Oct 9, 2018, 7:00 pm


Salt Lake City

Wasatch Front Region


Ken Sanders Rare Books
268 S 200 E
Salt Lake City , UT 84111-2412
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Alex Caldiero presents “Close Encounters of the Literary Kind: A Performative Memoire of the Uncanny Nature of Books” at Ken Sanders Rare Books. Enter the realm of books where nothing is random and anomalous occurrences baffle reason and belief; glimpse a world where exceptions are the rule.

Teacher, polyartist, sonosopher, and scholar of humanities and inter-media, Caldiero makes things that sometimes appear as language or pictures or music -- and then again, as the shape of your own mind.

Born in the ancient town of Licodia Eubea, near Catania, Sicily, he immigrated with his family to the United States at age nine. Raised in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY. He attended Queens College in Flushing, NY. Apprenticed to the sculptor-poet Michael Lekakis and the poet-bard Ignaziu Buttitta. Caldiero has traveled thru Sicily, Sardinia, Turkey and Greece collecting proverbs, tales, and folk instruments. He is co-founder of Arba Sicula, the society for the preservation of the Sicilian language and traditions. He is featured in Dictionary of the Avant-gardes (Macmillan, London) and is co-recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and from Utah Performing Arts Tour. Awards include Best Poetry Award from the Association for Mormon Letters, and the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Award for Literature.

This event is made possible with support from Ken Sanders Rare Books and Utah Humanities.