The Buffalo arts community's continuing effort to reclaim the hulking industrial husks of this city's former grandeur (e.g., its nearly century-long run as the leading grain milling city in the world) as sites for occasional multi-media events resumes this (Saturday) evening from 5 p.m. to sundown as the Silo City Reading Series presents "An Evening of Poetry, Music, and Visual Art," with readings by nationally-recognized poets Matt Hart and Nate Pritts, music by the Americana band Pine Fever, and visual art installations by leading Buffalo-based visual artists Jason Seeley and Kyle Butler in The Perot Grain Elevator, located at Silo City, 92 Childs Street in Buffalo's historic Grain District along the Buffalo River. The event is free and open to the public.
Hart, a widely-published poet who has also performed as a singer-songwriter, is the author of "Who's Who Vivid" (Slope Editions, 2006), "Wolf Face" (H_NGM_N BKS, 2010), and "Light-Headed" (BlazeVOX Books, 2011). His fourth full-length collection of poetry, "Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless" was published by Typecast Publishing in February of 2012.
A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of the noted alternative publication Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches writing and aesthetics at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Pritts, a Syracuse native whose work has been described as in the latter day linguistic tradition of the New York School, is the founder and editor of H_NGM_N literary journal and H_NGM_N BKS. He earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College in 2000 and a PhD in creative writing and British Romanticism from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, in 2003.
His full-length collections of poetry include "Sensational Spectacular" (BlazeVOX Books, 2007), "Honorary Astronaut" (Ghost Road Press, 2008), "The Wonderfull Yeare: a shepherd’s calendar (Cooper Dillon, 2010)", "Big Bright Sun" (BlazeVox, 2010), and "Sweet Nothing" (Lowbrow Press, 2011). His most recent publication is "Right Now More Then Ever" (H_NGM_N BKS, 2013).
If you've never been to an event on the sprawling, six acre Silo City site before, it's a good idea to follow the event signage on the front gate of the property on Childs Street facing Ohio Street, and prepare for a walk along some unpaved open space between elevators on the site. At this stage in its reclamation, Silo City is perhaps even a bit more authentically abandoned than several of the other Buffalo post-industrial sites that have hosted art-related events.