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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.

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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! 

AND:

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!

EmergencyINDEX and its release party

Emergency INDEXis a great new annual focusing on documentation of performance. It's put out by the wonderful Ugly Duckling Presse, and I'm looking forward to its release.  I can't make the release party at the Kitchen (as announced here).  But those of you in the NYC area should try to make it.  It looks great!

Oh yeah, I'm in thisINDEXtwice: as part of the Human Micropoem, and for the "Restrictive Andragogies and Ex-Citation" performance with Nicholas Alexander Hayes, in the Red Rover series.
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