Literature Program

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.


Earth's Daughters presents

Jorge Guitart & David Landrey

The Gray Hair Reading Series

Cuban born Jorge Guitart holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Georgetown University and is Professor of Spanish linguistics in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo. He has published widely in his field. As a poet he writes both in his native Spanish and in English, endeavoring to keep them schizophrenically apart. In his most recent work he is aiming hard at the comic and the satirical. His favorite genre is parody. He is the author of Foreigner's Notebook (Shuffaloff Press, 1993) Film Blanc (Meow Press, 1996), and The Empress of Frozen Custard and Ninety-Nine Other Poems (BlazeVOX, 2009). He is represented in the Electronic Poetry Center at UB. He has translated Cuban poets into English, (e.g., Jose Kozer) and U.S. poets into Spanish (e.g., John Ashbery). In the last few years he has collaborated with artists, in other fields, including the painter Catherine Parker, the Lake Affect musical group, and the photographer Errol Daniels. He is also a painter and songwriter. He participated in the Cuban-American Artists from Western New York exhibit at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in 2005, and had a solo show at Buffalo's El Museo in 2006. His tango "Si supieras" was recorded by singer Elise Witt and is included in her 2003 CD Love Being Here.

David Landrey is Professor Emeritus of Literature at State University College at Buffalo. He spent 38 years teaching literature, 35 of them at Buffalo State College, where he developed courses in American Postmodern Poets. He studied briefly with Charles Olson at SUNY Buffalo. He is the author of two chapbooks, Consciousness Suite (Spuyten Duyvil Books, 2009) and Intermezzi to Divorce Poems and Dinner Table Scenes, and the co-editor of Drawing From Life: A Selection of Joel Oppenheimer's Work From the Village Voice and of Oppenheimer's Poetry: The Ecology of the Soul. He has had essays published on William Bronk (in a collection from Talisman House) and on Robert Creeley and Joel Oppenheimer (in The World in Time and Space: Towards a History of Innovative American Poetry in Our Time from Talisman House). A former Fulbright lecturer in Turkey, he is known for the "masterful clarity and precision" with which he writes.

Dan Kolb is a guitarist and vocalist who plays in the local band The Beggar's Best. They have four albums out: The Saints & Magicians (EP, 2007), The 2012 EP (2012), Live @ Gratwick Park (CD/DVD, 2013), and Public Record (2014). He will be playing acoustic guitar, accompanying David Landrey's poetry reading.