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Thursday, March 26 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Nightboat Books Reading

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This reading by Nightboat Books authors showcases the press’s commitment resist convention and transcends boundaries by publishing books rich with poignancy, intelligence and risk. In this presentation, authors will read poems and hybrid work inspired by and in conversation with different senses, technologies, and art forms. To give a few examples: Christina Davis will talk about and read poems that have emerged from daily exposure to an audio archive and how the human voice has changed over the course of the 20th (and 21st) centuries. Martha Ronk will read poems that are direct responses to individual black and white images, many influenced by Barthes's critical work and focus on photography's relationship to death. Together, these writers will offer a vibrant, diverse snapshot of innovative writing in 2015.

Moderators
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Abraham Avnisan

Instructor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Abraham Avnisan is an experimental writer whose work is situated at the intersection of image, text, and code. Each of his projects seeks to appropriate and reinterpret a particular thinker, idea or theoretical field that challenges us to reconsider the most fundamental ways in which we understand ourselves and the world around us. He has presented his work at the Electronic Literature Organization’s 2014 Hold the Light conference, the... Read More →

Speakers
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Brian Blanchfield

Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently Proxies, published by Nightboat Books in 2016 and forthcoming from Picador UK in 2017. The collection of essays—part cultural close reading, part dicey autobiography—was awarded a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction and has been widely reviewed. | His first two books are collections of poetry: Not Even Then (University of California Press, 2004) and A... Read More →
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Christina Davis

Christina Davis is the author of Forth A Raven (2006) and An Ethic (2013). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, jubilat, Pleiades, Paris Review, and other publications. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Oxford University, she is the recipient of the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress, selected by U.S. poet laureate Kay Ryan, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the James Merrill House, and the... Read More →
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Gabriella Klein

Gabriella Klein’s book length collection, Land Sparing, received the Nightboat Poetry Prize and will be published by Nightboat Books in Spring 2015. She earned her undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University and her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poems have appeared in Conduit, Jubliat, Handsome, FIELD, the Volta, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Santa Barbara Poetry Conference... Read More →
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Gracie Leavitt

Gracie Leavitt is the author of Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star (Nightboat Books) as well as the chapbooks Gap Gardening (These Signals) and CATENA (forthcoming from DoubleCross Press). Poems and translations have appeared in anthologies such as The Ill-Tempered Rubyist and journals such as 6x6, Conjunctions, Critical Quarterly, Lana Turner, and Poems by Sunday. Articles can be found in Flaunt and Intercourse magazines, and with Kolekt::f she... Read More →
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Martha Ronk

Martha Ronk is the author of nine books of poetry, including Partially Kept, Vertigo, a National Poetry Series Selection, and In a landscape of having to repeat, a PEN/USA best poetry book 2005, and Why/WhyNot. She has also published a fictional memoir, Displeasures of the Table, and a collection of fiction, Glass Grapes and other stories (2008); her poetry is included in the anthologies, Lyric Postmodernisms, American Hybrid, and Not For Mothers... Read More →
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John Sakkis

JOHN SAKKIS is the author of The Islands (2015) and Rude Girl (2009), as well as numerous chapbooks and ephemera. Since 2005 he has edited BOTH BOTH, a little magazine of poetry and art. With Angelos Sakkis he has translated four books by Athenian poet Demosthenes Agrafiotis: most recently Y'es and Diaeresis (2015); their translation of Maribor (2011) was awarded the 2011 Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation. He lives in... Read More →
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Edwin Torres

Lingualisualist, Brainlingo
Edwin Torres is a ‘lingualisualist’ rooted in the languages of sight and sound—as graphic designer and poet, his work interweaves territories outside the lines. He is the author of seven books including, Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press), Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books), In The Function Of External Circumstances (Nightboat Books) and The PoPedology Of An Ambient Language (Atelos Books). A native of New York City, he... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
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