Last Vispo Events/Launches, In Order of Appearance


March 14-15 2013 (Event #15 & 16), Two events with the Poetry Center, San Francisco:

The Last VisPo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998–2008,
with editors Crag Hill & Nico Vassilakis, and guests

Thursday MAR 14: 4:30 pm @ the Poetry Center, HUM 512, SFSU
Friday MAR 15: 7:00 pm @ Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell St., San Francisco
two events celebrating 21st century international visual poetry anthology

Thursday, March 14, 4:30-6:30, SF State Poetry Center, 512 Humanities

The event may unfold thusly:

Slide show of images from The Last Vispo Anthology (running through collaged reading of editor’s essays)

Collaged reading of editor intros and “Why the Last Vispo?”

Brief performance interlude

Close reading/discussion of 5-7 images

Time for Q & A


Friday, Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell St., 7:00-9:00

Sean McArdle, solo music

The event may unfold thusly:

Slide show of images from The Last Vispo Anthology (running through collaged reading of editor’s essays)

Collaged reading of editor intros

15 minute talk by Stephen Vincent on haptics

Performances sound & visual poetry

Stephen Ratcliffe reading “On Robert Grenier’s Drawing Poems: ‘CICADA / CICADA / CICADA / CICADA’ (Thinking [Writing/Making] Things,” published last fall in Formes Poetiques Contemporaines (FPC) in Paris.

Performances: sound & visual poetry

Time for Q & A


March 2013 (Event #17):

How to Read by derek beaulieu

& The Last Vispo Anthology contributors

Reception: March 22, 7 p.m.
Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul St.
St. Catharines, Ontario
Our co-curator, Eric Schmaltz, has teamed up with the Niagara Artists Centre once again to bring another innovative exhibition to St. Catharines, Ontario. The NAC will host the first ever solo show of derek beaulieu‘s work, a series of painted, drawn, and sculpted works that present artistic approaches to reading.

The opening reception will be Friday March 22, 2012 starting at 7pm at Niagara Artists Centre. The reception will feature a reading organized by the Grey Borders Reading Series in tandem with the editors of The Last Vispo, Nico Vassilakis & Crag Hill, gathering together some of the anthologies Canadian contributors.


In the works and/or potential (we will post details as soon as we have them):

Reed College, Portland, OR

Minneapolis, MN

Milwaukee, WI

New York, NY

Calgary, Alberta

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Windsor, Ontario

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Smolensk, Russia


Past Events:

September 2012 (Event #1):

Last Vispo will appear at


September 27-30, 2012
North Creek Events Center
University of Washington Bothell

Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill will perform a collaged reading of essays during the 3 p.m. “Postings on Poetics” slot on Saturday, September 29.


October 2012 (Events 2-4):

Columbus, Ohio Gallery Event October 12:

A release party for both THE LAST VISPO ANTHOLOGY, 1998-2008 AND for an audio CD – PICO MOJADO, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2012 AND for THE 70 PROJECT.

ON EXHIBIT: Mailart from and selections from The Last Vispo Anthology, 1998-2008. Eds. Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics, 2012.


Friday, October 12, 7pm-9pm


It Looks Like It’s Open gallery,

13 East Tulane Rd.ColumbusOH 43202


Oct.12 is the 70th birthday of poet & visual poet, John M Bennett. He will perform his poetry in collaboration with sound artists & musicians: Jeff Chenault, Larry Morratto, Ryan Jewell, Mike Shiflet, and *Byron Smith.


Poet John M. Bennett and his spouse, artist C. Mehrl Bennett, both have images selected for inclusion in The Last Vispo Anthology. C. is also one of four contributing editors. She did research at The OSU Avant Writing Collection, for which John is curator, to research visual poetry to recommend to Nico & Crag and to help develop her essay in the book. (Profits from book sales will be for the gallery/studio collective’s benefit.)

*Also for release that evening: PICO MOJADO by Byron Smith & John M Bennett, an audio CD published by John under the imprint of Luna Bisonte Prods. Byron had saved 1990’s recordings (not previously released) of himself performing on synthesizer and trumpet with John performing his poetry. Byron is the sound engineer for this CD, as he was for their classic recordings AX TONGUE and THE BLUR.
 Portland, Oregon Exhibition: The Last Vispo Anthology, October 4-26

PAGES: Selections from The Last Vispo Anthology, 1998-2008. Eds. Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics, 2012.


