David Pemberton studied English and fiction writing at Ohio University where he got his BA in 1999. Soon after graduation he began to focus on poetry and visual art. In 2006 he received his MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York where he won the Jerome Lowell DejurAward in creative writing (awarded to a graduate student with the greatest potential as creative writer) and the Geraldine Griffith Award in creative writing (for outstanding creative writing). He curates and hosts the reading series The Acidic Ghost Spectral Reading Series at Studio 26 Gallery. He received his MLS from the Pratt Institute in 2009 and he is an art librarian at The School of Visual Arts Library where he has worked since 2003. His poems can be found in Livemag!, Lungfull!, Stretching Panties, Lyre Lyre, Words, Are Here: New York City Streets in Poetry (2006 P&Q Press), The 1 3 8, The City Within (City College Recording Session), Promethean Literary Journal, and others.
The Acidic Ghost Spectral Reading Series
The Acidic Ghost Spectral Reading Series pairs poets and writers reading works that interact with projected images. The images are chosen or created by the poet. The reading series takes its name from a series of poems by David Pemberton, the curator and host of the series. The poems are descriptions of the images that accompany them, to be considered in tandem. The unifying characteristic of the pictures is the reoccurring character and namesake of the collection: The Acidic Ghost. The images are discards from a collection David manages at The School of Visual Arts Library. The Acidic Ghost is an archival snafu (that was, for the record, the fault of an unknown predecessor of his): a label that was adhered to the back of the pictures where the subject was written (e.g. "Musicians & Singers - Classical"). The labels were not designed for this purpose and they soon reacted with the paper, burning uniform acidic rectangles which now (anti)shine through to the image side.
Mark Roussel is a New York-based photographer and professional printer who has served as a consultant to some of the city’s most influential photographers, arts institutions, and publishers. These include photographers Eddie Adams, Elinor Carucci, and Russell James; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Christies, and the La MaMa Dance Theatre; and Discover magazine and Christie’s NYC auction house. Roussel recently earned his Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography from New York’s prestigious School of Visual Arts, where he has also taught classes in digital photography, traditional photography, and printing since 2005. In addition to exhibiting his personal work in galleries throughout the city and state, Roussel has been published in The New York Times, Variety, Newsweek, Newsday, The Village Voice, and The New York Post. He previously served on the faculty of the International Center of Photography, and has also been a guest lecturer on photography at schools and arts institutions such as the Fashion Institute of Technology, Cooper Union, and Teachers College at Columbia University.
Live classical guitar performance by oranges by F.C. Belt at Studio 26 Gallery. F.C. is a guitarist and composer working in classical, pop, and improvised music. He has performed with his band, Night Fishing, as well as the Brooklyn-based new music orchestra Contemporaneous, and at Wesleyan University for the Society of Electroacoustic Music. He is the producer of the Accidental Music Festival in Orlando, Florida. dedicated to contemporary classical, jazz, electronic and avant-garde music.
Jay Friedenberg received his Ph.D. in cognitive science at the University of Virginia in 1995. He is currently Professor and Chair of the psychology department at Manhattan College. Jay is the author of several books in the visual and literary arts. He has published a collection of philosophical statements titled Aphorisms From A to Z: A User’s Guide to Life (2012) as well as a collection of haiku, One Rock Out of Place (2013). His latest work is an illustrated set of rhyming poems and will soon be available from Dog Ear Press. It is called Rhymes and ‘Toons (2015). Jay is an active member of the Spring Street poetry group that meets monthly in NYC and of the Haiku Society of America. His poems have been published widely in a variety of national and international journals.
Short Form Literature Series:
Short form literature consists of prose and verse of limited verbiage. This genre seeks to establish new intellectual and artistic standards in a short literary format. Small words pack punch. The series will consist of explanations and readings of haiku, aphorisms and rhyme poems along with linked images and dance. We will explore the history and expression of these forms, appropriate to this age of terse communication.
Links to Jay Friedenberg short form literature books:
Marilyn Stevenson is a New York based photographer and independent curator who has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally.
Stevenson has curated several exhibits each year at New Century Artists Gallery, 530 W. 25th Street in Chelsea over the last 12 years, where she has been the assistant director. She was the director and curator of The Gallery @ The Glen Ridge Train Station, since its 100 year restoration and inception as a gallery from 2002 through 2012, curating bimonthly exhibits.
Currently, Stevenson curates exhibitions annually for East End Photographers Group at such places as Ashawagh Hall in East Hampton and The Watermill Museum in Watermill, N.Y. over the last twelve years. She has also curated shows at Walk Tall Gallery in East Hampton, NY and “The Levitas Center for the Arts” in Southampton, NY to name a few.
Stevenson has been juror for the National Association of Woman Artists “122nd Annual Exhibit”, the “25th Annual Skyland Juried Art Show”, East End Arts Councils “Annual Juried Photography Show” and the “2010 Annual Suffolk County Student Artist Invitational”. Stevenson has served on the board of the Artists Alliance of East Hampton where she chaired the 2008 Annual Studio Tour. Studio Montclair has had her chair two of their Annual Juried Shows. Stevenson studied photography at the International Center for Photography, Southampton College and Il Chiostro Workshops in Tuscany, Italy. Stevensons work has been in several museum and university exhibitions including the 2014 juried“Biggs Picture” at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, Delaware, The Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, N.Y, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton and the Watermill Museum, Watermill, NY and Kunstlerhaus in Graz, Austria. Her work has been published in The Star Ledger, The Montclair Times, The Southampton Press, The East Hampton Star, Sag Harborfest Journal Cover and Printing magazine. Stevenson was a recipient of New York State Foundation for the Arts SOS grant. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Star Ledger, The Southampton Press and The east Hampton Star. From her own experiences as a photographer showing in such disparate venues as Bloomingdales Artrageous projects in SoHo and her unique venue, the marilynstevenson window pop-up gallery in Southampton, NY. Stevenson became increasingly interested in the concept that art should be lived with and encountered in surprising and unexpected places. Recognizing that such experiences don't readily exist, she set out to create them. Thus was born Marilyn Stevenson projects.
Marilyn Stevenson Projects is dedicated to presenting exhibition opportunities in unique alternative spaces and host galleries for emerging, mid-career and established artists. Joining the ranks of a growing number of contemporary art curators forging new, independent paradigms for exhibiting art, MSP’s mission is to provide an ongoing link between artists and the public in readily accessible venues. Working with a fundamental belief that art should be lived with and encountered by all in the course of daily life.