Two new publications from Norte Maar!

literary, publications, Norte Maar, Luhring Augustine, Bushwick, Brooklyn, poet, writers, Dara Mandle, Brece Honeycutt, John Talbird, Leslie KerbyBrooklyn, NY – Continuing its dedication to the literary arts, Norte Maar is pleased to announce the publication of two new literary volumes featuring the collaboration between writers/poets and visual artists. A Modicum of Mankind: new short stories by John Talbird with art by Leslie Kerby and Tobacco Hour: collaboration between poet Dara Mandle and artist Brece Honeycutt.

A reading and book signing will be held at Luhring Augustine Bushwick (25 Kinckerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn) on Sunday, April 19 at 4pm. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. On view at Luhring Augustine Bushwick: Philip Taaffe, new paintings.

These publications mark the tenth and eleventh writer/poet/artist collaborations initiated and produced by Norte Maar. Other publications include: JACK by Mika Gellman with illustrations by Steve Harding, Bodies, Voids and a Tale of Seas by Paul D’Agostino (2012), Concrete Sound: new poems by Christine Shan Shan Hou with illustrations by Audra Wolowiec (2011), Untitled: new poems by Jerome Sala with illustrations by Tamara Gonzales (2011).

A Modicum of Mankind: new short stories by John Talbird with art by Leslie Kerby.
Modicum_CoverLineThis publication came about through a spontaneous meeting between artist Leslie Kerby and writer John Talbird. Kerby describes how the A Modicum of Mankind project took form:

In my first week at a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, I was invited to a reading by John Talbird. John had been at the residency for several weeks crafting what he called  “flash” stories—fictionalized stories under 2,000 words. The format and John’s creative writing gave each story a real punch. I realized then that many of the people he was writing about—ordinary people, our neighbors and friends from around the boroughs of the City—were the same people I was beginning my own conversation with back in my studio. I had arrived with a suitcase full of people I’d drawn on my travels around the City, the drawings since printed and cut out from the background paper, like paper dolls. I was planning a collage series with this group of “friends” to reference the ways in which we draw lines around one another to include or exclude individuals or groups in social settings that impact their pursuit of individual freedom. The series touches on race, immigration, uprisings abroad, and treatment of individuals in the media. When Jason Andrew, Director of Norte Maar, suggested creating a book and involving a writer, I immediately thought of John and his writing as the perfect collaboration for this book.

About John Duncan Talbird.
John Duncan Talbird
‘s fiction and essays are forthcoming or have recently appeared in Juked, Ploughshares, REAL, Ambit, The Literary Review, South Carolina Review, Amoskeag, the anthologies My Apocalypse (Sock Monkey P, 2012) and It’s Animal but Merciful (great weather for MEDIA, 2012) among many others. He has written reviews, essays, and interviews for Quarterly Review of Film and Video and Film International. He is on the editorial board of Green Hills Literary Lantern and has held writing residencies at Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. An English professor at Queensborough Community College, he lives with his wife in Brooklyn.

About Leslie Kerby.
Leslie Kerby
lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries across the country. Kerby’s work is represented in the permanent collections at Columbia University, New York, and Arkansas State University, Arkansas, and private collections internationally. Currently her work is featuring in Norte Maar’s exhibition between a place and candy: new work in pattern, repetition and motif on view through June 12. She is a member of the Contemporary Art Advisory Council at BRIC and is on the board of Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts both in Brooklyn. She is a past board chair of Kentler International Drawing Space and Core Collaborator at Proteus Gowanus Interdisciplinary Gallery. Kerby also contributes to the arts community as a resident curator at 308 at 156 Project Artspace in Manhattan where she organizes an annual exhibition of young artists working in a variety of media. Kerby has curated the BRIC Arts Short List an online exhibition of emerging artists and was a guest curator for the 2014 BRIC Biennial: Volume I Downtown Edition. She lives and works in Brooklyn.


Tobacco Hour: collaboration between poet Dara Mandle and artist Brece Honeycutt.
literary, publications, Norte Maar, Luhring Augustine, Bushwick, Brooklyn, poet, writers, Dara Mandle, Brece Honeycutt, John Talbird, Leslie KerbyTobacco Hour is the product of a three-year collaboration between Dara Mandle and Brece Honeycutt, which began at a John Cage tribute event produced by Norte Maar in 2012. Featuring twenty new poems by Dara Mandle, each numbered edition of Tobacco Hour has been handmade by Brece Honeycutt. Working together, artist and poet have designed Tobacco Hour to be an experimental cross between book printing and art making. Based in an eighteenth-century colonial farmhouse in Sheffield, Massachusetts, and drawing on her impressions of Mandle’s poems of devotion and desire, Honeycutt has used flora and found objects to dye and texture the covers of each book individually. Tobacco Hour is the size of a small prayer book, linking it to the many prayer poems in the text, which Brece has hand-stitched without glue in a special binding. For the cover, barberry, goldenrod, mugwort, rhododendron, and mint, along with metal washers, were interleaved between white sheets of paper, put between two sheets of copper, and immersed in a dye bath. This process, called eco-dyeing, uses materials from the land that are then returned to the land.

About Dara Mandle.
Dara Mandle
earned her BA in English from Yale University, where she was awarded the Clapp poetry prize, and her MFA in poetry from Columbia University. Her poetry has appeared in the Brooklyn Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Harpur Palate, among other journals. For the past nine years she has hosted the Young Poets series at the National Arts Club. She maintains a blog of her work at

About Brece Honeycutt.
Brece Honeycutt
lives and works in Sheffield, MA. She makes history-based drawings, sculptures and installations. She received a B.S. in Art History from Skidmore College and a M.F.A. from Columbia University. Her installations have been placed in exterior locations including university campuses, historic houses, inner city parks and in office buildings, libraries, urban markets and galleries. She collaborates and works with the National Park Service, artists, students, historians, gardeners, non-profit organizations, poets, and dancers. In 2014, Honeycutt exhibited in New York, Massachusetts and Italy. She received two artist fellowships from the D.C.C.A.H. and an anonymous grant for an “artist working in a particular American vein.” She has served on the boards of the Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, as treasurer and the Washington Sculptors Group.


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