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July 19, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Organized by Barbara Henry, Text/Form Reading calls for emerging writers from of our Letterpress Printing & Fine Press Publishing Seminars to read works developed in-house. 2017 Participating artists: Matthew Hittinger, Michael Joseph, Diane Schenker, and Drew Zeiba.
Matthew Hittinger is the author of The Masque of Marilyn (GOSS183, 2017), The Erotic Postulate (2014) and Skin Shift (2012) both from Sibling Rivalry Press, and the chapbooks Platos de Sal (Seven Kitchens Press, 2009), Narcissus Resists (GOSS183, 2009), and Pear Slip (Spire Press, 2007). He received his MFA from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program where he won a Hopwood Award. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, has been adapted into art songs, and in 2012 Poets & Writers Magazine named him a Debut Poet on their 8th annual list. Matthew lives in Astoria, Queens.
Michael Joseph is largely a myth of uncertain origin. The historical record asserts, improbably, that he is the Rare Book Librarian at Rutgers University where, from time to time, he teaches courses in children’s literature, as well as the Founding Director of The New Jersey Book Arts Symposium, the North American Vice President of the Robert Graves Society and the editor of its prestigious journal Gravesiana. Michael Joseph’s list of critical publications and scholarly papers span the fields of Robert Graves studies, artists’ books, and children’s poetry — further proof that the historical record cannot be assumed to reference any reality beyond itself. Implausibly, a CV with his name purports that as a writer of thoroughly unscholarly prose and poetry, he has collaborated on fifteen books, artists’ books, chapbooks, booklets, chapbooklets, artists’ chapbooklets, and broadsides, with traceable (and perhaps certifiable) artists Lowell Bodger, Alberto Casaraghi, Henry Charles, Beatrice Coron, Barbara Henry, MaryAnn L. Miller, and one lone (and doubtlessly confused) composer, Herbert Rothgarber. His most recent publication is The True History of Puss in Boots on Mars (Cats in the Basement Press, 2017), illustrated by Henry Charles. In press is Inherent Ogres, a procedural novel retelling Madame d’Aulnoy’s literary fairy tale, The Bee and the Orange Tree, using only words found in Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, with illustrations by Henry Charles and an introduction by Joseph T. Thomas.
Diane Schenker is the author of the chapbook, Relation/Couch/Dreaming and her poetry has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Rhino, Subtropics, Gargoyle, The Squaw Valley Review, Writers’ Bloc, SalonZine and VIA. She has written reviews for coldfrontmag.com and The Boxcar Poetry Review. Diane has also worked and taught in theater and directed opera. She was co-creator of the performance piece Jane Smith Jane Smith (directed by Rinde Eckert) and wrote and staged Nannerl: A Speculative Morality, a staged inquiry into the life of Mozart’s older sister.
Drew Zeiba is a writer who lives in New York. Their fiction, essays, and writing on art and design has appeared in PIN–UP, Mask, and the Bowdoin Journal of Art, among others. They hold a B.A. in Art History from Tufts University.