On May 30, Joseph Donahue and Michael O’Brien were the featured poets in the second in a series of three Spring Broadsides Readings, organized by James Walsh. Guests received free letterpress printed broadsides, but if you were unable to attend you can still purchase them at the center!
Joseph Donahue’s Wind Map IV was designed and printed by artist Roni Gross in an edition of one hundred copies. Text was handset in Modern No. 20 from the Collection of Lowell Bodger of the Center for Book Arts, with titling in Thermo.
Donahue is the author of eight poetry collections and the editor of two poetry anthologies. Additionally, he has published poems in The Colorado Review, The Cincinnati Review, New Directions, The Village Voice Literary Supplement, and The World. Born in Texas, Donahue grew up in Massachusetts and has spent significant time in New York City and Seattle. He received his MFA and PhD in English from Columbia University and currently teaches at Duke University.
Michael O’Brien’s Horace, Oldes IV, vii was designed and printed by Meg Quarton in an edition of one hundred. Text was handset in Modern No. 20 from the Collection of Lowell Bodger of the Center for Book Arts on Antique Gray Neenah Classic Crest.
O’Brien has published five poetry collections, including Sleeping and Waking, which received critical acclaim and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. O’Brien began his career as one of the Eventorium poets, a group of New York writers heavily influenced by surrealism. He studied at Fordham University, the University of Paris, and Columbia University and taught at Brooklyn College and Hunter College.
Their broadsides are available to be purchased at the center, they are $20.00 each. Elizabeth Willis and Caroline Knox presented their poems on May 2nd and their broadsides, printed by Amber McMillan and Richard O’Russa, respectively, are also available. The third and final broadsides reading of the Spring 2012 series will be on Wednesday, June 27 with poets Joshua Beckman and Mary Ruefle, with broadsides being produce by series curator and artist James Walsh.
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