White Columns

A reading featuring S*an D. Henry-Smith with A. H. Jerriod Avant, Nabila Lovelace, Charleen McClure, Saretta Morgan, and Jayson P. Smith

Thursday, February 25th, 5pm EST


On the occasion of Printed Matter’s 2021 Virtual Art Book Fair, White Columns with artist S*an D. Henry-Smith is pleased to present the third in a series of virtual readings and conversations in celebration of the artist’s exhibition, “in awe of geometry & mornings”.

For this event Henry-Smith will come together in sonic kinship with poet A. H. Jerriod Avant, poet Nabila Lovelace, poet and educator Charleen McClure, author Saretta Morgan, and interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator Jayson P. Smith.


A. H. Jerriod Avant is from Longtown, Mississippi. A graduate of Jackson State University, he earned MFA degrees from Spalding University and New York University. Jerriod has received two poetry fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and is a graduate teaching assistant pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Rhode Island.


Nabila Lovelace is a first-generation Queens born poet, her people hail from Trinidad & Nigeria. Sons of Achilles, her debut book of poems, is out now through YesYes Books. You can currently find her kicking it in Tuscaloosa.


Charleen McClure is a poet and educator currently residing in New York City. She is the recipient of a 2020 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a Fulbright scholar. Her work has been supported by Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and VONA, and her poems published in The Offing, Poetry Project, Mosaic, Muzzle, and elsewhere.


Saretta Morgan is the author of chapbooks Feeling Upon Arrival (2018) and room for a counter interior (2017). She lives between Phoenix and Mohave Valley, AZ. Recent work considers ecology and Black migration in the American Southwest. Recent poems can be found at the Academy of American Poets, The Volta, Triple Canopy and the Poetry Project.


Jayson P. Smith (b. 1992; Bronx, NY) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, & curator, currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Primarily working within language, sound, and movement, their work is interested in Black performance/interiority, collaboration, & somatic practices. Their writing appears in West Branch, boundary2, The Poetry Project’s Recluse, Gulf Coast, & The Offing, among others.

About “in awe of geometry & mornings”:

“in awe of geometry & mornings” brings to scale a selection of ten photographs drawn from Wild Peach, Henry-Smith’s collection of poems and photographs published in Fall 2020 by Futurepoem. The artist describes Wild Peach as an exploration of nonlinear, non-narrative time through what they identify as a sonic offering of image and text – a sensory amplification of the natural world and life in all of its transitory states – challenging poetry and photography to work together without illustrating one another.

Henry-Smith’s images have emerged from a long-standing process of witnessing what they have described as “the abstractions of the available.” The photographs themselves exist within a larger constellation of works made across several years and in different locales including: Goosenecks State Park, UT; Catskills, NY; New Orleans, LA; and Brooklyn, NY, among others.

“in awe of geometry & mornings” is currently on view at White Columns through March 6th.

Copies of Wild Peach available for purchase here: https://www.futurepoem.com/books/wild-peach

Futurepoem is a New York City-based publishing collaborative dedicated to presenting innovative works of contemporary poetry and prose by both emerging and important underrepresented writers. Futurepoem supports writing that imagines new lived or literary possibilities, and questions established paradigms.

Visit White Columns at the Printed Matter Virtual Art Book Fair, February 24-28: https://pmvabf.org/

White Columns
91 Horatio Street
New York, NY 10014
Tuesday–Saturday, 12–6 PM