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Noah Ross, S*an D. Henry-Smith, Jamie Townsend, Topazu, Subset


Readings by Noah Ross and S*an D. Henry-Smith, with an introduction by Jamie Townsend, music by Topazu, and visuals by Subset.

Presented in partnership with UC Berkeley Poetry Colloquium.

Friday, December 18, 2020
6:00 pm


Online via Zoom


Full closed captioning available for all Zoom events.

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Noah Ross

Noah Ross is a poet in the East Bay, the author of The Dogs (Krupskaya, 2024), Active Reception (Nightboat Books, 2021), and Types (Nion Editions, 2021). Noah edits Baest: a journal of queer forms & affects.

S*an D. Henry-Smith

S*an D. Henry-Smith (b. 1992, New York) lives and works in Amsterdam. They received their MFA from the Sandberg Instituut in 2022. Recent solo exhibitions include "tremor low" at ROZENSTRAAT in Amsterdam (2023) and “in awe of geometry & mornings” at White Columns in New York (2021). Their book Wild Peach (2020), was published by Futurepoem, and shortlisted for the PEN Open Book Award, and they are the author of two chapbooks: Body Text (2016) and Flotsam Suite: A Strange & Precarious Life, or How We Chronicled the Little Disasters & I Won’t Leave the Dance Floor Til It’s Out of My System (2019). They have received awards and fellowships from Amsterdam Fonds voor de kunst (2023), the Fulbright Program (2020), The Poetry Project (2019), and Poets House (2017), among others. They have read and performed previously at 47 Canal, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Shed, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, The Poetry Project, and Triple Canopy, among others. Henry-Smith regularly collaborates in sound, poetry, and performance with Dweller Electronics, Imani Elizabeth Jackson as Mouthfeel, Ryan C. Clarke, Danny Sadiel Peña, Gabrielle Octavia Rucker, and Derica Shields, among others.

Jamie Townsend

Jamie Townsend is a genderqueer poet and editor living in Oakland. They are the author of 6 chapbooks as well as the full collections Shade (Elis Press, 2015) and Sex Machines (speCt!, 2020). They are also the editor of Beautiful Aliens: A Steve Abbott Reader (Nightboat, 2019) and Libertines in the Ante-Room of Love: Poets on Punk (Jet Tone, 2019). With Nick DeBoer they curate Elderly.


Topazu is a San Francisco-based selector whom hosts the local Infinite Beat Ambient showcase and radio show Infinite Beat on SutroFM.Since 2015, the show features producers, artists and DJs that are shaping the Bay Area sound in experimental synthesis as well as celebrates romanticism, nostalgia and cinematic themes with modern day electronics.Besides curating Infinite Beat, she has been featured DJing many local shows including Sure Thing, Surface Tension, Honey Soundsystem and Recombinant Media Labs. With her interests in abstract textures, carnal rhythms and her exuberance in darker, chaotic noise, Topazu has also supported many international artists such as Wolfgang Voigt, Evigt Morker, Silent Servant, Takaaki Itoh and Marie Davidson. She was a featured performer for the first San Francisco edition of Mutek in 2018.

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