09 November 2010

Condensery #6: Cross & Lewis

First, let me apologize for the brief sabbatical. A ruthless illness has me bedridden, coupled, of course, with my unwillingness to push Brazil's brilliant essay on Hauntology further down the page. That said, I'm happy to announce that I'll be reading this Saturday with Erica Lewis at the Condensary, and I'd love to use it as an excuse to connect with all the friends I've been neglecting. I lament missing C.J. Martin and Julia Drescher, but I'm honored to have been invited to read in their stead! I'll have the last few copies of Haecceities in hand for anyone interested, and I hope to have some other goodies to give away as well. Here's the info:

"The reading [featuring Michael Cross & Erica Lewis] will take place on Saturday, November 13th at the Speakeasy, located at 604 56th Street in Oakland, CA, at the intersection of 56th and Shattuck.

Doors at 7:30, reading begins at 8:00. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Bike parking on the porch, car parking on the street.

erica lewis is a former curator of the Canessa Gallery Reading Series in North Beach. During her tenure there, she reinvigorated the series with out-of-the-box events involving performance art and musical/poetic explorations. Her poetic work is an ongoing examination about how we relate to one another, how we see ourselves as individuals and collective beings, and how we view the world inside and outside of the comfortable box that we put it in. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in New American Writing, Parthenon West Review, P-Queue, Ur Vox, Word For/Word, With+Stand, Cricket Online Review, Shampoo, Little Red Leaves, alice blue, Critiphoria, BOOG CITY, and Try!, among others.

Collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein include the chapbook excerpts from camera obscura (Etherdome Press ) and book project the precipice of jupiter (Queue Books); a full-length version of camera obscura was recently released from BlazeVox Books. She is a fine arts publicist in San Francisco and received her MFA from Mills College, where she was the recipient of the 2008 Mary Merritt Henry Prize for poetry.

Michael Cross is the author of In Felt Treeling (Chax, 2008) and Haecceities (Cuneiform Press, 2010) and editor of Atticus/Finch chapbooks and On: Contemporary Practice (w/ Thom Donovan). Other projects include Involuntary Vision: after Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Avenue B, 2003), Building is a process / Light is an element: Essays and Excursions for Myung Mi Kim (Queue Books, 2008), and a forthcoming edition of the George Oppen Memorial Lectures at San Francisco State. He lives in Oakland where he studies 21st century poetry.

Condensery is co-curated by Zack Tuck and Jackqueline Frost.

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