Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Upcoming Readings & Art Events + Ashbery w/ Solomon

Zach Barocas recently wrote to say that he'll be reading tomorrow at 7 pm in Chicago. Here's the info:

I'll be reading poems in Chicago with Justin Palmer & Amira Hanafi on Thursday, January 18th at Powell's Books, 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. You can get the scoop here or call Powell's at 773 248 1444. I look forward to seeing you there.

Zach, a former New Yorker, lives in Minneapolis, has been publishing broadsides and books for several years, and is a poet and critic. His first book, Among Other Things: Poems and Proposals, appeared this past year from the Culture Society.

I haven't been to a reading at Powell's in a long time, so I'm looking forward to catching it.


Speaking of poets, I was surprised to see John Ashbery the subject of a Deborah Solomon profile, "Well Versed," in this past Sunday's New York Times. Notable poets still regularly pass under the media's radar, which is why, to give one example, Natasha Trethewey's appearance last spring on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer was so refreshing. Ashbery is wry throughout, with a touch of camp. When Solomon asks him where he turns for consolation, he replies, "Probably to a movie, something with Barbara Stanwyck." You won't hear that coming out of Ted Kooser's mouth....


Freelon:Universal LanguageMaya Freelon writes that she'll be in two exhibits in New York soon:

Access:A Feminist Perspective
Rhonda Schaller Studio
New York, NY
1/18/07 - 2/10/07 (Reception January 20th, 3-5pm)
Rhonda Schaller Studio
547 West 27, Suite 529
New York, NY 10001

Casa Frela Gallery
New York, NY
2/5/07 - 3/31/07 (Reception February 18th, 12-8pm)
47 West 119th Street
New York, New York 10026

She's a talented young multigenre artist who "interrogates social issues by juxtaposing traditional and contemporary media," to quote her website. Her visual works, with their vibrant color and sensuous textures, shimmer across genre boundaries in their aim of evoking and provoking a "universal language" (Pictured above, Historical Significance, Tissue Paper and Ink, 16"x12"x2", 2006). If you're in New York, check her shows out.

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