Exchange: Beyond the Boundaries of the Written Word


The SVA Library presents readings by Celia Bland, Christine Shan Shan Hou, Emily Hunt, and Simone Kearney, four poet-artists who mingle their written works with visual art. Free and Open to the Public. Hors d'oeuvres served. 

Celia Bland is a writer-in-residence in Bard College’s Written Arts Program and the Associate Director of the Bard Institute for Writing & Thinking. Her poetry has received the Raynes Poetry Prize and the Narrative Magazine poetry prize, among other awards. Poetry collections: Soft Box: Poems, Madonna Comix, a collaboration with the artist Dianne Kornberg, and the soon-to-be-released Cherokee Road Kill with pen and ink drawings by Kyoko Miyabe. Her essays have recently appeared in the “Second Thoughts” series of the National Book Critics Circle, Vela, Tarpaulin Sky and Drunken Boat. Poems can be found in Storyscape, Gulf Coast, Red Wheelbarrow, The Cortland Review, the new issue of Big Big Wednesday, and in anthologies published by Station Hill Press, Storyscape Press and Faber & Faber. 

Christine Shan Shan Hou is a poet and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Publications include Community Garden for Lonely Girls (Gramma 2017),“I'm Sunlight” (The Song Cave 2016), C O N C R E T E S O U N D (2011) a collaborative artists’ book with artist Audra Wolowiec, and Accumulations (Publication Studio 2010) featuring drawings by artist Hannah Rawe. Her poems have been featured in Powder Keg Magazine, Poetry Society of America, Gramma, Sixth Finch, Poor Claudia, Fanzine, and Elderly amongst others.

Emily Hunt is a poet and artist currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Her poetry collection Dark Green (The Song Cave, 2015) was named a “standout debut” by Publishers Weekly and a "Must-Read Poetry Debut" by Lit Hub. Hunt's publications include This Always Happens (Brave Men Press, 2013), a book of drawings and text, and New Clouds, a chapbook published by Floating Wolf Quarterly. Find her work at

Simone Kearney is a Brooklyn-based poet and artist. She is author of the chapbooks "My Ida," (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2017) and "In Threes" (Minute Books Press, 2013). in 2014, she received a NYFA Grant in Poetry. She been awarded residencies at The Lighthouse Works, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and the Edward Albee Foundation. She teaches studio art and creative writing at Parsons School for Design and Rutgers