Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Counterpath hosted “Entanglement,” a poetry performance/reading by Anne Waldman and Eleni Sikelianos, and screening of Ed Bowes’s Entanglement (2009), with contributing text by Anne Waldman, and starring Eleni Sikelianos.
Anne Waldman, recently deemed a “counter-cultural giant” by Publisher’s Weekly, is a poet, performer, professor, editor, and cultural activist. She is the author of more than 40 books and has concentrated on the long poem as a cultural intervention with such projects as Marriage: A Sentence, Structure of The World Compared to a Bubble, Manatee/Humanity (all three books published by Penguin Poets) and the anti-war feminist epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, recently published by Coffee House Press in 2011. Her numerous anthologies include Nice To See You: Homage to Ted Berrigan, and the co-edited collections Civil Disobediences, The Angel Hair Anthology and Beats at Naropa. She has recently collaborated with artist Pat Steir on CRY STALL GAZE, which will be printed by Brodsky Center at Rutgers University in 2012. Her CD The Milk of Universal Kindness, with music by Ambrose Bye, was released in 2011. Waldman is a recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, and has recently been appointed a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. She is the Artistic Director of the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University, the first Buddhist inspired University on the North American continent. She co-founded The Jack Kerouac School at Naropa with Allen Ginsberg in 1974.
Eleni Sikelianos is the author of a hybrid memoir (The Book of Jon, City Lights) and six books of poetry, the most recent being Body Clock. She has been the happy recipient of various awards for her poetry, nonfiction, and translations. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages, and anthologized, most recently in places such as American Hybrid and The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry.
Ed Bowes is a writer, director and cinematographer, who has been making his own movies for over three decades. His first movie Romance was the first full-feature-length narrative shot in black and white video. Subsequent movies have included Better, Stronger and Spitting Glass which was partially funded by Channel 4 in England and shown on major BPS stations throughout the U.S. Bowes worked overseas, after the Berlin Wall came down, for the Soros Foundation’s Open Society Fund and Interviews, consulting and training at independent television stations in Bosnia, Kazakstan, Russia, Armenia, Croatia, and Macedonia. He has worked for the past decade within the poetry and artistic community of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University and the film community of the University of Colorado, and Free Speech News. These resulted in Flip (2006), Against The Slope of Social Speech (2008), Entanglement (2009/10), and The Value Of Small Skeletons (2011). Bowes has worked with poets for years, including early work with Bernadette Mayer and Clark Coolidge, and more recent projects with Anne Waldman, Lisa Jarnot, and novelist Laird Hunt. He has received awards from the NEA, NYSCA, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2010). He lives in New York City where he teaches at the School of Visual Arts. For further information see www.EdBowes.org.