Futurepoem Party for Troy, Michigan in BK on 5/10 7 to 9 pm

April 1st, 2014 by SWalters

celebration-brooklyn-bridge-new-york-city-wallpapersPlease save the date! A party celebrating the release of my newest collection of poems Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem) will be held on Saturday, May 10 from 7 to 9pm at A Public Space in Brooklyn. Details to follow. Hope to see you there!  You can get the book here.

A Public Space
323 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

 

Essay in Public Conference, April 8 at Brown University

March 10th, 2014 by SWalters

I’ll be eip_smallLogohosting a conference next month with Martha Elena Rojas (University of Rhode Island) and Patricia Ybarra (Brown). Essay in Public is a free, one-day conference for publishers, journalists, academics and tech executives to strategize on how to better bring longform and dense content to general audiences.  The conference will be held at Brown University on April 8, 2014.   We are interested in the essay as it manifests in scholarly articles and long-form journalism. During the conference we will talk about how to better reach or create a “humanities audience.”  We will also explore opportunities for existing publications to become more transnational.  For more information, visit essayinpublic.com.

Now Available: Troy, Michigan

November 9th, 2013 by SWalters

My second book of poems, Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem, 2014) is now available through SPD Books.  Please let me know if you are interested in setting up a reading or getting a copy for review.

A note about the book: Troy, Michigan is history and memoir, an elegy for suburbia and a sermon of urban resurrection, an invocation for the value of place and person.

To purchase the book or order for classes, contact SPD Books here.

Golden Motors at Reed College

September 17th, 2013 by SWalters

Golden Motors is a book musical that takes place during the early 1980s in the shadow of a fictional Detroit auto plant. The work has a wide range of interstitial, instrumental music crossing among distinct genres including jazz, classical, and rhythm and blues. The score evokes the sounds of the city during the 1980s, and the lyrics capture the struggles of a working class family pinioned by the declining auto industry.  Book by Wendy S. Walters, music by Derek Bermel.  Directed by Johanna McKeon.  Performances of Golden Motors will take place at both 2 and 7 p.m. in the locations specified within the Performing Arts Building. All performances feature Reed students and alumni along with current performing arts faculty members.

 

The Third Season of First Person Plural Starts September 10

August 16th, 2013 by SWalters

Join us as we listen to works from journalist and novelist Siddhartha Deb, fiction writer Danielle Evans, and biographer and critic Elizabeth Kendall.  We’re also very thrilled to have dancer and choreographer Ashley Byler return to Shrine in Harlem with new work.  Shrine is located at 2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030.

The event begins with a groovy set by our resident DJ Lady DM at 6:30 pm, followed by the reading 7pm, and a closing set by Lady DM.  For more information, check us out here:

We begin this series by inviting inventive, inspiring writers and artists to showcase work written from a “we” or plural POV.  We don’t know what our writers are going to produce, but we do know that it’s going to be powerful work.

Out of Regiment, a Project in Personal Mapping On Governor’s Island

June 11th, 2013 by SWalters

In a series of seven sessions, invited artists and writers, along with interested members of the public, collaborate in writing on the interior of an out-of-use house on Governors Island.  Writing On It All enacts the physical as well as social nature of writing, with a materialist twist on contemporary conceptual art practice. Just as writers are embodied, so do we write with concrete tools, in and from particular locations with particular histories and functions.  Mindful of this materiality, Writing On It All takes place in an early 20th-Century house that used to serve as senior officer housing when Governors Island was a military base.

Writing On It All puts these ideas and this history into play with a number of poets and visual thinkers, a graffiti artist, and a movement improviser, who will facilitate sessions designed to invite different forms of engagement with the empty old house, from listening to dancing to a range of collaborative writing activities. The project foregrounds process over product, which means that we don’t know quite what to expect, and that our collective focus is on acts of writing rather than on the texts we produce – nevertheless, the house will be available for viewing after each session. Ultimately, the texts themselves are ephemeral; they will be painted over, rinsed or sanded off, and the house restored to its original condition, at the beginning of July.

This is my session.  Come join us:

Out of Regiment, a Project in Personal Mapping
Saturday, June 22, 2013
12:00pm – 3:00 pm
Governor’s Island, NY Harbor

(take the free ferry from lower Manhattan)

To register, click here.

