuous Chapel, was selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ First Book Award (2013). She’s editor of Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (UGA 2018). Her honors include a three-year fellowship at Black Earth Institute, a Fine Arts Center in Provincetown winter fellowship, a residency at Blue Mountain Center, and artist awards from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Ohio Arts Council. Tuckey’s work has been anthologized in DC Poets Against the War Anthology; Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing (University of Arizona Press); Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity Press); and Truth to Power: Writers Respond to Rhetoric of Hatred and Fear (Cutthroat). Tuckey is a co-founder of Split This Rock with Sarah Browning and Regie Cabico, an organization dedicated to poetry of provocation and witness that calls poets “to the center of public life.”  She currently serves as Eco-Justice Poetry Project Coordinator.

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.