The Dollhouse Reading Series Special Pop-Up

Come join us for The Dollhouse Reading Series Special Pop-Up, Saturday September 15 from 7-9pm. We’re thrilled to celebrate the release of Kelly Forsythe’s debut poetry collection, Perennial (Coffee House Press), as well as new publications from local favorites Amy Lipman and Maggie Queeney.

A native Pittsburgher, Kelly Forsythe is currently living and writing in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Perennial (Coffee House Press, August 2018), and a digital chapbook of poems, Helix (Floating Wolf Quarterly). Her work has been published in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, The Literary Review, The Minnesota Review, and Columbia Poetry Review, among others. She was featured in American Poet as an Academy of American Poets “Emerging Poet,” with an introduction by Noelle Kocot. For over half a decade, Forsythe was the Director of Publicity for Copper Canyon Press. She is on the Board of Directors for Alice James Books, and works for National Geographic.

Amy has worked as a teacher, a window treatment salesperson, a pasta maker, a server, a children’s sports instructor and a dramaturg. She also used to walk the dogs of a few B-list celebrities. Her first book, Getting Dressed, was published by Spuyten Duyvil in April. Her chapbook, Cardinal Directions, is forthcoming from Ghost Proposal.

Maggie Queeney is the author of settler, winner of the 2017 Baltic Writing Residency Poetry Chapbook Contest. Her recent work is found or forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Fugue, The Fairytale Review, The Cincinnati Review, Bennington Review, and Poetry Northwest. She reads and writes in Chicago.

Arnold Kemp + Tyrone Williams

On Saturday, September 29, Arnold Kemp and Tyrone Williams will give readings. Doors open at 7pm. This event is free.

Tyrone Williams was born in Detroit, Michigan and earned his BA, MA, and PhD at Wayne State University. He is the author of a number of chapbooks, including Convalescence (1987); Futures, Elections (2004); Musique Noir (2006); and Pink Tie (2011), among others. His full-length collections of poetry include c.c. (2002), On Spec (2008), The Hero Project (2009), Adventures of Pi (2011), and Howell (2011). Williams’s work draws on a variety of sources to challenge and investigate language, history, and race. In an interview with the Volta Williams noted, “I don’t ‘revere’ the English language but I use it and, on occasion, abuse it.” Williams is the editor of African American Literature: Revised Edition (2008). He teaches at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Arnold J. Kemp is a poet and artist. His artworks are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Berkeley Art Museum. Kemp has read on street corners, in living rooms in Oakland, and in bars and bookstores in San Francisco, Berkeley and New York. His writing has appeared in CallalooThree Rivers Poetry JournalAgni ReviewMIRAGE #4 Period(ical)River StyxNocturnesArt Journal, and Tripwire. Kemp has presented his writing at the Bowery Poetry Club, Banff Centre, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Portland Art Museum, California College of the Arts, PDX Contemporary, San Francisco State University, Portland State University and New Langton Arts. He is the recipient of awards from Tufts University and the American Academy of Poets. In 2016 Kemp became the Dean of Graduate Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Book Signing | Militant Eroticism: The ART+Positive Archives

A book signing of Militant Eroticism, published by the Sternberg Press

Please note: this event will be held at EXPO Chicago at Navy Pier.

This book is the first survey of the art and practice of Art+Positive, a significant affinity group of ACT UP New York during the early years of the AIDS epidemic. Staging self-initiated actions, and also participating in larger demonstrations organized by ACT UP, Art+Positive practiced an improvisational approach to activism at the intersection of the AIDS crisis and the culture wars of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their multiplatform projects were especially focused on fighting AIDS phobia, censorship, homophobia, misogyny, and racism within the art world. Members, collaborators, and contributors to Art+Positive included artists Lola Flash, Nan Goldin, Aldo Hernández, Zoe Leonard, Ray Navarro, Hunter Reynolds, Catherine (Saalfield) Gunn, Julie Tolentino, and David Wojnarowicz. The Art+Positive archives, assembled by Hunter Reynolds in the mid-1990s, were out of public view for more than twenty years. Art collector and HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Daniel Berger acquired the group’s archives in early 2015. Shortly thereafter, he and artist John Neff presented an exhibition of the archives at Iceberg Projects, Chicago. Militant Eroticism: The ART+Positive Archives, published by the Sternberg Press, documents that exhibition and is extensively illustrated with artworks, documents, protest ephemera, and meeting notes from the Art+Positive archives. Also included are essays by Berger, Neff, and former ACT UP member and scholar Debra Levine. These essays are presented alongside previously unpublished writings by Ray Navarro, Hunter Reynolds, and David Wojnarowicz.  Cover Price: $35


