The Typewriter Project is a series of site-specific literary installations which invite passersby to join in a citywide collaborative poem that exists in both the analog and digital realms.
These typewriter booths are each outfitted with a vintage typewriter, 100-foot long paper scroll, and a custom-built USB Typewriter™ kit, which allows every keystroke to be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment upon. The project is largely inspired by the idea of an Exquisite Corpse, a surrealist writing game in which several authors contribute to one poem. Obviously each entry in The Typewriter Project can be its own distinct lyric, but we hope that users will also be influenced by what was written before them on the scroll. By creating a new and unique form of public dialogue, this project hopes to capture something of the sound, narrative, and nuance of specific corners of our cities. The Typewriter Project’s mission is to investigate, document, and preserve the poetic subconscious of the city while providing a fun and interactive means for the public to engage with the written word. Read the latest entries from The Typewriter Project at subconsciousofthecity.com.
THE POETRY BROTHEL
The Poetry Brothel is an immersive literary cabaret. Inspired by the turn- of-the-century brothels in New Orleans, Paris, and Buenos Aires, many of which functioned as safe spaces where fringe and avant-garde artists could experiment and perform their work, The Poetry Brothel presents a rotating cast of poets, each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private, one-on-one poetry readings.
At the New York City Poetry Festival, The Poetry Brothel is taking over the monument dedicated to Governors Island's founding, located on Colonel's Row, and turning it into their stage for the day. The Poetry Brothel poets will perform publicly at 12:30pm, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm each day. Enjoy poetry, live jazz, vaudeville, mysticism, and more in between, hosted by the one and only Mister Charley.
Featured poets include:
Saturday: Allison Sylvia, Amy Palen, Anna Winham, Bernadette McComish, Brandi Bishop, Catherine Chen, Cierra Martin, Diana Goetsch, Emi Bergquist, Jane LeCroy, Kat Valdeth, Keighley Baron, and Kendalle Aubra.
Sunday: Allison Sylvia, Amy Palen, Bernadette McComish, Brandi Bishop, Catherine Chen, Cierra Martin, Diana Goetsch, Emi Bergquist, Emily Chauvin, Jane LeCroy, Kat Valdeth, Keighley Baron, Kendalle Aubra, and Vesta Vaingloria.
For more information, please visit thepoetrybrothel.com.
Milk Press believes strongly in fostering collaborations between poets and visual artists and has therefore stepped up to curate two galleries - one indoor & one outdoor - of visual art at NYCPOFEST!
Born in Spain in 1975, García de Marina considers himself a Poet of the Prosaic. The bareness of his photography endows objects with a leading role, while they are stripped of their essence to be reinvented. His lens is profoundly irreverent with the real: it seeks to transform and stamp objects with new identities and pays heed to the grandeur of the everyday. From observation we may create, from imagination we may innovate.
Shannon Ryan is a visual artist from Philadelphia who uses mixed-media to make playful illustrations for children’s books, graphic novels, poetry annuals, and editorial purposes. She gathers inspiration from childhood, objects, fashion, and people, and uses media such as paint, pastel, pencil, clay, and collage.
Martha Maynard is an illustrator from the east coast. Her colorful gouache paintings depict scenes from nature that are heavily inspired by fairy tales and escapism. She loves wildflowers and wild things and dad jokes.
The works and the world of Gregg Emery are inherently imperfect: purposefully paradoxical marriages between simplicity and complexity, clarity and confusion. Emery uses each of his works to complicate his two recurring forms: the circle and the rectangle. Through his powerful color selections and movements, Emery awakens something primal within his viewers. He triggers associations both intended and unexpected, allowing the viewer to continuously enjoy the works with their own, ever-evolving interpretations.
Isabel Thesalius investigates mortality, desire, and longing by drawing from her own experiences, memories, and family relationships. By revealing private moments often avoided or overlooked, she engages with social conventions that obscure what the artist sees as the most important parts of living. These anecdotes take the shape of mixed media installations, video, sculpture, drawing and events.
Nathaniel Cummings-Lambert makes work that deals with the formation of American society, its overlooked histories and how those traces are manifested in the present-day. His project based work spans multiple disciplines including sculpture, 16mm films, drawings, writing and curatorial projects. His recent work explores the urban and rural environment and how our relationship to capitalism effects our experience of these spaces. He is a graduate of the MFA Art Program at California Institute of the Arts and holds a BA in Religious Studies from Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts.
Milk Press Gallery will also host several performance- & interactive-based pieces!
Cereal + Milk
Editors and friends of Milk Press will kick of #NYCPOFEST2018 each morning at 11am with a breakfast poetry reading. Enjoy your aubades with a variety of cereals (with & without gluten) and, of course, milks (raw, whole, 2%, fat-free, soy, almond). Sponsored by Milk Press & Trader Joe's. 11am Saturday & Sunday in the Milk Press Outdoor Gallery.
