April 7, 2013

Laura Moriarty & Morgan Ritter

Sunday, April 7
7:30 pm

Division Leap
new location
6635 N. Baltimore, Suite 132
St. Johns, Portland

Morgan Ritter is a witch who received her BA in Intermedia from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2011. Her sculptures and videos have been exhibited at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, the Henry Art Museum (Seattle) and Centre Pompidou (Paris). Publication Studio released The Thoughtful Digestion of Unique Objects, Complex Subjects & Composited Projects, with an introductory note by artist Dana Dart McLean; her book of poetry Who Is In Charge is soon to be edited and rereleased by c_L in Portland. She is currently working on fresh nuanced sculpture and bitchy poems.

Laura Moriarty was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and in Northern California. She attended the University of California at Berkeley. She has taught at Naropa University and Mills College and is now the Deputy Director of Small Press Distribution. Her recent books include A Tonalist (Nightboat Books, 2010), A Semblance: Selected and New Poems, 1975-2007 (Omnidawn, 2007), and the novel Ultravioleta (Atelos, 2006). Who That Divines is coming out from Nightboat Books next spring.


Early mugwort
Come here my love play
Blooms for all its
Claim to discontinuity
Continues to be
Born of spring
The prediction machine
You old reprobate
No escape but in
Turns we take
With each next
Local rhapsodic
Suggest away you say
For what its worth
Ending naked
Glass of green wine
Face of earth

Laura Moriarty

French Lesson

Your inadequacies make you less attentive
More expensive

A cell phone resting upon a bed of sweet white flowers
But it is left in the rain
in the south of France

I smell a fantastic dinner
At the modest café

Don't let modesty fool you
Look what happened to the phone

Morgan Ritter