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AMONG FRIENDS: An art/poetry collaborations reading with Sarah RIggs, Emily Wallis Hughes, Omar Berrada, Rachel Levitsky & Eléna Rivera

Join us at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop in celebration of Sarah Riggs' “Among Friends—Portraits of Poets” and Emily Wallis Hughes' and Riggs' collaboration just published in _Sugar Factory_ (Spuyten Duyvil, January 2019). Portrait subjects and collaborators Omar Berrada, Rachel Levitsky, Eléna Rivera, Sarah Riggs, and Emily Wallis Hughes will read their poems alongside Riggs' acrylic paintings.

The “Among Friends—Portraits of Poets” and two of the _Sugar Factory Series_ paintings are on view at Berl's until early March.

Light snacks and drinks provided. Books by all of the poets available for purchase. The event is free and open to all.

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ELÉNA RIVERA was born in Mexico City and grew up in France. Her new book of poetry Scaffolding (2017) is available from the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. Recent chapbooks include LE SOUCI FORMEL/ the formal concern from Belladonna* (2016) and her bilingual artist book Disturbances in an Ocean of Air (Estepa Editions, France, artwork by Kate Van Houten). Her translation of The Ink’s Path by Bernard Noël was published by Cadastre8zero (Nov. 2018) in a bilingual edition with artwork by François Rouan.

RACHEL LEVITSKY is the author of Under the Sun (Futurepoem, 2003), NEIGHBOR (UDP, 2009) and the poetic novella, The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem, 2013) as well as numerous chapbooks, recently, Hopefully, The Island, part of an ongoing collaboration with the artist Susan Bee. Dog Walk, a hybrid collection on the violence of everyday life, will be published by Split Level later this year.

SARAH RIGGS is a writer, artist, filmmaker and translator, She has published poetry books with 1913 Press, Burning Deck, Reality Street, Ugly Duckling Presse, Chax, Editions de l’attente, and Le Bleu du Ciel as well as chapbooks with Belladonna* and Contrat Maint. Just published are paintings in collaboration with Emily Wallis Hughes’ book of poetry, Sugar Factory, with Spuyten Duyvil (January 2019), and forthcoming is a show of drawings for Laynie Browne’s Amulet Sonnets (forthcoming also as a book with Solid Objects) and translations of Etel Adnan’s Time from the French with Nightboat forthcoming 2019. Riggs is currently working with Mirene Arsanios on the web publication of “Footprint Zero,”a project of especially New York and Morocco-based artists responding to the environmental crisis, for of the non-profit Tamaas,

OMAR BERRADA is a writer and curator. He is editor, with Erik Bullot, of Expanded Translation – A Treason Treatise, a book of verbal and visual betrayals; and, with Yto Barrada, of Album – Cinémathèque de Tanger (Tenov Books). He recently edited The Africans (Kulte Editions), a book on migration and racial politics in Morocco. He has translated books by Jalal Toufic, Stanley Cavell, and Joan Retallack. His poetry was published in Wave Composition, Asymptote, Seedings, and the University of California Book of North African Literature, among others. In 2017 Omar was the guest curator of the Abraaj Group Art Prize and a co-editor of Sharjah Biennial’s web journal He is the Director of Dar al-Ma’mûn, a library and artists residency in Marrakech, and lives in New York, where he teaches at The Cooper Union and co-organizes the IDS Lecture Series.

EMILY WALLIS HUGHES is a poet and editor who grew up in Agua Caliente, California, a small town in the Sonoma Valley. _Sugar Factory_, her first full-length book of poems, containing a series of twelve new paintings by Sarah Riggs, was just published by Spuyten Duyvil (January 2019). Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in the Berkeley Poetry Review, Elderly, Gigantic Magazine, Luna Luna Magazine, Menage, Painted Bride Quarterly, Prelude, A Women’s Thing, ZAUM, and other little magazines. She co-edited Slovene avant-garde poet Jure Detela’s Moss & Silver, translated by Raymond Miller with Tatjana Jamnik (Ugly Duckling Presse). Emily currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Rutgers—New Brunswick. She lives in Brooklyn most of the time, from where she works for Fence as Editor of Constant Critic.