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Jul 17 2018

#PoetryNearYou Pick of the Week: Glitch: An Evening of Poetry & Catalogue Launch for ONE HAND CLAPPING

To celebrate the publication of the One Hand Clapping exhibition catalogue, the Guggenheim will present on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, an evening of readings by a roster of international poets including Tan Lin, Feliz Lucia Molina, Sawako Nakayasu, Lynn Xu, and catalogue contributor Nicholas Wong. Each poet will present new works addressing themes explored in the exhibition and accompanying catalogue, following a short conversation with catalogue designer Chris Wu and editor Andrew Maerkle. This event is guest curated by visual artist and poet Jen Bervin in collaboration with exhibition curator Xiaoyu Weng.

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Jen Bervin’s poetic, multidisciplinary, conceptually driven work results from intensive research and collaboration with artists and specialists ranging from material scientists to literary scholars. Bervin’s work has been exhibited internationally and receives support from the Asian Cultural Council, Creative Capital, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Silk Poems (2017) is her tenth book.
Sawako Nakayasu is an artist working with language, performance, and translation—separately and in various combinations. Her books and translations include The Ants (2014), Texture Notes (2010), and Mouth: Eats Color—Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals (a 2011 multilingual work of both original and translated poetry). She teaches at Brown University.
Nicholas Wong is the author of Crevasse (2015), the winner of Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry. Also a recent recipient of Australian Book Review’s Peter Porter Poetry Prize, he teaches at the Education University of Hong Kong.
Feliz Lucia Molina is the author of Undercastle (2013), a coauthor of The Wes Letters (2014), Roulette (forthcoming), and chapbook Crystal Marys 2016). Her writing has been published by Open Space, Fence, PEN America, Night Papers, and others. She can be found at felizluciamolina.com.
Lynn Xu was born in Shanghai. She is the author of Debts & Lessons (2013), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and June (2006), a chapbook. With her family, she divides her time between Marfa, Texas, and Chicago, where she teaches at the University of Chicago.
Tan Lin is a writer, artist, and critic who has authored over 13 books. Most recently, his works were the subject of a solo exhibition at Treize, Paris. His video work has been shown at numerous venues, including the Yale University Art Gallery, MoMA PS1, and Artists Space. He teaches creative writing at New Jersey City University.

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Admission fee: $15.00
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave
10128 New York, New York
Jul 17 2018

Kickstarter Summer of Poetry Reading and Reception

Join Kickstarter and the local literary community to celebrate our Summer of Poetry with a rooftop poetry reading and reception at our Greenpoint, Brooklyn headquarters. Sip on wine and literary cocktails and enjoy local snacks while you drink in a view of the Manhattan skyline. As the sun sets, poets including Fran Wilde, Carlos Hernandez, and Sid Orlando will perform their work and share a poem that has been influential to them.

WORD Bookstore will be onsite with copies of the poets' books available for purchase.

