Jen Bervin, Silk Poems. Nightboat Books, 2017
Physical Texts with Jennifer Still
Free, everyone welcome!
When does a word become its materiality and a materiality become its word? This Theory and Beer will be a discussion of the animated, three-dimensional, physical possibilities and artificial distinctions between text and the material world. The conversation will begin with a group reading from Silk Poems by Jen Bervin, an artist and poet whose research-driven interdisciplinary works weave together art, writing, science and life in a complex, elegant way. Other matter-text fusions will include Laurie Anderson’s “Chalkroom,” Jen Bervin’s Tactile Language, and the PBS Electric Company’s “ING Song.”
Readings/visuals will be provided in hard copy that evening.
Jennifer Still explores the intersections of language and material forms. Her third book, Comma (2017), is a representation of silence and pause through poems assembled by hand. Still has mentored writers as Writer-in-Residence at the Winnipeg Public Library, the U of M, the U of W and the Banff Centre for the Arts. A mentee in MAWA’s 2017 Foundation Mentorship Program, she recently projected a poem onto a planetarium dome, threaded a light beam out of a page and transposed a scroll over a prairie field. She is currently at work composing a book-length tactile poem using a light source, a honeybee text and a sewing needle.