Archive for September, 2011

Imagining America in MN & 100 Thousand Poets for Change in MKE!

September 22, 2011

Imagining America in MN & 100 Thousand Poets for Change in MKE!


Landed in Minneapolis to attend the Imagining America conference as a PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) Fellow! Met folks yesterday engaged in arts/community/scholarship in academia. I’m interested in meeting more folks who are doing interesting community/scholarship & hearing about what are some good strategies & what can be left behind. Come to the PAGE panel @ 12:15-1:45pm University of Minnesota – Coffman Memorial Union 323.


PAGE Panel: Mentorship, Fellowship, and Collective Action

This panel presentation will highlight the regional and campus-based work of the PAGE Fellows, and address the need for mentorship, fellowship, and collective actions that support graduate education and community engagement nationally. Throughout the 2011-2012 academic year, the PAGE Fellows are working to create and participate in a series of workshops and webinars that aspire to bring Fellows into the research, programming, and larger mission of IA, specifically around a culture of peer mentorship and collaboration. Learn more about the PAGE program and work of the 2011 PAGE Fellows at Presenting at this session are the 2011 PAGE Fellows. Moderating the discussion are Adam Bush, National PAGE Director, doctoral candidate, University of Southern California; and A. Wendy Nastasi, Central New York PAGE Director, doctoral student, Syracuse University.



Also, please spread the word!



6:30pm-10pm! From Holton Street to Woodland Pattern!


All people are invited to join us for a Poetry Walk/Reading for Justice & Community Action this Saturday as part of a worldwide 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE community action event scheduled for September 24, 2011, which will include readings, demonstrations, and concerts happening simultaneously throughout the world in the name of poetry and change.


In Milwaukee, our goal is to showcase the diverse stories, voices and strategies of our communities in Milwaukee and to continue to build together and dream up the type of street, neighborhood, city, state and world that we want to live in.


Area poets and writers — organized locally by Ching-In Chen, Brenda Cardenas and Chuck Stebelton –will gather at 6:30pm at the south end of the Holton Street Viaduct Marsupial Bridge (stairs at Van Buren Avenue and Brady Street near Trocadero) and will begin marching at 7:00 p.m. first over the footbridge to the Joshua Glover Memorial Plaque at Booth and Glover Streets, then northeast through Kilbourn Park, north on Bremen St. to Locust St., and west on Locust St. with a stop at the Riverwest Public House (815 E. Locust) before finishing at Woodland Pattern Book Center (720 E. Locust). We will continue the celebration with more readings and the collective writing of a community renga at Woodland Pattern <>.



Participating poets include Phyllis Wax, Peter Blewett, Janet Jennerjohn, Dawn Tefft, Jennifer Morales, Ryan Hurley, Carmen Murguia, Dasha Kelly/Still Waters Collective, Eric Disambwa, Joanne Chang, Tom Hibbard, Lane Hall, Janine Arseneau, Carolyn Vargo, Keith Gaustad, Mark Zimmerman, Angie Trudell Vasquez, Margaret Rozga, Robin Christie, Suzanne Rosenblatt, Kimberly Blaeser, Harvey Taylor, Karl Gartung, Ed Werstein, Marilyn Taylor, Susan Firer, Mike Hauser, Roberto Harrison, Doctori Sadisco, ko shin/Bob Hanson, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Jeff Poniewaz & Antler!


Hope to see you there!







Sappho’s Salon featuring Ching-In Chen and Pidgeon Von Tramp

September 14, 2011
 Sappho’s Salon featuring Ching-In Chen and Pidgeon Von Tramp
Saturday, September 17 · 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Women & Children First Bookstore

5233 N. Clark St
Chicago, Illinois

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Tonight’s installment of our popular salon night for lesbians and their friends presents two outstanding queer artists. Ching-In Chen is author of the poetry collection The Heart’s Traffic and co-editor of Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. She is a Kundiman and Lambda fellow and part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. Pidgeon Von Tramp, the alter ego of performance artist Jenny Lowery, is creator of Pidgeon Coop Production, which engages queer performers in inclusive, innovative performance, while raising funds for queer organizations and working toward social justice. DJ SpinNikki will play an eclectic mix of indie, soul, electronic, world music and dance tracks before and after sets. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Women’s Voices Fund.

Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute Showcase this weekend in Chicago!

September 8, 2011
dear lovelies,
i’ll be showing a work-in-progress that began in this workshop this spring!  for more information about sharon bridgforth & theatrical jazz, check out the book she co-edited, Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia & the Austin Project:
hope to see you if you’re in the chicago area!
Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute Showcase
Links Hall
3435 N. Sheffield Avenue, Suite 207
Chicago, IL

Admission is Free and Open to the Public
RSVP here:

Click below For More Information about the Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic and the Institute

Friday & Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday at 7pm

From January through April, 2011, Sharon Bridgforth, the 2010-2011 Visiting Multicultural Faculty member facilitated the Theatrical Jazz Institute. Inspired by traditional Jazz methods of training, this Institute was designed for artists interested in learning about the Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic through being in the room with nationally based master Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic practitioners. They visited the Institute, offering public talks, workshops and informal presentations of their work. This performance showcases the work done throughout the Institute’s run in the Spring.

Kundiman for Kin presented by Ching-In Chen
idEnergy crisis presented by Isaac Fosl-Van Wyke
BlackMon presented by Constance Lee
dawn/avanjou presented by Marie Casimir
Little Sister presented by Misty DeBerry