Carla Gannis and Justin Petropoulos

Carla Gannis (@carla_gannis) has exhibited in solo and group art exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her solo exhibitions include “The Multiversal Hippozoonomadon & Prismenagerie” at Pablo’s Birthday Gallery, New York, NY; “The Non-Facial Recognition Project” at Edelman Gallery, New York, NY; and “Jezebel” at The Boulder Museum of Art, Boulder, CO.  Gannis is the recipient of several awards, including a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Grant in Computer Arts, an Emerge 7 Fellowship from the Aljira Art Center, and a Chashama AREA Visual Arts Studio Award.  Features on Gannis’s work have appeared in Art Critical, NY Arts Magazine, Animal Magazine, and Collezioni Edge, and her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The LA Times, The Daily News, and The Village Voice.  Gannis holds an MFA in Painting from Boston University. She is currently Assistant Chair of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her partner in crime, poet Justin Petropoulos.

Justin Petropoulos is the author of the poetry collection, Eminent Domain, selected by Anne Waldman for the “2010 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize”.  His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Crab Creek Review, Gulf Coast, Mandorla, Portland Review, and most recently in Spinning Jenny.  Petropoulos holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University.  He co-curated “Triptych Readings” from 2010 to 2011 and was a guest blogger for Bryant Park’s summer poetry reading series, “Word for Word”.  Currently Petropoulos is the site director of an after-school program for elementary age children and is an adjunct faculty member at New Jersey City University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his partner in crime, interdisciplinary artist Carla Gannis. Visit him on Twitter at @redactioneer or at Marsh Hawk Press.

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The first iteration of this expansive multimedia book project is a collection of poems constructed by Justin  Petropoulos via manipulation and redaction of Edna Keaton’s The Book of Earths, published in 1928, a comprehensive history of theories about the shape of the Earth and its collective folklore.

<legend> </legend> includes poetry of various lengths and forms, organized as titled chapters. Ink drawings on paper produced by Carla Gannis in response to audio recordings of each poem are further informed by many of the original illustrations in The Book of Earths, most of which are variations of Earth maps.


Gannis’s drawings are paired with chapters that inspired them in the finished collection. The collection is designed to exist in multiple formats, each with their own aesthetic integrity and each to be released separately. The first version will be a limited edition run, possibly hardcover, of the collection which will contain media specific content, in this case paper, such as an original, spherical drawing by Gannis and a page of text from The Book of Earths redacted by Petropoulos. Following that will be a collection of poetry in paperback book, also with Gannis’s chapter drawings. Next will be the iBook — an interactive edition of the collection that includes video of Gannis and Petropoulos drawing and redacting respectively, audio files of poems read by the author, and audience- and crowd-sourced materials agglomerated from live events, a blog site, twitter account and ultimately from people who buy the iBook.