5/15: Arnold Kemp, erica lewis, Sreshta Rit Premnath

Arnold Kemp is an American artist that works in painting, print, sculpture, and poetry. Kemp received a BA/BFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an MFA from Stanford University. From 1991 to 2006, Kemp lived and worked in San Francisco, CA, where he showed works independently and was a curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. More recently, he was chair of the MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art PNCA in Portland, Oregon. He currently serves as Painting and Printmaking Chair & Associate Professor at the School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2001, he first showed work in New York at the Studio Museum's "Freestyle" Exhibition. The "Freestyle" exhibition was discussed in the context of the Post-black art movement, a moment where black artists confronted and abandoned the label of being 'black' artists. Significant works of Kemp’s are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Berkeley Art Museum, The Tacoma Art Museum, and the Fine Arts Collection at the University of California, Davis. In 2012, Kemp was awarded a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

erica lewis lives in San Francisco where she is a fine arts publicist and curates the john oates house reading series. Her work has appeared in various anthologies, journals, and on the SFMOMA “Open Space” blog. Books include daryl hall is my boyfriend (Barrelhouse 2015), murmur in the inventory (Shearsman Books), and the precipice of jupiter (Queue Books) and camera obscura (BlazeVox Books), both collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein. A double chapbook project, rarities and b sides/songs for mary is forthcoming from Lame House Press in fall 2015, and a chapbook, voodoo child vintage church bird house/wood, was published in spring 2015 from Ypolita. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sreshta Rit Premnath has had solo exhibitions at KANSAS, New York; Gallery SKE, Bangalore; The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin; Wave Hill, New York; Art Statements, Art Basel; as well as numerous group exhibitions at venues including Queens Museum, New York; YBCA, San Francisco; Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris; 1A Space, Hong Kong; Thomas Erben Gallery and Friedman Benda Gallery, New York. He is the founder and co-editor of the publication Shifter. Premnath completed his MFA at Bard College, and has attended the Whitney Independent Study Program, Skowhegan and Smack Mellon. He has received grants from Art Matters and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and was awarded the Arthur Levitt Fellowship from Williams College. Based in Brooklyn, Premnath is Assistant Professor at Parsons, New York.



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Reading starts at 7PM.
The Multifarious Array is a semi-monthly reading series featuring the very best poets at the very best place (Pete's Candy Store).

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Take the G to the Metropolitan stop or the L to the Lorimer stop. (Map: http://www.petescandystore.com/petes_map.html)

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4/10: Jeanine Oleson, Leslie Allison, Jessica Posner



Jeanine Oleson is a visual artist who loves images, objects, and words. She has widely exhibited her work, most recently a large-scale residency/exhibition/performances at the New Museum in Spring 2014.




Leslie Allison is a Brooklyn-based writer and musician. She composes choral music for plays with ongoing collaborator Francis Weiss Rabkin, and is currently writing scores for CockyBoys films. She is a regular dance critic for The Brooklyn Rail, and her first chapbook, Martha, will be released this April through Ugly Ducking Presse. 





Jessica Posner is a difficult woman. She is a feminist, artist, performer, and worker. Her current research revolves around the Butter Body Politic, a platform which explores butter as a metaphor for the body and body politic. She has performed her work and the work of others nationally and internationally, and has been featured as one of the best free things to do in New York City by AM New York. Her feminist art/riot grrl band, Malvinas, is releasing their first EP in 2015. Posner received an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design in 2013, and a BS from Syracuse University in 2008. She currently teaches in the Department of Transmedia, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.
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Reading starts at 7PM.
The Multifarious Array is a semi-monthly reading series featuring the very best poets at the very best place (Pete's Candy Store).

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Take the G to the Metropolitan stop or the L to the Lorimer stop. (Map: http://www.petescandystore.com/petes_map.html)

Visit us online here: http://www.petescandystore.com/multifarious_array/multifarious_array.html


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3/27: Tommy Pico, Felix Bernstein, Jessi Probus & Caroline Contillo




Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the author of absentMINDR (VERBALVISUAL, 2014)—the first chapbook APP published for iOS mobile/tablet devices—was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has poems in BOMB, Guernica, and [PANK]. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn.



