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apexart :: Public Program :: Double Take 21
Reading Series
Double Take 21

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
7 pm


300 Nevins Street
Brooklyn, NY

Organized by Albert Mobilio, Double Take is a unique reading series that asks award winning and emerging poets, novelists, editors, and artists to trade takes on shared experiences.

Acting Sad: Wo Chan* and Nicole Shanté* talk on Performance and Depression.

Leonard Schwartz and Zohra Saed investigate languages of resistance.

Idra Novey and Alex Mar meditate on Ana Mendieta.

* Special thanks to Poets House for their writer nominations.
Wo Chan is a poet & performance artist. Wo Chan is the author of the chapbook ORDER THE WORLD, MOM (Belladonna Press), and has received honors from Poets House, Kundiman, Lambda Literary, Millay Colony of the Arts, and the Asian American Writers Workshop. Wo has been published in VYM Magazine, Cortland Review, 92 Street Y, The Margins, No Tokens, and elsewhere. As standing member of the Brooklyn based performance collective Switch N' Play, Wo has performed at venues including Brooklyn Pride, Vox Populi, & the Architectural Digest Expo. Wo wrote and directed an all Asian American experimental theater piece, WHITEFLAG / WHITEFACE, which debuted at the 2016 HOT! Festival at Dixon Place.

Nicole Shanté is definitely the quiet one yo mama warned you about. Currently residing in Brooklyn, this cluster of Midwest accents and Southern hospitality writes, dances, and teaches from a black queer womanist lens. She is a recipient of fellowships from Poets House, Willow Arts Alliance, and The Poetry Project. Her work can be found in The Feminist Wire, Wall Street, Word Riot, and several other journals. Nicole Shanté was a contributing staff writer for Sula Collective and a Writer in Performance at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. This Brave New Voices alumna has performed at several notable venues, but would rather you be impressed by her functional addiction to ice cream.
Idra Novey is the author of the novel Ways to Disappear, winner of the 2016 Eagles Prize and The New York Times Editors' Choice. Her most recent poetry collection, Exit, Civilian, was selected for the 2012 National Poetry Series.  She's written for The New York Times, the LA Times, New York Magazine and has translated a number of writers from Spanish and Portuguese. Her most recent translation is Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector's novel The Passion According to G.H

Alex Mar is a writer based in her hometown of New York City. Her first book, Witches of America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), was The New York Times Notable Book of 2015 in non-fiction, The New York Times Editors’ Pick, among The Millions’ “Most Anticipated Books” of 2015, one of The Believer‘s “Favorite Books” and Huffington Post Books’ “Most Notable” of 2015, and a Marie Claire “Top Book-Club Pick.” Her work has appeared in The Believer, New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Elle, Tin House, The Oxford American, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015; and her essays were included in both Longreads’ and BuzzFeed’s “Best of 2016” year-end lists.
Leonard Schwartz is the author of numerous books of criticism and poetry, including A Flicker at the Edge of Things, Language as Responsibility, Gnostic Blessing, The Tower of Diverse Shores, A Message Back and Other Furors, At Element, The Library of Seven Readings, and If. His two most recent books are The New Babel: Towards a Poetics of the Mid-East Crises (University of Arkansas Press) and Cine-Poems: Selected Poems of Benjamin Fondane (New York Review Books Poets). He is also the host of the radio program Cross Cultural Poetics, which features interviews with poets, thinkers, performers, and artists from all over the world. He teaches poetics at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Zohra Saed is a Brooklyn based Afghan American poet and received her MFA at Brooklyn College. Her poetry and essays have been published in numerous anthologies and journals. Saed is the co-editor of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature (University of Arkansas Press) and editor of the chapbook, Langston Hughes: Poems, Photos and Notebook from Turkestan (Lost & Found, The CUNY Poetics Documents Initiative). Her essays on the Central Asian diaspora and its food history have appeared in Eating Asian America and The Asian American Literary Review. She co-founded UpSet Press, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit indie press. Saed is Assistant Professor in Literature at Bard High School Early College.
Albert Mobilio is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a MacDowell Fellowship, and an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. His work has appeared in Harper's, Hambone, Black Clock, BOMB, Cabinet, Open City, Paris Review Daily, and Tin House. Books of poetry include Bendable Siege, The Geographics, Me with Animal Towering, and Touch Wood. A book of fiction, Games and Stunts, has just been published by Black Square Editions. He is an assistant professor of literary studies at the New School's Eugene Lang College, an editor at Hyperallergic Weekend, and contributing editor at Bookforum.

Please join us for this free apexart event.

apexart's programs are supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Buhl Foundation, the Degenstein Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Affirmation Arts Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Fifth Floor Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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