Can artists go into the
Can artists go into the archive? Can they roll in the dust and reverence? Is there room for creativity in the archive? Where is it? What does it look like? Do writers and student and bodies have to choose between scholarly work and creative work? What does not choosing between them feel like?
Katy Bohinc, Ali Power, and Nick Sturm will be at Emory University for a very special collaboration with the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. (Psst: Christeene Alcosiba is a rock star). They will read their poetry and also discuss their creative + scholarly relationship to the living, gathering archive surrounding the second generation New York school of poetry. Pieces from Emory’s archives will be featured and on display during the event.
This is a swerve into new territory for this Literature is Alive @ Emory. The reading series swerves because the complex relationship between archives, creative work, and access is worth urgently exploring / urgently exploding. And because a reading series should always swerve for you.
Katy Bohinc is the author of Dear Alain, editor of Please Add To This List: A Guide to Teaching Bernadette Mayer’s Sonnets and Experiments, and Director of Tender Buttons Press.
Ali Power is the author of the book-length poem A Poem for Record Keepers (Argos Books, 2016) and the co-editor of the volume New York School Painters & Poets: Neon in Daylight (Rizzoli, 2014). Power’s poems have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, LIT, No, Dear, The Pen Poetry Series, and elsewhere. From 2008 to 2015, she was an editor at Rizzoli Publications in New York. Currently, she is pursuing her master’s degree in social work at New York University and co-curates the KGB Monday Night Poetry Reading Series.
Nick Sturm is the author of How We Light, published by H_NGM_N, and is currently working on the manuscript Another Mona Bone Jakon. His poems, collaborations, and essays, including scholarly work on Ted Berrigan and Alice Notley, have appeared in Black Warrior Review, PEN, Fanzine, Chicago Review, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014, and elsewhere. He is Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Alabama and lives in Atlanta.