Meteor Shower / Días Sin Shower

Image: Cover art by Mel Xiloj.

Meteor Shower / Días Sin Shower
Thursday, May 17, 2018
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public


Rupture, orange matter, pleasures unwashed. Flamboyán trees shelter the mangos, goats, kush, and hammocks constellating Ren (Rachel) Ellis Neyra’s debut book of poems Meteor Shower / Días Sin Shower (La Impresora Press). Ellis Neyra’s poems’ American English cum Spanglish syntaxis arranges translations of Robert Hayden, Laurie Weeks, Gil Cuadros, Eduardo Corral, and Dante Alighieri. Hamstrung by the U.S.’ colonial, warring occupation of the Puerto Rican archipelago, the Caribbean archipelago, and the desire, too, to be there, in that surging Glissantian audio-vision sent from the past of so many islands, small countries, ceibas, and bombas at the bottom of the Atlantic, Meteor Shower / Días Sin Shower imagines with André 3000 “the shape of things to come.”

Signed copies of the book will be for sale at the reading ($15). Art by Mel Xiloj, Signe Olson, and Eero Talo line the book. Printed on risograph and hand-bound at La Impresora Press, San Juan, Puerto Rico, summer 2017.

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

May 17, 2018

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Ren/Rachel Ellis Neyra

Ren (Rachel) Ellis Neyra is a poet-theorist of Cuban descent who grew up in the U.S. south, and currently works as Assistant Professor of English at Wesleyan University. Ellis Neyra reads and writes about Latinx Studies; Caribbean, African Diasporic, and Latinx Poetics, Performance Art, Music, and Visual Art; Third Cinema; Cuban and Puerto Rican Contemporary Art; and Film, Literary, Queer, and Translation Theories. Recently, Ellis Neyra was living in San Juan and working on their academic book manuscript, Cry Bomba: Listening to Brown Poetics, in residency at the independent art space Beta-Local. Cry Bomba does multi-sensorial, queer readings and poetic listenings with 1970s Salsa, Latinx literature and performance, and Puerto Rican film that deviate from the promise of freedom and rehearse abnormal insurgencies. Ellis Neyra has published in ARTFORUM, BOMB, La Gaceta de Cuba, Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language and Culture, Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora, La Habana Elegante, Comparative Literature and Culture Web, and other venues. Ellis Neyra co-made the book Caribbean Cautionary Tales (2016) with Sofía Gallisá Muriente and Nicole Smythe-Johnson.

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