MOCA Cleveland presents a poetry event featuring three renowned contemporary American poets: Anselm Berrigan, John Coletti, and Dana Ward. The poets will read selections of work that relate to or are inspired by Corin Hewitt’s solo exhibition, The Hedge, currently on view in MOCA Cleveland’s Toby Devan Lewis Gallery. The poetry reading will be preceded by a public screening of Hewitt’s latest video work entitled House (2012) in Gund Commons, MOCA Cleveland’s ground floor event space.
House is a video comprised of a series of still shots that circumnavigate a small cabin in the woods. Sound from inside the cabin form a complex audio narrative alternating between construction and deconstruction, action and inaction, and control and abandon. The viewer is left to determine whether there is an object being made in the hidden interior of the cabin or whether it is the cabin itself that is being transformed.
ANSELM BERRIGAN (1972, Chicago, Illinois) lives and works in New York City. He is currently co-chair of the writing program at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. He is the author of five books of poetry including Notes from Irrelevance (Wave Books, 2011), Free Cell (City Lights Books, 2009) and Some Notes on My Programming (Edge Books, 2006). He co-edited The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (University of California Press, 2005). In 2007, he received a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and he is the recipient of multiple grants from the Fund for Poetry.
JOHN COLETTI is the author of Mum Halo (Rust Buckle Books, 2010), Same Enemy Rainbow (Fewer and Further, 2008) and Physical Kind (Yo-Yo Labs, 2005). His most recent publication is a collaborative book of poetry, co-authored with Anselm Berrigan, entitled Skasers (Flowers and Cream, 2012.) He has also collaborated with artist Kiki Smith and contributed a libretto for an upcoming opera by Caleb Burhans entitled Excelsior (Caught: The Wide Open).
DANA WARD lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of This Can’t Be Life, a full-length volume of poetry that was published by Edge Books in 2012. He curates the Cy Press @ Thunder Sky reading series and co-edits Perfect Lovers Press. In addition to his artistic pursuits, he also works as an advocate for adult literacy and is involved with the Over-the-Rhine Learning Center in Cincinnati.