CORNELL COLLEGE “CAGE DIES BIRD FLIES” EVENTS APRIL 24-25

Last week my collaborator Dale Williams and I were on the campus of Cornell College (Mount Vernon, Iowa) doing what we do. Dale flew in from Brooklyn for the event.

On April 24 I visited Professor Katy Stavreva’s ENG 322 Shakespeare’s Rivals class, participating in a discussion of the literature of exile, and working with students to devise a strategy of publically presenting sections of Marlowe’s play of exile Edward II in conjunction with lines from my recently completed novel of exile What Days Are Like When There Are Only Nights.

On April 25 Dale and I discussed the topic of artistic collaboration with Professor Sandra Dyas’s ART 307 Advanced Photography class. Later that day, at the school’s Center for the Literary Arts, we presented sections of the first three completed phases of Cage Dies Bird Flies, preceded by a performance by ENG 322 students.

Below is a link to a video of the performance:

Cage Dies Bird Flies is a multi-phase collaboration. Each phase consists of 81 artworks inspired by my texts. These works, in turn, form the basis of books, exhibitions, recordings, performances. The plan is to execute ten phases.

Illuminations by the Slice, Phase I, was created between 2012-2014

Giant Miniature Illuminations, Phase II, was created between 2014-2016

The Luminous Dark: Landscapes Found and Lost, phase III, was created between 2017-2019

Before it snowed, Dale and I, along with poet Anne Pierson Wiese, visited Stone City,  Iowa, the site of Grant Wood’s art colony in the 1930s. Below is an image of the three us standing in front of the Stone City General Store.

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ANNE PIERSON WIESE AWARDED AMY LOWELL TRAVELING SCHOLARSHIP

I am thrilled to announce that Anne Pierson Wiese, my partner of many years, has been chosen to receive the prestigious Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship.

Anne’s previous honors include the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the Discovery/The Nation Poetry Prize.

The Traveling Scholarship, established by the poet Amy Lowell (1874-1925), supports adventures abroad for gifted American-born poets.

Previous winners include Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz, Adrienne Rich, Kenneth Rexroth, Galway Kinnell, Henri Cole and Mary Jo Salter.

To learn more, follow the link below:

http://www.amylowell.org

FICTION CHOSEN FOR BEST AMERICAN EXPERIMENTAL WRITING 2020

“it all melts down to this (chapter 12)”–a text inspired the extraordinary drawings of Dale Williams–which originally appeared in The Offbeat, a journal out of Michigan State University, will be included in Best American Experimental Writing 2020 guest edited by Joyelle McSweeney and Carmen Maria Machado (Wesleyan University Press).

For more information about the forthcoming volume, click the link below:

https://www.wesleyan.edu/wespress/bax/

NOVEL EXCERPT IN WINTER 2019 ISSUE OF INVERTED SYNTAX

One page of it all melts down to this: a novel in timelines will appear in the first print issue of Inverted Syntax. On the page, this question is posed and answered: “Have you ever hugged a time capsule?”

To order a copy go here:

https://www.invertedsyntax.com

DALE WILLIAMS: AMERICA NOW SUITE (2018)

My frequent collaborator, New York City artist Dale Williams, has a new solo show at the Gowanus Loft (61 9th Street, Brooklyn)

To learn more visit: http://vanderbiltrepublic.com/

The title pays homage to jazz drummer Max Roach’s groundbreaking 1960 recording We Insist! – Freedom Now Suite.

Like Roach’s creation, the exhibition consists of five parts, each offering new perspectives on American history. There are three large new paintings and two new sets of drawings.

Below is the monumental (11’ by 57’) work entitled A Panoramic Fantasia of American History Centered on the Untimely Death of Robert F. Kennedy:

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