Series A: Simone Muench, Lina ramona Vitkauskas, William Allegrezza, Garin Cycholl, Tim Yu, Kristy Odelius, Ray Bianchi
This month, Series A tacked collective writing as this group of talented writers got together to corporately author tonight's reading.
Simone Muench's second book Lampblack & Ash received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize. Her latest chapbooks are Orange Girl and Sonoluminescence (with Bill Allegrezza). She has poems appearing in Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, LUNA and the anthology The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century. She directs the Writing Program at Lewis University, serves on the board for Switchback Books, and is an editor for Sharkforum.
Lina ramona Vitkauskas is the co-editor of the online lit mag, milk magazine, now 8 years running. She is also the author of THE RANGE OF YOUR AMAZING NOTHING, Failed Star Spawns Planet/Star, and Shooting Dead Films With Poets. She has been widely published in such magazines and anthologies such as The Prague Literary Review, The Chicago Review, 2008 Outside Voices Anthology of Younger Poets (Ed. Jessica Smith - Outside Voices), The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century, Aufgabe, Moria, MiPoesias, Van Gogh's Ear (Paris), Rampike (University of Windsor), Paper Tiger (Australia), and many others. Her web site is www.linaramona.com.
William Allegrezza teaches and writes from his base in Chicago. His poems, articles and reviews have been published in several countries including the U.S., Holland, the Czech Republic and Australia, as well as in several online journals. His chapbooks, e-books, and books include Lingo, The Vicious Bunny Translations, Covering Over, Temporal Nomads, Ladders in July, Ishmael Among the Bushes, and In The Weaver's Valley. He is the editor of Moria Poetry, a journal dedicated to experimental poetry and poetics, and the editor-in-chief of Cracked Slab Books, which just released the The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century. His latest book is Fragile Replacements.
Garin Cycholl's recent work has appeared with Admit2, Rain Taxi, Exquisite Corpse, and Seven Corners. He is author of Blue Mound to 161 (winner of the 2003 Transcontinental Prize), Nightbirds, and the forthcoming Rafetown Georgics. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago.
Tim Yu's collection Journey to the West, which won the Vincent Chin Memorial Chapbook Prize from Kundiman, appeared as part of the Winter 2006 issue of Barrow Street. His work has recently appeared in Seven Corners, 2nd Avenue Poetry, and The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century. He teaches at the University of Toronto, lives in Toronto and Chicago, and sometimes blogs at http://tympan.blogspot.com.
Kristy Odelius is a poet and Assistant Professor of English at North Park University (Chicago, IL) where she teaches poetry and 19th century British literature. She is a co-founder of Near South, a Chicago-based journal of innovative writing. Her poems, essays and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Notre Dame Review, Chicago Review, Combo, Versal, ACM, Pavement Saw, La Petite Zine, Diagram and others.
Raymond L Bianchi lived for most of the 1990's in Latin America in Brazil and Bolivia. A native of suburban Chicago and the child of Italian Immigrants, he worked in international publishing since 1996. His poetry has appeared or is upcoming in Antennae, Near South, Tin Lustre Mobile, 26, Moria, Red River Review, Sentence, Bird Dog, Literatura e Cultura and his essays have appeared in the Economist and the Financial Times. He is the section editor of the fall 2006 issue of Aufgabe, which includes a translation section of contemporary Brazilian poetry that he translated. His book Circular Descent was published by Blaze Vox Press in 2004, and a chapbook, The American Master, was published by Moria Books in 2006. He is the publisher of Cracked Slab Books in Chicago and edits the website chicagopostmodernpoetry.com.
Series A is dedicated to showcasing experimental writing in the US and the Midwest through readings, discussion and performance. Organized by Indiana University Northwest Faculty William Allegrezza, this series brings exciting authors to the Art Center to share their work.
Recorded Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at Hyde Park Art Center.