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nov 12 2017 - water reader


Dearest,

Last we saw the writer Agnieszka Gratza, she was shrinking. She had asked to be dropped at the base of a mountain outside of Stykkishólmur, a small town in the north of Iceland. No pack, no walking stick, we watched her grow smaller in the rearview mirror of the rental car, waving herself into the grass, the rock, the vast gray sky.

I write to you with good news: intrepid Agnieszka has come down from the mountain, and she has come to New York, and she has brought with her a new publication: Book of Volcanic Swims. Since 2015, she has been swimming in sulphurous waters around the world, and the book forms a record of her growing collection. On the evening of November 12, at 7pm, we will host Water Reader, an evening of readings, to celebrate Agnieszka's arrival in NYC and her new work.

And we are lucky beyond lucky: in addition to Agnieszka, we will hear from poets Rami Karim and Emma Wippermann, whose work will float towards and drift from the evening's theme, and from writers Leigh Gallagher and Megan Stockton, who will present a joint work remotely from Detroit.

Please join us at 134 Bowery 3S on Sunday, November 12, at 7 pm. There will be drinks and vegetarian chili.

Friends and lovers, welcome as ever.

On the wave,

David and Sal



W A T E R  R E A D E R

sunday november 12
7PM readings & celebration

d i s p e r s e d  h o l d i n g s 
1 3 4  b o w e r y,  3 S 
n e w  y o r k



Agnieszka Gratza's writings about art, performance and film can be found on her blog, Conversation Pieces.

Leigh Gallagher is a fiction writer from California. Her short stories have appeared in Salt Hill, CutBank, American Short Fiction and other journals. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan in 2011, where she was a Helen Zell Postgraduate Fellow and won a Hopwood Award. She's been a teaching writer for InsideOut Detroit and the Front Street Writers in Traverse City, Michigan, and a resident at the Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island and the Vermont Studio Center. She is based in Brooklyn, where she teaches English at the Pratt Institute and is at work on her first book.

Rami Karim is a writer and artist based in Brooklyn. Their work has appeared in Apogee, The Brooklyn Review, The Invisible Bear, and Peregrine, and their chapbook is Smile & Nod (Wendy’s Subway, 2017). Karim teaches writing at the City University of New York and is a 2017 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

Megan Stockton is a poet and publisher living in Detroit, Michigan. She is currently pursuing her MA in Poetry at EMU where she teaches first year writing and is the editor of BathHouse Journal. She also works as a teaching-artist with InsideOut Literary Arts and was a coordinator of the Poetry and Publishing Track at Allied Media Conference 2017. Her writing has been published by Publication Studio, BigBig Wednesday, Bearings: Works About Boundaries, Hypocrite Reader, MonsterHouse Press and is forthcoming in Flint Magazine.

Emma Wippermann lives and works between Providence, RI and NYC. She's concerned with human ecologies, queers, and animals.



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dispersed at mengi rekjavik

dispersed at mengi rekjavik


dispersed at mengi rekjavik


A pattern out loud. A slowly evolving psychogeographical drift mixing ambient tones, electric guitar, field recordings, and readings with live improvisational video feeds.

July 1 dispersed holdings will perform in collaboration with students of the Rhode Island School of Design as the culmination of their Reykjavík residency: Artistic Practice in 24-Hour Light. Curated by Beyond Human Impulses. A night dedicated to visual performances, held at Mengi on the first Monday evening of every month.

Sal Randolph: synths, effects, voice

David Richardson: guitar, effects, voice

with Xiaohan Li: synths

Rhode Island School of Design: Gabriel Abascal, Emily Abelson, Kevin Dong, Xiomara Espana, Adrienne Hugh, Jeffrey Katz, Xiaohan Li, Yae Eun Park, Alexander T. Rocha, Amie Schow, Ningjing Sun, Naiqian Wang, Emma Yang (with Paul Soulellis and Cara Buzzell)




dispersed at the library of water


dispersed holdings played a midnight set at Roni Horn's Vatnsafn/Library of Water in Stikkyshólmur, Iceland on June 30, 2017 for writer-in-residence Agnieszka Gratza and water from 24 Icelandic glaciers. Video on instagram.




dispersed at the library of water


dispersed holdings music happening June 22, 2017, with Jeff Dolven, Freddie Fabiano, Jac Mullen, Christoper Potter, Sal Randolph, David Richardson, & David Scher.




babz art fair invitation


Dearest,

Please join us in book revelry as dispersed makes its art book fair debut at BABZ 2017 on June 3 & 4 at the Knockdown Center in Queens. We will be launching a host of new publications, including the first edition of our box, Holding Dispersing.

In addition to hawking publications at the table, dispersed will take part in a panel discussion about artist-run reading spaces moderated by MoMA Library's Sarah Hamerman on Sunday, June 4 at 3:30 pm, alongside members of Wendy's Subway, Ulises, Press Press, and 3 Dot Zine.




artist-run reading spaces panel invitation


BABZ FAIR

Saturday, June 3, 1–7PM
Sunday, June 4, 1–7PM

Panel on Artist-run Reading Spaces
Sunday, June 4, 3:30 pm

Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Ave
Queens, New York 11378


Far may you d i s p e r s e , long may you h o l d .

In excitement,

d & s




making known


Dearest,

We write to invite you to take part in our spring festival of resistant publishing, M A K I N G K N O W N.

We'll begin with an opening party and publication release on March 25, continue with some hands-on making events, and land in the mid-summer with a dispersed holdings art book fair. All through, we invite you to dream and to make with us.

