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 Anna Gurton-Wachter & Celina Su
Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the broadsides will be available at a later date.
About the Poets
Anna Gurton-Wachter is a writer, editor and archivist. Her first full length book Utopia Pipe Dream Memory was recently published by Ugly Duckling Presse. She is the author of six chapbooks. Recent work has appeared in a)glimpse)of), peach magazine and the poetry sociaty of america. She is 1/3 of DoubleCross Press, a poetry chapbook press and she lives in Brooklyn, a few blocks from the home in which she was born.
Celina Su was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and lives in Brooklyn. Her first book of poetry, Landia, was published by Belladonna* in 2018. Her writing includes two poetry chapbooks, three books on the politics of social policy and civil society, and pieces in the New Times Magazine, n+1, Harper’s, and elsewhere. Su is the Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and a Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York.
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.
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.