New for 2019, Basilica SoundScape will host a bill of innovative poets and writers, who will perform their work in the unique setting of a vintage Hudson trolley car. The bill of poets will be curated by author Jenn Pelly, who returns to Basilica SoundScape for her third year in the role of guest curator.

Friday, September 13

Jenn Pelly is a Contributing Editor at Pitchfork and author of The Raincoats. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Wire, NPR, and Teen Vogue. She is a co-curator of Basilica Soundscape and has organized music events at MoMA PS1, Judson Church, and Silent Barn. She is from New York.

Megan Manowitz is a writer, show-booker, zine-maker and conceptual party planner.

Dave Morse is a writer, bookseller, and musician living in Brooklyn, NY. He operates the bookstores Better Read than Dead and Book Row in Brooklyn, as well as playing in punk bands Nandas and Terrorist. His work has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Cixous 72, The Portable Boog Reader, as well as in a handful of chapbooks and one full-length collection.

Kay Gabriel is a poet and essayist. She’s the author of Elegy Department Spring / Candy Sonnets 1 (BOAAT Press, 2017), the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Project and Lambda Literary, and a PhD Candidate at Princeton University. With Andrea Abi-Karam she’s co-editing an anthology of radical trans poetics, forthcoming 2020 from Nightboat Books. Find her recent work in The Brooklyn Rail, Salvage, Social Text, and The Believer.

Maryjane Dunphe is a performer, musician, writer, videographer and daytime laborer. She received a BA in Writing and Aesthetic Theory from The Evergreen State College. Her embodiment practice is deeply rooted in a mastery of amateurism and coming to maturity within an international, diy-punk community.

Chris Lee


Saturday, September 14

T. Cole Rachel is a writer, teacher and ceramic cat collector who lives in Brooklyn. He creates poems, essays, and all manner of culture-related journalism. T. Cole Rachel’s work has appeared in Interview, The FADER, Pitchfork, The New York Times Magazine, Bon, Man Of The World, OUT, Dossier, Maxim and Stereogum. He is a frequent contributor to Pitchfork and has served as a Contributing Editor at both V Magazine and Interview. He teaches a recurring poetry workshop, Poetry & Photography, at SSHH in New York City. His books include Surviving the Moment of Impact and Bend Don’t Shatter. He is currently Senior Editor at The Creative Independent.

Mel Elberg is a poet and artist interested in speculative feminisms and the effect of writing on our experience of time.

Laura Henriksen is the author of Agata (IMP, 2017) Fluid Arrangements, a collaborative chapbook with Beka Goedde, (Planthouse Gallery, 2018) and Canadian Girlfriends (THERETHEN, 2019). She participated in the 92nd St Y’s Annual Tenth Muse reading, selected by Eileen Myles. Her writing can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, LitHub, No, Dear, and other places. She works as the Director of Learning & Community Engagement at The Poetry Project.

Chariot Wish is a chaotic good virgo who loves techno.

Shanekia McIntosh is a writer, poet and performer living in Hudson,NY. McIntosh has read and shown her work at The New Museum, Second Ward Foundation, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, Hudson Hall, NY Live Arts, Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Powrplnt, September Gallery and Basilica Hudson with recent work being published in Apogee Journal and The TENTH Magazine. She’s programmed for a variety of art spaces and educational institutions including Time, Space & Limited., Basilica Hudson, Art Omi, WGXC 90.7FM and the Hudson Area Library. She is the co-founder of Free Range, a black performance series with artist Tschabaala Self and deejay Michael Moesby. McIntosh also co-curates TRIPTYCH, the Sunday daytime programming for Basilica Soundscape Music and Arts Festival with poet Joey de Jesus. McIntosh currently works as the Youth Services & Programs Assistant for Hudson Area Library in Hudson, NY.

Hether Fortune is a semi-retired musician, poet & artist from Oakland, California. She published her first collection of poetry, Waiting in Various Lines (2013-2017), in 2018 and is currently working on a memoir.

Kate Leah Hewett is a queer poet, writer and live arts organiser based in Hudson NY. She arrived in Hudson from the North of England, where she spent a decade putting on shows in working men’s clubs, fields and roller discos and working with artists and musicians of many genres. She writes about queerness. Always.


Trolley generously provided by our neighbors at Cottage Treasures. Additional support from The Creative Independent