Wasted Hours – an evening of performance

Michal Samama + Alberto Aguilar

Wasted hours – an evening of performance, curated by Every house has a door, presents commissioned works by Michal Samama and Alberto Aguilar. Wasted Hours is the third collaborative curatorial coproduction between Every house and The Green Lantern Press. As the only live part of the experimental online exhibition Institutional Garbage (Sector 2337 and Hyde Park Art Center), Wasted Hours considers performance in ways analogous to the exhibition’s framing of the hidden aspects of institutions. The title derives from a letter by the poet Emily Dickinson, written on a September day 170 years ago.

… Does it seem as though September had come? How swiftly summer has fled, and what report has it borne to heaven of misspent time and wasted hours? Eternity only will answer. …


I will write this biography using 165 words but will not discover this number until it is complete. From this point forward he will be speaking in third person. Alberto Aguilar is a Chicago-based aartist and was born there as well. Aguilar’s creative practice often incorporates whatever materials are at hand as well as exchanges with his family, other aartists, and people he encounters. His work bridges media from painting and sculpture to video, installation, performance, and sound and has been exhibited at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary AArt, the Queens Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American AArt, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of AArt, the Minneapolis Institute of AArt and the AArt Institute of Chicago. He holds a BFA and an MFA from the School of the AArt Institute of Chicago and currently teaches at Harold Washington College one of the City Colleges of Chicago. In order to create slight confusion, he has added an extra letter A where ever the word aart appears in this bio.

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Michal Samama creates body-based art, incorporating movement, everyday objects, sound, text and site-specific practices. Her work moves between the theater, the gallery and the public space, exploring the different dynamics by which these spaces are capable of ‘framing’ art. She recently presented works at Theatre de la Ville in Paris, ASPECT RATIO Gallery in Chicago, Intima-Dance and Curtain Up Festivals in Tel Aviv and was commissioned by The Chocolate Factory Theater in New York. In Chicago, her work has been presented at Julius Caesar Gallery, EXPO CHICAGO 2014, 6018 North Gallery, Rapid Pulse Festival 2014 and TBSO3 at Defibrillator Gallery, Out of Site 2015, Mana Contemporary, Links Hall, TRITRIANGLE and Northwestern University. In New York she presented her work at New York Live Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, Performance Mix Festival, Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, CPR, Chez Bushwick, Priska C. Juschka Gallery, AUNTS and the 92nd Street Y, where she also curated Sunday At Three in January 2012.

About the curatorsEvery house has a door was formed in 2008 by Lin Hixson, director, and Matthew Goulish, dramaturge, to convene project-specific teams of specialists, including emerging as well as internationally recognized artists. Drawn to historically or critically neglected subjects, Every house creates performances in which the subject remains largely absented from the finished work. The performances distil and separate presentational elements into distinct modes – recitation, installation, movement, music—to grant each its own space and time, and inviting the viewer to assemble the parts in duration, after the fact of the performance, to rediscover the missing subject. Works include Let us think of these things always. Let us speak of them never. (2009) in response to the work of Yugoslavian filmmaker Dušan Makavejev, Testimonium (2013) a collaboration with the band Joan of Arc in response to Charles Reznikoff’s Testimony poems, and the on-going project 9 Beginnings based on local performance archives.

Michael O'Leary and Kenyatta Rogers

Book Release for Michael O'Leary's The Reception

On Thursday September 15th at 7pm, we will celebrate a new book from Michael O’Leary. O’Leary and Kenyatta Rogers will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

A founding editor of both LVNG and Flood Editions, Michael O’Leary works as a structural engineer and lives with his family in Chicago. The Reception is his first book of poetry.

Kenyatta Rogers earned his MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. He is a Cave Canem fellow and was twice nominated for both Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes, his work has been previously published in or is forthcoming from Jubilat, Vinyl, Bat City Review, The Volta among others. He is an Associate Editor with RHINO and currently serves on the Creative Writing Faculty at The Chicago High School for the Arts.

I Have Wanted to be Every Girl Ever

Book Release for Olivia Cronk's Louise and Louise and Louise

On Friday September 16th at 7pm, we will celebrate a new book from Olivia Cronk. Nine performers will read, invoking the written text. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

I HAVE WANTED TO BE EVERY GIRL EVER is a release party for Olivia Cronk’s Louise and Louise and Louise. The book connects genre tropes to the public and private performances of all ages of women to ask how giving birth and becoming a parent could be understood as a shift in genre: horror, sci-fi, fantasy, or soap opera. I HAVE WANTED is a performance in search of Louise and Louise and Louise; it is one giant text created by a collaging of texts from nine performers, all of whom appear, directly or indirectly, in the pages of the book. The performance is an invocation, an acting out of what preceded the written text. It celebrates multiplicity, plasticity, iteration, and girl-ness (of any type).

Benjamin Arakawa’s work is concentrated on back alley type secrets, exposed through the use of an outlet he calls “poemographic” addiction. He is currently a graduate student at Northeastern Illinois University.

Olivia Cronk is the author of Louise and Louise and Louise (The Lettered Streets Press, 2016) and Skin Horse (Action Books, 2012), and co-edits The Journal Petra (thejournalpetra.com).

Kathryn Hudson studies English at Northeastern Illinois University. Interested in the politics of literature, she is working to explore the ways in which we manipulate our perceptions and how this manipulation emerges as mutation and restriction.

Natalie Roman is interested in modes of inquiry that straddle the lines between the creative and the critical. Her research interests include critical race theory, aesthetics, poetics, and the limits and possibilities of community.

Christine Simokaitis is a prose writer who has a tremendous capacity to recall distinct images from the 1984 Seventeen Magazine Fall Fashion issue.

Carleen Tibbetts is the author of to exosk(elle), the last sugar (Zoo Cake Press, 2015). Recent work appears or is forthcoming in H_NGM_N, TYPO, Forklift Ohio, The Offending Adam, FLAG + VOID, La Vague, DREGINALD, jubilat, and other publications.

Sara Wainscott makes poems and comic experiments and co-curates Wit Rabbit, an inter-genre reading series. She can be found driving down Western Avenue / singing along with upbeat songs about despair.

Daniel Woody lives in Chicago, where he writes poems, takes pictures, and makes friends. Some of his work can be found online at BOAAT, The Volta, Opiate, and HOUND.

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, Monsterhousepress.com, Didactic and in LVNG Magazine by Flood Editions. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at Indiana University Bloomington.

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.