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Poet, performer and librettist Douglas Kearney to present "FODDER" in Coe Marquis Series event

Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2017-01-05 09:14:43 - General

Douglas Kearney
Douglas Kearney

Critically acclaimed poet, performer and librettist Douglas Kearney will present "FODDER" in an upcoming Coe College Marquis Series event. The performance will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

"FODDER" combines sudden opera, live film narration, electronic music and sociocultural commentary to re-present death scenes from science-fiction, action and fantasy movies. The production voices characters whose deaths mark them as disposable to the films' plots, a framework that often mirrors social expendability in the real world.

Marquis Series patrons can purchase individual tickets for $15, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Cox Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday - Friday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Kearney's collection of writing on poetics and performativity, "Mess and Mess and" (Noemi Press, 2015), was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection that Publisher's Weekly called "an extraordinary book." His third poetry collection, "Patter" (Red Hen Press, 2014), examines miscarriage, infertility and parenthood. It was a finalist for the California Book Award in Poetry.

Cultural critic Greg Tate remarked that Kearney's second book and National Poetry Series selection, "The Black Automaton" (Fence Books, 2009), "flows from a consideration of urban speech, negro spontaneity and book learning." "Someone Took They Tongues" (Subito Press 2016) collects several of his libretti, including one written in a counterfeit Afro-diasporic language.

Kearney was the guest editor for 2015's "Best American Experimental Writing" (Wesleyan). He has received a Whiting Writer's Award and residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation and others. Kearney's work has appeared in a number of journals including Poetry, nocturnes, Pleiades, Iowa Review, Boston Review and Indiana Review; and anthologies, including "Best American Poetry," "Best American Experimental Writing," "Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond," "The Breakbeat Poets" and "What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Poets in America.”

Raised in Altadena, California, Kearney lives with his family in California's Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at California Institute for the Arts in Santa Clarita.

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.

For more information, go to www.coe.edu/marquis or call 319-399-8600.