Saturday, January 12, 8:00 p.m.
Rachel Blau Duplessis and Tom Mandel
@ Ruthless Grip
Please join us on Saturday, January 12, at 7:30 p.m. for The Ruthless Grip Poetry Series at Washington Printmakers Gallery (1732 Connecticut Ave., second floor, several blocks north of the Dupont Circle Q Street Metro exit) for the first reading of the Spring season, a can't miss event featuring RACHEL BLAU

Rachel Blau DuPlessis's first book of poetry appeared in 1980; her long poem project, begun in 1986, is collected as Drafts 1-38, Toll, from Wesleyan University Press (2001). In 2001, DuPlessis also
published Genders, Races and Religious Cultures in Modern American Poetry (Cambridge UP) DuPlessis is also known for her innovative essays in The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice (Routledge, 1990). She edited The Selected Letters of George Oppen (Duke, 1990), and, with Peter Quartermain, coedited
The Objectivist Nexus: Essays in Cultural Poetics (Alabama, 1999).

Tom Mandel grew up in Chicago, an American child of Austrian Jews fleeing Hitler. He was educated in Chicago’s public schools, in its jazz and blues clubs, and at the University of Chicago. He has lived in New York, Paris and San Francisco, and now resides in Washington DC, where he is married to the poet Beth Joselow. Tom speaks Chicago French, Viennese English and many more. His first word, ‘auto’ (pronounced ‘ow-tow’) was in uttered in German, and he is still obsessed with cars, cameras and other things mechanical and transportive. He is the author of many
books of poetry. Ency (Tuumba, 1978), his first book, was a foundational work in the early history of Language Poetry. Recent books include Prospect of Release (Chax, 1996), Absence Sensorium, co-authored with the late Daniel Davidson, (Potes & Poets, 1996), and Ancestral Cave (Zasterle Press, 1997).

We hope to see you there and for all festivities afterwards!