Emergency Index: Volume II Launch: February 1, 2014

On Saturday, February 1, at 7 p.m. Counterpath hosted a release party for Ugly Duckling Presse’s second volume of Emergency INDEX, featuring local contributors GASP, Robert Snyderman, and Elyse Brownell. Emergency INDEX Volume 2 includes contributions from artists, poets, scholars, activists, advertisers, computer scientists, theater ensembles and filmmakers presenting more than 300 performances made around the world in 2012.

GASP (Girls Assembling Something Perpetual) was founded by six female poets in Denver, Colorado in 2011. Combining elements of the sparse and often absent stage direction with dance, improvisation, and interpretation, GASP creates a poets’ theater of part abstraction, part sublimity, part accident, and part gesture. GASP seeks to find ways within theater, within a “play,” to parallel, not translate, radical elicitations of text, body, and atmosphere. To speak as both mouth and limb simultaneously. This year’s GASP ensemble includes: Sommer Browning, Serena Chopra, Erin Costello, HR Hegnauer, and Yanara Friedland.

From September 2011 to April 2012, Robert Snyderman mobilized 27 non-actors in Rhode Island to work through, memorize, build and enact his text Voice Graffiti, dedicated to interpreting unoccupied and under-occupied city spaces of Providence for ritual and art. This work culminated in a late-winter performance, on an open brick square in the city. In addition, he has written and directed five plays, written hundreds of poems on the streets and bridges of New York City for passersby, and, with close friends, founded the literary community The Corresponding Society. A graduate of the Brown Literary Arts MFA program, he has taught poetry in elementary schools in Rhode Island and Colorado, as well as to homeless vendors of the street paper Denver Voice. Poetic and dramatic work is forthcoming in Puerto del Sol, Forever Land, and ANCIENTS.

Elyse Brownell was born and raised on the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette, MI.  She holds her MFA in Writing & Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.  Elyse is a writer, performer, and curator of the monthly performance series, Bouldering Poets. Her work has been published in several journals including Bombay Gin, Monkey Puzzle Press, Emergency Index, Semicolon, Line Zero, Hoarse, and her self-published chapbook Floating Away was released in 2012. She also received the 2011 Summer Poetry Award for Line Zero.  Her current projects involve sinkholes, memory, and lost postcards.