AMP | Happenings 2017

June 3, 2017

Voices of Poetry brings Tina Cane, Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr., Michael Klein, Philip Matthews, and Chev Hardy

Readings + Music

5-7 PM, suggested donation $10

Tina Cane is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI and is an instructor with the writing community, Frequency Providence. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including The Literary Review, Two Serious Ladies, Tupelo Quarterly, Jubliat and The Common. She is the author of The Fifth Thought (Other Painters Press, 2008); Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante, poems with art by Esther Solondz (Skillman Avenue Press, 2016); and Once More with Feeling (Veliz Books, 2017). In 2016, Tina received the Fellowship Merit Award in Poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island.

Elizabeth T. Gray – in addition to being an expert in complex corporate negotiation – is also a poet and translator of Persian and Tibetan literature. Her poetry and translations have been published, or are forthcoming, in Little Star, The Kenyon Review Online, Poetry International, The Harvard Review, The New Orleans Review, The New England Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and other publications. Her sequence of poems, SERIES | INDIA, was published by Four Way Books in April 2015. Her translations of Iran’s major mystical poet, Hafiz-i Shirazi (d. 1389) were published in 1995 by White Cloud Press. In concert with Iranian musicians, she has performed Hafiz’s work in multiple venues and produced a CD. Translations of contemporary Iranian poetry can be found in Iran: Poems of Dissent.

Michael Klein’s poetry collection, The Talking Day (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), was a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and the Thom Gunn Award. His first book of poems, 1990 (Provincetown Arts Press, 1993), tied with James Schuyler to win the Lambda Book Award. His memoir, Track Conditions (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003) – also a Lambda Award finalist - was about his experiences as groom to Kentucky Derby winner, Swale. Michael has also published a book of essays, The End of Being Known (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009), and edited Poets for Life: 76 Poets Respond to AIDS (Persea Books, 1993), winner of the Lambda Book Award; Things Shaped in Passing (Persea Books, 1997) (co-edited with Richard McCann); and In the Company of My Solitude (Persea Books, 1995) (co-edited with Marie Howe). His newest book, When I Was a Twin, was published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2016. Michael teaches in the MFA Program at Goddard College, and at Hunter College in NYC.

Philip Matthews is a poet from eastern North Carolina. He is working on two poetry manuscripts — Radii and Petal Book — as well as a collection of lyric essays. From 2016 to 2017, Philip was a Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Curator of Public Projects at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, MO, where he curated cross-disciplinary projects including major commissions by Claudia Rankine and Bhanu Kapil. Philip’s poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Prodigal, Grimoire, and Tammy, among other journals, as well as in Sibling Rivalry Press’s anthology If You Can Hear This: Poems in Protest of an American Inauguration. His collaborative project with photographer David Johnson, Wig Heavier Than a Boot, was on view at the Beverly Gallery in St. Louis in 2016, and online at Lenscratch in 2017. He received his MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011 and BA in English from Tulane University in 2009.

Chev Hardy is a jazz vocalist and lover of "well-aged" pop, in the tradition of great vocalists like Sarah Vaughan. Her rich contralto weaves effortlessly through her eclectic repertoire of blues, Broadway, pop and jazz ballads. She has performed at venues throughout the Cape, including “Feed Your Love” at Wellfleet Preservation Hall; Provincetown Theater, The Mews Restaurant & Café and Tin Pan Alley in Provincetown; St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church and UU Meeting House in Chatham; and the annual “Yule for Fuel” charity event at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.

Voices of Poetry was founded by poet and poetry activist Neil Silberblatt. Since 2012, VOP has presented a series of poetry (& music) events - featuring distinguished poets & writers - at venues throughout CT, NY and MA, including Brewster Ladies’ Library; Addison Art Gallery and Main Street Wine & Gourmet in Orleans; Eldredge Public Library and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham; and The Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth.

June 15, 2017

"Scream Along with Billy: Never Washed", a documentary by Anne Stott, starring Billy Hough & Susan Goldberg

World Premier Screening, (60 min.) + Talk back with Billy & Sue | During the Provincetown International Film Festival

7 PM

"Scream Along with Billy: Never Washed" is a one hour video documentary about the underground music duo Scream Along with Billy. Conceived as a late night bar band at the Grotta Bar in Provincetown, MA, SAWB has become a staple of the New York City underground music scene with Billy Hough on piano and vocals and Sue Goldberg on bass and eye rolls. Part punk aficionado, part committed nerd, Billy can take a night of SAWB from covers of Patti Smith, Robert Johnson, and Lucinda Williams, to musings on the connection between Siouxsie Sioux and 18th century french philosophers. "Scream Along with Billy: Never Washed" combines interviews with Billy and Sue and live footage from the summer of 2015 performances at the Grotta Bar in Provincetown, MA to tell the story of how this unlikely “valedictory lap” evolved into a downtown New York must see cult favorite.

