Broadside Reading Series: Spring 2020 I

mayfield brooks holds their head in their hands
mayfield brooks
red title and name, black text in an orange
After Toni Morrison by mayfield brooks
Benjamin Krusling
Benjamin Krusling
portrait 4 by Benjamin Krusling
portrait 4 (2020) Benjamin Krusling

Event Info

The Spring season of CBA’s Broadside Reading Series was curated by Asiya Wadud, featuring six poets across writing backgrounds & disciplines. The series brings poets and CBA’s Artists-in-Residence together to create a collection of collaborative broadsides. Each collaboration uniquely explores the relationship of text, image, and design, incorporating the artists’ visual conveyance of each writers’ poetry or prose.

This evening’s reading features writers mayfield brooks & Benjamin Krusling. Following the readings, the six broadside artists from the spring season will reveal their designs and share a few words about their design process. The production of broadsides have been delayed due to the Center’s closure following the COVID-19 Pandemic.


mayfield brooks improvises while black, based in brooklyn, new york working as a movement-based performance artist, vocalist, urban farmer, writer, and wanderer. they studied contemporary dance at the school for new dance (sndo) in amsterdam, moving on center in oakland, ca, and holds a mfa in interdisciplinary performance from uc davis and a masters in performance studies from northwestern university. mayfield was a 2017 artist in residence at movement research new york, a 2019 dance and process (dap) artist at the kitchen nyc, and is currently an artist in residence at the center for performance research (cpr) and abrons art center nyc. mayfield teaches urban farming courses for farm school new york (fsny), and teaches & performs dance and vocal improvisation nationally and internationally.

mayfield brooks’ broadside will be designed by Rachel Hillery.

Benjamin Krusling is the author of Glaring (forthcoming 2020, Wendy’s Subway), and I have too much to hide, an image-text project about terror and streaming.

Benjamin Krusling’s broadside will be designed by NIC Kay.


Asiya Wadud is the author of Crosslight for Youngbird, day pulls down the sky/ a filament in gold leaf (written collaboratively with Okwui Okpokwasili), Syncope and the forthcoming No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body. Asiya is a 2019-2020 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council artist-in-residence and a 2020 Danspace Project PLATFORM writer-in-residence. Recent work appears in e-flux journal, BOMB Magazine, Social Text Journal, FENCE and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she teaches poetry at Saint Ann’s School.


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