Memorial for poet John Farris

John Farris on the roof of Bullet Space, circa 2000. Photo by Hisashi

John Farris on the roof of Bullet Space, circa 2000. Photo by Hisashi

The life of Lower East Side poet John Farris will be celebrated this Fri., April 29, at Judson Memorial Church in the West Village, at 55 Washington Square South, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Farris died in January at age 75.

The memorial is being organized by A Gathering of the Tribes and famed conceptual artist David Hammons. There will be short readings by Farris’s daughters and a rabble of poets that knew him best, including Bob Holman, Chavisa Woods, Ron Kolm, David Henderson, Michael Carter and Tribes maestro Steve Cannon.

The reading will be interspersed with funny stories from Farris’s fellow artist housemates at Bullet Space and other friends who knew this boho bard back in the day. Also performing will be jazz artists Jemeel Moondoc, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Craig Harris and Farris’s grandson, Richard Dye. Diehard Farris fans can also check out the after-party at his favorite haunt, Nublu, 62 Avenue C. Should be epic.

 

 

Sarah Ferguson

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *