Sunday, March 29, 2009

April 3 @ St. Paul’s

First Friday Poetry Series
April 3 at 7:30pm

St. Paul’s Cultural Center
2215 W. North Avenue

Daniel Godston
Elizabeth Harper
Jennifer Karmin
Larry Sawyer

free admission / donation requested
west of the Damen stop on the CTA blue line
street parking available

Elizabeth Harper lives in Chicago and has been reading her poems in bars (and coffeehouses and rock clubs and art galleries and churches and other places of direpute) for several years. She is a member of PolyRhythmic: A Chicago Arts Collective, which hosts a late-nite open mic night on Tuesdays. She participated in the Chicago Calling Arts Festival in 2006, 2007, and 2008. In April 2008, she participated in Poetry Bomb by reading poetry at the top of her lungs in front of Chicago's Water Tower and probably will again this year. Her two books of poetry are Love Songs from Psychopaths and Fairy Tales Gone Awry.

Daniel Godston teaches and lives in Chicago. His writings have appeared in Chase Park, After Hours, Versal, Drunken Boat, 580 Split, Kyoto Journal, Eratica, The Smoking Poet, Horse Less Review, and other print publications and online journals. He also composes and performs music, and he works with the Borderbend Arts Collective to organize the annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival.

Jennifer Karmin's text-sound epic, Aaaaaaaaaaalice, will be published by Flim Forum Press in 2009. She curates the Red Rover Series and is co-founder of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented nationally at festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets. Karmin teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the Chicago Public Schools. New poems are published in Cannot Exist, MoonLit, Otoliths, Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press) and Not A Muse (Haven Books).

Larry Sawyer curates the Myopic Books reading series in Wicker Park, Chicago. Chapbooks include Poems for Peace (Structum Press), A Chaise Lounge in Hell (aboveground press), Tyrannosaurus Ant (mother's milk press), which was recently included in the Yale Collection of American Literature, and Disharmonium (Silver Wonder Press). His work was also recently included in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab Books) and A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration (DePaul Humanities Center Press). Larry edits