WBEZ | Woman Made Gallery http://www.wbez.org/content/woman-made-gallery Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Body Uncommon http://www.wbez.org/body-uncommon-106981 <p><p>Our society tries to press women and men into a standard mold, but few bodies conform to the way they are &quot;supposed to&quot; look or behave. Co-curated by <strong>Nina Corwin</strong> and <strong>Deborah Kent</strong>, Woman Made Gallery will explore the experiences of people whose uncommon bodies lead them to live outside the expected norms.</p><div>Poets <strong>Lily Diego</strong> and <strong>Endowed Chair</strong> in Disability Studies at University of Toledo, <strong>Jim Ferris</strong>; essayist and novelist Deborah Kent; acclaimed performance artist <strong>Tekki Lomniki</strong>, and others will share original work that is informed by, but not limited to, the experience of living with a disability.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This reading is co-curated by Nina Corwin and Deborah Kent.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information on this event <a href="http://www.womanmade.org/poetry.html">here.</a></div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/body-uncommon-106981 16th Annual Women's International Reading http://www.wbez.org/16th-annual-womens-international-reading-106234 <p><p>Woman Made Gallery&#39;s 16th annual International Open exhibit spans both Women&#39;s History month and Poetry Month. While most WMG readings are organized around the theme of the concurrent art exhibit, this reading is an open celebration of women writers. A recent survey by VIDA, Women in Literary Arts, examined the publishing record of a number of leading literary journals and discovered that sizable gender disparities continue to be widespread throughout the industry. This year&#39;s readers, <strong>Xanath Caraza</strong>, <strong>Kelly Davio</strong>, <strong>Marty McConnell</strong>, <strong>Simone Muench</strong>, <strong>Amy Newman</strong> and <strong>Rita Mae Reese</strong> have made their mark on this uneven playing field and bring us poetry in a variety of styles, voices and themes.</p></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/16th-annual-womens-international-reading-106234 Poetry Reading: Public/Private http://www.wbez.org/poetry-reading-publicprivate-105251 <p><p>&ldquo;From the exploding popularity of reality television and celebrity culture to the U.S. government&#39;s ever-growing presence in our homes, schools, and community spaces through Patriot Act-sanctioned surveillance, the twenty-first century has seen enormous shifts in cultural and political conceptions of what is considered private and what is considered public, both in the United States and world-wide. We as individuals are losing control over what is seen and what is unseen; known and unknown; public and private.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>How do these shifts manifest in our daily lives? Who is most affected and why? How do poets address these changes, whether through illuminating, embracing or actively working against them?&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Curated by <strong>Nina Corwin</strong> and documented by audio recordist <strong>Kurt Heintz</strong>, featured readers include Shevaun Brannigan, <strong>CM Burroughs</strong>, <strong>Hope Johnson</strong>, <strong>Sandra Marchetti</strong>, <strong>Carrie McGath</strong>, and <strong>Naomi Palagi</strong>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For more information click<a href="http://womanmade.org/show.html?type=group&amp;gallery=publicprivate2013&amp;pic=1"> here.&nbsp;</a></div></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/poetry-reading-publicprivate-105251 Words Made To Occupy http://www.wbez.org/words-made-occupy-103401 <p><p>In the spirit of Lucile Clifton, this reading is meant to &quot;comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.&quot; Join five remarkable poets who occupy words, never as a polemic but always toward truth-telling, for a memorable evening of words made to occupy. Curated by poet Valerie Wallace, the poets chosen for November 11, 2012 will read from their work and talk about why they approach poetry as something to be used on and off the page. This event features poet and visual artist <strong>Krista Franklin</strong>, poet and text artist <strong>Jill Magi</strong>, poet <strong>Marty McConnell</strong>, and poet and performance artist <strong>Jamila Woods</strong>.</p></p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/words-made-occupy-103401 Woman Made Gallery Presents: It's About Time http://www.wbez.org/woman-made-gallery-presents-its-about-time-102206 <p><p>Early or late, young or old, past and present. Time engulfs and carries us by seconds, centuries, and increments between. If we can&rsquo;t keep up, we fall behind. We are influenced by history, from what came before for better or worse. We are told that if we don&rsquo;t learn from it, we&rsquo;ll repeat it. Our aspirations, goals, even our fears for the future color our futures. We think of time as crawling, racing, or breathing down our necks. We take time, waste time, give our time. People say &ldquo;act your age,&rdquo; and speak of that which is timeless or slipping away. Time is the matrix through which we move: that for everything there is a season and the times, they are a-changing.</p><div>Featured readers include<strong> JoAnn Balingit</strong>, <strong>Ariana Nadia Nash</strong>,<strong> Erika Mikkalo</strong>, <strong>Lynn Pattison</strong>, <strong>Keli Stewart</strong>, and <strong>Angela Torres</strong>.