Issue 47 of Berkeley Poetry Review is now available for purchase in our store.
Berkeley Poetry Review (BPR) is a journal published annually at the University of California, Berkeley. Founded in 1974, it has featured the work of new as well as established poets and writers, including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Yusef Komunyakaa, Brenda Hillman, Czesław Miłosz, Cole Swensen, Robert Hass, Ishmael Reed, CAConrad, Hoa Nguyen, and Thom Gunn.
The cover art for our 47th issue is by Sofie Ramos, who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. She graduated with an MFA in Art Practice from UC Berkeley in May 2015 and received her BA in Visual Art from Brown University in 2013. She has had major exhibitions recently at Johansson Projects in Oakland and Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco.
Sofie focuses on creating colorful and chaotic sculptural installations that conflate the art and its space and obscure the distinction between the three-dimensional arrangement of objects in a space and the two-dimensional composition of a painting. Her objects and spaces are continually evolving and recombining, concentrating the weight of meaning in the sum of the processes of making and remaking rather than a finished state or resolved composition. A core concern of the work and process resides in the shifting relationships determined by the juxtaposition of elements rather than in the identity of each or the overall object/space they compose. The collage/drawing practice is a preliminary and supplementary exercise that informs and inspires the larger installations. The immediacy of working on a small scale with paper simplifies and accelerates the improvisational and inconclusive process of accumulating, arranging, reusing and reworking layers of visual material.