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Poetry at the Serpentine Gallery

Please join us for readings by poets EUGENE OSTASHEVSKY, HOLLY PESTER and SOPHIE SEITA in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery’s Powder Room.



The event takes place within the exhibition curated by Martino Gamper, ‘design is a state of mind’. The White Review has been invited to present the event as part of the Saturdays Live programme, which explores ideas and practices connected to Serpentine Galleries exhibitions through performances, interventions and participatory actions.

 

This event is free.

 

Russian-American poet EUGENE OSTASHEVSKY is renowned for his physically animated, ventriloquistic performances of poems on subjects as varied as Continental philosophy and pirates’ conversations with their parrots. His books of poetry ‘Iterature’ and ‘The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza’ are published by Ugly Duckling Presse, and he is the editor of ‘OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism’. Ostashevsky teaches in the liberal studies programme at New York University. He contributed an excerpt from ‘The Pirate Who Does Not Know the Value of Pi’ to The White Review 8.

 

HOLLY PESTER is a poet and multidisciplinary writer. She has worked as an archivist, lecturer and practice-based research with performances and sound installations featuring in events in Mexico City, dOCUMENTA 13, the Text Festival, and the Serpentine Gallery Poetry Marathon. Holly Pester’s poetry collection, ‘Hoofs’, was released with if p then q press in 2011 and her next collection, ‘Folkslop’ is due out with Veer Books in late 2014. She is currently artist in residence at the Women’s Art Library.

 

SOPHIE SEITA writes poetry, short plays, translates German poetry, makes videos, and performs in the UK, US and Germany. She is the author of ‘Fantasias in Counting’ (BlazeVOX 2014) and the chapbook ’12 Steps’ (Wide Range 2012). Individual texts have appeared or are forthcoming in magazines and anthologies by Shearsman, Paper Nautilus, Pen America, Gauss PDF, halfcircle, onedit, No Prizes, Emergency Index, Archive of the Now, and others. Her PhD research focuses on avant-garde little magazines and she co-curates the unAmerican Activities Transatlantic Reading and Pamphlet Series.


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