Long vast shapes... cooled and flushed through with darkness... Lidless windows Glazed with a flashy luster From some little pert café chirping up like a sparrow. And down among iron guts Piled silver Throwing gray spatter of light... pale without heat... Like the pallor of dead bodies.
Continuing his support of New York's rich literary tradition, in January 2016 Governor Cuomo appointed Yusef Komunyakaa as New York's 11th state poet, taking over for Marie Howe. Throughout his two-year term, the poet laureate promotes and encourages poetry writing throughout New York by giving public readings and talks within the state.
In 2016 Rebecca Black was appointed the poet laureate of Albany, New York. Black is the author of Cottonlandia (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry.
Apr 25 2018
Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, poet, and writer, originally from Detroit MI. Her writing and translations can be found in the anthologies Kitchen Table Translation, Walk Towards It, and Writing through the Visual and the Virtual. She has also guest-edited special issues of Aster(ix) and Obsidian and contributed to Small Axe, Art21, Two Lines, and Something on Paper. She has premiered almost fifty original solo and collaborative performance art works around the world, including a year-long investigation as a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico and a trilogy of diaspora grief works after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Her memoir in performance art Swallow the Fish was named by Entropy as a “Best Non Fiction Book of 2017.” Her forthcoming book Experiments in Joy engages race, performance, and collaboration. The aim of her work is to open up space.
Miguel Gutierrez’s current fascination is thinking about how being a queer Latin-American dance artist relates to the legacy of (predominantly white) abstraction. This will be the conceptual framework for a new group piece for Latinx performers called This Bridge Called My Ass. Other current activities: a cabaret show called SADONNA (sad versions of Madonna songs), running LANDING – an educational and mentoring program at Gibney, touring the Bessie award winning John Bernd project (co-directed with Ishmael Houston-Jones), touring as a musician with Colin Self in Jen Rosenblit and Simone Aughterlony’s Everything Fits in the Room, writing a TV show with his sister about their family, writing a second book, and working as a Feldenkrais Method practitioner. www.miguelgutierrez.org
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Apr 26 2018
Award-winning poet and author Marilyn Chin headlines the tenth annual Blackbird Poetry Festival for HoCoPoLitSo. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Oregon, activist poet Chin unflinchingly explores the intersection of the Asian and American worlds.
2:30pm to 9:00pm
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Apr 26 2018
Eileen Myles — “a kick-ass, counter-cultural icon,” wrote The New Yorker — takes on a longstanding Poetry Center tradition, curating and introducing readings by three of their favorite poets: Laura Henriksen, Tommy Pico, and Christopher Soto.
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The instructor said, Go home and write a page tonight. And let that page come out of you— Then, it will be true. I wonder if it's that simple? I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem. I went to school there, then Durham, then here to this college on the hill
In the sky there is nobody asleep. Nobody, nobody. Nobody is asleep. The creatures of the moon sniff and prowl about their cabins. The living iguanas will come and bite the men who do not dream, and the man who rushes out with his spirit broken will meet on the street corner the unbelievable