David Abel and Chris Daniels are in the middle of a marathon: their goal is to perform 100 poetry readings together without exhausting their friendship or the medium. Come find out what their newest work--and their obsessive collaboration--is all about.
Where: Sem II A1105
When: 8pm, Thursday May 27
Poet, editor, and multidisciplinary artist David Abel moved to Portland in 1997, after tenures in New York City and Albuquerque (where he maintained the Bridge Bookshop, and Passages Bookshop & Gallery, respectively). A founding member of the Spare Room reading series (www.flim.com/spareroom), now in its ninth year, he is the author of numerous chapbooks and artist’s books, most recently Commonly (airfoil),While You Were In (disposable books), and Twenty- (Crane’s Bill Books). In recent years, he has undertaken collaborative projects with poets, filmmakers, composers, theater troupes, and visual artists in Portland and elsewhere. The publisher of the Envelope broadside series, he is also copublisher with Sam Lohmann of airfoil chapbooks.
The perfervidly anti-capitalist, godless, internationalist son of well-known language-artist maestro David Daniels, Chris Daniels was born in NYC in 1956. He dropped out of high school to become a dishwasher and never bothered with college. He worked as a cook and played electric bass guitar for many years. In 1980, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he still lives and, until very recently, sold his labor at a terrible loss. For reasons still unclear to him, he passed the GED and received a high school diploma in 1996. His books of translation include The Collected Poems of Alberto Caeiro by Fernando Pessoa and The Collected Poems of Álvaro de Campos by Fernando Pessoa, vol. 2 (both published by Shearsman Books; vol. 1 of Campos is forthcoming); On the Shining Screen of the Eyelids by Josely Vianna Baptista (Manifest Press); and an ongoing, fascicular anthology of Lusophone poetry, self-published and -distributed as exceedingly modest chapbooks. A chapbook of his own poetry, porous, nomadic, has just been published by airfoil.