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Woman Made Gallery Poetry, midwest (milwaukee) monster remix, Burden of Light: Poems on Illness & Loss & Near Kin: A Collection of Words & Art inspired by Octavia Estelle Butler

April 6, 2014

Dear lovelies,

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!

 

 

partly blaze in Shepherd Express, Hidden Culture Tap (w/Mauricio Kilwein-Guevara & Susan Firer), Echolocations launch party @ Madison Public Library

November 21, 2013

Thanks to Susan Firer for including my poem, partly blaze, in her Shepherd Express poetry column this week! I’ll be reading with Susan & Mauricio Kilwein-Guevara this Thursday night @ HIDDEN CULTURE TAP: November Edition!

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This Thursday (Nov. 21) at Downtown Books – Official (624 N. Broadway Ave, Milwaukee) we have a VERY SPECIAL Hidden Culture Tap, 7-9pm! This month’s readers are:

CHING-IN CHEN is the author of The Heart’s Traffic and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. 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. www.chinginchen.com

Poet, playwright, and actor MAURICE KILWEIN-GUEVARA was born in Belencito, Colombia, and raised in Pittsburgh. He has published several collections of poetry, including POEMA (2009); Autobiography of So-and-so: Poems in Prose (2001), nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize; and Postmortem (1994), nominated for the National Book Award. Kilwein Guevara co-wrote, with John Trevellini and Mike Sell, and acted in the film To Box Clouds (2002). His play, The Last Bridge/El Ultimo Puente (1999), received a staged reading Off-Broadway. Kilwein Guevara’s honors include a Fulbright Scholarship in Colombia and awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. His poetry has been included in numerous anthologies, such as Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of Today’s Latino Renaissance (1998, ed. Ray Gonzalez), The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology (2000, ed. Michael Collier), No Boundaries: Prose Poems by 24 American Poets (2003, ed. Ray Gonzalez), and The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (2005, ed. Sue Ellen Thompson).

SUSAN FIRER’s most recent book is Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People: New & Selected Poems 1979–2007. Her previous books have been awarded the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize, the Posner Award, and the Backwaters Prize. She is a recipient of a Milwaukee County Artist Fellowship, a Wisconsin Board Fellowship, the Lorine Niedecker Award, and in 2009 she was given the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Distinguished Alumnus Award. She has poems in over 35 anthologies, including Best American Poetry; Visting Dr. Williams: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of William Carlos Williams (University of Iowa Press); The Cento: A collection of Collage Poems (Red Hen Press); and The Book of Irish American Poetry: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present (University of Notre Dame Press). Her poems have appeared in over 100 journals, such as Chicago Review, jubilat, Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, and others. She edits the Shepherd Express online poetry column, available at expressmilwaukee.com. From 2008–2010 she was Poet Laureate of the City of Milwaukee. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

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I’m also excited to have my piece, “Confessional: Hijacked,” included in Echolocations, Poets Map Madison, edited by Verse Wisconsin editors Wendy Vardaman & Sarah Busse as well as Shoshauna Shy

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     (201 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703, Community Room, 3rd floor).
    Join us to celebrate the publication of Echolocations, Poets Map Madison, a literary block party filled with both echoes and locations, as more than 100 poets who have crossed paths with the city, past & present, share poems that refer to specific Madison places. At this free event, we’ll explore Madison through language, maps, poems and more with family-friendly activity centers, food and conversation.About Echolocations: long-time residents live next
    door to writers who passed through for only a while. Local streets intersect with myth, history, personal narrative and ecology. More than geography, more than chronology, what emerges is something akin to the shifting psyche of a city. Poem by poem, a new map evolves, folds back upon its own stories, and rewrites itself over and over through its sounds and its silences, taking into account a variety of perspectives, a multitude of voices.

    Hope to see you!

Poetry & Pints (Grand Rapids); First Wave @ WI Book Festival (Madison); Red Rover Trans & Genderqueer (Chicago); Verse WI conversation & 1st Amendment chapbook

October 13, 2013

Dear all,

A conversation about Sentiment & Sentimentality with Sarah Busse, Cathryn Cofell, Fabu & Chuck Rybak & organized by Wendy Vardaman has been published in the latest issue of Verse Wisconsin.  Also, an excerpt of a poem I wrote about the Wisconsin uprising is being reprinted in Turn Up the Volume: Poems on the States of Wisconsin, a limited edition, hand-bound chapbook available NOW through October 25 for pre-publication purchase ($15 + $2 for postage).  After Oct. 25, the price will be $20 + postage.  Click on donation, SPECIFY CHAPBOOK ORDER and number of books in comment box and order directly through the First Amendment Protection Fund online.

I’ll also be reading &/or participating in the events below.  Hope to see you there!

