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Poetry Is Not A Poem: A Reading featuring Edwin Torres and Rod Smith


Wednesday February 27 * 8pm * $5 * TICKETS

Edwin Torres brings his audio-visual-body-lingo to Rhizome in celebration of his recent publication Xoeteox: the infinite word object (Wave).

"Edwin Torres's poetry is more than a high energy-construct—it is words and sounds gone wild, like dancers straining to break free of pattern…his poems have it all. They are a real and gritty pleasure to read, a necessary tonic to these toxic times."— John Yau

“There are experimental poets, Torres may be the experiment.”— Eleni Sikelianos

Edwin Torres is a New York City native and the author of nine books of poetry including, XoeteoX: the infinite word object (Wave Books), Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press), The PoPedology of an Ambient Language (Atelos Books) and Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books). He has performed his multi-disciplinary transformative language worldwide and received fellowships from NYFA, The Foundation For Contemporary Performing Arts, The DIA Foundation, The Poetry Fund, among others. Anthologies that feature his work include: American Poets in the 21st Century: The Poetics of Social Engagement, Who Will Speak For America, Renga For Obama, Post-Modern American Poetry, and Aloud; Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Café.

As librettist for the band SowndHauz, he’s just completed a suite of electro-lingo recordings entitled Qua. And forthcoming from Counterpath Press is a collection he edited, The Body In Language: An Anthology — an exploration that encompasses literature, visual arts, healing practices and performance, for a new perspective on the body in art by exploring the body in language.

Opening up the evening will be DC poet Rod Smith.

Rod Smith is the author of Touché (Wave Books, 2015), What’s the Deal? (Song Cave, 2010), Deed (University of Iowa Press, 2007), Protective Immediacy (Roof Books, 1999), In Memory of My Theories (O Books, 1996), and several other books and chapbooks. He edits the journal Aerial, publishes Edge Books, and manages Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC. He has taught writing at the Corcoran School of Art & Design, George Mason University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work appears in The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem (2019), Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf (2017), American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry (2009), and several other journals and anthologies.Smith edited The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley (University of California Press, 2014) with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris.

Reading co-sponsored by Letras Latinas.