ONLINE AND IN YOUR MIND
Unnameable Books is closed at the moment but the poetry continues!
Please join us for the Season Opener of GREETINGS
with Filip Marinovich, Julien Poirier, Alyssa Mathews & music by Other Arc Ensemble
in a normal year we would be discussing whether this could better happen in a warming backyard or a cosy basement, but this year the answer is wherever you find yourself safely separated and with internet access.
please check back here for url info and the confirmed start time as Julien will be joining us from the west coast.
A reading with poets from Latvia, Ukraine, and Armenia.
Latvian poet Artis Ostups in a rare US appearance, and celebrating Genya Turovskaya's new book from Black Square. Wine and such will be provided.
Anahit Gulian, born in Armenia in 1989, is a writer and artist living in the orange shadows of New York City. She is one half of Imp Books and sings in the band Nandas. Her fiction has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Dizzy Magazine, and The Recluse; her drawings have appeared in NUTS! Magazine, Never Sit, the internet, and the covers of chapbooks and records.
Artis Ostups is the author of the poetry collections Comrade Snow (Biedrs Sniegs), Photography and Scissors (Fotografija un škeres), and Gestures (Žesti). In addition to poetry, he writes literary criticism. He is a researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore, and Art and the founder and editor-in-chief of the online magazine Punctum. His work has been translated into English, German, French, Russian, Lithuanian, Slovenian, and Croatian.
Genya Turovskaya is a poet, translator, and psychotherapist. She is the author of The Breathing Body Of This Thought (Black Square Editions), as well as the chapbooks Calendar (UDP), The Tides (Octopus Books), New Year’s Day (Octopus Books), and Dear Jenny (Supermachine). Her poetry and translations of contemporary Russian poets have appeared in A Public Space, Asymptote, Chicago Review, Conjunctions, Fence, jubilat, Octopus, PEN Poetry, Sangam Poetry, Seedings, The Elephants, and other publications. She is the translator of Aleksandr Skidan’s Red Shifting (UDP), co-translator of Elena Fanailova's Russian Version (UDP), and co-translator of Arkadii Dragomoshchenko’s Endarkenment: Selected Poems (Wesleyan). She has received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Montana Artist Refuge Fellowship and a Witter Bynner Translation Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute.
Please join us as Lance Olsen reads from his latest novel, MY RED HEAVEN (Dzanc Books, 2020)! The evening will also feature Lance in conversation with author Peter Wortsman.
Set on a single day in Golden Twenties Berlin, MY RED HEAVEN imagines a host of various historical or imagined figures moving through the city, like Robert Musil, Otto Dix, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Oskar Kokoschka, Vladimir Nabokov, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Käthe Kollwitz, Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg, and Rosa Luxemburg. And several ghosts!
Drawing inspiration from Otto Freundlich’s painting by the same name, Lance Olsen’s My Red Heaven explores a complex moment in history: the rise of deadly populism at a time when everything seemed possible and the future unimaginable.
Lance Olsen is author of thirteen novels, one hypermedia text, five nonfiction books, five short-story collections, a poetry chapbook, and two anti-textbooks about experimental writing, as well as editor of two collections of essays about innovative contemporary fiction. Recipient of numerous awards, he teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah.
Peter Wortsman is the author of A Modern Way to Die, Footprints in Wet Cement, The Tattooed Man Tells All, Burning Words, Ghost Dance in Berlin: A Rhapsody in Gray, Cold Earth Wanderer, and Stimme und Atem / Out of Breath.
This event is free and open to the public.