From Here to the Corner Reading with Penny Arcade, Gerry Albarelli, and Boris Tsessarsky, January 19, 2010
The next From Here to the Corner reading will be January 19th, 7:30pm at 25CPW, an artist-run storefront gallery at 25 Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Three featured readers, Penny Arcade, Gerry Albarelli, and Boris Tsessarsky, will explore writing and oral history, focusing on hidden and vanishing histories of New York City. Penny Arcade will also read from her new book, Bad Reputation: Performances, Essays, Interviews, released October 2009 by Semiotext(e) as part of the Native Agents series.
Penny Arcade (Susana Ventura) is a cultural icon of the New York Underground. She is an international performance artist and a writer of essays, poetry, and theater.
Gerry Albarelli is the author of Teacha! Stories from a Yeshiva, which chronicles his experience as a non-Jew teaching English as a second language to Yiddish-speaking Hasidic boys at a yeshiva in Brooklyn. He has published stories, poems and essays in numerous anthologies and reviews, including The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories, Italian Americana, The Breast, and Fairleigh Dickinson Review. He is on the faculties of Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. He’s worked for many years for the Columbia University Oral History Research Office, where he has initiated numerous documentary projects. He will be reading from his collection of stories, Mary, Queen of Immigrants, which will be published in 2010.
Boris Tsessarsky is currently working on a coming-of-age novel and a collection of linked short stories about the lives of different New Yorkers. He has also conducted several oral history interviews for a project about the Lower East Side during the time of the Tompkins Square riots. He is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, and he teaches composition at Bloomfield College. Boris is a native New Yorker.
25CPW is a storefront that has been vacant for the past two years. Early this fall a group of ten artists moved into the 3,000 square foot space viewing it as an opportunity to share their ideas and work with a broad audience. The space is called 25CPW. Its members seek to create a common platform for artists, curators, writers, educators, and the general public to engage with contemporary art. 25CPW will maintain a calendar of diverse events featuring lectures, discussions, film screenings, poetry readings, performances, workshops and exhibitions.