Winter 2017 BathHouse Reading Series

The EMU Creative Writing Department was pleased to host Nathaniel Mackey and Ted Pearson for the Winter 2017 BathHouse Reading Series which took place on March 01, 2017 at 1:30pm in the Student Center Auditorium and March 02, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Honors College Auditorium. Both Nathaniel and Ted presented thought-provoking works that engaged the audience throughout the events. Please take a moment to view the photos below from the event.

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Literati Bookstore Reading: Thylias Moss

Author: Alasin Maynard

​In Ann Arbor, at the Literati Bookstore, there was a reading from Thylias Moss. This was one of the most interesting readings I have been to. Moss allowed the audience to choose which of her poems they would like for her read. The audience was free to ask questions and make comments throughout the reading, creating a dialogue between Moss and the audience. This dialogue created a personal connection between the speaker and the audience, and as audience member, that personal connection made the reading more powerful and enjoyable. It created an open atmosphere with a personal connection to the speaker and the poems.

When Moss was reading her poems, she was very expressive. Her voice changed when she read the poems as if she was taking a voice of a character, and she changed from soft to loud when she read certain parts. Instead of reading standing still, there was movement as she read them. This expression made it very interactive and visual, making it very powerful and creating a strong connection to it. It was also very interesting when she interrupted herself while she read the poem to explain something or to make a comment. These interruptions during the reading made it very interactive with the audience, and it gave the reading a unique and causal quality to it.
​In her poem, “Wannabe Hoochie Mama Gallery of Realties’ Red Dress Code” the words red and dress were switched around in different sentences in different ways. It was a very interesting way to play the language with those two words, and it gave the poem a sounding quality that was unique. In another poem “The Warmth of Hot Chocolate,” she had some very good and strange imagery such as “pure thoughts were the original cowboys”, and “my wings actually grow from my scalp.” She also put a new spun with human relationships to God that was very interesting, and the images described spoke for themselves. There was a new of view of God that I never heard of, and it included a new image of Him with wings. It broke the conventional views of God that I heard of, which was interesting to hear in a poem. It was very creative, descriptive, and had strong imagery.

​In another poem, Moss took peaches expanding the description and played with the word using phrases such as “peachy keen” or “Peaches of me.” She was using a peach’s physical characteristics, associations, and the word itself to create beautiful and playful language. It was amazing taking to have something like a peach and have it spun in all those different ways defamiliarizing the word peach.

​This was a very entertaining, powerful, and interesting reading. Moss has a very unique style of writing and reading that can’t be put a category. Her poems introduced new ways to break conventions, and different ways a reading can be performed. This interactive reading introduces new forms of writing. It made you think about new ways and forms you could create.

BathHouse Reading Series – Daniel Borzutzky and Amy Sara Carroll

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DANIEL BORZUTZKY and AMY SARA CARROLL

READING: September 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm

“BOR/DER/I/ZA/TION” (Conversation): September 28, 2016 at 2 pm

BOTH EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE

STUDENT CENTER AUDITORIUM

Daniel Borzutzky

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Daniel Borzutzky grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, of Chilean heritage. He has published books and chapbooks including The Performance of Becoming Human (2016), In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy (2015), Bedtime Stories for the End of the World! (2015), Data Bodies (2013), The Book of Interfering Bodies (2011), and The Ecstasy of Capitulation (2007). His work is witty and satirizes contemporary culture and political figures. Borzutzky has translated Raúl Zurita’s, The Country of Planks (2015) and Song for his Disappeared Love (2010), and Jaime Luis Huenún’s Port Trakl (2008).

