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Sunday, June 5th – 2 pm
Elsa Marley reads Tiananmen Square poems

Elsa Marley will be reading from her new book of poetry, Never Forget, which brings together 27 years of poems about the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 in China.  Elsa is a painter who also writes poetry.  The Tiananmen poems derive from her presence in China at the time of the massacre, after being resident in China for three years.

Elsa will be joined by Bill Glassley, who is coming in from New Mexico and whose new book on Greenland will be published soon. Elsa and Bill Glassley have a long-running collaboration in which they look at Greenland for evidence of the effects of climate change demonstrated in Bill’s scientific data and Elsa’s paintings and poems.

Also sharing the stage at Bird & Beckett for this occasion will be poet and painter Sherrie Lovler. Sherrie’s paintings are inspired by her poetry, and the core influence on her art has been calligraphy. Her recent collection of poetry, On Softer Ground, was named the 2016 Most Outstanding Book Design winner by an association of independent book publishers.  Her abstract paintings have been shown in numerous solo, juried and group exhibitions.

Elsa Marley art installation


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The Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project

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