The Red Thread Cycle on display in “Opera Verbis: Works From Words”
July – December 2020 (may be postponed due to COVID-19)
Gates Reading Room Gallery, Denver Public Library, Denver CO
Curated by Abecedarian Artist’s Books, “Opera Verbis” exhibits artist’s books that engage with existing published work. In the call for works, Abecedarian Artist’s Books mention: “Of particular interest is work in which the content has been conceptually developed and expanded beyond its original form, that uses the text source as a starting point for content development.” Sonia Farmer’s interpretation of Shivanee Ramlochan’s seven-poem exploration of sexual assault, The Red Thread Cycle–which first appeared in her debut poetry collection Everyone Knows I Am A Haunting (2017, Peepal Tree Press)–will be included among the selected work. View the online catalogue for this exhibition here.
Poems from Infidelities included in Anthology of contemporary Caribbean women poets
From Peepal Tree Press: “ENGLISH PEN TRANSLATION AWARD WINNER Co-editors and translators Loretta Collins-Klobah and Maria Grau Perejoan present a bilingual anthology of thirty-three contemporary Caribbean women poets, “The Sea Needs No Ornament/ El mar no necesita ornamento”. The Sea Needs No Ornament/ El mar no necesita ornamento is the first bilingual anthology of contemporary poetry by women writers of the English- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean and its Diasporas to be curated in more than two decades. The anthology presents a selection of work by poets from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and from various Anglophone Caribbean islands and the Diaspora. Each poem is presented first in the original, followed by the translation. Excitingly, the majority of poets have not yet been widely translated or included in a bilingual anthology of this scope. Find out more and purchase here.
Sonia Farmer shares her work in online reading series with Caribbean authors
Sonia read various poems from her collections published by Poinciana Paper Press on Bios & Bookmarks, an online reading series with Caribbean authors, hosted by the NGC Bocas Lit Fest and prompted by our new socially-distant reality in the age of COVID-19. After a short reading, host Shivanee Ramlochan then discussed with Sonia her latest collection of poetry, The Best Estimation in the World. Watch a recording of the live reading here on Facebook.