Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bharat Jiva / No Gender launch event

kari edwards' work has had a primary influence on my thinking, as artist, as social being.  edwards' poetry, critical work, & collaborative projects were formative for me as I first began seeking out people whose work was/is contiguous with their politics, their politics with their social relationships, such that these distinctions wash away as high-stakes-arbitrary. 
Please join friends of kari edwards - dedicated, courageous artworkers in their own right - in celebrating the release of Bharat Jiva & kari edwards: NO GENDER.   I have only a small sense of how difficult / exhausting it has been for Julian, Erica, & Tracy to put together NO GENDER, and I have caught glimpses of how deeply close many of the readers below - Rob, Anne, Brenda,  - were to edwards, & thus to the project.  Thus I wish them a tremendously happy time on Monday.  
If you are at all into poetry & nearby, please attend the reading below, & pick up the new collections.  

Bharat Jiva by kari edwards
kari edwards: NO GENDER
Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards
edited by Julian T. Brolaski, Erica Kaufman, and E. Tracy Grinnell 

Monday, October 12, 2009
@ Dixon Place (161 Chrystie Street)
doors at 7pm, event begins at 7:30pm sharp
Admission is $6 at the door

with readings by: 

Rob Halpern
Akilah Oliver
Marcus Civin
Brenda Iijima
Bill Marsh
Tim Peterson (Trace)
Fran Blau
Julian T. Brolaski
Anne Waldman

kari edwards (1954 - 2006) was a poet, artist and gender activist, winner of New Langton Art's Bay Area Award in literature (2002). edwards was the author of have been blue for charity (BlazeVox, 2006) obedience (Factory School, 2005), iduna (O Books, 2003), a day in the life of p. (subpress collective, 2002) a diary of lies, Belladonna #27 (Belladonna Books, 2002), obLiqUE paRt(itON): colLABorationS (xPress(ed), 2002), and post/(pink) (Scarlet Press, 2000). edwards' work has appeared in numerous publications, such as anthologies Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard (Painted leaf Press, 2000), and Electric Spandex: anthology of writing the queer text (Pyriform Press, 2002); as well as been exhibited throughout the United States, including Denver art museum, New Orleans contemporary art museum, University of California (San Diego), and University of Massachusetts (Amherst).

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