Actor Bill Murray has teamed up with cellist Jan Vogler (and friends) to create New Worlds, a recording and a tour in which “Murray brings his wit and charm to classic songs, prose, and poetry by Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Bernstein, Gershwin, Foster, and more in dialogue with Vogler’s transfixing Stradivari cello.” Check out the tour dates on the New Worlds website and read more on NPR.

(This isn’t Bill Murray’s first venture into the world of poetry. Read/see/hear more here.)

Advertisements

At Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library comprises some 75,000 volumes (50,000 of which are catalogued and searchable). Believed to be the largest privately-held assembly of poetry books, the collection was amassed over many years and in 2004 donated to Emory University by Mr. Danowski, who died last week.

The collection is curated by poet Kevin Young and the library hosts a variety of fellowships, readings, exhibitions, and visiting scholars. To learn more about the Library and its collection and programs, visit the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library website.

reasons to go to… Miami

February 4, 2018

Known as a “literary arts hotel,” The Betsy in South Beach Miami, Florida, includes such features as a dedicated traditional library, a restaurant called Poeti, poetry readings, book signings, individually curated libraries in each of the hotel’s 130 accommodations, poems placed on pillows at turn-down each night, and The Writer’s Room — a space for respite and retreat that hosts residencies for authors (local, regional, and national), artists, and thought leaders year round.

In 2016, when The Betsy expanded, merging with the adjacent Carlton Hotel, the two properties were connected by a bridge and a large orb, which is visible only to pedestrians who peek into the restored breezeway. The Orb serves, in part, as a surface for projected poetry.

In addition, The Betsy installed The Poetry Rail, which sits outside the entrance of Poeti. Etched into metal by water jets, the Rail includes poems by 13 poets who have contributed to Miami literature.

. . . . .
Top photo: Carlos Pintado poem on Poetry Rail
Bottom photo: Poetry Rail

Reasons to go to…

May 9, 2017

If you are interested in concrete and visual poetry, you may want to plan a trip to Miami this winter. November 17, 2017 through April 15, 2018, The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will present From the truer world of the other: Typewriter Art from the PAMM Collection. In 2016, PAMM acquired over 400 language-based works from the 70,000+ piece collection of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. The upcoming exhibition explores the experimental visual and poetic typewriter creations of approximately 15 artists, including Carl Andre, Henri Chopin, Dom Sylvester Houédard, d.a. levy, and Françoise Mairey.

See this 2014 Poetry Department post for additional informative links about the Sackner collection.

. . . . .
image: Dom Sylvester Houédard. from the truer world of the other (dsh 720113), 1972. Typewriting on paper, 13 x 8 inches. Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, acquired from The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

What are your plans for Earth Day? Saturday’s weather should be mild and cloudy in Buffalo, New York. But actually weather won’t be much of a concern if you decide to attend the Emily Dickinson Community Marathon Reading. From 8:00am to 9:30pm, local celebs, poets and other Emily fans will read all 1789 of Dickinson’s poems. Plus, from 1:00 to 1:30pm, there will be a break in the readings to celebrate Dickinson with song and comedy improvs!

That’s this Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. It’s free and you do not need to register or contact anyone to participate. Just show up and join in the reading. More details here.

If your travel plans between March 28 and July 30, 2017, include Southern California, you may want to visit the Getty Center to see Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space. The exhibit focuses on the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, displaying material drawn principally from the Getty Research Institute’s collection.

Admission to the Getty Center and the exhibit, in Research Institute Gallery I, is free and no tickets are required. (Parking is $15.)

. . . . .
image: Open (Abre), Augusto de Campos (b. 1931) and Julio Plaza (1938–2003), 1969.

“The thirteenth annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature will focus its lens on today’s fractious relationship between gender and power. Taking place in New York City, May 1-7, 2017, the weeklong Festival will use literature and the arts to address how gender both enables and impairs full participation in politics and society. At a moment of unprecedented threats to freedom and truth, and of emboldened mobilization and resistance, the Festival will connect leading global writers, artists and thinkers with concerned citizens to examine bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia, and to bolster the movement to counter them.”

More at PEN World Voices Festival: Gender and Power
Twitter: @PENworldvoices/#PENFest
Facebook: facebook.com/PENworldvoices
Instagram: @pen_america
Tumblr: penamerican.tumblr.com

%d bloggers like this: