Presented as part of Pessoa in New York, please join Arte Institute for a night featuring a lecture with Professor Ellen W. Sapega about "Signs of Disquiet—Imagining Fernando Pessoa in the 1980s” and a performance by the artist Beatriz Albuquerque.
Join us for the opening celebration and a tour of the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World traveling exhibit as it arrives in Queens, featuring a talk by Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist Ayad Akhtar, followed by a tour of the exhibit by City Lore's Director of Poetry Programs Catherine Fletcher with Sara Goudarzi (reading Forugh Farrokhzad) and Ahmed Eissawi (reading Al-Mutanabbi).
In his talk "The Vertical Elizabeth Bishop", poet Vijay Seshadri examines the origins and the scope of Bishop's visionary ambitions, her complicated, paradoxical relationship to the religious traditions that shaped her thought, and, finally, her ability to expose, in small poems and large, the fundamental questions underlying our experience.
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge was described by poet Jackson Mac Low as “neither objectivist nor subjectivist but a poet of the whole consciousness.” Born in Beijing, she emerges from diverse influences, from the artistic scene of her rural New Mexico home to the New York School and Language poets. Her over a dozen books of poetry include artistic collaborations with her husband Richard Tuttle and visual artist Kiki Smith. Berssenbrugge is joined by University of California Berkeley scholar Charles Altieri.
Internationally known for his “talk pieces”— improvisational blends of comedy, story and social commentary that have been described as a mix of Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein, poet David Antin will explore how language can be regarded as essentially political.