Sextant Launches

Sextant is the new roaming reading series from Black Ocean that can take place anywhere, at any time, in its own temporary autonomous zone. You are invited to participate not only as an audience member, but as a reveler; not as a bystander, but as a participant in the moment. The Sextant Series seeks to create uprisings at intersections of the marvelous with the routine. Expect music; expect sustenance and libations; expect language to arbitrarily create meaning but also expect language to overcome language and create freedom from semantic tyranny, confusion and decay. Open your ears, kill the precedent and come celebrate.


Saturday, April 4th
7:00pm at The Distillery
516 East Second Street
South Boston, MA 02127

FREE with Free Food & Drink
BYOB Encouraged

Featuring readings by:
Carrie O. Adams
Joshua Harmon
Peter Richards
Janaka Stucky

With musical guests:
Black Fortress of Opium


Carrie Olivia Adams is a publicist at the University of Chicago Press; she is also the poetry editor for Black Ocean. She has published one chapbook, A Useless Window, and her first full-length collection, Intervening Absence, is available from Ahsahta Press. Her poems and criticism have appeared in such journals as Backwards City Review, Cranky, DIAGRAM, Verse, and Lilies and Cannonballs. Her poem-films, "Pandora's Star Box," and "Winter Came" can be seen on YouTube:

Joshua Harmon is the author of Quinnehtukqut, a novel. His fiction, poems, and essays have appeared in many journals, including Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, New England Review, Southern Review, and Verse. A graduate of Marlboro College and Cornell University, he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Dutchess County Arts Council. He likes rainy days, vinyl records, bicycles, pit bulls, tube amplification, and single malt whisky.

Peter Richards is the author of Oubliette and Nude Siren, both from Wave Books. His honors include an Iowa Arts Fellowship, The John Logan Award, Academy of American Poets Prize, and a Massachusetts Center for the Book Honors Award. Currently he is a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University.

Janaka Stucky is the founder and managing editor of Black Ocean, and publishes the magazine Handsome. Since receiving his BFA from Emerson and an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College in 2003, he remains rooted in Boston, developing the perfection of effort and ever-ready to serve you by word. Some of his poems appear or are forthcoming in: Cannibal, Denver Quarterly, Fence, North American Review, Redivider, and VOLT.

The Band: Inspired by the lore surrounding a little town in Turkey - Afyonkarahisar, where an ancient fortress is perched atop a hill – Black Fortress of Opium's songs are about life, love, misery, and the human condition. Uniting their aesthetic is a darkly mesmerizing, ambient sensibility with wraithlike female vocals that tensely build layers of passion, longing and rage.