The Switch is semi-monthly event in Portland Ore., where poets, visual artists, and musicians showcase their work in celebration of our great artistic community. Jeremy Okai Davis curates the art, while poets Paul G. Maziar and Allison Cobb curate the readings.
This month’s reading features Gary Sullivan and Drew Scott Swenhaugen.
Poet and cartoonist Gary Sullivan has been translating the work of Austrian schizophrenic Ernst Herbeck for the last 10 years–a side project to the polarizing flarf movement that he gave name to in 2001. Everyone Has a Mouth, a selection of more than two dozen of his translations of Herbeck’s poems, was published earlier this year by Ugly Duckling Presse. He writes about immigrant culture for opencitymag.com and international music at bodegapop.com.
Drew Scott Swenhaugen was born in Minnesota. He is editor of the chapbook press Poor Claudia, contributes in book design for Octopus Books, and co-curates the Bad Blood Reading Series in Portland. Occasionally he contributes to the Tin House blog as well as the The Volta, a website of contemporary poetics. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in places like Shampoo, Weekday, Redivider, Lungfull! among others. He is an MFA candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and cannot wait for the multitude of job choices he will have to choose from after his degree is completed.
Head to http://theswitchpdx.blogspot.com/ to read a poem from both poets. . .
This event is free to attend
Saturday, December 15th, 7pm