SHOW ROOM presents…
Paul Legault, Geoffrey Nutter, Bill Berkson

Saturday, April 6th
3 PM – 5 PM


On Saturday, April 6th, from 3 - 5 pm, SHOW ROOM will present a reading by Bill Berkson, Geoffrey Nutter, and Paul Legault.  The event will take place from 3 – 5 PM.

Bill Berkson, a poet & arts writer who came to prominence as a member of the New York School in the 1960s, will be reading new poems. Berkson has collaborated with Frank O'Hara, Joe Brainard, Philip Guston, Alex Katz and others; the past decade has seen the release of his selected poems, his art criticism, and a correspondence with Bernadette Mayer. Geoffrey Nutter is a professor, currently at NYU and previously at the University of Iowa, reading from his latest collection, The Rose of January (Wave Books, 2013). Among Paul Legault's recent projects is The Emily Dickinson Reader, an English-to-English translation of Emily Dickinson published by McSweeney's in 2012. He will be presenting a new work of experimental translation based on Walter Benjamin’s writing.

The reading will be accompanied by an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Eric Wendel.


Paul Legault is the co-founder of the translation press Telephone Books and the author of three books of poetry: The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn, 2010), The Other Poems (Fence, 2011), and The Emily Dickinson Reader (McSweeney's, 2012). He is also the co-editor of The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare (Telephone/Nightboat, 2012), 154 poets' "versions" of the bard's own. Legault lives in Brooklyn, NY and works for the Academy of American Poets. He can be found at

Geoffrey Nutter was born in Sacramento, and attended San Francisco State University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He is the author of The Rose of January (Wave Books, 2013), Christopher Sunset (Wave Books, 2010), Water’s Leaves & Other Poems (winner of the 2004 Verse Press Prize) and A Summer Evening, winner of the 2001 Colorado Prize (Center for Literary Publishing, 2001). His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 1997The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries and Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Poems by Younger American Poets. He currently teaches in New York City, where he lives with his wife, daughter and son.

Born in New York in 1939, Bill Berkson’s first book Saturday Night: Poems 1960-61 was published by Tibor de Nagy Editions in 1961. During the 1960s, he worked in various capacities at Artnews, the Museum of Modern Art, and as associate producer of a show on art for public television. He moved to Northern California in 1970 and during the next decade edited a series of little magazines and books under the Big Sky imprint. He has taught at the New School for Social Research, Yale, Poets in the Schools programs; and for twenty-four years taught in the Letters and Science program at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is a corresponding editor for Art in America and has contributed reviews and essays to such other journals as Aperture, Artforum,, Modern Painters, and The Brooklyn Rail.His recent books of poetry include Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems; and Lady Air. Other books include a collection of his criticism, The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings: 1985-2003; Sudden Address: Selected lectures 1981-2006; an epistolary collaboration with Bernadette Mayer entitled What’s Your Idea of a Good Time?. A new collection of his art writings, For the Ordinary Artist (BlazeVOX) appeared in 2011, as did Parties du corps, a selection of his poetry in French translation, edited by Olivier Brossard, from Joca Seria, Nantes.