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St. Rocco's July Reading with Emily xyz, Brendan Lorber, & Edwin Torres

  • Presented By: St. Rocco's Reading Series Location: Hudson River Coffee House 227 Quail St, Albany, NY 12203 Albany, NY 12203
  • Dates: July 21, 2018
  • Time: 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    EMILY XYZ is a spoken-word poet with over 30 years of writing and performing experience. She is a pioneer of multiple-voice poetry, starting in 1986 with Phil Spector, a performance piece for 6 voices and 3 toy phonographs. In the 1990s she was a member of the seminal New York spoken-word touring companies The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Live! and Real Live Poetry and, with longtime reading partner Myers Bartlett, performed across the US and in Canada, Europe and Australia, Her work was featured in the PBS Television series The United States of Poetry, and she appeared in (and wrote the copy for) a 1998 Nike commercial honoring female Olympic athletes. As Arts Queensland Poet in Residence in Brisbane, Australia, in 2010, XYZ created one of the first-ever Twitter poems, 90 Days in Brisbane. In 2015, the Queensland Poetry Festival inaugurated the XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word, an annual poetry award honoring her work and her influence on Brisbane's creative writing community. She is the author of The Emily XYZ Songbook: Poems for 2 Voices, and co-author with Cynthia Whitney of Whitney's Ramones memoir, Too Tough to Love: My Life with Johnny Ramone. She lives in Saratoga Springs.


    Over two decades in the making,
    BRENDAN LORBER'S
    first full-length book just came out. It’s called If this is paradise why are we still driving? He’s also written several chapbooks, most recently Unfixed Elegy and Other Poems (Butterlamb). He’s had work in the American Poetry Review, Fence, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. Since 1995 he has published and edited Lungfull! Magazine, an annual anthology of contemporary literature that prints the rough drafts of contributors’ work in addition to the final versions in order to reveal the creative process. He lives atop the tallest hill in Brooklyn, New York, in a little castle across the street from a five-hundred-acre necropolis.


    EDWIN TORRES
    is the author of eight books of poetry, including, XoeteoX: the infinite word object (forthcoming from Wave Books this fall ), Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press), The PoPedology of an Ambient Language (Atelos Books) and Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books). He's had fellowships, and judgeships, and friendships, all equally affirming his rotation on the earth. His work is included in the anthologies: American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics Vol. 2, Who Will Speak For America, Post-Modern American Poetry Vol. 2 and Aloud; Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Café. Forthcoming from Counterpath Press in 2019 will be a collection he's been editing for 4 years, The Body In Language: An Anthology.

    Each will read from their ground breaking writing, for your listening pleasure.

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