Comedy Club

Monday Night Poetry: Matthew Rohrer + Aleš Šteger

March 9, 2020 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
KGB Bar
KGB Event

Matthew Rohrer is the author of The Sky Contains the Plans (Wave Books, forthcoming 2020), The Others (Wave Books, 2017), which was the winner of the 2017 Believer Book Award, Surrounded by Friends (Wave Books, 2015), Destroyer and Preserver (Wave Books, 2011), A Plate of Chicken (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), Rise Up (Wave Books, 2007) and A Green Light (Verse Press, 2004), which was shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize. He is also the author of Satellite (Verse Press, 2001), and co-author, with Joshua Beckman, of Nice Hat. Thanks. (Verse Press, 2002), and the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and The Next Big Thing. His first book, A Hummock in the Malookas was selected for the National Poetry Series by Mary Oliver in 1994. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at NYU.

Aleš Šteger is a poet and prose writer, based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His work has been widely translated and have found much acclaim among readers around the world.  

Štegers texts appeared in internationally renown magazines and newspapers as The New Yorker, Boston review, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, TLS and many others. 

The Bavarian Academy of Arts awarded him in 2016 with the International Bienek Prize for poetry calling him »one of the most original European poets witing today«. Among other prizes and honours his English translation of Knjiga reči (Thee Book of Things, BOA Editions, 2010) won two mayor U.S. translation awards (BTBA award and AATSEL). He received the title Chevalier des Artes et Lettres from the French state and is a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts and the German Academy for Language and Literature.

Aleš's work reaches out to various fields of artistic expression. He has worked in the field of visual arts (lately with a large scale installation at the International Kochi-Muziris Arts Biennale in India), several collaborations with musicians (Uroš Rojko, Peter N. Gruber, Vito Žuraj) and the film director Peter Zach (collaboration on the movie Beyond Boundaries).

Since 2012 he is workig on a performative writing project Written on Site, making one public writing performance each year. More about the author: www.alessteger.com