an interview with Chicago's own Tara Betts (by Dan Godston)
Thursday, June 28, 2012
June 29: Absinthe and Zygote
Friday, June 29th
1154 W. Lunt #302
It's the first installment of Absinthe and Zygote, a rhizomatic
reading series. This one features four poets, a house party, and a lot
of absinthe; the next one will be entirely different. Curated by Anne Shaw and Toby Altman.
TANTA was born in Timisoara, Romania and lived there until 1984, when
his family immigrated to the United States. Since then, he has lived in
DeKalb, Iowa City, New York, Oaxaca City, Iasi, Milwaukee, and Chicago.
He is a poet, visual artist, and translator of contemporary Romanian
poetry. His two poetry books are Unusual Woods (BlazeVOX 2010) and
Pastoral Emergency. Tanta earned his MFA in Poetry from the Iowa's
Writers' Workshop in 2000 and his PhD in English from the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009 with literary specialization in
twentieth-century American poetry and the European avant-garde. His
journal publications include: EPOCH, Ploughshares, Circumference
Magazine, Exquisite Corpse, Watchword, Columbia Poetry Review, The
Laurel Review, and Drunken Boat. Currently, he is editing two
anthologies of poetry while teaching creative writing in Romania as a
LAURA GOLDSTEIN's poetry and essays can be found in American Letters
and Commentary, MAKE, jacket2, EAOGH, Requited, Little Red Leaves, and
How2. Her chapbook Let Her was released from Dancing Girl Press earlier
this year, and her newest chapbook, Inventory, was just released by Sona
Books at the beginning of June. She currently co-curates the Red Rover
reading series with Jennifer Karmin and teaches Writing and Literature
at Loyola University.
CONNOR STRATMAN lives in Chicago, Illinois, where he attends
graduate school at Loyola University. His work has appeared in
Counterexample Poetics, Pinstripe Fedora, Scythe, Etcetera, Outsider
Writers, and Otoliths. His books and chapbooks include An Early Scratch
(erbacce press, 2011), Some Were Awake (plumberries press, 2011) and
Volcano (Writing Knights, 2011). He also edits the online poetry blog
EMILY BARTON is a graduate of the University of Michigan and an MFA candidate at NYU.
To get to the reading: take the Red Line to Morse, and walk a block
east and a block North. The apartment is just on the far side of
Sheridan. There's a phone you can use to call (search for Toby).
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