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Margot Farrington at the Green Room

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 at 8pm, charity, Sustainable Wales, hosts poet MARGOT FARRINGTON. Click to enlarge images in this post.

Margot Farrington (website)


Margot will give a reading of her work and sign copies of her books. These include Rising and Falling, Flares and Fathoms, and Scanning for Tigers.

Margot Farrington is a poet, writer, and performer. Trained in theater—her earliest love—she has read and performed widely as poet and as storyteller, garnering praise both for her work and for dynamic readings and performances. The author of three full-length poetry collections, her prior book was “Scanning For Tigers” (Free Scholar Press, 2014), her fourth collection "The Blue Canoe Of Longing" is forthcoming. Other writing includes essays, interviews, and reviews of poetry and art. Visual works include collage—pieces she has exhibited in galleries. Among her awards are fellowships in poetry from Norton Island, The I-Park Foundation, The Clocktower, and grants from NYSCA/DEC and the Athena Foundation. She is a two time Pushcart Prize nominee, most recently in 2015. As writer-in-residence, she has worked in urban and rural environments, serving diverse populations. She has also taught workshops at libraries, literary centers, schools, and prisons. As juror, panelist, curator, and coordinator, she has been involved in many literary endeavors. Farrington is founder and director of Writers At The Eyrie, the Brooklyn based residency program she launched in 2014 Born and raised in New Jersey, Farrington later moved to New York. Since the 1980s she has lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and in Treadwell, NY. (Image: Tony Martin)

For a full description of awards and activities click here

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Tony Martin (website)

A short film will be screened that celebrates Tony’s life, which includes his work as a ‘light artist’. He is one of the first who, in the 1960s, initiated light-shows with rock groups, such as San Francisco’s Grateful Dead. A true pathfinder.

TONY MARTIN arrived to San Francisco in 1962, promptly forging creative alliances and lifetime friendships with “new music” people Morton Subotnick, Pauline Oliveros, and Ramon Sender. When the San Francisco Tape Music Center moved to its location at 321 Divisadero St., Martin was invited by co-directors Sender and Subotnick to become the Visual Director. With special attention paid to working in the tape music medium, as well as performing regularly, they joined with Mills Center for Contemporary Music in ’67. During the SFTMC days Martin was responsible for numerous visual compositions, including Terry Riley’s In C performance, as well as Sender’s Desert Ambulance. Martin was deeply engaged in experimenting with light via overhead and slide projectors, mixing paint, oil, water, and objects to build his light compositions. His following grew as a culture of psychedelia pervaded the 1960s and his light shows became popular amongst bands such as Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead. During this time he began to build "interactions" by engineering entire environments using sensors and mirrors. By the late ’60s he returned to New York City where he continued his focus for these types of installations; time and time again synthesizing his technological skills with painting as a moving image. A painter at heart, he continued to do so with consideration of his experience working with his viewer-activated sculptures, as well as his devotion to the medium of light — maintaining a thread that binds all aspects of his work. His latest piece entitled Proximity Switched Installation (2012) is a clear culmination of a lifetime of experimentation/production. A video demonstration of this installation will be available to view online at the time of the books release and includes musical accompaniment by Compound Eye (Spring Press).

THE VARIABLE PLACE is the first book of its kind to tie together over 50 years of Tony Martin's work. It includes an in-depth interview with Martin by Will Cameron, Albert Herter and the editors. As well as a special introduction by long-time friend/collaborator Pauline Oliveros. Available as a limited edition release of 350, 104 pp, full-color, 8” x 10”, perfect bound.

“Tony Martin has always been first with light. He is the inventor of the original light show, as well as interactive media and the first implementation of projected, scalable vector graphics. These all combined original ways of deciphering illumination with tightly synchronized engineering.” (Read More at Brooklyn Rail)

There will also be an Open Mike for local writers.

For Sustainable Wales, Robert Minhinnick commented:

“We’re delighted to be able to highlight the creativity of this extraordinary couple.

“Margot and Tony live in New York, and this is Margot’s only Welsh performance. Not to be missed!”

Everyone welcome! Croeso cynnes i bawb.

Entrance £4