The film will screen at Bryn Mawr Film Institute in Delaware County; The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Chester County; County Theater in Doylestown, Bucks County; Ambler Theater in Montgomery County; and Princeton Garden Theatre in Princeton, NJ.
This year’s Eliot Memorial reading honors poet, performer, cultural activist and literary life-force Anne Waldman—author of more than 40 books of poetry; co-editor of the recent collection NEW WEATHERS: Poetics from the Naropa Archive (Nightboat, 2022); and a co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.
Introduction by Eleni Sikelianos.
LOCATION: Carpenter Center, Lower Level, 24 Quincy Street
In Performance: Anne Waldman and James Brandon Lewis respond to ‘Pat Steir. Blue River and Rainbow Waterfalls’, NYC
On the occasion of ‘Pat Steir. Blue River and Rainbow Waterfalls’, the artist’s inaugural exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, and first show in New York City since 2017, please join us for a performance by poet Anne Waldmanand visionary composer and tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, in response to the works on view at Hauser Wirth New York 22nd Street.
This event is free, however, reservations are required.
About Pat Steir
Among the great innovators of contemporary painting, Pat Steir first came to prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s for her iconographic canvases and immersive wall drawings. By the late 1980s, her inventive approach to painting—the rigorous pouring technique seen in her Waterfall works, in which she harnessed the forces of gravity and gesture to achieve works of astonishing lyricism—attracted substantial critical acclaim. Informed by a deep engagement with art history and Eastern philosophy, and a passion for artistic advocacy in the both the visual and literary realms, Steir’s storied five-decade career continues to reach new heights through an intrepid commitment to material exploration and experimentation.
About Anne Waldman
Poet, curator, professor, performer, and cultural activist Anne Waldman co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics program at Naropa University. She is the author of over 60 volumes of poetry, poetics and anthologies including The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in The Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press) which won the Pen Center Literary Prize. Penguin has published her books over many years, including Trickster Feminism, among five others. Her album SCIAMACHY was released in 2020 by Fast Speaking Music and the Levy-Gorvy Gallery. Waldman is most recently the author of Bard, Kinetic (Coffee House Press, 2023) and co-editor with Emma Gomis of New Weathers: Poetics from the Naropa Archive, (Nightboat, 2022). Waldman was the keynote speaker for the Bob Dylan and the Beats Conference in Tulsa in the Spring of 2022, and she wrote the libretto for the critically acclaimed opera/movie “Black Lodge” with music by composer David T. Little that premiered at Opera Philadelphia in October of 2022. Publishers Weekly has called Anne Waldman a “counter-cultural giant.”
About James Brandon Lewis
James Brandon Lewis is a critically-acclaimed composer, saxophonist, and writer. He has received accolades from NPR, ASCAP Foundation, Macdowell, and The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. He has released several critically-acclaimed albums, most recently highly touted 2021’s Jesup Wagon, and is a member and co-founder of American Book Award winning Ensemble Heroes Are Gang Leaders. James was recently voted Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist by Downbeat magazine’s 2020s International Critics poll, and most recently named top Tenor Saxophonist for 2021 by Jazz Times Magazine. Lewis was recently named the Inaugural recipient of the Phd Fellowship in Creativity by the University of the Arts in collaboration with The Balvenie, drummer and Academy Award-Winning Director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson.
We’re excited to celebrate the launch of New Weathers: Poetic from the Naropa Archive (2022)!
Join us in person at Mcnally Jackson Books Seaport on
Monday, Nov. 14th starting at 7pm EST.
Join us at the Torn Page for readings, discussions and Q & A! Books will also be for sale.
