The gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form.




THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE and Pelorus Press have come together to host ev•o•lu•tion, an immersive gallery experience where three poets will collaborate with visual artists and photographers to create new work inspired by each other's art. First, visual artists will create work on the spot inspired by a poem followed by the poets revising their poems based on the visual art and photography inspired by their original poem. 

saturday, APRIL 29TH


406 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215


$8 in advance / $10 at the door



Join us for a night of collaboration, process, and performance!


Doyali Islam
Sarah LeWarn
Alyea Pierce

Ilaria Bochicchio
Angelica DeRosa
Sarah Perea Kane

Rachel Burkey
Jorge Granja
Ryan Serrano

Mimi Martin
Sophie Pauline
Zack Witzel

* Everyday photographers were chosen through Instagram and Facebook by Pelorus Press and
THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE to take photos based on a poem using a disposable camera. 


THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE and Pelorus Press first produced ev•o•lu•tion in October 2015. 





“The process of (re)creation became immediate, tangible, projected large into a space transformed from simple blackbox to bookbox, with words and images surrounding all who entered. It was the closest most of us will come to jumping into the pages of a book, a surreal experience that led to some very real results. As a poet, I was taken by the images created in response the word pictures I had painted. What was born of the exchange was a surprise to everyone, but a very welcome one. I left with two types of gratification: that which comes from knowing you have helped others create, and that which comes from having others help you down your path.” 



Lia Burke
Sarah Duncan
Brendan Gillett
Abby Hellauer

Tony Cimino
Ailen Pedrazi
Kelli Ryan

Rachel Burkey
Jordanna Kalman
Emma Strugatz

Thea Lewis
Rachel Martin
Summer Perlow
Stephen Sheffer

The performance was accompanied by musical sets from Ashni and Ben Miriello and an opportunity for the audience to join in as creators!

Lia Burke, Poet

Lia Burke began writing poetry in middle school, and to this day it is an essential part of her life. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2012, where she studied poetry with Marie  Howe, Suzanne Gardinier, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Her poetry has appeared in Pelorus Press, the Sarah Lawrence College Literary Review, and in several online publications. Lia is currently a Masters of Social Work candidate at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and is a social work intern on the inpatient pediatric unit of a New York hospital. Currently, Lia is interested in utilizing her poetry to synthesize the seemingly disparate aspects of day-to-day experience.  


Rachel Burkey is an artist from a small town in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia where she studied Advertising – Art Direction. She is inspired by the outdoors, music and traveling.  

Tony Cimino, Visual Artist

Tony was born in Brooklyn into a family of musicians and artists. He attended a Music and Art High School where I focused on drawing, flute and piano and went on to study flute under a full scholarship with Sandra Miller at Hunter College. He continued at Hunter College studying with Linda Chesis and received his M.A. I graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Dr. Beno Lee Graduate Scholarship for Musical Excellence. Tony later pursued a Doctorate in Flute Performance at the University of Washington studying with the late Felix Skowronek and graduated summa cum laude.

As a flutist, Tony has performed as a soloist with The Friends of Music, Guillford, Vt., the Hunter and Suny Purchase Symphony's and the Greenwich Village Orchestra. He has also performed with The New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, Sonos Chamber Players, The Tattinger Wind Ensemble, The Queen of Hearts Trio and was a founding member of The Fandango Al Tango Society Orchestra in which he played solo piccolo. He has taught as a piano/flute instructor at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for over 18 years. Currently, Tony am collaborating with a wonderful pianist, Jinah Park and together formed the Park Cimino Duo in 2008.

Besides my unwavering devotion to my music, I am also an artist: print maker; poet and photographer.

Ashni Dave, Singer/Songwriter

Ashni is a singer, songwriter and pianist. Her relationship with the stage began at an early age with classical Indian dance, Kathak; the sound and movement remain a deep love and inspiration. Ashni's music is filled with soulful melodies, heavy with R&B and jazz influence. She is currently studying under accomplished jazz musicians and developing her craft, performing regularly at venues around New York City, including Rockwood Music Hall and The Bowery Electric. You can hear Ashni's recent EP on Spotify or iTunes, and follow her work at

Sarah Duncan, Poet

Sarah M. Duncan is a poet, playwright, and arts organizer. Her plays have been produced at various theaters, including W.O.W Cafe Theater, The Gym at Judson, and the Baruch Performing Arts Center. Her poetry has been published by Ghost House Review, nin Poetry Journal, Asinine Poetry, Leftovers Mag (upcoming) and Broadside Journal. Sarah organizes theatre and poetry events throughout the city themed on social justice issues. She has produced and performed at The Wild Project with Poetic Theater Company, La MaMa Experimental Theater Company, The Living Theater, The Cherry Lane Theatre, and Judson Arts: Bail Out Theater. 

abby hellauer, poet

Abby Hellauer is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence college at the hands of Marie Howe and Jeffrey McDaniel. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and their cat who will steal your heart. Most days, Abby wants to wear flower crowns, collect seashells, or drink something with rum in it—like most mermaids do. Things like that make it easier to be a lady in this jungle town. 


Kelli Ryan was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts in 2003, majoring in Visual Arts. After a year off from school Kelli attended the School of Visual Arts in New York. She majored in illustration for 2 years before transferring to the San Francisco Art Institute. Longing to have a more visceral, interactive experience with her audience, Kelli’s studies at the San Francisco Art Institute assisted her in transitioning from painting and 2-D art to performance art and music. She is currently taking Jazz vocal classes at Hunter College in New York and has performed in various musical venues and gallery spaces in San Francisco, New York, Paris, and Berlin. Today, Kelli’s studio practice blends together both painting and music in hopes to blur the lines between artist/performer and audience.
To find out more about Kelli Ryan please visit

Ailen Pedrazi, Visual Artist

Ailen was born in a tropical island with a rich culture, lots of ethnic diversity and an interesting political climate. All great sources of inspiration for making art! She grew up appreciating art that was socially relevant and engaging to its constituencies. Academic and professional roads led her to the fields of graphic design, art history, mural painting, banking, web development and data management. Personal ones led her to a gospel choir, aerial yoga, freeform crocheting, meditation and salsa dancing. Ailen believe that appreciation comes from a place of understanding, so she is constantly looking to learn new things from other people and to share such knowledge.  


Summer Perlow is a twenty one year old student at New York University majoring in Art History and German with a special interest in Contemporary Art.  She moved to New York City this summer, driven by her love for the arts.  From a young age, she has appreciated the cultural values of artistic expression and hopes to continue exploring this through her academic career and personal endeavors in New York City.  Though she has no professional training, Summer has always been especially interested in expressing herself through photography and will continue to use it as a personal daily exercise of creativity.  

Stephen Sheffer, Everyday Photographer

Stephen is an actor and writer. He lives in Brooklyn and hails from the Great White North. He loves adventure - next up is The Grand Canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for his television series Salmon Elbow, currently in development. | @dasenpearce (insta)


Emma Strugatz (born 1990), is from Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from Tisch School of the Arts in 2012. She currently teaches at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn.  



Check out the poem below by Abby Hellauer 

Take a photo on instagram inspired by the poem, use the hashtag #EvolutionCollab and tag us: @peloruspress and @theartcreators

Abby will then write new short poems inspired by your photos, mirroring the type of collaborations you'll see at ev•o•lu•tion

The photos and poems will be displayed together at the event so make sure you come out on 10/17!