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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
September 12 - Oct 3

Exhibition: Diana Barrie and Pamela Barrie

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Peter Gizzi

readings & workshops
October 3

Poetry Reading: Joshua Beckman

readings & workshops
October 6

Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

exhibitions
October 6 - Sep 28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

performances
October 7

Alternating Currents Live: Tandem Trio

readings & workshops
October 7

Writing in the Fold: A Bookmaking & Writing Workshop with Matvei Yankelevich

readings & workshops
October 10

Community Reading: An Evening with the Wednesday Writers

readings & workshops
October 11

Poetry Reading: Tom Pickard and Mike Hauser

readings & workshops
October 12

Alms for the Bored Book Release + Cheap Wine Potluck

readings & workshops
October 14

Poetry Reading: Ken Taylor and J. Peter Moore

performances
October 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Archived readings & workshops
Nov 18 Friday, November 18
7:00pm, Give What You Can

A reading in celebration of Jay Besemer’s Chelate (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), with Amanda Ngoho Reavey.

 

Jay Besemer is the author of many poetic artifacts including Telephone (Brooklyn Arts Press), A New Territory Sought (Moria), Aster to Daylily (Damask Press), and Object with Man’s Face (Rain Taxi Ohm Editions). He is a contributor to the groundbreaking anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. His performances and video poems have been featured in various live arts festivals and series, including Meekling Press’ TALKS Series; Chicago Calling Arts Festival; Red Rover Series {readings that play with reading}; Absinthe & Zygote; @Salon 2014 and Sunday Circus. Jay also contributes performance texts, poems, and critical essays to numerous publications including Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature, Barzakh, The Collagist, PANK, Petra, Rain Taxi Review of Books, The VOLTA, and the CCM organsENTROPY and ENCLAVE. He is a contributing editor with The Operating System, the co-editor of a special digital Yoko Ono tribute issue of Nerve Lantern, and founder of the Intermittent Series in Chicago, where he lives with his partner and a very helpful cat.

 

 

Amanda Ngoho Reavey is a Philippine-born, Wisconsin-raised poet and artist interested in ancestral stories and plant spirit communication. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Construction Literary Magazine, TRUCK, The Volta, and Anthropoid, among others, and her debut book, Marilyn, was recently published by The Operating System. Wanting to return to a sense of play, Amanda founded Tea & Tattered Pages, a small press which produces a Tea Room podcast, coffee table books, the Tattered Pages chapbook series, and the Panthalassa pamphlet series. She works at Woodland Pattern Book Center and holds an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University. 

 

 


 

from Chelate

 

 

when the structure cracks open & welcomes us

: when the injury of days & the wind they bring :

when the moisture of our words has saturated the

walls : when making & unmaking have become the

same action : when the light in our hands has the

taste of honey : when the nails we pull up from the

floorboards are songs : when eyes : when names

grow : when names grow in the cracks : when night

: we are there : we are with you : we rest our long

hands upon your shoulders in blessing ::

 

************

 

i’m not interested in bombs or babies or smart ways

to interpret other people’s behavior : i’m a little

kinescope or maybe a tortoise with long incongruous

whiskers : at any rate i find my perspective to be

unusual in most discussions : so trust me when i

say that sometimes i want to bury myself in a pile

of leaves until the wee families depart & the park

gates close : sometimes i want to stand in a field of

cows & sneeze for an hour : sometimes i want to

drive down a deserted road to find the hidden ruin

at the end & move in : these things feel reassuring :

like bees, you know : how bees can find their homes

even when their homes don’t exist : or like a star,

following in the rearview : pushing the motor in the

heart to click & hum in hope ::

 

 

—Jay Besemer  

 


 

                                                        ACHERON

 

                                                         Know your name

 

 

                                                                   Be clear

 

 

                                               Malinao

 

                                                                                      ……………….

 

                                               

                                        Clear thoughts                      from

 

 

                                                              Clear souls

 

                            ………………….

 

                               

                                                                                          na isip

 

 

                                                   sway

 

       

                                                                              pray

 

 

                                                            sea

 

 

                                                                                       sink

                                                                                                 

                     

                                                                                —Amanda Ngoho Reavey