Art, Poetry, and Covid: Black Dog & One-Eyed Press book release, launch, and poetry readings

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Black Dog & One-Eyed Press is excited to announce the upcoming release of the book 2020 An Anthology of Poetry with Drawings by Bill Liebeskind, compiled and edited by judith S. bauer. 

2020 was a challenging year. It is now late 2021 and we are thinking about vaccine passports, anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers, booster shots, delta, gamma and so much else we had not imagined a year ago. This is not a book about that.

This is a book about 2020. It features over 250 drawings by New York artist Bill Liebeskind and includes over 100 poems from writers around the world. 

The book will be available for purchase through the publisher, at the Main & Station Nonesuch bookshop in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, and at the in person book launch and poetry reading on 20 November.

Email parrsboroart@gmail.com to pre-order your copy!

JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF THIS BOOK.

LISTEN TO SOME POETRY ABOUT OUR SHARED EXPERIENCE IN 2020.

MEET THE ARTIST BILL LIEBESKIND.


EVENT DATES & TIMES

*Saturday 20 November, 2pm  IRL (in real life). Participating poets include Jules BB, Shelley Miller, erika white, Philip Moscovitch, Zev Bagel, harvey lev, Peggy Walt, Richard Dittami, et cetera 

Weather permitting the book launch will be held at Soley Cove in Lower Economy, NS. Otherwise it will be at Main & Station in Parrsboro, NS. Email us to reserve your place parrsboroart@gmail.com

All pandemic protocols will be followed.


AND ON ZOOM

*Friday 26 November at 9pm AST (1am UTC) Co-hosted by Philip Moscovitch, a writer and audio producer based in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia. Participating poets will include: Mark Andrews, Chris Benjamin, M.J. Iuppa, Jan Jorgensen, Cynthia Lozier, Michele Mekel, Susan McMaster, Kevin Miller, Miriam Sagan, and Albert Sinclair.
*Saturday 27 November at 5am AST (9am UTC)  Co-hosted by Miriam Hechtman, an Australian writer, producer and poet based in Sydney. Participating poets will include: Ann Bar-Dov, Jules BB, Marilyn Lerch, harvey lev, Susan McMaster, Geordie Miller, Philip Moscovitch, and Albert Sinclair.
*Sunday 28 November at 3pm AST (7pm UTC)  Co-hosted by Riley Huff, an award-winning queer freelance writer and journalist based in San Francisco. Participating poets will include: Mark Fleisher, Ellen Jaffe, Jan Jorgensen, John C. Mannone, Shelley Miller, Chad Norman, Honey Novick, Claudia Coutu Radmore, and Loretta Diane Walker.
*Saturday 4 December at 10am AST (2pm UTC) Co-hosted by Jules BB, an American poet based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Participating poets will include: Zev Bagel, George Elliott Clarke, Ololade Akinlabi Ige, John Francis Istel, harvey lev, Marjorie Maddox, Susan McMaster, Kevin Miller, Shelly Reed Thieman, and Peggy Walt.
*Saturday 11 December at 10pm AST (2am UTC)  Co-hosted by Jan Jorgensen, founder and co-host of a monthly literary series, the Lawn Chair Soirée and editor of sitting duck press. Participating poets will include: Chris Benjamin, Riley Huff, Marilyn Lerch, Cynthia Lozier, Michele Mekel, Geordie Miller, Anita S. Pulier, Mahta Riazi, Miriam Sagan, and Peggy Walt.

To register for one or more of the virtual events https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2020-anthology-book-launch-poetry-reading-tickets-191236612857

For more information and to purchase the book parrsboroart@gmail.com


Bill Liebeskind has been making art for four decades. Part of NYC’s Lower East Side art scene in the early 80s, he was later represented by Gallery Ewa in Provincetown, Massachusetts and exhibited at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, Massachusetts. Liebeskind’s work explores pathos and resilience in the human condition through painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and collage. A voracious reader of literature and news, Liebeskind often references newspaper imagery in his work. He teaches art at The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a public high school for the arts.

When the pandemic broke and the world went into lockdown, Liebeskind began making a drawing of a masked person every day. Those drawings and the shared experience of the Covid-19 pandemic were the inspiration for this book.

The contributing poets are Robert Paul Allen, Mark Andrews, Janette Ayachi, Zev Bagel, Ann Bar-Dov, Marilyn Baszczynski, Jules BB, Chris Benjamin, bill bissett, Mark Blickley, Ronnie Brown, Heidi Church, George Elliott Clarke, Bill Cushing, Czandra, Steve Denehan, Richard Dittami, Millicent Eidson, Joseph A. Farina, Robert Findysz, Mark Fleisher, Jon Frankel, Cathy Fynn, Suzanne Gauthier, Norbert Góra, Miriam Hechtman, Jade Hinder, Robert Hogg, Riley Huff, Ololade Akinlabi Ige, John Francis Istel, M.J. Iuppa, Ellen Jaffe, Jan Jorgensen, Ravitte Kentwortz, Maureen Korp, Marilyn Lerch, harvey lev, Bill Liebeskind, Leo Liebeskind, Laurinda Lind, Karina S. Linetsky, DB Link, Cynthia Lozier, Marjorie Maddox, John C. Mannone, Susan McMaster, Michele Mekel, Geordie Miller, Kevin Miller, Shelley Miller, Mike Montreuil, Phil Moscovitch, Kurt Newton, Frank Niccoletti, Chad Norman, Honey Novick, Drew Pisarra, Trent Pomeroy, Anita S. Pulier, Claudia Coutu Radmore, Paul Redfern, P.J. Reed, Shelly Reed Thieman, Mahta Riazi, Lois Roma-Deeley, Daniel Rowe, Miriam Sagan, Albert Sinclair, Alan Spinney, P.C. Vandall, Peggy Verzett, Loretta Diane Walker, Peggy Walt, Laura Grace Weldon,  erika white,  Lynn White,  Allison Whittenberg,  and Margaret Witzsche.

