Fort Greene store:
Thursday, February 7, 7:30 PM
An Evening with Futurepoem featuring Emmalea Russo and Dawn Lundy Martin
Wine reception to follow
Join Greenlight and Futurepoem for a celebration of their newest book, G, by artist and writer Emmalea Russo. Anna Moschovakis adeptly describes the book: “’G is a garden and seems simple,’ we’re told early on in this disarming, charming, and alarming book. With its text cleaved in two across right and left pages, G reads like an exchange between garden plots and the gardener’s journal—neither of which remains simple or simply wholesome from up close, when you’re in the weeds. It’s this up-closeness that rewards, transforming an air of levity into an air of suspension, or suspense: who or what is this G, really? (Who or what, finally, isn’t?) Russo’s writing, a peculiar marriage of compression and splay, embeds a germinal weirdness in the fallow page, and waits. The results are like certain mushrooms fruiting, unassuming to look at but potent with magic: ‘a hindrance open.’” Emmalea will be joined by poet, essayist, and conceptual video artist Dawn Lundy Martin, who selected G for publication alongside other 2016 guest editors Omar Berrada and Jena Osman. Futurepoem is a New York City-based publishing collaborative dedicated to presenting innovative works of contemporary poetry and prose by both emerging and important underrepresented writers.