Felix Bernstein debuted on YouTube with his satirical (yet real) high-school coming out video in 2008; going on to play Amy Winehouse, Lamb Chop, and Leopold (Peter) Brant. With Gabe Hoot Rubin, he made the filmsUnchained Melody and Boyland. Together they directed and starred in Red Krayola’s opera Victorine at the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Bernstein's critical and uncritical writings have appeared in Bombthe BelieverHyperallergic, and Boston Review. His book of essays, Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry, is out from Insert Blanc Press and his book of poems, Burn Book, is forthcoming from Nightboat. With Vanessa Place, he is co-editing the forthcoming anthology Social Media, Cruel Medium. His solo performance Adonis or Bieber Bathos Elegy will premiere at the Whitney in the fall and he is currently the R & D Fellow at the New Museum. You can see his work atfelixbernstein.com and @FelixBernstein on twitter. 





Jessi Probus is a writer and designer living in Queens. Her writing has appeared in Nano Fiction, Word Riot, McSweeney's, BuzzFeed, The Rumpus. 




Caroline Contillo is a writer and artist based in Ridgewood, Queens. Her work can be found at Rhizome, The Interdependence Project, and Refinery 29. In addition to stand-up comedy, poetry, and performance art, Caroline teaches meditation workshops for artists and performers. Her work and future events can be found at spacecrone.com
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Reading starts at 7PM.
The Multifarious Array is a semi-monthly reading series featuring the very best poets at the very best place (Pete's Candy Store).

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Take the G to the Metropolitan stop or the L to the Lorimer stop. (Map: http://www.petescandystore.com/petes_map.html)

Visit us online here: http://www.petescandystore.com/multifarious_array/multifarious_array.html


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3/13: Gordon Hall, Max Steele, Buzz Slutzky


Gordon Hall is an artist based in New York. Hall has exhibited and performed at SculptureCenter, The Kitchen, Movement Research, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, Kent Fine Art, Foxy Production, and at Chapter, New York, among others. Hall is the director of the Center for Experimental Lectures, a lecture-performance series that has been hosted by a variety of venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, producing a series of lectures and seminars in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Hall’s writing and interviews have been featured V Magazine, Randy, Bomb, Title Magazine, What Is Power? Inquiries Into Contemporary Sculpture (forthcoming, published by SculptureCenter) and in Theorizing Visual Studies (Routledge, 2012). 




Max Steele is a performer and writer. He makes theater and music performances for art galleries and rock clubs and plays in the gay goth rap duo B0DYH1GH, and writes the zine Scorcher and the blog Fag City.




Buzz Slutzky is an artist, writer, and curator. Buzz works in a range of media, including drawing, sculpture, video, printmaking, animation, and performance. They are a former Curator of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and have also shown work at La Mama, Dixon Place, MIX NYC, the Leslie Lohman Museum, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum. Buzz's current project  "Religious Beliebs" imagines a fictional relationship between Anne Frank and Justin Bieber, taking inspiration from Bieber's note in the Anne Frank House guest book that "Hopefully, she would've been a Belieber."








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Reading starts at 7PM.
The Multifarious Array is a semi-monthly reading series featuring the very best poets at the very best place (Pete's Candy Store).

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Take the G to the Metropolitan stop or the L to the Lorimer stop. (Map: http://www.petescandystore.com/petes_map.html)

Visit us online here: http://www.petescandystore.com/multifarious_array/multifarious_array.html

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2/27: Stephen Boyer, Deanna Havas, David Geer


Stephen Boyer is the author of #UploadingNature (Fields Press 2014), Parasite (Publication Studio 2013), Ghosts (Bent Boy Books 2010), and has published in many zines and anthologies. During the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park they compiled the Occupy Wall St Poetry Anthology, a collection of work over a 1000 pages with over 400 poets contributing.


Deanna Havas was born in New York City in 1989, where she currently lives and works. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. Her recent group exhibitions include “Reverly” at Kunsthalle Bern in Bern, Switzerland, “Heathers” at Rowing in London, and “Into You” at Running Residency, also in London. Her upcoming projects include a residency at Marbriers 4 in Geneva.



David Geer is a feminist living in Brooklyn. He hangs out on ourbodies.biz and tweets @feminist_utopia.

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Reading starts at 7PM.
The Multifarious Array is a semi-monthly reading series featuring the very best poets at the very best place (Pete's Candy Store).

