Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge and Jonathan Skinner To Read at Acequia Booksellers

Acequia Booksellers
4019 4th St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
505 890-5365
garywilkie@swcp.com
http://www.acequiabooksellers.com

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POETS JONATHAN SKINNER AND MEI-MEI BERSSENBRUGGE TO READ AT ACEQUIA BOOKSELLERS

Poets Jonathan Skinner and Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge will read from their works at Acequia Booksellers (4019 4th St. NW in Albuquerque) on Sunday, January 23 at 3pm. The reading is free and the public is invited to attend.

Jonathan Skinner’s poetry collections include Birds of Tifft (BlazeVox, 2011), Warblers (Albion Books, 2010), With Naked Foot (Little Scratch Pad Press, 2009) and Political Cactus Poems (Palm Press, 2005). He founded and edits the journal ecopoetics (www.ecopoetics.org), which features creative-critical intersections between writing and ecology. Skinner also writes ecocriticism on contemporary poetry and poetics: his essays on the poets Ronald Johnson and Lorine Niedecker appeared in volumes published by the National Poetry Foundation and by University of Iowa Press. His essay “Thoughts on Things: Poetics of the Third Landscape” appeared recently in the Ecolanguage Reader (ed. Brenda Iijima). Skinner teaches in the Environmental Studies Program at Bates College, in Central Maine, where he makes his home.

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge (born October 5, 1947 Beijing, China) is a contemporary poet. Winner of two American Book Awards, her work is often associated with the Language School, the poetry of the New York School, phenomenology, and visual art. She is married to the painter Richard Tuttle, with whom she has frequently collaborated.[1]

Berssenbrugge was born in Beijing of Chinese and Dutch-American parents in 1947, but grew up in Massachusetts. She was educated at Barnard, Reed, and Columbia University. After receiving her M.F.A. from Columbia in 1974, she settled in rural northern New Mexico, which has remained her primary residence ever since.
After receiving her degree, Berssenbrugge became active in the multicultural poetry movement of the 1970s along with her good friend Leslie Marmon Silko as well as Ishmael Reed, theater director Frank Chin, and political activist Kathleen Chang. Berssenbrugge taught at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, where she co-founded the internal literary journal Tyuonyi.

Traveling frequently to New York City, Berssenbrugge became engaged in the rich cultural flourishing of the abstract art movement, and was influenced by New York School poets John Ashbery, Barbara Guest, James Schuyler and Anne Waldman, and then the Language poets, including Charles Bernstein, as well as artist Susan Bee.[2]

She currently sits on the contributing editorial board to the literary journal Conjunctions.

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