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UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, December 15, 2017, 7-9 PM
Black Marks That Make up Letters
With "Speech/Acts" Exhibition artists and poets Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Morgan Parker, Kameelah Janan Rasheed & Simone White and curator Meg Onli
Triple Canopy
Presented by Triple Canopy, Futurepoem and the ICA Philadelphia 
264 Canal Street, 3W, New York, New York
(
near several Canal Street subway stations).
$7 suggested donation, free for Triple Canopy members 


Language is typically thought to enable the speaker to be understood by others, and not just on the level of a phrase, a question, or an argument, but as a person. Of course, we are disabused of this notion by our daily interactions as well as by critics, philosophers, and poets, and yet we make use of the tools that we hold in common. The artists and writers who are participating in Black Marks That Make up Letters are interested in the inadequacies of language as well as the possibility of communicating—and representing oneself—differently through abstraction, through what the poet Dawn Lundy Martin calls “unrecognizable speech” in “A Bleeding, an Autobiographical Tale” (2007). This brand of speech counters “the tyranny of the prosaic, the beautiful, the poetic utopia,” and characterizes the work of black experimental poets from Amiri Baraka to Claudia Rankine. “Where does language go limp,” Martin asks, and where is it encountered merely as “black marks that make up letters?”

The limits and repercussions of conventional expression, especially for black people in the United States, are of particular concern for the exhibition “Speech/Acts,” which is on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania and is the occasion for this event. “Language, incontestably, reveals the speaker,” writes James Baldwin in “If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?” (1979). “Language, also, far more dubiously, is meant to define the other—and, in this case, the other is refusing to be defined by a language that has never been able to recognize him.” The exhibition asks how to refuse such a language, how to alter the reality that is constituted through language, how else to communicate (or refuse to disclose) the experience of blackness, and what kinds of responses might follow. This question will be addressed through brief readings and a discussion by Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Morgan Parker, and Simone White, all of whom are participating in “Speech/Acts,” and Meg Onli, the curator of the exhibition.

Black Marks That Make up Letters is organized by Triple Canopy in collaboration with the ICA and Futurpeoem, which are copublishing the forthcoming “Speech/Acts” catalogue. The event is part of Triple Canopy’s Corrected Slogans series, which asks how conceptual strategies have transformed (and might still transform) conventional notions of expression and of reading—both as an exchange between an individual and text and as a public activation of the written word.

SEATING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

More information about the event, participants, and venue accessability information please visit:
https://www.canopycanopycanopy.com/contents/black-marks-that-make-up-letters

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November 15 - Dec 31 2017
Futurepoem Open Reading Period for New Submissions

PAST EVENTS

Friday, November 17 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM 
Rosa Alcalá and Urayoán Noel
Join us for a night of readings by two Futurepoem authors: Rosa Alcalá and Urayoán Noel, hosted by our friends at Word Up: Community Bookshop
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
Word Up: Community Bookshop - Libreria Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10032
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Thursday, November 16 2017, 7-8 PM 
Rosa Alcalá and Rachel Levitsky 
Join us for a night of readings by two Futurepoem authors: Rosa Alcalá and Rachel Levitsky, hosted by our friends at Berl's!
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
141 Front St, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Thursday, November 16 
7 PM - 8 PM FREE
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Saturday, August 5, 2017, 10-4 PM
Futurepoem at
Press Play Fair
sponsored by Pioneer Works
Red Hook, Brooklyn

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 10-4 PM
Futurepoem at
Brooklyn Small Press Flea
sponsored by BOMB 
Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plz, Brooklyn, New York 11238
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Sunday, July 23, 2017
FP author Simone White at:
Read & Feed
Hudson, NY 
Cohosted by BasilicaHudson and CLMP. 
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Sunday, July 2, 2017, 3-5 PM
Futurepoem presents: Summer
with Readings by 
Jennifer Soong, Sara Deniz Akant and Rawaan Alkhatib
Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
141 Front St, Brooklyn, New York 11201
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Sunday, June 25, 2017, 7PM
Book Party for MyOTHER TONGUE by Rosa Alcalá
with Readings by 
Rosa Alcalá, Cecilia Vicuña and Carmen Giménez Smith
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, NY, NY 
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Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 – Saturday Feb. 11, 2017
Futurepoem at AWP Conference Bookfair
(shared table with Elis Press)
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, 
Washington, DC 20001 
Table 855-T

Friday, Feb. 10 2017, 10:30 am – 11:45 am 
AWP Panel Discussion 
Untangling the Web: Lessons Learned from Publisher Website Redesigns
featuring 
Futurepoem Executive Editor Dan Machlin and
Bud Parr, Erika Goldman, Minna Proctor, Montana Agte-Studier, CLMP (moderator)
Publishers and web designers reflect on the challenges and surprises of migrating to a new website, from how to better serve multiple constituents (authors, readers, booksellers, educators, funders) to how best to create a compelling presence that invites repeat visits. 
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room 102B, Level One
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001 

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 Evening (Time TBA) 
Poetry Reading with Futurepoem, Elis Press, Litmus & Others

Readers and location TBA Shortly
Washington, DC Offsite Location

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Futurepoem Author Simone White reads with Adam Fitzgerald
Dia Center for the Arts: Chelsea
535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York City 

