Sweet Action Poetry Collective

was founded in 2014 by Mirielle Clifford and Julie Hart. The group is based in Brooklyn, and was originally named not for the beer, but for a line in a poem that references the beer. Now, to us at least, “Sweet Action” means gathering to share our poems with each other and the public.


AKaiser’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in ROAR!, Temenos Journal, Amsterdam Quarterly Yearbook 2015, and Crosswinds Journal. Her poem, “At the speed of light, squared,” was a finalist in the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2014 ( She has been a resident at JIWAR (Barcelona) and at Brushcreek Foundation for the Arts (Wyoming). In 2015, she obtained her MFA with Carlow University (US/Ireland) and read at The Guild Complex’s (Chicago). AKaiser curates a poetry series with Station Independent Projects in NYC and recently curated a multi-lingual poetry reading in Barcelona.

Amy Klein

is a poet, writer, and songwriter living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in The Believer, Prelude, Asymptote, and Podium. Her poetry has received an Academy of American Poets Prize, an Edward Eager Award, and two Lloyd McKim Garrison Prizes. She was a two-time fellow of the Home School for poets and artists. Fire, her newest album of original songs, was released in June 2016 on the punk label Don Giovanni Records.

Betsy Guttmacher

lives in Brooklyn NY where she is currently the Director of Volunteer Programs for a local non-profit organization. She likes taking pictures of found hearts on the sidewalk (@gumloveetc) and encourages everyone to look down more. She is relatively new to reading and writing poetry and is digging it!

Cory Nakasue

is a dance and theatre artist. She works as a movement teacher, therapist, and astrological guidance counselor. She recently co-founded Gemini Hill in the Hudson Valley, a community farm and arts incubator. Poetry is a new love that has been nurtured by the talented group at Sweet Action poetry. More:

Cynthia Manick

is the author of Blue Hallelujahs forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Hedgebrook, and the Vermont Studio Center.  She serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing and was a 2014 finalist for the New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.  Her work has appeared in African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, DMQ Review, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Sou’wester, Pedestal Magazine, Passages North, St. Ann’s Review, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Emily Blair

Emily Blair’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Boiler, Sixth Finch, Amethyst Arsenic, Blue Lyra, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Stolen Island, Cura Magazine and The Mississippi Review. She received a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry in 2014 and in Fiction in 2006, and is the author of the illustrated chapbook Idaville (Booklyn Artists’ Alliance, 2010). More of her work can be seen at and

Joanna Oltman Smith

was born and raised in Berkeley in the Age of Aquarius until college brought her East. She resides in Brooklyn where she’s a full-time mother, urbanist, and community activist serving on her local Community Board and civic committees addressing issues ranging from transportation to police/community relations to parks. Her poetry often intersects with her political interests. Anna Deavere Smith selected her to participate in the groundbreaking Mattering Forum, an arts-based exploration of American policing. Her poem “The Beauty of Uncertainty” recently received an Honorable Mention from Indiana Humanities on the occasion of the Indy 500’s centenary.

Julie Hart

Originally from Minnesota, Julie Hart has lived in London, Zurich and Tokyo and now in Brooklyn Heights. Her work can be found in Five Quarterly, Denim Skin, PANK Magazine, The Rumpus, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Floor Plan Journal, Blue Lyra Review, Yellow Chair Review and at

Marietta Brill

has had her poetry, essays, and reviews appear in, The Conversant, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Rail, Brain, Child Magazine, Literary Mama, The Forward, Full Grown People, and elsewhere. Her life in Brooklyn is held in shaky balance by two demanding cats, a good natured husband and, when the planets align, visits from her college aged son.

Marine Cornuet

lives in Brooklyn and works at FiveMyles, a wonderful not-for-profit gallery based in Crown Heights. Her poems have appeared in Yellow Chair Review, Handsy Lit, and Cactus Calamité. She has performed her work at the Sonic Room – a series of concerts in people’s apartments in Brooklyn – and will have a poetry/sound installation included in “The Den”, an exhibition part of Spring Break 2017 (NYC).

Phoebe Lifton

lives in Brooklyn, NY and studied Indigenous Rights and Creative Writing in college. She now works at the Museum of Modern Art and spends most Wednesday nights going to ‘church’ at the Poetry Project in St. Marks. She is a helpful woman.

Mirielle Clifford

is originally from Texas, but she now lives and writes in Crown Heights. She is a co‑founder of the poetry collective Sweet Action, and she couldn’t ask for a better source of feedback and encouragement. She is working on a chapbook, entitled I Follow Beyoncé: A Valentine.

Sara Emily Kuntz

has a BA in English from the University of Pittsburgh and a MFA in Creative Writing from Carlow University. Sara is a workshop facilitator and organizer for Union Square Slam, a weekly reading series in New York City. As an enterprising copy shop employee she self-published ten single poem mini-books, as well as a small run chapbook. She has been published in the Mom Egg Review, Rivet, Stone Highway Review, Cabildo Quarterly, Rust + Moth, and Cactus Heart. Sara lives in Brooklyn with a big grey cat named Miso, like the soup.

Shelby Thompson

is a Tennessean living in Greenpoint who enjoys biking, live music, and the farmers market on Saturdays. She has been published in METAL Magazine, FiberARTS Magazine, and BUST; and has contributed as an editor for The Exposed Magazine. Shelby leads marketing and social media at Tomorrow Lab. Shelby is a co-host of a ‘Big Irv’s Presents: Ladies Night’, a frequent storytelling event in Williamsburg. You can follow her blogs at Shelbsthomcatz & Thomcat Tunes.