BathHouse Reading – Christian Bök – Oct 19, 6:30 pm

BathHouse reading series 

Christian BökThe next BathHouse reading is coming up, featuring experimental writer and sound poet Christian Bök.  This reading will take place on Tuesday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sponberg Theater at Quirk Hall.  This reading is free and open to the public.

Christian Bök is the best selling author of Eunoia, the winner the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence, and Crystallography, an encyclopedia of “pataphysics,” a parody on metaphysics and the nature of reality. Bök has created artificial languages for two Canadian television shows, Gene Roddenberry’s “Earth: Final Conflict,” and Peter Benchley’s “Amazon.” Bök has also earned many accolades for his virtuoso performances of sound poetry, particularly the Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters. His conceptual artworks, which include books built out of Rubik’s cubes and Lego bricks, have appeared at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City as part of the exhibit Poetry Plastique. The Utne Reader included Bök in its list of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” He is currently working on “The Xenotext Experiment”— a project that involves the creation of a “genetically engineered poem” for implantation into the genome of a bacterium. Bök teaches English at the University of Calgary.

BathHouse Readings are sponsored by the Department of English Language and Literature and by the College of Arts and Science Dean’s Program Development Initiative Grant.  For more information about the BathHouse Reading Series visit:

Great Lakes, Great Times Reading Series

826Michigan has announced a new reading series, the Great Lakes, Great Times Reading Series. Join 826michigan this month for its first reading in 2010: January 23, 7pm: Brian Evenson, Joanna Howard, and Blake Butler! Admission is free, and the public is welcome, however, unless otherwise noted, these readings are generally not family friendly.

NOTE: Brian Evenson, a stellar fiction writer, is reading this month; and ex-EMU faculty Jeff Parker is reading in April.

Readings will be held at 826Michigan, 115 Liberty Street, Ann Arbor.  Call 734-761-3463 for more info.

The Great Lakes, Great Times Reading Series:
1/23, 7pm: Brian Evenson, Joanna Howard, and Blake Butler
2/27, 7pm: Blake Nelson, Kevin Sampsell, and Chelsea Martin
3/20, 7pm: Dan Chaon, Laura van den Berg, and Robert Lopez
4/24, 7pm: Deb Olin Unferth, Jeff Parker, and Kendra Grant Malone
5/22, 7pm: Ander Monson, Kathryn Regina, and Matt Bell