11/11/10: Stephanie Gray, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Nathaniel Siegel

The next event features talks by:

Stephanie Gray
Dawn Lundy Martin
Nathaniel Siegel

Followed by a Q&A / Discussion

on Thursday, November 11
At 7 PM

At CUNY Graduate Center
In the Skylight Room (9100)
365 Fifith Avenue, NYC

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Stephanie Gray’s first collection of poetry, Heart Stoner Bingo was published by Straw Gate Books in 2007. Publications include EOAGH, 2ndAvenuePoetry, The Recluse, and Press 1. Readings include the PRJCTNS, Segue, Zinc, and Poetry Project Friday series. Her short experimental super 8 films, often city portraits or mini-symphonies have screened internationally, including at the Ann Arbor, Oberhausen, and Viennale fests. Her queer-themed films are often about pop cultural figures such as dyke heroine Joan of Arc in Dear Joan and the perceived dyke heroine Kristy McNichol in Kristy, both of which have screened at gay & lesbian film fests such as Frameline (San Francisco), Outfest (Los Angeles), and Mix NYC. Her analog video from the early 00s, “close your hearing for the cap(shuns)” is probably the only art work out there to mash up “Our Lips Our Sealed” on slo-mo with Schoolhouse Rock’s “Conjunction Junction” and Charlie Brown’s indecipherable adults to explore themes of language, hearing loss and our construction of meaning. If you know of others let her know.

Dawn Lundy Martin, a poet, essayist, and activist, is the winner of the 2009 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize for her manuscript, DISCIPLINE, selected by Fanny Howe and forthcoming in February, 2011. In 2006, she was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize by Carl Phillips for her manuscript, A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering (U of Georgia P, 2007). Among her honors include Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grants for Poetry in 2002 and 2006, and the 2008 Academy of American Arts and Sciences May Sarton Prize for Poetry. Dawn is a founding member of the Black Took Collective, a group of experimental black poets; she is also one of four founders of the Third Wave Foundation in New York, a feminist, activist foundation that works nationally to support young women and transgender youth ages 15 to 30, and co-editor of a collection of essays, The Fire This Time: Young Activists and The New Feminism (Anchor Books, 2004). She is an assistant professor of English in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Nathaniel A. Siegel is an artist, activist, poet and curator based in New York City. His work has been shown at the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (SOHO); Art Around The Park – HOWL ! Festival; Split This Rock gathering – Washington D.C.; Visual AIDS; and Naropa. He is a member of ACT-UP NYC, and the Queer Justice League and co-founded Poets for Peace, Poets Against the War, the LGBTQ Poetry Reading Series Come Hear ! and Acts of Art. His first chapbook TONY is published by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs of Brooklyn. He has performed at The Poetry Project, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Living Theatre, Creative Visions in New York City, and Giovanni’s Room in Philadelphia. His installation “how to put on and use a condom : a safe sex presentation” was displayed at NYC’s LGBT Center for The Center Show marking the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall. His poetry and interviews have appeared in EOAGH, Landscapes of Dissent Guerilla Poetry & Public Space by Jules Boykoff and Kaia Sand, BOOG City Newspaper, and BPC’s Study Abroad on the Bowery’s Poets Anthology.

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TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice is curated by Tim Peterson (Trace).

All events are co-sponsored by The Center for the Humanities, The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, The Graduate Center Ph.D. Program in English, and the GC Poetics Group.

About Tim Peterson (Trace)

Tim Peterson (Trace) is a poet, critic, editor, curator, and octopus. Author of the book Since I Moved In (Chax Press) and the recent chapbook Violet Speech (2nd Avenue Poetry), Peterson also edits EOAGH: A Journal of the Arts and curates readings and events throughout NYC including the Zinc Bar series, Quips & Cranks (with Vincent Katz) at SVA, and the TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice talks series at CUNY Graduate Center.
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