Saturday, November 26, 2011

Nov 30: Revolving Door Reading Series

Revolving Door Reading Series
Wednesday, November 30th

Derrick Weston Brown
Jennifer Karmin with collaborators
Kath Duffy, A D Jameson & Kenyatta Rogers

7:30pm open mic
8pm features

DERRICK WESTON BROWN has studied poetry under Dr. Tony Medina at Howard University and Cornelius Eady at American University, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. He is the auth…or of a chapbook, The Unscene (published in 2006), and his work has appeared in DrumVoices Review, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, Black Issues & Book Reviews, and the Cave Canem Poetry Anthologies of 2002 and 2003. He is a native of Charlotte, NC and currently resides in Mount Rainier, MD. He is a Cave Canem fellow and the poet-in-residence at Busboys & Poets bookstore and restaurant.

JENNIFER KARMIN is the author of the text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice (Flim Forum Press, 2010) and has poems forthcoming in the anthology I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues Press, 2012). Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented at festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets across the U.S., Japan, and Kenya. She teaches in the Creative Writing program at Columbia College Chicago and at Truman College, where she works with immigrants as a community educator.

KATH DUFFY is a writer who co-founded the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise in 2001 to forge alliances with other artists, activists, community groups, and the general public. Expanding on collaboration as political force, Kath initiated the organizing efforts of the Dill Pickle Food Coop in late 2005, and is currently serving her second three year term on the board of directors. Kathleen earns her keep as the Communications Organizer for the Campaign for Better Health Care and is a member of the concert production staff of the Old Town School of Folk Music.

A D JAMESON is the author of two books: the prose collection Amazing Adult Fantasy (Mutable Sound, 2011), in which he tries to come to terms with having been raised on '80s pop culture, and the novel Giant Slugs (Lawrence and Gibson, 2011), an absurdist retelling of the Epic of Gilgamesh. He has taught classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lake Forest College, DePaul University, Facets Multimedia, and StoryStudio Chicago. He is also the nonfiction / reviews editor of the online journal Requited. He recently became a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a contributor at the blogs Big Other and HTMLGIANT.

KENYATTA ROGERS is a Cave Canem Fellow who received his MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. He is currently a member of the Chicago Poetry Brothel and instructor and tutor for the Chicago City Colleges and Columbia College Chicago as well as a Poet in Residence for the Hands on Stanzas program in Chicago. His work has been published or forthcoming in Vinyl, The Arsenic Lobster, Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, and also featured in Word 4: Type+Image Exhibit. He was also nominated for a 2009 Illinois Arts Council Literacy Award for his poem Safety.

REVOLVING DOOR READING SERIES is the Art District’s fashionable monthly reading series featuring poetry, cultural musings, and music spun by Fathom DJ. Every fourth Wednesday, we blend genres with poets, musicians, fictionists, artists and those in between.