dateline: Chicago, February 2005
Winter keeps people indoors... and thinking. February's e-poets.net Newswire reports more than its share of brainy phenomena, but not without a good helping of lighter, entertaining fare, too. Settle in for some reading from France, Australia, and other parts near and far...
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|in e-lit' and new media poetry...|
January, 2005. Los Angeles, CA -
The Electronic Literature Organization's board of directors elected a new slate of officers whose tenure started on February 1, 2005.
Thom Swiss, professor of English and Rhetoric at the University of Iowa, becomes president, following the tenure of Marjorie Luesebrink. Swiss edits the Iowa Review Web, a journal for digital and experimental writing and art. He is the author of several books on the internet, cultural theory and popular culture. His current book project is a co-edited volume of essays titled New Media Poetics (forthcoming from MIT Press, 2005.
Nick Montfort and Noah Wardrip-Fruin become co-vice presidents. Montfort and Wardrip-Fruin co-edited The New Media Reader (MIT Press, 2003). Montfort is also the author of Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction(MIT Press, 2003). His website is http://nickm.com.
Noah Wardrip-Fruin is a digital media writer, artist, and scholar. With Pat Harrigan, he recently co-edited the anthology First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game (MIT Press, 2004). He blogs at grandtextauto.org.
Scott Rettberg takes up the post of treasurer, following the tenure of Celia O'Donnell. Rettberg is assistant professor of New Media Studies in the Literature Program of Richard Stocton College of New Jersey. Rettberg co-founded and served as the first executive director of ELO from 1999 to 2001. He is the author of several digital fictions, including the co-authored The Unknown, A Hypertext Novel (1998-2001).
Rob Swigart, publisher of wordcircuits.com, has been reelected to the post of secretary. Swigart is the author of eight novels and several hypertext fiction projects, including Downtime Interactive, a cyber-noir fiction collection published by Eastgate. He is a research affiliate at the Institute for the Future.
For more information about the ELO's new officers and its board of directors, visit the ELO web.
- news courtesy eliterature.org
The first Digital Genres conference at the University of Chicago convened about two years ago, and it opened much-needed critical dialogue on digital media, arts, and culture in this city. The local presence of e-lit' in and around Chicago has been significant since the founding of the ELO just before the millennium. However, after ELO's home base moved to UCLA, much of that organization's core energy was beyond immediate or casual reach. The Digital Genres Initiative (DGI) renewed critical dialogues on new technologies as they affect culture and communication, and make them accessible within Chicago. It convened thinkers and writers from both inside and outside ELO's main following.
Now there are signs that DGI is coming back. Alex Golub, a founder and instigator, says, "DGI is slowly getting up and rolling again. We have a new server and a new website at digitalgenres.org." He promises a group blog, conference papers on line, syllabi, and more as the site and agenda develop. The website still needs work, but should improve gradually with time.
Golub continues, "In an effort to make the DGI more of a community, we have also established an IRC channel where DGIers can meet and discuss. I'm not sure what it will turn in to, but we know at least have the option to check it out and see what it becomes. The channel, #DGI (not #dgi) can be found at irc.freenode.net."
So yes, Virginia, there is an Internet Relay Chat! We wish Alex Golub well and look forward to new adventures in Digital Genres.
|poetry in print...|
In what has to be one of the most unique calls for written contributions that e-poets.net has ever seen, Court Green is accepting submissions of bouts-rimés ("rhymed ends") for its Spring 2006 issue.
Co-editor Tony Trigilio explains. "As Ron Padgett says in his Handbook of Poetic Forms, 'A bouts-rimés poem is created by one person’s making up a list of rhymed words and giving it to another person, who in turn writes the lines that end with those rhymes, in the same order in which they were given.' Various sources attribute the invention of bouts-rimés to the French poet Dulot in the seventeenth century. In 1701, Etienne Mallemans wrote a collection of sonnets whose rhymes were chosen by the Duchess of Maine. In the mid-1800s, brothers William Michael Rossetti and Dante Gabriel Rossetti experimented with bouts-rimés. In 1864, Alexandre Dumas curated a volume of bouts-rimés composed by 350 French poets -- all with the same rhymes.
"In the spirit of Dumas’s invitation, we are accepting submissions of bouts-rimés sonnets written with the following end-rhymes (in the following order):
June stress moon obsess snake moot cake beaut Garbo play hobo day rhinestone cologne
Court Green will consider all themes and subjects as long as the submitted sonnet uses these end-rhymes in the order they appear above.