1) Poetry & Pints, Harmony Brewing Co, Grand Rapids, MI, 10/13, 8pm EDT

2) PERFORMANCE POETRY:  First Wave @ Wisconsin Book Festival, Madison, WI, 10/18, 5:30pm CST

3) Red Rover Series Experiment #68: Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Outer Space Studios, Chicago, IL, 10/19, 7pm,

Ching-In

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1) Poetry & Pints, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Readings by Ching-In Chen, Zoe Addison, Nikki Wallschlaeger, and Cynthia Spencer

Harmony Brewing Company 1551 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506, 8pm EDT, Sun, 10/13

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. 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. http://www.chinginchen.com

Zoe Addison explores mysticism, power, and subjectivity in her poems. Her poem “Apocalysm” was published on Everyday Genius. She co-authored and co-produced the interactive hypertext document &c.&c.&c.&c.&c.&c.&c.&c.&c. with Cynthia Spencer (tinyurl.com/etcpoetry).

Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work has been featured in DecomP, Esque, Word Riot, Spork, Great Lakes Review and others. A chapbook is forthcoming from Strange Cage. She lives in Milwaukee, WI and considers the Midwest one of the bestplaygrounds to live in, where all the worst bullies and the best lovers live, all at once, arguing on themonkey bars over the wet cement. You can reach her at nikkiwallschlaeger@gmail.com

Cynthia Spencer is the author of three solo chapbooks: in what sequence will my parts exit (Plumberries Press, 2011), MERCY (Pity Milk Press, 2012) and 3/THREE/III (Strange Cage, 2013). She has worked collaboratively on just about everything else she has ever done with Chelsea Tadeyeske, Zoe Addison, Edwin R. Perry and others. These things include the Cloudburst and Empty Room reading series, a chapbook of math-inspired poems called THERE EXISTS… and a hypertext called etcetcetcetcetcetcetcetcetc available at http://tinyurl.com/etcpoetry. She lives in Milwaukee and recently starting playing the ukulele.

2) PERFORMANCE POETRY:  First Wave @ Wisconsin Book Festival
10/18/2013 – 5:30pm
Overture Center for the Arts – Promenade Hall
Poetry and Performance were once a united art, going back to common ancient roots. In the last few centuries, this connection has largely been lost. This event will point to some of the ways back, bring “page” poets and “stage” poets together across multiple divides:page/stage/class/race/gender/age. OMAI presenters, Lemon Andersen and Gia Scott-Heron, will provide feedback alongside Verse Wisconsin responders, Margaret Rozga, Ching-In Chin, Amaud Jamaul Johnson, and Andy Gricevich

3) Red Rover Series Experiment #68: Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics 

Featuring:

Oliver Bendorf
Ching-In Chen
Meg Day
TT Jax
Stacey Waite
& guest curated by Jen (Jay) Besemer

at Outer Space Studio
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
suggested donation $4

Saturday, Oct. 19, 7pm / doors lock 7:30pm

logistics —
near CTA Damen blue line
third floor walk up
not wheelchair accessible

About the new anthology published by Nightboat Books:
The first of its kind, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics edited by TC Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson, gathers together a diverse range of 55 poets with varying aesthetics and backgrounds. In addition to generous samples of poetry by each trans writer, the book also includes “poetics statements”—reflections by each poet that provide context for their work covering a range of issues from identification and embodiment to language and activism.

OLIVER BENDORF’s book, The Spectral Wilderness, was chosen by Mark Doty for the 2013 Wick Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from Kent State University Press. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he recently earned his MFA and now teaches creativity, comics, and composition.

JEN JAY BESEMER is the author of several poetry books and chapbooks, including Telephone, Object with Man’s Face, Quiet Vertical Movements, Ten Word Problems, and What Is Born. A new chapbook, Aster to Daylily, is forthcoming in 2014 from Damask Press. Jay’s recombinant poetry projects are also found in Monsters & Dust, Aufgabe, Drunken Boat, BlazeVOX, e-ratio, Sentence and other delicious publications. Jay also writes feature essays and reviews, and teaches art and poetry workshops in and beyond Chicago. To find out more, visit www.jenbesemer.com.

CHING-IN CHEN is 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. See www.chinginchen.com.

MEG DAY, recently selected for Best New Poets of 2013, is a 2013 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry and the author of When All You Have Is a Hammer (winner of the 2012 Gertrude Press Chapbook Contest) and We Can’t Read This (winner of the 2013 Gazing Grain Chapbook Contest). A 2012 AWP Intro Journals Award Winner, Meg has also received awards and fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, Hedgebrook, Squaw Valley Writers, and the International Queer Arts Festival. Meg is currently a PhD fellow in Poetry & Disability Poetics at the University of Utah.

TT JAX is a parent, poet, mixed media artist, and writer living in the Pacific Northwest by way of 28 years in the Deep South.

STACEY WAITE is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and has published four collections of poems: Choke (winner of the 2004 Frank O’Hara Prize), Love Poem to Androgyny, the lake has no saint (winner of the 2008 Snowbound Prize from Tupelo Press), and Butch Geography (also from Tupelo Press in 2013). Waite is the co-host of Prairie Schooner’s podcast “Air Schooner” and has individual poems appearing most recently in Bloom, The Indiana Review, and Heart Quarterly. One of Waite’s poems from Troubling the Line was selected by Denise Duhamel and David Lehman for Best American Poetry 2013.