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Event Calendar
special events
March 24

Anne Kingsbury passes the torch to our new directors!

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

readings & workshops
March 29

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
April 4

Creative Open Mic “Show Your Love of the River” Sharing & Member Meeting

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso and Margaret Noodin

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

April 19

Alash Ensemble

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Archived readings & workshops
Nov 18 Friday, November 18
7:00pm, Pay 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  





                                                         Know your name



                                                                   Be clear








                                        Clear thoughts                      from



                                                              Clear souls





                                                                                          na isip















                                                                                —Amanda Ngoho Reavey