May 28, 2008

Check out what Kristina Marie Darling has to say about the first Gatewood Prize winner here:

May 23, 2008

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May 23, 2008

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 Todd's)—so if you're around, please stop by and say hi!

May 21, 2008

VRZHU Press interviews Kathleen Rooney and Elisa Gabbert.

Check it out!

May 20, 2008

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 interviews with Bay Area poets have appeared or are forthcoming in Aufgabe, Jacket, How2, Rain Taxi, and Xantippe.

Kristy Bowen is the author of the fever almanac (Ghost Road Press, 2006) as well as several chapbook projects, including...

May 14, 2008

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.

May 8, 2008

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: Patrick Durgin teaches literature and writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the editor of two collections by the performance and proto-language poet Hannah Weiner. Jennifer Karmin co-curates the Red Rover Series and is a founder of the public art group Anti...

May 6, 2008


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 collapse of the Lavender Panthers.

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