Readings and Events

2:00 PM14:00

Porch Pop Up Series with Threshold Academy


From Britt Billmeyer-Finn:

As you know Zoe Tuck and I along with other community members (maybe you?) are building Threshold Academy, a future bookstore and non-traditional education space in western Mass.

Wondering how you can get involved? Come over for Porch Pop Ups all summer long from 2pm-6pm before each of the But Also poetry events starting May 25th. This is a monthly event May-August.

Come over and sell your books to Threshold Academy

and/or get a tarot reading (tarot poem included!) $15-$40 sliding scale

and/or shop vintage clothes for sale

and/or sing karaoke or read a porch poem

and/or hang, imagine, plan and create the Threshold Academy and then of course stay for The But Also event from 6:30pm-10:30pm:

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6:30 PM18:30

The But Also #15: Zach Ozma, Emily Hunerwadel, Zoe Tuck

  • 11 Butler Place Northampton, MA 01060 USA (map)
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The But Also returns with a very special line up! Please come out for these poetry gems: Zach Ozma, Zoe Tuck (yes, my cohost is reading!) and Emily Hunerwadel.

Zoe Tuck and Zach Ozma are cosmic twins who met in Oakland and now both live on the east coast. They will be reading at the But Also to end their east coast tour celebrating the release of Zach Ozma's first full length poetry book, Black Dog Drinking from an Outdoor Pool and Zoe Tuck's chapbook, Soft Investigations out from Daisy Mayhem Press. Zoe & Zach will be joined by the ever talented and cool Emily Hunerwadel.

Emily Hunerwadel is the author of the chapbook Professional Crybaby, selected by Kyle Dargan for the Poetry Society of America’s 2017 Chapbook Fellowship. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her work has been featured by the Academy of American Poets, the Vassar Review, Quarterly West, The Pinch Journal, Hold: A Journal, and Elke: A Little Journal among others. She cohosts and produces the poetry podcast, Spaces (found on, and she recently designed and edited the 2019 Cosmonauts Avenue Anthology. Born and raised in the deep south, she currently lives in Western Massachusetts.

Zach Ozma is a poet, potter, and social practice artist. Embodiment theory, archival research, and neo-classically gay imagery inform his practice. Employing mimesis, pedagogy, humor, surprise, and reward, he works in a variety of materials including ceramics, found objects, performance, writing, and works on paper. He is the author of BLACK DOG DRINKING FROM AN OUTDOOR POOL (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) and co-edited WE BOTH LAUGHED IN PLEASURE: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan (Nightboat Books, forthcoming) with Ellis Martin. He holds a BFA in Community Arts from California College of the Arts in Oakland. Ozma lives and works in the Philadelphia area.

Zoe Tuck was born in Texas, became a person in California, and now lives in Massachusetts, where she is building the Threshold Academy, a bookstore and non-traditional educational / performance space. She co-curates the But Also house reading series. Zoe is the author of Terror Matrix (Timeless, Infinite Light 2014), and is currently working on new poems and a critical book of trans poetics.

Come over at 6:30pm for refreshments. Reading to start at 7:00pm!

Feel l like hanging out early? Check out this pre-event that will be happening on our porch from 2pm-6pm as part of Threshold Academy:

Accessibility: This is a first floor apartment. There are a few steps to the front door. There is a small dog that lives here. This is not a scent free environment, we sometimes burn incense an scented candles. We will refrain 24 hours before reading.

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8:00 PM20:00

Patty Gone, Stella Corso, Jon Ruseski, Zoe Tuck at the Root Cellar on April 20, 2019

Reading: Patty Gone/ Stella Corso/ Jon Ruseski/ Zoe Tuck

Saturday, April 20, 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm
The Root Cellar 10 Fiske Ave., Greenfield, Massachusetts 01301

Patty Gone
Patty Gone makes art about popular things. They are the author of Love Life (Mount Analogue) and The Impersonators (Factory Hollow Press), and direct the ongoing video serial, Painted Dreams.

Stella Corso is the author of TANTRUM (Rescue Press ‘17) and a graduate of the MFA program at UMass-Amherst. She is a founding member of the Connecticut River Valley Poets Theater (CRVPT) and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Jon Ruseski is the author of the chapbook Neon Clouds. Recent poems appear in Wonder, Fence, & Hobart, among others. He co-edits b l u s h, an online poetry journal.

