Spring Broadside Reading I: mayfield brooks, Benjamin Krusling

The Spring 2021 Broadside Reading Series is curated by Asiya Wadud, featuring six poets across writing backgrounds and disciplines.

This Spring, the Broadside Reading Series will feature six writers from various backgrounds and writing disciplines, collaborating with the Center’s Artists-in-Residence to create a collection of limited edition letterpress-printed broadsides. The collaboration explores the relationship of text, image, and design, incorporating the artists’ visual conveyance of writers’ poetry and prose.

The Center will host a series of online readings featuring these works throughout the season, which are curated and moderated by Asiya Wadud.

This evening’s reading will feature writers mayfield brooks & Benjamin Krusling

Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the broadsides will be available at a later date.

About the Curator

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.

About the Poets

mayfield brooks is currently improvising while black in brooklyn, new york. mayfield is a movement-based performance artist, vocalist, urban farmer, teacher, and writer. they have studied contemporary dance with ‘the school for new dance’ (SNDO) in amsterdam, as well as the ‘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. In 2018 mayfield was a wow/uny artist-in-residence at governors island nyc, in 2019 they were a dance and process (dap) artist at the kitchen, nyc and is currently the artist-in-residence at ‘movement research nyc’. mayfield has performed and taught around the world. workshop & performance venues this year included: south africa, croatia, sedona, phoenix, san diego, los angeles, san francisco, seattle, vashon and waldron islands, western massachusetts and new york city.

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.

The Schedule:

May 14, 6:30pm

mayfield brooks & Benjamin Krusling

May 28, 6:30pm

Anna Gurton-Wachter & Celina Su

June 11, 6:30pm

Anaïs Duplan & Zahra Patterson

About The Center for Book Arts

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.

Support for the Center for Book Arts’ Visual Arts Programs is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.