Karen Thompson Reviews November 2012 Bathhouse Events

Day 1

On the first day of the Bathhouse readings we listened to Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Camille Roy, and Rachel Letvisky read from some of their past works as well as new pieces either recently published or currently being written. Having four creative writing classes this semester I’ve read pieces from every one of those writers.

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Upcoming Temporal Arts Collective Event

[ a n o c t a v e ]Great news! Upcoming performances by the Temporal Arts Collective. The event, [ a n o c t a v e ], will be taking place Saturday November 17th at 9:00pm 106. N. Adams Apt. 2 in Ypsilanti. The event promises  to be “an evening of contemporary poetry.” A mix of performers, alums, current undergrads, graduate students and innumerable others will be there.  Those reading include, but are not limited to:

  • Kellie Nadler
  • David Boeving
  • G. Matthew Mapes
  • Jonah Mixon-Webster
  • John Farmer
  • Nick Compton
  • Miranda Metelski
  • and Kristen Gines

For more information about the Temporal Arts Collective check out their Facebook page.
If you cannot make it, fear not, the blog will send one of its staff writers to the event.

Upcoming events Week of October 22nd

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.

An account of the events of September 21st by Rebecca Hughes

One never knows what to expect when they show up to a reading, but you know when it’s a Prof’s house, that the A-game will be brought.

First Wendy Kramer presented, “The Morton Salt Girl Monologue: NaCl and the Meaning of Her Mark” accompanied by collaged trademark images she had created of the changing icon over the years. In a performance including visual and auditory cohesion and dissonance, she read both stage direction and script of a constructed text for the girl. This was followed by David Buuck who presented “We are all Sound: Poetics and Public Space in the Occupy Oakland Movement” which expressed an “on the scene” accounting of the challenges of creating and distributing poetics that can attempt to convey, do justice to, or maybe even not to do too much justice to, the movement.

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Free Workshops

The Literature Program is conducting a series of workshops for anyone who is interested in sharpening skills that will let them shine in English classes of all kinds. Please consider attending these:

Literature Workshop I: Doing Close Reading
Thurs., Sept. 29, 6:30-8:30 pm.
PH rm. 403
This workshop is designed with two aims: 1) to strength your close reading skills; 2) to increase your familiarity with the formal aspects of reading poetry.

Literature Workshop II: An Overview of Literary Periodization
Tues., Oct. 11, 6:30-8:30 pm.
PH rm. 404
This workshop offers an overview of the trajectory of Western literary history, focusing on the relationships between traditionally defined literary periods, as well as the ways in which scholars have complicated the idea of periodization.