To register for one or more of the virtual events https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2020-anthology-book-launch-poetry-reading-tickets-191236612857

For more information and to purchase the book parrsboroart@gmail.com

More from Black Dog & One-Eyed Press https://hmsnonesuch.com/black-dog-one-eyed-press/

Artist in residence: Andrew Godsalve

Andrew Godsalve is an artist and wildlife technician based in Hinton, Alberta. Hinton is a small town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, along the Athabasca River. There Andrew was raised in a family studying wildlife biology. His mother Beth MacCallum runs Bighorn Wildlife Technologies, a small private consulting company that works primarily with the coal mining industry in the Hinton area. They do wildlife surveys on and around open-pit coal mines, making recommendations for how the industry can mitigate their impacts on the wildlife. As a Wildlife Technician, Andrew has learned to read the landscape as to observe the animals and how they inhabit it. This upbringing has had a profound effect on his artistic interests.

Andrew graduated with a BFA from the University of Victoria where he developed a practice of photomontage based on geologic forms and processes. He then took his “geo-photomontage” practice to residencies in Banff, Iceland and the Bay of Fundy, developing projects specific to the particular geologic histories of these regions.

A recent graduate of the MFA program at NSCAD University, Andrew is pleased to be back in Nova Scotia for back-to-back residencies along the Bay of Fundy.

He has just completed his arts residency through the Joggins Fossil Institute’s ArtScape Artist-in-Residence program where he has been working on “Camera Sigillaria”, a project tracing the geo-histories of Cumberland County and now from 1-14 November he will continue the work in Parrsboro through the Main & Station Nonesuch residency program. During this time Andrew will also teach an Artistic Geo-photography Workshop, lead a Geo-montage Walking Tour, and have an exhibition of his photographs. See below for details.

Artistic Geo-photography

an outdoor workshop with Andrew Godsalve

Are you curious about geology and photography? 

This outdoor walking workshop is about the joy of photographing rocks, sand, fossils and other geological formations, led by an artist interested in the science of geology. 

While walking the beach at East Bay, participants will engage with earthen textures and histories through the artistic use of the lens. We will learn about shooting landscapes and small pebbles, and we will create photo- abstractions that blur the boundaries between things large and tiny. 

Photo credit: Alicial Hunt

I am an artist captivated with the idea of geodiversity – the idea that our geologic earth is a collage of difference. Each land is unique, an ever-changing and non-repeatable fabric of different minerals, animals, plants and theories. I work with the understanding that there is no such thing as a timeless landscape – rather each landscape is time-rich: if fossils can be seen as photographs, then broader terrains can be read as photo albums, whose contents are being continually revised. Every land is a shifting multitude, rife with slices of different pasts, present-times and potential futures embedded within it.

Photo credit: Alicial Hunt

Through my work I seek to ask: What happens when we make landscape photography play by geology’s rules? How do our ideas about space, time and environment change when this question is posed? The past times of Earth are unpredictable, and much can be learned by listening to its layered stories. 

WHEN: SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 7 & 8  November 2020  from  10 am – Noon

WHERE: the beach at East Bay; participants will meet at the Partridge Island Beach parking lot adjacent to Ottawa House shortly before 10am.

COST: $25 / person. No charge for children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult.

REGISTRATION: To register, please email fun@hmsnonesuch.com or call 514-979-3978.

The four main objectives of this workshop are as follows. First, to show how geological photography can be a fascinating journey between shooting landscapes, abstractions and very small things. Second, to encourage participants to approach geological science through an artistic lens, showing how an aesthetic interest can foster a curiosity about the earth processes that brought these features into being. Third, to allow participants to grow their confidence in using a camera in an inclusive environment of mutual learning. Fourth, to show participants an enjoyable and rewarding way of engaging with the natural world, embracing the slowness of geological creation.

The workshop is open to all skill levels of photography, and all levels of familiarity with geological concepts. Learning will happen on a basis of mutual respect and inclusiveness as we share our different techniques, theories and ideas.

Participants will be expected to bring their own cameras to use during the workshop. There are no requirements as to the type of camera to be used, so long as the participant is excited about taking photographs with it. Participants should be prepared to move slowly along a rocky beach for 2 hours. It is advised that participants wear weather-appropriate clothing as well as sturdy footwear appropriate for navigating uneven terrain.

Participants will meet at the Partridge Island Beach Parking lot adjacent to Ottawa House shortly before 10am.