Dial-A-Poem Radio Marathon

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Dial-A-Poem Radio Marathon program brochure

On the occasion of Ugo Rondinone: I  John Giorno, Red Bull Arts New York presents a Dial-A-Poem Radio Marathon, featuring more than 30 artists, poets, and musicians who will be reading their work, Giorno’s poetry, and the works of his contemporaries to audience members in the gallery and to listeners on the airwaves. Celebrating Giorno’s pioneering career and the continued vitality of American poetry, highlights of the marathon will be aired on Anna Vitale’s Tenderness Junction on WFMU (91.1 fm), August 5 (12-3am).

Created by John Giorno and active from 1969 to 1971, Dial-A-Poem was a series of phone lines that connected callers to answering machines with recordings of poetry, speeches, words, rants, mantras, and sounds left by a number of poets, musicians, artists and other cultural figures including Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs, Anne Waldman, Allen Ginsberg, John Cage, Patti Smith, and others. It was first set up at the Architectural League of New York and later at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery. Dial-A-Poem had a life beyond the telephone, too, in a series of albums released by Giorno Poetry Systems, Giorno’s record label and publishing arm, that included the works on the phone lineup as well as dozens of new texts.

The Dial-A-Poem Marathon revisits and updates Giorno’s historic project, presenting poetry, lyrics, and texts from initial participants as well as a new generation of authors.

In the spirit of the original project, poets will read alongside musicians, visual artists, and other cultural figures, generating a new body of text, which will be included in future iterations of Dial-A-Poem.

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This public program was organized on the occasion of I <3 John Giorno by Lauren Rosati.

Dial-A-Poem Radio Marathon will be streamed on Know-Wave the following day, Sunday, July 30 from 12-7pm.

Tune in to Red Bull Radio’s Peak Time on August 1st (12-2pm) for a live conversation between Lauren Rosati and host Vivian Host.

Lauren Rosati is a curator and art historian currently completing her Ph.D. at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, where she is writing a dissertation on sound and the historical avant-garde. She was previously the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in Performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2015-2016), the Andrew W. Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art (2014-2015), Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the National Academy Museum (2012-2014), and Assistant Curator at Exit Art (2007-2012). She is also the founding co-curator of AUDIENCE, a non-profit presentation organization for sound art and experimental music and a Guest Curator at ISSUE Project Room.

11:30 Vincent Katz*
11:45: Lee Ann Brown
12:00: David Moscovich
12:15: Penny Arcade
12:30: Bob Holman
12:45: Anne Waldman*
12:56: Gregory Whitehead*
12:58: Christian Bök*
01:00: Christopher Knowles
01:15: Chris Funkhouser
01:30: Tracie Morris
01:45: Kameelah Janan Rasheed
02:00: Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves
02:15: Martha Wilson
02:30: Alexis Bhagat
02:45: Shelley Hirsch
03:00: Nicole Sealey
03:15: Todd Colby
03:30: Steve Dalachinsky
03:45: Julie Martin
04:00: E.J. McAdams
04:15: Ron Padgett*
04:24: Aram Saroyan*
04:30: Billy Cancel
04:45: Joan La Barbara*
04:52: Michael Peters*
05:00: Edwin Torres
05:15: Tommy Pico
05:30: Martin Skoble
05:45: Janani Balasubramanian
06:00: Greg Tate
06:15: Anselm Berrigan
06:30: Jonas Mekas
06:45: Helga Davis

* Special Recording (not in attendance)
Times are subject to change