Yardmeter XVII, Saturday, March 26th, 7:30 p.m.

Please join us for another great event!

Yardmeter 17 presents:

poetry readings

by Dan Magers and Francesca Chabrier,

a Max Ernst presentation

by Keith Newton,

and an operatic collaborative performance

combining the music and visuals

of Rusty Banks and Karen Graffeo.

All this happens at Shelton Walsmith's studio,

Saturday, March 26th, 7:30 p.m.

Please bring festive beverages.

About our presenters:

Karen Graffeo is an active multi-media artist creating work in both experimental and documentary photography including a 6 year-long photo/essay documentation of Roma (Gypsy) refugee encampments in Europe. She also does performance and installation based works. She has had numerous national and international solo exhibitions, including a teaching and installation residency at Ulster Art Academy in Belfast Northern Ireland and a lecture and exhibition that will open March 2007 at SACI University in Florence, Italy. She has toured the continuing documentary exhibition “Let Us Now Praise the Rom” i.e. (Gypsy) in Paris and in Ithaca, New York. Karen's work has been published in Aperture Magazine, Contemporary Southern Photographers, Number Magazine, The Seven Virtues of Photography, Black and White, in the books Visions of Angels (Smithmark Publishers, 1996, edited by Nelson Blancourt), Our Grandmothers (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 1998), as well as in several literary journals and web based publications.

Rusty Banks (b.1974) is a composer, guitarist, and educator born in Jasper, AL and living in Mountville, PA. His compositions have been performed in China, Italy, Canada, and throughout the United States. Besides writing concert music for ballet, orchestra, and acoustic ensembles, Rusty “designs” pieces that use traditional performers, boomboxes, and video within dynamic audio/video installations. His music is thoroughly modern with an emphasis on beauty and invention. As a guitarist, Rusty is an often called upon interpreter of new works for the concert guitar. Besides modern works, Rusty has performed much of the traditional solo repertoire as well as concerti with Lincoln Symphony, the Third Chair Chamber Players, Doane Orchestra, and others. As an educator, Rusty has taught composition, theory, guitar, and music business courses privately and for universities. His educational endeavors are driven by a desire to involve learners in projects that transcend the semester and the campus walls and impact the community beyond. At Millersville University, Rusty teaches Popular Music, Music and Culture, Electronic Music, and Music Business.

Dan Magers is the founder and editor of Sink Review, an online poetry journal, as well as Immaculate Disciples Press, a chapbook press specializing in poetry and poetry/visual arts collaborations. He is the author of White-Collar Worker: I am a Destiny, an online poetry chapbook published by H_NGM_N Portable Document Format Chapbook series. He lives in Brooklyn.

Francesca Chabrier is the interviews editor for jubilat. Her work appears or is forthcoming in places like notnostrums, Sixth Finch, Forklift, Ohio, Wolf in a Field and Action, Yes. Her collaborations with Christopher Cheney can be found in GlitterPony. Her chapbook, The Axioms, is forthcoming from Pilot Books. She lives in a valley on a hill.

Keith Newton’s writing has appeared in Denver Quarterly, 1913, Harvard Review, Konundrum Engine, and Typo, among other journals, and his chapbook of poems Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City was published in 2009 by Cannibal Books. He is co-editor of The Harp & Altar Anthology (Ellipsis Press, 2010), a selection of writing from the online magazine Harp & Altar, which he founded in 2006. He lives in Brooklyn.