Anne Stott is the producer/director of "Scream Along with Billy: Never Washed". As an indie rock singer/songwriter and actor herself, Stott has released two full length albums: Pennsylvania (2010) and Love Never Dies (2015). Love Never Dies played on radio stations around the country and peaked at #19 on the Relix Magazine/Jambands radio chart. As an actor, Stott’s most recent appearances were as The Whore in “Nevermore" (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, dir Christopher Ostrom) and Jack/Ernest in "The Importance of Being Earnest" (Provincetown Theater, dir David Drake). In 2012, Stott self published Everything is Different All Over Again, a limited edition collection of poems, thoughts, and sketches. Stott also produced and hosted "Word on the Street", a Provincetown TV series featuring interviews and performances with Provincetown’s street musicians. On Donald Trump’s 100th day in the presidency, she released a musical rant and video entitled "Not For Long Motherfucker" which can be viewed on youtube. www.annestott.com

June 24, 2017

Sarah Johnson, Sheila Carter-Jones, and Alden Jones

Readings

5 PM

Sarah Johnson is the author of The Lightkeeper’s Wife (Sourcebooks), The Very Telling, The Art of the Author Interview, and Conversations with American Women Writers, all published by the University Press of New England. Her interviews appear in The Writer’s Chronicle, Glimmertrain Stories, Provincetown Arts, and The Writer. She is the recipient of residencies in fiction from Jentel Artists’ Residency Program and Vermont Studio Center. She lives and writes in Provincetown, MA.

Sheila Carter-Jones is a fellow of Cave Canem, Callaloo, and a 2015 Walter E. Dakin Fellow of the Sewanee Writer’s Conference. She is the 2012 winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Book Award and a 2013 runner up for the New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest. Sheila is a long-time participant in the Madwomen in the Attic program at Carlow University. She has been published in Pennsylvania Review, Pittsburgh Quarterly, City Paper, Tri-State Anthology, Crossing Limits, Blair Mountain Press, Flights, Cave Canem Anthology, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, several anthologies of Voices in the Attic, the Jewish Chronicle and other journals. Sheila is a former public school teacher and university professor.

Alden Jones is the author of three books: a travel memoir, The Blind Masseuse; a story collection, Unaccompanied Minors; and The Wanting Was a Wilderness, a hybrid work of literary criticism and personal essay, forthcoming in 2018. Her awards include the New American Fiction Prize, the Lascaux Book Prize, two Independent Publisher Book Awards, the Foreword Book of the Year Award, and the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award longlist. She teaches creative writing and cultural studies at Emerson College and is the co-founder and co-director of the Cuba Writers Program.

July 6, 2017

Mark Adams

Doggerel, shanties, bromides and sob stories.

Reading, 7 PM

"I just want to make enough to buy this town and keep it rough."

Mark Adams: "I write I draw I scan the horizon. Painter, cartographer, human ecologist, elegiac dystopian. 25 years in the Provincetown Hook, 10 years of coastal surveys, 500 paintings, 5000 trail miles jogged, a string of failed relationships, couple hundred friends, a kayak, a bike, a guitar and a killer lamb curry. Just trying to get it right."

Mark Adams is represented by the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown.

August 19, 2017

'Threw the Keyhole"

Two Performances, Fort Point Theatre Channel company

6PM and 8PM, 30 minutes

Inspired by “The Other Side,” Rick Dorff’s monumental sculpture residing at the AMP Gallery this season, members and friends of Boston’s Fort Point Theatre Channel company (fortpointtc.org) will present a short devised theater performance with music at 7:00 and 9:00 on Saturday, August 19. The kinetic keyhole-like shape of the sculpture calls forth themes of locking out, locking in, “Human the Lock and Human the Key,” thus: migration, refuge, freedom, transgression and repentance. Directed by Christine Noah, script by Melissa Nussbaum, produced by Nick Thorkelson.

