This audio was recorded at Dia:Chelsea on April 21, 2011 as part of Dia's Readings in Contemporary Poetry series. Michael Lally and Brenda Iijima read that evening.
Brenda Iijima was born in North Adams, Massachusetts. She is the author of Around Sea (O Books), Animate, Inanimate Aims (Litmus Press), revv. you’ll—ution (Displaced Press) and If Not Metamorphic (Ahsahta Press) as well as numerous chapbooks and artist’s books. She is also the editor of eco language reader. (Nightboat Books). Currently she is working on a body of work titled Some Simple Things Said by and About Humans -- a chronicle of how humans have used animals as surrogates. She is also doing research on women who were murdered in North Adams during the 1970’s when she was growing up there. She is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs (http://yoyolabs.com/).
To hear Vincent Katz's introduction to Brenda Iijima, please click here.