Saturday, December 4, 2010

Dec 5: Poets Theater in Chicago


6 local poets with
48 hours to devise
a program of Poets Theater

Roundtable Discussion featuring
John Beer, Jennifer Karmin, Ruth Margraff & Don Share
moderated by Patrick Durgin, publisher of Kenning Editions,
and Valerie Johnson, Managing Editor of Poetry Magazine

Performance & Talkback featuring
Daniel Borzutsky, Duriel Harris, John Keene,
Jacob Saenz, Leila Wilson & Tim Yu

at Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway
Admission is free. ADA accessible.
Reservations are strongly recommended.

a celebration for
The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater: 1945-1985
edited by Kevin Killian and David Brazil

Sponsored by
Kenning Editions
Oracle Productions
& The Poetry Foundation

John Beer is the author of The Waste Land and Other Poems (Canarium, 2010). He has curated a poet’s theater showcase at Links Hall in Chicago, directed Robert Duncan’s Medea at Kolchis, and is editing a special section on poet’s theater for Jacket. He is a staff theater writer at Time Out Chicago.

Daniel Borzutzky is the author of The Book of Interfering Bodies (Nightboat, 2011); The Ecstasy of Capitulation (BlazeVox, 2007); and Arbitrary Tales (Triple Press, 2005). He is the translator of Raul Zurita’s Song for his Disappeared Love (Action Books, 2010) and Jaime Luis HuenĂșn’s Port Trakl (Action Books, 2008).

Duriel E. Harris is a co-founder of Black Took Collective and a member of Douglas Ewart & Inventions free jazz ensemble. Extending the multivocal experiments of Drag (Elixir Press, 2003), she is currently at work on the AMNESIAC media art project. Her collection Amnesiac: Poems is being released by Sheep Meadow Press this fall.

Jennifer Karmin’s multidisciplinary projects have been presented at festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets 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 text-sound epic, Aaaaaaaaaaalice, was published by Flim Forum Press in 2010.

John Keene is the author of Annotations (New Directions) and, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, of Seismosis (1913 Press). He teaches at Northwestern University.

Ruth Margraff is a playwright, librettist, lyricist, and performer. Her writing has been developed and produced internationally, notably in such venues as The Guggenheim Museum and Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The recipient of four Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts commissions, among other honors and awards, she is currently Associate Professor of Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jacob Saenz is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. His work has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Inkstains, OCHO, Poetry and other journals. He works at a library and is an associate editor for RHINO.

Don Share is Senior Editor of Poetry magazine. His books include Squandermania (Salt Publishing), Union (Zoo Press), and the forthcoming titles Wishbone (Black Sparrow); a critical edition of Basil Bunting’s poems (Faber and Faber); and Bunting’s Persia (Flood Editions). He has been Poetry Editor of Harvard Review and Partisan Review, Editor of Literary Imagination, and curator of poetry at Harvard University.

Leila Wilson’s The Hundred Grasses is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2011. Her poems have appeared in A Public Space, Denver Quarterly, Poetry, The Canary, and elsewhere. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute.

Timothy Yu is the author of a chapbook, Journey to the West (Barrow Street), winner of the Vincent Chin Memorial Chapbook Prize from Kundiman, and the critical book Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965 (Stanford University Press). He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.