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:
Night four: December 10 information:
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:
Harriett Blog preview of Chicago Poets Theater Festival:
Rodrigo Toscano’s newest book of poetry, Explosion Rocks Springfield, is due out from Fence Books in the spring. His previous books include Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater, To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, andThe Disparities. His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Voices Without Borders, Diasporic Avant-Gardes, Imagined Theatres, In the Criminal’s Cabinet, Earth Bound, and Best American Poetry. Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry and was a National Poetry Series selection. He works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers and the National Institute for Environmental Health Science. While in the Greenpoint township of Brooklyn (16 years), Toscano ran and wrote articles and interviews for the North Brooklyn Runners. He now lives in the Faubourg Marigny (seventh ward) of New Orleans.
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
March 9, 7 pm – Reading
April 5, 5:30 pm – Reading
~ All events will take place in the Student Center Auditorium. ~
Kevin Killian and Wayne Koestenbaum we give talks and perform at EMU this coming January.
~ Events planned for Jan 20, 3:30-5 pm; Jan 21, 6:30-8:30. ~
More info to come!
The Zell Visiting Writers Series Presents:
Thursday, January 21st, 5:30 pm
UMMA Helmut Stern Auditorium
~ Free & open to the public. ~
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Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living. Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the MacArthur “Genius” Award. She is the author of Nox; Glass, Irony and God; The Autobiography of Red; The Beauty of the Husband; Decreation; Economy of the Unlost; Eros the Bittersweet; Grief Lessons; If Not, Winter; Men in the Off Hours; and Plainwater.
For more info, please visit: https://events.umich.edu/event/26790