Our spring was busy & rich with a great tour of the UK. You can find videos & pix on my facebook page, Pierre Joris’ blog & more links below. We are now almost ready to embark on a long summer transhumance filled with many exciting stages — see short & longer term dates below.
Meanwhile, let me fill you in on our publications. Bi-Valve : Vulvic Space / Vulvic Knowledge — which includes a cd, texts & 17 colors plates of my paintings & digital photographs — is OUT! The recording features Michael Bisio on bass & we had a jolly good time recording it at FastSpeaking music w/ Ambrose Bye. I couldn’t be more pleased with the result & koudos to Lori Anderson-Moseman (Stockport Flats), who not only made it beautiful but was ever so supportive thru out the process. Get your copy while they last: here.
Also just out is Pierre’s Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj —for which I designed the cover— from Chax press; you can get it here, & in case you had missed the announcement: Poems for the Millennium, vol. 4: The University of California Book of North African Literature is also out and available here.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
July 19-27 Nicole Peyrafitte:
Poetry Festival in Sète, France : Voix Vives de Méditerranée en Méditerranée
Daily performances throughout the festival.
See detailed program here
July 29-August 5
Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte:
Artists in Residence in Gascony for the NY’OC Trobadors project.
NY’OC Trobadors, is a collaboration between artists based in France and New York. Save the date — Saturday November 23rd 2013 — for a full day on/of Occitan culture that will bring the riches of southern France’s troubadour tradition to the American public. This unique gathering of bi-continental poets, musicians, singers & translators will present panels, a fully staged bilingual (Occitan-English) multimedia performance and talks about the bilingual anthology of Occitan poetry we are working on. Texts, poems & song lyrics spanning the 11th century to the present will be presented. This event will be at Poets Houseco-sponsored by City Lore & d’Artagnan. We still need funds to make this event possible. City Lore is taking donations here)
August 5-31 Bourg d’Oueil (our Pyrenean base)
NP: Continuing work on a series of paintings & writings specific to the location.
PJ: This is the first summer in 10 years he has no deadlines so he will write new work!
& together we will start editing our documentary project on poet Gerrit Lansing.