Sternberg Press grew out of the small publishing house known as Lukas & Sternberg, founded in 1999 by Caroline Schneider. With a focus on art criticism, theory, fiction, and artists’ books, the Berlin-New York based publishing endeavor was set in motion with a pocket book series—edited in part with Nicolaus Schafhausen. Dedicated to an expanded notion of writing on art, Sternberg Press has created a formidable platform in which practitioners from the fields of art and culture (architecture, design, film, politics, literature, and philosophy) can engage in a critical discourse. Each book is a special object celebrating creative publishing at its best, based on both meticulous editorial decisions and distinctive design. Through both commissioned and translated works, Sternberg Press seeks out the blind spots within contemporary discourse and offers a timely response to the related debates.

EXPO CHICAGO (September 27-30, 2018), the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, has established the city of Chicago as a preeminent art fair destination. Opening the fall art season every September, EXPO CHICAGO takes place at historic Navy Pier whose vast vaulted architecture hosts leading international art galleries alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture. Dedicated to rigorous and challenging programming, EXPO CHICAGO initiates strategic international partnerships, built alongside strong institutional relationships with major local museums and organizations to open parallel exhibitions and events. The 2018 edition of EXPO CHICAGO will align with Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art, to present various programs and events throughout EXPO ART WEEK (September 24–30, 2018) including panel discussions, performances, and activations across the city.


Institutional Garbage book release

An evening of readings and performances to celebrate the launch of Institutional Garbage

Please note, this event will take place at Ace Hotel Chicago

On October 19th at 7 p.m., the Green Lantern Press in collaboration with Ace Hotel Chicago will celebrate the launch of Institutional Garbagean experimental publication edited by Lara Schoorl that endeavors conjure of a 2016 online exhibition that originally presented the administrative residue of imaginary public institutions.The evening will include readings by Willy Smart and others, followed by performances by David Hall and Artist Statement.
Coinciding with this launch is the opening of FACSIMILE: a group exhibition at Ace Hotel Chicago guest-curated by Institutional Garbage contributor Britton Bertran. Featuring the work of Joshua Caleb Weibley, Omar Velazquez, Jason Pickleman, and Bean Gilsdorf, the show explores the residual effect of objects and ideas that pre-exist. Follow this link for more information about the exhibition.
Curated by Caroline Picard and Lara Schoorl, the original Institutional Garbage exhibit resulted from a 2014 invitation from RISD students posed to the Green Lantern Press during the Hyde Park Art Center’s 75th anniversary. Both the online exhibition and the publication were designed by Pouya Ahmadi.
Praise for Institutional Garbage:
“Close your eyes. Or rather, imagine your eyes are closed as you read this blurb. Now envision a dump—the dump in your hometown, say. Only it’s not full of refrigerators and tires. It’s full of ideas and all of the pictures from your utopic vacation to an island last summer that were lost when your phone disappeared on a trip home over the winter. But the dump is leaking. Leachate pools on the data mound’s perimeter. Ah. But the photos have been subtly rearranged by their fermentation: that is indeed you sitting there on the motorcycle, just like last summer, but … also something different. And that is you, holding this book, but … also, something else.”  —G.E. Gerridae
“We recognize the presence of lifeforms in the trails they leave behind. The institution, a structure that forms when human agents act in tandem, produces and is a repository for waste. In this sense, the institution calls blurbs into being. No one reads blurbs, yet they must be written. Authors hate blurbs and condemn them to the back cover, where they can only be seen if the viewer grabs the book by its spine and ogles its backside. Readers skim them witt scatalogical discernment, looking for signs of decay or the remnants of a healthy organism. Blurbs disappoint us in ways we expect and, following this dictum, we make them disappointing. We don’t want our shit to smell good for other people, after all.” —Evan Kleekamp

Britton Bertran is the Director at Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago. He is also a Chicago-based independent curator and Lecturer at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Arts Administration and Policy Department. Previous positions held include Fellows Program Officer for United States Artists and Educational Programs Manager at Urban Gateways, a non-profit Art Education organization. He also owned and directed 40000, a contemporary art gallery in the West Loop and was the Visual Arts Consultant for the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Prior independent curatorial projects include New Icon at the Loyola University Museum of Art and Artists Run Chicago at the Hyde Park Art Center. Britton earned an MA in Arts Administration from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Artist Statement is Omar Velazquez and Bryant Worley.

Joni Murphy + Kristi McGuire

On Saturday, October 20, Joni Murphy and Kristi McGuire will give readings. Doors open at 7pm. This event is free.

Joni Murphy is a writer from New Mexico who lives in New York. Her work has appeared in 7×7, Canadian Art, Brick and elsewhere. She has created performance and sound art for ACRE, Resonance FM, and Sound Development City. Her debut novel, Double Teenage, was published by Book*hug. It was named one of The Globe and Mail’s 100 best books of 2016. Her novel Talking Animals, is set to come out with FSG Originals in 2020.

Kristi McGuire is an artist-educator, writer, and researcher. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; concurrently, for a decade, she worked as the Web/New Media Editor at the University of Chicago Press, and and continues to work as Consulting Editor at the Graham Foundation for the Advancement of the Fine Arts. She has collaborated with a spectrum of artists and scholars, for works published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, DOMINICA, Sternberg Press, Soberscove Press, Semiotext(e), Artists’ Platform and Projects, and Publication Studio. She is coeditor of Theorizing Visual Studies: Writing through the Discipline (Routledge, 2012).

Claudia La Rocco + Anna Martine Whitehead

On Thursday, November 1, Claudia La Rocco will give a reading and Anna Martine Whitehead will give a performance. Doors open at 7pm. This event is free.

Claudia La Rocco is a writer whose work frequently revolves around interdisciplinary projects and collaborations. She is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited), selected poetry, performance texts, images and criticism; and the novel petit cadeau, published by The Chocolate Factory Theater as a print edition of one and a four-day, interdisciplinary live edition. She edited I Don’t Poem: An Anthology of Painters (Off the Park Press) and Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets, the catalogue for Danspace Projectʼs PLATFORM 2015, for which she was guest artist curator. La Rocco’s poetry and prose have been published in such anthologies as 6X6 #34: I Like Softness (Ugly Duckling Presse),Imagined Theatres: Writing for a theoretical stage (Daniel Sack, ed; Routledge), and On Value (Ralph Lemon, ed; Triple Canopy). Her work has been presented by The Walker Art Center, The Kitchen, The Whitney Museum of American Art, et al. She has received grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, and had residencies at such places as Headlands Center for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and On the Boards theater. She teaches and lectures widely, including at Princeton University, the School of Visual Arts, San Francisco Ballet, and Tokyo’s Dance New Air festival; and has bylines in numerous publications, including ARTFORUMBOMBEast of Borneo, and The New York Times, where she was a dance and theater critic and reporter from 2005 to 2015. La Rocco founded the social and online criticism collective The Performance Club, and is editor in chief of SFMOMA’s art and culture platform Open Space.


Anna Martine Whitehead received her MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts, and has been presented by venues including the San José Museum of Art; Velocity Dance Center; Watts Towers Art Center; Chicago Cultural Center; AUNTS; Pieter pasd; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; HomeLA; CounterPULSE; and the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics. She has developed her craft by working in close collaboration with Onye Ozuzu, Jefferson Pinder, taisha paggett, Thomas Teurlais, Every house has a door, Keith Hennessy, BodyCartography Project, Julien Prévieux, Jesse Hewit, and the Prison + Neighborhood Art Project, among others. Martine has written about blackness, queerness, and bodies in action for Art21 Magazine, C Magazine, frieze, Art Practical; and contributed chapters to a range of publications including most recently Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance (Oxford, 2017). She has received generous support from Chicago Dancemakers Forum, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, DCASE, and Chances Dances Critical Fierceness; and has been supported most recently by residencies at Headlands, Pivot Arts, University of Michigan, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Links Hall, Djerassi, and High Concept Labs. Martine is the author of TREASURE | My Black Rupture (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016). Martine teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Find out more at


The Fourth Annual Festival of Poets Theater

In Association with Green Lantern Press and Kenning Editions Present:

The Fourth Annual Festival of Poets Theater

Curated by Josh Hoglund
December 8th – December 9th, 2018

Continuing its annual tradition, Kenning Editions and the Green Lantern Press will presents its Festival of Poets Theater, curated by Josh Hoglund. Taking place over the course of two evening, participants include Blair Bogin, Joanna Furnans, David Hall and Julia Pello, Lin Hixson, and more.

Stay tuned for more information!

Poets theater is a genre of porous borders, one that emerges about the same time, and involving many of the same artists, as performance art, performance poetry (“spoken word”), conceptual and “intermedia” art. But poets have long been playwrights, either primarily (Sophocles, Shakespeare) or as a platform for postmodern literary experimentation (the operas and page plays of Gertrude Stein, for example). The Festival of Poets Theater will feature performances, screenings and readings over four nights, plus an afternoon of talks on the genre and salient examples of it.

Additional references:
Curatorial Rationale for the Second Annual Festival of Poets Theater (2016), by Devin King and Patrick Durgin.
Poets Theater 10 = the newspaper published by Green Lantern Press / Sector 2337 to accompany the Second Annual Festival of Poets Theater (2016).