Melody Davis, a poet and art historian, is the author of four books including Holding the Curve (Broadstone Books), and Women’s Views: The Narrative Stereograph in Nineteenth-Century America (University Press of New Hampshire). Davis has held writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, and she was a finalist in the National Poetry Series. She is an associate professor of art history at the Sage College of Albany and publishes poetry and art criticism internationally.
Albany poets Matthew Klane and James Belflower, co-curators of Yes! Poetry & Performance Series, a project that “brings poetry into conversation with other art forms,” perform work from Canyons (Film Forum Press), a collection of images and texts reimagining “Manifest Destiny” and its virulent consequences. Their performance is a combination of layered voices, projected collages, and soundscapes created with theremin and distorted vocal effects.