Thursday, January 14, 2010
Revolving Door Reading Series
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Red Kiva
Street: 1108 West Randolph Street
City/Town: Chicago, IL
Revolving Door continues with performances from Allison Gruber, Donna Pecore, Luis Humberto Valadez, and Sid Yiddish!!
Allison Gruber writes fiction, plays, essays and sometimes, for good measure, poetry. Her work has appeared on-stage, online and in print. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches composition, literature and creative writing at Carthage College and The Illinois Institute of Art.
Alma Stuckey award winner Donna Pecore claims Poetry saved her. It wooshed down over her at Weeds, a Chicago venue-Gregorio Gomez MC in 1996, transforming her. Donna finds this transformation is a daily process, in which something new is found every day-if she looks. This woosh of words has turned Donna into a Word Wrangler, trying to bring voice to the pangs and the joys and the little things, roping them into a cohesive collaboration of sound and sense. Poetry took her to school, first NBC, a two year business school, to learn to type. Falling even more madly in love with poetry at Columbia College Chicago, via Women's poetry, New York School and the Beat, God bless Keroac; she is aquiring her MA at UIC. She has been published in: the South Loop Review, NCC Review, Chicago Poetry's publications, among others and her baby is “Word Curves,” a CCC anthology she edited (Next issue pending) She believes poetry should be heard out loud as well as read. Donna workshops with the Neighborhood Writers Alliance and The Small Table. She hopes her words will woosh down on you, lighting even a little corner of your world, leaving you either with a smile...or a thought. She can be found on the web, search her name or check out http://www.fieralingue.it/modules.php?name=Content
Luis Humberto Valadez is from Chicago Heights, IL, music, and his jefa. He went to school at Columbia College Chicago and Naropa University. His first book "what i'm on" was published last March by the University of Arizona Press as part of the Camino del Sol series. His first CD "wat ahm on (ep)" was released in conjunction with the book by Last Minute Records. He is deeply influenced by writers like Harryette Mullen, Sonia Sanchez, Anne Waldman, and Amiri Baraka. His performance style is bread from a combination of the influence of the aforementioned writers as well as hardcore punk and hip-hop. To contact Luis Humberto Valadez go to: http://www.myspace.com/luishvaladez, http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/BOOKS/bid2065.htm, http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lhv
Sid Yiddish is a semi-sweet kosher industrial poet-throat-singing radio broadcasting-Furby spy. He’s performed in tight spaces within the USA & by web-cast in Norway & Denmark, plus published in; Tomorrow, Children, Churches & Daddies, Flipside, Si Senor, Satyr, Urban Coaster, Magnetic Poetry-Book Of Poetry, Poem800.com, Bardball.com & PoetrySuperHighway.com. From 1986 to 1991, he published the poetry fanzine, Cops Hate Poetry. In the past, he's worked diligently as an oddball actor, teacher, beat reporter & as the Chicago coordinator for the Bathroom Poetry Project. He's a current member of the Chicago Composers Forum, Atomic Theory Dance Band & Flabby Hoffman Trio and an honorary member of the Danish punk band, Clean Boys & has been covered by news media including Time Out Chicago, Chicago Tribune, WGN Radio, Chicago Reader, Memphis Flyer & Yahoo! Sports. This spring, Sid will embark upon a tour of Denmark w/Clean Boys, in support of their collaboration together on Sid’s penned “punk opera” & an album that will be subsequently released. In his spare time, Sid roots out crazy sounds by throat-singing & playing Shofars to be in harmony with crows & Furbies worldwide. He lives in Evanston, Illinois. To contact Sid Yiddish: firstname.lastname@example.org & to check out upcoming gigs go to: www.myspace.com/2dollarcockroach