Ghost Fishing: Eco-Justice Poetry and the Diasporic City (Closing Reception & Final Reading)

An exhibition featuring site-specific artworks and botanical installations inspired by eleven poems, on view 24/7 at Kimmel Windows | LaGuardia + West 3rd | through Nov. 1st, 2018.

The installation reflects a collaboration involving poet, associate arts professor and chair of the Dept of Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, Kathy Engel; the poet/editor of the book, Melissa Tuckey, a co- founder of the activist poetry festival, Split This Rock; artist/activist and Gallatin adjunct professor, Mark Read; and the Kimmel Galleries curator, NYU Alumna Pamela Jean Tinnen
NYU faculty member and Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa, alumnus and Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo, and Tisch Art & Public Policy Chair Kathy Engel, are among the many poets, including 7 NYU alumni and 3 NYU faculty members featured in the newly released anthology, Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (University of Georgia Press). Excerpts of poems from the far reaching collection will appear in NYU’s Kimmel Windows on LaGuardia Place and 3rd St, beginning September 10th, 2018; including the work of: Kimberly BlaeserLeConté DillKathy EngelRoss GayYusef Komunyakaa, Naomi Shihab NyeRuth Irupé SanabriaTim SeiblesDanez SmithMelissa Tuckey, and Lisa Wujnovich.
Support has come from the Tisch School of the Arts Institute of Performing Arts, The Tisch Initiative for Creative Research, and the Global Research Initiatives of the Office of the Provost, NYU. The project was developed in collaboration with student activist groups working for fossil fuel divestment, along with community cultural and activist groups in New York addressing eco-justice, specifically as it relates to the people of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora, in the aftermath of hurricanes Sandy and Maria. Students and organizations will participate in the exhibit by adopting windows and tending to the living plants in the windows. They will also participate in a range of activities, including poetry workshops and writing their own poems. 
The installation opening is set for Monday, September 10th, 5-7pm pm with a blessing of the plants and the poems offered by Shinnecock Nation elder Denise Silva-Dennis, followed by readings from a few of the poets including LeConte Dill, Associate Professor and Director of Public Health for the College of Global Public Health, NYU. 
Closing  Reception & Final Reading
The Torch Club
18 Waverly Pl
Nov. 1st, 2018, 6-8pm