May 5, 2013
at Artist Television Access
992 Valencia Street, SF
event begins at 5pm
reading starts at 5:30pm
RICHARD O. MOORE
One of the original circle of anarchist poets centered around Kenneth Rexroth in the 1940s—including Robert Duncan, Jack Spicer, Philip Lamantia, Madelaine Gleason, William Everson, James Broughton, and Thomas Parkinson—RICHARD O. MOORE stopped publishing early on to devote himself to a career in public media, as a co-founder in 1949 of KPFA, the first listener-supportrd radio station in the U.S, and, in 1954, an early member of KQED-TV, the sixth U.S. public station to go on the air. Along the way he became an important cinema vérité filmmaker, directing such works as Take This Hammer (1963) featuring James Baldwin and the well-known 10-part series USA: Poetry (1966), which includes the only sound footage of Frank O’Hara. His two films with Duke Ellington, Love You Madly (1967), and A Concert of Sacred Music (1967), are the subject of an essay he will contribute to a massive photo-biography of the musician forthcoming from Rizzoli in 2013. Moore’s first book, Writing the Silences, was edited by Brenda Hillman and Paul Ebenkamp and published in 2010 by the University of California. At age 93, he continues to write; his new book,Particulars of Place, will appear from Omnidawn in 2015. He lives in Mill Valley, CA.
Brenda Hillman has published chapbooks with Penumbra Press, a+bend press, and EmPress; she is the author of eight full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Pieces of Air in the Epic (2005), and Practical Water (2009). With Patricia Dienstfrey, she edited The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (Wesleyan, 2003). Hillman teaches at St. Mary’s College of California where she is the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry; she is an activist for social and environmental justice and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Paul Ebenkamp’s writing work includes poems in Mrs. Maybe, Try!, RealPoetik, Where Eagles Dare, Calaveras, and The Walrus; an ongoing spontanoid writing project some of which is viewable at afterundisclosedrecipients.blogspot.com; a broadside chapbook from Mondo Bummer (forthcoming); an unpublished verse manuscript; and the books Song of Myself: Selected Poems of Walt Whitman (co-edited with Robert Hass); The Etiquette of Freedom: Gary Snyder and the Practice of the Wild (Counterpoint); Writing the Silences: Selected Poetry of Richard O. Moore (co-edited with Brenda Hillman); An Anthology of Early Women Modernist Poets (Counterpoint, forthcoming); and Particulars of Place, Richard O. Moore’s latest book (co-edited with Brenda Hillman and Garrett Caples, Omnidawn, forthcoming 2015). He lives in Berkeley with a lot of plants and noise records.
Garrett Caples is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Complications(Meritage, 2007) and The Garrett Caples Reader (Black Square, 1999). His chapbook, Invisible Sleep, is about to drop from Auguste Press. His pamphlet,Quintessence of the Minor: Symbolist Poetry in English, came out from Wave Books in 2010, and his book of essays, Retrievals, is due from that press in 2014. He is co-editor of the Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia (California, 2013) and the poetry editor for City Lights.
guest curated by Sara Wintz