The Yes! Poetry & Performance Series continues the new season at the Albany Center Gallery (39 Columbia Street, Albany) on Saturday, November 7 at 7:00PM with a night of poetry, art, and music featuring Victorio Reyes, Lee Gough, and Nathan Pape.
Victorio Reyes is an activist and artist living in Albany, NY and is currently a graduate assistant, pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Albany. He was featured in the anthology of emerging writers: Chorus, published by MTV Books. His poems have appeared in many literary journals including The Mandala Journal, Word Riot, and the local Pine Hills Review. Victorio holds an MFA degree from The Vermont College of Fine Arts. Blending his writing and activism, Reyes served the executive director of The Social Justice Center of Albany (SJC) for 11 years.
Lee Gough is a visual artist, poet and handmade book-maker. In 2014, her artist’s book Machine-Made traveled in an exhibition called Handmade/Homemade at Pace University and in Casper, Wyoming. Her poetry has appeared in Little Red Leaves Textile Editions, Dusie, and Antennae (11).
Nathan Alexander Pape is a listener, musician, mathematician, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. Instead of simply defying the constraints of the guitar to proclaim the finding of a new music, Nathan uses the limitations and traditions of the instrument as viable sources for inspiration and creation. In addition to Nathan’s solo work which focuses on the sonic expansion of the steel-string acoustic guitar through improvisation, he has a regularly performing duo with percussionist John O’Brien and is currently collaborating with poet James Belflower. You may also hear him performing fingerstyle guitar in the vein of John Fahey and other American Primitive Guitar practitioners, simply because he loves that music and it makes people happy.
Albany Center Gallery is a community-based and community supported non-profit art space dedicated to exhibiting skillful contemporary art of the Mohawk Hudson region, and building a strong, knowledgeable audience for the visual arts.
The Yes! Poetry & Performance Series is thankful for the support of The Hudson Valley Writer’s Guild. The HVWG supports the efforts of writers in all genres by sponsoring readings, workshops and contests and providing a number of valuable resources for the entire literary community. Though their headquarters is in Troy, New York, they serve Albany and Schenectady, as well, along with outlying suburbs and towns in New York’s Capital Region.
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