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Click here to Watch: Reading with Basil King and Charles Borkhuis, Lunar Chandelier Salon, Virtual Reading, November 13, 2022
Basil King has been painting for over seven decades and writing since 1985. He does both in Brooklyn, where he has lived since 1969, publishing poetry collections and chapbooks and completing several thousand works of visual art. Light Abstracts the Smallest Things: The Aesthetics of Basil King, a collection of critical essays on Kings work edited by Burt Kimmelman, was published by Talisman House. His art and his poetry together are celebrated in the special limited edition After Thought from Granary Books, 2022. His most recent book, There Are No Ghosts There Are Portraits, has just been co-published by Pinsapo Press and Lost & Found, the CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. See new website at: www.basilking.net
Charles Borkhuis is a poet, playwright, and essayist. He curated poetry readings for the Segue Foundation in NYC for 15 years. His11 collections of poems include: Finely Tuned Static (with paintings by John McCluskey) [Lunar Chandelier], Disappearing Acts [Chax], Afterimage [Chax], and Alpha Ruins [Bucknell University], selected by Fanny Howe as a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Book Award. His poems have appeared in 8 anthologies including: Dia Anthology: Readings in Contemporary Poetry 2010-2016 [Dia Art Foundation]. His essays on contemporary poetics have appeared in two books published by the University of Alabama Press: Telling it Slant and We Who Love to Be Astonished.. He translated New Exercises from the French by Franck André Jamme [Wave books]. His plays have been presented in NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hartford, and Paris and have been published in four collections including Mouth of Shadows [Spuyten Duyvil]. His two radio plays can be heard at www.pennsound. He is the recipient of a Drama-Logue Award for his play Phantom Limbs. His play Blue Period about young Picasso in Paris in 1900 was presented at On Stage Playhouse in San Diego in 2022. He lives in San Diego and has taught at Hofstra University and Touro College.