Like ancient civilizations slumbering beneath cities of glass and steel, classical poetries are buried deep in Highland’s visual texts on large canvases, which explore the modern experience of language.
August Highland is an experimental writer and visual artist based in San Diego. Since he developed "Alphanumeric Painting" in 2002, he has shown it in over 25 shows, including four solo shows.
Jane Greer's "Standing Up, Down" fills Poets House with cut-paper evocations of creatures great and small, while Brian Getnick presents "Curtains! Curtains!" a sculpture and video installation. Jane Greer is a visual artist whose work has been exhibited at The Drawing Center, NYU's Grey Art Gallery, the Ronald Feldman Gallery, Henoch Gallery, and various international venues. Brian Getnick has participated in group shows in Rome, The Hague, and New York, and has recently had a solo show at the Lisa Boyle Gallery in Chicago.
In celebration of the release of Looking Up Harryette Mullen: Interviews onSleeping with the Dictionary and other works, Harryette Mullen speaks about her playful, deeply political poetry with fellow poet Barbara Henning.
Joined by West African Jali musicians, Kewulay Kamara discusses, performs and screens segments for his documentary about his attempt to recreate an ancient oral epic after the only written copy was destroyed in Sierra Leone's recent Civil War.
Esteemed poet and translator Pierre Joris discusses Paul Celan (1920-1970), the German-speaking Jewish poet whose writings transformed post-World War II poetry. Joris presents recordings of Celan, videos, readings and more.
Leading Canadian poets at the cutting edge of contemporary practice address the history of sound poetry and performance, multilingualism, activism and other topics.
• 1:00pm A Conversation with Jeff Derksen & Lisa Robertson
• 4:00pm A Conversation with a.rawlings & Jordan Scott
• 2:30pm A Poetry Reading with Christian Bök, Jeff Derksen, Lisa Robertson & Jordan Scott
Co-presented with the Kelly Writers House and funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts