Thursday, November 29, 2012

Red Rover Series / Experiment #60

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #60:
Then & Now Again

7pm / doors lock 7:30pm

Maureen Ewing
Josalyn Knapic
Todd McCarty
Tony Trigilio

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

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

MAUREEN EWING received her MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago and her MA in English from Rhodes University in South Africa. She has taught at Columbia College Chicago and University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, and she tutors and mentors young writers. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Exit 7, Mindful Metropolis, Rhino, ROAR, Slurve, So to Speak, and Third Wednesday. She has participated in readings through Rhino, Printer’s Row Book Fair, and various Columbia College Chicago readings and exhibitions. Maureen recently received a partial fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center for a two-week residency in April 2013.

JOSALYN KNAPIC is currently editor of South Loop Review: Creative Nonfiction + Art and serves as an assistant editor at Another Chicago Magazine.  An essay of hers is appearing in DIAGRAM Fall 2012. 

TODD MCCARTY is a freelance writer who lives in Chicago. He's worked as assistant editor for the journal Court Green, for Naropa's Audio Archive Project, and at KGNU Radio in Boulder, CO. There he was interviewer and producer for the poetry programs End Quote and Subliminal Guild. He recorded poets such as Anne Waldman, Alice Notley, Joanne Kyger and many others. His poems have appeared in 580 Split, Court Green, RHINO, Verse Daily, and are forthcoming in DIAGRAM. His book reviews can be found at Gently Read Literature. Todd recently received a partial fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center for a two-week residency in April 2013.

TONY TRIGILIO is the author of, most recently, the book-length poem White Noise (forthcoming 2013, Apostrophe Books) and the poetry collection Historic Diary (BlazeVOX Books, 2011). His critical monograph Allen Ginsberg's Buddhist Poetics was re-released in a new paperback edition earlier this year by Southern Illinois University Press. With Tim Prchal, he co-edited the anthology Visions and Divisions: American Immigration Literature, 1870-1930 (Rutgers University Press, 2008). He is a member of the core poetry faculty at Columbia College Chicago and is a co-founder and co-editor of Court Green.

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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The schedule for events is listed at

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nov 28: Nick Twemlow & Joel Craig

The Green Lantern Press release reading 
with Nick Twemlow & Joel Craig

Wednesday, November 28
Hosted by Caroline Picard & Devin King

NICK TWEMLOW is the author of Palm Trees (Green Lantern Press,2012). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, A Public Space, jubilat, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009, and elsewhere. He lives with his family in Iowa City, where he writes, makes films, is a senior editor for The Iowa Review and co-edits Canarium Books. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit

JOEL CRAIG is the author of The White House (Green Lantern Press, 2012). His poems have appeared in A Public Space, Boston Review, Fence, Iowa Review and Typo, among others. He lives and works in Chicago, Illinois where he also curates the Danny's Reading Series and is the poetry editor for MAKE: A Literary Magazine.

Monday, November 26, 2012

W4tB:Susan Swanton Book Release and open mic at Jaks

Hey kids
It's the long awaited release of Susan Swanton's new book of poetry.
"Meat Machine" is a super cool volume of her work
you should come on out and buy a copy
7:30 sign up
Showtime 8-10 pm
suggested theme: Buy Meat Machine.

There will still be an Open Mic so bring your poems.
Monday, December 3, 2012

sign up 7:30pm
showtime 8 until 10:00pm

Jaks Tap Restaurant Bar
901 W. Jackson, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Sunday, November 18, 2012

W4tB at Jaks featuring Quraysh Ali Lansana+Open Mic

Jaks Tap Restaurant Bar
901 W. Jackson, Chicago, Illinois 60607
sign up-7:30
showtime 8-10pm
come check out our super cool feature Quraysh Ali Lansana
perhaps buy his super cool new book
or participate in our suggested theme
Road Poems:
On the road
from the road
further down the road
to the road
road to nowhere
tobacco road
road runner
king of the road
Ya know, Road Poems

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Nov 16 & 17: Elizabeth Robinson, Kim Lyons & more


Absinthe and Zygote Series
Remix Reading

Three pre-eminent poets will interweave their works into a single, remixed work. This experiment in language and performance will feature poets Elizabeth Robinson, Kimberly Lyons, and Nathan Hoks.

7pm @ Mess Hall
6932 N Glenwood Ave
near the Morse CTA Red Line
free admission

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The Myopic Books Reading Series presents
Vyt Bakaitis, Kimberly Lyons & Elizabeth Robinson

7pm @ Myopic Books
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave
near the Damen CTA Blue Line
free admission

Vyt Bakaitis is an American translator, editor, and poet born in Lithuania and living in New York City. His main collection of poetry is City Country (1991). His magazine, Thirst, lasted only a few issues, but his translations of Lithuanian poetry, particularly the anthology Breathing Free and the work of Jonas Mekas, are significant.

Kimberly Lyons is the author of several books of poetry, most recently: Phototherapique (Ketalanche Press/Portable Press, 2008). A new collection of poems, Rouge, is forthcoming from Instance Press. Recent poems have appeared in New American Writing, Peepshowpoetryblogspot, Peaches and Bats, the Recluse, and Talisman magazine. She wrote profiles on a number of poets in the Encyclopedia of New York School Poets (Facts on File). She is a socialworker at the Brooklyn Women’s Shelter and was once the program coordinator at the Poetry Project.

Elizabeth Robinson is the author of the recent collections Counterpart (Boise ID: Ahsahta Press, 2012) and Inaudible Trumpeters (Harbor Mountain Press, 2008). With Colleen Lookingbill, she co-edits the EtherDome Chapbook series which publishes chapbooks by emerging women poets, and she co-edits Instance Press with Beth Anderson and Stacy Szymaszek. She graduated from Bard College, Brown University, and Pacific School of Religion.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Nov 10: Toby Altman & Joel Lewis


Readings by
Toby Altman & Joel Lewis

Saturday, November 10th

at Myopic Books
1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Toby Altman lives in Chicago with his dog and friends. His poems appear in Gigantic Sequins, The Berkeley Poetry Review and Birdfeast. A chapbook of his prose poems, Asides, was published by Furniture Press. He is cofounder of Damask Press and a member of the Next-Objectivists.

Joel Lewis is the author of Surrender When Leaving Coach (Hanging Loose, 2012) and the forthcoming North River Rundown (Accent Editions 2013). He has edited the selected talks of Ted Berrigan, the selected poems of Walter Lowenfels and an anthology of contemporary New Jersey poets. And, for better or worse, he originated the now-abolished NJ Poet  Laureate position that was such a headache for Amiri  Baraka.

The Myopic Books Reading Series is curated by Larry Sawyer.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Nov 10: Writers on Process

Writers on Process:
Laura Goldstein
Judd Morrissey
Martin Glaz Serup
Christine Wertheim

Saturday, November 10th

at the Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street
on the 5th floor, Millennium Park Room
free admission

Les Figues Press authors Martin Glaz Serup (Copenhagen) and Christine Wertheim (Los Angeles) will be on a Field Tour of the Field States from November 3-10, 2012. On Saturday, November 10, join us for a panel discussion between Martin Glaz Serup, Christine Wertheim, and local writers Judd Morrissey and Laura Goldstein on process and project.

Moderated and organized by
Jennifer Karmin & Elizabeth Metzger Sampson
presented by the Poetry Center of Chicago & Red Rover Series

Laura Goldstein's poetry and essays have been published in American Letters and Commentary, MAKE, kill author, jacket2, EAOGH, Requited, Everyday Genius, Little Red Leaves, and How2. She has published several chapbooks including Inventory (Sona Books, 2012); Let Her (Dancing Girl Press, 2012); Facts of Light (Plumberries Press, 2011) and Ice in Intervals (Hex Presse, 2008). She co-curates the Red Rover Series with Jennifer Karmin and teaches Writing and Literature at Loyola University.