Zoe Tuck was born in Texas, became a person in California, and now lives in Massachusetts, where she is building the Threshold Academy, a bookstore and non-traditional educational / performance space. She co-curates the But Also house reading series. Zoe is the author of Terror Matrix (Timeless, Infinite Light 2014), and is currently working on new poems and a critical book of trans poetics.

All ages, $10, Reading to be followed by a dance party!

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11:00 AM11:00

The But Also #14

Dear Friends,

We're breaking with tradition to hold the first ever But Also not at our house! Instead, our next reading will be tomorrow at UMass's 2019 Juniper Literary Festival.

The But Also reading will feature the talented Carolyn Zaikowski & Tessa Menatian and will take place at 11 AM in the South College Commons E240 at the UMass Amherst campus. There will also be other exciting readings too, so we encourage you to check out the rest of the festival!


The But Also (aka Britt, Zoe, and Patsy)

PS Next month we'll be back to our living room, so stayed tuned for the next reading announcement!

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Mary-Kim Arnold, Britt Billmeyer-Finn, and lê thi diem thúy
7:00 PM19:00

Mary-Kim Arnold, Britt Billmeyer-Finn, and lê thi diem thúy

Our Work and Why We Do It

Come see my partner Britt and two other great writers at “Our Work and Why We Do It” programed by writer in residence Art Middleton!

This evening in the series presents three writers whose work defies easy categorization. In creating their poems, stories, and performances, they each engage with the materiality of language, it’s mutability and durable testament, to find unique ways to trouble their ideas and provoke new ways of seeing. Layers of history, global and personal, inflect their work in lyric, in response--whether to the films of Maya Deren or the photographs of Francesca Woodman--and determine the form their narratives may take, on the page, stage, or canvas. Rather than one clear throughline between the writers, Arnold (visiting from Providence, RI for this evening!), Billmeyer-Finn, and thúy create a lattice of forms that provoke, move, and resonate long after reading them. 

Mary-Kim Arnold is the author Litany for the Long Moment, which was awarded the 2016 Essay Press Open Book Prize, and named a 2019 Honor Title for the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. Her full-length poetry collection, The Fish & The Dove, is forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2020. She lives in Rhode Island and teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University.


Britt Billmeyer-Finn is a poet, playwright and social worker living in western Massachusetts. She is the author of the full length book, the meshes (Black Radish Books 2015). In 2015, she directed her first play, the meshes an iteration in 2 acts at SAFEhouse arts in SF.  Her chapbook Slabs (Timeless Infinite Light 2017) is set in pockets, containers, near water, in the body and is about queer love. Britt is curious about queer magic and relational healing. She is the co-curator of the Northampton, MA based living room reading series, The But Also. 


lê thi diem thúy is a writer and solo performance artist. She is the author of the novel, The Gangster We Are All Looking For, and the solo performance works, Mua He Do Lua/Red Fiery Summer, the bodies between us, and Carte Postale. She has been awarded fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and United States Artists. She is Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Hampshire College.


Our Work and Why We Do It is the Forbes Library’s Writer in Residence reading series. This series is interested in exploring the ways in which the written word may create and sustain social worlds through inquiry, practice, experimentation, story and lyric. The dynamic of the public library, open and variegated in its uses, is the ideal space for these questions, as it can so directly reflect the desires of a community that contributes to it's thriving, operating as an archive of those needs. Regardless of genre, this series believes in the potential for deliberation that writing may produce, a space within the information saturated world we share where we might consider possibilities and deeper questions just beyond what we know.

The series features writers of prose, poetry, nonfiction, and memoir, and beneath these broad categories, constellations of subgenres and forms. The series is motivated by an interest in understanding how writing relates to work, to a sense of a collective project that seeks to respond to the political and social forms that produce it. Against dithering, the series hopes to affirm the role of creative written work as a measure of response to the exigencies that shape our world.

Curated and moderated by Forbes writer in residence Art Middleton, the series meets in the Coolidge Museum. 

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1:55 PM13:55

Britt Billmeyer-Finn and I read at Boog City 12.5 Arts Festival—Saturday February 16th

Britt is reading at

1:55 PM and I’ll be reading at 3:05 PM on



Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave.

but do check out the event listing because there are so many talented writers reading INCLUDING my partner!

Check out this snazzy program for photos and bios for the readers and organizers and oh what’s that some of my poetry! FB event is here.

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