White Columns

A reading featuring S*an D. Henry-Smith with Joselia Rebekah Hughes, Imani Elizabeth Jackson, Taylor Johnson, Gabrielle Octavia Rucker, and Nikki Wallschlaeger

S*an D. Henry-Smith, slick trace, 2019, archival inkjet print, unique

Thursday, February 4th, 5pm EST


White Columns, with artist S*an D. Henry-Smith, is pleased to present the second 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 writer and self-taught craftswoman Joselia Rebekah Hughes, poet Imani Elizabeth Jackson, author Taylor Johnson, writer and literary radio experimentalist Gabrielle Octavia Rucker, and author Nikki Wallschlaeger.


Joselia Rebekah Hughes is a writer and artist based in the Bronx. Her writing has appeared in Ocean State Review and The Poetry Project’s Poems and Texts.


Imani Elizabeth Jackson is from Chicago. Her first book, Flag, is forthcoming from Futurepoem in 2022, and her writings have appeared in Apogee, BOMB, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She lives in Providence now, where she’s an MFA candidate at Brown.


Taylor Johnson is from Washington, DC. They are the author of Inheritance (Alice James Books, 2020), and their work appears in The Paris Review, The Baffler, Scalawag, and elsewhere. Johnson is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a recipient of the 2017 Larry Neal Writers’ Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. They live in New Orleans where they listen.


Gabrielle Octavia Rucker is a writer & literary radio experimentalist from the Great Lakes. In her writing, waking, and dream lives, she is currently interested in layman earth sciences & ecopoetics. Her debut poetry collection is forthcoming from The Song Cave in 2022.


Nikki Wallschlaeger is the author of Crawlspace (Bloof Books, 2017), Houses (Horseless Press 2015), and the graphic book I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel (Bloof Books, 2019). She lives in the Driftless region of Wisconsin.

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

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