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Take the G to the Metropolitan stop or the L to the Lorimer stop. (Map: http://www.petescandystore.com/petes_map.html)

Visit us online here: http://www.petescandystore.com/multifarious_array/multifarious_array.html

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2/6: Farnoosh Fathi, Kit Schluter, Matthew Yeager


Farnoosh Fathi is the author of Great Guns (Canarium Books, 2013) and editor of the forthcoming Collected Poems of Joan Murray (New York Review of Books, 2017). She was born in Louisiana to Iranian parents and lives now in NYC and the Granny Cloud.


Kit Schluter is a writer and translator living in Providence, RI. Some of his personal writing can be found in Boston Review, BOMB, Elective Affinities, and Poor Claudia's "Ten Sources" series, as well as in a forthcoming chapbook, Inclusivity Blueprint, from Diez. His translations from French, Spanish, and Occitan of Marcel Schwob, Jaime Saenz, Michel Surya, Amandine André, and Anne Kawala, are out or forthcoming from Wakefield Press, Poor Claudia, Solar Luxuriance, and Canarium Books. He is co-editor of O'clock Press, and curates the house reading/performance series Wild Combination.



Matthew Yeager's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Sixthfinch, Gulf Coast, Minnesota Review, Bat City Review, and elsewhere, as well as Best American Poetry 2005 and Best American Poetry 2010.  His short film "A Big Ball of Foil in a Small NY Apartment" was an official selection at thirteen film festivals in 2009-2010, picking up three awards.   Other distinctions include the 2009 Barthelme Prize in Short Prose and two MacDowell fellowships.  The co-curator of the long running KGB Monday Night Poetry Series, he has worked in the NY catering industry for twelve years in various capacities: truck driver, waiter, sanitation helper, sanitation captain, bartender, bar captain, and lead captain.  He lives in Ridgewood, Queens.    
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Reading starts at 7PM.
The Multifarious Array is a semi-monthly reading series featuring the very best poets at the very best place (Pete's Candy Store).

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Take the G to the Metropolitan stop or the L to the Lorimer stop. (Map: http://www.petescandystore.com/petes_map.html)

Visit us online here: http://www.petescandystore.com/multifarious_array/multifarious_array.html

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1/30: Hossannah Asuncion, Mahogany L. Browne, & Eléna Rivera


Hossannah Asuncion was raised near the 105 and 710 freeways in L.A. She currently lives near an A/C stop in Brooklyn. Kimiko Hahn selected her manuscript, Fragments of Loss, for a 2010 Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship. She is also a Kundiman fellow.

An alumnae of Cave Canem and Poets House, Mahogany L. Browne  is the author of several books including Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & About.com  Best Poetry Books of 2010. She has released five LPs including the live album Sheroshima. As co-founder of the Off Broadway poetry production, Jam On It, and co-producer of NYC’s 1st Performance Poetry Festival: SoundBites Poetry Festival, Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada's The Word and UK's MOBO. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary, Joint & The Feminist Wire. She is anticipating the release of several poetry collections in 2015: Smudge (Button Poetry), Redbone (Willow Books) & the anthology The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Harcourt). She is an Urban Word NYC mentor, as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Brown is also the publisher of Penmanship Books, the Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program Director and Friday Night Slam curator and currently an MFA Candidate for Writing & Activism at Pratt Institute.

Eléna Rivera was born in Mexico City, and spent her formative years in Paris. She has also lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, Montréal and Providence, Rhode Island. She now resides in New York City. Her most recent books are: Atmosphered (Oystercatcher Press, 2014), Overture (http://www.metambesen.org/books, 2014), On the Nature of Position and Tone (Field Press, 2012), and The Perforate Map (Shearsman Books, 2011).
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Reading starts at 7PM.
The Multifarious Array is a semi-monthly reading series featuring the very best poets at the very best place (Pete's Candy Store).

Pete's Candy Store is located at 709 Lorimer in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Take the G to the Metropolitan stop or the L to the Lorimer stop. (Map: http://www.petescandystore.com/petes_map.html)

Visit us online here: http://www.petescandystore.com/multifarious_array/multifarious_array.html

Also, visit us here: http://multifariousarray.blogspot.com/