Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday Funk tonight at Hopleaf

Tonight, Tuesday December 1st at Hopleaf we have two fabulous poets in the mix for our December edition of Tuesday Funk. They are both very different and equally amazing. They are Nicolas Michael Ravnikar and Jennifer Scappettone. Their bios are below.

Reading starts at 7pm, upstairs opens at 6:30pm. (The cash-only bar upstairs will be open throughout the reading.)

Hopleaf is located at 5148 N. Clark Street in Andersonville at the southwest corner of Clark and Foster. Hope to see you tonight!

The Tuesday Funk Organizers

(P.S. If you are interested in reading at our future events please shoot me an email at halliepalladino [at] gmail.com with a short bio and a poem or two. Currently we book two to three months in advance and our readings are always on the first Tuesday.)

December Poets Bios:
NICHOLAS MICHAEL RAVNIKAR (BA, University of Wisconsin; MFA, Naropa University) lives in Racine, WI, where he edits the irregularly published webzine, The Bathroom and is organizing with Nick Demske the first annual Racquetball Chapbook Tournament. His writing has appeared in most recently in
Otoliths and Boo: A Journal of Terrific Things and is forthcoming in BlazeVOX and unarmed. His first feature-length documentary, Quilts on Barns: The Beauty of Rural Art, wrapped post-production in August 2009 and will be available for free viewing online soon. He's currently working on a documentary titled SMALL PRESS, MIDWEST. Midwest-affiliated writers, publishers, readers and scholars interested in letting him interview them for that project can send an email to nicholasmichaelravnikar@gmail.com. He has facilitated workshops in poetry, video, installation art and journalism in a variety of settings, most recently in conjunction with the Racine Arts Council and Woodland Pattern.

JENNIFER SCAPPETTONE, a translator, poet, and purveyor of visual stills and prose, is the author of From Dame Quickly (Litmus Press, 2009), and of several chapbooks. She is now at work on Exit 43 — an archaeology of the landfill and opera of pop-ups—for the cross-genre publishing project Atelos Press. Excerpts of that book appear in Belladonna Elders Series #5: Poetry, Landscape, Apocalypse featuring pop-ups and prose by Scappettone, a lyric sequence by Etel Adnan, and an essay by Lyn Hejinian (Belladonna, 2009); pop-up scores are now being adapted for performance in collaboration with choreographer Kathy Westwater as LAND. She was guest editor of the feature section of Aufgabe 7, devoted to contemporary Italian experimental poetry, and is at work on a range of translations from Italian, with a focus on the "Babeling deeply felt" of the postwar polyglot author Amelia Rosselli. A selection of Neosuprematist Webtexts, filmed stills, was installed at Infusoria, an exhibit of visual poetry curated by Helen White for the Festival Le Off in Brussels and Het Zilverhof in Ghent in 2009. A range of readings, a talk on poetry and landscape, and a podcast dialogue with Al Filreis are available for download at her PennSound author page. She is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago.