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VAST WASTELAND: Poets Respond to TV

Poets watch television too! Come hear their responses!


Leah Umansky on Mad Men

Dan Magers on Full House

Leigh Stein on The Bachelorette and Real Housewives

and Tracie Morris with up all night binge watching!

About the poets:

Leigh Stein is the author of four chapbooks of poetry, one full-length collection, Dispatch from the Future, and one novel, The Fallback Plan. She leads workshops for Brooklyn Poets, hosts the Book Report reading series, and is the co-chair of a new conference for/on/by women and gender non-conforming writers called Out of the Binders.

Leah is the author of the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream and the full length collection, Domestic Uncertainties. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in POETRY, Philadelphia Review of Books, Barrow Street & Coconut Poetry. Her next full-length collection will focus on gender & power in the 21st century and in the worlds of Game of Thrones and Mad Men. She also hosts and curates the COUPLET Reading Series in NYC, which will celebrate its third birthday this fall. More at: www.leahumansky.Com

Dan Magers’s first book of poems, Partyknife, (Birds, LLC, 2012) was described by Thurston Moore “as if poet-ghost adrift thru dressing rooms backstage taking notes …Writing poems like these is just as good as starting a band.” Magers is a collaborator with the artist Matt Bollinger, most recently on his solo show Bed on the Floor at Zürcher Studio, New York in 2013. Magers is the founder of the online poetry journal Sink Review and the handmade chapbook press Immaculate Disciples Press, which focuses on poetry book and artist collaborations. He lives in Brooklyn.

Tracie Morris is a poet who has worked extensively as a sound poet, bandleader, actor, and multimedia performer. Her sound installations have been presented at the Whitney Biennial, Ronald Feldman Gallery, the Silent Barn, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, the Drawing Center, the Gramsci Monument for Thomas Hershhorn for the DIA Foundation and other galleries. She also leads her own eponymous band and is lead singer for Elliot Sharp's group, Terraplane. Tracie is the recipient of numerous awards for poetry and performance and has contributed to, and been written about in, several anthologies of literary criticism. Her most recent poetry collection, Rhyme Scheme (Zasterle Press, 2012), includes a sound poetry CD. Her new book, Eyes Wide Shut: A not-neo-Benshi read will be forthcoming from Kore Press in 2014. She also recently completed tracks on 4am Always, a new recording with Terraplane. She holds an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, has studied classical British acting technique extensively at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. She is Professor and Coordinator of Performance + Performance Studies at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.