Poetry Reading - David Abel, Amaranth Borsuk, Brent Cunningham, and Genevieve Kaplan

A reading from four poets - David Abel, Amaranth Borsuk, Brent Cunningham, and Genevieve Kaplan - who experiment with the form of the
book, from digital design to micro-press printing to object poems.

This reading is part of the Nevada Museum of Art Book Sale and Festival.

David Abel
David Abel is a poet, editor, and teacher, and the proprietor of Passages Bookshop. His recent publications include the chapbooks Commonly (Airfoil) and Black Valentine (Chax), and the collaborative artist’s books While You Were In and Let Us Repair (disposable books, with Leo & Anna Daedalus); Float, a collection of collage texts, is forthcoming in spring 2012 from Chax, and new chapbooks of poems and visual work are due around the same time from Barebone books and c_L. With Sam Lohmann, he publishes the Airfoil chapbook series, and since 2002 he has published the free broadside series Envelope, with 22 issues to date. As an interdisciplinary artist, he has devised numerous performance, film, theater, and intermedia projects, both solo and with a wide range of collaborators. A founding member of the Spare Room reading series, now in its tenth year, he also teaches writing, most recently at the Multnomah Arts Center, where he has since 2009 been the coordinator of the Literary Arts program. A Research Fellow of the Center for Art + Environment of the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, he recently curated the exhibition Object Poems for 23 Sandy Gallery, and is  co-administering 13 Hats, an ongoing platform for collaborative work by a dozen visual artists and writers. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Amaranth Borusk
A poet and scholar, Amaranth Borsuk’s work focuses on textual materiality—from the surface of the page to the surface of language. She is the author of a book of poems, Handiwork, selected by Paul Hoover for the 2011 Slope Editions Poetry Prize (Slope Editions, 2012), a chapbook, Tonal Saw (The Song Cave, 2010), and, with Brad Bouse, the hybrid digital/print artist’s book Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012). She is the 2011 recipient of the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize for “A New Vessel,” selected by Ilya Kaminsky, and her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared widely in print and online. Amaranth holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, where she co-founded the Gold Line Press chapbook series and The Loudest Voice reading series. She recently served as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT where, in addition to researching technological mediation in the work of modernist and contemporary poets, she taught  classes in creative writing and digital and visual poetry and poetics. This fall, she joins the faculty of the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell.

Brent Cunningham
Brent Cunningham is a writer, publisher and visual artist living in Oakland, California. His first book of poetry, Bird & Forest, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2005; his second book, Journey to the Sun, came out recently on Atelos Press. From 2001-2007 Brent served as a board member at Small Press Traffic (SPT), the premier presenting organization in San Francisco for avant-garde poetry. During his tenure he was one of the founding curators of SPT’s “Poets Theater” festival, which is now an annual ritual of amateur experimental theater held each January in the Bay Area. He and Neil Alger are the founders of Hooke Press, a chapbook press dedicated to publishing short runs of poetry, criticism, theory, writing and ephemera. Brent has worked for Small Press Distribution in Berkeley since 1999 and currently serves as their Operations Director.

Genevieve Kaplan
Genevieve Kaplan's book of poetry In the ice house won the 2009 A Room of Her Own Foundation To the Lighthouse poetry prize and was published in 2011 by Red Hen Press. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she's currently completing her Phd in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in a variety of journals, including Western Humanities Review, Terrain.org: a journal of the built and natural environments, Front Porch, and Jubilat.


Event date: 
Friday, October 5, 2012 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm