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.
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: