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Jan 22
Barbara Stiegler 5801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
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Poetry Reading with Marcelline Delbecq

A poetry reading organized by The Ugly Duckling Presse with writers/poets Sevinç Çalhanoğlu (Turkey), Asiya Wadud (USA), Zahra Patterson (USA) and Marcelline Delbecq (France). Marcelline Delbecq will read parts of her last book Camera (published in France by Manucius and forthcoming in English from Ugly Duckling Presse).

Marcelline Delbecq is a French visual artist, writer and scholar based in Paris. After studying photography in the United States (Columbia College, Chicago and ICP, New York, 1995-1997), Fine Arts and art theory in France, she progressively distanced herself from the practice of image-making to focus on the cinematic/photographic potential of writing through installations, recordings, live readings and publications. Her fragmentary texts — between essay and fiction, objectivity and subjectivity — generate mental images shifting from past to present and call the whole act of beholding into question. Her book, Camera, is forthcoming from UDP in 2019.

Sevinç Çalhanoğlu is a poet, artist, and researcher whose work is inspired by the polyphony of space, memory, and literary texts. She has participated in group and solo exhibitions. Her books of poems published in Turkish are The House Tour (Peripheral) and Meat/and/Fortune. She is currently working as a researcher for a memory project on an old shoe factory in Istanbul.

Asiya Wadud’s debut collection, Crosslight for Youngbird, was recently published by Nightboat Books and she has subsequent collections forthcoming in 2019 (Syncope, Ugly Duckling Presse) and 2020 (No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body, Nightboat). Her work has been supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Mount Tremper Arts, and the New York Public Library, among others. Recent work can be found in Makhzin, Chicago Review, Best American Experimental Writing, and Tupelo Quarterly. She teaches poetry at Saint Ann’s School and leads an English conversation class for new immigrants at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Zahra Patterson is a writer and educator. Her first book, Chronology, was published in fall 2018 by UDP. Her short fiction has appeared in Kalyani Magazine and The Felt, and a reading of her play, Sappho’s Last Supper, was staged at WOW Café Theatre. She learned postcolonial theory in the bookshops of Nairobi and the bars of Cape Town and has an MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute.

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