Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}
Experiment #69:
Ecstastic Lyre

7pm / doors lock 7:30pm

Deidre Huckabay
Virginia Konchan
Jenna Lyle
Caroline Picard
& long-distance collaborator Jill Magi
at Outer Space Studio
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave
suggested donation $4
logistics --
near CTA Damen blue line
third floor walk up
not wheelchair accessible
Ecstatic Lyre evokes, through text, instrumentation, song, and performance the semiotics of noise versus music in post-industrialism from a gendered perspective: that of repetitive labor (typing pools, atheletic feats, cleaning), the habituations and constrictions of the somatic body and "voice" in fashion and self-representation in a late capitalist labor market, the domestic sphere, and within the relationships that produce and deform a cohesive narrative of self.
DEIDRE HUCKABAY is a flutist who performs, facilitates, and produces unlikely musical events in Chicago. A native Texan, she has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and venues in France, Italy, Switzerland, and Mexico. Addicted to collaboration both onstage and off, Deidre currently performs and produces projects with a number of ensembles including contemporary chamber orchestras Alia Musica Pittsburgh and the Eastman BroadBand, award-winning woodwind quintet Arabesque Winds, and Chicago's first contemporary music tape label, Parlour Tapes+. By day, she writes grants for three high-performing Chicago performing arts companies: eighth blackbird, Lucky Plush, and Blair Thomas & Company.
VIRGINIA KONCHAN’s poems have appeared in Best New Poets, The Believer, The New Yorker, and The New Republic, her criticism in Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, Quarterly Conversation, Barzakh Magazine, and Boston Review, and her fiction in StoryQuarterly and Joyland, among other places. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, Virginia is pursuing her PhD in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
JENNA LYLE is a composer, vocalist, and sound artist living in Chicago while pursuing a Doctorate of Music in Composition at Northwestern University. Her artistic concerns are rooted in the unification of physiciality with the creative process for the sake of immediacy, clarity of expression, and intimate exchange. Her background in musical theater and dance taught her the ecumenical and communicative value of perceived body energy in art. In her growth as a composer, she has learned that harnessing movement on a finer scale and channeling it toward the production of sound can yield depth of communication and an intense, contemplative experience of self.
JILL MAGI works in text, image, and textile and is the author of Threads, Torchwood, Cadastral Map, SLOT, and LABOR which is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in early 2014. Visual work has been exhibited at the Textile Arts Center Brooklyn, apexart, AC Institute, Columbia College’s Arcade 6 Gallery. She is at work on a text-image theory/curriculum to be published in 2014 by Moving Furniture Press/Rattapallax, and in fall of 2013 she joined the faculty at NYU in Abu Dhabi. You can visit her web-site at
CAROLINE PICARD is the Founding Editor for the Green Lantern Press and Blog Czar to Bad at Sports. Recent work has been published or is forthcoming from Paper Monument, Rattapallax, MAKE Magazine and Diner Journal.

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. Founded in 2005 by Amina Cain and Jennifer Karmin, the over sixty events have featured a diversity of renowned creative minds.