a series of video recordings of contemporary poets reading from their work, prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent cancellations, shut-downs and isolations; a reading series you can enjoy in the safety of your own protected space,
Kimberly Alidio : “continent reverence,” “from Dear Archon”
Kimberly Alidio is the author of the poetry books why letter ellipses (selva oscura, 2020), : once teeth bones coral : (Belladonna*, 2020), and after projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016). Her most recent chapbook is a cell of falls (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2019). She lives in Tucson, Arizona, on the ancestral lands of the Tohono O’odham and the Pascua Yaqui peoples, with her partner, the poet Stacy Szymaszek. Her website is: kimberlyalidio.com
Lisa Fishman : “Truth-telling is possible, thought Laura Riding,” “not ‘using words’,” “the Five Ways to jump,” “Michael says the poem will speak,” “i’ve been looking for you,” “There were broken birds,” [from] “Summer 2015,” from Mad World, Mad Kings, Mad Composition
Lisa Fishman is the author of seven poetry collections, including the newly released Mad World, Mad Kings, Mad Composition (Wave Books, 2020). Some of her earlier books are 24 pages and other poems (Wave, 2015), The Happiness Experiment (Ahsahta Press), and Dear, Read (Ahsahta). Hybrid work from a new manuscript in progress appears in 6x6, Denver Quarterly, and is forthcoming in touch the donkey and elsewhere. A dual US/Canadian, she lives in Wisconsin and is soon to be dividing her time between her farm there and the Sault Ste. Marie area. She directs the MFA Program at Columbia College Chicago.
J.R. Carpenter : an excerpt from This is a Picture of Wind (2020)
J.R. Carpenter is an artist, writer, and researcher working across performance, print, and digital media. Her web-based work The Gathering Cloud won the New Media Writing Prize 2016. Her poetry collection An Ocean of Static was highly commended by the Forward Prizes 2018. Her new collection, This is a Picture of Wind (Longbarrow Press 2020) is based on a web-app of the same name. A fellow of the Eccles Centre at the British Library and the Moore Institute at NUI Galway, she will be Writer in Residence at University of Alberta September 2020 — May 2021. http://luckysoap.com
Gary Barwin : “THE BOOK (for derek beaulieu),” “PERMUTATION MACHINE (after Brion Gysin & William Burroughs),” “WHALE (a fable)” and “PSALM”
Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, and multidisciplinary artist. His books include For It is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe: New and Selected Poems, ed. Alessandro Porco and Ampersandthropocene, a collection of his visuals based on the ampersand which will appear from Penteract Press in August. He lives in Hamiltonacorn, Ontario where he holds the David W. McFadden Chair in Diffuse but Earnest Luminosity at the National Rhyme Institute of Canada.
Rose Maloukis : Three poems from Cloud Game with Plums
Rose Maloukis is a poet and visual artist, with a BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. She was born and grew up in the United States but has dual citizenship and resides in Montreal. Her poetry appears in a limited-edition bilingual artist’s book, From the Middle ~ Sonoritiés du Coeur, which is held in the collection of both the national and provincial libraries. She was short-listed for the 2015 Montreal International Poetry Prize and two poems were published in Matrix Magazine, Issue #105. A winning Second Place poem has been published in Geist’s 2018 Spring Issue #108. Her chapbook debut, Cloud Game with Plums, appeared recently with above/ground press.