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Questions of why — critical, futile, optimistic, determined — run through the work of Michael Gottlieb and Josef Kaplan. Poetry tangles with its social contexts, bringing to the surface all the seams of friendship, collaboration, transaction, antagonism, study that do integrate art into a culture. We celebrate the recent publication of Josef Kaplan’s Loser (Make Now Books) and Michael Gottlieb’s Selected Poems (Chax), with an outdoor reception following the reading.
This is tentatively planned as a live indoor event at St. Mark's Church. We are following (and exceeding) guidelines laid out by the CDC and the State of New York. These include: limiting the number of attendees to 50% capacity; setting up seating with fixed and socially distant spacing; requiring proof of vaccination be shown at the door upon arrival; and requiring and providing face masks, as well as hand sanitizer stations. Before each event, we will also be conducting rapid tests for all performers and event staff. We will have several microphones on hand, and will be rotating and sanitizing these between readings. Attendees are required to register in advance, and contact information is collected at the point of registration in the event that we need to support any public health efforts around contact tracing. We are committed to the safety of our performers, audience, and event staff, and will be fully prepared to update any of these plans and protocols as circumstances continue to evolve. We are grateful to attendees for helping us maintain safety within our present public health context, and look forward to holding meaningful shared listening space together.
Please arrive prepared to show proof of vaccination and a photo ID at the door. Proof of vaccination may be in the form of your vaccination card (or a picture of your card), the NYC Covid Safe app, or the Excelsior app. If, for medical reasons, you have not been vaccinated, you may instead bring documentation of a negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours.