Recap: Fall 2017 BathHouse Event featuring Janet Kauffman

Thank you to all who attended the 1st Fall BathHouse event featuring the artist Janet Kauffman. The event featured mixed media and poetry readings from Janet Kauffman’s upcoming project, “Eco-dementia”. Below you will find images of Janet and also, Linette Lao, who provided Janet and the audience with a lovely introduction.

Please note, we are still accepting submissions for reviews of the event. If you would like your review published on the site then please submit to aesshaki@emich.edu.

Also, please visit Janet Kauffman’s website for more information about her work.

http://www.janetkauffman.com/eco-dementia-project.html

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.