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N.M. Hoffman and Gloria Matuszewski continue their collaborations in tandem in this book of poetry and artwork from Kearns, Howard & Walker to be released in early 2023. THE CHAIRS, like their impressive interpretation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s French poems, THE ROSES, will be designed by Élie Colistro in France. The Chairs poems are a departure in spirit and format for Hoffman, who generally writes in a longer idiom. They are a workmanlike visitation of Rilke’s controlled forms in The Roses that simultaneously lean for inspiration into Matuszewski’s commanding paintings devoted to the chair. The new book manifests the poet and the painter’s work in tandem as presented in numerous exhibitions over 25 years, among these in California at The Commonwealth Club and Marin Museum of Contemporary Art and in NYC at The Cornelia Street Café and Jadite Galleries.
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Gloria Matuszewski earned her bachelor's degree in art from the University of California at Berkeley, a secondary teaching credential from San Francisco State University and participated in Graduate Studies at JFK University in Arts and Consciousness. Her artwork has been featured in the Art in Embassies Program in Saudi Arabia and in Myanmar. She has exhibited in many national shows and throughout the state of California for 35 years. Her work is in several collections including Kaiser Hospital, Marin General Hospital, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, William F. Black Collection, the Ron Collins Collection, Stanford Medical Center Collection and the Tempe Public Library in Arizona. Matuszewski is represented by the Lori Austin Gallery in Healdsburg, CA and the Andra Norris Gallery in Burlingame, CA. The artist is also an active member and exhibiting artist at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. She lives in Novato, California.
N. M. Hoffman's poems have appeared in U.S., U.K. and Canadian journals and she has given readings at The Frye Art Museum (Seattle), Commonwealth Club (San Francisco), Les Lectures sous L'Arbre (Chambon-sur-lignon, France), and in NYC at The National Arts Club, Theatre St. Marks and Cornelia Street Cafe. She was the recipient of an Edward Albee Writers Fellowship and holds a PhD from the Poetics Institute of NYU where she was awarded Carnwath-Calendar Fellowships. The poet collaborates frequently with other artists, notably with the painter Gloria Matuszewski (San Francisco) and with the composer Jeffrey Schanzer (who studied with Morton Feldman).Ms. Hoffman's prose has appeared in The Wallace Stevens Journal and Theatre Review. The poet is married to Peter Graasbol Schmidt. They live in Manhattan.