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Monthly Poetry Series: Wendy's Subway Reading Series, June 14

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In conjunction with Bard Graduate Center’s Focus Projects, New York Crystal Palace 1853 and Design by the Book: Chinese Ritual Objects and the Sanli tu, we have invited Brooklyn-based literary organization Wendy’s Subway to curate a Reading Room in the ground floor of the Gallery. Admission is free, as is the wifi!


Wendy’s Subway presents the Reading Room at Bard Graduate Center to promote engagement with artists’ books, periodicals, and other publications selected for their relationship to the spring exhibitions and public programs.

Bringing together the boldest voices in poetry, literature, and performance, the Reading Series is an intimate, salon-style gathering that comes together once a month at Bard Graduate Center Gallery from 7 to 9 pm. Join us on Wednesday, April 26 for the first in Wendy’s Subway’s monthly Reading Series with a evening reading by Layli Longsoldier, Julian Talamantez, Brolaski, and Wendy Xu. Admission is free and open to the public (with RSVP) and includes refreshments and book signings.

Originally designed by Tyler Polich and Hannah Wilentz, Reading Rooms have previously been installed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York); White Columns (New York); NADA New York (with Aeromoto, Mexico City); Brown University, (Providence, RI); and the Carnegie Mellon University School of the Arts (Pittsburgh, PA).

Wendy’s Subway is a non-profit library and writing space located in Brooklyn. Wendy’s Subway hosts a range of public programs, including readings and screenings, interdisciplinary talks and lectures, discussion and reading groups, and writing workshops. The non-circulating library holds a collection of books and documents with a special focus on poetry, art, theory, and philosophy, as well as the Laurin Raiken Archive, an extensive resource for the study of art history and criticism. Wendy’s Subway is operated by its membership of poets, curators, novelists, artists, and critics with an interest in hybrid forms and cross-disciplinary discourse.


Wendy's Subway is pleased to present a monthly reading series in conjunction with the Reading Room at Bard Graduate Center. On select Wednesdays from April through July, poets and writers based in New York and across the country will read new work, variously engaging with titles in the collection and its guiding theme, "ritual and capital."

All events start at 7 pm with refreshments available from 6.30 pm.

Wednesday, June 14: An evening of readings organized by the annual journal Black Box: A Record of the Catastrophe, with a special presentation of Eirik Steinhoff’s A Fiery Flying Roule (Station Hill Press). Featuring Steinhoff, Andrea Lawlor, Miranda Mellis, and special guests.

As the serial disasters of capitalism’s current crisis—economic, political, environmental—continue to batter the world, Black Box: A Record of the Catastrophe is a device for recording, analyzing, and transmitting events as they happen. But it offers neither dire predictions nor false hopes. Instead, it embraces the mystery of what might transpire. Black Box is ultimately a documentary project, a record of the catastrophe, but it’s an open question where the inquiry will take us. It may be a record of the disastrous end. Or it may be a record of the turning. The first volume, published in 2015, contains an eclectic but accessible collection of reportage, interviews, letters, fragments, and theoretical responses from some of the brightest minds in critical theory

A Fiery Flying Roule (Station Hill Press) is a series of pamphlets by Eirik Steinhoff, handed out during Occupy Oakland in 2011-2012.

For the other events related to this series please visit the full schedule.

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