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September 18, 5 PM 77 Massachusetts Ave, room 1-190, Cambridge, MA

Christoper Sawyer-Laucanno

will give a talk from his new book on the visual poetry of e.e.cummings

Patricia Pruitt and Ben E. Watkins

will show text/image collaborations they have done together and with Chris.

collaboration: from NOTES

Christoper Sawyer-Laucanno's books include An Invisible Spectator: A Biography of Paul Bowles; The Continual Pilgrimage: American Writers in Paris, 1944-1960; the poetry chapbook, Les Mots Anglais, and most recently, E.E. Cummings: A Biography, which will be published in October. He is also a translator and a painter. His visual work has graced the covers of literary mags, and he has collaborated as a poet with Ben Watkins, and as a painter with Patricia Pruitt and Joseph Torra. He has taught writing at MIT since 1982. .

Patricia Pruitt's work has appeared most recently in a chapbbook entitled Windows, (Pressed Wafer,2002). She is currently working with Ed Foster of Talisman Books to organize a poetry festival in Western Massachusetts in May or June 2005.

Ben E. Watkins is a free-lance photographer who lives and works in Boston. He has exhibited widely over the past 15 years. His work has been on the covers of books by Jim Behrle, Cydney Chadwick, Thom Gunn, August Kleinzahler, Joseph Lease, Keith Waldrop , and many others. He has published collaborations with Ed Barrett, Norma Cole, W. S. Di Piero, Lee Harwood, Fanny Howe, Michael Palmer, and Christopher Sawyer-Laušanno.