Sunday, August 1, 2010

Aug 6: Dear Fisherman

a solo exhibit by Rachel Slotnick
with writing and music

Friday, August 6th
7pm - midnight
opening reception

at Happy Dog Gallery
1542 N Milwaukee Ave, Floor 2

7:30pm Group Reading:
Abra Aducci

Mike Balatico
Adam Bienvenue
Daniel Godston
Jennifer Goldstick
Lisa Janssen
Jennifer Karmin
Julie Karnes
Gregory Kiewiet
Heather McShane
Heather Palmer
John Rich

Followed by music selections
from DJ The Single Helix

ABRA ADDUCCI is currently pursuing her MFA in writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

MIKE BALATICO is from Tenessee.

DANIEL GODSTON teaches and lives in Chicago. His writings have appeared in Chase Park, After Hours, BlazeVOX, Versal, Beard of Bees, Drunken Boat, 580 Split, Kyoto Journal, Eratica, The Smoking Poet, Horse Less Review, Moria, Apparatus Magazine, EOAGH, Requited Journal, Sentinel Poetry, and other print publications and online journals. His poem “Mask to Skin to Blood to Heart to Bone and Back” was nominated by the editors of 580 Split for the Pushcart Prize. He also composes and performs music, and he works with the Borderbend Arts Collective to organize the annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival.

JENNIFER GOLDSTICK likes storytelling. This includes, but is not limited to: writing, reading, drawing, diagramming and telling stories. As a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis’s Visual Communication program, she generally focuses on visual storytelling, but is constantly seeking new ways to convey any kind of emotional truth. Jennifer’s mini-comic “Roots of a Tragedy,” a narrative which explores a series of student deaths in her hometown, is being self-published and will hit small, alternative comic bookstore shelves within the coming months. Her drawings and comics have been published in Spires Intercollegiate Arts & Literary Magazine and Key Magazine in Chicago.

LISA JANSSEN is a writer and archivist. Her work has appeared most recently in WSQ – Women's Studies Quarterly, MAKE, and the chapbook Riffing on Bird and Other Sad Songs (dusi/e-chap kollektiv). She currently co-edits the literary journal MoonLit.

JENNIFER KARMIN has published, performed, exhibited, taught, and experimented with language across the U.S., Japan, and Kenya. She is the author of the text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice (Flim Forum Press, 2010) and the chapbook Evacuated: Disembodying Katrina (Dusie Kollektiv, 2009). Walking Poem, a collaborative street project, is featured online at How2. In Chicago, Jennifer teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the public schools.

JULIE KARNES received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Her work won an honorable mention in The Atlantic's 2009 Student Writing Contest. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.

GREGORY KIEWIET's book of poetry, In the Company of Words, was published in 2007 by Past Tents Press. Other work has appeared in The Columbia Poetry Review, Marks: An On-line Journal of the Arts, Dispatch Detroit, Box, Woodward Magazine, Graffiti Rag, and others. He received an M. A. in English (Creative Writing) from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) in 2001 and is completing an MFA in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Greg teaches at Wright College.

HEATHER MCSHANE's writings can be found at the2ndhand, fictionatwork, The Green Lantern Press blog, Pistil magazine, and Chicago Public Radio’s Vocalo.

HEATHER PALMER holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has current or forthcoming work in Willows Wept Review, Lamination Colony, Radioactive Moat, Omphalos 8, elimae, Storyglossia, Everyday Genius, Spork Magazine and more. Her book works include Charlie’s Train (the2ndhand) and the forthcoming novel Complements: of Us (Spork Press). She writes and works in Chicago, but hails from Pennsylvania.

The Single Helix is an experimental/ambient singer-songwriter and DJ currently living in Chicago. Recording songs with a computer, various keyboards, and a guitar, T.S.H. (Armando Perez) has leaked several mix tapes of art-rock and released an instrumental electronica album called "Journal of an Emotional Robot" on the Sonic Octopus imprint. He performs solo, or with a full band.

JOHN RICH is a performance artist, writer, and arts administrator. He co-founded the collaborative theater company Attention Deficit Drama (1997-2003), and currently performs with Every house has a door. He earned a BFA in painting from Grand Valley State University (1997), and is completing an MFA in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2010). He served as performance curator for the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and Columbia College Chicago (TICTOC), and has been the company manager for Goat Island Performance Group since 2006. He is at work on his first novel and a collaborative book-length correspondence project.

RACHEL SLOTNICK, originally from Los Altos, California, is a painter and writer. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May 2010. During her time at SAIC, she traveled to Kenya on the Summer Literary Seminars Tuition Fellowship. She was also a finalist in the Fred Hillbruner Artist Book Fellowship. Her work is on display at the Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, at Café Bacci (Chicago, IL), at Horse Works inc (Morton Grove, IL), at Blue Horse Saddlery (Los Altos, CA), Art & Frames Unlimited (Mountain View, CA), Studio Trilogy Gallery (San Francisco, CA), The Tack Rack (Lexington, KY), and in Horses in Art Magazine.