Saturday, March 10, 7 p.m.: Poets Alicia Cohen and E. Tracy Grinnell | Music by Jen Daunt and Kate Howser of Axton Kincaid! | Artwork by Julie Costanzo
In addition to writing poetry and criticism Alicia Cohen has shown work in the visual and performance arts, including a gallery installation and poem-opera entitled Northwest Inhabitation Log. Her first collection of poems, Bear, was published by Handwritten Press (2000) and Debts and Obligations from O Books (2009) was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her poetry has been published in, among others, Ecopoetics, Spectaculum, The Cultural Society, and LVNG, as well as the anthologies War and Peace and Salt: poetry on the Oregon Coast. She has written on the work of Emily Dickinson, Jack Spicer, Andy Goldsworthy, Leslie Scalapino and others. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and has taught literature at Reed College and Portland State University.
E. Tracy Grinnell is the author of Helen: A Fugue (Belladonna Elder Series #1, 2008), Some Clear Souvenir (O Books, 2006), and Music or Forgetting (O Books, 2001), as well as the limited edition chapbooks Mirrorly, A Window (flynpyntar press, 2009), Leukadia (Trafficker Press, 2008), Hell and Lower Evil (Lyre Lyre Pants on Fire, 2008), Humoresque (Blood Pudding/Dusie #3, 2008) Quadriga, a collaboration with Paul Foster Johnson (gong chapbooks, 2006), Of the Frame (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2004), and Harmonics (Melodeon Poetry Systems, 2000). Her poetry has been translated into French, Serbian, and Portuguese. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the founding editor and director of Litmus Press.
Axton Kincaid is a modern country band passed though the filters of Tom Waits, Neko Case, Calexico and even The Stone Roses (whose song, "I Want To Be Adored" they covered to great effect on their first record), while retaining the genre's tradition of three- and four-part harmonies to tell their stories of misspent youth, D-I-V-O-R-C-E and the pleasures and pitfalls of drowning your sorrows.