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Poets in Residence: Poetry Reading

Poets in Residence: Poetry Reading

Poetry reading with poets in residence: Pichchenda (Chanda) Bao, Nicole Callihan, Jacob Goldwasser, Erika Meitner, Jason Schneiderman, and Rachael Phillips Shapiro.
In recognition of the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month, Bethany Arts Community is offering our first ever residency focused on poetry. Join us for readings from these talented poets as they share their work.
About the Poets
While in residency, these poets are working on poetry and manuscripts that explore topics as diverse as tap water, parenting, immigration, and more, as well as the graphic narrative. Learn more about each poet and how they are using their time in residence here
Poet In Residence: Generative ars poetica workshop with Pichchenda Bao

Poet In Residence: Generative ars poetica workshop with Pichchenda Bao

Generative ars poetica workshop with Poet in Residence, Pichchenda Bao 

April 28, 6 – 8 PM 
8 Seats (registrants)
Location: Bethany Arts Community – Performance Space (back-up plan will be virtual using Zoom) Masks, social distancing and healthcheck all required) 

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Recommended Donation $20
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In this workshop we will explore the impulse to create and the ways in which we may recognize and not recognize poetry and art as such. The workshop offers an open space for questions and exploration about craft, representation, power, and audience by reading and thinking about poems by Ocean Vuong, Jose Olivarez, Wang Ping, Craig Santos Perez, Solmaz Sharif and M. Nourbese Philip.  

People at any level are welcome, and Bao will lead participants through guided reading and writing prompts to honor and harness the creative power that everyone holds.  

 Through our shared captivation with language and its power, attentiveness to our responses to the readings, and imaginative exercises, Bao will create an intimate environment even while we meet virtually. “I hope this workshop will lead us all into unexpected vistas and brave considerations.” 

 Poet Bio
Pichchenda Bao is a Cambodian American writer and poet, infant survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, daughter of refugees and feminist stay-at-home mother in New York City. Her work explores themes of survival, resilience, grief, childhood, motherhood, feminism, alienation and life as a Cambodian former refugee and feminist. Her work has been published in the Adirondack Review, New Ohio Review, Newtown Literary, great weather for MEDIA, and elsewhere. She has won fellowships and grants from Aspen Words, Queens Council on the Arts, and Kundiman. Listen to her poem at the 21st Street-Queensbridge stop on Queensbound or read more at www.pichchendabao.com.  

Generative Poetry Workshop: Poetry & Photography

Generative Poetry Workshop: Poetry & Photography

Generative Poetry Workshop: Poetry & Photography
April 18 from 3pm – 5pm

Register Registration Required. 12 Spaces available. $20  

Following the discussion and presentation, Griffiths, Jackson, and Pollock will run a workshop that uses photographic images to help generate poems & poetic images.  Pollock will present “mentor texts”—examples of ekphrastic poems that seek to interpret photographic images.  Griffiths and Jackson will choose photographs to which workshop participants can respond.  After writing for an hour, workshop participants will have the opportunity to share their work with the group.   

Artist Bios:
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet, visual artist, and novelist. Her hybrid collection of poetry and photography, Seeing the Body (W.W. Norton), was published in 2020. Other poetry collections by Griffiths include Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books, 2015), The Requited Distance (Sheep Meadow Press, 2011), Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2011), and Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books, 2010). As a visual artist, Griffiths is the creator of Poets on Poetry (P.O.P), an intimate series of interviews, which gathers more than fifty contemporary poets together in conversation to discuss poetry in relation to individual human experience and culture. Her forthcoming debut novel, Promise, will be published by Random House. She lives in New York City. 

Marcus Jackson
Marcus Jackson is a widely published photographer and writer who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University. Marcus specializes in portraiture shot on location with mostly natural or available light. His photographs capture the organic beauty and complexity of people and places. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry ReviewThe New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications. His chapbook, Rundown, was published by Aureole Press in 2009. His debut full-length collection of poems, entitled Neighborhood Register, was released in 2011, and his second book-length collection, Pardon My Heart, was published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press in 2018. Marcus lives with his wife and daughter in Columbus, Ohio, and teaches in the MFA programs at Ohio State and Queens University of Charlotte. 

Iain Haley Pollock
Iain Haley Pollock is the author of two poetry collections, Ghost, Like a Place (Alice James Books, 2018), which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and Spit Back a Boy (U. of Georgia Press, 2011), winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Individual poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Baffler, and The New York Times Magazine. Pollock serves as Chair of the English Department at Rye Country Day School and is a member of the poetry faculty at the Solstice MFA program of Pine Manor College. He also curates the Kitchen Table Series, a bi-monthly online poetry reading. 

Poetry Reading & Talk: An Interpretation of the Real: Poetry & Photography

Poetry Reading & Talk: An Interpretation of the Real: Poetry & Photography

Poetry Reading & Talk: An Interpretation of the Real: Poetry & Photography

April 18th from 1:00pm – 2:30pm

“Photography is the art of the image while the work of many poems is to render images from the raw material of language. Both forms can also seek to find the essence of a person, place, object, or experience through mimesis and distillation. In this session, Griffiths and Jackson, who are both practicing poets and photographers, will discuss the intersection of these two artforms—how they speak to one another, how they work against one another, how they veer away from one another. They will also discuss their approach to each form as well as their poetic and photographic influences. Following a 30-40 minute conversation moderated by poet Iain Haley Pollock and photographer David Flores, Griffiths and Jackson will each spend 20 minutes each reading their poems and presenting their photographs. After these presentations, the audience will have a chance to ask questions of Griffiths and Jackson. ”

Artist Bios:
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet, visual artist, and novelist. Her hybrid collection of poetry and photography, Seeing the Body (W.W. Norton), was published in 2020. Other poetry collections by Griffiths include Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books, 2015), The Requited Distance (Sheep Meadow Press, 2011), Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2011), and Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books, 2010). As a visual artist, Griffiths is the creator of Poets on Poetry (P.O.P), an intimate series of interviews, which gathers more than fifty contemporary poets together in conversation to discuss poetry in relation to individual human experience and culture. Her forthcoming debut novel, Promise, will be published by Random House. She lives in New York City. 

Marcus Jackson
Marcus Jackson is a widely published photographer and writer who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University. Marcus specializes in portraiture shot on location with mostly natural or available light. His photographs capture the organic beauty and complexity of people and places. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry ReviewThe New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications. His chapbook, Rundown, was published by Aureole Press in 2009. His debut full-length collection of poems, entitled Neighborhood Register, was released in 2011, and his second book-length collection, Pardon My Heart, was published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press in 2018. Marcus lives with his wife and daughter in Columbus, Ohio, and teaches in the MFA programs at Ohio State and Queens University of Charlotte. 

Iain Haley Pollock
Iain Haley Pollock is the author of two poetry collections, Ghost, Like a Place (Alice James Books, 2018), which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and Spit Back a Boy (U. of Georgia Press, 2011), winner of the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Individual poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Baffler, and The New York Times Magazine. Pollock serves as Chair of the English Department at Rye Country Day School and is a member of the poetry faculty at the Solstice MFA program of Pine Manor College. He also curates the Kitchen Table Series, a bi-monthly online poetry reading. 

When Arts Collide – Online Course with Jill Kiefer, Ph.D.

When Arts Collide – Online Course with Jill Kiefer, Ph.D.

Join Jill Kiefer, Ph.D. as she leads her Online Course for BAC entitled: “When Arts Collide” April 14th – May 5th at 10AM – 11AM. In this four-week series, we’ll explore four outstanding examples of how new experiences are born when art and literature collide!

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