AERODROME/ARMIES/HISTORY Book Release, Readings and Viewing

Artist Amy Trachtenberg joins poets Susan Gevirtz and Eleni Stecopoulos who read from their new volumes of poetry.

Monday, March 29, 7pm
The Green Arcade
1680 Market Street @ Gough
San Francisco, CA  94102

About Susan Gevirtz’ new book, AERODROME ORION & Starry Messenger:
“It’s not possible to be more phenomenologically direct than the poetry on these pages. This is removal of the obstacles of perception, beginning with perception, often by means of the obstacles themselves. This is what the sky is. All other skies in this one. There is a host of impossibilities to be found in AERODROME ORION & Starry Messenger.”  – Robert Kocik

About Eleni Stecopoulos’ new book, Armies of Compassion:
”This startling work brings something necessary to American poetry: a visceral poetics that transforms diagnosis into a performative linguistic probe in the service of the disturbed body. The body politic’s symptoms and signs are the foundation for Eleni Stecopoulos’s aversive lyrics, whose beauty lies not in the unbearing of a device but in the bearing of our discomfiture in the world and the potency of our imaginary realignments. Armies of Compassion is a talisman, antidote to what ails, spells woven against an engulfing night.” — Charles Bernstein

Susan Gevirtz lives in San Francisco. Her books include Aerodrome Orion & Starry Messenger, Kelsey Street, 2010; BROADCAST,  Trafficker, 2009;Thrall, Post Apollo, 2007; Hourglass Transcripts, Burning Deck, 2001. She now teaches at the California College of the Arts, The University of San Francisco, Mills College, San Francisco State University, and has taught at The Hellenic International School of the Arts, Paros, Greece. She received the New Langton Arts “Bay Area Award in Literature” in the spring of 2000.  Gevirtz currently co-organizes the annual translation and conversation meeting of The Paros Symposium with Greek poet Siarita Kouka. See website:

Eleni Stecopoulos was born in New York and now lives in Berkeley. Armies of Compassion (Palm Press, 2010) is her first full-length collection. She currently curates a series on “The Poetics of Healing” for The Poetry Center at SFSU and is writing a book on the topic. She is at work on a book-length poem, “Earth Also is a Private Language,” which deals with things like rift zones and dream incubation and the history of her grandfather’s hometown on the island of Euboea, renowned since antiquity for curative springs once associated with cults of Apollo and Heracles. She teaches in the Language and Thinking program at Bard College.

Amy Trachtenberg lives and works in San Francisco, exhibiting nationally and internationally. A painter, she began to work with theater companies as a collaborator for new music and dance. Her work in public spaces began in 1999 with the commission for Art in Transit in the Millennium in San Francisco, Bodies Changed: The Natural History of Market Street–now on exhibit at The Green Arcade–a series of 24 posters celebrating the cultural and natural history of the main artery in downtown San Francisco. Currently she is working on integrated artwork in the design for a new BART Station, a 1000-foot long rail station in the Silicon Valley. In 2008, Americans for the Arts granted her Groundwork project the Public Art Network, Year in Review award.


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