jay/jen besemer - gorgeous hybrids and recombinant poetry

Delivered by FeedBurner

Recent Posts

Four Tips for Working with Editors
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!


"silicone" vs. "silicon"
Absinthe & Zygote Series
adrienne dodt
All Movies Love the Moon
alternative markets
Andrew J. Robinson
Ann Liv Young
AnySquared Projects
art education
art for you to do
art history
art market
art practice: issues and challenges
Aster to Daylily
Black Took Collective
Borderbend Arts Collective
Brooklyn Arts Press
calls for work
calls for work/artists
canal project
card deck book
cean gamalinda
Chad Chmielowicz
chicago artists, chicago galleries, art practice, art marketing
chicago calling arts festival
Chicago Calling Arts Festival 2012
christine mcnair
city lit books
City Structures
collage poetry
colleagues and collaborators
community-supported arts
Convulsive Editions
crowdsourcing arts funding
Damask Press
david london
Dawn Lundy Martin
double exposure
Drunken Boat
Duriel E. Harris
Etc. Gallery
Frank Goldberg
Galen Beebe
Gary Clean Water Celebration 2013
gary, indiana
getting involved
gregory robinson
history of literature
Images Gallery Collective
Impossible Project
j/j hastain
jay besemer
jen besemer
jen besemer, david london
joel allegretti
John West
Kiss List
lake michigan shore
Laura Goldstein
lew welch
Liana Katz
lincoln square
logan square
magic chicago
magus magnus
mess hall
Michael Anichini
michelle naka pierce
Miguel Gutierrez
my books
Myopic Poetry Series
Nathan Hoks
Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature
nicholas alexander hayes
Object With Man's Face
Outlaw Production Collective
photo transfers
poetry business
poetry market
Polaroid Big Swinger
Polaroid Spectra
Printer's Ball 2015
process notes
Pyriform Press
Rain Taxi
Rain Taxi Ohm Editions
Red Rover Series
reviews of jen besemer
richard fox
robert mcdonald
Ronaldo V. Wilson
Rose Metal Press
Russ Woods
seventh annual chicago calling arts festival
Small Press Distribution
Sophie Grimes
SPD Recommends
spudnik annex
spudnik press cooperative
Stage 773
studio visit
the book cellar
The Next Big Thing project
The Querist of Forms
Toby Altman
Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics
upcoming events
video poems
visual poetry
Web-based art
works in progress
yoko ono


June 2015
May 2015
August 2014
April 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
February 2012
January 2012
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011

powered by

The Querist of Forms


I am guest-editing a special issue of NERVE LANTERN with Joel Allegretti!

Here is the call for submissions for a special digital supplement to NERVE LANTERN:  AXON OF PERFORMANCE LITERATURE that will pay tribute to Yoko Ono. Full text of call with guidelines below:

New Interview up at Rain Taxi (and a review I wrote, too)

Check out this conversation between me and my friend Magus Magnus, in this summer's online edition of Rain Taxi!

And in the same issue, here's my review of Gregory Robinson's book of poems, All Movies Love the Moon!

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.

upcoming events!

Write your post here.

Black Took Collective: Three Great Chicago Events!

Black Took Collective: 
Duriel E. Harris, Dawn Lundy Martin, Ronaldo V. Wilson

3 Chicago events in 3 neighborhoods! 
All open to the public. No tickets or registration needed. 

Black Took Collective is a group of Black post-theorists who perform and write in hybrid experimental forms, embracing radical poetics and cutting-edge critical theory about race, gender, and sexuality.

*Thursday, February 21 @ 6:30pm
Workshop at Columbia College
33 E. Congress Pkwy (Room 101, Downtown)
free admission

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.

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.

Chicago Calling This Saturday Oct. 6 at Elastic--Jen Besemer collaborative performance and a host of other amazing things!

As part of the Seventh Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival (click here for full programming info),  I will be presenting a collaborative poetic performance entitled "Surrogates."  I'll be offering poems written in collaboration with j/j hastain, inviting the audience to become involved as performers or prompters.  Check the attached press release for more details--it should be a great evening  of exciting improvisational and genre-blurring performance!

Borderbend Arts Collective Fundraiser at Reversible Eye + Chicago Calling Arts Festival!

Borderbend Arts Collective Fundraiser at Reversible Eye Gallery
Saturday, September 22 (8-11 p.m.)

Reversible Eye
1103 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL  60622

The Borderbend Arts Collective is having a fundraiser at Reversible Eye on Saturday, September 22nd -- a party with poetry readings, musical performances, refreshments and more. Hope to see you there! 


The Seventh Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival happens September 27-October 13, with “Bicycles and the Arts” at Working Bikes Cooperative, “

EmergencyINDEX is out!

Lots to say today! My contrib copies of EmergencyINDEX have arrived. It is a very exciting volume.  Anyone interested in performance (and the stretchiness of that term) will be fascinated by this wonderful annual.  The 2011 edition is the first in the run, so be an early adopter and get yoursNOW!
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint