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Third Annual Festival of Poets Theater

December 8, 2017

Sector 2337, in association with Green Lantern Press and Kenning Editions, is pleased to present The Third Annual Festival of Poets Theater, curated by Devin King and Patrick Durgin. 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). While previous iterations of the festival have concentrated on giving an overview of the genre by connecting historical and contemporary examples, this year the festival is separated into two main sections: 1) artists in response to the visionary work of the Ivory Coast writer Werewere Liking and 2) artists using online media formats. On December 8th – December 10th, 2016, The Third Annual Festival of Poets Theater presents performances, screenings, and readings over two nights, plus an afternoon of electronic theater accessible over the internet. This event is free and open to the public.

Partial Schedule / Order Subject to Change

Friday, December 8th

Artists Working in Response to Werewere Liking’s It Shall Be of Jaspar and Coral

7:15 pm Josh Hoglund + Corina Copp

A past and present conversation about the future, which may or may not be interrupted by a chorus of unruly children. A play that is a dialogue based on a conversation about a book.

8:15 pm Sherae Rimpsey

Two viewpoints converge, a film and a performance separated by a wall, framed by a door.


Matthew Sage

Two works that address the faulty compartmentalization of identity, the liminal spaces between emotion and logic, and the dissonance, resonance, absorption, and reflectivity of the self as dictated by surroundings. Framed multi-layer drawings on vellum in graphite, pastel, acrylics, found paper and treated mirrors. Multi-layered video-capture of GIFs and Javascript text functions embedded in HTML.

Jen Hill

A flog (fake blog) tangential to the world and to Werewere Liking’s It Shall Be of Jaspar of Coral. How does a broken knee hinge? How does narrative power coincide with that of the webmaster?

Saturday, December 9th

Artists Working in Response to Werewere Liking’s It Shall Be of Jaspar and Corel

7:15 pm Max Guy

A two-person adaptation of It Shall Be of Jaspar and Coral, inspired by the formal techniques of Noh drama. How little can be done to embody a text?

8:15 Dao Nguyen

27 minutes. 9 overlapping horizontals.


Matthew Sage

Two works that address the faulty compartmentalization of identity, the liminal spaces between emotion and logic, and the dissonance, resonance, absorption, and reflectivity of the self as dictated by surroundings. Framed multi-layer drawings on vellum in graphite, pastel, acrylics, found paper and treated mirrors. Multi-layered video-capture of GIFs and Javascript text functions embedded in HTML.

Jen Hill

A flog (fake blog) tangential to the world and to Werewere Liking’s It Shall Be of Jaspar of Corel. How does a broken knee hinge? How does narrative power coincide with that of the webmaster?

Sunday, December 10th

Beginning at Noon on the internet, Website addresses and specific times TBA

Suzanne Stein and Steve Benson will construct a responsive exchange in real time, streaming it as they work it out spontaneously across the continent.

Douglas Kearney will present a set of streaming micro-operatic works.

Annie Dorsen presents Youtube 1-4, a small collection of music videos made from pop songs and youtube comments.

Patrick Durgin directs Alain Jugnon’s radio play Artaud in Amerika, translated from the French by Nathanaël. Recorded, edited and scored by Mark Booth, voices are by Booth, Durgin, Jeremy Biles, Caroline McCraw, Joel Craig, Devin King, and Fulla Abdul-Jabbar.

Antonin Artaud’s To Have Done with the Judgment of God (1947), a radio play embodying the “theater of cruelty.”


Antonin Artaud is considered among the most influential figures in the evolution of modern drama theory. Affiliated with Surrealism in its heyday, he would break from this circle and found the Theatre Alfred Jarry with Roger Vitrac and Robert Aron. Author of The Theater and Its Double, Van Gogh: The Man Suicided by Society, The Nerve Meter and other texts straddling modernism and the historical avant garde, Artaud was also a magnificent actor (with a pivotal role in Carl Dryer’s classic Passion of Joan of Arc), a prolific visual artist, and he inspired the philosophical corpus of Gilles Deleuze, among other leading postmodernists. His radio play To Have Done with the Judgment of God was commissioned by French national radio but banned hours before it went to air. It has circulated and been studied in print and in its original recording for years and will be broadcast to cap off this year’s festival.

