Friday, November 18th
630PM to 730PM
Avid Bookshop presents the latest installment of the New Town Revue on Friday, November 18, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.
November’s New Town Revue will feature Claire Cronin, Ezra Buchla, and friends of Jeremy Ayers reading his work.
ABOUT JEREMY AYERS:
Jeremy Ayers was an experimental writer-poet, photographer, activist and musician. Jeremy was excited about the first public presentation of his latest literary work for the New Town Revue, but sadly he passed away suddenly on October 24th. Four of his dear friends, with whom he had been sharing this project, have graciously offered to read for him. We only wish he was here to celebrate his work with us. Jeremy might be best known for his time spent with (and photo documentation of) Occupy Wall Street, or for writing a column for Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, or for his experimental-folk band Limbo District, or for collaborating with R.E.M. and the B-52s on songwriting. Like a shape-shifting cat with more than nine lives, Ayers literally changed from one year to the next surprising and delighting everyone he met. The Athens community is deeply saddened by the loss of this great artist.
ABOUT CLAIRE CRONIN:
Claire Cronin is a poet from Los Angeles, currently living in Athens, GA, who also creates songs and performances. Her music has been described as spectral folk with haunting, incisive lyrics. Cronin is a current PhD candidate in Creative Writing at UGA, and her written work has been published in Sixth Finch, Interrupture, Fine Print, Souvenir Lit, BOAAT and Cloud Rodeo, among others. She was named Winner of the 2014 Poetry Award, judged by Ilya Kaminsky for the Mauve Issue of Fairy Tale Review. Her new album, Came Down a Storm, is a collaboration between Cronin and Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich who met by chance at a Los Angeles show and began writing songs together long-distance. Cronin said to Flagpole, about writing: “I think of poetry and songwriting as equally meaningful, difficult and necessary. They may come from the same inner place, but… there is a different burden on poetry to silently perform emotion and nuance to a reader,” whereas “a singer’s voice can impart these things in how it handles lyrics—transforming a really simple refrain into something profound, for example.”
Read Claire Cronin’s chapbook, Therese, from H–NGM–N Books here:
Buy her new record, Came Down a Storm, from Ba Da Bing! Records here:
ABOUT EZRA BUCHLA:
Ezra Buchla is a musician from Los Angeles who uses violin, viola, voice and technology to create sound. He fronted the avant-pop-core band Mae Shi from 2003-2006, played in the drone-folk band Gowns from 2005-2010, and now performs solo work that deals in folk tonality, indeterminacy, dense psychedelic song, and electronic formalism. Buchla collaborates and performs with many artists, including: Chelsea Wolfe, Andre Vida, Father Murphy, Claire Cronin and Killick Hinds. Buchla also develops music software and firmware, recently creating the framework for the open-source ‘aleph’ sound processor by monome. Most recently he’s been collaborating with New Town alum, Killick Hinds, and spent the summer on tour with Claire Cronin in support of Came Down a Storm.