An evening of reading and discussion with Anne Waldman and Emma Gomis
City Lights in conjunction with Naropa University and Nightboat Books celebrate the publication of New Weathers: Poetics from the Naropa Archive
Edited by Anne Waldman with Emma Gomis
Published by Nightboat Books
A collection of lectures, transcribed from the audio archives of Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, that represent a continuing lineage of experimental literary movements. New Weathers asks us to consider how poetics might embolden deeper engagements with the world. Collected from the alternative education zone founded by Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg with the aim of opening up discourse and fostering political engagement, these texts invoke issues of gender and race-based injustice, the global climate crisis, and our possible extinction. They weave through our poetic community, the conversations we are having, the issues we are facing—our “new weathers” to posit strategies of resistance.
Music by David T. Little
Libretto by Anne Waldman
Story & Screenplay by Michael Joseph McQuilken
Film Screening with Live Performance
Part of Festival O22 and the 2022 Philadelphia Fringe Festival
Saturday, October 1, 2022, 9 pm
Sunday, October 2, 2022, 8 pm
What does it take to face ourselves? Enter the darkness in search of something beautiful, transcendent. But be very careful what you need to know…
Drawing on the disturbing and complicated mythologies of the surrealist writer William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch), Black Lodge uses dance, industrial rock, classical string quartet, and opera to take viewers through a Lynchian psychological escape room.
Set in a nightmarish Bardo, a place between death and rebirth, a tormented writer faces down demons of his own making. Forced to confront the darkest moment in his life, he mines fractured and repressed memories for a way out. A woman is at the center of all the writer’s afterlife encounters. She is the subject of his life’s greatest regret, and she materializes everywhere in this Otherworld. The writer cannot detach any thoughts of his life from her.
Part film screening and part industrial rock opera concert, this world premiere event features glam opera band Timur & the Dime Museum alongside musicians from the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra.
Monday, September 19 at 6pm
Jack Kerouac had come to New York on a football scholarship to Columbia and took courses at the New School on the GI Bill. But what shaped him was not so much academia as the writers, artists and musicians he met at places such as the San Remo and the Cedar Tavern, the Eighth Street Bookshop, the Record Changer Store on Greenwich Avenue, the Village Vanguard, and the poetry readings in the East Village – all places that his old friend David Amram – with whom Kerouac brought jazz+poetry to New York City – describes as being part of the great “university of hangoutology.”
A distinguished panel, including Amram and Joyce Johnson–both of whom knew Kerouac well and have written about him extensively–and poet, performer and professor Anne Waldman, plus award-winning biographer Holly George-Warren, who is currently at work on a new study of Kerouac, will offer their recollections and insights into this seminal figure of American literature. There will also be time for questions.
Larry Rivers, Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso, David Amram, Allen Ginsberg (John Cohen, 1959)
More about the photograph
John Cohen took this classic photo in 1959 in New York City at a diner on 4th Avenue during a break in the filming of Robert Frank’s silent documentary film “Pull My Daisy” Jack Kerouac narrated the film spontaneously and David Amram wrote the score, co-wrote the title song, with lyrics by Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg, and appeared in the film as Mezz McGillicuddy, the deranged french hornist (at the request of Kerouac).
Readers include Anne Waldman, Samantha Albala, Zoe B., Edmund Berrigan, Lee Ann Brown, Ambrose Bye, CAConrad, Brenda Coultas, Marcella Durand, Carolina Ebeid, Jennifer Firestone, Tonya Foster, Lucia H. Gaxiola, HR Hegnauer, Erika Hodges, Serena Jost, Alystyre Julian, Erica Kaufman, Vincent Katz, Jade Lascelles, Rachel Levitsky, Janice Lowe, Dan Machlin, Ghazal Mosadeq, No Land, Toni Oswald, Julie Patton, Trace Peterson, Jeffrey Pethybridge, Patrick Pethybridge, Kristin Prevallet, Oliver Ray, Sarah Riggs, Martina Salisbury, Selah Saterstrom, Jennifer Scappettone, Eleni Sikelianos, Jonathan Skinner, Tod Thilleman, Edwin Torres, Karen Weiser, and more.
4pm Mountain Time / 6 pm Eastern Time
Free on Zoom