206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197


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Mar 04 2020


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Pressured Speech Reading Series 2

Second installment of the new Pressured Speech Reading Series. Featuring poets:

Lena Cintrón

Fred Thomas

Edie Roberts

Eleni Zaharopoulos

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Lena Cintrón is a Poet, Cheesemonger, and Novelist from Detroit, Michigan. She represented the InsideOut Literary Arts Project at the White House when they won the National Arts and Humanities Program Award. She is currently working on a novel about a supernatural Abba loving mass murderer. Ask her about Brie.

Fred Thomas is a musician, writer and multi-media artist living in Michigan. Though better known for his wordy indie rock songs, Fred’s critical reviews and prose have appeared in the pages of Pitchfork, CASH, Allmusic and various independent publications. He edits and publishes the zine Balcony annually.

Edie Roberts is a rabbit with a hat. A genderqueer mouthpiece ponied up to bat, cheeks fat with american anxiety and morale relay. They reside in Detroit, Michigan where folks still talk with you in the grocery line; the hive humming about experiments with cooperation, the skeletons of capitalism, the dream of another way. They believe in self-publishing and making things for yourself. Their work is their own and they own the means of their own production for the most part. Titles include The Roof is On Fire pt.1&2 (2012/2016), The Heel and The Face (2016), Little Book of Shit (2016) and Everywhere You Go (2019). They lend hands and eyes and heart at pitymilk press and run a hapdash production site called bathmatics when there is time and purpose bubbling. More than summarized here at: https://edieroberts.wordpress.com/

Eleni Theodora Zaharopoulos has an interdisciplinary practice that spans the literary, visual, and performing arts. She draws inspiration through collaboration and dialogue, often creating relational work shaped by friends, family, and lived experience. Projects, schemes, and ideas-in-general are born from a place of curiosity and approached intuitively, resulting in works such as Koutouki – a fully-functioning illegal Greek taverna established in her living room – and Art Basel Thrift Store (and Gallery), a combination name-your-price thrift store and gallery, that not only solved her mother’s basement clutter but also showcased the work of emerging artists in need of representation. In 2017 and 2019 she was awarded a New Work Grant through the Queens Council on the Arts to create site-responsive work in/for her childhood neighborhood, an ongoing labor of love she defines as the Malba Arts Project. Currently, she is working on an endless book of poetry called “poems for ghosts”, occasionally made available in self-published print iterations. Eleni was born and raised in Queens, NY, wrote poetry and made films at Sarah Lawrence College, studied ensemble-based physical theater at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater and received her MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Art from Brooklyn College. She spends her time between New York City and Detroit working on collaborative and solo projects that range in shape and size.

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