Healing Futures: Weaving Thresholds

Sahar Muradi and Eléna Rivera
Color photograph of a woman with medium length dark brown hair, wearing a blueish grey tank, seated in a outdoor setting, staring at the camera with a simile.
Purvi Shah, 2021, shot by Neha Gautam

Event Info

The Spring 2021 Broadside Reading Series is curated by Purvi Shah, and features six writers collaborating with CBA’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 theme of the Spring 2021 series is Healing Futures: Attending Wounds, Tending Lineages. The final reading of the series features Sahar Muradi and Eléna Rivera.

“I try to return my neighbor his shadow/only it saturates the soil” – Sahar Muradi

“Temple of textures/harbinger of the recollected/Every shadow its book” – Eléna Rivera

Sahar Muradi and Eléna Rivera enter the shadows of language to shape spaces for refuge. How do we translate war, loss, the rituals of there to here without erasures? Muradi and Rivera invite us to play, reckon, chew on concepts as if they were ice cream, delve the epics of our present even as they update the terms and subjects. We find here: confluences of pasts & presents, interrogations & chants, braidings of thresholds we may enter but not necessarily contain, home & shadows of home – and when we are, a grace of shadows as home.

Sahar’s broadside is designed & printed by Rhonda Khalifeh, and Eléna’s broadside is designed & printed by Oswaldo García.

Note: Center for Book Arts will hold this event entirely online. A Zoom link will be sent in an email to all registrants.

A note from the curator of the series:

“In January 2020, as I was supporting the development of a restorative justice collaborative to address intimate violence, Sevonna Brown from Black Women’s Blueprint observed that we have to heal the past to heal the future. In Healing Futures, I draw together poets who heed Brown’s call to attend to the wounds of the past for the sake of present & future liberations.

In my curation of Healing Futures, I gather writers who tend lineages while facing harms, while holding close the life-blood of harm, who marvel even when there are not answers – for living is marvelous. The poet pairings are prisms, light shared, light refracted, light pooled. The poet pairings are histories & futures unfolding. The poet pairings are braids that at times come together, at times come apart, come always as they are. Collectively, they are wonders of attention, a praxis of futures, a healing. Collectively, they are an invitation to be an accomplice in awe and liberation.”

-Purvi Shah

This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council

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