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The Artist Likes Words, Poets Read for Dale Henry

Recordings from a poetry reading reflecting on artist Dale Henry as part of Dale Henry: The Artist Who Left New York, the exhibition installed in a partnership between the Clocktower Gallery and Pioneer Works. Throughout his life, Henry was an avid poetry lover and considered Robert Creeley, T.S. Eliot, Francis Ponge, and Gertrude Stein among his favorite writers. In honor of Dale Henry’s appreciation for the written arts poets Stephen Motika, Tonya Foster, Camilo Roldan, and Gracie Leavitt read selections from Henry's favorites, as well as their own impressive projects, in the space displaying Henry's work.

Camilo Roldán is a poet and translator who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. From 2011 through 2013 he co-curated the Triptych Reading Series and is currently editor-in-chief for DIEZ. Among other journals, his work has most recently appeared in Mandorla, West Wind Review, Lungfull! and Sun's Skeleton. A new chapbook, La Torre, is forthcoming from Well Greased Press.

Gracie Leavitt is the author of Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star (Nightboat Books) and the chapbook Gap Gardening (These Signals Press). Her poetry and translations have appeared in journals such as 6x6, Conjunctions, Lana Turner, and Poems by Sunday as well as the anthologies The Ill-Tempered Rubyist and Why I Am Not a Painter. Her interviews of contemporary artists can be found in Flaunt Magazine and she previously collaborated with international performers to debut her original play PITCH at La Mama E.T.C. She was born in Massachusetts, grew up in Maine in a log cabin her parents built, and has made a home in Brooklyn.

Tonya Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court (forthcoming from Belladona Books), a PhD candidate in English at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, and a recipient of NYFA, Macsowell, and Ford and Mellon Foundation fellowships.

Stephen Motika is the author of Western Practice, published by Alice James Books. The editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman (2009), he is also the author of the poetry chapbooks In the Madrones (2011) and Arrival and at Mono (2007). Motika’s articles and poems have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, BOMB, The Brooklyn Review, Eleven Eleven, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Staging Ground, Vanitas, among other publications. He has held residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace, Millay Colony for the Arts, and ZK/U in Berlin. The program director at Poets House and the publisher of Nightboat Books, he lives in New York.


Clocktower Exhibits & Events


Clocktower Exhibits & Events is home to an archive of interviews with artists, curators, musicians, organizers, and more who have participated in Clocktower exhibitions and events throughout our organization’s history.

Many of the below recordings were documented while Clocktower was in the midst of a transformation. The original name, The Clocktower Gallery, was given to the exhibition, residency, and performance space in TriBeCa, founded by alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After 2001, the Clocktower Gallery re-inaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of Art International Radio. In 2013, we moved on from our downtown Manhattan location, and have since renamed the organization Clocktower Productions, a title which encompasses our radio, exhibition, and event programming.

For more Clocktower history, listen to The Clocktower Oral History Project, in which such figures as Vito Acconci, Bill Beirne, Colette, Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Heilmann, Jene Highstein, Ann Magnuson, Richard Nonas and Joel Shapiro reflect upon their experiences with this unique New York space. Organized by artist Nancy Hwang for the Fall 2009 AVANT-GUIDE TO NYC: Discovering Absence exhibition at apexart.

NB: Clocktower Radio was launched by MoMA/PS1 in 2004 as the Web's first art radio station. It has been independent since 2009 and is licensed to host content created under PS1 management. Programs produced prior to 2011 may refer to our earlier URLs and station IDs, including,, and Art International Radio. For the complete history of Clocktower Radio, read our Mission & History section.