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Event Calendar
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film & video
November 17

aCinema presents Spatial Corrections

readings & workshops
November 19

Poetry Reading: Santee Frazier & Franklin K.R. Cline

readings & workshops
November 21

Offsite Talk: Native American Identity & the Politics of the Poetic Image 

readings & workshops
December 3

Ultimate Truth Poetry Reading and Book Release

readings & workshops
December 6

Heddy Keith author of Through it All

readings & workshops
December 9

Poetry Reading: Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir

performances
December 10

Alternating Currents Live presents Nicole Mitchell Quartet

special events
January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Archived readings & workshops
Jan 8 Sunday, January 8
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more

 

Steven Toussaint is the author of the poetry collection The Bellfounder, published by The Cultural Society in 2015, and the chapbook Fiddlehead, published in 2014 by Compound Press. Steven was born and raised in Chicago, but has lived for the past five years in New Zealand with his wife, the novelist Eleanor Catton. Together they founded The Lancewood Foundation and administer the Horoeka/Lancewood Reading Grant, which provides young New Zealand writers with the means and opportunity to embark on substantial and immersive reading projects, irrespective of what they produce in the end. This year, Steven is serving as Writer-in-Residence at The University of Waikato.

 

John Tipton was born in 1964 in Alton, Illinois. After an itinerant childhood—mostly in Indiana—and a stint in the army, he attended the University of Chicago on the GI Bill where he earned a degree in philosophy. His first collection, surfaces, was published by Flood Editions in 2004. Two translations of Greek tragedies have followed: Sophocles’ Ajax (2008) and Aeschylus’s Seven against Thebes (2015), both published by Flood. His most recent book is Paramnesia (2016). He is the publisher of Verge Books, a small literary press he runs with Peter O’Leary. Since 1990 he has called Chicago home and he lives there in Wicker Park with his wife, Stephanie, and their son, Levi.


 

Residuum

 

Objectless, yet

intense longing

 

sound bowed

at its thickest, split

 

branch over

fireproof ingots

 

of bronze.

The liquid, then

 

skimmed

of fragments,

 

lifted in drums

over pits

 

and carefully

tipped, so that

 

hot ore flowed

into space

 

between

two molds.

 

—Steven Toussaint, from The Bellfounder (The Cultural Society, 2015)

 

 

Indiana

 

Two shitty taverns, 

a Dairy Queen, 

and courthouse cannon. 

 

Thirteen blast furnaces

replaced by the 

Basic Oxygen Process. 

 

Bright winter day. 

Breath casts shadows

traced with asbestos. 

 

                                          for RDT

 

—John Tipton, from Paramnesia (Flood Editions, 2016)