Judd Morrissey is an electronic writer and creator of multimodal works encompassing elements of internet art, live performance, site-responsive installation, and structured public participation. He is the creator of widely studied and anthologized digital literary works including The Precession (2011), The Last Performance [dot org] (2009), The Jew’s Daughter (2006), and My Name is Captain, Captain (2002). His projects are presented nationally and internationally in festivals, exhibitions, conferences and commission contexts. Morrissey is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he teaches courses in networked and computational writing, digital art, and contemporary performance. He was a collaborator of the former international performance collective, Goat Island, and is a fellow of the Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writing Grant program.  More at

Martin Glaz Serup was born in 1978 and has published six children’s books, most recently an illustrated story entitled When granddad was a postman (2010). He has also published six collections of poetry; his long poem The Field (2010) has been published in Denmark (2010), USA (2011), Sweden (2012) and Finland (2013). Serup is the former founding editor of the Nordic web-magazine for literary criticism Litlive and the literary journal Apparatur, and is the current managing editor of the poetry magazine Hvedekorn. He has taught creative writing at the University of Southern Denmark and at the University of Aarhus; he is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Copenhagen. In 2006, Serup received the Michael Strunge Prize for poetry and in 2008 he received a gold medal from the University of Copenhagen for his dissertation of Poetry and Relational Aesthetics. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious three-year grant from the Danish Art's Council.

Christine Wertheim is a poet, critic, performer and curator with a doctorate in literature and semiotics from Middlesex University, London. Her books include the poetic suite +|‘me’S-pace (Les Figues Press), Corpus, a chapbook from Triage, and the edited anthology Feminaissance (Les Figues Press). She regularly writes critical pieces on art, literature and aesthetics, including for Cabinet, X-tra, The Quick and the Dead, Walker Art Center cat., and Patarcitical Interogation Techniques, vol 3, ed. Doug Harvey. She lectures and performs internationally, most recently at the Sorbonne, Birkbeck College, London, the University of Western Sydney, Melbourne University, and LaTrobe University, Melbourne. With her sister Margaret she co-directs the Institute For Figuring (IFF), which curates exhibitions and seminars on the intersections of art, science and mathematics. Her new book Mutters and Babels is forthcoming from Couterpath Books in 2013.  More at and

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 1:30 pm Woman Made Gallery 685 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

In the spirit of Lucile Clifton, this reading is meant to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." Join six remarkable poets who occupy words, not as a polemic but toward truth-telling, for a memorable evening of words made to occupy. Curated by Valerie Wallace, the poets will read from their work and talk about how and why they approach poetry to be used on and off the page.

Featuring Poet & Spoken Word Artist Tiff Beatty Poet & Visual Artist Krista Franklin Poet & Text Artist Jill Magi Poet & Slam Winner Marty McConnell Poet & Performance Artist Jamila Woods Event Curator & Poet Valerie Wallace

"Diamonds are Forever" courtesy Krista Franklin

Nov 8 & 9: Johanna Drucker

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide. Her most recent titles include SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (Chicago, 2009), and Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (Pearson, 2008). She is currently working on a database memoire, ALL, the online Museum of Writing in collaboration with University College London and King's College, and a letterpress project titled Stochastic Poetics.
in the Ludington Building, 1104 South Wabash Ave 

And are part of the show 
DRUCKWORKS: 40 Years of Books and Projects by Johanna Drucker
September 6–December 7, 2012

Johanna Drucker
Thursday, November 8th @ 6pm
room 502

Tactics & Technologies: Artists' Books and Means of Production
Friday, November 9th @ noon 

room 504

*Johanna Drucker will present on her visual artwork within the context of changing technology

*Steve Tomasula will discuss his recent publication TOC, a New Media Novel

*Steve Woodall will present on Expanded Artists' Books, an NEA-funded electronic publishing initiative

*Doro Boehme will discuss selections from the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago  

Monday, November 5, 2012

Nov 6: AMERICA/N election day performances


Collaborative Art Group Lucky Pierre invites scholars, artists, and activists to investigate: What do you know about the US Constitution?

