The Poets in the Galleries (PinG) series utilizes the Museum's exhibition space as an invigorating site for exploration, interactive readings and discussions. Join poet Patricia Spears Jones, who will conduct a lively presentation in response to the Museum's current biennial of Queens-based artists. Meet in the QM Cafe and then stroll through the galleries as the poet of the day selects key pieces to highlight, reads work along the way, and invites art and poetry lovers to participate in discussion throughout. This year's PinG series was curated by Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier, based upon a concept initially developed by Amir Parsa.
Born and raised in Arkansas, Patricia Spears Jones has lived in New York City since the mid-1970s where she has been involved in the city's poetry and theater scenes as poet, editor, anthologist, teacher and former Program Coordinator for the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church and Mabou Mines, the internationally acclaimed theater collective which is celebrating its 40th year. She is the author of Painkiller (Tia Chucha Press, 2010), Femme du Monde (Tia Chucha Press, 2006), and The Weather That Kills (Coffee House Press, 1995). Poetry After 9/11: An Anthology of New York Poets (Melville House Publications, 2002), Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam Anthology (Three Rivers Press, 2001), Blood & Tears (Painted Leaf Press, 1999) Journals: Barrow Street, Black Renaissance, Bomb, Crazyhorse, nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, Ploughshares, and TriQuarterly.
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