Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Stecopoulos &Toscano : 6/1 : New Langton Arts

Eleni Stecopoulos and Rodrigo Toscano
Thursday 01 Jun 2006
8 pm
$8 general, $5 Langton members, students and seniors.

As Rodrigo Toscano’s book Platform questions, it also indicts and it celebrates, and at the end of the day, it offers us poems of striking cultural density and multivalence that reverberate in the skull of the reader long after the last word has been read. –Jules Boykoff, electronic poetry center, SUNY Buffalo

Eleni Stecopoulos works with text, recordings, gestures, and energy, drawing from ‘alternative’ healing methods, to explore how visceral responses to words can form narrative.

Rodrigo Toscano (with other poets) reads several sections from Truax Inimical as well as performs a one-act radio dialogue Eco-Strato-Static. In Truax Inimical Toscano combines the direct expression of a soapbox orator with that of a ghostly chorus as a way of arriving at political and aesthetic contradictions in contemporary culture.


Eleni Stecopoulos has published poetry and essays in Ecopoetics, Chain, Mirage, Open Letter, the Harvard Review, Kiosk, and other venues. Work is forthcoming in XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics, the Capilano Review, and MiPOesias Magazine online. Factory School will publish a book on poetics and healing in 2006. Stecopoulos lives and works in San Francisco.

Rodrigo Toscano was a New York Foundation for the Arts 2005 Fellow in Poetry. He is the author of To Leveling Swerve (2004); Platform (2003); The Disparities (2002); and Partisans (1999). Toscano’s work has recently appeared in Best American Poetry, 2004; War and Peace,/i> (2004); and In the Criminal's Cabinet: An Anthology of Poetry and Fiction. Originally from California, Toscano lives and works in New York City.

New Langton Arts
1246 Folsom Street (between 8th and 9th streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103-3817
415 626 5416

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