Franklin Street Works presents an evening with PoemAlley, a local poet organization based in Stamford, Connecticut, on Thursday, August 23, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Please join us for this free, public event that includes poetry readings inspired by Franklin Street Work’s current exhibition, These Transitional Spaces! A zine of exhibition-related poems will also be featured in the art space and café and will be free to visitors. Similar to Franklin Street Works, PoemAlley is a non-profit organization that encourages openness, innovation, and discussion, meeting every Tuesday at Curley’s Diner in Stamford for poetry readings, debates, and food.
To make this project possible, PoemAlley members were invited to see the exhibition, These Transitional Spaces, and to write poems inspired by the exhibition or a single work. Many of the poems were written in the Franklin Street Works café! These Transitional Spaces, curated by artist Seth Kelly, runs from June 30 – August 26, 2012, at Franklin Street Works. A thematic, group exhibition, These Transitional Spaces evokes the impossibility of time and space being captured, prompting audiences to imagine alternate realities and histories. The lyrical breadth of and the somewhat self-reflexive curatorial approach to the exhibition makes a group show with a cloak of tears, a rainbow painter, and a floating pear a perfect fit for a poetry project. This is Franklin Street Works’ first literary event, but is in keeping with the organization’s mission of providing innovative art, cross-disciplinary programming, and “takeaway” literature (such as zines and artists books) as a way to engage the community. This is also Franklin Street Works and PoemAlley’s first collaboration and creates a unique opportunity for the two groups to expand their roles as hubs for creative exchange and dialogue in Stamford. “Contributing PoemAlley members are particularly enthusiastic about taking part in this ekphrastic program,” said PA Advisory Committee member Rolf Maurer, “The intimacy of Franklin Street Works’ multi-media space inspires interpretive probing on the part of casual visitors and artists of all types.”
Founded in 1998 by Ann Yarmal and Catherine Ednie as a non-profit creative venture of the Unitarian Universalist Society in Stamford, PoemAlley continues to provide a weekly opportunity for poets, confessional/anecdotal writers, spoken word, and hip hop artists to share and discuss one another’s work –all within the warm and enduring walls of Stamford’s own Curley’s Diner.
Over the years, PoemAlley’s growth has included prominent guest speakers, themed poetry events throughout the Stamford/Greenwich area, and a series of original anthologies (for more: http://poemalley.blogspot.com). The group is open to anyone living in Fairfield County and the surrounding area. PoemAlley meets Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm at Curley’s on 62 Park Place (behind Target).