Ligatures: Authors and Artists in Conversation celebrates the literary and visual arts and the interection between the two. You can expect to learn more about these four phenomenal artists and their work as poets, translators, performers, and scholars, but this event also celebrates you and your questions. Through conversation with the audience and one another, we'll ask questions about craft and the artistic process, especially how art moves from an idea to a "thing" and the practices and habits that keep an artist's work juicy. We'll also be celebrating the releace of Gulf Coast Magazine's newest issue, 27.1, featuring the work of Antena, Tony Hoagland, Caitlin Horrocks, Juan Villoro, and many others!

October 30 2014

Eldorado Ballroom 2310 Elgin St. Houston, TX 77004 07 pm

**There is no charge for this event.**

Jennifer Scappettone works at the juncture of poetry, translation, research and pedagogy, and the scoring of textual, visual, sonic, and gestural fields. Her books of poetry include From Dame Quickly and Thing Ode / Ode oggettuale, the latter translated in dialogue with Marco Giovenale. Exit 43, an archaeology of landfill and opera of pop-up pastorals, is in progress for Atelos Press, with a letterpress palimpsest, A Chorus Fosse, forthcoming from Compline. She edited and translated Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli, and is at work on new translations of Carla Lonziand F.T. Marinetti, as well as on the new Italian section of PennSound, which she is curating. Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice, a study of the obsolescent city's influence on the aesthetic, social, and cognitive imagination of the modern world, will be out in November 2014.

Ilya Kaminsky is the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press) which was awarded American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award, Lannan Fellowships, Whiting Writers Award and was chosen best book of the year by ForeWord Magazine. The book was also translated into numerous languages and published in Spain, UK, France, Turkey, Romania, Macedonia, Russia, Mexico, Holland, and China where it was also given the Yinchuan Prize for Poetry. Kaminsky is also the co-editor of Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins) and has edited and translated several other books. He teaches at San Diego State University.

Clarissa Tossin's work has been included in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including most recently Made in L.A. 2014 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and Bringing the World into the World at The Queens Museum in New York. Earlier this year, her work could be seen at Fundação Iberê Camargo, in Brazil, as a part of the exhibition Liberdade em Movimento. In 2013 she was commissioned a Window into Houston by the Blaffer Art Museum and was part of the CCA Wattis Institute's traveling exhibition, When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes. Tossin was a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston from 2010 to 2012 and participated in the Artpace International Artitst-in-Residency in 2013. This year, she's won a California Community Foundation Fellowship (2014). Her work has been written about in The New York Times, and X-tra Magazine among others.

Autumn Knight is a Houston-based interdisciplinary artist whose work primarily falls within performance, installation, and social practices that address conventions of racial and gender identity, psychotherapy and art access. Knight's performance work has been in group exhibitions at various institutions including the University Museum at Texas Southern University, DiverseWorks Artspace, Art League Houston, Project Row Houses, Blaffer Art Museum and Crystal Bridges Museum (AR). She was a 2013-2014 artist in residence at Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston, TX and the international AIR with UK arts organization, In-Situ.