11:00am, Free and open to the public
Join us for a new exhibition of photography, bruise bullet flower, from Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Griffiths' intimate portraits document the strength, vulnerability, and beauty of black and brown queer bodies under the daily threat of violence in the United States.
About the artist:
Poet and photographer Rachel Eliza Griffiths is the author of four poetry collections: Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books, 2015); Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2011), selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus American Library Association; The Requited Distance (2011); and Miracle Arrhythmia (2010). Her literary and visual work has been widely published in journals, magazines, anthologies, and periodicals including Virginia Quarterly Review, The Progressive, The Georgia Review, Callaloo, Poets & Writers, The New York Times, American Poetry Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and many others. In her capacity as visual artist, Griffiths curated American Stanzas: 2006–2016, an exhibit at Poets House in New York City featuring portraits, mixed media, and archival photographs of poets of the Cave Canem collective over the last decade. Widely known for her literary portraits, she is also the creator of Poets on Poetry (P.O.P), an intimate series of interviews, which gathers nearly one hundred contemporary poets together in conversation to discuss poetry in relation to individual human experience and culture, and which is featured online at the Academy of American Poets’ website. Griffiths' honors include fellowships from Cave Canem, the Millay Colony, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and Vermont Studio Center. Currently she resides in Brooklyn.