December 2016
Futurepoem Holiday Fundraising Campaign

October 15, 2016 - November 15, 2016

Futurepoem Open Reading Period for New Submssions

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, 6:30 pm
Book party for Simone White's Of Being Dispersed
6:30-8:30pm at 
Casablanca Cocktail Lounge 
(300 Malcolm X Blvd, corner of Macdonough) 
which is right off the UTICA stop on the A
Facebook invite to RSVP 

June 2017 
Futurepoem New Open Reading Period Selections Announced

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016, 8pm
Futurepoem reading with:
Charles Bernstein, Rachel Levitsky and Edwin Torres
A public program in conjunction with the 2016 exhibit OTHER REALMS: CIRCUS AND VAUDEVILLE IN AMERICAN ART 
The Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation
526 Laguardia Place (between Bleecker and West 3rd)
New York, New York 10012
RSVP REQUIRED AT: info@rcgrossfoundation.org

November 15, 2015–December 15, 2015
Futurepoem Open Reading Period 
Guest editors are Omar Berrada, Dawn Lundy Martin and Jena Osman, for more information visit our submissions page 

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7–8pm
Futurepoem Book Launch for Sueyeun Juliette Lee’s Solar Maximum
with readings by Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Joshua Ware and Brenda Iijima
Berl's Poetry Shop, Brooklyn
Free

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 6:30–8:30pm
Futurepoem Book Launch for David Buuck's Site Cite City
with readings by David Buuck, Diana Hamilton and Monica de la Torre
Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn

June 20
Futurepoem Open Call Selections announced

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 6–8pm
Futurepoem spring celebration:
with readings by Simone White, Wendy S. Walters & Jennifer Tamayo
celebrating our recent and upcoming authors, a brand new Futurepoem website and visual identity, and bidding adieu to our wonderful Managing Editor Jennifer Tamayo after 5 amazing years.
Planthouse Gallery
55 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001
(second floor)
Free

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6–8pm
13th Annual New York City Independent Publishers Book Party
With Futurepoem, Belladonna, Roof, The Figures, Lunar Chandalier, Nightboat, Ugly Duckling Presse, Zieher-Smith, Tender Buttons and Purgatory Pie Press/
ZieherSmith Gallery
516 W 20th St., NY, NY
Free

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 4:30pm
Ronaldo V. Wilson & Renee Green
Segue Foundation Reading Series 
Zinc Bar
82 West 3rd Street, Between Thompson & Sullivan Streets
$5 admission goes to support the readers 

Monday, April 27, 2015, 8pm
Ronaldo V. Wilson & Mendi + Keith Obadike
Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church 
131 E. 10th Street
New York NY 10003
admission is $8 / Students & Seniors $7 / Members $5 or Free

April 8–11 
Futurepoem at AWP Conference & Bookfair, Minneapolis
Futurepoem will be at the AWP bookfair 
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Saturday, April 11, 7–9pm 
Futurepoem AWP Offsite Multi-press Reading
With Futurepoem, Argos, Canarium, Octupus and Poor Claudia 
Readers will include Futurepoem authors David Buuck and Ronaldo Wilson, plus John Beer, Christopher DeWeese, Karin Gottshall, Cecily Iddings, Montana Ray, Kit Schluter, Danniel Schoonebeek
Gamut Gallery, 1006 S Marquette Ave Minneapolis
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December 1–31, 2014
Futurepoem Open Reading Period 
Guest editors are Roberto Tejada, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, for more information visit our submissions page

Friday, December 19, 2014
Futurepoem Holiday Party/Reading with Ugly Duckling Presse
Readings by Futurepoem author Wendy S. Walters and others 
Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn

September 26–29, 2014
Futurepoem at PS1 Art Book Fair
Limited edition ephemera, books and broadsides

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 7–9pm
Book Party for Troy, Michigan by Wendy S. Walters
A Public Space, Brooklyn
With Dawn Lundy Martin & Anna Moschovakis

Saturday, July 20, 2014, 2pm
Book Party for The Crisis of Infinite Worlds by Dana Ward
Unnameable Books, Brooklyn

Friday, June 14, 2014, 7:30–10pm
Book Party for The Story of My Accident is Ours by Rachel Levitsky
Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn

Saturday, February 16, 2014, 7pm
Book Party and Film Release for Anarch. by Frances Richard
Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn

March 6–9, 2013, All Day
Futurepoem at The AWP Publisher Book Fair
Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, February 16, 2013, 7pm
Book Party for Frances Richard's Anarch.
Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn
With Alan Gilbert & Ted Dodson + Filmscreensings

Friday January 4, 2013, 8pm
Futurepoem Presents: Late in the Antenna Fields by Alan Gilbert
The Poetry Project, New York

September 27, 2012
Futurepoem 10th Anniversary Event 192 Books
Ann Lauterbach, Alan Gilbert, & Wendy Walters

September 27, 2012
Book Party for Malady of the Century by Jon Leon
Los Angeles, California
Readings by Maggie Nelson and Jon Leon

September 27–30 2012
Futurepoem at Printed Matter Art Book Fair 
PS1, New York City 

Thursday May 10, 2012, 8pm–10pm
Book Release Party for The Malady of The Century by Jon Leon
With readings by Jon Leon & Futurepoem guest editor Wayne Koestenbaum
Doors open at 8:00pm, reading at 8:30pm 
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