Photo: “Pool Day” by Melissa Spitz. Courtesy of the artist

In SAND’s newest issue, a prize-winning photographer’s mother needs a note: “To Do: ¡Be Fucking Happy! – Reminder: You Have Nothing To Worry About!” Writers and poets take us to post-apocalyptic Finland, post-marital Macedonia, post-vegetarian Australia, and post-mortem Oregon. And all the while, there is a gaggle of bulky birds that seem to wander, in no meaningful formation, through the writing and poetry: swans, geese, spoonbills, flamingos, and rotisserie chickens.

It seems only fitting that the five acclaimed poets and one prose writer helping to launch SAND Issue 17 are international wanderers themselves and are still intimately connected: Two share the name Tse, two make allusions to T.S.E., another speaks Yiddish, and one just braved the Australian outback. These writers’ micro-readings will kick off the launch of SAND Issue 17 before our DJs take over for a night of dancing into the wee hours. We hope you’ll celebrate with us.


These six readers from four different countries have circumnavigated the world to help us launch SAND Issue 17. We’re thrilled to have them presenting micro-readings at 8:00 before the dancing begins.

John Beer (US) is the author of the prizewinning collection The Waste Land and Other Poems and two other volumes, both titled Lucinda.

Jennifer Kronovet (Berlin) is the author of two poetry collections, most recently The Wug Test, translates poetry from Chinese and Yiddish, and is the editor of Circumference Books.

Nate McCarthy (Berlin) is working on their first collection of short stories about tender men in rugged landscapes.

James Shea (Hong Kong) is the author of two books of poetry, The Lost Novel and Star in the Eye, and a former Fulbright Scholar.

Dorothy Tse 謝曉虹 (Hong Kong) has published three short story collections in Chinese, was longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award, and co-founded the litmag Fleurs des lettres 《字花》.

Tse Hao Guang (Singapore) wrote the poetry collection Deeds of Light, shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize. He edits UnFree Verse and the collaborative journal OF ZOOS.


CYPHR will start the party off. Check out this feature, listing CYPHR’s music among the 25 best club tracks of 2017 and listen to Talk (Dis Fig Blend) on SoundCloud. Auco, DJ C63 AMG, and YS (potatoheadz) will keep the party going late into the night.


When 8 p.m. on 25 May 2018

Where Lettrétage – das Literaturhaus in Berlin Kreuzberg, Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin
Enter through the arched doorway to the left of Melitta Sundström. The venue is at the back of the courtyard.

Doors open at 8:00pm
Entry €5
Reduced entry €4
Entry + Issue 17 at the door €12 

Transportation U6 Platz der Luftbrücke | U7 Mehringdamm 

For more, RSVP on the Facebook page.

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