Reading with Hannah Fries, Sara Parrilli and Marie-Elizabeth Mali
Centennial Hall, Miss Hall’s School, 492 Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, 7 p.m.
Marie-Elizabeth Mali’s underwater photography and poetry has been inspired by the plight of sharks, rays and other sea creatures worldwide. Hannah Fries and Sara Parrilli were inspired by the albatrosses of Midway Island, who feed at the plastic-filled Great Pacific Garbage Patch, to embark on a multimedia correspondence of poetry and visual art. Through poetry and striking visual images, the three artists will create a conversation inspired by the tragedies and beauties of the sea. The presentations will be followed by a discussion and Q&A on process and collaboration.
Hannah Fries is associate editor and poetry editor of Orion magazine, based in Great Barrington. She is a graduate of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers and the recipient of a Colorado Art Ranch residency. Her poetry has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Calyx, Drunken Boat, and other journals.
Marie-Elizabeth Mali is the author of Steady, My Gaze (Tebot Bach, 2011) and co-editor with Annie Finch of the anthology, Villanelles (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets, 2012). During the long surface intervals between dive trips she splits her time between Housatonic, MA, and New York City.
Sara Parrilli has been drawing ever since she could hold a crayon. From childhood onward, her love of nature and fairy tales has continued to inspire a deep sense of courage and inner beauty, with a life-long impulse to express both through artistic mediums. As a young adult, she earned BA in fashion design from FIT, pursuing her love of textiles. Ten years later, she has returned full circle to her love of painting, illustration, and storytelling, and is in her second and final year at the Free Columbia Art Course, in Philmont, NY, working with color relationships.