On Friday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m., Waldman will read from The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press, 2011), a 25-year project in the making. The reading will be followed by a reception and book-signing.
On Saturday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m., One Pause Director Sarah Messer will interview Anne Waldman about her approach to poetry. This interview will be recorded and archived as a part of the One Pause Archive Project. All readings and conversations are FREE and open to the public.
Waldman, active in the Beat, New York School, and Black Mountain movements, is an integral member of the “Outrider” experimental poetry community, a culture she has helped create and nurture for over four decades as writer, editor, teacher, performer, magpie scholar, and cultural/political activist. Her work is energetic, passionate, panoramic, and fierce at times. She is the author of more than 40 books and one of the founders and directors of The Poetry Project at St. Marks’s Church In-the-Bowery, working there for twelve years. She co-founded, with Allen Ginsberg, the celebrated Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in 1974. Publishers Weekly recently referred to Waldman as “a counter-cultural giant.”
One Pause Poetry is part of the nonprofit arts organization Copper Colored Mountain Arts, which serves Southeastern Michigan. The One Pause poetry series is named after the 15th-century poet Ikkyu Sojun. In 15th century Japan, one was not considered human if they did not read, write, and know poetry, so ingrained was poetry in the culture. It’s something One Pause aspires to here and now. One Pause presents a series of FREE public readings each year, an annual fall conference, lectures, and workshops.
One Pause Poetry and its programs are sponsored by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.