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About the event

Celina Su and Youmna Chlala launch their respective debut poetry collections, questioning of spatial practices, architecture and cities as they relate to language, visuality, and literature. Both author's poetry intersects with their artistic and academic practices in multiple ways along the lines of race, translation, movement, and displacement. Chlala's collection The Paper Camera (Litmus Press) is about the language as the object that mediates and records memory, longing, loss, and love, notates light and translates between body and space. Su's collection Landia (Belladonna* Series) excavates literal and figurative borderlands—redrawn boundaries, architectural palimpsests, underground transport systems—to reckon with the historical and cultural forces that shape our cities and our intimate lives. 

Co-sponsored by Litmus Press, Belladonna* Series, The James Gallery, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Iniatitive, and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.