On July 22, 2019, the Zeitgeist Theatre and Lounge hosted a special showing of Unlikely Salons, featuring poet Vincent A. Cellucci and videographer Zack Godshall. Zack showed an excerpt from his ongoing web-series, Hogwash. Vincent played with the audience using his Diamonds in Dystopia, a web-framework for interactive poetry performance, in which attendees used their cellphones to select random texts to assemble a poem. And Vincent read from his new book, Absence Like Sun, using Zack's visuals of the American Southwest. Check out this video from that collaboration of Absence Like Sun and Zack's cinematography.
Vincent A. Cellucci wrote Absence Like Sun (Lavender Ink, 2019) and An Easy Place / To Die (CityLit Press, 2011). He edited Fuck Poemsan exceptional anthology (Lavender Ink, 2012). He also has two collaborative titles: come back river (Finishing Line Press, 2014) and _a ship on the line (Unlikely Books, 2014), which was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. Vincent performed Diamonds in Dystopia, an interactive poetry web app at SXSW in 2017, and the poem was anthologized in Best American Experimental Writing 2018. After writing and living it up in Louisiana for 18 carnivals, he moved to the Netherlands to experience sinking some place new.
Louisiana native Zack Godshall makes films about unsung people and places that exist along the fringes of culture. His films have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, been acclaimed by The New York Times and The Atlantic, and played on The Documentary Channel and Time.com. Zack earned an MFA in film directing from UCLA and currently teaches film and screenwriting at Louisiana State University.
Unlikely Salons were a series of monthly salons of literature and art at the Zeitgeist Theatre and Lounge in Arabi, Louisiana, just outside New Orleans. Unlikely Salons typically featured one writer and one visual artist.