OK! Are you up to the challenge?
Court Green is a new, nationally distributed journal co-edited by Arielle Greenberg, Tony Trigilio, and David Trinidad. Each issue will have a Dossier on a special topic or theme. The first issue is out now and features a Dossier on poetry on film, and includes poems by Ann Lauterbach, Michael Burkard, Elizabeth Willis, Maxine Kumin, Mary Szybist, Albert Goldbarth, Ron Padgett, Dodie Bellamy, Wayne Koestenbaum and others. Issue #2 (out by April 2005) features a Dossier on Lorine Niedecker.
Submissions of bouts-rimés sonnets for consideration in the dossier can be sent through May 1, 2005: Tony Trigilio, COURT GREEN, English Department, Columbia College Chicago, 600 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605. Submissions of poetry for the regular section of the magazine are welcome, too, in addition to Dossier submissions. E-mail submissions are not accepted. If you would like to submit poems for the regular section, Court Green's reading period is February 1 through May 1 of each year, to the same address above.
|in Chicago's lit/arts community...|
And there's no shame in "it." We're talking about love here, and in February that's a big deal. Ellen Wadey and the Guild Complex warmly invite all to their upcoming Valentine's benefit party. Poetry. Romance. A little naughtiness. And even a wine reception. Who could say no?
Thursday, 10 February at The Darkroom, 2210 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago (Ukrainian Village). 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Tickets are: $25 - advance VIP ticket (including a complimentary beer and wine reception 6-7pm); $15 - regular advance ticket; and $20 - regular ticket at the door. All proceeds benefit the Guild Complex. Click to guildcomplex.org for full details and all of the Guild's monthly programs.
Chicago's major counterpoint series in slam poetry, Mental Graffiti, is changing address. It began at the now-defunct Mad Bar in Wicker Park. It moved to the Note, just around the corner, then to the Funky Buddha Lounge near the Loop, off Grand and Halsted, and kept rolling. When the founding MCs, Krystal Ashe and Anacron, followed more West Coast pursuits in their lives, the new host, Dan Sullivan, brought the show to Big Horse, back in Wicker Park and only steps from where it started.
Now Sullivan is a full-time poet but also putting a lot of energy into making it "official": he's after a degree at Columbia College. But that would not stop Mental Graffiti. It has since been captained by a cooperative of performance poets, including Nick Fox, Lucy Anderton, Joel Chmara, and Nikki Patin. Lest you think all these changes of address are a lot in a short time, think again. Mental Graffiti's loyal audience has been trucking with Ashe, Anacron, and their heirs for almost a decade. In kind, Mental Graffiti has been loyal to its fans and slam poetry's ideals, too, steadily maintaining Chicago's representation in the National Slams when even the Uptown Poetry Slam flagged. Mental Graffiti is not about the place. It's about the people and the poetry.
Sources close to the 14 February show say that it will feature many poets from Mental Graffiti's colorful history. If you want another side of slam and performance poetry in Chicago, this will be a great night to see it. Scheduled hosts for the Buddha's debut show are Joel Chmara and Billy Tuggle.
Monday, 14 February at 7:30 PM at the Funky Buddha Lounge, 728 W Grand Avenue, Chicago (River West district). This is a 21 and over venue, so please bring a valid ID for proof of age. See the Funky Buddha website for venue info, or click to the Mental Graffiti group on Yahoo for program info.
Also on February 14, Molly Malone's presents Gary Lilley. Lilley is a poet and educator active in bringing literary writing to young people, with a particular focus on enabling their political expression. He has worked with Young Chicago Authors, and with the Poetry Center's Hands on Stanzas program. Lilley came to Chicago from North Carolina by way of Washington DC, where he was twice honored by the DC Commission with an Arts Fellowship for Poetry. The Subsequent Blues (Four Way Books, 2004) is his first poetry collection. (Click for a sample poem on LookSmart.com originally published in African American Review .)
At Molly Malone's Irish Pub, 7652 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL (near-west Chicago suburbs) Phone 708-366-8073. Donations accepted, $5 to $3 recommended. The evening's schedule is: 7:00, open mic sign-up begins; 7:30, open mic; 8:30, featured reader. Co-hosted by Nina Corwin and Al de Genova.
