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New Interview up at Rain Taxi (and a review I wrote, too)
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hy-performance hyperformance

In an alternate universe, I am at the University of Southern California earning an MFA in Acting.  Inthis universe, however, I am slowly coming to realize the lifelong importance of performance to my artistic practice.  When I say lifelong, I mean from the age of about 9 onward, to the present.  I used to act when I was a kid.  When I was 15, some friends of mine and I wrote and produced aStar Wars-themed radio play, winning a contest and bringing geeky honor to our already geeky honors high school.

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!

This may be the coolest thing I've ever done: OBJECT WITH MAN'S FACE

Some of you may already know that I have been eagerly awaiting publication on a collage poem collection calledObject With Man's Face.  I pitched it to Eric Lorberer atRain Taxi about eighteen months ago, as one of the edgier Ohm Editions books.  I say "book," but the truth is, this is a deck of cards! The original collection is a series of tiny collaged poems on Bristol board "artist trading cards," which I was lucky enough to be able to show Eric in person.

Tagged: The Next Big Thing Blog Interview Project

I was tagged by my dear friend and collaboratorj/j hastainto participate in the ongoing blog interview project, "The Next Big Thing."  For this project, I am to respond on my blog to the same questions j/j used, then tag five others to do the same on their blogs--or to guest blog here-- each of whom then tag five others themselves. Here, the questions refer to one of my forthcoming books.  And I will add names and links to the blogs of the authors I "tag" right here, as they agree to participate:

I want to teach what I don't know.

Last night I was very privileged to be able to participate in Miguel Gutierrez's performance/movement workshop, "Ineffable Intangible Sensational" atDefibrillator. It felt transformative in so many ways, and the psychic dust has yet to settle, so to speak.  But one thing that I want to comment on immediately is an idea stemming from a conversation we had in a discussion period.  I had asked Miguel if he saw teaching workshops as part of his own research process--and what I meant, basically, was whether that kind of teaching was important to his life as a maker of art.

Guest Blogger at Drunken Boat

See my essay "Collage-Mind" at Drunken Boat! Thanks to Dan Godston for inviting me to send occasional dispatches.

Between Reading at Mess Hall Chicago: This Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 pm

Come up (or down, or over) to Rogers Park's own Mess Hall this Friday for the Between Reading! 

The Between Reading presents texts based on the creative reading of and response to Nicholas Alexander Hayes's first novel Between. The source text examines perception and identity in a decaying American town. True to the shifting planes of perception in the book, writers and poets were invited to respond to the work through whatever modes they preferred. Their responses have been compiled in the Between Compendium.

My Gallery samples at Impossible Project

I've lately been adding some of my own Impossible Projectâ„¢ instant photographs to the gallery area of the Impossible website.  See them here--and check there often, as I am taking a lot of photos these days!

guest blogger for Zipper

Here is a post I wrote for Nicholas Alexander Hayes' blog Zipper.

Recovering Overexposed Impossible Project Pics

You know the feeling.  

You set up a shot with your instant camera, loaded with Impossible Projectâ„¢ film.  You've taken every precaution against light contamination in the first few seconds after the shot exits the camera (perhaps purchasing an accessory to aid your efforts in image-shielding).  But for whatever reason--you're in a hurry, you're distracted--you later discover that you've accidentally blown out your carefully-composed photograph.  It hurts. It stings.
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