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 and Petra Kuppers PearlStitch

On Thursday November 10th at 7pm, we will celebrate new books from Jay Besemer and Petra Kuppers, who will both 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.

In PearlStitch, Petra Kuppers initiates us in ritual conversation, collective and intimate. Her embodied engagement with the political, mythical, pop cultural, feminist, historical and scientific brings poetics into the commons all the way through to the tender touch of lovers—knitting labor with Eros, “beneath your fingers, worker, is your fantasy and your redemption, meet my eyes, beloved,/turn around.” These are incantatory poems, stitching together (the purl of) factory floors, canopies, rivers, borders, sidewalks and streets. Invocations of singer Madonna, Beatrice and Sophia converge with Jung, Wittig and Audre Lorde. Kuppers contends with systemic violence as in the murder of women in Júarez, Mexico and the ravages of neoliberal capitalisms, while also bringing the sensate, individual body into presence on the page, in alchemical discovery and in pain. She traces our own proprioceptive map of chronicity, a million tiny stabbing decrepitudes, “spines protruding into the melody’s gap./Glottal rhythm hiccup and veering off downward and out.” At the same time, and throughout, she dances in solidarity with queer and disability activists toward the possibilities of relational healing.–Denise Leto and Amber DiPietra

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.

Posthuman Lear and Pseudocidal Camper

Book Release for Posthuman Lear

On Thursday November 17th at 7pm, we will celebrate a new book from Craig Dionne. Dionne will give a lecture and Jake Vogds will give a performance. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

Approaching King Lear from an eco-materialist perspective, Posthuman Lear examines how the shift in Shakespeare’s tragedy from court to stormy heath activates a different sense of language as tool-being — from that of participating in the flourish of aristocratic prodigality and circumstance, to that of survival and pondering one’s interdependence with a denuded world. Dionne frames the thematic arc of Shakespeare’s tragedy about the fall of a king as a tableaux of our post-sustainable condition. For Dionne, Lear’s progress on the heath works as a parable of flat ontology.

Craig Dionne is Professor of Literary and Cultural Theory at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches Shakespeare and Early Modern English Literature. He specializes in Shakespeare and popular culture, early modern literacies and cultural studies. He has co-edited Disciplining English: Alternative Critical Perspectives (with David Shumway, SUNY Press, 2002), Rogues and Early Modern English Culture(with Steve Mentz, University of Michigan Press, 2005), Native Shakespeares: Indigenous Appropriations on a Global Stage (with Parmita Kapadia, Ashgate, 2008), and Bollywood Shakespeares (with Parmita Kapadia, Palgrave, 2014).  He was senior editor of JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory for ten years, and he also co-edited the inaugural issue of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies (with Eileen Joy, Palgrave, 2010).

Jake Vogds is a multidisciplinary performance artist/singer working in installation, visual media, sculpture, and costume. Through surreal pop-vocal performances, Vogds toys with contemporary notions of camp, trend, and queer consumerism. In June of 2014, he was awarded the Shapiro Center’s EAGER Research Grant for his Queer Mixed Realities Collective from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has performed and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Defibrillator, Links Hall, Chicago Artist Coalition, Zhou B Arts Center, Three Walls Gallery, and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, among others. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2014) on a presidential merit scholarship. Currently, he is teaching performance at the Art Academy of Cincinnati while cultivating his performative and visual practices in Chicago.

Camp as an over-the-top strategy of communication that could once fly over the heads of the general population and speak to queer audiences has long-since been excavated. Pseudocidal Camper is a durational performance that investigates camp’s queer history, its cultural death, false commercial-reincarnation, and contemporary whereabouts. Through visual pun and surrealist symbolism, Vogds attempts a perpetual escape of his own pop-cultural reflection; a large-scale, side-ways tent. In complete isolation, his personal language of free-pop vocalizations becomes a relentless, self-reflective collection of riffs that both negate and embrace camp’s colonialized grave-site, a sort of speaking-in-tongues to deceased queer authentic-campers. Investigating his own body as a campsite for trend and curated identity, Vogds grapples with his inevitable failure to free himself from the tent mausoleum, like a live gif trapped in a highly orchestrated glitch. The mallet and the stake may have built the tent, but their misuse can only haunt the idea of dismantlement.

New Age Now

2nd Annual Fundraiser for The Green Lantern Press

On Dec 2nd from 6PM – 12 AM Sector 2337 will host the 2nd Annual Green Lantern Press Fundraiser

Tickets on sale now!

New Age Me (Entry) $30
Wheel of Fortune ( Entry + 2 Raffle Tickets) $40
Vibe Tech (Entry + Raffle + 2 drinks) $50
– Total Immersion (Entry + GLP Subscription + Raffle + 2 drinks) $100
Telepath (Send support long distance and get GLP subscription / tote bag / Sector newspaper bundle) $65
– Moonlighter (Entry after 10PM) $15

60s psychedelia meets 19th c. Spiritualism in New Age Now, the Second Annual Fundraiser for The Green Lantern Press. Celebrating its third year at Sector 2337, New Age Now includes a silent auction, a raffle, tarot card readings, poetry readings, performances, plus conscious cocktails, a curated menu with artist-made foods, and additional drinks to suit cosmic needs. Funds raised help The Green Lantern Press support noncommercial art and literary events throughout the year, furthering its role as an artist-centric hub for cultural activities in Chicago.

Tarot Card Readings by Evan Kleekamp

Poetry Readings and Performances TBA

New Age Menu with new age-inspired finger foods by Rebecca Mir Grady, Alyssa Martinez, Kathleen Rooney, Edra Soto, and more.

Silent Auction features works by: Claire Ashley, Rebecca Beachy, Sofia Leiby, Heather Mekkelson, Michael Milano, Aay Preston Myint, Mitsu Salmon, Edra Soto, Hui-min Tsen, Andrew Yang, and Philip von Zweck.

Raffle Drawings include: Jewelry by Rebecca Mir Grady, Marbled Mug by Leah Ball, Astrological Reading with Blair Bogin, Thai Massage with Precious Jennings, Fitness Training package from Michael Moody, Living Botanical from Sprout Home, $50 Gift Certificate from The Gaslight, Limited edition comics from Radiator Comics, Poetry from Kenning Editions Books, Green Lantern Press Gift Certificate, + more.





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.

Passes for the festival are available here.

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.

Passes for the festival are available here.

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.