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I am guest-editing a special issue of NERVE LANTERN with Joel Allegretti!
Register for My Four-Week Poetry Class at Spudnik Press; In Conjunction with Printer's Ball 2015 PUSH & PULL !
New Interview up at Rain Taxi (and a review I wrote, too)
David London's Magic Outside The Box in Chicago - April 22, 2014!


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Release Reading for my new chapbook, ASTER TO DAYLILY

Join Damask Press this Saturday, April 5 2014, for a release reading for my new chapbook,Aster to Daylily!  This is a very special publication: a large-format (8X10) chapbook with letterpress gatefold cover and dual-signature interior.  The interior and exterior covers also feature blockprint illustrations by me!

My friends Adrienne Dodt and Cean Gamalinda will be reading too, so I'm very excited about this event.  Details:

ASTER TO DAYLILY  Release Reading
Saturday, April 5 6-8 pm

Join me in supporting my friends Galen and John's amazing project, KISS LIST

I met Galen Beebe and John West at my reading at City Lit Books last month.  When they told me about their interactive, Web-based art project, Kiss List, I couldn't wait to support it!  I've already pledged at theirKickstarter page, and invite you to do the same.  Don't miss their wonderful pitch video!

AnySquared Projects now seeking writers & filmmakers for Cinema Minima

Cinema Minima Residency Features Two Audience Participation Events Where Writers and Filmmakers present their interpretations of the Theme "The Decisive Moment."
The Decisive Moment: "The decisive moment, it is the simultaneous recognition in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression" — Henri Cartier-BressonAnySquared is currently recruiting writers and filmmakers to develop short independent films for

Slide Down My Rain Barrel

On Saturday June 29, I participated in the ninth annual Gary Clean Water Celebration, at Marquette Park in Gary, Indiana.  I offered outdoor “creative arts” for all ages, and I also demonstrated ways of decoratively painting rain barrels—sort of a smaller-scale cylindrical mural painting!  Two painted barrels were raffled off at the Celebration: one painted by me, the other by my partner R., whose help was invaluable!   

Marquette Park was a great place to hold an event like the Clean Water Celebration.

The Earth Is What Happens: Audio from Chicago Calling

This is a link to an audio recording of the reading Tim Armentrout and I did last night as part of the Chicago Calling Arts Festival (still ongoing!).  We read The Earth Is What Happens,  the chapbook we wrote together for the festival. Tim did his part all the way from West Virginia--via phone.  That's why the photo has me holding my phone up in the air. 

Thanks to Dan Godston, Larry Sawyer and Tim for a great event!

community supported arts and "crowdsourced" funding

Lately we've been paying a lot of attention to the community supported arts movement, which offers a much more workable, practical, equitable and sustainable model for living and working as an artist than the previous models have.  "Community supported arts" is a model based on the community-supported agriculture movement (co-ops; farms supported by "subscriptions" from community members) with which it shares initials. In both cases, the system benefits everyone involved--the "subscribers," the artists (or farmers), the community at large.
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