Also on Monday, February 14, Verse Press, along with the regular Danny’s Reading Series hosts, will present a special night of poetry and music to celebrate the release of Isn't It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets, part of a nationwide event. The show offers an A-list of its own writers, with brief readings by: Bridget Bates, John Beer, Suzanne Buffam, Joel Craig, Arielle Greenberg, Richard Meier, Srikanth Reddy, Jesse Seldess, James Shea, and David Trinidad. Music provided after the poetry set by L’altra, Charlemagne, and DJ’s Kid Levitra and Joel Craig.
At the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia (just east of Elston Avenue), Chicago. Doors open at 7:00 PM. Poetry runs at 8:00 PM with music at 9:00 PM. $5 suggested donation at the door. The Hideout is a 21 and over venue; please bring valid ID with proof of age. Further info available through these links: Verse Press, L'altra, and Behold Charlemagne.
Local author and Book of Voices contributor Gregg Shapiro writes to e-poets.net, "I have a poem forthcoming in Bloom #3, the third issue of the NYC-based literary journal Bloom, which 'was founded to support the work of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered writers and artists and to foster the appreciation of queer literature and creation.'
"I will be doing a reading to celebrate the release of the new issue with two other Chicago writers. Peggy Shinner, a contributor to the same issue, and David Trinidad, a past contributor, will be joining me at Women & Children First Books, 5233 N. Clark Street, in Andersonville, Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 7:30 PM. Acclaimed writer Carol Anshaw will be doing us the honor of introducing us at the reading. Copies of BLOOM #3, published in February, will be available for sale."
Exactly one week after the first Bloom release reading, Shapiro will participate in another Bloom reading at Scott Free's "Queer Words & Music" series Homolatte, at Big Star Cafe, 1439 W Jarvis, at 8:00 PM.
Danny's Reading Series offers a night of poetry with William Waltz & Stephen Healey.
William Waltz's manuscript, Zoo Music, was selected by Dean Young as the winner of the Second Annual Slope Editions Book Prize. He's the founder and editor of CONDUIT magazine. Waltz lives and works in Minneapolis.
Steve Healey lives in Minneapolis, where he's a teacher and the Associate Editor of Conduit Magazine. His poems have been published in magazines like American Poetry Review, The Baffler, Fence, Jubilat, and Open City. His first book of poetry, Earthling, was recently published by Coffee House Press.
This monthly reading convenes Wednesday, 16 February, 7:30 PM at the series' namesake pub, Danny’s Tavern, 1951 W. Dickens in Chicago (Bucktown). Phone 773-489-6457 or click to the series website for the latest. Coming up next month: Cole Swenson and Eleni Sikelianos.
On 4 February, the KuumbaLynx series restores urban sounds, voices, and texts to the public eye and imagination. This month, enjoy performances and readings by 360 Degrees Of Poetic Emcees (who will conduct workshops), the Al Haqqani Poets, who, according to Open Mindz, "... have stunned audiences with their Journey to the Soul... When the Poets Begin to Speak spoken word series." And the UHH Synergy Crew: B-Girl Crew from Chi’s southwest side. Add the Uptown Breakin’ Crew and the Uptown Shorties (who will "... break it down Chi street style.") and you have a very animated night.
Full info is available online by e-mailing KuumbaLynx website, or by calling 773-550-3849. All events take place at Clarendon Park, 4501 N Clarendon Ave, Chicago (Uptown neighborhood). KuumbaLynx Open Mindz is every first Friday of the month, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. A free, 30-minute writing and arts workshop begins every evening at 7:00 PM. Open mic available. The event is family friendly -- young people and parents alike are encouraged to attend.
Whether you're a Chicago independent filmmaker, documentarian, or animator, Reeltime wants to preview your films/videos and possibly showcase them at Evanston's Reeltime Independent Film and Video Forum. The venue is particularly interested in documentaries, but also occasionally show indie features, shorts and animated films.
If you're not familiar with Reeltime, here's a bit of background: Reeltime shows independent films/videos on a monthly basis at the Evanston Public Library and Northwestern University's Block Museum of Art. Discussions with the audience always play a strong part at Reeltime and we usually invite filmmakers or other guest speakers (e.g. community groups, film scholars, experts) to speak at our shows.
Reeltime is quite unique in terms of film venues, because our screenings are not only free to the public, but we also purchase a copy of the work we show for the Evanston Public Library's "Reeltime Recommends" collection. Our collection of independent films is now the largest of its kind at any public library in Illinois!
