jen/jay besemer - gorgeous hybrids and recombinant poetry
This page lists selected publications, performances/readings, exhibitions and workshops from 2007 to the present.  For information concerning older publications or other projects not listed here, feel free to use the form on the CONTACT page.

Click here for my Directory entry on the Poets & Writers website.

Jen Besemer grew up in Buffalo, New York.  After earning BA and MA credentials in creative writing from Antioch University, Jen worked and studied in Washington, D.C. under artists Steve Cushner, William Christenberry and Joyce McCarten. A Chicago resident since 2000, Jen taught college English from late 2003 through early 2011, while pursuing solo and collaborative projects in poetry, translation, performance, criticism, visual art and combinations thereof. Jen's cross-media work has been featured in solo and group shows in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and new work continues to appear in many print and online publications. Available and forthcoming books and chapbooks include What Is Born (Lilliput Review Modest Proposal Chapbook Series); Ten Word Problems (White Knuckle Press); Quiet Vertical Movements (Beard of Bees); Object with Man's Face(Rain Taxi Ohm Editions, 2013); Aster to Daylily (Damask Press, coming winter 2013-14) and Telephone(Brooklyn Arts Press).



TELEPHONE released Oct. 1 by Brooklyn Arts Press.

Object With Man's Face collage poem card-deck "book" published by Rain Taxi Ohm Editions.  August 2013.

"Release Party for Sophie Grimes' City Structures: Readings by Sophie Grimes, Jen Besemer and Russ Woods." July 7, Images Gallery Cooperative, Chicago.

Eight poems from A Man of Me in Aufgabe 12 (Litmus Press).

Participant, "Troubling Tuscon: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry Symposium." May 9-12, Casa Libre en la Solana, Tucson, AZ.

"Jen Besemer, Richard Fox and Robert McDonald."  April 25, The Book Cellar, Chicago.

“Triple Play: Jen Besemer, Richard Fox and Robert McDonald.” March 21,  City Lit Books, Chicago.

“Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics Marathon Reading.” March 8, 2013, Club Cafe, Boston.

“Brooklyn Arts Press Author Reading.” March 8, 2013, Lir Irish Pub, Boston.

Five poems with Poetics Statement included in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics anthology.  TC Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson, eds.  Nightboat Books, 2013.

"Between Reading" at Mess Hall Chicago, October 12.  Celebrating the release of the Between Compendium (Richard Fox, Beverly Nelson, Steven Teref and Jen Besemer) and the novel Between by Nicholas Alexander Hayes.

Surrogates at Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery Chicago featuring work by j/j hastain and jen besemer.  Photo by Rupert Glimm."Surrogates" collaborative poetry reading/performance. Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery, October 6.  Part of the Seventh Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival.

"Handmade/Homemade" portfolio in Drunken Boat 15, May 7.

"Visual Poetics" exhibition at Addison Center for the Arts. Apr. 9-May 4.

Five prose poems in e-ratio 15 Feb. 13

Ten Word Problems (White Knuckle Press) Feb. 4

Quiet Vertical Movements(Beard of Bees) Jan. 24

Four prose poems in BlazeVOX11's winter edition Jan. 2012


"Preface" reading series w/ARTIFICE, Chicago Book Expo, Nov. 17.

Reading/screening at the ARTIFICE #4 release party, Elegant Mr. Gallery, Nov. 12

Five-piece visual poetry series in ARTIFICE # 4, November.

Veneer eight-piece visual poetry series in Otoliths #23 October 23.

6th Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival, October 8 (with Tim Armentrout).

Two prose poems in Right Hand Pointing issue 43a, August.
Half-Truths exhibition, Logan Square Art Festival, July 28-31.

Three visual poems in Otoliths #21 July.

Two "Word Weave" visual poems in REM Magazine Volume 2, July.  Two more Word Weaves also appear on the REM Magazine blog in June.

Albus Cavus "Collage and Creativity" workshop, Washington DC, March 20.

Fastidious Travelers collage exhibit, Dolcezza Gelato Dupont Circle, Washington DC, March-June. 
Red Rover Series # 43: "Restrictive Andragogies & Ex-Citation," Outer Space Studio, Chicago, Feb. 19.

Review of Lynda Barry's Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book in Rain Taxi Review of Books, Vol. 15 issue 4, Jan.

Two prose poems in Jellyroll, Winter 2010.

Fifth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, Oct. 10.

"Red Umbrellas" performance, David London's Sunday Circus, Dream Theater, Chicago.  Part of Phantasmagoria: Weekend of Magic, June 11-13.

Review of Michel Sanouillet's DADA in Paris, Rain Taxi Review of Books online edition, Spring 2010 issue.

Four chapters translated from French to English in Michael Löwy's book, Morning Star: Surrealism, Marxism, Anarchism, Situationism, Utopia. University of Texas Press.

Feature article, "Franklin Rosemont: The Revolutionary Autodidact at Play," in Rain Taxi Review of Books Volume 14, issue 4, Winter 2009-10.

Review of bell hooks' Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom, in Rain Taxi Review of Books online edition, Winter 2009-10. 


"Hello Tiresias" in Information Booth: Duet for Caller and Oracle.  Anthology edited by Vincent Dermody.

local authors night, april 2008.  image credit: The Book Cellar."Local Authors Night" reading, The Book Cellar, April 30.

Collage poems in Dust electronic anthology, Ignavia Press.

"Geometric Abstract" poetry reading curated by Lina ramona Vitkauskas, Sept. 16.

"Cabinet of Wonders" invitational exhibition curated by David London, June 1-23.

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