Recap: 2nd Fall 2017 BathHouse Event featuring Joanna Ruocco

Thank you to all of those in attendance at our 2nd Fall 2017 BathHouse event featuring Joanna Ruocco and a special thank you to all of those who participated in the discussion following her reading.  Pictures from the event are posted below. Keep in mind that we are still accepting submissions for reviews.

Chicago Poets Theater Festival

Chicago Poets Theater Festival features Gardener of Stars, an Opera by Carla Harryman

Gardener of Stars, an Opera with set design by Chicago artist Julia Klein, offers performances by musician and composer Jon Raskin (Bay Area) on micro electronics, concertina, saxophone, and as speaking and singing voice; Tania Chen (London, San Francisco) on piano and as speaking/singing voice; cris cheek (Cincinnati and creative writing professor at Miami of Ohio) as speaking and singing voice; and Carla Harryman (Detroit and creative writing professor at EMU) as speaking voice.

Gardener of Stars shares the festival bill with works by composer Robert Ahsley, and poets theater icons Kevin Killian, Dodie Bellamy, and John Tipton.

Night three: December 9 information:
http://linkshall.org/BoxOfficeEvents/PoetsTheaterFestival/PoetsTheaterNight3/tabid/339/Default.aspx

Night four: December 10 information:
http://linkshall.org/BoxOfficeEvents/PoetsTheaterFestival/PoetsTheaterNight4/tabid/340/Default.aspx

Gardener of Stars, an Opera is supported with the help of the Eastern Michigan University Faculty Research Fund; EMU Dept. of English Language and Literature; National Performance Network; Links Hall; Sector 2337; and Kenning Editions.

Critic Heidi Bean on Carla Harryman’s poets theater:
http://muse.jhu.edu/article/403820

Harriett Blog preview of Chicago Poets Theater Festival:
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2016/10/links-hall-sector-2337-present-second-annual-festival-of-poets-theater/

Work by Jan 20 & 21 BathHouse Readers

Kevin Killian:

Works @ Open Space

Works @ Electronic Poetry Center

New Narrative writer and poet Kevin Killian showcases work

REVIVING JACK SPICER: AN INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN KILLIAN

Wayne Koestenbaum:

Wayne Koestenbaum: The TNB Self-Interview

Vital Signs

The Visceral Visual Art of Writer Wayne Koestenbaum

HOW DO WE LIVE THE COLOUR PINK, WAYNE KOESTENBAUM?

In Conversation: WAYNE KOESTENBAUM with Phillip Griffith

Full BathHouse Winter 2016 Schedule

Be sure to mark your calendar for this semester’s BathHouse events!


Kevin Killian & Wayne Koestenbaum:

Jan 20, 3:30-5 pm – Poetry Reading
Jan 21, 6:30-8:30 pm – “Pink Trance” – Discussion

Teju Cole:

March 9, 7 pm – Reading

Claudia Rankine:

April 5, 5:30 pm – Reading


~ All events will take place in the Student Center Auditorium. ~

An Afternoon Reading: Philip Metres

EMU Creative Writing BathHouse Events 

~ Presents ~

An Afternoon Reading:

PHILIP METRES

November 10, 1 PM

Eastern Michigan University Student Center Auditorium 

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Philip Metres is the author of a number of books, including Sand Opera (2015), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (2015), A Concordance of Leaves (2013), To See the Earth (2008), and Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (2007). His work has garnered two NEA fellowships, five Ohio Arts Council Grants, the George W. Hunt, S.J. Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters, the Beatrice Hawley Award, two Arab American Book Awards, the Watson Fellowship, the Creative Workforce Fellowship, the Cleveland Arts Prize and the PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant. He is professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland

Miranda Mellis: An Introduction by Aaron Smith

BathHouse reading series welcomed Miranda Mellis this fall, and Aaron Smith (a current graduate student) wrote a wonderful introduction to her reading. I thought I’d share it here!

“Today we welcome Miranda Mellis, a powerfully surreal mind & voice in a world that cannot slow down or re-trace its steps. Our cultures have carved a heavy path through time, have created & shaped what we imagine as history, and Mellis works intensely to decode our collective views of both history & time, past, present, future, and other realities. She asks a continuous array of questions that guide her readers & characters through fictional realities that further question what is happening to us & them as individuals, and question how we perceive ourselves & our world.

Lucia, the narrator of The Spokes, at one point offers a direct analysis of past & present: “We’ve been this kind of human […] for two hundred thousand years […] If we don’t know ourselves, how can we know the ancestors?” Our vision of history is blurry at best, and the ways in which our knowledge of the past is commonly obscured cause us to un-learn countless ways of living that have much to teach us about collaboration & communication. Mellis’s vivid imagery opens doors to the past & versions of the present that we might otherwise overlook forever. In a 2012 interview with Green Apple bookstore, she explains:   “our everyday lives are outrageously pressurized in ways that we become habituated to, that become invisible, and then rear up in all sorts of painful intensifications, symptoms  & so forth. Forms of magic – magical thinking, magical transformations, and magical actions – represent reachable, alternative forms of agency & knowledge in lieu of  political power for the disenfranchised, abandoned, and oppressed.”

In another 2012 interview with City Lights bookstore, she alternately describes fiction as “an organ for detecting what otherwise goes unregistered.” By utilizing these “alternative forms of agency,” Mellis is able to both openly ridicule & rigorously analyze “what otherwise goes unregistered” for many people: the ways in which our cultures & histories push themselves forward at maddening speeds, inevitably crash & collapse, then slowly repeat the long, determined climb back to some epic climax. In The Spokes, her narrator Lucia argues that “Sometimes the impossible is the missing ingredient.” This element of “the impossible” is what drives powerfully meaningful pieces of our own reality deeper into our minds when winding through the fantastic landscapes assembled by Mellis; over time her imagined landscapes begin to feel more familiar than our own.

I would like to close with a quote from The Revisionist; a paragraph that stands alone on pg. 63, and in many ways defines the sense of time that pours through all her parables:  “There were so many different kinds of time. There was time measured in objects & time measured in space. There was time enclosed by language […] There was the way a person measures the distance between what she once felt & the moment she realizes she no longer feels that way. There was also the void, for which time was conventionally the foil.”

Miranda Mellis teaches at Evergreen State College. She is the author of The Quarry, The Spokes, None of This Is Real, Materialisms, and The Revisionist, which was the subject of a 90-foot mural at Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis. Miranda is also a founding editor with The Encyclopedia Project, a hybrid publication that plays with the ideas of reference book, literary journal & arts catalogue, blending all into a hybrid series of cross-referenced hardcover volumes. Please welcome her to our small pocket of time & space.”