Rae Armantrout, Laynie Browne, & Marjorie Welish

Tuesday, May 9, 7PM
@ Dixon Place (258 Bowery, 2nd Floor—Between Houston & Prince)
Admission is $5 at the Door.

Rae Armantrout’s most recent books are Up to Speed (Wesleyan, 2004), The Pretext (Green Integer, 2001), and Veil: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2001). Les Cahiers de Royaumont published a volume of selected poems, Couverture, translated into French by Denis Dormoy, in 1991. Her poems have appeared in two French anthologies of international poetry: A Royaumont (Creaphis), 2002, and 21 + 1 Poetes americain d’ajourd’hui, (Delta, 1987). Her poems have also been included in numerous American anthologies, including Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (1993), American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Language Meets the Lyric Tradition, (Wesleyan, 2002), The Great American Prose Poem: Poe to the Present (Scribner, 2003) and The Best American Poetry of 1988, 2001, 2002, and 2004. She is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, San Diego.

Laynie Browne is the author of five full-length poetry collections, most recent are Drawing of a Swan Before Memory (2005 University of Georgia Press, Winner of the Contemporary Poetry Series), and Mermaid’s Purse (Spuytenduyvil 2005). Her other collections are Pollen Memory (2003, Tender Buttons), The Agency of Wind (Avec Books 1999), and Rebecca Letters (1996). She is also the author of Acts of Levitation, a novel (2002, Spuytenduyvil). Other recent chapbooks include The Desires of Letters (gong editions, 2005), Webs of Agriope (Phylum Press 2005) and a collaboration with Lee Ann Brown titled Nascent Toolbox (The Owl Press 2004). She is former co-curator of The Subtext Reading Series in Seattle, and The Ear Inn in NYC. She has taught poetry-in-the-schools as a visiting artist in New York City, and Seattle, and has taught creative writing at University of Washington, Bothell and at Mills College. She currently lives in Oakland, California.

This year Marjorie Welish became the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Poetry Fellow at Cambridge University, 2005. A poet, painter and art critic, she is author of Word Group (Coffee House Press, 2004) and The Annotated “Here” and Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2000). She is also the author of Signifying Art (Cambridge University Press, 1999). A conference on her work at the University of Pennsylvania has resulted in the compiled papers and presentations accompanying a sampling of her writing and art, in Of the Diagram: The work of Marjorie Welish (Slought Books, 2003). Welish has taught at Brown University and New School University, and is currently Adjunct Professor in the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University and Adjunct Associate Professor in the graduate school of Pratt Institute. Her paintings are represented by Baumgartner Gallery in New York and Aaron Galleries in Chicago.

Belladonna* is a feminist/innovative reading and publication series that promotes the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, unpredictable, dangerous with language (to the death machinery). In its five year history, Belladonna* has featured such writers as Leslie Scalapino, Alice Notley, Erica Hunt, Fanny Howe, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Cecilia Vicuña, Lisa Jarnot, Camille Roy, Nicole Brossard, Abigail Child, Norma Cole, Lynne Tillman, Gail Scott and Carla Harryman among many other experimental and hybrid women writers. Beyond being a platform for women writers, the curators promote work that is experimental in form, connects with other art forms, and is socially/politically active in content. Alongside the readings, Belladonna* supports its artists by publishing commemorative pamphlets of their work on the night of the event. Please contact us (Erica Kaufman, Rachel Levitsky, Sina Queyras et al) at belladonnaseries@yahoo.com to receive a catalog and be placed on our list.