Would we leave you without? This Friday we have two amazing poets, Rachel Zolf and Jane Sprague, ready to knock it outta the park for the sake of The Multifarious Array.
This Friday, come on down to Pete's Candy Store (709 Lorimer in Brooklyn) at 7 p.m. Bios below.
See you there!
Rachel Zolf’s poetic practice explores interrelated materialist questions related to memory, history, knowledge, subjectivity and the conceptual limits of language and meaning. She is particularly interested in how ethics founders on the shoals of the political. Her fourth full-length book, Neighbour Procedure, was released by Coach House Books in 2010. Previous collections include Human Resources (Coach House), which won the 2008 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, Masque (The Mercury Press), Shoot & Weep (Nomados), from Human Resources (Belladonna books) and Her absence, this wanderer (BuschekBooks). Zolf’s work has been translated into French, Spanish and Portuguese and has appeared in anthologies such as Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and Poetics (Coach House) and a forthcoming anthology of conceptual writing from Les Figues Press. She was the founding poetry editor for The Walrus magazine and has worked as a documentary film producer and communications consultant. She has received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship and multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. She lives in Brooklyn.
Jane Sprague is the author of the books The Port of Los Angeles (Chax Press, 2009) and, with Tina Darragh and Diane Ward, The *Belladonna Elders Series 8 (*Belladonna, 2009). She is also author of the chapbooks Apache Roadkill (Dusie / Weekend Press, 2009), Sacking the Henwife (Dusie, 2007), Entropic Liberties (with Jonathan Skinner; Dusie, 2006), fuck your pastoral (Subpoetics, 2005) and The Port of Los Angeles (Subpoetics, 2004) among others. Her poems, essays, reviews and interviews with poets and editors have been published in numerous print and online magazines including Columbia Poetry Review, Rain Taxi, How2, Jacket, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, ecopoetics, Dandelion, Tinfish, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Tarpaulin Sky , Kiosk, P-Queue, Hot Whiskey and others. Since 2004 she has edited and published the imprint Palm Press, www.palmpress.org, an independent press committed to making possible works which interrogate the boundaries of contemporary politics, poetry, pedagogy and poetics. She regularly reads from her work, recent readings include The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church (NYC), The Poetry Center at CSUSF (San Francisco), and Colorado State University at Boulder (Boulder, CO), among others. Additionally, she has curated several reading series in the states of New York and California and the conference “Small Press Culture Workers” (Ithaca, NY, 2004). Her current writing and editorial projects include My Appalachia, a poetry and prose work that explores geography, genocide and generational poverty in upstate New York, where she is from, in addition to the collection Imaginary Syllabi which gathers documents by contemporary writers who teach in modes of radical, utopian, fabulist and generative student-centered pedagogies (Palm Press, 2010). She is an associate faculty member of Bard College’s Institute for Writing and Thinking and its Language and Thinking Workshop. She teaches writing at California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, CA where she lives on an island with her family.