Live Wire with Luke Burbank
with Tommy Pico + Eli Saslow + Emily Heller + The Helio Sequence
Thu, Oct 4 at 7:30pm
Tommy “Teebs” Pico is doing something epic – literally. This year he released Junk, the third in a series of book-length poems (following IRL and Nature Poem), a body of work that the Whiting Award called “contemporary epics” of “rare brilliance.” Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, Pico now co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, is a contributing editor at Literary Hub, and co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude in Brooklyn. With hyper-modern language and devastating wit, Pico’s writing examines cultural erasure, queer identity, and social conscience – and, oh yeah, “Junk” does it all in couplets. Now that’s epic.
Journalist and author Eli Saslow’s new book, Rising Out of Hatred, has emerged in perfect tandem with the current political and cultural moment. A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post, Saslow roots out and reports on important human stories – and Rising Out of Hatred certainly qualifies. The book tells the riveting tale of Derek Black, the one-time heir to America’s white nationalist movement and how he came to question the ideology he helped to spread. With skill and humanity, Saslow has crafted an unforgettable story covering both sides of America – for better and for worse.
The Helio Sequence is an American indie rock duo rolling into their third decade of making music together. In that time they’ve recorded six albums, toured extensively, and, no big deal, totally revamped their creative process. Their 2015 self-titled album is the result of using their new full-service recording and production studio, Helio Sound, to record as much as possible in one month. That experiment in letting creativity push past constraint led to twenty-six potential tracks, whittled down to ten with the votes of friends, family, and fans. The ones that made the cut created the breathless, magnetic album that Paste called “career-defining.” Almost twenty years in, The Helio Sequence shows no signs of unraveling.