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Zach Ozma + Zoe Tuck

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Zach Ozma
Author of the poetry collection Black Dog Drinking from an Outdoor Pool

Zoe Tuck
Author of the poetry collection Terror Matrix

Reading + Discussion

Praise for Black Dog Drinking from an Outdoor Pool:

“I love this book, a poet’s personal history of our most celebrated interspecies relationship and the son that is dog transmuted. As weird as a loved creature can get, get this book, you will love Zach Ozma’s gifts in all his moving experiment for poetry.”

— CAConrad, author of While Standing in Line for Death

Praise for Terror Matrix:

Zoe's privileged form is the interruption, the break within the break, another glaring condition of the now. "This bare life's made possible by constant rupture.” Not wonderful, not horrible, just possible. Zoe has a crystalline sense of rupture as hope, as eventful change, as the fractures in the boundaries of identity, but at the same time understands it as a most useful tool for state terror, as the violent partitioning of bodies, as the multi-media cloud cutting into and across itself in order to splinter resistance and distract from its own amorality. All who share a sense of rupture's ambiguity will treasure this safe poetic exercise in S&M.

— Brent Cunningham  


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Zoe Tuck is the author of Terror Matrix and the unpublished manuscript Summer Arcana. She recently co-taught a class called Vampire Poetics at the Bay Area Public School with Laura Moriarty, and will be teaching an upcoming class on ghosts with Zach Ozma. She will be portraying the experimental filmmaker Maya Deren in a production of Brittany Billmeyer-Finn's the meshes: an iteration in 2 acts.

Earlier Event: May 15
Book Club Meeting
Later Event: May 23
Riffraff + Dean Hotel Book Swap