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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

exhibitions
October 5 - Nov 24

Chain of Events: Tyanna Buie

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
October 23

Reading and Book Launch: Kathie Giorgio

readings & workshops
October 24

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 27

Submitathon

readings & workshops
October 30

Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

readings & workshops
November 1

Reading and Screening: Trisha Low, Stephanie Young, and Zachary Epcar

film & video
November 3

It’s an Interlace: Five Videos by Barbara Hammer

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

performances
November 10

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #2.2

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

performances
November 17

Alternating Currents Live presents: Ernest Dawkins’ Boglifier Project

readings & workshops
November 21

Poetry Reading: Kimberly Blaeser & William Stobb

November 28

CLOSED

Archived exhibitions
Apr 1 Sunday, April 1
11:00am,

Stamp Art, PoeMvelopes, & Visual Poems

Opening Reception—April 1, 1-4pm
Reading & Gallery Talk with Joel Lipman: 2pm FREE

Joel Lipman is a native of Kenosha and graduate of UW-Madison. He is professor of Art and English at the University of Toledo. Among his beautifully obscure books of poetry are Provocateur [Bloody Twin Press, 1988], Machete Chemistry/Panades Physics, with Yasser Musa [Cubola New Art Foundation, 1994], The Real Ideal [Luna Bisante Prods, 1996], and Subversao Deliberada [International Writers & Artists Association, 2000]. Represented in the anthology Writing To Be Seen [Core, Light & Dust, 2001], his visual poems were exhibited in 2002 and 2003 at the New York Center for the Book and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Long active as a mail artist and a five-time recipient of Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships in Poetry, an on-line portfolio of his work can be found at Light and Dust Poets.



Workshop: Origins of Poetry: Exploring the Materials & Practice of Mail Art & Visual Poetry with Joel Lipman

Saturday, May 12th, 1-4pm
$60 / $55 members, materials included

Letters, signs, marks, glyphs & words are the practical, physical materials of visual poems. Visual poetry's technologies range across methods & strategies from today's digital applications to those reaching back for their origins to Paleolithic gouging, scratching & pre-alphabetic gestures.

The workshop will explore found & obsolete materials, palimpsests, non-lexical arrangements, rubberstamps & other adaptive print devices & technologies. The page, envelope and postcard will be our specific, objective & functional "canvases." Participants should bring art & writing tools, marking devices & usable personal materials & examples. Additional print supplies and rubberstamps will be available.

The focus will be on crafting the visual poem, exploring the page & conceptualizing mail art objects & correspondence projects.
 

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