“Memories of My Overdevelopment”
http://bostonreview.net/poetry/daniel-borzutzky-memories-my-overdevelopment
Interview
https://mattermonthly.com/2015/01/11/big-a-little-a-interviewing-daniel-borzutzky-with-joel-craig-by-matthew-reed-corey/

BathHouse Readings are sponsored by the College of Arts and Science and the Department of English Language and Literature

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DANIEL BORZUTZKY and AMY SARA CARROLL

READING: September 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm

“BOR/DER/I/ZA/TION” (Conversation): September 28, 2016 at 2 pm

BOTH EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE

STUDENT CENTER AUDITORIUM

Amy Sara Carroll

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Amy Sara Carroll is the author of two collections of poetry SECESSION (Hyperbole Books, an imprint of San Diego State University Press, 2012) and FANNIE + FREDDIE/The Sentimentality of Post-9/11 Pornography (Fordham University Press, 2013) and one book of criticism REMEX: Toward an Art History of the NAFTA Era (The University of Texas Press, forthcoming). Since 2008, she also has been a member of the collective Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab, coproducing the Transborder Immigrant Tool, which was included in the 2010 California Biennial and Political Equator 3.

“Family Portrait” and “Pipe Dream”
https://www.asu.edu/piper/how2journal/vol_3_no_3/performance/carroll-index.html
“The Epic of American Civilization”
http://www.datableedzine.com/#!amy-sara-carroll-epic/i4seh
TRANSBORDER IMMIGRANT TOOL
http://scalar.usc.edu/nehvectors/border-codes/index

“Code as Ritualized Poetry: The Tactics of the Transborder Immigrant Tool”

http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/7/1/000157/000157.html

BathHouse Readings are sponsored by the College of Arts and Science and the Department of English Language and Literature

Creative Writing Graduate Showcase

Creative Writing Graduate Showcase
Thursday, April 16 in the Carillon Room
7:00-9:00 pm
The Creative Writing Program is pleased to invite you to our annual Graduate Showcase featuring creative work by students graduating with an M.A. in Creative Writing. This year  Nathan Gehoski, Kellie Nadler, Amy Poague, and Trevor Snyder will be reading from their theses.

Join Us For An Evening of Poetry

Please join us for an evening of poetry and conversation with:

EMILY ABENDROTH

&

AMANDA DAVIDSON

 

Saturday, September 27

@ Rob Halpern and Lee Azus’s home

contact rhalpern@emich.edu for address and directions.

Gathering begins 7:30

Readings will begin at 8PM

BYOB

 

 

Emily Abendroth is a poet, teacher, and anti-prison activist. Much of her creative work investigates state regimes of power and force, as well as strategies of resistance. Her poetry book, ]Exclosures[, was just released from Ahsahta Press this past May. Her works are often published in limited edition, handcrafted chapbooks by small and micropresses such as Belladonna (New York), Little Red Leaves (Texas), Albion Press (Philadelphia), TapRoot (San Francisco) and Zumbar Press (San Francisco). She is an active organizer with Decarcerate PA (a grassroots campaign working to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania) and is co-founder of Address This!, an education and empowerment project that provides innovative, social justice correspondence courses to individuals incarcerated in Pennsylvania.

Work by Emily can be found here:

http://xpoetics.blogspot.com/2013/03/emily-abendroth-exclosure-9-11-17.html

 

http://thermosmag.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/philadelphia-poets-emily-abendroth/

 

 

Amanda K. Davidson writes, teaches and makes performances in Brooklyn and elsewhere. She is the author of two prose chapbooks: Arcanagrams: A Reckoning  (Little Red Leaves 2014) and Apprenticeship (New Herring Press 2013). She is a writer-in-residence at LMCC’s 2014–2015 Workspace Residency program, and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Art Farm Nebraska, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Her fiction appears in Ping PongThe Encyclopedia Project4’33”, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and is currently at work on a performance novel about the mystic Swedenborg.  

 

Recent work by Amanda can be found here:

http://www.fourthirtythree.com/archivesSUMMER13.html

 

 

http://blogcitylights.com/2012/07/04/the-applicant-by-amanda-davidson/

 

 

 

Upcoming: Temporal Arts Collective Reading 10/18

Friday, October 18 at 8:00pm.
128 W Michigan Ave, apt 5

Performances by TAC & friends. All are welcome! Come out and enjoy what this Ypsi community has to offer.

TAC presents guest reader Cynthia Spencer:

http://www.commonlinejournal.com/2009/10/poetry-by-cynthia-spencer-2009.html

http://www.poetrycemetery.com/spencernew.htm