August 20, 2017

Mitch Bogen and Judith Trepp's Monograph, "Fragrance of the Invisible Flower"

Book Reception

4-6 PM

Mitch Bogen is a writer living in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA. For more than two 31 decades he has been a participant in the Boston-area university and nonprofit education communities, focusing on peace and global citizenship education, as well as on issues relating to religious pluralism. He holds masters degrees in theology and education from Harvard University. In late 2012, he launched his blog, Mitch Bogen’s Art & Argument, as a venue for writing about his lifelong enthusiasm for the arts.

Judith Trepp, a native New Yorker, has lived in Zuerich, Switzerland, the major part of each year since 1970. From 1974-85 she also lived in Tuscany, Italy, and since 1990 has maintained an atelier in Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA, where she had a one-person show at the Provincetown Art Museum (PAAM) in 2011. In addition, Trepp has traveled extensively in various regions of India and Japan as well as in Europe. These diverse enlargements of vision — intellectually and culturally — resonate in her work. For further information regarding Trepp’s background, publications, and exhibitions please go to the website judithtrepp.net.

August 30, 2017

Amy Hoffman

Reading from her new novel "The Off Season"

6 PM

"The Off Season": When Nora Griffin, an artist in her midthirties, moves from Brooklyn to Provincetown, she isn't looking for trouble. Her partner, Janelle, is recovering from breast cancer treatment, and together they've decided that the quiet off-season on the tip of Cape Cod is the perfect place for Janelle to heal and Nora to paint. Then charismatic Baby Harris flirts into Nora's life in her red cowboy boots.

In the damp, windy winter, Nora contends with heartbreak, aging, and local environmental worries, while painting what she hopes will be her masterpiece. Along the way, she encounters the chain-smoking, motor scooter–driving landlady Miss Ruby; Reverend Patsy, the vegan minister of the Unitarian church; and Brunhilde, barista extraordinaire and rival for Baby's affections. As the first tourists begin to arrive in June, Nora must decide what she really wants from life.

Amy Hoffman is the author of three memoirs: Hospital Time (Duke University Press, 1997); An Army of Ex-Lovers: My Life at the Gay Community News (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007); and Lies About My Family (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013). The Off Season (University of Wisconsin Press, 2017), is her latest novel.

She is currently editor in chief of Women's Review of Books and teaches creative nonfiction in the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College. She has been an editor at Gay Community News, South End Press Unitarian Universalist World magazine. She taught writing and literature at the University of Massachusetts and Emerson College and served as development director for the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the Women’s Lunch Place, a daytime shelter for homeless women. She has served on the boards of Gay Community News, GLAD, Sojourner, and Boston’s LGBT History Project. Hoffman has a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She lives in Boston with her wife, Roberta Stone, and is currently working on a novel set in Provincetown.

August 26, 2017

Tough Girls & Lucid Dreamers VIII

Readings and Performances by Eileen Myles, Michael Cunningham, Katrina del Mar, Monica Falcone, Sarah Greenwood, Karyn Kuhl, Bobby Miller, Thalia Zedek, Runn Shayo & others!

7 to 9 PM

Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a 2015 reissue of Chelsea Girls. In 2017 Grove Press will publish Afterglow (a memoir) about Myles’s late pitbull, Rosie, a one time Provincetown resident. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, and a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. In 2016 they received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. They’ve had work included in the past in shows at Southern Exposure (SF) David Zwirner, and most recently The Artist’s Institute (NYC) exhibited Myles’s 1992 campaign materials. Myles has showed their work several times in Provincetown at AMP and Schoolhouse Gallery where they will be exhibiting work in August. Myles teaches at NYU and Naropa University and lives in Marfa, TX and New York.

Katrina del Mar is a New York-based photographer, video artist, writer, and award-winning film director. Her work has been described as “beautiful”, exuding an “intimate chemistry” and also as “filth of the highest quality.” Katrina herself has been described as a “major league cutie,” “a wild woman,” “the Lesbian Russ Meyer,” and “apparently, the lesbian stepchild of Kenneth Anger.”