To publish: to make known, make public, publicize, announce, report, post, communicate, broadcast, issue, put out, distribute, spread, promulgate, disseminate, circulate, air; disclose, reveal, divulge, leak.

In this spirit, please join us on Saturday, March 25 for an afternoon and evening of food, drink, spirited talk, and fellow-feeling.

At 5 pm we'll release a new dispersed holdings edition and hold a conversation about the many different forms publication can take - bring your favorite and most inspiring publications for passing around and hands-on discussion. If you want to make some things with us this spring, we especially invite you to come at this earlier hour.

At 7 pm we'll host a classic dispersed holdings party in celebration of our book-in-progress, Reading Room.

We hope to see you & make with you,

d & s

M A K I N G K N O W N
march 25 opening
5PM publication conversation
7PM party & celebration

d i s p e r s e d  h o l d i n g s 

1 3 4  b o w e r y,  3 S 

n e w  y o r k



f17 general strike post rally gathering


friends! comrades!

 

we invite you to join us at F17, the national general strike on friday, february 17.

 

on this day, we will refrain from working and shopping, and instead will gather to occupy public space; in nyc a rally is planned from 1-5pm in washington square park.

 

following the rally, we will gather at dispersed holdings (134 bowery 3s) for hot soup and conversation.

in love & solidarity,

d & s


F17 GATHERING
february 17 5 pm & onwards
dispersed holdings
134 bowery 3s

more about the F17 general strike:
F17 website
- rally 1-5pm washington square park
a call by francine prose in the guardian


d i s p e r s e d  h o l d i n g s 

1 3 4  b o w e r y,  3 S 

n e w  y o r k



dec 21 collected reading


Dearest,

Please join us on Wednesday, December 21, for collected reading, the final gathering of our fall ambient reading spectacular.

From noon onwards, 134 Bowery will be open for quiet, collective reading. Bring your own books or browse the library, lounge on our cushions, drink too much coffee, and enjoy the sensation of silent companionship as you read.

At 7pm we will transition into celebration, raising a glass to all of our forty Readers in Residence, and raising voices in acts of collective reading aloud.

A list of all our Readers in Residence can be found here.

Friends and lovers welcome.

R e a d  o n ,

David & Sal


COLLECTED READING
Wednesday December 21
noon-7pm - silent reading
7pm & onwards - celebration with collective reading aloud

d i s p e r s e d  h o l d i n g s 

1 3 4  b o w e r y,  3 S 

n e w  y o r k




dec 3 spectacular reading

Dearest,

On the evening of Saturday, December 3, please join us for SPECTACULAR READING, a making-public of the newly urgent act of reading through performance, screenings, and collective reading aloud. With: D. Graham Burnett & Jeff Dolven, Helen Miller, John Muse, Tim Spelios & David Scher - half way, Emma Wippermann, Audra Wolowiec, and more, as well as readers here and afar who have responded to our call to bring the private event of reading into visibility and audibility.

Friends and lovers welcome.

R e a d  o n ,

David & Sal


SPECTACULAR READING

Saturday December 3

7pm


d i s p e r s e d  h o l d i n g s 

1 3 4  b o w e r y,  3 S 

n e w  y o r k



october 6 opening

As the sun dips low in the sky on Sunday, November 6, please join us for a reading of Sunsets by Charles Perry, with a live musical score by dispersed holdings.  The reading and performance will coincide with the setting of the sun.

Friends and lovers welcome.

Far may you d i s p e r s e , long may you h o l d ,

David & Sal


S U N S E T S

Sunday November 6

4pm - 7pm (performance starts circa 5pm)


d i s p e r s e d  h o l d i n g s 

1 3 4  b o w e r y,  3 S 

n e w  y o r k



Sunsets

"Written in a hybrid form that mixes self-help books, poetry, and the essay, Sunsets is an in-depth exploration of experience that obsessively grapples with the particularity of the sunset. As monolithic as it is monastic, Perry’s writing consistently spins into unknown territory, following the whims of a mind occupied only by the passive act of observation. Whether imagining science or puzzling over the inconceivability of prehistory, the volume provides a tribute to the sublime told at the frequency of reality. The sun takes forever to set if you watch the entire disk pass over the horizon, and Perry’s deadpan voice reflects that endless period;in his hypnotic, relaxed tone, ecstatic and despairing thoughts and images find calm expression that complies with the speed and feeling of a disappearing sun."

Molasses Books Publishing 2014




october 6 opening

On the evening of October 6 we will celebrate the opening of
a m b i e n t  r e a d i n g  s p e c t a c u l a r,
our fall navigation of the experience of reading. Please come raise a glass with us, enjoy our new reading room, mingle with readers-in-residence, and browse the library for something delicious to read aloud.

Friends and lovers welcome.

Far may you d i s p e r s e , long may you h o l d ,

David & Sal



a m b i e n t  r e a d i n g  s p e c t a c u l a r

o p e n i n g

t h u r s d a y  o c t 6

7 - 8 p m  d r i n k s  &  s n a c k s

8 - 9 p m  r e a d i n g  a l o u d

9 p m  &  o n w a r d s ,  p a r t y

d i s p e r s e d  h o l d i n g s

1 3 4  b o w e r y,  3 S

n e w  y o r k





out_table

Join us at the dispersed holdings library table in joyful, unofficial observance of the 2016 New York Art Book Fair. We are celebrating one of our favorite events by releasing our new book, Ever: Notes Towards a Dispersed Holding.

Out Table: Open House

Saturday & Sunday: 9/17 & 9/18

Noon to 9pm

134 Bowery, 3S