Thursday, October 4 through Friday, October 26, 2012.


Gallery 214, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Editors Crag Hill and Nico Vassilakis with contributor James Yeary perform a collage of excerpts of essays from the anthology.


The Last Vispo Anthology extends the dialectic between art and literature that began with the concrete poetry movement fifty years ago. Rather than settling into predictable unchallenged patterns, this vibrant poetry is seizing new tools to grow the body of work inhabiting the borderlands of visual art and poetry. In addition, as more social and cognitive interaction occurs in digital space/s, the need to develop new processes of thinking and communicating persists. The Last Vispo Anthologyprovides tools toward that development, creating ways to converse across and within images and texts. This anthology is global in scope with 130 contributors from over twenty countries, with proportionally more women than previous anthologies. The Last Vispo Anthology documents a decade, 1998 to 2008,  in which a burst of activity surfaced through the advent of computerization across the world of visual poetry – similar to the mail art movement of the 1980s.


October 27, Minneapolis, MN

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – The Last Vispo lands alongside an early performance of BE BLANK featuring John M Bennett, Michael Jacobson, Scott Helmes and Tom Cassidy. it’s also Scott Helmes birthday! So, come on out Oct 27th, and books will be available.
Photo: MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - The Last Vispo lands alongside an early performance of BE BLANK featuring John M Bennett, Michael Jacobson, Scott Helmes and Tom Cassidy. it's also Scott Helmes birthday! So, come on out Oct 27th, and books will be available.

November 2012 (Events #4-10, including the major release party November 24 at Fantagraphics):


Washington State University, English Department Colloquia

November 2, 12 p.m.

“Visual Poetry, Visual Poetics: A Reading.”This reading and panel discussion will feature Assistant professor Crag Hill along with current graduate students Sarah Thaller and Owen Williams. 

November 2-4
The Last Vispo Anthology will have a presence at the Decentralized Networker Congress 2012
@ Jim Leftwich
Keith Buchholz
525 10th St SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
USA & three other locations.

November 16: Cape Breton University Art Gallery Exhibit:

Where: Cape Breton University Art Gallery, 1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, Nova Scotia.

When: Nov. 16, 2012-Jan. 18, 2013

What: Display of visual poems from Jesse Patrick Ferguson’s solo book, dirty semiotics (Broken Jaw Press, 2011) and The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008 (Fantagraphics, 2012)
Admission: Free (donations welcome)

Book Launch, Official Opening of Visual Poetry Exhibit:

Where: Cape Breton University Art Gallery, 1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, Nova Scotia.

When: Thurs, Nov. 22, 2012.

Time: 4-5pm.

What: Official Cape Breton launch of both Jesse Patrick Ferguson’s solo book, dirty semiotics (Broken Jaw Press, 2011) and international anthology The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008(Fantagraphics, 2012), containing work by Ferguson.

Event description: This will be the official launch of two visual poetry books, and it will take place within the Cape Breton University Art Gallery’s exhibit of visual poetry from the books. Visual poet and Cape Breton University lecturer Jesse Patrick Ferguson will present a short talk on the history of visual/concrete poetry and his own practice in particular. The event is free to attend (donations to the gallery welcome), and light refreshments will be served. Ferguson will have copies of his book dirty semiotics available for purchase.


November 24: Fantagraphics Books
6:00 p.m.
Book signing, exhibition, and performances

1201 South Vale Street (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 98108
(see below for maps; on King County Metro bus route 131 – click here for timetable)


For more info:


Saturday, November 24th, the Eve N Odd Gallery hosts a launch party for The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008!

The event runs from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, and there will be prints on display, at the Eve N Odd Gallery, located at 645 Central Avenue #11, St. Petersburg, FL


Sunday Novebmer 25 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm, the STAG (Strathcona Art Gallery) Library will host a book launch party for The Last Vispo Anthology, edited by Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill.
Running throughout the evening, there will be unscheduled pop-up readings and performances by:  Jim Andrews (Vancouver), Judith Copithorne (Vancouver), Crag Hill (Idaho), Donato Mancini (Vancouver), Gustave Morin (Windsor), Michael V. Smith (Kelowna), Nico Vassilakis (Seattle) and possibly more.
The launch will also feature a window installation of visual poetry by Gustave Morin, and an exhibition of prints drawn from the Last Vispo.
Copies of the Last Vispo will be available for purchase.
BYOB Drink BYOB. Food. Friends. & concrete poetry.


