Saturday, January 14, 2012

Chicago Jam


On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at 9:30 p.m., Chicago poets Charlie Newman and Dan Godston will perform their work with Washington, DC-based poet Karren LaLonde Alenier and New York state poet Margo Taft Stever. Godston will provide musical improvisation as counterpoint to the readings.

brown rice, an intimate storefront space for listening located at 4432 N. Kedzie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625, will host this free program.

Karren LaLonde Alenier, a poet and librettist, is author of six collections of poetry including her latest, On a Bed of Gardenias: Jane & Paul Bowles from Kattywompus Press.

Dan Godston teaches, writes, and creates music in Chicago. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Drunken Boat, Kyoto Journal, and other publications.

Charlie Newman is author of five books and four CDs, including ZOOTSUITBEATNICK!. His poetry has been published in such journals as honeydu, After Hours, and Poetry Bay

Margo Taft Stever is author of three books of poetry including her latest The Hudson Line from Main Street Rag. She is the founder of The Hudson Valley Writers' Center and founding editor of Slapering Hol Press. 

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Be Inspired by Gertrude Stein: A Workshop

With the approval and support of Stanford in Washington and The Word Works, Inspired by Gertrude Stein, an interactive workshop will take place:

Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 10 am to 5 pm
The Stanford in Washington Art Gallery
2655 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

The workshop will celebrate the anniversary of Stein’s 138th birthday (Feb 3, 1874). Hans Gallas, co-curator of the Insight & Identity: Contemporary Artists and Gertrude Stein exhibition, and Karren Alenier, a.k.a. the Steiny Road Poet, will lead the workshop.

Here is the schedule:

10 am-noon ..Overview of Gertrude Stein & her work

Noon-1 pm.....Lunch break in the neighborhood

1-2 pm............Curator’s tour of Insight & Identity

2-3 pm........... Participants spread out in the gallery to write

3-4 pm ...........Tea break in the Gallery (including family & friends)

4-5 pm ...........Share drafted work (with all visitors in the Gallery)

The Steiny Road Poet is working on a video about the workshop. She wrote a script, gathered still shots of Stein and her friends, shot photos and film footage in the Stanford in Washington Art Gallery, and made a PowerPoint storyboard. Meshing sound and image is definitely a challenge. Nonetheless, the Poet is amateur at this but hopes the message will get across. Coming soon!

Photo credit: Yale Collection of American Literature,
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library