Nomadic Press Presents LITVision At Reservoir Art Space

  • Reservoir Art Space 659 Woodward Avenue Ridgewood, NY, 11385 United States

Paintings create a new world straight from the mind of the artist. Writing puts honesty to the world that we know is real through words. Both speak truths. Join Nomadic Press at Reservoir Art Space as we pair poets up with artists in various studios to fill the senses.

Pairing 1:
Yi Wu & Ronna Lebo

Yi Wu is a Chinese-born poet. Wu drifted up and down on the East Coast of U.S. before adopting New York City as his home. Been scribbling verses from the age of 13, Yi likes to use the medium to voice his contrarian daydreams. His work has appeared on Uppagus, New Verse News, and Slink Chunk Press, among others, and his collection of poems A Fistful of Moss and Poppy Seeds was released in February 2016.

Ronna Lebo is a painter and co-founder of Reservoir Art Space, located in Ridgewood, Queens. Resevoir houses eleven artists working in private studios and we curate small shows/projects in our experimental space.
She is also a co-founder and editor of Black Square Editions, a not-for-profit small press for poetry and visual arts. She has sat on the Curatoral Board for Momenta Art Gallery, Ronna's work in poetry, publishing and painting has been published and profiled in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Greenpointers, Bushwick Daily and more.

Pairing 2:
Katie Longofono & Jamie Powell

Katie Longofono received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where she directed the 2014 SLC Poetry Festival. She is the co-founder of Dead Rabbits Reading Series, a monthly literary salon that takes place in NYC. Her first chapbook, The Angel of Sex, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2013. Her chapbook Angeltits is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from GlitterMOB, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, BOAAT, South Dakota Review, Juked, Midwestern Gothic, and more. She may or may not be on Twitter. She lives in Brooklyn.

Jamie Powell was born and raised in West Virginia. For the last decade New York City has been her home where she has worked extensively in arts education as a faculty member at Pratt Art Institute and as a Teaching Artist for the Studio In A School and Dedalus Foundations. Jamie received her MFA and the Paul Robeson Emerging Artist Award from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2006. She has exhibited her paintings extensively over the last ten years including: FLUXspace in Philadelphia, Soil Gallery in Seattle, Momenta Art in Brooklyn and Garis & Hahn in New York. She has received grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Vermont Studio Center and Pratt Institute. Currently, she lives and works in Queens, New York where in the past year she Co-founded an artist-run-studio and project space called Reservoir Art Space.

Pairing 3:
Reverend Jen Miller & Joe Heaps Nelson

RevJen Miller is a writer and artist. She's written a column for ArtNet, began the "Anti-Slam" movement in the Lower East Side and wrote a column for nerve.com. She has written multiple books such as Elf Girl, BDSM 101 and most recently, June. She has appeared in multiple independent films. RevJen also owns and operates the infamous Lower East Side Troll Museum--a New York staple for everyone looking to see something particular to this city. Her work has been featured in The Village Voice, Timeout New York and The New York Times. She lives in the Lower East Side with her counterpart, Revjen Junior the dog.

Joe Heaps Nelson grew up in Iowa, but moved to New York City after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in art history. Joe worked in various roles such as registrar, archivist and preparator at many NY art galleries during the past two decades. His career experience includes the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, John Weber Gallery, P.S.1, Museum of Art and Design, The Asia Society, Pace Wildenstein Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery, PPOW Gallery, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, and others. Joe Heaps Nelson’s paintings have been widely shown in both solo and group exhibitions at NY galleries including (among many others) White Box, Manny Cantor Center, Mark Miller Gallery, Fuse Gallery, BravinLee Programs, Freight and Volume, the Keith Haring Foundation, as well as the Scope Art Fair in Miami, FL. Untitled Art Projects in Los Angeles, CA, as well as The Furnace in Des Moines, Iowa have also exhibited Joe’s work. Joe is currently residing in Boston, Mass. while recovering from brain surgery.