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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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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.

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, “

See some great visual poetry--including mine--this month at Addison Center for the Arts!

I'd like to announce a great exhibition of visual poetry opening on Monday, April 9 at the Addison Center for the Arts.  The show includes amazing work by many visual poets from the Chicago region and beyond, and is curated by Francesco Levato.  I provided ten pieces from my series "Natural History," though I don't know if all will be in the show. All the info is here, along with a nice image of one of my pieces, as a sample of what will be shown!  The gallery's info page is nice too as a source of info about visual poetry, its types and techniques.

Elegant Mister Artifice IV

The release party for ARTIFICE issue 4 was warm, crowded and energetic.  We had an amazing crowd--thanks to Elegant Mr. Gallery and all that came to celebrate and support ARTIFICE and contributors like me!  And of course, thanks to Tadd, Ian and the others who put together this great event.

Here are some of the photos I took of the space.  I have a somewhat odd, cat-like habit of exploring the entire space of any venue in which I read or perform, well before I step before the audience or start my set.

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!

new news niblets

Two great Chicago events on Friday, July 29!

Typically, as the cliché goes, it never rains but it pours.  I'm involved with two smashing events on the same night!  In a city with a vast array of diverse independent art and literature projects/communities, that's not uncommon.  So here's the deal:

"Half Truths" invitational opens at the Milwaukee Ave. Arts Festival! Come join me and a host of others at2735 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago! The opening reception for this show runs from 4-11 p.

blog synergy: Mark Bradford show at MCA

My good friend Robert McDonaldpostsabout the Mark Bradford show (and the Joseph Cornell show accompanying it) currently up at the MCA here in Chicago.  My own R. and I have been interested in Mark Bradford since seeing a profile of him and his work on the amazing PBS seriesArt:21.  He does work we both find inspiring, and blurs the line between painting and collage (he refers to his own work on canvas as painting). Unlike Robert, we haven't had a chance to go yet, but we are champing at the bit!

News Niblets and Upcoming Events

Ahoy everyone!  Here's a couple of announcements and related links:

A new visual/collage poem is up atREM Magazine'sblog; there will be a few more in the online mag itself once it's published later in the summer (winter, forREM).  

I will have two pieces in the "Half Truths" group show at theMilwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, July 29-31! If you'll be in Chicago at that time, come on out!  It promises to be an interesting event.  And if you're in town June 20th, check out one of the preview/fundraisers for the festival
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