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 Anaïs Duplan & Zahra Patterson.
Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the broadsides will be available at a later date.
About the Poets
Anaïs Duplan (pictured above) is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of a forthcoming book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). His writing has been published by Hyperallergic, PBS News Hour, the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, and the Bettering American Poetry anthology. Duplan is the founding curator for the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based in Iowa City. As an independent curator, he has facilitated artist projects in Chicago, Boston, Santa Fe, and Reykjavík. Duplan’s video and performance work has been shown at Flux Factory, Daata Editions, the 13th Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, Mathew Gallery, NeueHouse, the Paseo Project, and will be exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in L.A in 2020. He was a 2017-2019 joint Public Programs Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He now works as Program Manager at Recess and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Poetry at Columbia University.
Anaïs Duplan’s broadside will be designed by Devin Morris.
Zahra Patterson (pictured below) is a writer and educator. Her polyvocal, fragmented essay Chronology (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018) won a Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Memoir/Biography. She is the creator of Raw Fiction, a one-time (twice done) youth literary arts project. Her work has been supported by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, Mount Tremper Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council, and The Pratt Center. She earned an MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute and lives in Pennsylvania with her elderly dog.
Zahra Patterson’s broadside will be designed by Claudia Cortinez.
About the Curator
Asiya Wadud (pictured below) 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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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.