Both prominent poets and art critics, John Yau and Wayne Koestenbaum come to SVA Library West to read from their new books. Opening for them will be 3 SVA graduate student writers: Sahar Khraibani, Mike Cavuto, and Irene Villaseñor
John Yau has published books of poetry, fiction, and criticism. His latest poetry publication, Bijoux in the Dark, will be published April 1, 2018. Other books of poems include Further Adventures in Monochrome (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), and the chapbook, Egyptian Sonnets (Rain Taxi, 2012). His most recent monographs are Catherine Murphy (Rizzoli, 2016), the first book on the artist, and Richard Artschwager: Into the Desert (Black Dog Publishing, 2015). He has also written monographs on A. R. Penck, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol. In 1999, he started Black Square Editions, a small press devoted to poetry, fiction, translation, and criticism. He was the Arts Editor for the Brooklyn Rail (2007–2011) before he began writing regularly for Hyperallergic Weekend. He is a Professor of Critical Studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University).
Wayne Koestenbaum has published eighteen books of poetry, criticism, and fiction, including Notes on Glaze, The Pink Trance Notebooks, My 1980s & Other Essays, Humiliation, Hotel Theory, Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films, Andy Warhol, Jackie Under My Skin, and The Queen’s Throat (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist). His new book of poems, Camp Marmalade, will be published in March 2018. He has had solo exhibitions of his paintings at White Columns (New York), 356 Mission (L.A.), and the University of Kentucky Art Museum. His first piano/vocal record, Lounge Act, was issued by Ugly Duckling Presse Records in 2017. He is a Distinguished Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and French at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.
Irene Villaseñor is a Tornatrás Mestiza multidisciplinary artist, educator, and arts administrator pursuing a MFA in Art Writing at the School of Visual Arts. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Youth Media Reporter, Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought (September 2010), and
Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, May 2018). She is an editor at Mortar Magazine.
Mike Cavuto is a poet from Philadelphia and a graduate student in Critical Theory and the Arts at SVA. He is a founding member of the Toronto-based pure sound collective Sex Panic!, and with Hoa Nguyen and Dale Smith he edits the Slow Poetry in America Newsletter.
Sahar Khraibani is a writer, designer and visual artist from Beirut, Lebanon. She is currently based in New York where she is getting an MFA in Art Writing and Criticism at the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been exhibited as part of group shows in Berlin, Abu Dhabi, Cairo and Beirut. Her long-term project concerns itself with the intersection of aesthetics, art production and geopolitics.