The Spring season of CBA’s Broadside Reading Series was curated by Asiya Wadud, featuring six poets across writing backgrounds & disciplines. Originally scheduled to take place in May 2020, this reading was postponed after the murder of George Floyd demanded immediate action from artist’s and writers across the nation.
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 Anna Gurton-Wachter & Celina Su. 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.
Anna Gurton-Wachter (pictured above) 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 society 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.
Anna Gurton-Wachter’s broadside will be designed by Hongyi Jiang.
Celina Su (pictured below) 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.
Celina Su’s broadside will be designed by Linda Zeb Hang.
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.