Steve Benson has lived in downeast Maine since 1996. He was an actor in productions of Poets’ Theater in San Francisco and directed Carla Harryman and Nick Robinson in Carla’s La Quotidienne at New Langton Arts in 1983. He directed a poets theater workshop at Intersection for the Arts in 1992. His poetry readings have often incorporated diverse media applications, oral improvisation, and collaboration with writers, musicians, and filmmakers. Benson continues to write and perform his works and shares links to on-line appearances through A current project of daily poetry texts appears at He wrote or transcribed from orally improvised performances the material contained in Blindspots (1981), Blue Book (1988), Open Clothes (2005), and other books. He co-authored The Grand Piano series of autobiographical essays (2006-10) with nine friends.

Jeremy Biles teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the author of Ecce Monstrum: Georges Bataille and the Sacrifice of Form.

Mark Booth is an interdisciplinary artist, sound artist, writer, and musician. Booth is on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibited and performed his work in Chicago, nationally, and internationally in a variety of known and obscure venues.

Corina Copp is a New York–based writer of poems, performance, and criticism. She is the author of the poetry collection The Green Ray (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), several chapbooks, and the three-part play, The Whole Tragedy of the Inability to Love, fragments of which have been presented at Artists Space, Home Alone 2 Gallery, NYC Prelude Festival, and Dixon Place. Her talk, “Euphoria of Acting a Part,” was recently presented at the James Gallery (CUNY Graduate Center of Humanities); and another, “Goodnight, Chantal,” at After Chantal: An International Conference (U. of Westminster, London, 2016). Other work can be found soon or now in Pelt Vol. 4: Feminist Temporalities (Organism for Poetic Research), Los Angeles Review of Books, Imperial Matters, BOMB, Cabinet, The Poetry Foundation’s Harriet, and elsewhere. She is in the midst of translating Hall de nuit (Night Lobby, L’Arche, 1992), a play by Chantal Akerman (forthcoming, e-flux journal).

Joel Craig is the author of the poetry collection The White House (The Green Lantern Press, 2012). He co-directs MAKE Literary Productions, and serves as poetry editor for MAKE magazine. For many years he curated the Danny’s Reading Series in Chicago.

Annie Dorsen is a director and writer whose work explores the intersection of algorithms and live performance. Her most recent performances, The Great Outdoors, A Piece of Work, Spokaoke and Hello Hi There, continue to tour extensively in Europe and the US. She received the 2014 Alpert Award in the Arts, a 2017 Artist Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and currently teaches in the Theater and Performance Studies Department at University of Chicago.

Patrick Durgin is the author of PQRS (Kenning Editions, 2013) and The Route (with Jen Hofer, Atelos, 2008). His artist book Zenith was published by Green Lantern Press in the spring of 2016.The Volta published “Prelude to PQRS,” a reflection on his work in poets theater originally presented at the New [New] Corpse event series. His performance piece Interference was featured in the 2015 Festival of Poets Theater and published in Emergency Index 2015. “Recent Acquisitions” was featured in the 2014 issue of Text-Sound. An essay on New Materialism, Deleuze-Guattarian “schizoanalysis,” and disability poetics is forthcoming in The Matter of Disability (University of Michigan Press). In 2010, he commissioned The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater: 1945-1985, edited by Kevin Killian and David Brazil.

Max Guy is an artist based in Chicago. In his conceptually-driven work he gives form to existential crises, moral and ethical dilemma. He has performed and exhibited at DEMO Project, Springfield, IL; Prairie, Chicago; AZ-West, Joshua Tree National Park, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Signal Gallery, New York, NY; Ghost, Deep River, CT; What Pipeline, Detroit, MI; Federico Vavassori, Milan, and the Manila Institute, New York, NY. Max co-hosts Human Eye, an occasional podcast on art and life with Miranda Pfeiffer. He has collaborated on curatorial projects such as Szechuan Best, Spiral Cinema, and Rock512Devil in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his M.F.A. from the Department of in Art, Theory and Practice at Northwestern University in 2016, and is currently artist in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center.

jen hill make Things with sound, image, music, video, objects, jokes, the internet, ideas, etc. their recent works express an obsessive interest in pursuing of the imaginary, the impossible, and the useless. they have a bachelors of music in composition from the university of north texas (2015) and are pursuing a masters of fine arts in sound art from the school at the art institute of chicago (2018).

Josh Hoglund directs collaboratively devised performance works. His performance, writing and video have been shown in Chicago at Links Hall, Defibrillator, The Nightingale, Mana Contemporary, The Studebaker Theater, The Prop Theater and elsewhere. Recent projects include On Blue By You, presented through Links Hall’s LinkUp Residency and in Rhinofest 2017. This fall he will be performing Tino Seghal’s Kiss at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Upcoming projects include a concert reading of Gertrude Stein’s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights (Rhinofest, January 2018), for which he is directing and composing original music.

