"Your Poetry Education on the Bowery"
Session 6: "What Does Your Body Do With All That Poetry?" with Poet Edwin Torres
A look at the experience of poetry in the age of language.
POETRY U: Eight master poet-educators teach their favorite eras/movements in the form and the poets who lead them. Attend at least seven of the eight classes and receive a POETRY U certificate. $20 for a single class, $100 for a season pass. Coffee included.
2-3:30pm Sundays: 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15
Edwin Torres is a ‘lingualisualist’ rooted in the languages of sight and sound. A native of New York City, his poetic birth came via The Nuyorican Poets Café as mid-wifed by The St. Marks Poetry Project. He toured worldwide as a member of the groundbreaking poetry collective "Nuyorican Poets Café Live" that helped revitalize Spoken Word in the early 90's. His books include, Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books), The PoPedology Of An Ambient Language (Atelos Books), In The Function Of External Circumstances (Nightboat Books), The All-Union Day of the Shock Worker (Roof), I Hear Things People Haven’t Really Said (chapbook) and forthcoming in 2014, Ameriscopia from University of Arizona Press. He’s received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Foundation For Contemporary Performing Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Poetry Fund among others and has taught his process-oriented creativity workshop, “Brainlingo: Writing The Voice Of The Body” at Naropa University, Bard College, and many universities across the nation. He's also been a guest blogger on the Poetry Foundation’s website “Harriet” (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/search/?q=edwin+torres).
His visual poetics have been exhibited at Exit Art, EFA Gallery in NYC, and a graphic retrospective “Poesís: The Visual Language of Edwin Torres” at The Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, Il. Anthologies include; Aloud; Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Café (Hoyt), Best American Poetry, Postmodern American Poetry Vol. 2 (Norton), American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics Vol. 2 (Wesleyan Press), The Concise Heath Anthology of American Literature, Volume 2: 1865 to the Present, 2nd Edition (Cenguage Learning), and Kindergarde: Avant Garde Poems, Plays and Songs For Children (Black Radish Books). He continues to co-edit the poetry journal “Rattapallax,” now available as an iPad app, and this summer he was invited by the DIA Arts Foundation to perform and give a workshop at Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument in the South Bronx (http://www.gramsci-monument.com/page197.html).