recto y verso EDITIONS is proud to announce the release of Identity Crisis by Poet and Writer Ian Macks. Currently based in the Capitol Region of NY, Ian originally hails from The Bronx, NY. As a youth, Ian was non-verbal for most of his first decade on Earth. This early point of view manifested into Ian's emotional sensitivities on love, loss, racism, and hardship. Ian's distinct voice and literary light shines throughout the poems in Identity Crisis. Ian's debut chapbook A Loss and Gain of Comfort was released in 2014 and since then Ian has been active performing at several poetry venues and open mics in Upstate, NY and in New York City. More at: www.ianmacks.com

recto y verso EDITIONS is proud to announce the release of Rants For Social Media by Poet, Publisher and Artist Christian Ortega. Born in New York, NY in 1972, whether chronicling the end of the millennium in his 1st book "Epigrams" (2000) or sharing about his teenage years in his 2nd book "I Know What You Did In The 80's" (2006) or confounding minds with his 3rd book and solo exhibition "CONCEPTS and TITLES" (2009) or making us all see red in his 4th book "RED POEMS" (2014) or deconstructing ten years of his digital self to present a new biographical form in "Rants For Social Media" (2020), Ortega strives to shine light on the walls of his mind's interior to share a unique voice and vision. More at: www.christianortega.com

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recto y verso EDITIONS is proud to announce the release of Losing Lorca: a mixtape critique by Olive Esther Kuhn, a Philadelphia-based writer and organizer originally from Middletown, CT. A recent graduate from Bard College where they studied Creative Writing, Poetry and Spanish, their work has appeared in La Voz magazine, yst publications, Sui Generis, Bard Papers, and The Humanist magazine. They have published two chapbooks of poetry: A Bouquet of Roots (2017) by the Bard Student Reading Series, and Pink Telemachus (2019), a poetic and visual collaboration with the artist Olivia Caro. They have read poetry at The College Unions Poetry Slam International (CUPSI) as well as many other poetry venues in NY and PA. Olive writes and performs their music under the name Recluse Spider. Olive is also an active member of the international organization Socialist Alternative. In their free time Olive enjoys to cook, dance, spend quality time with friends, karaoke, reality television, crossword puzzles, and time with their twenty-one pound cat Bugwww.oliveestherkuhn.com

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recto y verso EDITIONS is very proud to announce the upcoming release of TOM KOKEN; a book highlighting recent works by New York based painter Tom Koken. Tom was born in St. Louis, MO, studied at Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO and received a BFA with honors from School of Visual Arts, NYC. Selected one-person shows include: Separate, MKG127, Toronto; Phantom Limb, MKG127; Separate Light, Kaufman Arcade, NYC; Sragow Gallery, NYC; E.S. Galt Gallery, St. Louis, MO; Artist’s Space, NYC. He had an installation of Undertow at *QueenSpecific in Toronto and Wave/Tornado at 58 West 15th Street Window Space, NYC. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including: MKG127; Create! Don’t Hate, LBGT Center, NYC; 3,000 Chairs, World Studio Foundation, NY Design Center, NYC; Escapes, Art Latitude Gallery, NYC; Assumption, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL; Selection 42, Drawing Center, NYC; Group Show–Member’s Gallery, Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY; Animal Life, One Penn Plaza, NYC; Gold, Art Advisory–Museum of Modern Art, American Express, NYC; He received a studio grant for a year at the Clocktower, NYC and a year at PS1 MoMA, NYC. His work is in the collections of Bank of Montreal, Prudential Life Insurance as well as several private collections. He lives and works in New York City. www.tomkoken.com

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recto y verso EDITIONS proudly presents its second release: Erasure, Syria by Poet, Photographer and Professor Susana H. Case. Susana is the author of five books of poetry, most recently; Drugstore Blue (Five Oaks Press) and 4 Rms w Vu (Mayapple Press) in addition to four chapbooks. Her first collection, The Scottish Café (Slapering Hol Press), focused on intellectual life with war on the horizon. The Scottish Café was also re-released in a dual-language English-Polish version, Kawiarnia Szkocka (Opole University Press, Poland). Her photographs have been published in various prominent literary journals. Susana has degrees from CUNY and NYU and is a Professor and Program Coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology in New York, NY. While wearing her Professor hat, she also authored various academic books and study guides. Susana H. Case's poems have appeared widely in various magazines and anthologies, including Catamaran Literary Reader, The Cortland Review, Fourteen Hills, Portland Review, Potomac Review, and Rattle. More at: https://susanahcase.com

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