Lucy Ives reading + discussing a Madeline Gins Reader


April 23rd, 2020

There was a (truly!) fabulous multi-city tour planned for The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader, edited by Lucy Ives, including a symposium on Madeline Gins at CUNY and a conversation between Lucy and artist/publisher Paul Chan at the MoMA Bookstore, and other events in Paris, Toronto, Los Angeles, and more… but alas, we have all moved indoors and are inventing ways to open different kinds of doors to discover new books. Some of our events will be postponed until, well, who knows when, but until then we hope you’ll join us online to celebrate this remarkable book.

PAST EVENTS (links to archived videos)

The Flow Chart Foundation‘s series “Close Readings in a Virtual Space” hosted Lucy discussing a work by Madeline Gins on Thursday, June 25th. This is a wonderful series in which poets read and discuss works by other poets. Other participating poets include Marcella Durand, Patricia Spears Jones, Rigoberto Gonzáles, Simone White, and Julian Talamantz Broilaski.

BOMB Magazine EOD Series, Friday, May 29th, 5 p.m. Live on Instagram: Lucy Ives reads from the Madeline Gins Reader. (And check out every Friday reading in May—lots of amazing readers: Stacy Szymaszek, Vi Khi Nao, Kevin Nguyen, Mónica de la Torre, and Jenny Zhang, along with Lucy.) More info here. (No archive.)

The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m.: Lucy Ives in conversation with Rebecca Ariel Porte on Facebook.

POETS HOUSE Streaming @poetshouse on Twitter at noon, Friday, April 24 and now archived Poets House website. This is a 10-minute reading of short selections from WORD RAIN (or A Discursive Introduction to the Intimate Philosophical Investigations of G,R,E,T,A, G,A,R,B,O, It Says) which is reproduced in facsimile in its entirety in the Madeline Gins Reader. It’s a beautiful reading along with a pretty remarkable slide show! (Kudos to the Poets House crew!)