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:
Join us on November 5th and 6th as BathHouse Events and the Creative Writing Department welcomes Douglas Kearney and Tisa Bryant!
Readings by Douglas Kearney and Tisa Bryant
Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
EMU Student Center Auditorium
And:“Textual Orality: African Diasporic Aesthetic Practices”
A Discussion with Douglas Kearney and Tisa Bryant
Wednesday, Nov. 6th 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
EMU Student Center Auditorium
The aesthetic and formal roots of African diasporic cultural production are often determined in relation to oral tradition, from poetic expression and practical education, to transmission of cosmologies and the genealogical storytelling of village griots. Celebrating and analyzing solely the oral can come at the expense of the written word, from signs and pictographs of ancient Egypt or Haiti, to the ‘spirit writing’ of African American mediums and healers. In response to this enduring but insufficient binary thinking, Tisa Bryant and Douglas Kearney devised the concept Textual Orality. Textual Orality is a way of naming this site of generative tension within African diasporic literature. Using this concept as a critical frame, Bryant and Kearney will explore the ways in which both the (il)legible and aural, the stylized mark and the spoken word, experiments in writing and traditions in performance (or vice-versa), are distinct and interdependent features of their individual writing practices and pedagogies.
Site/Nonsite Detroit: Poetry @ASAP
Brian Ang (Oakland, CA; editor of Armed Cell); Sara Larsen; (Oakland, CA; organizer of The Public School); David Lau (Santa Cruz, CA; editor of Lana Turner); Rob Halpern (Ypsilanti, MI; author of Music for Porn); Jonathan Stalling (Norman, OK; author of Yingelishi); UIjana Wolf (Berlin/Brooklyn; author of falsche freunde). Hosted by Tyrone Williams (Xavier University). Organized by Barrett Watten (Wayne State University).
Friday, October 4, 7:30–9:00 PM TheWelcome Center @ Wayne State University Woodward and Warren, Detroit Free and open to the public!
Please join us for an evening of poetry and conversation with:
CATHERINE WAGNER, KAPLAN HARRIS,
BRENNA YORK, & MATVEI YANKELEVICH
Friday September 27
@ Rob Halpern and Lee Azus’s home:
319 Garland Street in Ypislanti
Gathering begins 7:00. Readings begin at 7:30.
Beer & Wine & Partners, all welcome!
Bios and Links:
Catherine Wagner’s collections of poems include Nervous Device (City Lights, 2012) and three previous books from Fence. Her work appears in the recent edition of the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry and other anthologies. She teaches in the MA program in creative writing at Miami University and lives in Oxford, Ohio with her son.
Recent work by Catherine can be found here:
Brenna York resides within the Peabody Manor in Oxford, Ohio. She released Mr. Ivy, a chapbook with Plumberries Press, this past June at the Midwest Press Festival in Milwaukee. Brenna is a graduate of EMU’s Creative Writing Program.
A performance of “Twat-lite”, a collaboration between Brenna York and Elizabeth Mikesch, can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/user14622738
Matvei Yankelevich is the author of the poetry collection Alpha Donut (United Artists Books) and the novella-in-fragments Boris by the Sea (Octopus Books), and the translator of Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook/Ardis). He is one of the founding editors of Ugly Duckling Presse, where he curates the Eastern European Poets Series. He is a member of the Writing Faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College; in Fall 2013 he is Visiting Writer at Long Island University’s MFA in Creative Writing.
Recent work by Matvei can be found here: http://bombsite.com/issues/119/articles/6447
[excerpts from the long poem “Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt” and a film based on the same poem made in collaboration with Jeanne Liotta]
Kaplan Harris is an editor & scholar. He has forthcoming essays in the Cambridge Companion to American Modernist Poetry & an exhibition catalog on the clairvoyant conceptualist Hannah Weiner. He lives with his daughter in Buffalo, NY.
Recent work by Kaplan can be found at:.
“The 2013 Buffalo Small Press Fair,” Harriet Open Door Series (May 2013).
“Avant-Garde Interrupted: A New Narrative after AIDS.” Contemporary Literature 52.4 (winter 2011).
“A Zine Ecology of Charles Bernstein’s Selected Poems,” Postmodern Culture 20.3 (May 2010).
Interview for “Into the Field #5” (podcast series), hosted by Steve McLaughlin, Jacket2 (June 2011)
The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley. Edited by Kaplan Harris, Rod Smith and Peter Baker. University of California Press.
Hello. Greetings from the ether, this week are two events that I think the community ought to be aware of. Both will be reviewed by the EMU:CW:B staff and/or its affiliates.
Chronologically the first event is Storytellers Lounge. This event is held in the Student Center room 300 and begins at 9pm October 25th, this Thursday. It is part of an ongoing series that takes place every four weeks. “Storytellers Lounge is a whole new experience for almost anyone who attends. Inspired by the Moth StorySLAM, eight to ten people will have the opportunity to share a real-life story with an audience. The performers will range from emerging writers, performers and artists to EMU faculty, staff and students with the purpose to entertain, inspire and motivate.”
The second event I wish to bring to the attention of the community is the Madhouse Poetry Night. More than a few Eastern Michigan University students will be performing at the Ugly Mug Friday October 26th starting at 7:00pm. Be aware, there is a one drink minimum. For more information I’ll leave this link here.
Also, in the interest of keeping the reader engaged I would like to address the banner art for the Creative Writing Blog. We are currently accepting photo-submissions to replace our banner art. If you have a picture/image you feel would work just perfectly in that space please submit via the submissions page.
Students, alums, and faculty were busy making us proud this summer and into September:
Peter Markus was named a Kresge Arts Fellow for 2012.
Elizabeth Mikesch, Gerard Breitenbeck, and Ned Randolph spent two weeks on a cultural exchange and workshop in Lisbon, Portugal.
Brynne Barnes‘ children’s book, Colors of Me, won its third award: The Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award for First Published Work: http://www.gelettburgesscenter.com/2012_
Kudos to everyone for their awesome achievements!
Jonah Mixon-Webster, a current CW grad student and newly selected Editor-In-Chief of the international hypermedia journal, BathHOUSE, is looking for Readers/Contributing Editors for the BH Journal.
Readers will review submissions of hypermedia text/visual/sound work and provide feedback on what they think will or will not fit with the journal’s direction. Contributing Editors will have the same duties as Readers but will usually spend more time aiding with the production of the actual issue.
If you would like to know more about these positions or are ready to jump on board, please email Jonah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood Pudding Press is accepting submissions for its second poetry chapbook contest! Chapbook manuscript submissions for this contest will be accepted until October 15, 2012 with winners announced in late October or early November.
Three semi-finalists and two winners will be chosen and announced. Each of the two winners will have their chapbook published and will receive thirteen free copies of their chapbook. Of the two winning chapbooks chosen, one will be published in late
2012 and one will be published in early 2013. There is a $5.00 entry fee per manuscript.
Full details are at http://bloodyooze.blogspot.com/2012/09/blood-pudding-press-is-accepting.html.