Her solo exhibition GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, first presented at Participant Inc. in New York City, shown at AMP Gallery in the summer season of 2013. Likewise, her solo exhibition Summer Sang in Me, first presented at Strange Loop Gallery in New York City was exhibited at AMP Gallery in 2014. In 2012, Katrina presented a series of films and photographs from the Golden Age of Performance Art (1988-2000) On the Edge of Society: Moments in Live Art, at Warehouse 9, Copenhagen, Denmark. Her solo exhibition, Gangs of New York, was presented in 2010 at Wrong Weather Gallery in Porto, Portugal. Invited to teach at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany, she conducted the first ever Queer Trash Feminist Film Workshop, also in 2010. Katrina has shown her critically acclaimed Girl Gang Trilogy of films internationally, including venues such as the Museum for Contemporary Art (CAPC), Bordeaux, France, the Fringe Film Festival, London, UK, 2012; Nightingale Cinema, co-presented by Chicago Underground Film Festival, the MoMA Dome 2 in Rockaway Beach, and Bio Paradis, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Katrina’s work has garnered numerous awards including a fellowship in video from the New York Foundation for the Arts, “Best Experimental Film” from the Planet Out Short Movie Awards announced at the Sundance Film Festival, the 2010 Accolade Award of Merit, and Winner of Juried Competition, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2012.

Katrina is currently producing a “non-linear, semi surreal” documentary-style web series called DelMarvelous: A Day in the Life, Katrina del Mar, which will be screened at AMP during this year's Provincetown International Film Festival.

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award & Pulitzer Prize), The Snow Queen, Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as the non-fiction book, Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown. His latest book, A Wild Swan and Other Tales (illustrated by Yuko Shimizu) was published in November 2015. He is a Senior Lecturer at Yale and lives in New York.

Bobby Miller is a performance poet, writer, actor and photographer. He is the author of four books of poetry; "Benestrific Blonde", "Mouth of Jane", ”Troubleblonde” and "Rigamarole". He has been published in many magazines and periodicals including Verbal Abuse, Vice Magazine, UHF Magazine and The Village Voice. He is included in The 1995 American Book Award- winning "Aloud: Voices from The Nuyorican Poets Cafe", "Verses That Hurt; Pleasure and Pain from the Poemfone Poets, and “The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry”, listed on the top ten Poetry National Bestseller List. Mr. Miller’s book, "Fabulous! A Photographic Diary Of Studio 54" 144 black and white photographs with text was published by St. Martin's Press in September 1998, He is also the author “A Downtown State of Mind: NYC 1973 – 1983”, “Wigstock in Black & White: 1985 – 2005”, “Jackie 60 Nights”, “Amina”, “Queer Nation”, “PORTRAITS: Volumes 1 – 3”, ”Ptown Peeps” Volumes 1 , 2 and 3, “Forget Them Not”, ”Fetish and Fairytale Folk”, “Diva’s, Dudes & Dandies”, and “Fabulous! A Photographic Diary of Studio 54: REDUX” with 37 color plates added for the 37th Anniversary of Studio 54. All of his books can be purchased at www.blurb.com/user/store/TroubleBlond.

His is work has been exhibited in NYC, Palm Springs and Provincetown at AMP Gallery, and Woodman Shimko Gallery. Bobby has been taking photographs since 1974. His first influence was his mother Dorothy C. Miller, a prolific amateur photographer. His first contemporary influences were Christopher Makos, Robert Mapplethorpe and Jimmy De Sana. He studied photography with Lisette Model in 1976 in NYC at The New School during the last year of her life. As a hairdresser and make-up artist he has worked with photographers Lynn Goldsmith, Francesco Scavullo and Robert Mapplethorpe and many others.

As a poet and spoken word artist he has collaborated with recording artist DJ Dmitry of the band Dee-Lite on a recording of “My Life as I Remember It to Be” released in 2015 and can also be heard on Epic Records CD Home Alive with Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Joan Jett, and others performing his “Keep Your Mouth Off My Sisters”.