November 29, at 5 pm, at the Museum of Literature, in Budapest.

Marton Koppany will be speaking to/about The Last Vispo Anthology at the Museum of Literature in Budapest, Hungary


December 2012 (Event #11):

Days of Visual Poetry

Book presentation, exhibition, publication, film, performance 13th to 16 DecemberVernissage: Tue, 13 December 2012, 19 clock
“New Views on the Visual Poetry”: Friedrich W. Block and Jürgen O. Olbrich talks
“Not in my backyard”: sound performance from Dirk KreckerClosing: Sun, 16 December 2012, 15 clock
“Joke” and other poetry films by Gerhard Ruhm
Introduction: Friedrich W. BlockOpen Friday – Sunday, 15-18 clockTwo recently published anthologies of international visual poetry across Germany are exclusively in the temple of art presents:In Seattle, USA, Crag Hill and Nico Vassilakis have the band “The Last Vispo. Anthology: 1998-2008 “published by 130 artists from more than 20 countries. Jürgen O. Olbrich, the book presents in the form of an exhibition of selected reproductions as well as a special edition of the book with the following artists: Reed Altemus (USA), Carla Bertola (I), Cesar Figueiredo (P), Crag Hill (USA), Karl Jirgens (CAN), Dirk Krecker (D), Keiichi Nakamura (J), Jürgen O. Olbrich (D) / Ross Priddle (CAN), Mark Sutherland (CAN), Nico Vassilakis (USA). Moreover Videopoems by Mark Sutherland will be on display.Dirk Krecker, Frankfurt, will perform during the opening of his sound art performance “not in my backyard”.In Vienna at the same time appeared the anthology “A Global Visuage” edited by Jörg Piringer and Günter Vallaster, with 84 international artists. In the basement of the temple of art relating to any work experience: According to Scripture drawings of Russian poet Valeri Scherstjanoi, a holographic poem of the Brazilian Eduardo Kac, a visual code text by Friedrich W. Block, as well as an audio-visual of the Austrian Jörg Piringer.As part of the closing event leads Friedrich W. Block, a selection of rarely shown films of Gerhard Ruhm, the pioneer of visual and cinematographic poetry. We thank the Department of Culture of the city of Kassel.

January 11 2013 (Event #12): Last Vispo in South America

SANTIAGO, CHILE: The Last Vispo launches with an exhibition and readings from co-editor, Nico Vassilaks, and Crystal Curry along with José Luis Bobadilla Acevedo and Gregorio Fontén. Copies will be available. January 11th. Details below…

Lectura de Nico Vassilakis, Crystal Curry, José Luis Bobadilla Acevedo y Gregorio Fontén en Taller Bloc, próximo viernes 11.

Dra. Olga Ulianova, directora del Instituto de Estudios Avanzados de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Martín Gubbins, director ejecutivo ad-hoc del Foro de Escritores, y Taller Bloc tienen el agrado de invitarle a la lectura de los poetas Nico Vassilakis, Crystal Curry, José Luis Bobadilla y Gregorio Fontén.

Nico Vassilakis es un poeta norteamericano que trabaja con el alfabeto como material visual, y acaba de co-editar Last Vispo Anthology. Crystal Curry es una poeta norteamericana, graduada del Iowa Writers’ Workshop y autora de Logotherapy Pant y Our Chrome Arms of Gymnasium. José Luis Bobadilla es un poeta mexicano, fundador de la editorial MaNgOs de HaChA, director de la revista Mula Blanca y traductor de Robert Creeley, Michael McClure y George Oppen. Gregorio Fontén es un compositor y poeta chileno, y actualmente estudia en Goldsmith College, donde desarrolla la interfaz de interacción hombre-computador “Songscape”.

Esta actividad será moderada por Felipe Cussen, académico de IDEA, y se realizará el viernes 11 de enero a las 19:00 horas, en Taller Bloc, ubicado en José Manuel Infante nº 1428, Providencia.


January 19- February 16 2013 (Event #13):

Prints from the anthology at Nelsonville Public Library, 95 West Washington St., Nelsonville, OH.

Reception: January 25, 6-8 p.m.


February 6 2013 (Event #14):

Book launch at BookPeople, Moscow, ID.