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Saturday, March 9th @ 8pm
Hardscape/ABC Release Party

Poet Andrew Spano and artist Ivana Masic present their new collaboration: a collection of poetry and art called HARDSCAPE/ABC, published by Atropos Press. There will be readings from the book, projections of the art, and several featured readers reading from their own work. Books will be for sale, and there will be a cash bar.
Andrew Spano is a poet, fiction writer, composer, and research scholar. His writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including journals of poetry, fiction, psychology, and international affairs. He is a senior lecturer in English and Business Communication at Northeastern University, was a full-time journalist in newspapers, magazines, and television for a decade, and was a Foreign Expert in English at Taian Teachers’ College in China. He earned a Ph.D. in Media Philosophy (summa cum laude) from the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and an M.A. in English from the University of Vermont. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Hannah Lillith Assadi is completing her MFA in Fiction at the Columbia University School of the Arts. Hannah [She] is working on her first novel. Hannah has also published [Her published work includes] short stories, poetry and wrote the [and a] script for an experimental short film that is being [was] optioned for production in France. In 2011, she wrote the script for a short play which was produced shortly thereafter [omit] in her hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona [by???]. While pursuing her MFA, she has worked [she has been working] as an administrative and research assistant in the office of Nobel Prize winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz. She also [In 2012, she] participated in a literary translation project, under the direction of Binnie Kirshenbaum, with Syrian author Danny Ahmed-Ramadan. Hannah [She] attended Columbia University for her bachelor’s [degree] where she graduated summa cum laude in Middle Eastern Literature and Languages and Creative Writing. Her senior thesis, for which she received departmental honors, was a comparative study of Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai and Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Hannah was awarded the Philolexian Prize in 2008 for her short stories and essays and was recently shortlisted for the Bridport Poetry Prize. Her work has been published in Mizna,Tablet, and The Current. Hannah [She lives in] currently resides in Brooklyn.
Ivana Masic is a well established and professional artist educator from New York. She graduated from Manhattanville College with a Masters in Art Education and teaches at the high school level in Valhalla, NY. Ivana has acted as Art Director in both literary and film media. Currently, she is also the Art Director for the publishing company, The Last Automat Press, and has created over thirty original book covers. Ivana actively collaborates with various musicians, filmmakers, and institutions to exhibit and educate others. She states,“Through and with the arts, we can indefinitely mend our beautiful world.” To read more about Ivana Masic and her creative endeavors please refer to her website:
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