</div></p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 16:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/woman-made-gallery-presents-its-about-time-102206 Poets Who Open Doors http://www.wbez.org/poets-who-open-doors-100439 <p><p>There are people who work tirelessly to create opportunities for other artists and writers to get their work out in front of the world&mdash;the editors, curators, and people who staff arts organizations. Although some are better known for opening doors, many of these people have vibrant writing practices of their own. This reading will provide an opportunity to get to know the poetry of several such women. Featured readers include <strong>Kristy Bowen</strong> (<a href="http://www.dancinggirlpress.com/">dancing girl press</a>), <strong>Shanny Jean Maney</strong> (<a href="http://www.encyclopediashow.com/EncyclopediaShow/Home.html">The Encyclopedia Show</a>), <strong>Jennifer Karmin</strong> (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Rover-Reading-Series/198562136827206">Red Rover Reading Series</a>), <strong>Emily Rose Kahn&ndash;Sheahan</strong> (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mental-Graffiti/42614196497">Mental Graffiti</a>, <a href="http://www.realtalkavenue.com/">Real Talk Live</a>), <strong>Johanny&nbsp;Vazquez Paz</strong>&nbsp;(Palabra Pura, <a href="http://guildcomplex.org/">Guild Complex</a>), and <strong>Susan Yount</strong> (<a href="http://arseniclobster.magere.com/">Arsenic Lobster</a> and <a href="http://www.chicagopoetrybrothel.com/?1d14aa60">Chicago Poetry Bordello</a>).</p></p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/poets-who-open-doors-100439 A Culture of Consumption: Poetry Reading http://www.wbez.org/culture-consumption-poetry-reading-99492 <p><p>What do you think of when you think about &quot;consumer culture&quot;? A culture that promotes consumption and a mentality that more is better? An advertising industry that sells the idea happiness depends on possession and that what you are and what you have is never enough? The economic machinery that depends on growth and waste to survive? In tandem with the concurrent Woman Made Gallery exhibit, <strong>Lucy Biederman</strong>, <strong>Kris Bigalk</strong>, <strong>Coya Paz</strong>,<strong> Christina Pugh</strong>, <strong>Kristin LaTour</strong>, and <strong>Andrea Witzke-Slot</strong> share original work that touches on this world of glittering surfaces, symbols, and trends as well as the human and environmental costs of consumer culture.</p></p> Wed, 23 May 2012 16:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/culture-consumption-poetry-reading-99492 A History of Connection: Old Friends http://www.wbez.org/history-connection-old-friends-97934 <p><p>The stereotypes of women as nurturers, builders, and guardians (or gardeners) of connection is based in a goodly amount of reality. And in the absence of such connection where would we be? With twenty years of building and sustaining community, and becoming a place for woman artists to come together and shine, Woman Made Gallery relies on old friends as well as new to carry it forward. The first reading of 2012 featured writers in their 20s. This reading includes poets whose involvement with the gallery spans 10 or more years: <strong>Allison Joseph</strong>, <strong>Maureen Seaton</strong>, <strong>Cin Salach</strong>, <strong>Pamela Miller</strong>, <strong>Mars Caulton</strong>, and former literary curator, <strong>Lauren Levato</strong>.</p></p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 11:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/history-connection-old-friends-97934 Woman Made Gallery Welcomes Women Who Write: Strong Words, Strong Voices http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-03/woman-made-gallery-welcomes-women-who-write-strong-words-strong-voices <p><p>The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) is in town for its National Conference, bringing together some of the finest writers in the country. Honoring Women’s History Month, Woman Made Gallery has been able to bring together five seasoned poets with distinctive voices, vision, and presence: <strong>Kim Addonizio</strong>, <strong>Brenda Cardenas</strong>,<strong> Nina Corwin</strong>, <strong>Patricia Spears Jones</strong>, and <strong>Patricia Smith</strong>. The reading will be followed by a conversation and celebration hosted by six prominent women’s literary organizations from around the country.</p></p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 12:18:26 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-03/woman-made-gallery-welcomes-women-who-write-strong-words-strong-voices What Comes After 20 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-29/what-comes-after-20 <p><p>In 2012, Woman Made Gallery celebrates its 20th anniversary. For a grass roots arts organization in these times, 20 years is an accomplishment reflecting the organization’s sturdiness, maturity, and standing in the community. We begin our 21st year by celebrating poets in the 20s, a life stage in which the artist/poet is coming into her own, learning from the examples of those who came before, experimenting, finding and discovering her own voice. This program includes promising voices from both academic and performance arenas: <strong>Carina Finn</strong>, <strong>Meghan Foratjer</strong>, <strong>Hannah Gamble</strong>, <strong>Shelley Elaine Geiszler</strong>, <strong>Sara Jedd</strong>, <strong>Ji-Yoon Lee</strong>, <strong>Stephanie Lane Sutton</strong>, and <strong>Teresa Veramendi</strong>.</p></p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:41:15 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-29/what-comes-after-20