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[BKARTS] The Center for Book Arts in New York City Presents Thomas Sayers Ellis & Adisa Vera Beatty

September 26, 2003         (212) 481-0295


New York, NY - The Center for Book Arts continues its 2003 Center Broadsides
Reading Series with a poetry reading featuring Thomas Sayers Ellis and Adisa
Vera Beatty.  The event will be held on Friday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm. Both
readers will be introduced by series co-curator Rodney Terich Leonard.

For this reading series, the Center publishes a collaborative work between
the authors and artists working at the Center for Book Arts. Limited edition
broadsides of the authors' work, letterpress printed at the Center, will be
available. The authors' poems and the artist's design, layout and imagery
relating to the poetry come together in these illustrated posters.

The event is free for CBA members; and for non-members, there is a $5
suggested donation. The first forty entrants receive one letterpress printed
broadside. The reading series, sponsored in part by the New York State
Council on the Arts, a state agency, is in its third year. Curators for the
2003 series are Sharon Dolin, Marcella Durand and Rodney Terich Leonard.
Established and emerging writers' work is highlighted.


Adisa Vera Beatty was born and raised in the Crown Heights section of
Brooklyn. She received her Bachelors degree from Emerson College and her
M.F.A. in creative writing from Brown University. Her work has appeared in
The Painted Bride Quarterly, Callaloo and The American Poetry Review. Ms.
Beatty currently teaches at New York University and in the NYC public school
system where she witnesses the bold, brilliant, beautiful shine of the
future despite the sun dashers.

Thomas Sayers Ellis is the author of The Good Junk (Take Three #1, Graywolf
Press 1996), a chapbook, The Genuine Negro Hero (Kent State University
Press, 2001) and the forthcoming The Maverick Room (Graywolf Press, 2005).
His poems have appeared in Grand Street, Tin House and The Best American
Poetry 1997 and 2001. He is currently Assistant Professor of English at Case
Western Reserve University and a member of the M.F.A faculty at Lesley

The Center for Book Arts is dedicated to the preservation of the traditional
crafts of bookmaking, as well as encouraging contemporary interpretations of
the book as an art object. Founded in 1974, it was the first not-for-profit
organization of its kind in the nation. The Center organizes exhibitions
related to the art of the book and offers an extensive selection of
educational courses, workshops and seminars in traditional and contemporary
bookbinding, letterpress printing, fine press publishing, and other
associated arts. The Center for Book Arts is supported by local businesses,
various foundations including the Lenrow Fund, the Milton and Sally Avery
Arts Foundation, the NY State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment
for the Arts, and its members.

The Center is located at 28 West 27th Street, on the 3rd floor, between 6th
Avenue and Broadway. To get to the Center by train, take the N, R to 28th
Street and Broadway; the F to 23rd Street and 6th Avenue; or the 1 or 9 to
28th Street and 7th Avenue. Please call the Center for details on parking in
the neighborhood.  For further information or to register for workshops and
classes, call the Center at (212) 481-0295 or visit
www.centerforbookarts.org. Center for Book Arts, Incorporated 1974 is a 501
(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation. Contributions are tax deductible to the
extent allowed by law.

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New York, NY  10001

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