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In collaboration with The Broad’s Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ – an exhibition featuring six decades of work and more than 120 of Jasper Johns’ most iconic and significant works, ALOUD explores the centrality of writers to Johns’ creative practice by presenting two evenings of readings by contemporary authors, presenting texts from Johns’ literary muses, Samuel Beckett, Ted Berrigan, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Hart Crane, Frank O’Hara, and Herman Melville.

Join us for the second of the two evenings in Oculus Hall at The Broad, with Hanif Abdurraqib, Brendan Constantine, and Amy Gerstler reading and responding to the work of a chosen writer, while also sharing from their own work.

Don’t miss the first evening of the series on March 22 — learn more here.

Hanif Abdurraqib

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, writer, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. With Big Lucks, Hanif released a limited edition chapbook, Vintage Sadness, in Summer 2017. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow and previously worked for MTV News, where he wrote about the intersections of music, culture, and identity. Hanif also wrote the 2016 live shows: MTV Video Music Awards and VH1’s Unsilent Night. His first full length collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book prize. Hanif’s debut collection of essays titled, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was published November of 2017 via Two Dollar Radio. He is a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve L. Ewing.


Brendan Constantine

Brendan Constantine is a Southern California poet and champion for the literary arts. His work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly, FIELD, Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, ArtLife, and Hotel Amerika among other journals. His first book, Letters To Guns, is now taught extensively in schools across the nation. His most recent collection is Dementia, My Darling. New work is forthcoming in Artillery and the American Journal of Poetry. He has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A popular performer, Brendan has presented his work to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on NPR’s All Things Considered, KPFK’s Inspiration House, numerous podcasts, and YouTube.


Amy Gerstler

Amy Gerstler is a writer of poetry, nonfiction and journalism. She has published thirteen books of poetry, and a collaborative artists book (with Alexis Smith.) Scattered at Sea, a book of her poems, published by Penguin in June, 2015, was longlisted for the National Book Award. Her book Dearest Creature (Penguin 2009) was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book. Her previous twelve books include Ghost Girl, Medicine, Crown of Weeds, which won a California Book Award, Nerve Storm, and Bitter Angel, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Poetry. She currently teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the University of California at Irvine.


Location
Oculus Hall at The Broad
221 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Directions and Parking

Tickets
Tickets will be available for purchase at the broad.org or by calling 213-232-6250. Tickets are $15 (poetry reading only); $30 (includes poetry reading and one-time return to Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth any time during regular museum hours)

Main Image: Installation view of Something Resembling Truth, courtesy The Royal Academy of Arts

 


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