Naomi Fry is a staff writer at The New Yorker.

Sharon Madanes lives and works in New York. Sharon completed her MFA in painting at Hunter College and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2014. She is a current artist-in-residence at the Drawing Center and a fellow at Shandaken’s Paint School. Her work has most recently been exhibited at The Drawing Center, Next to Nothing Gallery,  DC Moore, Slag Gallery, Cuevas and Tilleard Projects, and Underdonk in New York. Her photo-based text, Hospital Space, was published this year by Inkcap Press.  She co-directs 14x48, a public art organization that exhibits the work of emerging artists on vacant billboards across New York. She is currently completing a medical degree at Columbia University and will be starting a medical residency at NYU this summer.

Claire Schwartz is the author of bound (Button Poetry, 2018), selected by Aziza Barnes as a winner of the 2016 Button Poetry Contest. Her writing has appeared in The Believer, The Iowa ReviewThe Massachusetts ReviewLos Angeles Review of BooksVirginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. With Kaveh Akbar and Sarah Kay, she writes a weekly column for the Paris Review called "Poetry RX." She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University.


Rat Court is a roving reading series in New York City that aims to present the most compelling and provocative work of a generation of writers & performers.  The focus of RC readings is wide and the readers come from multiple disciplines—what brings them together is a shared sense of the profound impact of sustained verse, read well. 

contact: simone [at] ratcourt [dot] com / charles [at] ratcourt [dot] com

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