May 12, 2013

david wolach and Valerie Wernet

Sunday, May 12
7:30 p.m.

Denizen Gallery
Milepost 5
850 NE 81 Avenue
Portland, OR

A longtime union organizer, writer on performance and experimental sound composition, and former performing/installation artist out of Detroit, david wolach is founding editor of Wheelhouse Magazine & Press. wolach's new book, Hospitalogy, is just out from Tarpaulin Sky Press. wolach's first full-length collection of poems is Occultations (Black Radish Books, 2011, 2012). Other books include the multi-media performance transliteration Prefab Eulogies Volume 1: Nothings Houses (BlazeVox, 2010) and book alter(ed) (Ungovernable Press, 2009). Recent work appears in the anthologies Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books/EOGH, 2013, Peterson & Tolbert eds.) and Beauty Is A Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2012, Black, Northen, Bartlett eds.), as well as the journals Jacket, Augfabe, P-Queue, Try Magazine, No Tell Motel, and Little Red Leaves. wolach is professor of text arts, poetics, and cultural theory at The Evergreen State College, co-curating the PRESS Text Arts & Radical Politics Series there, and visiting faculty in Bard College's Language & Thinking program. wolach is currently at work on a continued collaboration with the composition and performance troupe Performance Research Ensemble, and is writing a series of interlocking collaborative essays investigating Detroit and "corporate ethics" before and after Right to Work.

Valerie Wernet is a poet/artist/maker from and in Portland, Oregon.  She holds a BA in Archival Poetics from The Evergreen State College, where she learned to study via writing and write via study.  An infrequently-updated collection of her works can be found onlineValerie is currently in the starts of XX, a collaborative working with/in The Story of O (Reage, 1954) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (Kinsey, 1953) with Aria Boutet.  She will be enrolled in the M.F.A. in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, come fall.

Get Ready For A Sound     from Hospitalogy

     --Written during MRI / vocals for an MRI, 2010

--for George Quasha

          The future

          In two

          The shales

          As unalike

          Washed up

          The loaded

david wolach

From XX:

for the delay was a game / or a hand / They are likely

another face, / They are inclined

sure of her and fickle, / which may mean little to most

which would give the nod / which are closer to those / They would

when the / chamber would / be -

let me still be / They usually want

Each / before / any

Valerie Wernet