On election day November 6, 2012, during polling hours (6am to 7pm), art collective Lucky Pierre (, Defibrillator Gallery and 24 guest presenters will work through this American project as defined by the United States Constitution.

We'll start at the beginning of the constitution "We the people..." and work our way through to the end - "The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." Drinks will, of course, be served after the 21st Amendment.

Each of the 24 guest presenters will present their findings as a 30-minute presentation / discussion / song / performance/ polemic. Each presentation will be followed by a group discussion. Visitors can come and go at any time throughout the day.  Findings and texts from the day are to be released in book form on Inauguration Day 2013.

Defibrillator Gallery
1136 N. Milwaukee Avenue
in the Wicker Park neighborhood

(subject to change):

6:00-7:00 a.m Breakfast

7:00-7:30 Preamble Amber Ginsburg and Tom Ginsburg

7:30-8:00 Article 1 John Rich

8:00-8:30 Article 2 David Kodeski

8:30-9:00 Article 3 Robin Cline

9:00-9:30 Article 4 Edward Thomas-Herrera

9:30-10:00 Articles 5,6,7 Laura Stempel

10:00-30 Amendment 1 Davey K.

10:30-11:00 Amendments 2 & 3 Aaron Maier

11:00-11:30 Amendment 4 Brandon Alvendia

11:30-12:00 pm. Amendments 5 & 6 Jennifer Karmin & Kath Duffy

12:00-12:30 Amendment 7 Marc Fischer

12:30-1:00 Amendment 8 Melinda Fries

1:00-1:30 Amendment 9 David Isaacson

1:30-2:00 Amendments 10 , 11, 13 Chris Schoen

2:00-2:30 Amendments 12 and 17 Jen Blair

2:30-3:00 Amendment 14 Honorable Judge James Snyder of Circuit Court of Cook County

3:00-3:30 Amendment 15 Andy Fenchel & Alisa Wolfson

3:30-4:00 Amendment 16 Matthew Nicholas

4:00-4:30 Amendments 18 and 21 Paul Durica

4:30-5:00 Amendment 19 Anne Elizabeth Moore

5:00-5:30 Amendments 20 and 22 and 27 Jeff Kowalkowski

5:30-6:00 Amendment 23 and 24 Don Washington of Mayoral Tutorial

6:00-6:30 Amendment 25 Robert Metrick

6:30-7:00 Amendment 26 Barrie Cole

Jeanne Marie Beaumont & Maxine Scates Reading

Come hear Jeanne Marie Beaumont & Maxine Scates read as part of Columbia College Chicago’s Fall 2012 Poetry Reading series.
When: Wednesday, November 14, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Avenue, Second Floor

[Photo credit - Bibiana Huang Matheis, Bill Cadbury]

JEANNE MARIE BEAUMONT is the author of Burning of the Three Fires (BOA Editions, 2010), a finalist for the Writers’ League of Texas Book Award, Curious Conduct (BOA Editions, 2004), and Placebo Effects, selected by William Matthews as a National Poetry Series winner (Norton, 1997). She is coeditor of the anthology The Poets’ Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales. Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines including Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, Conduit, Good Poems for Hard Times, Hotel Amerika, LIT, The Manhattan Review, The Nation, New Letters, Poetry Daily, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2007, When She Named Fire: Contemporary Poetry by American Women, World Literature Today, and many others. She won the 2009 Dana Award for Poetry. Her poem “Afraid So” was made into a short film by award-winning filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt with narration by Garrison Keillor; it has been shown at over two dozen international festivals, at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, and on IFC, and it won 2nd prize at the Black Maria Film Festival, among other awards.  She has taught at Rutgers University and the Frost Place in Franconia, NH. She currently teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd St. Y and in the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. Since 1983, she has made her home in Manhattan.

