Quiet: A Poetry Reading For Agnes Martin

On the occasion of „Agnes Martin,“ on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from October 7, 2016–January 11, 2017, poets Ari Banias, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and Souvankham Thammavongsa read selections of their work in an event curated by artist and poet Jen Bervin.

3:45 – Introduction by Jen Bervin
13:08 – Reading by Souvankham Thammavongsa
28:22 – Reading by Ari Banias
46:54 – Reading by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge

About the poets:

Ari Banias is the author of „Anybody“ (W.W. Norton, 2016). He holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, where he was a teaching fellow. His poems appear in A Public Space, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Guernica, Poetry, and as part of the exhibition „Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects.“ He has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner program. He lives in Berkeley, CA

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge was born in Beijing and grew up in Massachusetts. She is the author of 12 books of poetry including „Empathy“ (Station Hill Press, 1989), „Four Year Old Girl“ (Kelsey St. Press, 1998), „I Love Artists: Selected Poems“ (University of California Press, 2006), and most recently, „Hello, the Roses“ (New Directions, 2013). She has collaborated with many artists working in book arts and theater. „A Lit Cloud“ with Kiki Smith was published by Lelong Gallery in 2012, and „Hello, the Roses“ was exhibited as a collaboration with Richard Tuttle, her husband, at the Munich Kunstverein in 2012. She lives in northern New Mexico and New York City.

Jen Bervin is a visual artist and writer. She has published nine books, exhibited work at venues including MASS MoCA and the Walker Art Center, and is a recipient of a Creative Capital grant and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency.

Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of „Small Arguments“ (Pedlar Press, 2003), „Found“ (Pedlar Press, 2007), and „Light“ (Pedlar Press, 2013).

In-kind support for this program was provided by the Academy of American Poets.

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