I’m happier for the warmer weather! There’s a buzz of springtime activity in the air and lots happening:
1) Woman Made Gallery Poetry: Rosellen Brown, Barbara Barg, Ching-In Chen, Kristy Bowen
Sunday, April 6, 2014, 1:30-3:30pm
Woman Made Gallery – 685 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
curated by Nina Corwin
17th annual International Open exhibit spans both Women’s History month and Poetry Month. While most WMG readings are organized around the theme of the concurrent art exhibit, this reading is an open celebration of women writers.
Participating readers include:
Rosellen Brown: author of ten books, five of them novels, The Autobiography of My Mother, Tender Mercies – not the movie! – Civil Wars, Before and After – of which there was a movie –and Half a Heart. Her three books of poetry include Cora Fry’s Pillow Book, and she has published a miscellany of essays, poetry and stories, and a book of stories, Street Games. Her work has appeared frequently in Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize Stories and Pushcart Prizes. She teaches in the MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Barbara Barg, an old white woman, cocktail waitress, typesetter, private investigator, document designer, house cleaner, help-desk specialist, software trainer, procrastinator, energy healer, drug addict, baby sitter, moving van driver, fiction writer, tour guide, singer, songwriter, neuro-tech enthusiast, drummer, personal organizer, pixie-dust sprinkler, dog walker, advice-giver, census taker, editor, political activist, web content writer, energy clearer, cigarette smoker, mentor, tuning forker, marketing assistant, meditation practitioner, encyclopedia salesperson, student of aquaponics, shoulder to cry on, qigong foot masseuse, film script writer, day dreamer, ice-cream truck driver, carnival worker, and poet. She currently teaches rhythm/tone/texture strategies for poets online for Chicago School of Poetics.
Writer and visual artist Kristy Bowen, author of several book, chapbook, and art zine projects, including the recent girl show (Black Lawrence Press, 2014) and the shared properties of water and stars (Noctuary Press, 2013). She lives in Chicago, where she runs dancing girl press & studio, which publishes a series of chapbooks devoted to women authors. Her fifth collection, major characters in minor films, is forthcoming next year from Sundress Publications.
and Ching-In Chen, author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press). They are a Kundiman, Lambda and Norman Mailer Poetry Fellow and a member of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation and Macondo writing communities. A community organizer,they have worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside and Boston. In Milwaukee, they are cream city review‘s editor-in-chief.
2) midwest (milwaukee) monster remix in Verse Wisconsin!
Thanks to Verse Wisconsin‘s editors Wendy Vardaman & Sarah Busse for giving me the opportunity to curate a section for the Midwest Remix issue! Check out the work of Carina Gia Farrero, Soham Patel, Chelsea Wait, Dawn Tefft, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Cassie Nicholson, Freesia McKee & Jessica Vega Gonzalez in “midwest (milwaukee) monster remix”! Lots of other great work curated by Lane Hall, Nick Demske, Margaret Rozga, Dasha Kelly, Chelsea Tadeyeske, Oscar Mireles & Kara Candito/Adam Fell!
3) “Exponential Mothers” in The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss
Thanks to Tanya Chernov for organizing the e-book anthology, The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss, with poems meant to provide companionship in difficult times.
Along with my poem, Exponential Mothers,” you can find 90 other poets including Jessica Jacobs, Michelle Brown, Peggy Shumaker, Susan Firer & many more, alongside audio, video, paintings, photo, digital art, links to books & litmags. You set your own price, and all proceeds go to cancer research.
4) “Parable of the Shiny City” in Near Kin: A Collection of Words & Arts inspired by Octavia Estelle Butler
Just received my contributor’s e-book copy of Near Kin: A Collection of Words & Art inspired by Octavia Estelle Butler, edited by Marie Lecrivain, from Sybaritic Press. Pleased that my poem, “Parable of the Shiny City,” has found a home alongside the work of Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Walidah Imarisha, Tara Betts, Danez Smith & many others!