Soft & Stark
Soft & Stark (caitlinadams/heidco) is an ethereal atmosphere following the strength, interconnectivity, and poise held within a space shared by 3 female-identified bodies. Performed by Kristyn Arch, Kelsey Greenway, and Lir Katz, the dancers live amidst oppositional qualitative natures subsequently landing them in static images reminiscent of classical portraiture. The tension of this vacillation from familiarity and stillness to discomfort and disorientation is reenforced by the bucolic setting of Governors Island, which, like all stylized colonial utopias, encourages amnesia about its violent past.
Poems to Carry
Poems to Carry is a collaboration led by Cal Fish for the New York City Poetry Festival 2018 on Governor’s Island. People are invited to carry and blend varied recordings from young poets in New York, Berlin, and around the U.S.. The installation places newly recorded poems in a sonic Venn diagram to be blended with each other as well as recordings from artists who have passed away using the Dynamic Listening Instrument, an interactive sound sculpture. Collaborators have been asked to lend the poems they carry which have an unavoidable weight or felt lightness. People will be asked to carry the poems of young writers and left with the responsibility of carrying poems by those no longer with us. Sunday, July 29th only.
The Thing to Miss Most
Written, performed and directed by Ankita Mishra and Christina Poblador (Goldie), "The Thing to Miss Most" is an exploration of both artists' connections to their respective homelands in the Philippines and Northern India. Weaving together poetry, scent and movement, Poblador and Mishra create a multi-sensory experience through which lessons from the feminine immigrant experience can be shared. In choosing scents and sounds that connect both places, the piece ruminates-- what does the diaspora smell, taste, and sound like?
The People's Poetry & Painting Poetry
In championing the ethos of inclusive language/poetry within a fractured democracy, Ruey-Yah Tang, a current M.F.A. Writing candidate at Pratt Institute, will host two simultaneous programs to engage with festival goers. They draw inspiration from Basquiat along with the 70's process art of the feminist movement. Enjoy all day both Saturday & Sunday in the Milk Press Indoor Gallery.
The People's Poetry: Using an overhead projector, the artist will invite attendees to write one line of poetry on a transparency strip. Guests will rearrange, reorder, and compose via collage an entirely new poem. The projection will allow people to take pictures of their poems, integrating the visual with the tactile, and lingual.
Painting Poetry: Using a large canvas, the artist will invite attendees to paint one word, image, logo, hashtag, etc. and have subsequent participants riff and add on to that until the canvas is filled. Color, strokes, size will add to the collective stream of conscious expression.
This quote from Vice pretty much sums it up:
"...a nice man named Al Gori... about 20 years ago, made a merry-go-round from scratch as an art school project. He used car parts, old motors, stuffed animals, gadgets, gizmos, and various knick-knackery, and over years of tinkering, created the most charming and unique little jungle-themed solar-powered merry-go-round that ever was. It is, in fact, a merry-go-round with soul."
The Dysfunctional Theater Company
Founded in 1997, The Dysfunctional Theatre Company is a collective dedicated to producing ensemble works that challenge the status quo without taking themselves too seriously. The company officially incorporated in 1998, achieved non-profit status in 1999, and has produced over 30 shows in its history, many of them original works.
If you happen to notice Prospero, a Baccae, or Edna St. Vincent Millay wandering the festival grounds, performing at the Open Mic, or simply enjoying a beer in the beer garden, no you are not tripping, darlings. The Dysfunctional Collective actors are taking the festival grounds by storm. Catch them if you're lucky.
The Dysfunctional Swingers
The Dysfunctional Swingers consists of Emily Edwards and Brendan McGlynn, two NYC based dancers from different genres of dance backgrounds who found their common ground in swing dance. This is their 4th summer as residents of the Dysfunctional Collective out on Governors Island. They have performed all over NYC including the Slipper Room, 13th St Rep, Cherry Lane Theatre, and more. Their work focuses on story-telling, partnering, and humor through dance. Join them for a one-of-a-kind workshop.
It Don't Mean A Thang, If It Ain't Got That Slang
Sunday, July 29th, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Join the Dysfunctional Swingers for a one-hour interactive workshop exploring the playful relationship between jive talk and jive dance. Dancers and non-dancers welcome. Find them on The Poetry Brothel stage.
Poetry + Emojis = Poemoji! Who says you need words to express yourself poetically? Pair up with a translator, choose from fifty avant-garde prompts and craft short-form poetry with this all-ages card game.
Between Two Trees
As part of the New York City Poetry Festival, visual artist Michael Krasowitz will create unique artworks inspired by the festival's dynamic and pastoral setting. He will ask the poets in attendance to collaborate with him, creating their reactions to the pieces he spontaneously creates. The final pieces will be displayed on a clothesline hung between two trees. Michael encourages poets to come to his space to participate in the creation of these unique works.