RR: Live Mag! #14

April 10, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm




Live Mag! and The Operating System together in


an evening of Poetry and Performance

Hosted by Editor Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

With Chloë Bass, Libby Burton, Peter Bushyeager, Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Sarada Rauch, and Sarah Sarai

Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand.  You can learn more about her at chloebass.com, which she stopped updating a year ago when she became too busy living in the present to remember to archive for the past.

Libby Burton is a senior editor at Henry Holt. She earned a BA as part of the Area Program in Poetry Writing from the University of Virginia and an MFA from Columbia University. Her poetry has appeared in Atlas Review, Denver Quarterly, Guernica, Juked, Meridian, North American Poetry Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Tin House, among others. She is a recipient of the Stephen Dunn Prize and an Amy Award from Poets & Writers. She lives in Brooklyn, was born in Pennsylvania, and raised in Virginia.

Peter Bushyeager’s books include Vital Wires, Citadel Luncheonette and In the Green Oval. In addition to poetry, he writes articles and criticism which have appeared in publications that include Rain Taxi, Talisman, Poetry Project Newsletter, and The Encyclopedia of American Poetry — Twentieth Century. He’s currently working on a new manuscript of poems.

Lynne DeSilva-Johnson is a queer interdisciplinary creator, scholar and performer. They are an Assistant Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute, as well as Founder and Managing Editor of The Operating System. Lynne’s work addresses, in particular, the somatic impact of trauma on persons and systems, as well as the study of resilient, open source strategies for ecological and social change. Lynne is co-editor, with Jay Besemer, of the forthcoming anthology, “In Corpore Sano: Creative Practice and the Challenged Body.” They are the author of Ground, Blood Atlas, and “In Memory of Feasible Grace,” as well as two forthcoming titles, the chapbook “Sweet and Low,” and the collaborative Body Oddy Oddy, with painter Georgia Elrod. Recent publication credits include Wave Composition, The Conversant, The Philadelphia Supplement, Gorgon Poetics, POSTblank, Vintage Magazine, Live Mag, Coldfront, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Resist Much/Obey Little: Poems for The Resistance, and YesPoetry. Performances and work have appeared widely, including recent features or projects at Artists Space, Bowery Arts and Science, The NYC Poetry Festival, Parkside Lounge, Carmine Street Metrics, Eyebeam, LaMaMa, Triangle Quarterly, Undercurrent Projects, Mellow Pages, The New York Public Library, Launchpad BK, Dixon Place, Poets Settlement, SOHO20 Gallery and many more. They are always still beginning.

Sarada Rauch is an artist, poet and musician born in Los Angeles and based in Brooklyn. Her work reenacts popular media and personal experience to explore the construction of histories and Otherness. The practice intersects theoretical and practical approaches, connecting time based media with the fields of anthropology, science, history, critical theory and her own cultural backgrounds. Sarada exhibits and performs internationally in spaces such as The Drawing Center, New York; Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn; Hessel Museum of Art, Hudson; RH+ Gallery, Istanbul; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Central St. Martins, London; La Conservera Center of Contemporary Art, Cueti; and the RISD Museum, Providence. Artist residencies she has participated in include Open Sessions at the Drawing Center, New York; The LMCC Swing Space, New York; _Hannacc, Barcelona; Greatmore Studios/Triangle Network, Cape Town; Latitude 53, Edmonton; and she received the BBK Saxony Fellowship in Leipzig. Sarada was one of the directors of Heliopolis Gallery in Brooklyn, and is a co-creator of the podcast called Around About. She is an Assistant Professor of New Media and Technology at LaGuardia Community College.

Sarah Sarai’s poems are in Barrow Street, Painted Bride Quarterly, Posit, Boston Review, The Threepenny Review, The Collagist and many other journals; in the anthologies Like a Fat Gold Watch: Meditations on Sylvia Plath and Living; Composing Poetry: A Guide to Writing Poems and Thinking Lyrically; Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poetry; Say It Loud: Poems About James Brown and many others. Her poem “Promises Had Been Made,” an ekphrastic response to “The Entombment” by Moretto de Besco, won The PersonalLordSaviorJesusChrist poetry contest in 2017. Her poem “Emily Dickinson Is Jewish” was the subject of a panel discussion at Witnessing Responses: A New Generation’s Perspectives on the Holocaust conference at Károli Gáspár University in Budapest. Poems from her first collection, The Future Is Happy, were the subject of an interpretative essay “Heaven, Hell and Middle Earth” by poet and editor, Ed Go. She is also the author of Geographies of Soul and Taffeta (Indolent Books), short stories, and reviews.

Jeffrey Cyphers Wright is a publisher, critic, eco-activist, artist, and is best known as a poet. He is the author of 15 books of verse, including most recently Blue Lyre from Dos Madres Press. He has an MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College where he studied with Allen Ginsberg and also taught. Recent poetry is included in New American Writing, 2017. For many years, Wright ran Cover Magazine, The Underground National. He has also been a community garden advocate, defending them from political and real estate interests and helping them to develop governmental proceduress and increase membership. Currently, Wright stages events showcasing artists and writers at KGB Lit Bar and La MaMa ETC in NYC, in conjunction with his art and poetry journal, Live Mag! He is a reguar contributor to American Book Review. Wright is a Kathy Acker Award recipient for 2018.

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