Passa Porta Artist Residency PresentationMonday, August 21, 2017 @ 8 p.m.
Join us for a presentation with Passa Porta artists Sabien Clement, Mieke Versyp and Adriana E. Ramírez.
In 2011, City of Asylum began an exchange partnership with the renowned Belgian literary organization Het Beschrijf at Passa Porta. Passa Porta chooses a Belgian writer for a residency on Sampsonia Way, and City of Asylum sponsors a Pittsburgh writer who is awarded a reciprocal one-month residency in Brussels. For this program, all artists will present their work and discuss their residency experiences. There will also be a live drawing demonstration with illustrator Sabien Clement.
Adriana E. Ramírez (Mexico/Colombia) is a Mexican-Colombian writer, critic, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. She won the inaugural PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize in 2015 for her novella-length work of nonfiction, Dead Boys (Little A, 2016), and in 2016 she was named Critic at Large for the Los Angeles Times Book Section. Her essays and poems have also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica/PEN America, Literary Hub, Convolution, HEArt, Apogee, and on Nerve.com. Once a nationally ranked slam poet, she cofounded the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective and continues to perform on stages around the country. She and novelist Angie Cruz founded Aster(ix) Journal, a literary journal giving voice to the censored and the marginalized. Her debut full-length work of nonfiction, The Violence, is forthcoming from Scribner.
Sabien Clement (Belgium), born in Kortrijk, Belgium, 1978, studied illustration and grapic design in Antwerp, Belgium (1996-2000). After an Erasmusproject in Poland in 2002, she created her first illustrations for the poëmbook ‘Jij lievert’ (you love) in 2002. For this work, she won her first price in 2003. From than on she started her professional career, making drawings for childrenbooks and adults, always with a little smile and a pinch of humor.
Mieke Versyp (Belgium) is a free lance dramaturg for several Flemish and Dutch companies/artists: De Wetten van Kepler, Publiekstheater, Studio ORKA, kabinet k, Ontroerend Goed, Laika, Pascale Platel, KOPERGIETERY, Larf, Keskiespace and several young theatre makers. She has also been a reporter and critic of (youth) theatre and dance for several newspapers (De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad en De Gentenaar) and for radio (Studio Brussel).