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Performance Lab: Hersey/Nathan/Crean/BROOD/Egregoros

Ben Hersey [Easthampton MA] - reading
Colby Nathan [Portland ME] - solo guitar, voice
Tom Crean [Easthampton MA - solo guitar
BROOD: [Lowell MA]
Rick Breault - field recordings, samples
Elaine Wood - video
Egregoros / Disembodied Poetics (TBD)

Ben Hersey
is a writer and performance artist who has performed a wide range of collaborative and solo work over the last fifteen years.

His solo work often melds crafted monologue and formal storytelling with live composition, vocal improvisation and chance operations. His experimental work draws from a wide variety of sources including contemporary poetry, noise, New England colonial history, genealogy and found texts.

Ben has been featured at a wide variety of literary, performing arts, and music festivals. Highlights include a collaboration with Jacob Otting in, A Little Ramble: Four Monologues by Robert Walser, at Flying Object in Hadley, MA. 

He wrote and performed an adaptation of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass at the Juniper Literary Festival at UMass-Amherst. He has appeared in performance pieces by Madeline ffitch including an adaptation of Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno. He has collaborated on several works with performer Seth Lepore including War/Peace at A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, MA.

"The Autograph of Steve Industry" is his first novel. Ben teaches writing and composition at Holyoke Community College and lives in Easthampton, MA with his wife and son.

Earlier Event: June 16
Quincy Lord
Later Event: June 22
Mostly Acoustic Jam