Thursday, August 23, 2012

Red Rover Series / Experiment #56

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #56:
Pedestrian Speech Acts


Andrew Cantrell
Scott Foley
Julia Gibbs
Jennifer Karmin
Jason Pallas
Jennifer Pallas
Dan Paz
Casey Smallwood
Danny Volk
Marilyn Volkman
Scott Waitukaitis
Sarah Yager

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

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

PEDESTRIAN SPEECH ACTS will document and continue an ongoing project of walking concrete poems on the surface of Chicago. The project began in November 2011 with a group of Chicago artists, writers, academics, and filmmakers jointly walking the one-word poem "Local" on the streets of several Chicago neighborhoods.  On August 25th, members of the group will walk a new poem in the Wicker Park neighborhood concurrently with a reading/discussion and installation at Outer Space Studio.  The event will conclude with a shared meal in Wicker Park and is guest curated by Andrew Cantrell.

ANDREW CANTRELL holds a BA in English from Georgia State University, and earned an MA and doctoral candidacy in Literature and Interpretive Theory from the University of Illinois. A labor activist for 19 years, he has spent the last 11 years organizing healthcare and education workers in California and the Midwest. Cantrell's work draws on conceptual writing, performance, and labor organizing, and effectuates via operations of selection, annotation, argument, appropriation, collaboration, revision; alternative techniques and media of inscription; and performance and public practice. His work addresses questions of location, itinerancy and migration, labor, conviviality, and resistance. Cantrell lives and works in Chicago.

SCOTT FOLEY is a Chicago-based independent filmmaker and artist interested in the communications [and miscommunications] that happen as part of the collaborative process.  Beyond creating his own work, Scott also acts as cinematographer on select film and video projects. His latest, The Hunting of Wayne, was recently selected for inclusion in the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.  At this exact moment and much like the Muppet composer on Sesame Street, Scott can probably be found banging his head against a keyboard as he tries to put the finishing touches on the feature-length screenplay he intends to direct this winter.

JULIA GIBBS is the Assistant Director of the Film Studies Center at University of Chicago. And as much as she loves cinema and all its trappings is thrilled to be part of a project that doesn't involve sitting in a dark room.

JENNIFER KARMIN has published, performed, exhibited, taught, and experimented with language across the U.S., Japan, Kenya, and Europe.  Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented at festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets.  She is the author of the text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice (Flim Forum Press, 2010) and her writing is published in the anthology I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues Press, 2012).  Jennifer teaches in the Creative Writing program at Columbia College Chicago and at Truman College, where she works with immigrants as a community educator.  Since 2005, she has curated the Red Rover Series.

JASON & JENNIFER PALLAS are cultural and community participants in a variety of functions.  Jason is an artist, educator, and runner interested in reclaiming lost histories and people for renewed consideration.  Jennifer is a financial and housing counselor, personally focused on alleviating poverty through asset building.  They live in the Rogers Park neighborhood, have two dogs, and will walk in the shape of "A".

DAN PAZ received a MFA from The University of Chicago and BFA from the Atlanta College of Art. Exhibitions and screenings include: Hayward Gallery in London, UK; Camaguey Video Festival in Camaguey, Cuba; Peregrine Program in Chicago, IL; Roots and Culture Contemporary in Chicago, IL; CAA Media Lab in NY, NY. In collaboration with Arte no es fácil, Dan received The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundations Connection grant. Dan received the Critical Fierceness Grant, in collaboration with the performance group DoubleDJ. Dan will attend the Harold Artist Residency in the late summer of 2012 and contribute to #19 of Shifter magazine.

CASEY SMALLWOOD received a BFA in Photography from Missouri State University (2005) and an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice and Theory from the University of Chicago (2008).  Smallwood’s work uses a process of reenactment and recontextualization of found narratives from mass culture to create moments of crisis centered around the interplay of self-awareness and self-deception in everyday intimacies.  Her work is as much what people see or participate in as it is the things that went into the making of those experiences; it's the directing and performance of the experience as much as it is the final product.  She lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

DANNY VOLK was born in Akron, Ohio in 1979. He earned a BA in Theater Studies from Kent State University (2006). Volk's videos and performances explore the dramaturgical structures of interactions in public and domestic settings.  In these explorations, he asks his viewers to buy into both the theatrical nature of the performance and the reality from which it draws, eliciting questions of authenticity and belief. Exploring the management of an identity, Volk takes on roles that are on the periphery of his own understanding of self often buying into his own process and going native.  Volk has exhibited at High Concept Laboratories, Random House and other experimental spaces throughout Chicago.  See

MARILYN VOLKMAN received her MFA from the University of Chicago in 2009 and her BFA from the University of Arizona in 2007.  Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions including ones at The Big Picture Project, NYC; Angels Gate Cultural Center, CA; College Art Association, NYC; and in Chicago at the Hyde Park Art Center, Art Chicago, Links Hall, Smart Museum, and The Reva and David Logan Center among others. In 2012, she received the support of the MacArthur Foundation for ARTE NO ES FÁCIL, a project based in creating relationships beyond pictures between Cuba and the United States.

SCOTT WAITUKAITIS grew up in the mountains of Arizona and Montana and is currently a Ph.D. candidate studying physics at the University of Chicago.

SARAH YAGER has been teaching composition and English as a second language for the last 7 years. She has a strong interest in the intersection of language use, context, form, and purpose in writing and oral communication. Sarah’s research generally focuses on the exclusive and inclusive nature of academic culture and language, and gaining identity through language use. Most recently, she has researched in the development of Western-centric critical thinking for students across culture, language, and socio-economic backgrounds. Currently, Sarah is a Visiting Instructor in the English Language Program at Purdue University-Calumet.

