For the last two weeks, we’ve had the pleasure of featuring two brilliant teenage artists from Buffalo. Last Friday we published two untitled photographs by Shayna Kiblin, a fine arts photography student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The photos depict a nude woman’s torso from the front and back, and express a strong degree of contrast through Kiblin’s hand-embroidering of bras onto the woman’s natural beauty. Kiblin’s work often explores feminist themes, including censorship and social standards, to which these pieces attest.
Yesterday at Peach, we published “junk angel,” a poem by Sage Enderton, a very talented young writer who is known around town for her work in the Just Buffalo Writing Center. Her poem at Peach stirs the reader as it weaves a horrific scene, though it is presented in Enderton’s careful and peaceful words. “you wanted to be holy,” she writes, “they found you / under the overpass. you would have called it / ‘heaven.’” Enderton will have work hanging at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery this summer.
A couple weeks ago, Just Buffalo Literary Center celebrated its season finale of STUDIO: Author Series by welcoming poet and cultural icon Eileen Myles to Buffalo. Myles’s opener was Sumayyah Haq, a student at Nichols High School and winner of the 2017 Just Buffalo Writing Center Poetry Prize for Young Writers. Haq won for the poem, “Earthly Delights,” chosen by local poet and educator, Joe Hall. Hall commented that he especially loved the line, “Hester Prynne, take ur baby n run.” When Myles took the stage, lightning was flashing behind the stained glass windows of Evergreen Commons, a former Baptist Church and idyllic setting for a poetry reading. Myles read older poems alongside more recent ones, and interspersed them with introductions that were as anecdotal and entertaining as the poems themselves. The centerpiece of the night was when Myles read from their forthcoming memoir, Afterglow (Grove Press, September 2017). The section from which they read told the audience of Dog—the higher power, the creator of all things. “Dog could do anything,” Myles said.
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