Eugene Ostashevsky, Brent Cunningham, Laura Moriarty & MC Zarina Zabrisky 7pm Free
Eugene Ostashevsky, born in 1968 in Leningrad, USSR, immigrated with his family to New York in 1979, currently lives in Berlin and teaches in Paris. He writes in American English destabilized by puns, sound play, and foreign words. His latest book of poetry, The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi, published by the New York Review of Books, contemplates communication challenges faced by pirates and parrots. His previous book of poetry, The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza, published by Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn, examines the defects of natural and artificial languages. As translator and scholar, Ostashevsky specializes in OBERIU, the 1920s-30s Leningrad avant-garde group led by Alexander Vvedensky and Daniil Kharms, as well as in Russian and international Futurism. He has had his librettos for the composer Lucia Ronchetti performed in Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. His prizes include the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm prize, the Siegfriend-Unseld-Gastporfessur, the National Translation Award, etc. Selections from the Pirate have appeared in several European languages, including as a book in German by Uljana Wolf andMonika Rinck.Brent CunninghamBrent Cunningham is the author of the poetry collections Journey to the Sun (Atelos, 2012) and Bird & Forest (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2005). His chapbook, The Sad Songs of Hell, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in November 2017. He lives in Oakland, California, with the poet Melissa Benham and their two children.Laura MoriartyLaura Moriarty’s recent books include Verne & Lemurian Objects, The Fugitive Notebook, and Who That Divines. Her awards include The Poetry Center Book Award, a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Award in Poetry, a New Langton Arts Award in Literature, and a Fund for Poetry grant. She lives in Richmond, California.
Zarina Zabrisky is the author of three short story collections, a book of collaborative poetry co-written with Simon Rogghe, and a novel "We, Monsters" (Numina Press).
Zabrisky's prose was featured worldwide in over thirty literary magazines, including The Nervous Breakdown, A Capella Zoo, Eleven Eleven, and Red Fez. Interviews with Zabrisky and reviews of her books appeared in The Rumpus, Guernica, PANK Magazine, decomP and more. Zabrisky received multiple nominations and awards, including 2013 Acker Award for Achievement in The Avant-Garde. She is a co-founder of The Arts Resistance, a collective creating a passionate thinking space by the means of the arts.
Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 7:00pm