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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
August 25 - Oct 1

Exhibition: Vicki, with an i, organized by Michelle Grabner

performances
September 21

Formations presents Steve Nelson-Raney & Binder-Mollerskov-Schlei-Westfahl

film & video
September 22

aCinema: // In Silence Arrives the Tempest // Waiting on Paradise //

exhibitions
September 23 -23

Reception: Vicki with an i, organized by Michelle Grabner

readings & workshops
September 28

Poetry Reading: Stacy Blint, Rebecca Eland & Mark Tardi

readings & workshops
September 30

100 Thousand Poets for Change MKE

readings & workshops
October 5

Poetry Reading: Feliz Lucia Molina

exhibitions
October 11

Exhibition: Jen Bervin, Tactile Lanuguage

readings & workshops
October 12

Offsite Event: Justice for All: Selected Writings of Lloyd A. Barbee

readings & workshops
October 13

Poetry Reading: Caitlin Scarano, Paula Carter & Freesia McKee

performances
October 22

Alternating Currents Live: Tom Rainey & Devin Drobka Percussion Duo

readings & workshops
October 26

Urban Echo Poets

special events
November 3

Join us on Friday, November 3rd for our 37th Annual Anniversary Gala!

 

readings & workshops
November 8

Poetry Reading: Matt Cook

Archived readings & workshops
Jan 8 Sunday, January 8
7:00pm, FREE

 

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)