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Silo City Reading Series - June 15 2024 - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Silo City Reading Series: Fred Moten + Brandon Lopez, Christina Vega-Westhoff, Bree Gilliam

Join us for the kickoff of the 2024 SILO CITY READING SERIES featuring a poetry + music performance from Fred MotenBrandon Lopez, a reading by Christina Vega-Westhoff and artwork by Bree Gilliam.

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Doors at 7:00 p.m. | Reading begins at 7:30 p.m.

Books will be available for purchase from Fitz Books.

*NOTE: if you would like to request ASL interpretation, please contact info@justbuffalo.org.

About the Poets & Artists

Fred Moten

photo credit Kari Orvik

Fred Moten has been writing and teaching for many years. His recent projects include a poetry collection, Perennial Fashion Presence Falling (Wave Books, 2023), a record album, Fred Moten/Brandon López/Gerald Cleaver (Reading Group Records, 2022), and an essay collection, All Incomplete (Minor Compositions, 2021), written with his long-time co-worker Stefano Harney. He lives in New York City with his partner, Laura Harris, and their kids, Lorenzo and Julian.

Moten has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Stephen E. Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the African American Literature and Culture Society, a Macarthur Fellowship, and the inaugural Roy Lichtenstein Award of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. He is a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Brandon Lopez
Brandon Lopez has been revolutionizing the double bass. Through a deep knowledge of traditional and extended technique, electro-acoustic phenomena, and the composition of improvisation he has created an idiosyncratic language that can upturn any assumption about the role of the double bass and challenge any digital or symphonic pallet. It’s no wonder that in the world of improvisation and new music, he’s one of the most in demand, copped and copied practitioners.

Christina Vega-Westhoff 500x500
Christina Vega-Westhoff (Nina) is a poet, translator, aerialist, and educator living in Buffalo, New York. She creates works rooted in ecology and community, most recently choreographing and directing Aerial Ode for the Trees and translating for the Genesee Valley Arts Council’s forthcoming Stories That Cook, a bilingual book of recipes, stories, and art from the region’s agricultural community. She is the author of Suelo Tide Cement, winner of the 2017 Nightboat Prize for Poetry. Nina serves as the Writing Center Coordinator at Just Buffalo Literary Center and teaches aerial dance to youth and adults with The Bird’s Nest. Her writing and translations have appeared in Best American Experimental Writing, Emergency Index, Words Without Borders, and more.

Bree Gilliam photo credit Blanc Photographie Studios

Briann (Bree) Gilliam’s work primarily focuses on social issues and experiences people face daily, especially those in the black community. She uses bold colors and expressive brushwork to provoke emotion from her audience. Gilliam primarily paints portraits of celebrities, friends, and family. Her goal is always to relate, inform, and spark conversation. She believes that conversations are the first step to creating solutions to the problems in this world.

Silo City Reading Series is generously supported by:
Cullen Foundation // Stenclik Family Foundation // NYSCA // Erie County // Rich Products Corporation

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Date

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Time

Doors at 7:00 p.m.
7:30 pm

Cost

$15.00

Location

Silo City (Marine A)
Silo City (Marine A)
85 Silo City Row, Buffalo, New York 14203

Organizer

Just Buffalo Literary Center
Just Buffalo Literary Center
Phone
(716) 832-5400
Email
info@justbuffalo.org
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Featured Artists

  • Christina (Nina) Vega-Westhoff
    Christina (Nina) Vega-Westhoff
    Poet, Translator

    CHRISTINA VEGA-WESTHOFF is a poet, translator, aerialist, and teaching artist. She is the author of Suelo Tide Cement, which won the 2017 Nightboat Prize for Poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Experimental Writing, Emergency Index, Jacket2, and Words Without Borders. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona and a BA in English and Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She choreographs and performs interdisciplinary works independently and for festivals and theatre, dance, and circus companies.

  • Fred Moten
    Fred Moten
    Poet, Essayist, Philosopher

    FRED MOTEN has been writing and teaching for many years. His recent projects include a poetry collection, Perennial Fashion Presence Falling (Wave Books, 2023), a record album, Fred Moten/Brandon López/Gerald Cleaver (Reading Group Records, 2022), and an essay collection, All Incomplete (Minor Compositions, 2021), written with his long-time co-worker Stefano Harney. He lives in New York City with his partner, Laura Harris, and their kids, Lorenzo and Julian.

    Photo credit: Kari Orvik

  • Bree Gilliam
    Bree Gilliam
    Painter, Artist

    BREE (Briann) GILLIAM‘s work focuses primarily on social issues and experiences people face daily, especially those in the black community. She uses bold colors and expressive brushwork to provoke emotion from her audience. Gilliam primarily paints portraits of celebrities, friends, and family. Her goal is always to relate, inform, and spark conversation. She believes that conversations are the first step to creating solutions to the problems in this world.

    Photo credit: Blanc Photographie Studios

  • Brandon Lopez
    Brandon Lopez
    Musician

    Brandon Lopez has been revolutionizing the double bass. Through a deep knowledge of traditional and extended technique, electro-acoustic phenomena, and the composition of improvisation, he has created an idiosyncratic language that can upturn any assumption about the role of the double bass and challenge any digital or symphonic pallete. It’s no wonder that in the world of improvisation and new music, he’s one of the most in-demand, copped, and copied practitioners.

    His signature harmonic gliss was the opening sonic feature of TELFAR’s 2022 clothing line drop. He was the featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic for the 2019 season premiere of Ashley Fure’s “Filament” under the baton of Jaap Van Zweden. His solo work has been featured at the Met Museum in a live collaboration with silent films by the likes of Stan Brakhage and Germaine Dulac. His collaborative work with Fred Moten and Gerald Cleaver was critically acclaimed by publications of note and won Best of Jazz 2022 in The New York Times. His most recent solo recording, Vilevilevilevilevilevilevilevile, won best of 2023 in the NYC Jazz Record.

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