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Idiolexicon Poetry Series
Second Monday of the month
Cafe Royale, 800 Post St, San Francisco
8 PM

May 12, 2008
Poetry by Andy Nicholson
Poetry by Joseph Lease
Music: Electronics and Accordion by Philip White and Charity Chan

Joseph Lease

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Joseph Lease's critically acclaimed books of poetry include Broken World (Coffee House Press) and Human Rights (Zoland Books). His poem "'Broken World' (For James Assatly)" was selected for The Best American Poetry 2002 (Scribner). His poems have also been featured on NPR and published in The AGNI 30th Anniversary Poetry Anthology, VQR, Bay Poetics, Paris Review, and elsewhere. Of Broken World Marjorie Perloff wrote: "The poems in Joseph Lease's Broken World are as cool as they are passionate, as soft-spoken as they are indignant, and as fiercely Romantic as they are formally contained. Whether writing an elegy for a friend who died of AIDS or playing complex variations on Rilke's Duino Elegies ("If I cried out, / Who among the angelic orders would / Slap my face, who would steal my / Lunch money"), Lease has complete command of his poetic materials. His poems are spellbinding in their terse and ironic authority: Yes, the reader feels when s/he has finished, this is how it was - and how it is. An exquisite collection!" Thomas Fink's book A Different Sense of Power: Problems of Community in Late-Twentieth Century U.S. Poetry includes extensive analysis of Lease's poetry. Lease's recent readings and residencies include those at the University of Minnesota, The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, City Lights Books, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, the University of Denver, Louisiana State University, West Virginia University, Stanford University, and elsewhere.

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Philip White and Charity Chan

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After receiving a BA in music with Departmental Honors from the College of Charleston in 2003, Philip White's attention quickly turned from jazz and classical composition to experimental electronic music and sound art. After founding the New Music Collective in 2005, a 501c3 devoted to the production and promotion of contemporary music in the southeast, he premiered Variations on a Dream, a fifteen movement suite in collaboration with film artist Kevin Taylor which garnered him national attention in the form of a feature on The American Avant Garde. That same year multiple installations, a major work for choir and electronics, and an honorable mention for his work on Quid Pro Quo firmly established Philip as an up and coming intermedia artist in the southeast. Since then he has toured nationally and had works shown throughout the US, including a spot as a featured artist on Redux Contemporary Studio's New Media Festival. Philip is currently pursuing an MFA in Electronic and Recorded Media at Mills College in Oakland, California where he has studied with Chris Brown, Hilda Paredes, and James Fei.

Charity Chan's live performances focus on the evocation and combination of alternative timbres from the piano with more traditional techniques. Having performed throughout the United States and Canada, Charity has had the opportunity to perform and work with many luminaries in the field. Among them are: Nicolas Caloia, Jean Derome, Lori Freedman, Fred Frith, Frank Gratkowski, Roscoe Mitchell, Maggie Nichols, Joelle Leandre, Joane Hetu, Danielle Palardy Roger, and Jack Wright. Her performances can be found-as a featured artist and as a collaborator-on Tzadik, Innova, and particularly, Ambiances Magnetiques. Her forthcoming solo album will be released on Ambiances Magnetiques in the winter of 2008. Her scholarly research approaches music from a socio-cultural perspective, and focuses on embodiment, ethics and legitimacy, and cultural memory in improvisation. She is a member of the International Society of Improvised Music, Society for American Music, and the American Musicological Society. Currently an MFA candidate at Mills College, Charity also has a B.Mus. from McGill University, and will begin her Ph.D. studies at Princeton University this fall.

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Andy Nicholson

Andy Nicholson is a poet and is an editor for the poetry/visual arts magazine Oranges & Sardines. He received his MFA from California College of the Arts, lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has a keen interest in collaboration. His poems have recently appeared in such places as Ocho, Idiolexicon, Shampoo, and Beeswax.

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