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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
October 6 -28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

readings & workshops
October 23

OFF-SITE: Creative Writers in Nonprofit Careers: Panel Discussion, Reading, and Reception

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

film & video
November 2

Screening: aCinema presents // Retour //

readings & workshops
November 3 -3

Writing is Freedom (a high wire adventure) with elena minor

readings & workshops
November 3

Poetry Reading: elena minor & Paul Martínez Pompa

readings & workshops
November 6

Poetry Reading: Michael Dowdy

readings & workshops
November 6

Offsite Talk: Michael Dowdy @ UW-Milwaukee

special events
November 17

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

performances
November 18

Concert: Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge #15

performances
November 22

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
November 27

Reading: Theodore Van Alst Jr.

readings & workshops
November 28

Poetry Reading: Krystal Languell & Dominique Salas

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

performances
December 20

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Archived readings & workshops
Nov 21 Saturday, November 21
7:00pm, $6

 

Join us for a reading with visiting writers Brenda Coultas and Stacy Szymaszek!

Brenda Coultas is the author of The Tatters, a collection of poetry, recently published by Wesleyan University Press, and she is a contributing fiction editor at Black and Grey. Her other books included The Marvelous Bones of Time (2008) and A Handmade Museum (2003) from Coffee House Press. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship (NYFA) and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency (LMCC). Her poetry can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Witness and the Denver Quarterly. This past year she was a mentor in the Emerge-Surface-Be program sponsored by The Poetry Project and The Jerome Foundation.

 

 

Stacy Szymaszek is a poet, editor and arts administrator. She is the author of the books Emptied of All Ships (Litmus Press,2005), Hyperglossia (Litmus Press, 2009) and hart island (Nightboat Books, 2015). Her book Journal of Ugly Sites and Other Journals won the 2014 Ottoline Prize from Fence Books and is forthcoming in 2016. Select chapbook titles include Pasolini Poems (Cy Press, 2005), Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (Faux Press, 2008), austerity measures (Fewer & Further Press, 2012) and Journal Started in August (Projective Industries, 2015).​ ​​Szymaszek is a regular teacher for Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and a mentor for Queer Art Mentorship. She worked at Woodland Pattern from 1999-2005. She currently lives in New York City where she is the Director of The Poetry Project ​​at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village. ​

 

 

 

Please also joins us for The Curious Writing Cabinet, a workshop with Brenda Coultas taking place from 2 PM until 5 PM on Sunday, November 22. 

 


 

from The Tatters

 

A wet pigeon said, “Why don’t I ask for what I really want?”

 

I have forgotten the purpose

Of touching a child’s hand

Of pigeon shit on perfect feathers

Of deep round cake pans

 

In taking it apart

to see how it works

I realized that I wish to control the means of production

 

                    -Brenda Coultas

 

 

from hart island

 

who’s under who’s wing

 

make a pantomime of loss some-

 

one made Aspiration a new

 

arm from sticks and paper

 

mache he’s holding a bouquet

 

so furtive this is flip phone to flip

 

phone only a white whale

 

away here is my card I am not

 

working is what I will say

 

here is my card I am not working

 

today wish friends would re-

 

populate as quickly as the fields

 

                    -Stacy Szymaszek

 


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