Hauser & Wirth Publishers presents Conversations in Contemporary Poetics, a monthly reading series and discussion group that explores the diverse ways in which poetry integrates with life, media, and politics.
Organized by writer and curator Jeffrey Grunthaner, Conversations in Contemporary Poetics foregrounds what goes on behind the making of a poem. Rather than simply presenting poems as completed works (books, or finalized texts), the series acts like a studio visit, showcasing aspects of a poet’s creative practice that might otherwise go unnoticed.
The forthcoming installment of the series, held on Tuesday 13 March 2018, will focus on the theme of Internet-based mythologies. Writing in response to the Internet, the poetry of the two featured readers—Bunny Rogers and Precious Okoyomon—mingles elements of autobiography and fantasy. In this way, they offer compelling approaches to (re)writing identity, history, and power.
The reading will be followed by a discussion and Q&A. A collectible program featuring works by the readers, and original artwork by Rachel Rossin, will also be available.
About the readers and series organizer
Precious Okoyomon is a Brooklyn-based poet and artist. She is the author of ‘Ajebota’ (Bottlecap Press, 2016) Her writing has been performed and exhibited at the Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, Exo Exo in Paris and MoMA PS1 in New York. Her writing has been published in The Iowa Review, Fanzine, New York Tyrant and other publications. She loves her sweet toy poodle rainbow and is a Leo that is very low key evil. She’s currently working on a book or two.
Bunny Rogers is a New York–based poet and artist. Her 2017 solo show at the Whitney Museum, ‘Brig Und Ladder,’ delved into the mediated violence of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, and other subjects. A graduate of Parsons School of Design and the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, her books include ‘Cunny Poem: Vol 1’ and ‘My Apologies Accepted.’
Jeffrey Grunthaner is a writer and curator based in New York. Their articles, reviews, poems and essays have appeared via Drag City Books, Hyperallergic, BOMB, Archinect, Folder, artnet News, the 2016 Queens International exhibition catalogue, Imperial Matters, and other venues. Their chapbook THE TTTROUBLEWWITH SUUNDAAYS was published by Louffa Press.
Image: Rachel Rossin, I love mom, 1991, graphite on paper