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Pilcrow Lit Fest this weekend!

So, we're a little out of the gate promoting this one, but we are very excited that there's a new independent lit fest in town, the brain child of Fixx Reading Series host Amy Guth and Leah Jones. There's a stellar lineup of panels, featuring (hrmm, is there a word for poetry-only literati??) poets/publishers Bruce Covey, Danielle Pafunda, and Jill Alexander Essbaum, among others. Chicago fiction favorites Elizabeth Crane, Cris Mazza, and Jonathan Messinger will also be featured, again, among many, many others! Please check out for more info. I'm on a panel—"The Gatekeepers Panel: Librarians, bookstore employees, editors and profs dish" (1:00 Sat at Trader

Sarah Rosenthal and Kristy Bowen Reading Tonight!

Series A is held at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago at 5020 S. Cornell (easy to get to from Metra or the #6) at 7:00. Sarah Rosenthal is the author of three chapbooks: How I Wrote This Story (Margin to Margin, 2001), sitings (a+bend, 2000), and not-chicago (Melodeon, 1998). Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Bird Dog, Milk, Xcp (Cross Cultural Poetics), can we have our ball back, 14 Hills, Tripwire, Shampoo, Tin Lustre Mobile, Mirage/Period/(ical), Tinfish, and Bombay Gin, and her work has been anthologized in hinge: A BOAS Anthology (Crack Press, 2002), the Faux Press Bay Area Anthology (Faux Press, 2005), and The Other Side of the Postcard (City Lights, 2005). Her i

Cathy Nieciecki's Show Opens Sunday!

Photography by Switchback Design Editor Cathy Nieciecki will be on display at the WithInsight Spring 2008 show! Chicago Photography Center, 3301 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL. The show opens Sunday, May 18th, 12-4 PM, and will run through August 2008.

Returning from One Place to Another: A Poet's Theater Showcase

Joyelle McSweeney and Johannes Göransson The Widow Party Links Hall Friday & Saturday, May 9 & 10, 8pm Sunday, May 11, 7pm $12 ($10 students) The Widow Party is collaboratively written and performed melodrama, Wild West show, political thriller, pageant, and farce. With song, dance, projections, sound effects, and mimicry of preposterous acts, visions and revisions of characters, media, genres and events will change, interrupt, and harmonize with each other. Joyelle McSweeney and Johannes Göransson are the co-founders and co-editors of Action Books and Action, Yes, a press and web-quarterly for international writing and hybrid forms. They are both published authors. Collaborators:


SCREAMING QUEENS AND LAVENDER PANTHERS: A HISTORY OF TRANSGENDER ACTIVISM May 8, 2008 Reception 5:30 p.m. Program 6:30 p.m. Chicago History Museum 1601 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL The Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media is a proud partner of the Chicago History Museum's OUT at CHM, an annual series exploring the history of LGBT art, politics, and culture in Chicago. This installment takes a look at the history of transgender activism in Chicago and across the country. Queer historian and filmmaker Susan Stryker will explore the events from the drag queen prostitutes who rioted against police in San Francisco's Tenderloin district to the c

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