Join us as we welcome Oakland essayist and poet Anne Lesley Selcer. Anne will be headlining this reading and will share passages from from her two most recent books: a collection of essays Blank Sign Book and a collection of poetry Sun Cycle. This reading will additionally feature local poets reading their work, Sophia McLain and Tristan Beach. This should be a stimulating evening with time for questions at the end!
About the Anne:
Anne Lesley Selcer is an art writer and a poet in the expanded field. Blank Sign Book is a collection of essays moving though the tensions and potentials between art and politics. Sun Cycle, winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Poetry Book Prize is out September, 2019. Named for the star that makes vision possible, the book investigates image, power and gender. She is also author of A Book of Poems on Beauty, winner of the Gazing Grain prize. Her art writing includes Banlieusard, and Untitled (a treatise on form). Critical writing appears in Fillip, Art Practical, Hyperallergic, The Capilano Review, Open Space, the anthology New Media Art 2017: Back to Nature, as well as in several exhibition catalogs. Poetry appears in Fence, The Chicago Review, Action, and Yes!. Anne Lesley wrote a column for Jacket2 and a series of essays for SFMOMA. In Vancouver BC, she also created the Chroma Reading Series. Her language-based video, sound and text pieces have exhibited at the Krowswork, Visible Verse Festival, Southern Exposure, T-10 Video festival, and on Gauss PDF.
About Blank Sign Book:
This book emerged from Anne Lesley Selcer's tenure as inaugural Art Writing Fellow at Southern Exposure. BLANK SIGN BOOK is a collection of innovative art writing from poet and essayist Anne Lesley Selcer. Writing in the confluence of politics and aesthetics through the work of Ana Mendieta, The Otolith Group, Juliana Huxtable, Dolores Dorantes, Janet Cardiff, Ragnar Kjartansson, and more, Selcer's debut collection culminates the interdisciplinary thinking and formal risk of fifteen years of public critical writing. Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Fiction. California Interest. African & African American Studies. Latinx Studies. Middle Eastern Studies. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Art. Film. Music. Art Criticism.
About Sun Cycle:
Written from inside its own formal conundrum, SUN CYCLE deals with representation, value, power, gender and the aesthetic. Influenced by 80's film theory updated for 24-hour access screen time, it is obsessed with images and is named for the star that makes vision possible.
Advanced Praise for Sun Cycle:
"Dear Anne Lesley Selcer, hello from, 'This book looks like reversal. / This book has a beauty that's ruined when it's read.' The misery of dying each day, and each day better seeing through the hallucination of our imagined banquet, your poems do not comfort, better then that they galvanize and embolden. The acceptance of and anger for what we think we know. Thank you. My life differs from before your book because of your book. 'I arise from this accelerated archaeology to spit in knowing’s eye.' In the stack of poetry books I keep with me, the ones that I need to remind me to make the conditions of this world tolerable in order to fully transfigure, your book is at the top. It is poets like you who make not being able to do it all alone okay."— CAConrad
Sophia McLain holds a BA in literary arts from The Evergreen State College. She teaches poetry at Thurston County Juvenile Detention and co-organizes sic writing and performance workshops in Olympia.
Tristan Beach has taught English across China from 2014 to 2017. Before that, he was a long-time editor for Portland-based literary journal Conium Review and was involved with various other literary journals and presses, including Copper Canyon Press, Coffee House Press, Pitkin Review, and Clockhouse. His poems, prose, and criticism appear in Pif Magazine, Shantih, rawboned, The Writer in the World, and Pitkin Review. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and currently teaches English at Saint Martin’s University. He is also a facilitator for Writing on Water and the poetry editor for Pif Magazine.