Correspondences: Readings with Etel

Correspondences: Readings with Etel invites poets and critics Ammiel Alcalay, Sarah Riggs, and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie to discuss the significance of Etel Adnan’s multifaceted work on their own practice and thinking. A joint conversation will follow individual readings.

Collaboratively curated, the Friday night series brings writers, artists, critics, performers, and audiences together in an uncontainable assembly. We host readers from here and elsewhere to invite resonances across practices, open and press urgent dialogues, and build a space for shared struggles. We’re holding out for writing which has the potential to make things otherwise.

Online tickets are available at the link above until an hour before this event. Unless otherwise noted, tickets will continue to be available at the door.
Photo: Kate Tarlow Morgan

Ammiel Alcalay

Poet, novelist, translator, critic, and scholar Ammiel Alcalay teaches at Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. His books include After Jews and Arabs, Memories of Our Future, Islanders, and neither wit nor gold: from then. His translations include Sarajevo Blues and Nine Alexandrias by Bosnian poet Semezdin Mehmedinović. A 10th anniversary edition of from the warring factions, and new essays, a little history, came out in 2013 from re:public / UpSet. He is the General Editor of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, a series of student and guest edited archival texts emerging from the New American Poetry, and was the recipient of a 2017 Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award for this work.

Photo: Omar Berrada

Sarah Riggs

Sarah Riggs is a writer, artist, filmmaker and translator, She has published poetry books with 1913 Press, Burning Deck, Reality Street, Ugly Duckling Presse, Chax, Editions de l’attente, and Le Bleu du Ciel as well as chapbooks with Belladonna* and Contrat Maint, and critical essays with Routledge. Forthcoming are paintings in collaboration with Emily Wallis Hughes’ book of poetry, Sugar Factory, with Spuyten Duyvil in 2018, a show of drawings for Laynie Browne’s Amulet Sonnets (forthcoming also as a book with Solid Objects) and translations of Etel Adnan’s Time from the French with Nightboat forthcoming 2019. Producer of The Tangier 8 and director of Six Lives, Riggs is currently working on a film of New York dancer choreographers including Daria Faïn, Emily Johnson, and Douglas Dunn. She has taught at Columbia and NYU in Paris, as well as Pratt in Brooklyn, and is working with Mirene Arsanios on the web publication of “Footprint Zero,”a project of especially New York and Morocco-based artists responding to the environmental crisis, for of the non-profit Tamaas,

Photo Credit: Ibrahim Saidi

Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Kaelen Wilson-Goldie is a contributing editor for Bidoun and regular critic for Artforum and Aperture. For more than fifteen years, she has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in the Middle East and North Africa, reporting on the relationship between art and politics for newspapers, magazines, and journals, including The New York Times, Frieze, Afterall, Art Journal, 4Columns, and Parkett. She was a 2007 fellow in the USC Annenberg Getty Arts Journalism Program and won a grant from the Creative Capital Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program in 2013. She is currently teaching in the MFA Art Writing Program at the School of Visuals Arts in New York. Etel Adnan (Lund Humphries, 2018), on the paintings of the Lebanese-American poet Etel Adnan, is her first book.

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