Location: Harry Smith Print Shop @ the 63rd St Building
Featuring 1st year cohort MFA Writing & Poetics
“Poem Machine” derives from the press name of the Jack Kerouac School, Kavyayantra Press. The reading series is a way for students not enrolled in letter press classes to engage with the Harry Smith Print Shop as space for the poems to be read, not just bitten into paper (bite as a term referring to the impression left by moveable type).
“Kavyayantra is a previously unused (having not yet been “coined”), but thoroughly regular compound in the Sanskrit language… Yantra: device, engine, amulet, machine. Kavya: poetry (in the high-art sense, not mere “verse”). Kavyayantra– Poetry Machine”
from The Kavyayantra Press, a brief history 1993-1997 by Andrew Schelling (Smokeproof Press, 1997).
This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.
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