Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dec 2 & 4: Vanessa Place + friends

Pilot Light:
The Green Lantern Press / Dear Navigator Conversation Series

Vanessa Place & Jennifer Karmin

at The Green Lantern Gallery
2542 Chicago Avenue
free admission

Of VANESSA PLACE and Robert Fitterman’s Notes on Conceptualisms, Mary Kelly said, “I learned more about the impact of conceptualism on artists and writers than I had from reading so-called canonical works on the subject.” Kenneth Goldsmith has called Place’s Statement of Facts “arguably the most challenging, complex and controversial literature being written today.” Place is also author of Dies: A Sentence, La Medusa, and The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law, based on her work as an attorney representing indigent sex offenders on appeal. She is co-director of Les Figues Press, and a regular contributor to X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly. Her most recent work is available in French by éditions è®e, as Exposé des Faits and in English, by Blanc Press, as Statement of Facts.

JENNIFER KARMIN has published, performed, exhibited, taught, and experimented with language across the U.S., Japan, and Kenya. She curates the Red Rover Series and is co-founder of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented at festivals, artist-run spaces, community centers, and on city streets. Aaaaaaaaaaalice, a text-sound epic, was published by Flim Forum Press in 2010. At home in Chicago, Jennifer teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the public schools. She earned her MFA in the Writing Program at SAIC in 2001. More at, http://aaaaaaaaaaalice.blogspot.com

The writer creates many relationships: with oneself; with one’s intimate, immediate, and local communities; and with the writing community at-large (earth/space). Pilot Light brings together writers at varying stages of their career for conversations that cross and explore these different relationships. Emerging and established writers each read from their own work and then engage in a discussion that creates an intimate space across genre and career status.

Co-presented by Dear Navigator, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s literary magazine, and The Green Lantern Press. The series is curated by Elizabeth Metzger Sampson.




Red Rover Series

{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #42:
Repeat Offender

7pm / doors lock 7:30

Vanessa Place

With collaborators:
Denise Dooley
Elizabeth Metzger Sampson
Fred Sasaki
Luis Humberto Valadez

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

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

This event is funded in part
by Poets & Writers, Inc.

VANESSA PLACE (see December 2 bio above).

DENISE DOOLEY lives in Rogers Park, Chicago. She reads and writes with the Next Objectivists workshop at Mess Hall. Her chapbook 'Drumptops' will be out this fall from Con/Crescent Press.

ELIZABETH METGER SAMPSON is a writer currently living in Chicago. She is the editor of Dear Navigator, an electronic magazine published by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

FRED SASAKI is associate editor of Poetry magazine, editor-at-large for the Chicagoan, and a conspirator with the Dil Pickle Club and Homeroom. He has new writing in Artifice, Iowa Review, MAKE, and other places.

LUIS HUMBERTO VALADEZ is a writer, musician, performer, and educator from Chicago Heights, IL. Born and raised in a tense environment riddled with violence, criminal activity, and desperation, he developed a perspective—further shaped in his experiences at Columbia College Chicago where he received his BA and Naropa University where he received an MFA—that fueled his first book ("what i'm on," 2009 University of Arizona Press). He currently works as AmeriCorps VISTA Supervisor for Chicago HOPES.

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.

Email ideas for reading experiments
to us at redroverseries@yahoogroups.com

The schedule for events is listed at