Who protects us?  What does it means to “harbor”?  What ambitions are resolved by the idea of destination?  We will attempt to answer these questions by creating maps of safe spaces that engage key concepts associated with the history of Governor’s Island: isolation, defense, harbor, fortress, and sea.
 
This session is open to the public and requires registration. Out of Regiment can also be viewed from 3:00-4:00pm on the day of the event and may remain visible for the duration of the month.

Performance and Readings at Eyebeam Art+Technology Center

April 13th, 2013 by SWalters

An Evening of Performance and Readings
The Dream-Life of Words
Saturday, May 18, 5PM-6:30PM
Free
Eyebeam Art+Technology Center
540 W 21st St. New York, NY 10011

http://eyebeam.org/events/the-dream-life-of-words

What is the dream-life of digital words as they lay flat on a screen, quietly acquiescing? Can they be satisfied with the momentary puffs of arranged air or do they want something thicker, heavier?  Do words dream about becoming sheafs of blank paper or a screen marked only by a blinking cursor?  Or do they just want a body of their own?  Do they want your body? Join Wendy S. Walters, Joseph Whitt and Joon Oluchi Lee + Roddy Schrock for an evening of performance and readings exploring the dream-life of words and their electronic lives.

The Dream-Life of Words
Saturday, May 18, 5PM-6:30PM
Free
Eyebeam Art+Technology Center
540 W 21st St. New York, NY 10011

Derek Bermel’s Canzonas Americanas with Alarm Will Sound

January 10th, 2013 by SWalters

My long-time collaborator, Derek Bermel, has a new album out with Alarm Will Sound and it is getting some much deserved attention.  The album features musical influences from around the world, with special attention given to traditions from the Americas.  I wrote the lyrics for three of the pieces in “Natural Selection,” sung by the inimitable and captivating Timothy Jones.

Jayson Greene reviews Derek Bermel’s newest album on emusic:

“Canzonas Americanas continues the new-music ensemble Alarm Will Sound’s long-running, fruitful relationship with the composer Derek Bermel, who has plied them with a series of ever-more-ambitious works testing both their boundaries and his. He is an omnivorous sort, the kind of composer who studies studied Thracian folk music, Brazilian caxixi, Ghanaian gyil and other far-reaching forms well outside the Western knowledge base, and the pieces collected on Canzonas feel, on one level, like a colorful and chaotic regurgitation of all the folk forms Bermel’s digested.”  Read the rest of the review here.

And there is a nice review by Andrew Clements in The Guardian: “there’s no doubt about the wit of the song cycle Natural Selection (with baritone Timothy Jones as soloist), with its ironic glances at human behaviour, and vocal writing that runs the full gamut from speech to gospel.” Check the rest of it here.

You can get the album here.

 

New Poems Up on Everyday Genius

November 22nd, 2012 by SWalters

Thanks to editor Penina Roth, I have a few poems from my forthcoming book up on Everyday Genius.  The book, Troy, Michigan, was selected by Futurepoem during their 2012 open call and will be published in the fall of 2013.  To check out the poems, click here.

Readings in September

September 14th, 2012 by SWalters

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 7 pm
In Aporia: The Annual Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading
Readings by Nick Von Kleist, Krystal Languell,
Wendy S. Walters, and Eileen Myles
co-sponsored by Belladonna* Collaborative
Lang Café, Eugene Lang College, 65 W 11th Street

The Annual Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading at The New School honors the memory of Akilah Oliver, a radical poet, professor, feminist, and activist. This event is the second of the annual reading series. For more information, go here.

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Monday, September 24, 2012 at 8 pm
Readings by Eric Baus and Wendy S. Walters

The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church
131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10003
212-674-0910

For more information, go here.

 

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Thursday, September 27th at 8 pm
192 Celebrates Futurepoem’s
10th Anniversary

Readings by Ann Lauterbach, Alan Gilbert, and
Wendy S. Walters

Futurepoem books is an award-winning New York City small press that publishes innovative poetry, prose and cross-genre literature. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, this event brings together poet Ann Lauterbach, a member of Futurepoem’s advisory board, and two Futurepoem authors, Alan Gilbert and Wendy S. Walters.  For more information, go here.