MAXINE SCATES is the author of three books of poetry, Undone ( New Issues, 2011), Black Loam (Cherry Grove Collections, 2005), which received the Lyre Prize and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and Toluca Street (University of Pittsburgh Press,1989), which received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press and the Oregon Book Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Agni, American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Court Green, Crazyhorse, Ironwood, Lyric, Massachusetts Review, Ninth Letter, North American Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, and ZYZZYVA. Her poems have also been anthologized in For A Living (University of Illinois Press), The Pittsburgh Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (University of Pittsburgh Press), A Gathering of Poets (Kent State University Press), Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets (Oregon State UniversityPress), New Poets of the American West, She Walks In Beauty (Hyperion), and Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses. Her poetry has also received a 2010 Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Literary Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, The American Voice, Calyx, Mississippi Review, Poetry East and Prairie Schooner and the anthologies: Liberating Memory: Our Work, Our Working Class Consciousness (Rutgers University Press), Stories That Shape Us: Women Write About The West (W.W. Norton) and Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis (Anchor/Doubleday). She is co-editor, with David Trinidad, of Holding Our Own: The Selected Poems of Ann Stanford published by Copper Canyon Press. She has taught at Lane Community College, Lewis and Clark College and, for many years, as Poet-in-Residence, Visiting Associate Professor, at Reed College. She now teaches privately. Originally from Los Angeles, she has lived in Eugene, Oregon since 1973.

Friday, November 2, 2012

2nd Sunday Top Shelf Poets

Another Super cool show at the most serene of venues. come joins us on November 11th when our Top shelf Showcase will include:
Famous Poet David Hernandez
Mojdeh Stoakley
Ralph Hamilton
Dana Jerman

We try to be on time so please do the same
that's from 3-5 in the afternoon Sunday November 11th at
Powell's Bookstore
1218 S Halsted

Powells Bookstores, Chicago
1218 S. Halsted Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60607

W4tB at Jaks with Dave Gecic+OPEN MIC

Another fabulous feature at W4tB
Dave Gecic joins us with his special brand of poetic madness
join us on November 5th
when our theme is
Grave Stepping, Ghost Walking & the Danse Macabre
Poets shouldn't play with dead things
sign up is at 7:30 and the show is from 8-10 pm
Jaks Tap
901 W. Jackson

Jaks Tap Restaurant Bar
901 W. Jackson, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Red Rover Series / Experiment #59

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #59:

Fields + Murmurs


7pm / doors lock 7:30pm


Diana Hamilton
Josef Kaplan
Martin Glaz Serup
Christine Wertheim

at Outer Space Studio

1474 N. Milwaukee Ave
suggested donation $4

logistics --

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

DIANA HAMILTON's first book, Okay, Okay, is available from Truck Books. Other work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bomb, Esopus, Two Serious Ladies, and Model Homes. She is a poet and a PhD student at Cornell.

JOSEF KAPLAN is the author of Democracy Is Not for the People (Truck Books, 2012). His work has recently appeared in Clock, Rethinking Marxism, Troll Thread, Gauss PDF and calmaplombprombombbalm. He lives in Brooklyn.

MARTIN GLAZ SERUP has published six children’s books, most recently an illustrated story When granddad was a postman (2010), three chapbook essays, and six collections of poetry, the current one being the long poem The Field (2010), which is also being published in the USA (2011), Sweden (2012) and Finland (2013).  He is the former founding editor of the Nordic web-magazine for literary criticism Litlive and the literary journal Apparatur and managing editor of the poetry magazine Hvedekorn.  Serup received the Michael Strunge Prize for poetry (2006), a gold medal from the University of Copenhagen for his dissertation on Poetry and Relational Aesthetics (2008), and a three-year grant from the Danish Arts Council (2012). He blogs at Kornkammer and the collective literary site Promenaden.

+|'me'S-pace, editor of the anthology Feminaissance, and with Matias Viegener co-editor of Séance and The n/Oulipean Analects. With her sister Margaret, she co-directs the Institute For Figuring, organizing events at the intersection of science, art and pedagogy. In 2011 the sisters received the Theo Westenberger Grant for Outstanding Female Artists from the Autry National Center. She teaches at California Institute of the Arts and is an Assistant Professor at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles.

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

The schedule for events is listed at