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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.

10:30pm
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.
 
 
7:00pm
McNally Jackson Williamsburg
74 N 4th St, Unit G
11249 Brooklyn, New York
Jul 21 2018

Loose Lips Poetry Reading

LOOSE LIPS is dedicated to bringing a diverse array of the best contemporary poets to Topanga and to provide audiences and authors with a poetic forum and community. Our commitment is to deliver literary events which are edgy, spiritual, inspiring and at times irreverent.
Featured July readers are Helene Cardona and Julayne Lee
 
Julayne Lee is a Korean-American poet based in Los Angeles, by way of South Korea and Minnesota. NOT MY WHITE SAVIOR is her first book. Not My White Savior is a provocative and furious book about race, culture, identity and what it means to be an inter-country adoptee in America.
 
Hélène Cardona’s poetry explores consciousness, the power of place, and ancestral roots. It is poetry of alchemy and healing, a gateway to the unconscious and the dream world. Her 7 books include Life in Suspension (Salmon Poetry, 2016), Dreaming My Animal Selves (Salmon Poetry, 2013), and multiple translations.
 
Loose Lips is free and open to the public. There will be refreshments and an Open Mic, so please join us!
 
2:00pm
Topanga Library
122 N Topanga Canyon Blvd
90290 Topanga, California
Jul 22 2018

Red Hen Press: At the Kitchen Table with Rinde and Ellen

The theatre of Ellen McLaughlin of Angels in America, and Rinde Eckert, known for his Kennedy Center performances and his acting out of little men with big ideas juxtaposed with the poetry of Victoria Chang and Allison Joseph carries the viewer into a spin of story floating between the poetic and the theatrical.

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Admission fee: $35.00
2:00pm
Broad Stage
1310 11th St
90405 Santa Monica, California

poems

poem
and yet we think that song outlasts us all:  wrecked devotion
the wept face of desire, a kind of savage caring that reseeds itself and grows in clusters

oh, you who are young, consider how quickly the body deranges itself
how time, the cruel banker, forecloses us to snowdrifts white as god's own ribs



what
poem

Passing stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you,
You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me as of a dream,)
I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,
All is

poem
No one says it 
anymore, my darling, 
not to the green leaves 
in March, not to the stars 
backing up each night, certainly 
not in the nest
of rapture, who 
in the beginning was 
an owl, rustling 
just after silence, whose 
very presence drew 
a mob of birds--flickers, 
finches, chickadees, five