Join us for a conversation on the intersection of poetry and visual art and a reading with contributors Ken Chen and Elaine Equi. Hosted by Paolo Javier and Fred Sasaki.
Ken Chen is the Executive Director of The Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the 2009 recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award for his poetry collection Juvenilia. A founding contributor to Arts & Letters Daily, he is one of the founders of CultureStrike, a national organization seeking to bring artists into the migrant justice movement.
Elaine Equi is the author of many collections of poetry including, Voice-Over, which won the San Francisco State Poetry Award; Ripple Effect: New & Selected Poems, which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award and on the short list for The Griffin Poetry Prize; Click and Clone; and most recently, Sentences and Rain. Widely published and anthologized, her work has appeared in The Nation, Brooklyn Rail, Poetry, The New Yorker, and several editions of The Best American Poetry. She teaches at New York University and in the MFA program at The New School.
ABOUT THE HOSTS:
Paolo Javier is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, including Court of the Dragon (2015), which Publisher’s Weekly calls “a linguistic time machine.” A featured artist in MoMA PS1’s 2015 Greater NY Show, he has received grants from the Queens Council on the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, and completed residencies at the Millay Colony, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the ACA Galleries. His recent collaboration with Listening Center (David Mason) appears as a limited edition book/cassette, Ur’lyeh/Aklopolis, published by Texte und Töne in fall of 2016.
Fred Sasaki is the art director for Poetry and gallery curator for Poetry Foundation. He is also a host of Homeroom’s School Night lecture series.
For over a century, Poetry has been famous for discovering the poets and poems we now remember. And now, the voices to be discovered in Poetry are more diverse then ever—voices that speak to our own time, our own moment.
Founded in October 2000, the Brooklyn Rail is an independent forum for arts, culture and politics throughout New York City and beyond. Printed ten times annually, and featuring criticism of visual art, music, dance, film, theater and literature, as well as original fiction, poetry and political commentary, the Rail is distributed free of charge both in print and online.IN THE GALLERY:
Knockdown Center presents Cold Open Verse featuring Constance DeJong, Sophia Le Fraga, and Ian Hatcher.
Blonde Art Books has teamed up with Poet Transmit to present a book preview reel and live studio featuring theatrical trailers for publications, self-produced commercials, and live broadcast performance relating to the concept of the book and an expanded notion of transmission and poetry.
At 3:30pm, join curators Victoria Keddie and Cat Tyc for a guided tour of the exhibit.