Artist's reception Thursday, April 14, 6pm Tom Pickard reading, 7pm
Poet and photographer Tom Pickard's first book of poems, High on The Walls, appeared in 1968 from Fulcrum Press. His latest, Ballad of Jamie Allan, published by Flood Editions in 2008, was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle awards. In 1970 City Lights published Guttersnipe and in 2011 Pressed Wafer published More Pricks Than Prizes, both part memoirs. He also documented northern working-class culture/history in books, on radio and in TV documentaries. He has worked with musicians, including John Harle, for whom he wrote the libretto Ballad of Jamie Allan, and more recently the words for Harle's City Solstice, a piece for saxophone and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. He is currently collaborating with the singer-songwriter Ben Murray on his interpretation of Ballad of Jamie Allan with song, field recordings, and poems from the book. Pickard has been banned from the North Sea, the Newcastle Festival, and HM Prisons, amongst other places. He now lives in the North Pennine Hills near the border with Scotland and makes recordings of winds on Fiends Fell while walking and watching cloud shadows on distant hills.
Chuck Stebelton studied photography with the social documentary photographer Richard Stromberg at the Jane Addams Hull House photography program in Chicago. He has participated in group shows at Hull House(Chicago) and in the Hand vs. Mouth show at Blue Books (New College, San Francisco). He is the author ofCirculation Flowers (Tougher Disguises, 2005).
Recent print objects and chapbooks include'Tis (John Riepenhoff Experience, 2009), A Maximal Object (Mitzvah Chaps, 2008),Flags and Banners (Bronze Skull Press, 2007), and Precious (Answer Tag Home Press, 2005). Collaborative work includesFuel for Constant Light with Cindy Loehr, and more recently a series of Writing Machinepoems with Cynthia Gray. Chuck works as literary program director at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee.