Friday, July 8, 2011

Melissa Benham, Stacy Elaine Dacheux, Noel Tendick! Monday, July 18 7pm

Smorg hosts Poetry on the Piazza!

Monday, July 18th at 7pm, Smorg is overly excited to welcome Melissa Benham (Oakland, CA) and Stacy Elaine Dacheux (Los Angeles, CA) to Portland, to read with local legend Noel Reverend Blue Sky Tendick. Sure to be a blast!

Breathe the air at Director Park and support the arts!


Cosponsored by Director Park and the Multnomah Arts Center Literary Arts Program

Director Park is located on SW Park bet. Yamhill and Taylor
(for more information visit or call 503-823-8087)


Melissa Benham currently lives by the lake in Oakland, CA with her husband, daughter, cats, and fish. Originally from New Jersey, she moved to NYC for a few raucous years, before migrating to San Francisco in 1995. At the advice of Diane di Prima, she moved to Boulder in 2001 to study at Naropa, where she auspiciously met both Stacy Elaine Dacheux and Jesse Morse. In 2003, her first book, Codeswitching was published. After moving back to San Francisco in 2004, she and Chana Morgenstern founded the Artifact Reading Series late one night upon deciding there were just too many terrifically talented young writers who didn’t know much about each other. After 6 years of directing Artifact, Melissa took a break from programming, and will eventually get around to completing her 2nd book Repronounceable one of these days. This is her first trip to Portland and is totally guilty of putting a bird on it.

Stacy Elaine Dacheux spent half her childhood outside Boston, getting beat on by tough girls. The other half was spent outside Birmingham, getting beat on by Southern Baptists. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she gets beat on by life. She writes articles for Flavorpill with Paris Lia, one of which was mentioned in The New Yorker’s Book Bench. She is also the co-founder of Slack Lust, an online magazine dedicated to cultural investigations. Other publications include: Thuggery & Grace, Versal, and Past Simple. Her short story, “The Sociology of Containers” was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Noel Tendick tries to live up to his names, and he's gone by a few. He's gone by a few places too, looking for the edges of ground and water, water and sky, sky and the other side of light, and rarely found it hard to hold gratitude for all the being and non-being of this exacting and transcendent world.