Stephen Lapthisophon, Lorelei Stewart, Matthew Girson + Devin King

Panel Discussion

Join us on Fri, Sep 30th from 7-9pm for a panel discussion with Sector’s current exhibiting artist, Stephen Lapthisophon (Styles of Radical Will: Italian Sculpture), Green Lantern Press Curator and Poetry Editor Devin King, Gallery 400 Director, Lorelei Stewart and painter Matthew Girson.

Matthew Girson is an artist, curator and writer. His artworks have been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. Recent exhibits include solo shows at the Chicago Cultural Center (2014) and Mission Projects (2016). Earlier this year he curated “Dianna Frid and Richard Rezac: Split Complementary” at the DePaul Art Museum. Matthew’s research interests focus on the legacy of modernism philosophically and artistically. He is a professor of painting and drawing at DePaul University.

Devin King co-curates Sector 2337 and teaches in the Liberal Arts department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Stephen Lapthisophon is an American artist and educator working in the field of conceptual art, critical theory, and disability studies. Lapthisophon received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. His early work combined poetry, performance, sound art, and visual arts with postmodern philosophical concerns. He was also influenced by the legacy of the Situationists, who sought to make everyday life a focus of artistic activity. Lapthisophon has taught at Columbia College in Chicago, the School of the Art Institute, and the University of Texas at Dallas. He currently teaches art and art history at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Lorelei Stewart, Director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) since 2000, has organized over 50 exhibitions, including the Joyce Award-winning exhibition Edgar Arceneaux: The Alchemy of Comedy…Stupid (2006). In 2002 she initiated the acclaimed At the Edge: Innovative Art in Chicago series, a commissioning program that encouraged Chicago area artists’ experimental practices, and organized Stephen Lapthisophon’s solo exhibition With Reasonable Accommodation in the first year of that series. Stewart is a faculty member in UIC’s Museum and Exhibition Studies graduate program and a board member of Roots & Culture, Chicago. She holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, a BA from Smith College, and a BFA from Corcoran College of Art and Design.



Luis Felipe Fabre

Lit & Luz Poet in Residence

From Oct 5-12, 2016 The Green Lantern Press partners with the 2016 Lit & Luz Festival to host visiting poet, Luis Felipe Fabre at Sector 2337.

Luis Felipe Fabre is a poet and critic based in Mexico City. He has published a volume of essays and poetry collections. Recent books of poetry include Poemas de terror y de misterio (2013) and Sor Juana and Other Monsters (2015). The latter was translated by John Pluecker and has been published by Ugly Duckling Presse.

About the Festival: Held each fall in Chicago and each February in Mexico City, the Lit & Luz Festival is a unique series of readings, discussions, and performances featuring renowned authors from the United States and Mexico. The festival highlights new translations and artistic collaborations that promote contemporary literature from both countries. Begun in 2014, the Lit & Luz Festival grew out of the pages of  MAKE magazine’s Intercambio portfolio. This Spanish-language cultural exchange has appeared in every issue since its debut in 2012 and has featured over 40 writers to date, many in English translation for the first time. Lit & Luz is produced by MAKE Literary Productions, NFP.

Garrett Caples and Wendy Spacek

On Friday October 7th at 7pm, Garrett Caples and Wendy Spacek will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

Garrett Caples is the author of Power Ballads (2016), Retrievals (2014), The Garrett Caples Reader (1999), Complications (2007), and Quintessence of the Minor (2010). He is the co-editor of The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia (2013) and Incidents of Travel in Poetry: New and Selected Poems by Frank Lima (2016). He is an editor at City Lights Books, where he curates the Spotlight Poetry Series. For City Lights, he has edited books by Joanne Kyger, Diane di Prima, David Meltzer, Charles Bukowski, John Wieners, and Michael McClure, among others.

Wendy Lee Spacek has published one book of poetry, PSYCHOGYNECOLOGY (Monster House Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in Blotterature,, Didactic and in LVNG Magazine by Flood Editions. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at Indiana University Bloomington.


On Translation: a Discussion with Writer-Translators

Part of the Lit & Luz Festival

On Wednesday October 12th at 7pm, we will host a conversation on translation with John Pluecker, Stalina Villarreal, Rebekah Smith, and Alexis Almeida. Daniel Borzutzky will moderate. This event is free and presented as part of the Lit and Luz Festival.

Alexis Almeida lives in Denver. Her poems, translations, essays, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in TYPO, Denver Quarterly, Aufgabe, Vinyl Poetry, Heavy Feather Review, and elsewhere. She is an assistant editor at Asymptote and performs with the poets’ theater group GASP. She was recently awarded a Fulbright grant, and is currently living in Buenos Aires working on an anthology of contemporary female poets living in Argentina.

Daniel Borzutzky grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, of Chilean heritage. He has published three full-length volumes of poetry, The Ecstasy of Capitulation (2007), The Book of Interfering Bodies (2011), and The Performance of Becoming Human (2016). He is the Intercambio poetry editor for MAKE.

John Pluecker is a writer, interpreter, translator and co-founder of the language justice and literary experimentation collaborative Antena. His work is informed by experimental poetics, radical aesthetics and cross-border cultural production. His texts have appeared in journals in the US and Mexico and he has translated numerous books from the Spanish, including Tijuana Dreaming: Life and Art at the Global Border (Duke University Press). His book of poetry and image, Ford Over, was recently released.

Rebekah Smith teaches at LaGuardia Community College, edits at Ugly Duckling Presse, and usually lives in Brooklyn.

Stalina Emmanuelle Villarreal is a Mexican and Chicana poet, a translator, and an instructor of English at Houston Community College. Her translations have appeared in Sèrie Alfa: ArtiliteraturaEleven Eleven, and Mandorla, and her work can be found in Papeles de Manscupia, Her Kind, and at El Vértigo de los Aires: Encuentro Iberoamericano en el Centro Histórico 2009. Her visual poetry was part of the Antena Books exhibit at University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum during Spring 2014.

Carla Harryman and Misha Pam Dick

On Friday October 21st at 7pm, Carla Harryman and Misha Pam Dick will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

Misha Pam Dick (aka Gregoire Pam Dick, Mina Pam Dick et al.) is the author of this is the fugitive (Essay Press, 2016), Metaphysical Licks (BookThug, 2014) and Delinquent (Futurepoem, 2009). With Oana Avasilichioaei, she is the co-translator of Suzanne Leblanc’s The Thought House of Philippa (BookThug, 2015). Her writing has appeared in BOMB, Fence, The Capilano Review, EOAGH, Postmodern Culture, Aufgabe, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere; her philosophical work has appeared in a collection published by the International Wittgenstein Symposium. Also an artist, Dick lives in New York City, where she is currently doing work that makes out and off with Hölderlin, Pizarnik and Michaux.

Carla Harryman is known for her genre-disrupting experimental writings such as Adorno’s Noise (Essay Press, 2008), W—/M— (Split/Level 2013), Baby (Adventures in Poetry, 2005), There Never Was a Rose Without a Thorn (City Lights, 1995), the experimental novel Gardener of Stars (Atelos 2002), and numerous collaborations in writing and performance: these include The Grand Piano, an experiment in autobiography (Mode D, 2006-2010); The Wide Road with Lyn Hejinian (Belladonna, 2011); and Open Box, a music/text work with Jon Raskin published on the Tzadik label.  Her poets theater and polyvocal performance works have been presented nationally and internationally. Sue in Berlin, a collection of performance writing and poets theater plays is forthcoming in French and English volumes from the To series of the University of Rouen Press. Gardener of Stars, an Opera, a work for speaking voices, microelectronics, and prepared piano will be presented in the Poets Theater Festival at Links Hall in Chicago in December 2016. She lives in the Detroit area and serves as Professor of English at Eastern Michigan University, where she coordinates the creative writing program.

Norman Finkelstein and Michael Heller

On Thursday, October 27th at 7pm, Norman Finkelstein and Michael Heller will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free

Michael Heller is a poet, essayist, and critic. He is the author of twenty books, including This Constellation Is a Name, Living Root: A Memoir, Exigent Futures: New and Selected Poems, and Conviction’s Net of Branches, his award-winning study of the Objectivist poets. He lives in New York City.