Alain Jugnon has written for the theatre and has published essays and articles on Nietzsche, Artaud, and Bataille. He is the editor of Cahiers Artaud and the political and poetic journal La contre-attaque.

Douglas Kearney has published six books, most recently, Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016), winner of the CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry and silver medalist for the California Book Award (Poetry). BOMB says: “[Buck Studies] remaps the 20th century in a project that is both lyrical and epic, personal and historical.” M. NourbeSe Philip writes that Kearney’s collection of libretti, Someone Took They Tongues (Subito, 2016), “meets the anguish that is english in a seismic, polyphonic mash-up that disturbs the tongue.” Kearney’s collection of writing on poetics and performativity, Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015), was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection that Publisher’s Weekly called “an extraordinary book.” Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in the Santa Clarita Valley and teaches at CalArts.

Devin King is the co-director of Sector 2337 and the poetry editor for the Green Lantern Press. He teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Caroline McCraw is a writer and artist based in Chicago.

Nathanaël is the author of more than a score of books written in English or in French. Her translations include works by Danielle Collobert, Édouard Glissant, Hervé Guibert, and Catherine Mavrikakis.

Dao Nguyen is an interdisciplinary artist who choreographs thought experiments, play apparatuses, obstacle courses, and transformation rituals. A score becomes a map is a situation where objects, actions, and bodies encounter philosophical questions concerning representation, systems, and relations. She has exhibited and performed in backyards, bathrooms, stairwells, highways, and gallery spaces, including Defibrillator, the MCA, Sector 2337, Hyde Park Art Center, Sullivan Galleries, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Brea Art Gallery, The Foundry Arts Centre, and Irvine Fine Arts Center. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was Artist-in-Residence at ACRE, Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, In>Time Performance Festival 17, and Elsewhere: A Living Museum.

Sherae Rimpsey is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. She has exhibited her work in the U.S and internationally, most notably at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland; the Zentral Bibliothek in Zurich, Switzerland and National Library of Buenos Aires, Argentina as a contributing artist in Luis Camnitzer’s El Ultimo Libro – The Last Book project; and the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany where she was awarded the prestigious Solitude Fellowship. She is the recipient of a Philadelphia Foundation Grant, as a Flaherty Fellow and a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship and Residency. She has a BFA in Technology & Integrated Media with an emphasis in Visual Culture from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she currently teaches.

Matthew Sage is an aspiring non-specialist from the Mountain West living, teaching, and working in Chicago. He operates Patient Sounds, a private press record label and book publisher. He is fond of compost, bread rising, and reading landscapes. He has exhibited, performed and improvised works at MOMA PS1 in New York, Sullivan Galleries, The Block Museum, and The Comfort Station in Chicago, and at numerous DIY spaces, public parks, and rock venues across America.

Suzanne Stein’s publications and performance documents include The Kim Game, TOUT VA BIEN, and Passenger Ship. Recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Elderly and Best American Experimental Writing 2018; performance recordings are archived at PennSound. Other texts in the live, performative, and conceptual vein include Three-Way, HOLE IN SPACE, and Orphée. She is the founding editor, and for eight years was editor in chief, of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s online art and language magazine, Open Space. Together, Steve and Suzanne are the authors of DO YOUR OWN DAMN LAUNDRY, a manuscript documenting the 36 improvisational dialogues they performed together between 2011 and 2012.


Performances in The Hysterical Material

December 5, 2017

Join us at the SMART Museum (5550 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago, Illinois) on Tuesday, Dec 5 from 6-9pm and hear renowned poets Mina Pam Dick and Graham Foust along with the Nick Mazzarella Trio will perform selections of their work chosen in proximity to the Smart Museum of Art’s special exhibition The Hysterical Material.

Performed in the gallery and amongst works by Auguste Rodin and Bruce Naumann, the performances will expand and redirect a dialogue raised by the exhibition about emotion, its embodiment, and expression across human form, object, and in this case, text.

FREE, and open to the public. A reception follows the reading.

Presented in partnership with Chicago-based publishers Flood Editions and Sector 2337 + The Green Lantern Press.

Mina Pam Dick (aka Misha Pam Dick, Gregoire 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 Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere; it is included in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, (ed. TC Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson, Nightboat Books, 2013). Also a visual artist and wastrel philosopher, Dick hides out in New York City and runs off to Montreal.

