Bruce Andrews and Sally Silvers present Upstage

May 30th
McNally Jackson Williamsburg
76 N. 4th St. 
No RSVP Required — space is limited and first come, first serve

Join McNally Jackson and Ugly Duckling Press to celebrate a new book from artists and authors Bruce Andrews and Sally Silvers.

About the Book: UPSTAGE — a words + visuals combine, juxtaposing Bruce’s disjunctive mosaics of language collaged out of signage from Asbury Park, NJ & Sally’s photographs capturing that town’s distinctive looks & textures & pandemic-era atmosphere.

Poet, performance writer, poetics theorist, sound designer, Bruce Andrews moved to New York City in 1975, teaching Political Science at Fordham in the Bronx for the next 37 years. Closely associated with the post-1970s experimental literary movement, so-called "Language Poetry", he coedited the poetics journal L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E with Charles Bernstein. He has published 30+ books including Film Noir, Wobbling, R + B, Love Songs, Give Em Enough Rope, Getting Ready to Have Been Frightened, I Don’t Have any Paper so Shut up, or Social Romanticism, Tizzy Boost, EX WHY ZEE, Lip Service, Designated Heartbeat, Swoon Noir, You Can’t Have Everything… Where Would You Put It!, A Change Is Gonna Come, and The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Letters. His essays on literary theory & poetics are collected in Paradise & Method: Poetics & Praxis. Long involved in multi-media collaborations — including the performance project BARKING (started with Sally Silvers & Tom Cora), staging large-cast theater spectacles— for decades he has been Sally Silvers & Dancers’ main music/text collaborator — composer, sound designer, & improvising live mixer.

Sally Silvers is an award winning choreographer who also has published articles, essays, and poems in magazines, chapbooks, journals and anthologies. She continues to have an on-going fascination with the poetic as well as the social meanings of movement, often tilted toward the eccentric, awkward, and unexpected. Silvers has performed in South Korea, London, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, Berlin, Sweden, and Denmark, at the Joyce Theater, and many other national and international venues. She was a core member of the faculty at Bennington College Summer Choreography Project for 5 years and a guest teacher at the European Dance Development Center in Holland for a decade. She is the co-director of 2 award-winning dance films & is known for community curatorial projects including TalkTalkWalkWalk (combining dance artists and poets) and Surprise Every Time (a festival of "live choreography" starting a new dance live in front of the audience on the spot). From 2005 to 2011 she danced in the new and historical works of Yvonne Rainer. She has been collaborating with Bruce Andrews since the early 1980s. Her piece from late 2022, Pandora’s Cake Stain, mashes up the radical artist Tina Modotti with Alban Berg’s Lulu.