Norman Finkelstein was born in New York City in 1954. He received his B.A. from Binghamton University and his Ph.D. from Emory University. He is a Professor of English at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he has lived since 1980. He is the author of ten books of poetry and five books of literary criticism, and has written extensively about modern poetry and Jewish literature.

Erik Anderson, Phillip Williams, and Elizabeth Hall

On Saturday October 29th at 7pm, Erik Anderson, Phillip Williams, and Elizabeth Hall will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

Erik Anderson is the author of three books of nonfiction, mostly recently Estranger (2016). His forthcoming collection of essays, Flutter Point, was selected by Amy Fusselman as the winner of the 2015 Zone 3 Creative Nonfiction Book Award, and will be published in 2017. He teaches at Franklin & Marshall College, where he directs the annual Emerging Writers Festival.

Elizabeth Hall lives and loves in Los Angeles. She is the author of the book I Have Devoted My Life to the Clitoris (Tarpaulin Sky Press) and the chapbook Two Essays (eohippus press). Her work has recently appeared in Best Experimental Writing, Black Warrior Review, LA Review of Books, Two Serious Ladies, and elsewhere.

Phillip B. Williams is a Chicago, Illinois native. He is the author of the book of poems Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books, 2016). He received scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. Phillip received his MFA in Writing from the Washington University in St. Louis. He is the Co-editor in Chief of the online journal Vinyl, was the Emory University Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry for 2015-2016, and will be visiting professor in English at Bennington College for 2016-2017.

Galo Ghigliotto, Katherine M. Hedeen, and Víctor Rodríguez Núñez

On Thursday, November 3rd at 7pm, Galo Ghigliotto, Katherine M. Hedeen, and Víctor Rodríguez Núñez will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

Galo Ghigliotto was born in Valdivia, Chile. He is a poet, fiction writer and editor. His books of poetry include Valdivia (2006), Bonnie&Clyde (2007) y Aeropuerto (2009), and a work of fiction A cada rato el fin del mundo (2013). He is the publisher of an independent poetry press – Editorial Cuneta. He lives in Santiago, Chile.

Katherine M. Hedeen is Professor of Spanish at Kenyon College. Her latest book-length translations include collections by Hugo Mujica and Víctor Rodríguez Núñez. She is an associate editor of Earthwork’s Latin American Poetry in Translation Series for Salt Publishing and an acquisitions editor for Arc Publications. She is a two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Project Grant.

Víctor Rodríguez Núñez is one of Cuba’s most outstanding contemporary writers. He has published more than thirty books of poetry throughout Latin America and Europe, and has received major awards all over the Spanish-speaking world. He divides his time between Gambier, Ohio, where he is Professor of Spanish at Kenyon College, and Havana, Cuba.

Jay Besemer and Petra Kuppers

Book Release for Jay Besemer's Chelate

On Thursday November 10th at 7pm, we will celebrate a new book from Jay Besemer. Besemer and Petra Kuppers will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free

Written during the advent of hormone therapy and gender transition, Chelate by Jay Besemer explores the journey towards a new embodiment, one that is immediately complicated by the difficult news of a debilitating illness. This engaging chronicle speaks powerfully and poetically to the experience of inhabiting a toxic body, and the ruptures in consciousness and language that arise when confronted by a stark imperative, and choosing to live, and to change. The book moves intermittently from exile and alienation to hopeful anticipation, played out in short bursts of imaginative dreamwork, where desires eventually give way to their realities, as the self begins mapping the permutations of its momentous shift. What begins in uncertainty and commitment ends in self-recognition, and more uncertainty, but now in a necessary space unified by will, love, action, process, and documentation.

Jay Besemer is the author of many poetic artifacts including Telephone (Brooklyn Arts Press), A New Territory Sought (Moria), Aster to Daylily (Damask Press), and Object with Man’s Face (Rain Taxi Ohm Editions). His performances and video poems have been featured in various live arts festivals and series, including Meekling Press’ TALKS Series; Chicago Calling Arts Festival; Red Rover Series {readings that play with reading}; Absinthe & Zygote; @Salon 2014 and Sunday Circus. Jay also contributes performance texts, poems, and critical essays to numerous publications, is a contributing editor with The Operating System, the co-editor of a special digital Yoko Ono tribute issue of Nerve Lantern, and founder of the Intermittent Series in Chicago, where he lives with his partner and a very helpful cat.

Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and a Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, teaching in performance studies. She also teaches on the low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. Her most recent poetry collection, PearlStitch, appeared with Spuyten Duyvil (2016). She has published poems and short stories in British and US journals like PANK, Adrienne, Visionary Tongue, Wordgathering, Poets for Living Waters, Disability Studies Quarterly, Beauty is a Verb: New Poetics of Disability, textsound, Streetnotes, Epistemologies, Accessing the Future, Quietus, Beyond the Boundaries, Cambrensis, About Place, and QDA: A Queer Disabled Anthology. She is the Artistic Director of The Olimpias, an international disability culture collective, and she is currently engaged in the Asylum Project, with her partner Stephanie Heit.


Cosmological Plants / Corvus corax / To Speak of Future Delights

Second Annual Festival of Poets Theater: Night 1

Between December 7th and December 10th Green Lantern Press and Kenning Editions will present a Festival of Poets Theater at Sector 2337 (Dec. 7th, 8th, and the afternoon of the 10th) and Links Hall (Dec. 9th and 10th). The festival features 3-4 events each evening beginning at 7pm and a symposium on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:00pm.

6pm: Reception for Early Ticket Buyers

7pm: Cosmological Plants by Michael Pisaro

Cosmological Plants is a dance with music and a poem aligned to the maps of three constellations in the November sky.

Michael Pisaro is a guitarist, composer and a member of the Wandelweiser collective. His music is performed frequently in concerts and festivals around the world. Recordings of his work (solo and collaborative) have been released by Edition Wandelweiser Records, erstwhile records, New World Records, another timbre, slubmusic, Cathnor, Senufo Editions, winds measure, HEM Berlin and on Pisaro’s own imprint, Gravity Wave. Before joining the composition faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, he taught composition and theory at Northwestern University.

7:45pm: Corvus corax by Joseph Clayton Mills

A composition for tape recorders, cassette loops, dictaphone, typewriter, and suitcases, Corvus corax takes as its raw material Patrick Farmer’s prose poem Wild Horses Think of Nothing Else the Sea (SARU 2014).

Joseph Clayton Mills is a musician, artist, and writer who lives and works in Chicago. His text-based paintings, assemblages, and sound installations have been exhibited in Chicago, New York, and Europe and his work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker. He is the author of the short-story collection Zyxt, and in 2012 published Nabokrossvords, a translation of early Russian crosswords by Vladimir Nabokov. He is an active participant in the improvised and experimental music community in Chicago, where his collaborators have included Adam Sonderberg and Steven Hess (as Haptic), Michael Vallera (as Maar), Noé Cuéllar (as Parital), Sylvain Chaveau, Jason Stein, Michael Pisaro, and Olivia Block, among many others; his recordings have appeared on numerous labels, including Another Timbre, FSS, and Entr’acte. In 2013, in conjunction with Noé Cuéllar, he launched Suppedaneum, a label focused on releasing scores and their realizations.

8:45pm: To Speak of Future Delights

Two images provide a portal to the other side of the world. A lecture delivered in performative typing and voiceless montage.

Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker and critic based in Chicago. He was named one of the Chicago New City Film 50 in 2013 and 2014. He received an MFA in Film Video New Media and Animation and an MA in Visual Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


for_twovocalists / DORA/ANA/GUATAVITA / The Brig

Second Annual Festival of Poets Theater: Night 2

Between December 7th and December 10th Green Lantern Press and Kenning Editions will present a Festival of Poets Theater at Sector 2337 (Dec. 7th, 8th, and the afternoon of the 10th) and Links Hall (Dec. 9th and 10th). The festival features 3-4 events each evening beginning at 7pm and a symposium on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:00pm.

