Thursday, April 28, 2016

Celebrating the life of John Farris

John Farris, a writer, poet and longtime resident of the Lower East Side, died in his East Third Street apartment of an apparent heart attack on Jan. 22. He was 75.

Tomorrow (Friday) night, his friends will be celebrating his life and work at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square S., from 6-9 p.m.

You may find more details on the flyer below...


Jason Chatfield said...

Tonight we're reading poetry by the late great John Farris; poet laureate of the ‪#‎lowereastside‬

My wife and I have the privilege of now living in the space John called home for the last 25 years of his life. It's still -and will always be- "John's place".

He was incredibly prolific. The amount of work he produced in his 70s alone would rival that of an artist in their 20s. He was constantly uncomfortable and angry at the status quo, and the massive crowd that gathered tonight to honor him was testament to his ability to indelibly rub off on people.

His portrait hangs in our -his- apartment alongside a giant framed poem of his, and an old poster of one of his shows.

His work preserves his fierce spirit.
It was a privilege to have known him.


Jason_Chatfield said...

(I wrote up a piece on medium with photos from yesterday: )