Kickstarter HQ
58 Kent St
11222 Brooklyn, New York
Jul 18 2018 to Aug 12 2018

Breath and Matter: Artists and Poets at Boston Sculptors Gallery

In a bold move, Boston Sculptors Gallery has invited poets to partner with artists to create collaborative works combining both of their voices. The result is an unexpected cross-pollination that engages the common ground of these two distinct forms of artistic expression.
Murray Dewart, one of the gallery’s founding members, recently edited the anthology, Poems About Sculpture. In the foreword, Robert Pinsky asks, “What has art made of breath to do with an art made of matter?” Twenty-four pairs of sculptors  and writers have taken up the challenge of this timeless question. Each sculptor and each poet has created a new work in response to his or her partner’s art or writing. The exhibit is about the essence of inspiration, which is mysterious, profound, and intimate. It is a unique collaboration between two art forms: poetry, which is ephemeral and sculpture, which is concrete. Embracing materials as varied as silk, steel, bronze, rawhide, granite, wood, wax, glass, light and sound, the sculptors interpret in form what the poets have alluded to in words. The wide range of poetry encompasses hip-hop, free verse, rhymed couplets and ekphrastic poetry, which is a tradition of vivid verbal descriptions of works of art.
Among the distinguished participating poets are Robert Pinsky, former US Poet Laureate and founder of the Favorite Poem Project and Mary Bonina of the Writers Room of Boston. Current Poet Laureate of the City of Boston, Danielle Legros Georges of Haitian origin, and Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate of Vermont, are two of the poets reading at gallery events during the exhibit. Ernestine Hayes, Writer Laureate of Alaska, and Anaïs Duplan, Founder of the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, extend the breadth of the writing offered, as does Dany Crosby Baez, originally from Uruguay, who writes in Spanish.
Boston Sculptors Gallery, an elegant and spacious venue in the heart of Boston’s SOWA arts district, easily accommodates a wide variety of expression from freestanding installations to wall works and projections. BREATH and MATTER offers unusual integrations of source material (breath) as inspiration for form (matter). With sculptors being inspired by poets, and poets responding to sculpture, this is sure to be one of the most innovative shows of the season! Join us for our Grand Opening on July 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception will feature readings by several participating poets. A second reception and reading will take place on August 3 as part of SOWA’s First Fridays evening gallery walk. Please visit bostonsculptors.com for a complete listing of poets’ readings and other events at the gallery. The  public is invited free of charge.
Participating Sculptor/Poet teams include: B Amore/Mary Bonina, John Anderson/Tomas O’Leary, Edwin Andrews/Anne Elliot, Jodi Colella/Wendy Drexler, Murray Dewart/Robert Pinsky, Donna Dodson/ Danielle Legros Georges, Rosalyn Driscoll/Oliver de la Paz, Sally Fine/Nancy Lord, Chris Frost/David Daniel, Peter Haines/S. David, Michelle Lougee/Lauret E. Savoy, Susan Lyman/Alison Deming, Nancy Winship Milliken/Chard deNiord, Andy Moerlein/Ernestine Hayes, Claudia Olds Goldie/Lee Sharkey, Eric  Sealine/Sophie Wadsworth, Nancy Selvage/Ros Zimmermann, Liz Shepherd/Emmet Van Driesche, Julia Shepley/Audrey Henderson, Andrea Thompson/Mary Pinard, Hannah  Verlin/Anaïs Duplan, Leslie Wilcox/Lisa Harries Schumann, Andy Zimmermann/Joseph Torra, Nora Valdez/Dany Crosby Baez.
Founded in 1992 by eighteen prominent Boston-area artists, Boston Sculptors Gallery articulates, challenges and promotes the role of sculpture in the public sphere, in communities, and in the lives of individuals. The gallery currently represents thirty-eight artists offering innovative sculpture and installations in a wide range of media. It is the
only sculptors’ organization in the country that maintains its own exhibition space. In twenty-six years, the co-operative has held over 227 exhibitions and supported the work of 58 sculptors with work shown in 48 states and 36 foreign countries. Gallery members have received numerous honors including 81 residencies, 315 awards or fellowships and 134 grants. Members have taught in 70 settings, generated 169 permanent public art works and 308 temporary public artworks and are included in 1,100 private and public collections. 
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Ave
02118 Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 18 2018

Book Launch for Heather June Gibbons' Her Mouth as Souvenir

The Bindery will host the launch event for Heather June Gibbons' poetry book Her Mouth as Souvenir, winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, now available from the University of Utah Press. Of Her Mouth as Souvenir, author Erin Belieu writes: "Her language is wicked, syncopated and full of canny stings, with a quality of idiosyncratic consciousness that’s utterly contemporary...Gibbons is a force." 

The event will include a short reading, Q&A, and book-signing with the author, as well as visual art by Angela Willetts, refreshments, and a souvenir-postcard-making activity.

The Bindery
1727 Haight Street
94117 San Francisco, California
Jul 19 2018

A Reading by Vi Khi Nao, Anna Moschovakis, and Christina Vega-Westhoff

Vi Khi Nao is the author of Sheep Machine, of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and the poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in fiction and the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award in poetry.
Anna Moschovakis's most recent books are They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This and the English translation of Bresson on Bresson. She is a longtime member of the Brooklyn-based publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse and a co-founder of Bushel, a collectively run art and community space in the Catskills. Her first novel, Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love will be published in August 2018. 
Christina Vega-Westhoff is a poet, translator, aerialist, and teaching artist living in Buffalo, NY. She teaches with The Bird’s Nest Circus Arts, the Geneseo Migrant Center, Just Buffalo Literary Center, and Young Audiences of Western New York. Her first book Suelo Tide Cement won the 2017 Nightboat Prize for Poetry and was published earlier this year.
McNally Jackson Williamsburg
74 N 4th St, Unit G
11249 Brooklyn, New York


Like moon-dark, like brown water you escape,
O laughing mouth, O sweet uplifted lips.
Within the peering brain old ghosts take shape;
You flame and wither as the white foam slips
Back from the broken wave: sometimes a start,
A gesture of the hands, a way you own
Of bending that smooth head above your heart,—
A long night I spent
thinking that reality was the story
of the human species

the vanquished search for the vanquished

Sounds come by, ruffling my soul

I sense space’s elasticity, 
go on reading the books she wrote on the
wars she’s seen

Why do seasons who regularly follow
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
   The flying cloud, the frosty light:
   The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
   Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
   The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the