Brad Freeman invited Craig Dworkin and I to guest edit a special issue of JAB on the relationship between experimental literature and artists' books. We had a ball working together through the spring and summer, and can't wait for the issue to hit the streets. More on that soon. . . . For now, if you're in Chicago, please consider attending two terrific readings curated by David Pavelich and Patrick Durgin in conjunction with an exhibition of artists' books, featuring Kerouac's On the Road manuscript.
JACK KEROUAC'S MANUSCRIPT SCROLL
THE INTERSECTIONS OF EXPERIMENTAL POETRY AND ARTISTS' BOOKS
October 3 - November 30, 2008
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, October 3, 5:30 – 7:30PM
GALLERY HOURS: M – F 12 – 7; SA + SU 12 – 5
To celebrate the opening of the exhibit and special issue of the Journal of Artists’ Books on “Intersections of Experimental Literature and Artists’ Books,” readings by poets based in the greater Chicago area and whose works exemplify contemporary experimental poetic practice in the tradition fostered by the small press and artists’ books.
Friday, October 3rd, 2008, 6:30 pm
Ed Roberson is the author of a number of books, including City Eclogue (2006) and the National Poetry Series winner Atmosphere Conditions (1998). Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Roberson has recently taught writing at Columbia College and the University of Chicago. Nathalie Stephens (Nathanaël) writes l’entre-genre in English and French. She is the author of more than a dozen books including The Sorrow And The Fast Of It (Nightboat, 2007), Paper City (Coach House, 2003), Je Nathanaël (l’Hexagone, 2003) and L’Injure (l’Hexagone, 2004). Immminent with Nightboat (2009) is an essay of correspondence entitled Absence Where As (Claude Cahun and the Unopened Book). In addition to translating herself, Stephens ha translated Catherine Mavrikakis, Gail Scott, Bhanu Kapil and Édouard Glissant. Kerri Sonnenberg lives and writes in Chicago. She is the author of The Mudra, published by Litmus Press. Garin Cycholl’s recent work has appeared with the Seneca Review, Exquisite Corpse, Free Verse, and PFS Post Avant, and is author of Blue Mound to 161, Nightbirds, and Rafetown Georgics. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a visiting lecturer with the Committee on Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.
Friday, October 17th, 2008, 6:30 pm
Judith Goldman is the author Deathstar/Ricochet (2006) and Vocoder (2001). With Leslie Scalapino, she edits the series of anthologies War and Peace. She teaches at the University of Chicago. Roberto Harrison’s most recent books include Os (subpress, 2006), Counter Daemons (Litmus, 2006) and Elemental Song (Answer Tag Home Press, 2006). He edits Crayon with Andrew Levy and the Bronze Skull Press chapbook series. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he hosts the Enemy Rumor reading series. Simone Muench’s last book Lampblack & Ash (2005) received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry. She is an editor for Sharkforum, serves on the advisory board for Switchback Books, and was recently named one of New City’s “Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago.” Tim Yu is the author of Journey to the West, which won the 2006 Vincent Chin Memorial Chapbook Prize from Kundiman and appeared in Barrow Street. An assistant professor of English at the University of Toronto, his critical book, Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965, is forthcoming from Stanford University Press in 2009.
The special issue of the Journal of Artists’ Books on “Intersections of Experimental Literature and Artists’ Books” is guest-edited by Craig Dworkin and Kyle Schlesinger. The poetry readings are co-curated by Patrick Durgin and David Pavelich.
Dworkin is the editor of Eclipse and the author of Parse (Atelos, 2008), Reading the Illegible (Northwestern University Press, 2003), and other books. Schlesinger is the author of The Pink (Kenning Editions, 2008), Hello Helicopter (Bazevox, 2007), and other books. Durgin's most recent publications include Imitation Poems (Atticus/Finch, 2007), a collaboration with book artist John Gerard entitled Relay, and a collaboration with poet-translator Jen Hofer entitled The Route (Atelos, 2008). Pavelich edits and publishes Answer Tag chapbooks an broadsides and his most recent poems and prose can be found in the anthologies A Sing Economy and The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century.
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