The Body In Language: An Anthology Book Party

Join us to celebrate the release of The Body In Language: An Anthology (Counterpath Press). Edited by Edwin Torres, the book collects an extraordinary range of voices—including writers, artists, performers, and healing practitioners—to present new perspectives on the body in art by exploring the body in language.

Edwin will be joined by an invigorating cross-section of contributors in performance, reading and music: Elena Alexander, Anselm Berrigan, Elizabeth Castagna, Douglas Dunn, Bob Holman, Joon Oluchi Lee, Sharon Mesmer, Urayoan Noel, Kristin Prevallet, David Rothenberg, and Lila Zemborain

Elena Alexander, poet and writer, lives in New York City. Poems or prose: BOMB, Geometry Literary Journal, Hanging Loose, Minnesota Review, Rattapallax, among others; her work also appears in anthologies. She also wrote and edited, Footnotes: Six Choreographers Inscribe the Page (Routledge).

Anselm Berrigan‘s books include Something for Everybody (Wave, 2018), Come In Alone (Wave, 2016), Primitive State (Edge, 2015), and Free Cell (City Lights, 2009). He is poetry editor for The Brooklyn Rail, and edited What Is Poetry? (Just Kidding, I Know You Know): Interviews from the Poetry Project Newsletter 1983-2009 (Wave, 2017).

Elizabeth Castagna is a painter, Certified Alexander Technique teacher and Cranio Sacral Balancing Therapist. She has exhibited her art in New York, Barcelona and The Hudson Valley. Elizabeth has collaborated with dancers, poets, and sculptors in performances and installations.

Douglas Dunn, New York-based dancer and choreographer, has been working continuously since 1968. Awards include a Bessie and France’s Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. Teaches “Open Structures” at NYU and presents Salons at his Manhattan studio. Dancer Out of Sight, his book of collected writings, is available at

Bob Holman is a poet (eighteen books including films/audios), professor (New School, Bard, NYU, Columbia, Princeton), performer (actor/singer), and founder of the Bowery Poetry Club. His work with oral traditions has led to his current activism for endangered languages, including co-founding the Endangered Language Alliance and hosting the documentary Language Matters for PBS.

Joon Oluchi Lee is the author of two works of fiction, 94 (Publication Studio, 2015) and Lace Sick Bag (Publication Studio, 2013), and various essays, including “The Joy of the Castrated Boy” (Social Text, 2005) and “Choreography for the Bospherus Hug” (Hysteria, 2015). He is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Creative Writing at Rhode Island School of Design.

Sharon Mesmer‘s poetry collections include Greetings From My Girlie Leisure Place (Bloof), Annoying Diabetic Bitch (Combo), and Vertigo Seeks Affinities (Belladonna). Fiction collections include Ma Vie à Yonago (Hachette). Co-editor Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf (Edge).

Urayoán Noel lives in the South Bronx and teaches at NYU. His most recent books are the poetry collection Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico, the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam, and, as editor and translator, Architecture of Dispersed Life: Selected Poetry by Pablo de Rokha.

Kristin Prevallet is an interdisciplinary conceptual poet, performer, and holistic practitioner who creates books, retreats, performances, and cultural interventions into realms of poetry, ritual, image, and mindbody healing. Her books include TrancePoetics; I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time; and Visualize Comfort: Healing and the Unconscious Mind.

David Rothenberg wrote Why Birds Sing, Bug Music, and many other books. He has twenty CDs out, including One Dark Night I Left My Silent House on ECM. He has performed with Pauline Oliveros, Suzanne Vega, and Iva Bittová. His next book is Nightingales in Berlin. Rothenberg is Distinguished Professor at NJIT.

Edwin Torres is the author of nine books of poetry including, Xoeteox: the infinite word object, Ameriscopia, The PoPedology of an Ambient Language, and Yes Thing No Thing. His work is widely anthologized and he has performed his multidisciplinary bodylingo worldwide.

Argentinean poet Lila Zemborain has been living in New York since 1985. She is the author of eight poetry collections, including Guardians of the Secret (Las Cruces: Noemi Press, 2009), and Mauve Sea-Orchids (New York: Belladonna Books, 2007). Since 2003 she has curated the KJCC Poetry Series at NYU. In 2007 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry.