Christian Schmit and Cynthia Gregory present New Work at The Flats Gallery: a College of Mount St. Joseph Urban Arts Partnership, at 3028 Price Avenue in Price Hill. The show runs until Saturday, March 1st with a closing reception Saturday, March 1st from 2-4pm.
Cynthia Gregory and Christian Schmit were colleagues in UC’s graduate fine arts program and have continued with collaborations since completing their MFAs. Existing familiarity with their work enabled them to mount engaging local exhibitions that complimented their use of realistic, illustrative styles, and the similar use of traditional (graphite, ink, gouache) and non-traditional (salvaged wood, insulation foam, cereal box cardboard) media as building materials. Gregory points out, “Common themes to both of our art include implied narrative told through juxtaposed, enigmatic yet everyday objects, and an exploration toward how these objects act as metaphoric ‘containers’ for memory, experience, and unspoken mysteries rooted in human experience.” Exhibited art works include 2D drawings and 3D sculptures that have expanded on their MFA themes, Schmit’s A Memory Rocket and Gregory’s The Poet’s Table.
Christian will be conducting an accompanying workshop titled Memory Capture: Exploring the Intensive Now on Saturday, February 8th from 2-4pm at the Flats Gallery. In this workshop, participants will create small objects to contain memories out of recycled materials. All materials are provided and the workshop is free. Email Christian with questions: email@example.com.
Images from the show can be seen here.
More info about The Flats Gallery here.
I’m happy to announce that my poem, “Today A Rainstorm Caught Me” is up today in the Poem-a-Day series at The Academy of American Poets poets.org site. I hope you’ll check it out. The post also includes a brief prose description of the way I wrote the poem.
While you’re there, please take a look at the site, which literally has thousands of poems and writing about poetry in its archives. You can also sign up to receive a poem a day, via the Poem-a-Day series, in your email.
I’m happy to announce that twenty sections of my long poem sequence “Radiant Action” have just been published at Spoke Too Soon: A Journal of the Longer. You can read the selection and hear recordings of me reading it here. The issue also includes prose reviews of the selection by poets Ben Kopel and Jennifer Moore. You can read them here and here.
Spoke Too Soon: A Journal of the Longer is a journal that was started late last year by poets Kelin Loe and Leora Fridman. As the title suggests, it’s dedicated to publishing long poems and selections from them, and always includes both recordings of the authors reading the published selection and critical prose on the work written by other scholars and poets.
Please check it out.
I’m reading at MOTR this coming Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7PM. Please see the flyer attached for details, BUT there will be two open mics, so bring your poems. Bring your joy. I will be blasting some “Radiant Action.”
This series, WORD OF MOUTH Cincinnati, hosted by Jim Palmarini and Mark Flanigan, is inspired by the late Aralee Strange, the former Cincinnati writer and artist who passed way in June, 2013. Strange ran readings, produced plays and other performance work during her many years in Cincinnati, before moving to Athens, Georgia in 2007. In Athens, she co-founded Word of Mouth, a popular and successful spoken word series.
Word of Mouth Cincinnati is an intentional arc of both past and future utterance, inspired by our most revered voice, with a nod to her Athens, GA compatriots. Word of Mouth asks poets to Show Up, Mouth Off, and Pay Attention.
I’m honored to be the first featured reader in the Cincinnati version of the series. I hope to see you there.
Hello AAC Community,
My friend Carrie Lorig is a wonderful poet and teacher at the University of Minnesota, and The Continental Review has just published this dynamite video of her reading “Being Stone,” a section from a longer series entitled Much Affection From the Bold Part / of the River / It’s a Crisis / of Movement. Hopefully, Carrie will be here to grace us with her actual presence this spring–more on that as details arise. In the meantime, I hope you’ll check out the video. The poem is mesmerizing.
Here’s a link (see below) to a reading I did in Athens, Georgia back in May at the Word of Mouth Series. I’m introduced here by the late, great Aralee Strange. Aralee was a former Poet Laureate of Over-the-Rhine, who had relocated to Athens from Cinci about eight years ago. She was a poet, a filmmaker, and a playwright. Sadly, she passed away in July at the age of 70. My reading follows her introduction. I hope you dig it. Matt