Sarah Greenwood is a songwriter and performer, born in Switzerland to British transplants. Graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Sarah is the recipient of multiple Professional Writing Division Awards for Songwriting from Berklee. She released several well received eponymous EP's including 24 Hour Shift before forming GSX, known for its fiery live performances. Sarah's full length album Manifest was released in 2005 and GSX headlined and played both internationally, notably to a crowd of 50,000 in Reykjavik, Iceland and nationally, at notable venues including the Gramercy Theater and the notorious CBGB’s, where they opened for Joan Jett. The GSX videos Bringin' Me Down and I Got What I Came For directed by Katrina del Mar, both made the Top Ten on LOGO's Click List(MTV Networks). Sarah is currently working on a new record. She lives in New York City. website

“Greenwood has a knack for transforming pain and anger into edgy songs which alternately smolder and blaze with the eloquently pissed-off attitude of Chrissie Hynde. Her Lyrics are reminiscent of Lou Reed and Patti Smith.” - Boston Phoenix

Karyn Kuhl: The Stars Will Bring You Home is the newest EP from the Karyn Kuhl Band. Home for Kuhl is Hoboken, NJ, where she was a founding member of Gut Bank and Sexpod, two staple bands during the much-revered Maxwell's club's legendary heyday. The album was produced by another Hoboken stalwart, James Mastro (The Bongos, Ian Hunter), and recorded at the local Nuthouse Recording studio by Tom Beaujour (Nada Surf, Juliana Hatfield), and at Water Music by Rob Harari.

Thalia Zedek started her career as a musician in the groups White Women and Dangerous Birds, whose 1982 singles “Alpha Romeo”, "Smile On Your Face", and "Walking Emergency" are rare finds these days. She really made her mark shortly thereafter with Uzi, whose 1986 Homestead release Sleep Asylum was a landmark not only for the Boston region but for the underground in general. It rightfully put Thalia in the company of other challenging female pioneers such as Kim Gordon, and was reissued by Matador in the mid-1990’s to much acclaim. In 1998, a mere two years after Uzi, Thalia broke new ground again with the NYC band Live Skull. The three records that she released with them more than stand the test of time and laid the groundwork for artists who followed such as PJ Harvey. It was with Come that Thalia rose with the swell of popularity of so called Indie Rock. Fueled by the guitar interplay between herself and bandmate Chris Brokaw, Come released four full length records, Eleven-Eleven, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Near Life Experience, and Gently Down The Stream as well as various EP's and singles and toured extensively throughout the 90s.

After Come ended in 1999, Thalia began writing and recording under her own name, but throughout her career Thalia’s voice has remained a singular calling card. Her songwriting has great depth and a pervading melancholic tone much like the work of Nick Cave. She has chosen unusual instrumentation to compliment her guitar, such as the viola and trumpet contributions of David Michael Curry and Mel Lederman on piano and keyboard. Her songs are rich in texture and reveal with each listen their delicately crafted layers.

On a recent release, Via, Zedek presented a collection of songs that range from the harrowing to the heartfelt. The opener “Walk Away” is a triumphantly melancholic exploration of living with ghosts, with Zedek’s richly emotive voice augmented by David Michael Curry’s gravelly viola and Mel Lederman’s measured piano. Via is an album about recovery, loyalty, chance, and gratitude: universal themes that become stirring in Zedek’s hands.

Along with the Thalia Zedek Bank, she is also in two great new experimental bands called "E" and "Dyr Fraser."

Monica Falcone is originally from New Jersey and started playing guitar at age 13. In the 90's, Mony played among New York's garage scene in the all-female garage-a-billy band, Sit n' Spin, opening for some of their favorite bands such as The Muffs, Link Wray and touring with the 5678's. After 10 years of touring and recording she landed in Brooklyn where she met Tammy Faye Starlite. Over the past 10 years, she's played with Tammy in The Stay-at-Homes (covering the Runaways), Prima Ballerina (covering the NY Dolls) and most recently The Pretty Babies (covering Blondie.) Mony has also filled in on bass guitar for Tammy's Nico performances and frequently duets with Tammy for special events.

Runn Shayo: "I am a time-based, environmental, site-specific film and performance artist. I use film and video to create installations, sometimes combining multiple channel video projections with live art. My background as a dancer and an actor in theater and film has influenced my work a great deal.

The work I produce for the screen range from experimental documentaries to dance films, and to what I define as environmental site-specific performance art film. These pieces explore environmental aspects of landscapes through filmed performances.

My works usually deal with subjects of gender, immigration, or the environment. They explore the struggle of an artist in contemporary contexts. I discover my characters and their stories through researching archived popular TV shows, classic history films, and archived documentation of conceptualized contemporary performance art. The ancient form of storytelling is what I ultimately honor, yet, in the center of my exploration is the meaninglessness of words, the out-cast, the sidekick; a voice of a mute preacher."

Runn was born and raised in Israel, and moved to New York 19 years ago to attend school. He has lived here ever since.

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