February 24th, 2019 2:00-3:00pm: Fel Santos: I of Newtown Performance
(QM Theater, 2nd Floor)
Join us at Queens Museum for the culminating performance of Fel Santos: I of Newtown, a multimedia installation by poet Paolo Javier (former Queens Poet Laureate, 2010-14) and musician David Mason (also known as Listening Center) for the Queens Library LeFrak City branch that explores the sound poetry and elusive identity of Woodside poet Fel Santos. Javier and Mason’s installation at LeFrak focuses on the expansive sound poetry of Fel Santos, which draws from his immigrant Pilipinx history, encounters with the occult, and his mother’s own private language. Spanning film, video, sound poetry, and music, Fel Santos: I of Newtown shares the abundant intimacy and innovation of language and communication that is unique to multilingual speakers and postcolonial cultures.
Javier and Mason will be performing with poet Sherese Francis and artist/writer/teacher Emerald Carter.
This performance will be recorded by Montez Press Radio and broadcast on March 31st, 12-1pm.
Image: Film still, Paolo Javier and David Mason, Not Sure You Have One, 2018, digital video. Sean Hanley, editor/dp. Courtesy of the artists.
Fundraiser Gala for Arts Transform Inc. I am an honoree for the Community Service Award!
Join us and Harlequin Creature as it travels to Queens for the first time to host the third installment of its Social Justice Subscription Series readings! This will be the official launch event for the latest chapbook in the series, Zahura Akter’s “Unparallel.” In addition, the other two books in the series, Sherese Francis’ “Variations on Sett/ling Seed/ling” and Pamela Laskin’s “Found, But Really Lost,” will be available for sale.
All proceeds for each chapbook will go to an organization of the poet’s choice: purchases of Unparallel go to Voices of Bangla, Found, But Really Lost to Fortify Rights & Variations on Sett/ling Seed/ling to DARDA Dominica.
QUEENSBOUND is a collaborative audio project curated by KC Trommer and supported by a New Work grant from the Queens Council on the Arts. From Long Island City all the way to Jamaica, the poems of QUEENSBOUND map the neighborhoods and the vibrancy and diversity of the borough, embedding audio recordings from leading Queens poets and writers on a subway map, designed by Kyle Richard. Technical support for QUEENSBOUND was provided by Maham Faisal Khan.
QUEENSBOUND Reading and Site Launch – 11/3 at 2 pm
The 7 train, first car
On November 3, 2018, the QUEENSBOUND project will launch with a reading on the 7 line and reception at the Queens Museum.
Join leading Queens writers and poets, including Rosebud Ben-Oni, Malcolm Chang, Catherine Fletcher, Sherese Francis, Jared Harél, Nicole Haroutunian, Abeer Hoque, Safia Jama, Paolo Javier, Joseph O. Legaspi, Ananda Lima, Maria Lisella, Vikas K. Menon, Belal Mobarak, Meera Nair, Maria Terrone, and curator and host KC Trommer, for QUEENSBOUND, a borough-wide writing project. Poets and writers will read original work on the 7 train, beginning at Vernon Blvd Jackson Av stop, before stepping off at Mets-Willets Point and heading over to The Queens Museum for a reception.
See you on the 7! RSVP
Celebrating the upcoming International Women’s Day, March First Friday lines up four inspiring female artists from diverse backgrounds: Takia “Judah” Parham, a United States Army Combat Veteran, theatre artist and poet, will present her poem where she seeks to expose the reality of war, prison, mental illness and self-love; Jamaica-based writer, poet, and literary curator Sherese Francis will display her J. Expressions Popup Library, a literary project that encourages the communications among Southeast Queens authors. The collaboration reflects their passion for innovation via their choreography, composition, and stagecraft. Come and gather around for an evening of feminism, activism, and art! Free and open to all.
No Rest In This Skin + Oxana Chi & Layla Zami + J is a Expressions Popup Bookshop on Friday, March 2, 2018, 7:30 pm at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, New York 11432.