Lifelines: A Poetry Reading at A.I.R. Gallery

A.I.R. Gallery, 155 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, NY


A.I.R. Gallery invites you to join us on Sunday, February 17th at 3:00pm for a reading with poets Sarah Riggs, Eléna Rivera, and E. Tracy Grinnell. The reading will take place in Gallery I in connection with Stratus Lift, an exhibition of paintings by Carrie Johnson. The poem above is an excerpt from “Blue Abstraction” by Eléna Rivera.

Sarah Riggs is a writer, artist, filmmaker, and translator ( She has published poetry books with 1913 Press, Burning Deck, Reality Street, Ugly Duckling Presse, Chax, Editions de l’attente, and Le Bleu du Ciel as well as chapbooks with Belladonna* and Contrat Maint. Just published are paintings in collaboration with Emily Wallis Hughes’ book of poetry, Sugar Factory, with Spuyten Duyvil (January 2019), and forthcoming is a show of drawings for Laynie Browne’s Amulet Sonnets (forthcoming also as a book with Solid Objects) and translations of Etel Adnan’s Time from the French with Nightboat (forthcoming 2019). Riggs is currently working with Mirene Arsanios on the web publication of “Footprint Zero,”a project of especially New York and Morocco-based artists responding to the environmental crisis for of the non-profit Tamaas (

Eléna Rivera was born in Mexico City and grew up in France. Her book of poetry, Scaffolding (2017), is available from the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. Her translation of The Ink’s Path by Bernard Noël was published by Cadastre8zero (2018) in a bilingual edition with artwork by François Rouan.

E. Tracy Grinnell is the author of four books of poetry: Hell Figuresportrait of a lesser subjectSome Clear Souvenir, and music or forgetting. “Helen, A Fugue” was published in the first volume of the Belladonna* Elders Series in conversation with A Pear / Actions are Erased by Leslie Scalapino. Limited edition chapbooks include Mirrorly, A WindowLeukadiaHell and Lower EvilHumoresqueQuadriga, a collaboration with Paul Foster Johnson, and harmonics. Grinnell’s poetry has been translated into French, Serbian, and Portuguese. She currently teaches in the MFA Writing Program at Pratt Institute and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founding editor and director of Litmus Press.

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