Acclaimed novelist Maureen Howard and poets Todd Colby and Marcella Durand read at Loretta Howard Gallery in an afternoon celebration of the exhibition: "John Ashbery Collects: Poet Among Things." This is the first of four events organized around the exhibit.
for more information about the exhibit please visit: http://www.lorettahoward.com/content/john-ashbery-poet-among-things
Maureen Howard is the author of seven novels, including Grace Abounding, Expensive Habits, and Natural History, all of which were nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. She has taught at a number of American universities, including Columbia, Princeton, Amherst, and Yale, and was recently awarded the Academy Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in New York City.
Todd Colby has published five books of poetry: Ripsnort, Cush, Riot in the Charm Factory: New and Selected Writings, and Tremble & Shine, all published by Soft Skull Press and Flushing Meadows published by Scary Topiary Press. Colby’s poems have been read on NPR for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. Colby has given readings at The Poetry Project, The Rubin Museum, New York University, The New School for Social Research, Brooklyn Public Library, Cornell University, The Kingston Writers Conference, The Whitney Museum of American Art, PS 122, and more. He posts new work on gleefarm.blogspot.com.
Marcella Durand’s books of poetry include AREA (Belladonna Books, 2008), Traffic & Weather (Futurepoem, 2008) and Deep Eco Pré, a collaboration with Tina Darragh (Little Red Leaves, 2009); Her essays on the intersections of poetry and ecology have appeared in Ecopoetics, Chain, The Poker, Conjunctions, NYFA Current, HOW(2), Critiphoria, and other journals. She reads from a long project in process, a book-length alexandrine titled "In This World of 12 Months."