Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Red Rover Series / Experiment #58

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #58:
Person/Persona: Are You Yours

7pm / doors lock 7:30pm

Kent Johnson
Quraysh Ali Lansana
Daniela Olszewska

With guest co-host
Davis Schneiderman

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

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

KENT JOHNSON has published more than two dozen books as poet, translator, and editor.  His most recent, released just two weeks back, is an expanded second edition of A Question Mark above the Sun: Documents on the Mystery Surrounding a Famous Poem "by" Frank O'Hara (Starcherone/Dzanc), whose first, fine-press version appeared in late 2010 despite pointed legal warnings. Last December, it was chosen as a "2011 Book of the Year" by the Times Literary Supplement. He's read numerous times in Chicago over the years, and is pleased to do so again for the venerable Red Rover Series. He lives in Freeport, Illinois.

QURAYSH ALI LANSANA is author of five poetry books, three textbooks, a children's book, editor of eight anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy. He is Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing at Chicago State University, where he served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing from 2002-2011. Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom & Community (with Georgia A. Popoff) was published in March 2011 by Teachers & Writers Collaborative and was a 2012 NAACP Image Award nominee. mystic turf, a collection of poems, will be released in October 2012 by Willow Books.

DANIELA OLSZEWSKA is the author of four collections of poetry: cloudfang : : cakedirt (Horse Less Press, 2012), Citizen J (Artifice Books, forthcoming), True Confessions of An Escapee From The Capra Facility For Wayward Girls (Spittoon, forthcoming), and (with Carol Guess) How To Feel Confident With Your Special Talents (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming).  She sits on Switchback Books’ Board of Directors and serves as Associate Poetry Editor of H_NGM_N and Another Chicago Magazine.  Daniela was born in Wroclaw, Poland and she received her MFA from the University of Alabama, but she self-identifies as a Chicagoan.

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.

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