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Mr. Hip Presents: Judging a Book By its Cover in the Digital Age

Mr. Hip Presents: Judging a Book By its Cover
Sunday, Jan. 31
1:00 - 3:30 PM
$5 Suggested Donation for Adults (for refreshments)


Art critic and poet Frank O'Hara once wrote, "Why? I think would rather be / a painter, but I am not." After all, art is silent poetry and poetry is aural art. Because of our fascination with art and poetry, Mr. Hip Presents is hosting an afternoon of literature, art, and tea at Uforge Gallery on January 31, 2016 from 1PM to 3:30PM. 

In conjunction with Uforge's Pages exhibit featuring collective artwork from its members showcasing an artist's perspective on book covers, Mr. Hip will be hosting a terrific panel of writers, editors, and other literary influences discussing what judging a book by its cover truly means in a digital era. There will be a short reading to close out the panel discussion. 

Come hear about favorite book covers and original work from Michael Medeiros (from Emily Dickinson Museum), Kaveh Akbar (of Dive Dapper), Andrew Peterson (Anonymous Bouquet, 2015), Kate Layte (Papercuts JP) and Richard Hoffman (Love & Fury). 

Light refreshments will be served. Come out for a good literary laughs and fun for The Pages exhibit's closing day.

Sample Questions

1. What does judging a book by its cover mean to you? 
2. What paintings (in the gallery stand out/speak to you) 
3. How do you see this being affected by the digital age? Good? Bad? Thoughts? 
4. What was your favorite book covers as kids? 
5. What are your favorite book covers or some of them now? 


Biographies of Panelists

Andrew K. Peterson is an editor, teacher, and author of three poetry books: Anonymous Bouquet (Spuyten Duyvil, 2015), and previously, some deer left the yard moving day and Museum of Thrown Objects. A chapbook bonjour meriwether and the rabid maps (Fact-Simile, 2011) appeared in an exhibition on poets’ maps at the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center. His writing has appeared in Emergency Index (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Earth Archive (curated for Providence’s RISD Museum), and various small press literary journals. He is a co-founder and editor of summer stock, an online poetry journal, and lives in the Boston area.

Kaveh Akbar founded and edits Divedapper, a home for feature dialogues with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry. His work is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Narrative, The Iowa Review, Puerto del Sol, Pleiades, and elsewhere. 

After 10 years in the book business, Kate Layte left her job at a major publishing house to open an independent bookstore in JP.  In its first year, Papercuts has been featured in Boston Globe Magazine's Best of the New issue, named Best Book Nook by Improper Bostonian magazine, and has received glowing praise from the community on Facebook, Yelp, and in real life.

Richard Hoffman is the author of three poetry collections: Without Paradise, Gold Star Road, winner of the 2006 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize and the New England Poetry Club's Sheila Motton Book Award, and his latest, Emblem. His prose works include the celebrated Half the House: a Memoir,Interference & Other Stories, and Love & Fury, forthcoming from Beacon Press this June. He is Senior Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College.

Michael Medeiros is the public relations coordinator at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA. He is a member of Northampton poetry, and recently edited and contributed to A Mighty Room, a compilation of poetry by contemporary poets written in Emily Dickinson's bedroom. 


Earlier Event: November 21
Mr. Hip Presents: November Poetry Reading
Later Event: February 27
Mr. Hip Presents: Reading Series