Saturday, September 24, 2011

Both Sides and The Center in Jacket2

From Bhanu Kapil's "Schizophrene [Remix]." Photo by Harold Abramowitz.

"This Movement Is Our Own" by Amarnath Ravva. Photo by Harold Abramowitz.

On "Both Sides and The Center"
a review of the festival, part one
by Andrea Quaid

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sept 24: Bad Date America

Red Rover Series

{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #50:
Bad Date America

A special event with
100 Thousand Poets for Change


Kaveh Adel
Barbara Barg
Jen Besemer
Dan Godston
Laura Goldstein
Ruth Goring
Ezzat Goushegir
Kurt Heintz
Marcy Rae Henry
Philip Jenks
Jennifer Karmin
Francesco Levato
Toni Asante Lightfoot
Monica Long
Anthony Madrid
Ario Mashayekhi
Charlie Newman
Ladan Osman
Roger Reeves
Timothy David Rey
Kenyatta Rogers
Jacob Saenz
Larry Sawyer
Don Share
Keli Stewart
Tony Trigilio
Lina ramona Vitkauskas

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

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

BAD DATE AMERICA is the Chicago event of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. In the spirit of community-building, guest curators Larry Sawyer and Lina ramona Vitkauskas are asking local poets to go on a hypothetical “date” with America. Has your relationship with America started to seem like a bad date? Check out --

100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE is a global initiative of poetry readings, political demonstrations, community picnics, awareness events, and parades that will take place in 450 cities across the planet on September 24, 2011 to promote serious social, environmental, and political change. More at --

MESS HALL is a Chicago-based experimental cultural center and collaborated with Red Rover Series on Bad Date America. Mess Hall is a place where visual art, radical politics, creative urban planning, applied ecological design and other things intersect and inform each other. They host exhibitions, discussions, film screenings, brunchlucks (brunch + potluck), workshops, concerts, campaigns, meetings (both closed and open) and more. See --

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.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Erasure = 9/11 Commission Report

In honor of all who lost their lives and loved ones as a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks and in the two senseless wars perpetrated in response to that tragedy, Fact-Simile Editions would like to continue an annual tradition:

From this moment until September 18th, they are making The O Mission Repo by Travis Macdonald (an erasure of The 9/11 Commission Report) available for all to read free of charge.

Fact-Simile Editions hit print in 2006 and has been going strong ever since. They publish innovative works of poetry, prose, inter-genre monstrosities, and trading cards.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

only 2 days left to submit!

Announcing the first annual Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest— (NOS = not otherwise specified)

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press will be given for the winning poetry or prose manuscript. Sarah Shun-lien Bynum* will judge. Submit a manuscript of 64-250 pages with a $25.00 entry fee by September 9th, 2011. Electronic submissions only. All entrants will receive one copy of a Les Figues TrenchArt Series title of their choosing.

Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, prose poems, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, and all forms not otherwise specified.

Please note: The winning manuscript will be published in a design and format reflective of its content, i.e., it will not be part of the TrenchArt series, with its tall and slim format.

The winning manuscript will be announced in December 2011, with a fall 2012 publication date.

Manuscripts by current and past students of Sarah Shun-lien Bynum will not be considered.

For more information, please visit the Les Figues website.