Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Willow Review Launch & Reading

The Annual Willow Review Journal Launch and Reading is this Thursday evening, 7 PM, April 19, in room C003. It is FREE and open to the public. Please come by to hear exceptional poetry and prose and to meet local authors. This is the College of Lake County’s international literary magazine.

Contributors to this year’s award-winning literary magazine will read from their original poetry and prose. The featured Illinois author is James Reiss.

His latest book is “Riff on Six: New and Selected Poems” (Salt Publishing). His work has appeared in such publications as The American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Esquire, The Hudson Review, The Iowa Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner and Slate. His first poetry collection, “The Breathers” (Ecco Press), was nominated for the National Book Award. His fourth book of poems, “Ten Thousand Good Mornings” (Carnegie Mellon University Press) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

The reading and launch will be held in room C003 (basement, down from the “C” wing entrance), at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus, on Thursday evening April 19, at 7 PM. Please park in one of the student parking lots; they are free. If you park in faculty or staff lots, you may be ticketed (sorry).

Friday, April 6, 2012

Red Rover Series / Experiment #53

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #53:
Men Undressed

7pm / doors lock 7:30pm

Gina Frangello, Cris Mazza, Susan Solomon,
Charles Blackstone, A D Jameson & Davis Schneiderman

A celebration for the new anthology Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience published by Other Voices Books. In this collection, women writers imagine all things sexual from the point of view of male characters.

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

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

GINA FRANGELLO is the author of three books of fiction: A Life in Men (Algonquin Books, 2013), Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010) and My Sister's Continent (Chiasmus 2006). The longtime editor of the literary magazine, Other Voices, she co-founded its book press, Other Voices Books, in 2004 and has served as Executive Editor ever since. She is also the Fiction Editor on the popular literary collective The Nervous Breakdown, and the Sunday Editor on the online cultural site, The Rumpus.

CRIS MAZZA has authored sixteen books, most recently Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls, a novel. Her other fiction titles include Waterbaby, Trickle-Down Timeline, and Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? In 1995 & 1996, Mazza was co-editor for the original Chick-Lit anthologies: Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction, and Chick-Lit 2: No Chick Vics. In 2006, her essay “Who’s Laughing Now: Chick Lit and the Perversion of a Genre,” explaining the co-opting and corrosion of the title, appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine. In addition to fiction, Mazza also has published a collection of personal essays, Indigenous: Growing Up Californian, and has a hybrid memoir, Something Wrong With Her, forthcoming from Jadid Ibis Press. A native of Southern California, Mazza grew up in San Diego County. She currently lives 50 miles west of Chicago and is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She can be found online at

SUSAN SOLOMON is a writer and lawyer living in Chicago. Her fiction is upcoming or has appeared in a number of online and print publications including Valparaiso Fiction Review, Polluto, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Pebble Lake Review. Her story, "Smile Catchers," placed "Commended" (top ten) in Writelink's 2004 Weekender Challenge (United Kingdom), and her story, "Medici, For Beginners," was selected as an Editor's Choice story for 2005 by Pulse Magazine.

CHARLES BLACKSTONE is the author of The Week You Weren't Here, a novel, and co-editor of The Art of Friction, an anthology of genre-defying fiction and creative nonfiction, and managing editor of the acclaimed book review site Bookslut. His prose has appeared in The Journal of Experimental Fiction, The Evergreen Review, Modern Luxury, Wall Street,, and, most recently, on Twitter. He lives in Chicago.

A D JAMESON is the author of the prose collection Amazing Adult Fantasy and the novel Giant Slugs (both 2011). His work has appeared in Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Fiction International, The Brooklyn Rail, and dozens of other journals. He also contributes regularly to the group blogs Big Other and HTMLGiant. Last fall, he entered the PhD program in Creative Writing at UIC.

DAVIS SCHNEIDERMAN's recent novels include Drain (TriQuarterly/Northwestern), which did not win the National Book Award, and Blank: a novel (Jaded Ibis), with audio from Dj Spooky, which was not a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His creative work has never appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Paris Review and Granta. He has not been the recipient of three Pushcart Prizes for his short fiction, and has never been a fellow at Breadloaf or Yaddo. Recently, he was passed over for a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, despite being Chair of the English Department at Lake Forest College, and also Director of Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books, where he co-edits The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing.

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.

MAY 5th @ 7pm
Experiment #54: The Rhythm is Gonna Getcha
with H. V. Cramond, Heather Momyer & Matias Viegener

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