Woodland Pattern Book Center is excited to host a reading with Afaa Michael Weaver, Laynie Browne & Matvei Yankelevich.
Laynie Browne is the author of twelve collections of poetry and two novels. Her most recent collections of poems include P R A C T I C E (SplitLevel 2015), Scorpyn Odes (Kore Press 2015) and Lost Parkour Ps(alms), in two editions, one in English, and another in French, from Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havré (2014). Her work appears in The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry (2013) as well as in Ecopoetry: A Contemporary American Anthology (Trinity University Press, 2013). Her honors include: a 2014 Pew Fellowship, the National Poetry Series Award, the Contemporary Poetry Series Award, and two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Poetry. She is co-editor of I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues Press, 2012) and is currently editing an anthology of original essays on the Poet’s Novel. She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and at Swarthmore College. Forthcoming books include Deciduous Letters to Invisible Beloveds (Essay Press) and Amulet Sonnets (LRL Textile Series).
Afaa Michael Weaver is the author of twelve books of poetry, including The City of Eternal Spring(Pitt Poetry Series, 2014) and The Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985-2005 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007). He’s editor of These Hands I Know: African American Writers on Family (Sarabande Books, 2002). Weaver is the recipient of an NEA fellowship, a Pew fellowship, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship, and was awarded the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for The Government of Nature (Pitt Poetry Series, 2013). He teaches at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Matvei Yankelevich is the author of the poetry collection Alpha Donut, and a novella in fragments, Boris by the Sea. A long poem, Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt, will be released in Fall 2015, from Black Square Editions. He is the translator of Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms, and co-translator of the National Translation Award-winning An Invitation for Me to Think by Alexander Vvedensky. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He edits the Eastern European Poets Series for Ugly Duckling Presse, and teaches at Columbia University's School of the Arts, Queens College, and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.
When I was alive in a faux city adamant
And unknown to myself, waxen
When I ordered a tulip to carry my mail
When you said you hadn’t livid fur spectacles
When I was burned, pallid as a witch
When we returned and took each other
Verdant—when the midwife asked me to rise
From the cognizance of an unknown stream
When a shell-hinged desk became possible
When you were no longer dying, disrobed
Voice of navy coal— I became an endless hollow
More emptying of maps than I could fathom
I was removed from a train of privatized
Constellations and lifted snow was no longer cold