Four well-known poets — Mary Susan Hammond, Vickie Karp, Elizabeth Macklin, and Kate Rushin – will help celebrate the publication of a new book, Stone & Steel: Paintings and Writings Celebrating the Bridges of New York City by Bascove (David R. Godine, 1998) on Tuesday, March 3, 6:15 p.m. at New York University’s Fales Library, 3rd floor of the NYU Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South. The event is free and open to the public; for further information the public may call (212) 998-2596.

Bascove’s paintings have been exhibited regularly in New York and Paris for more than a decade. She started painting bridges in the late 1970s when she lived in Paris a few streets from the Seine and continued when she returned to New York to an apartment near the Queensboro Bridge. The exhibition of preliminary drawings of the paintings in the book will be on display at the NYU Fales Library through May.

Mary Stewart Hammond’s poems have appeared in many magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Criterion, and The Paris Review. Her book Out of Canaan won the Great Lakes Colleges Association 1992-93 New Writer’s Award for the best first collection of poetry.

Vickie Karp’s first collection of poems, A Taxi to the Flame, is forthcoming from The James Dickey Series of The University of South Carolina Press. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The New Republic.

Elizabeth Macklin is the author of A Woman Kneeling in the Big City (Norton, 1992). She was a 1994 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry and has recently completed a second collection of poems entitled The Imaginary Picnic.

Kate Rushin is a poet and educator. She is the author of The Black Back-Ups (Firebrand Books, 1991) and is currently director of the Center for African American Studies at Wesleyan University.

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