If you are interested in having Reeltime preview your film/video, you can send us a VHS preview tape or DVD along with a bio and any relevant info on your film (or a press kit if you have it) to:
Reeltime c/o Evanston Public Library 1703 Orrington Evanston, IL 60201
The Neo-Futurists and Hope & Nonthings Publishing extend an invitation to celebrate the long-awaited release of 200 More Neo-Futurist Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Enjoy drinks, snacks, and performances of some of the plays from the book, a book signing and, of course, copies of the book for sale. Says Neo-Futurist performer and contributor Diana Slickman, "All of this can be yours just for showing up!" Sounds nice to us!
Festivities begin on Wednesday, February 16, from 7:00 PM until 8:30 or so, at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland, Chicago (Andersonville neighborhood). For more info about the book click to neofuturists.org or hopeandnothings.com
The Evanston Arts Council proudly announces the second installment of a new quarterly series of free events entitled "Talk Arts", informational evenings for artists of all disciplines. Each gathering consists of a panel of experts sharing their knowledge and personal experiences in an informal and interactive exchange with other artists who are looking to further their understanding of what it takes to build a successful career in the arts.
The upcoming event, "Talk Arts: The Business of Art - Bottom Line Basics", is set for Monday, February 7, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center (located at 927 Noyes Street in Evanston, IL). The panel consisting of Greg Kot (Chicago Tribune music critic/columnist), Peter Strand (entertainment lawyer), Preston Klik (musician/record label owner), Amy Lombardi (PR firm owner/representative) and moderator Lois Roewade (Evanston Arts Council chairperson) will discuss a variety topics related to marketing, promotions, media relations and accessing consumers, which will benefit writers, musicians, filmmakers, actors, designers and visual artists alike.
Evanston Arts Council presents "Talk Arts: The Business of Art - Bottom Line Basics", 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Monday, February 7, 2005. At the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street – Room 106, Evanston, Illinois. Upcoming "Talk Arts" nights include "Legal Issues" in May, a discussion of intellectual property questions, contracts, insurance, basic income tax information and accounting; and September's "Transitions and Variations", a discussion on coping with radical change in the present, and how artists have responded creatively to the challenge of new complexities. For more information about the "Talk Arts" quarterly series, contact Brent Ritzel at 847-866-3696.
On 6 February, tune in the only broadcast in the USA that dares to do anything original opposite the Super Bowl: Wordslingers! This month, Shelley Nation guest-hosts a program with Kurt Heintz, e-poets.net founder and publisher. Usually occupying more of an editorial role around e-poets.net, Heintz will air some of his own original writing/performance in the show, and go deep and long with discussion on the Book of Voices, new media poetry, and more.
Wordslingers airs on the 1st and 3rd Sunday nights of the month, at 9:00 PM on 88.7-FM, WLUW. Loyola University. Tune in over the air, if you're in Chicago, or click to the streaming webcast online at wluw.org; when you get there, click "listen live".
Homolatté: Queer Words and Music continues the weekly offerings of fresh tunes and tomes from LGBT/Q artists.
Feb 2nd: Timothy Rey / music by Lars Von Keitz
Feb 9th: Venus Zarris / music by Kate Peterson & Sarah Cleaver
Feb 16th: Julie Caffey / music by Kim Char Meredith
Feb 23rd: Outmusic Outloud open-mic
Homolatté: Queer Words and Music, Wednesdays at 8:00 PM, at the Big Star Cafe, 1439 W. Jarvis, Chicago (Rogers Park neighborhood). Phone 773-764-0413. Evenings with featured artists are hosted by Scott Free. Last Wednesday of the month -- The Outmusic Outloud open-mic -- is hosted by Lars Von Keitz. For a full listing, click to homolatte.com.
Just a few links from good folks who rock our world...
Faith Vicinanza, slam pioneer and maestra of performance poetry in Connecticut, is now celebrating the first decade of her series, making it the longest running weekly poetry open mike/featured reader series in the state. Want to track what's in store for the coming year? Click to wedpoetry.com for the whole 2005 calendar.
Seen often in this column -- and for good reasons -- Australia's Paper Tiger Media has a newswire of their own cooking. Give it a look. Their fifth CD-ROM of electronic poetry is available on their website, too...
On our long-range events radar, we're anticipating PAC/Edge including performance poetry on their agenda this year. Ordinarily given exclusively to performance art and (deep-) fringe theater, PAC/Edge Chicago's first major departure into performance poetry will be curated by Nikki Patin. Two programs are coming together, with working titles "Masters of the Movement" (11 March) and "Spoken Word: Politics" (1 April), at the Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago (Lakeview neighborhood)...
Looking for some other morsels? Try Graphic Poetry, a new book on visual poetics...
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