May 22, 2017

poetryartexchange book release, radio sessions, performances, and exhibitions in London & Birmingham

"What a show!  Nine writers from two cultures, Romania and the UK, working their brand-new, poly-vocal invention.  As one of the poets says, 'It’s an attempt at establishing.'  It establishes, and powerfully invigorates, so many aesthetics and colours, so many flavors and voices—cases, fonts, songs, diatribes, tracts, interiors and pluralities.  This book is dynamic—as in drop-the-mike—as in dynamite... "
– David Baker (Poetry Foundation)

1. On Resonance FM (London)

Hello GoodBye Show – 27.05.17 – ft. Sebastian Melmoth, Simon Waldram, Steve Rushton + Margento 

Saturday 27th May 2017 between midday and 1.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM
Please tune-in on 104.4 FM and DAB in Central London and worldwide on-line via: RadioPlayer 
[Repeated Monday 3.00am]

2. Hundred Years Gallery, London

poetryartexchange (Romania/UK). Sunday 28th May 3:30pm @ Hundred Years Gallery  

Participants: Claire BookerMargentoAnna Maria MickiewiczIulia MilitaruJohn RileyAndra RotaruSteve RushtonAleksandar StoicoviciStephen Watts
Performance at Hundred Years Gallery, where Margento, hot foot from Canada, will perform with London based poets Claire BookerJohn Riley and Stephen Watts and a small backing band including Steve Rushton on percussion and Sebastian Sterkowicz on bass clarinet.
Doors 3:30 | performance 4pm | Free entry

3. Centrala Gallery, Birmingham (where the poetryartexchange exhibition opened April 3rd is on till June 3rd)

June 2nd--
Performance 6pm | Free entry
Steve Rushton--percussion, MARGENTO (Chris Tanasescu--[un]spoken word--& Costin Dumitrache--guitar), Sebastian Sterkowicz--bass clarinet

June 3rd--free entry

1-2pm: Steve Rushton, Claire Booker and John Riley 
will read their poetry, talk about relationships between their poetry and other art forms, and invite questions.

2-2.30pm: break

2.30-3.10pm: Margento and Stephen Watts 
perform their poetry, talk about relationships between their poetry and other art forms, and invite questions.

3.10pm to close: open discussion and readings.

"The wild energy of this book, its ecstatic abandon of lyrical conversation, the silences in the midsts of poet’s dialogues, the intensity that arises from those silences…nine poets from two countries coming together to smash the barriers and reach out to each other. In our world so torn by various nationalisms, refugee crises, political darknesses, what respite—what a gift, really—to find humans who create a country all their own (all our own, now) out of words. If I had to pledge allegiance to any nation, it would be this one."
– Ilya Kaminsky  (

To download your free copy of poetryartexchange (Romania/UK), published by Contemporary Literature Pressgo to .

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