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Simple Machines: Poetry, Letterpress, and the Art of the Little Magazine Presented by Michigan Tech Art

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Saturday, March 30, 2024, 1 pm– 8 pm

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Simple Machines is a two-edition, international, letterpress poetry magazine founded and edited by Michigan Tech’s M. Bartley Seigel, funded through a Research Excellence Fund—Scholarship & Creativity Grant, produced in collaboration with designer/printers at the Copper Country Community Arts Center, Hancock, Michigan, and TYPA Letterpress & Paper Art Center, Tartu, Estonia, and featuring original poetry from a diverse array of national and international poets.

The Rozsa A-Space Gallery is proud to share the art and words of Simple Machines in a multi-media setting featuring audio clips of the poets reading their own work, a live printing demonstration, and a live performance from visiting Ukrainian poet and Simple Machines contributor Yuliya Musakovska.

CONTENT GUIDANCE | strong language, war, poetry, activism, small press, publishing, printmaking.
PRESENTER | Michigan Tech Art
VENUE | Rozsa A-Space Gallery
ARTIST RECEPTION| February 2, 2024 | 5-7 P.M.
EXHIBIT OPEN | February 2 - March 30, 2024

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Yuliya Musakova was born in 1982 in Lviv, Ukraine. She is an award-winning poet, translator, and member of PEN Ukraine. She is the author of five poetry collections in Ukrainian, most recently The God of Freedom (2021) and a bi-lingual collection Iron in Polish and Ukrainian (2022). She has received numerous literary awards in Ukraine, among them the prestigious Smoloskyp Poetry Award for young authors and the DICTUM Prize. Her works have been translated into more than twenty languages and published internationally. Yuliya is a translator of Tomas Tranströmer to Ukrainian and of contemporary Ukrainian authors to English.

M. Bartley Seigel is a former Poet Laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and a former Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. He is the author of the poetry collection, This Is What They Say, and his poems frequently appear in literary journals like Poetry Magazine, Michigan Quarterly Review, Fourth River. He is founding editor-in-chief of the poetry letterpress, Simple Machines, and founding editor emeritus of the literary magazine, Pank Magazine. He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of Humanities at Michigan Tech, where he also directs the Writing Center. 

Interdisciplinary collaborations. Gallery exhibits. Community projects. There are many ways to experience Michigan Tech Art. Michigan Tech Art is part of the Michigan Tech Visual and Performing Arts Department.

The Rozsa Art Galleries offer dynamic exhibits that showcase engaging work — from local to international artists. We strive to offer diverse programming that supports our students and our community. Our professional A-Space hosts two curated exhibits each year. A-Space strives for diverse, engaging, and thoughtful programming that supports contemporary artists and deepens our student’s learning. Local, regional, national, and international artists exhibit here. A-Space shares a wall with Gallery B, our student gallery classroom. This offers special opportunities for our students to observe and participate in the galleries year-round.


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This program/lecture is partially funded/sponsored by the Visiting Professor Program which is funded by a grant to the Office of the Provost from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.


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