RED ROVER SERIES is curated by Laura Goldstein and Jennifer Karmin. Each event is designed as a reading experiment with participation by local, national, and international writers, artists, and performers. The series was founded in 2005 by Amina Cain and Jennifer Karmin.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Writing the City

Writing the City: Poetry Workshop Saturdays, October 6 – November 10 (8 weeks)

10 am – Noon

Led by Valerie Wallace This workshop will encourage the exploration of Chicago’s politics, culture, art, and landscape through poetic exercises and assignments. Attention will be given to the craft of poetry―line breaks, metaphor, meter, form, and opening the cliché to find the poet’s voice. We will also learn from published pieces. Our goal will be to establish a positive environment for critical feedback and community. Expect to leave the workshop with seven to ten new poems.

Valerie Wallace holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has taught workshops throughout Chicago. She is an editor with RHINO Poetry and the author of The Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Six sessions, $170 ($153 for students, seniors, and Newberry members) Register online

Thursday, August 9, 2012

tomorrow night!

Melissa Severin, Stephanie Anderson, and Daniela Olszewska Read Poemz

Friday, August 10, 7:30pm
Women & Children First
5233 N Clark Street

Melissa Severin's chapbook, Brute Fact, is available from dancing girl press. Her poems have appeared in MoonLit, 42Opus, and The Cultural Society. She sometimes writes about Liverpool FC at Empire of the Kop. Melissa lives in Chicago.

Stephanie Anderson is the author of several poetry chapbooks, including In the Particular Particular (DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press) and The Nightyard (Noemi Press), and a forthcoming full-length collection, In the Key of Those Who Can No Longer Organize Their Environments (H orse Less Press). Her poems and essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Denver Quarterly, Mimeo Mimeo, RealPoetik, The Sink Review, Typo, and Yew. She lives in Chicago, where she runs the micro-press Projective Industries and is poetry editor for the Chicago Review.

Daniela Olszewska is the author of four collections of poetry: cloudfang : : cakedirt (Horse Less Press, 2012), Citizen J (Artifice Books, forthcoming in 2012), True Confessions of An Escapee From The Capra Facility For Wayward Girls (Spittoon, forthcoming in 2013), and (with Carol Guess) How To Feel Confident With Your Special Talents (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming in 2014). Daniela sits on Switchback Books' Board of Directors and serves as Associate Poetry Editor of H_NGM_N and Another Chicago Magazine.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

1850 W. Belle Plaine Avenue Apt. 3, Chicago, IL 60613

Featuring John Gallaher, Tony Trigilio, Daniela Olszewska, & Andrew Terhune!

Flyer designed by Ryan Spooner.

John Gallaher is the author of the books of poetry, Gentlemen in Turbans, Ladies in Cauls, The Little Book of Guesses, and Map of the Folded World, as well as the free online chapbook, Guidebook from Blue Hour Press, and, with with the poet G.C. Waldrep Your Father on the Train of Ghosts, BOA, 2011. His next book will be the book-length essay-poem In a Landscape, coming out in 2015 from BOA. Other than that, he's co-editor of The Laurel Review and GreenTower Press. Check out his blog here: http://​

Tony Trigilio's books include the poetry collections Historic Diary (BlazeVOX, 2011) and The Lama's English Lessons (Three Candles, 2006), and the chapbooks With the Memory, Which is Enormous (Main Street Rag, 2009) and Make a Joke and I Will Sigh and You Will Laugh and I Will Cry (e-chap, Scantily Clad Press, 2008). With Tim Prchal, he co-edited Visions and Divisions: American Immigration Literature, 1870-1930 (Rutgers Univ. Press, 2008). He is a member of the Core Poetry Faculty at Columbia College Chicago and co-edits Court Green.

Daniela Olszewska is the author of four collections of poetry: cloudfang : : cakedirt (Horse Less Press, 2012), Citizen J (Artifice Books, forthcoming), True Confessions of An Escapee From The Capra Facility For Wayward Girls (Spittoon Press, forthcoming), and How To Feel Confident With Your Special Talents (co-written with Carol Guess) (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming). She sits on Switchback Books' Board of Directors and serves as Associate Poetry Editor of H_NGM_N and Another Chicago Magazine.

Andrew Terhune is originally from Memphis, Tennessee. He is the author of the chapbook Helen Mirren Picks Out My Clothes (greying ghost press) and his poems have recently appeared in Bateau, West Wind Review, Meridian, and Sixth Finch. He was a finalist for the 2012 Colorado Prize in Poetry. Find him online at: http://​

Friday, August 3, 2012


One winning poem will receive $300 and publication in the next issue.  Two runners-up will receive $50 and publication.  The poems selected will also be posted on our web site.  Send up to 5 unpublished poems (no more than 5 pages total). All contest submissions will also be considered for regular publication in the 2013 edition of RHINO.

Submissions must be postmarked between July 1 - October 1.

Submissions must include a cover letter listing your name, address, email address and/or telephone number, as well as titles of the poems. Label your contest submission: “Founders’ Contest.”  No identifying information should appear on the poems.  Manuscripts will not be returned.

If mailing, include a SASE for notification of results and enclose a $10 entry fee (make checks payable to RHINO).  If submitting electronically, use Paypal to pay the entry fee.

Submit electronically
via our website:
Mail submission to:
RHINO, The Poetry Forum
P.O. Box 591
Evanston, IL 60204