JOHN ASHBERY POETRY SERIES CONTINUES ON FRIDAY, APRIL 14, WITH READINGS BY CLARK COOLIDGE AND MICHAEL GIZZIANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The John Ashbery Poetry Series continues with a reading by two contemporary poets, Clark Coolidge and Michael Gizzi, on Friday, April 14. The reading, presented by The Bard Center, is free and open to the public. It begins at 3:30 p.m. in Room 102 of the F. W. Olin Humanities Building at Bard College.
Clark Coolidgewas a drummer in a bop jazz band during the Beat era and has made music central to his work. Influenced by the work of Jack Kerouac, he writes in his recent book, Now It's Jazz, Writings on Kerouac and the Sounds, "Reading his lines I can easily if temporarily . . . convince myself that I am inking down the words, that I am this Jack Kerouac." Coolidge is the author of The Rova Improvisations and At Egypt.
Michael Gizziis the author of several poetry collections, including No Both, Rejection, Interferon, and Lowell Connector (with Clark Coolidge and John Yau). His poems have been published in many journals and several anthologies, including Poésie americaine contemporaine and The Poet's Calendar for the Millenium. He is the recipient of the Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative Writing and a Massachusetts Artists Foundation grant. A translator and teacher, Gizzi was poet-in-residence at Fondation Royaumont, Paris; Brown University; and Simon's Rock College, where he was also named an honorary fellow. Gizzi is currently editor of Hard Press, Inc. in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
The last reading of the series will be held on Friday, May 5, with Rosmarie Waldrop and Keith Waldrop. For further information, call The Bard Center at 914-758-7425.
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