The Poetry Project


What we heard: them – A hybrid screening / talk / reading by Steph Gray

Still from “What You See Is Not What You Heard”

What we heard: them is a mix of talk, screening (super 8 film and experimental video) and prose poetry by Steph Gray that explores and ruptures the concepts of sound, listening, and hearing through poetics(tix) of how we get words to say what we mean and mean what we say. **What do you hear when you hear them [talking ‘bout us]? Well, maybe it’s not a surprise. Maybe u see right thru them, but for this hybrid presentation, our lips are not sealed.* This evening will attempt to explore—what do we really hear when we hear? What do we really mean when we speak?—filtered through prosey-poetry poetics, glitched video and scratched film.

*Indirect credit to Ms. Belinda Carlisle

Featuring a guest introduction by Rachelle Rahmé

This project was supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

A live stream of this event can be accessed here. Edited recordings will be shared after the event.

This is tentatively planned as a live indoor event at St. Mark's Church. We are following guidelines laid out by the CDC and the State of New York. These include: limiting the number of attendees; 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. 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.

This program was funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.