Saxophonist and composer Nick Mazzarella has been described as “continuing the approach taken by like-minded trailblazing altoists like Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Henry Threadgill, Oliver Lake, and Gary Bartz” by “seek{ing} to embody the history of the music while pushing it forward into new realms” (Troy Dostert, All About Jazz). He has been a consistent presence in Chicago’s music scene since the early 2000s, where his continuous performance schedule has made an aesthetically unique contribution to the city’s rich culture of jazz and improvised music. His working trio and quintet have served as the primary vehicles for his endeavors as a composer and bandleader, while as a collaborator or sideman he has performed and recorded with such artists as Tomeka Reid, Joshua Abrams, Hamid Drake, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Avreeayl Ra, Rob Mazurek, and Makaya McCraven. Recordings of his original music have been released by Nessa Records, Clean Feed Records, International Anthem Recording Company, and Astral Spirits, and he has performed with his ensembles and as a solo artist throughout the United States and Scandinavia.

Graham Foust is the author of six books of poems, including Necessary Stranger (Flood Editions 2007) and Time Down to Mind (Flood Editions 2016). With Samuel Frederick, he has co-translated the final three volumes of the late German poet Ernst Meister, including Wallless Space (Wave Books 2014), which was short-listed for the American Literary Translators Association’s National Translation Award. He is Director of Undergraduate Studies in English at the University of Denver.


Trunk Show + No Coast Editions: In tandem with the Chicago Art Book Fair

November 18, 2017

On Saturday November 18, as part of the Chicago Art Book Fair, we invite you to a joint release of two projects by Trunk Show and No Coast Editions.

From 2013-2016, Trunk Show—a medium beat-up forest green 1999 Ford Taurus driven by Raven Falquez Munsell and Jesse Malmed—hosted three dozen exhibitions of commissioned artist bumper stickers. With the help of essayists Dana Bassett and Anthony Stepter, conversants Dan Miller and Davielle Lakind, designer Aaron Walker and testimonials by a caravan of anonymous and/or famous friends, the project is finding its way into book form. @trunkshowtogo

No Coast Editions presents its latest release of affordable artists’ multiples, this time featuring Danny Giles, Angela Fegan and No Coast/CABF co-founder Aay Preston-Myint. Together the three artists, with widely varying practices, present works that exhibit certain commonalities under the surface. Through print and sculpture, the artists each investigate how the replication and circulation of an image, particularly an image that serves to make one’s politics visible – functions in our cultural climate: what one of Fegan’s text-based works describes as “the echo chamber of false narratives.”


Duplicitous Materials: Closing Discussion + Performance for Coming of Age

November 18, 2017

Backyard bone meditation @ 1:15 / Panel discussion @ 2pm / Time capsule performance @ 3pm
Join us on Saturday afternoon, Nov 19th for a panel discussion with Giovanni Aloi, Rebecca Beachy, Caroline Picard, and Andrew Yang. Together they will discuss the significance of materials—bones, beehives, bird nests, or poems—that transition out of recognition. Is the “original” potency still embedded within these things? And what happens when they reassert themselves in an art context?
The afternoon will begin informally at 1pm with an outdoor bone meditation lead by Rebecca Beachy, followed by the panel discussion at 2pm in the main gallery. At 3pm, Beachy will patch the time capsule she installed in the gallery walls for the duration of the Coming of Age exhibition.

Giovanni Aloi is an art historian in modern and contemporary art. He studied History of Art and Art Practice in Milan and moved to London in 1997 to further his studies at Goldsmiths University where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Art History, a Master in Visual Cultures, and a Ph.D. on the subject of natural history in contemporary art. Aloi currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York and London, and Tate Galleries. He has curated art projects involving photography and the moving image is a BBC radio contributor, and his work has been translated in Italian, Chinese, French, Russian, Polish, and Spanish. His first book titled Art & Animals was published in 2011 and since 2006 he has been the Editor in Chief of Antennae, the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. 
Rebecca Beachy (b. Denver, 1982), is a recipient of both an MFA in Studio Arts and an MA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taught at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and currently teaches AP Material Studies, Contemporary Practices, and Sculpture at the Chicago High School for the Arts. Her sculptures, interventions and installations have been exhibited throughout Chicago and beyond, most recently traveling to Worpswede and Hamburg, Germany. Her writing has been published with the literary journal Puerto del Sol as well as various art catalogues and small publications in Chicago. As volunteer specimen preparator and educator, Beachy trained to demonstrate taxidermy to the public at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for the Chicago Academy of Sciences, Department of Collections.
Caroline Picard is a writer, publisher, and curator. Her writing has appeared in Artslant, ArtForum (critics picks), Flash Art International, and Paper Monument, among others. She is the Executive Director of The Green Lantern Press—a nonprofit publishing house and art producer in operation since 2005—and the Co-Director of Sector 2337, a hybrid artspace/bar/bookstore in Chicago. Fiction and comics appear under the name Coco Picard. Her first graphic novel, The Chronicles of Fortune, was published by Radiator Comics in 2017.
Andrew Yang  is an artist, scientist, and educator working across a range to media to explore the natural/cultural matrix. His projects have been exhibited from Oklahoma to Yokohama, including the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015) and solo exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2016). His writing can be found in publications including Leonardo, Biological Theory, Gastronomica, and Art Journal. He is an associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Alan Felsenthal, Geoffrey Hilsabeck, + Jennifer Nelson

