Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Red Rover Series / Experiment #25

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #25:
Floating Hope Corpse


John Beer
Joel Craig
Brandi Homan
Lisa Janssen
Philip Jenks
Erik Johnson
Jennifer Karmin
Lauren Levato
Erika Mikkalo
Simone Muench
Daniela Olszewska
Melissa Severin
Chuck Stebelton
Leila Wilson

A celebration for the third issue of the literary journal MoonLit,
edited by Lisa Janssen and Claire McMahon.

at the Division Street Dance Loft
735 W. Division, 3rd floor
new location in the Work House building
Division @ Halsted, enter parking lot off of Halsted

suggested donation $4
doors lock at 7:30pm

JOHN BEER's poems and essays have appeared in publications including MoonLit, Make, Verse, Barrow Street, Crowd, the Hat, Time Out Chicago, the Review of Contemporary Fiction, and the Village Voice.

JOEL CRAIG co-curates The Danny's Reading Series, edits poetry for Make Magazine, and designs for MoonLit. A chapbook, Shine Tomorrow, is forthcoming in February, 2009.

BRANDI HOMAN is the author of Hard Reds (Shearsman, 2008) and is Editor-in-Chief of Switchback Books.

LISA JANSSEN is a writer, archivist, co-editor of MoonLit magazine, and co-curator of the Red Rover Series.

PHILIP JENKS has published two books, On the Cave You Live In (Flood) My First Painting will be The Accuser (Zephyr Press) He plays with The Howling Hex (Drag City) and is working with Simone Muench on a book of collaborations, Little Visceral Carnival.

ERIK JOHNSON is a PhD student at Northwestern and lives in Evanston.

JENNIFER KARMIN’s Aaaaaaaaaaalice cantos are anthologized in A Sing Economy (Flim Forum Press). She teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College, works as a Poet-in-Residence for the Chicago Public Schools, and presents her public art projects nationally. Together with Lisa Janssen, she co-curates the Red Rover Series.

LAUREN LEVATO is a poet and artist. She is the author of Marriage Bones and at the hotel andromeda, a collaboration with Kristy Bowen. Her visual art is exhibited internationally and has recently entered a master painting program. She works at both Jean Albano Gallery and Woman Made Gallery.

ERIKA MIKKALO lives on the south side of Chicago and persists. Recent work has appeared in fence, MiPOesias, and proximity. She is considering collaboration in all media.

SIMONE MUENCH's third book Orange Crush will be out from Sarabande in 2010. She is a professor, vegetarian and horror film fan, and works collaboratively with Bill Allegrezza and Philip Jenks.

DANIELA OLSZEWSKA is the author of The Partial Autobiography of Jane Doe and Resort to Humming. Her poems have appeared in recent issues of La Petite Zine, No Tell Motel, and Conduit.

MELISSA SEVERIN is managing editor for Switchback Books. Her chapbook, Brute Fact, is available from dancing girl press.

CHUCK STEBELTON is author of Circulation Flowers (Tougher Disguises, 2005). Recent chapbooks include A Maximal Object (Mitzvah Chaps), Flags and Banners (Bronze Skull Press), and Precious (Answer Tag Home Press). He works as Literary Program Director at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee.

LEILA WILSON teaches at the School of the Art Institute and serves as the poetry editor at Chicago Review. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Canary, A Public Space, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Red Rover Series {readings that play with reading} is curated by Lisa Janssen 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.

Email ideas for reading experiments to us at

The schedule for upcoming events is listed at

Friday, February 13th
AWP Small Press Showcase
8-11pm at Links Hall, 956 Newport
Experiment #26 with Action Books, Effing Press, Flood Editions, Futurepoem Books, Les Figues Press, Slack Buddha Press, Switchback Books & Ugly Duckling Presse