Monday, October 18, 2010

Arielle Greenberg
Lara Glenum
the Gurlesque

with a reading by
Catherine Wagner

Wednesday, October 20
Hokin Hall
623 S. Wabash, Room 109

Developed by Arielle Greenberg in 2001, “Gurlesque” is a theoretical term describing an emerging Third Wave feminist aesthetic that foregrounds the girly in work that is subversive, carnal, performative, grotesque, and brash. With poet-critic Lara Glenum, Greenberg is the editor of an anthology of contemporary poetry and visual art that uses the Gurlesque as its lens and impetus. At the October 2oth event, both editors will be present to discuss the aesthetic followed by a reading of Gurlesque poems by Catherine Wagner.

The event is free and open to the public. Book sales at the event will be cash only.

ARIELLE GREENBERG is a member of the core poetry faculty at Columbia College Chicago and is co-editor, with Lara Glenum, of Gurlesque (Saturnalia Books, 2010), an anthology on a theory of feminist poetics. Greenberg is also editor, along with Rachel Zucker, of the anthologies Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days (University of Iowa Press, 2010) and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts & Affections (University of Iowa Press, 2008). She is the author of two collections of poetry, My Kafka Century (Action Books, 2005) and Given (Verse Press, 2002), co-author, with Rachel Zucker, of a hybrid genre book, Home/Birth: A Poemic (1913 Press, Forthcoming 2011), and the recipient of a Saltonstall Artist’s Grant and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

LARA GLENUM is a poet, scholar, and translator. She is the author of two books of poetry: The Hounds of No (Action Books, 2005) and Maximum Gaga (Action Books, 2009). With Arielle Greenberg, she is the co-editor of Gurlesque, an anthology of contemporary women’s poetry and visual art (Saturnalia Books, 2010). In 2010, she collaborated with sound, visual, and digital media artists on Meat Out of the Eater, a multimedia installation. Her poems have appeared in New American Writing, Conjunctions, Fence, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Louisiana State University.

CATHERINE WAGNER is the author of three books of poems, most recently My New Job (Fence, 2009), and many chapbooks, most recently Articulate How (Big Game Books/Dusie, 2008). With Rebecca Wolff, she edited Not For Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems on Child-Bearing and Child-Rearing (Fence, 2007). Her work has appeared in the anthologies Gurlesque, Poets on Teaching, State of the Union, Starting Today, A Best of Fence, and Best American Erotic Poems. Her poems, reviews and essays have appeared recently in Chicago Review, Lana Turner, 1913, Colorado Review and elsewhere, and she performs nationally and internationally. With her seven-year-old son Ambrose, she lives car-free in southwest Ohio, where she teaches in the MA in creative writing program at Miami University.