November 17, 2017

On Friday, November 17th at 7pm, Alan Felsenthal, Geoffrey Hilsabeck and Jennifer Nelson will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.


Chicago Art Book Fair 2017

November 16, 2017

The Green Lantern Press is proud to present its wares at the first Chicago Art Book Fair (Nov 16-19th, 2017), located at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in downtown Chicago. Exhibit hours are Thursday, Nov 16: 6–9p (Opening/Preview) / Friday, Nov 17: 12–7p / Saturday, Nov 18: 11a–7p / Sunday, Nov 19: 12–6p.

See you there!

About the fair: The first Chicago Art Book Fair is dedicated to showcasing emerging directions and diverse legacies within small press arts publishing. The fair features an international group of over 100 arts publishers, small presses, book artists, comics artists, zinemakers and printmakers. The fair will take place over the course of three and a half days from November 16–19, and will also feature satellite programming and after parties. CABF is free and open to the public. Visit the CABF website for more details about the fair and its affiliated events.


Faith Wilding + Robin Deacon

November 11, 2017

On Saturday, November 11th at 7pm, Faith Wilding and Robin Deacon will give readings and have a conversation. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.


Alain Jugnon + Artaud in Amerika

October 27, 2017

On Friday, October 27th at 7pm Alain Jugnon, Nathanaël, Patrick Durgin and Alison James will give a reading. Following the reading will be a discussion on and around Artaud’s essays Postscript from Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society and Conclusion from To Have Done with the Judgment of God. Please contact (Devin at Sector.2337) for copies of the text.Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.


Folding and Unfolding: Graphics, Human Nature and Surprise: A Conversation

October 26, 2017

On Thursday, October 26th at 7pm cartoonist Anders Nilsen will be joined in conversation by Nadine Nakanishi and Nick Butcher of Sonnenzimmer for the release of two books: Nilsen’s Tongues Chapter One and Sonnenzimmer’s Café Avatar. The artists will each present their own new works and interview one another about the intersections of graphic design, book-making, human life and expression, and the particular strangeness of getting ideas across with pictures. Nilsen and Sonnenzimmer are each unusual exemplars of their mutual disciplines: both are at once highly respected practitioners in their chosen fields, as well as being noted iconoclasts and experimentalists. The conversation will be structured as a kind of game of reveals, injecting some of the unpredictability and surprise the artists have all fostered in their own work. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.


En Español: Poetry, Prose, and Polemics (Part of the Lit & Luz Festival)

October 19, 2017

On Thursday, October 19th at 7pm, Cristina Rivera Garza with Carla Faesler will give readings and conversation about poetry, gendered language, Juan Rulfo, and more. Daniel Borzutzky hosts. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free and co-sponsored by Make Magazine, The Green Lantern Press, and SAIC.


Jordan Scott, Nathanael Jones, + Dolly Lemke

October 13, 2017

On Friday, October 13th at 7pm, Jordan Scott, Nathanael Jones, and Dolly Lemke will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.


Matthew Reed Corey, Paula Cisewski, + Fred Schmalz

October 7, 2017

On Saturday, October 7th at 7pm Matthew Reed Corey, Paula Cisewski and Fred Schmalz will give a reading. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.


Mark Tardi, Chris Glomski, + Emily Martin

October 6, 2017

On Friday October 6th at 7pm, Mark Tardi, Chris Glomski, and Emily Martin will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.


Public Access Publication Launch

September 22, 2017

On Saturday, September 22nd at 7pm Abbye Churchill, Keeley Haftner, David Hall, Greg Ruffing, and Ellery Royston will launch Public Access. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

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