1. Poetry Reading: Joanna Fuhrman and Suzanne Buffam

    November 14, 2010

    Joanna Fuhrman is currently teaching in the creative writing program at Rutgers. Fuhrman is the author of four volumes: Pageant (Alice James Books, 2009), Moraine (Hanging Loose Press, 2006), Ugh Ugh Ocean (Hanging Loose Press, 2003) and Freud in Brooklyn (Hanging Loose Press, 2000). "Fuhrman is a leader in the particular, in 'infra-surrealism.' She taboos nothing; no form impedes her complete wit. This full poetry is not only 'feminine, marvelous, and tough,' but subtle, searching, and wounded-sexual, social, and smart. Fuhrman celebrates new truth-telling, an art of the spectacular pageant." David Shapiro

    Suzanne Buffam is currently teaching in the creative writing program at The University of Chicago, Buffam's first collection of poetry, Past Imperfect (House of Anansi, 2005), won the Gerald Lampert Award for the best first book of poetry published in Canada in 2005, and was named one of 2005's Books of the Year by the Globe and Mail. Her most recent collection is The Irrationalist, (Canarium Books, 2010). "Buffam's often deadpan tone is like a magical dustpan that sweeps up the strangest observations and ideas, all worlds to themselves. Her 'Little Commentaries'-'On Piñatas,' 'On Fountains,' and 'On Vanishing Acts' (to name only a few)-are absolute gems, kin to Anne Carson's town poems and Yoko Ono's Grapefruit. Buffam's poems tug at new corners of the brain. They're marvelous." Matthea Harvey

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  2. Jennifer Benka

    November 14, 2004

    Jen Benka will read from "A Revisioning of the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America", an artist book made in collaboration with Mark Wagner of Brooklyn publications. Benka has had work published in The Progressive, Ms. Magazine, So to Speak, Off Our Backs, and on La Petite Zine. She is the recipient of grants from the Xeric Foundation, Intermedia Arts, the Poetry/Film Workshop, and was a 2001 Wisconsin Arts Board Poetry Fellow. Benka has performed her poetry and music at the Nuyorican Poets Café, Brooklyn Lyceum, Bowery Poetry Club, and on NPR's World Café. She is the managing director of Poets & Writers, Inc.

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  3. Adam Zagajewski
    November 22, 2009

    Poet, novelist, essayist Adam Zagajewski, (born 1945) is considered one of the “Generation of ’68” or “New Wave” writers in Poland; his early work was protest poetry, though he has moved away from that emphasis in his later work. The reviewer Joachim T. Baer noted in World Literature Today that Zagajewski’s themes “are the night, dreams, history and time, infinity and eternity, silence and death.” Writing of Zagajewski’s 1991 collection of poems, Canvas, poet and reviewer Robert Pinsky commented that the poems are “about the presence of the past in ordinary life: history not as chronicle of the dead, or an anima to be illuminated by some doctrine, but as an immense, sometimes subtle force inhering in what people see and feel every day—and in the ways we see and feel.” “Nothing could take the reader in a direction more contrary to today’s cult of the excitements of self than to follow Zagajewski as he unspools his seductive praise of serenity, sympathy, forbearance; of ‘the calm and courage of an ordinary life,’” wrote Susan Sontag.

    Zagajewski has won the Prix de la Liberté as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Berliner Kunstleprogramme. In 2004, he won the biennial Neustadt International Prize for Literature, often viewed as a precursor to the Nobel. He has taught at the University of Houston and the University of Chicago, among others. Zagajewski writes in Polish; many of his books of poetry and essays have been translated into English: Tremor (1985), Mysticism for Beginners (1997), and World Without End: New and Selected Poems (2002).

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  4. Memory Play
    by Carla Harryman

    Harryman is widely acknowledged as an innovator in poetry, prose, and interdisciplinary performance and nothing exemplifies this more than Memory Play where “the audience,” writes Sara Schulman, “is invited into a whirlwind exploration of hierarchies through the mouths of Bosch-like talking animals.” The hierarchies mentioned being social, political, economic, biological and evolutionary.

    This event is supported by a UChicagoArts grant from the Arts Planning Council. This event will take place at Experimental Station. FREE

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  5. Orenthal
    Maarten van Hinte, writer
    Ron Parson, director

    Location: Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone, Chicago, IL

    Orenthal, a one act, one man play, portrays the rise and fall of O.J, an All-American superstar, versus Shakespeare’s Othello. It’s a monologue with cuts and scratches back and forth between Shakespeare, mainstream USA, and the streets that feed America’s dreams and nightmares.

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