JASPER BERNES & JOSHUA CLOVER
Presented with RED MAY SEATTLE.
Jasper Bernes and Joshua Clover are editors and founders (with Juliana Spahr) of Commune Editions, which began during the occupations in resistance to University of California tuition hikes in 2009-11, the anti-police uprisings after the shooting of Oscar Grant that continued with the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner and the local version of Occupy, referred to by some as the Oakland Commune. In these moments, the people committed to poetry and the people committed to militant political antagonism came to be more and more entangled, turned out to be the same people. Join Red May and Elliott Bay to salute a unique publishing venture and two poets who exemplify Godard’s famous maxim: they don’t do political art, they do art politically.