7:00pm: for_twovocalists by Nathanael Jones w/ Beth McDonald and Neal Markowski

Well, what does the title tell us? for_twovocalists. Let’s begin with the easiest part: “twovocalists.” A compound word of sorts. First a “two,” which unequivocally refers to the “vocalists”—there are two of them. Additionally, “vocalists” can be broken down further into the words vocal (relating to the human voice), and lists (a number of connected items or names). Together, they give us an idea of what to expect. Then there is the “for,” a preposition in this case. Preceding the compound word “twovocalists,” we understand it to mean that something is in support of/supporting the vocalists, or, that it is on behalf of/to the benefit of them. This is comforting. Lastly, we have the underscore. This is the most difficult part. It is a holdover from the typewriter, where it was used to underline sections of a typed text. In the digital age, it has come to find a wide variety of uses (email addresses and ASCII art being among the most popular). The greatest puzzle here then is to ascertain why a typographical element used to give emphasis should be place beneath an empty space.

Nathanael Jones is a Canadian artist/writer based in Chicago, where he is an MFA in writing candidate at SAIC. He has exhibited and performed work in galleries and alternative spaces in Halifax and Chicago, and his writings have been published in the Cerealbowl Collective and Hound. Beth McDonald is a classically trained tuba player gone awry, performing mostly electroacoustic music, free improvisation, and contemporary classical music. She currently performs with Korean Jeans, the Callithumpian Consort, cbs trio, and Seraph Brass, and enjoys working collaboratively with local artists, performers, and composers. As Artistic Director of the August Noise JP concert series, she worked to bring unexpected music to public spaces and to engage her fellow musicians in their community. She works behind the scenes at the Callithumpian Consort (Boston) and Piano Power (Chicago).

Neal Markowski is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based out of Chicago, IL.  He currently plays in a number of groups on a variety of instruments, but mainly on either drum set or guitars or tapes of various sorts.  Neal received his BM in Composition from the New England Conservatory, Boston, MA and his MFA in Studio (within the Sound Department) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

7:45pm: DORA/ANA/GUATAVITA by Jenni(f)fer Tamayo

DORA/ANA/GUATAVITA is a science-fiction performance text set in the Lake Guatavita sector of the Colombian Andes. In this dystopian future, the text reimagines the children’s cartoon character, Dora the Explorer, as La Dora/da, a descendant of the mythological character, El Dorado, or the “gold one.” In this absurdist melodrama, La Dora/da comes into collusion with Andr0id Jenn1fer Tamay0-0, a cultural terrorist whose first act of state defiance is to conduct an unsanctioned search for the remains of their grandmother, an act considered illegal in this futurescape. Through a series of semi-discrete acts, or “Breaths,” La Dora/da and Andr0id Jenn1fer Tamay0-0’s come into contact with Ida Bauer (Sigmund Freud’s “Dora”), a Chorus of Floras, and ultimately Mamá Chava, the Andr0id’s ancestor.  In this radically hopeful, world-making “hybrid” text (including video, drawing, photography and movement), poet-performer Jennifer Tamayo examines what it means to decolonize our process for (self) discovery and surfacing lost lineages.

Jennif(f)er Tamayo is a queer, latinx, formerly undocumented, Colombian-born educator, artist and essayist. JT is the author of RED MISSED ACHES/RED MISTAKES/READ MISSED ACHES/READ MISTAKES (Switchback, 2011), POEMS ARE THE ONLY REAL BODIES (Bloof Books, 2013) and YOU DA ONE  (2014/16 reprint Noemi Books & Letras Latinas).  Her writing has been featured widely, including Poetry, Best American Experimental Poetry, Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing, Bettering American Poetry Anthology and Apogee. She holds fellowships from CantoMundo and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Currently, JT is a PhD student at University of California-Davis Performance Studies program as a Cota-Robles Fellow.

8:45pm: The Brig, by Kenneth Brown, Living Theatre production filmed by Jonas Mekas

Judith Malina and Julian Beck’s Living Theatre had spent over a decade producing plays written by high modernist poets when along came Kenneth H. Brown’s script The Brig. Their 1963 production of this brutal, minimalist day-in-the-life of a military prison marked a pivot point from poets theater to experimental agit-prop, inspired by the methods of Antonin Artaud’s “theater of cruelty” and the measures of avant-garde verse. New York underground film legend Jonas Mekas’ rarely screened film of the Living Theatre production puts viewers perilously in the midst of the action.