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Saturday, October 6 • 4:00pm - 5:20pm
LINE BY LINE: A Collaborative Performance

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Founded in 2005, Red Rover Series {readings that play with reading} features a diversity of renowned creative minds. Each Chicago-based event is designed as a reading experiment with some level of collaboration and/or audience participation. For the &NOW 2018 performance, the curators will devise an interactive collaboration so all &NOW participants have the opportunity to improvise in live space and time together. This session will involve writers reading with and to each other, creating careful choices about how to be together, communicate, make, take, and share space. Writers will determine their own entrance and exit points multiple times during the event in order to read their writing with and to each other, using each line of their writing to create new, collaborative work with the other participants. Red Rover Series has hosted similar large-scale readings for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2014), the MLA conference (2014), the &NOW festival (2015), and the New Orleans Poetry Festival (2018). The series has confirmed 18 collaborators for &NOW 2018 and will continue to recruit readers up to the time of the festival. Our goal is to foster innovative forms and aesthetic solidarities with this year’s &NOW community.

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Laura Goldstein

Laura Goldstein's first collection of poetry, loaded arc, was released by Trembling Pillow Press in 2013 and her second collection, awesome camera was published by Make Now Press in 2014. She has also published several chapbooks with vibrant small presses across the country, the most... Read More →
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Jennifer Karmin

Curator, Red Rover Series
Jennifer Karmin’s multidisciplinary work has transpired at festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets across the U.S., Cuba, Japan, Kenya, and Europe. Performance venues range from the Poetry Project, the Walker Art Center, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and Woodland... Read More →

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Harold Abramowitz

Charles R. Drew University
Harold Abramowitz’s books include Blind Spot, Not Blessed, Dear Dearly Departed, and Man’s Wars And Wickedness: A Book of Proposed Remedies & Extreme Formulations for Curing Hostility, Rivalry, & Ill-Will (with Amanda Ackerman). Harold co-edits the short-form literary press eohippus... Read More →
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Melissa Castro Almandina

Editor, Brown and Proud Press
Melissa Castro Almandina is a Xicana poet & artist from the South Side of Chicago. She’s an editor at Brown and Proud Press, a zine collective that serves to heal the POC community. She holds a residency at AMFM Gallery where she teaches poetry workshops. She released her zine of... Read More →

Toby Altman

Toby Altman is the author of Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017) and five chapbooks, including Security Theater (Present Tense Pamphlets, 2016) and Tender Industrial Fabric (Greying Ghost, 2015). His poems can or will be found in Colorado Review, Jubilat, Lana Turner, and other... Read More →

cris cheek

cris cheek is a transatlantic documentary performance writer, sound composer and photographer. He worked alongside Bob Cobbing and Bill Griffiths with the Consortium of London Presses in the mid 1970s to run a thriving open access print shop for indie poets. In 1981 he co-founded... Read More →

Olivia Cronk

Olivia Cronk is the author of Louise and Louise and Louise (The Lettered Streets Press, 2016) and Skin Horse (Action Books, 2012). With Philip Sorenson, she edits The Journal Petra. She lives in Chicago and teaches writing at Northeastern Illinois University.

Aja Couchois Duncan

Aja Couchois Duncan is a Bay Area educator, writer and coach of Ojibwe, French and Scottish descent. Her writing has been anthologized in Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House Press,) Bay Poetics (Faux Press) and Love Shook My Heart 2 (Alyson Press). Her debut collection... Read More →

Sara Goodman

Sara Goodman is a new media artist, poet, curator, VJ, and teacher working with new and old tech, forming lifelong friendships and collaborations based off of art-as- way-of-life life practice. She is drawn to pastoral landscapes, abstraction, meaning through repetition, science fiction... Read More →

Ian Hatcher

Ian Hatcher is a writer, vocalist, performer, and programmer whose work explores cognition in the context of digital systems. He has performed at Artists Space, e-flux, The Kitchen, Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg... Read More →
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Marcy Rae Henry

Marcy Rae Henry is a Latina born and raised in Mexican-America/The Borderlands. Her work has received a Chicago Community Arts Assistance Grant and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. Recent publications include writing and visual art in Newcity, FlowerSong Books’ Selena Anthology... Read More →
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Jose-Luis Moctezuma

Jose-Luis Moctezuma is a Mexican-American poet, translator, instructor, and editor. His poetry and criticism have been published in Jacket2, Chicago Review, Big Bridge, MAKE Magazine, PALABRA, FlashPoint, Cerise Press, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Spring Tlaloc Seance, was published... Read More →

Laura Mullen

Laura Mullen is the author of eight books: Complicated Grief was published in 2015. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in the anthologies Poesia Visual 5, and Ritual and Capital. An artist’s book, Verge (a collaboration with John David O’Brien) was produced in 2018, and... Read More →
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blake nemec

I'm a queer, transgender, writer, teacher, health care worker and sound artist who lives in Chicago. Sharing Plastic is my hybrid poetry & fiction book debut and I have long worked as a sound recordist in queer independent movies such as the documentary FREE CeCE! 

Soham Patel

University of Georgia, Athens
Soham Patel is a Kundiman fellow and an assistant editor at Fence and The Georgia Review. Her chapbooks include and nevermind the storm (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2013) New Weather Drafts (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2016), and in airplane and other poems (oxeye, 2018). She is... Read More →

Kenyatta Rogers

Kenyatta Rogers is a Cave Canem Fellow and has been twice awarded scholarships from the Breadloaf Writers' Conference. He has also been nominated twice for both Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes. His work has been previously published in or is forthcoming from Jubilat, Vinyl, Bat... Read More →

Melissa Severin

Melissa Severin is the author of Brute Fact and Atlas of Essential Monsters (dancing girl press, 2008 and 2017). Like Wallace Stevens and T.S. Eliot, she’s a poet with a day job (comparisons stop there). In her career, she uses her poetry skills to create meaningful marketing communications... Read More →

Philip Sorenson

Philip Sorenson is the author of two full-length collections, Of Embodies (Rescue Press, 2012) and Solar Trauma (Rescue Press, 2018), and a forthcoming shorter work, New Recordings (Another New Calligraphy, 2018). He is the co-editor, with Olivia Cronk, of The Journal Petra.
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Connie Voisine

Professor, New Mexico State University
Author most recently of "And God Created Women" and "The Bower."

Terri Witek

Terri Witek is the author most recently of The Rape Kit, winner of the 2017 Slope Editions Prize judged by Dawn Lundy Martin. Her poetry often traces the breakages between words and images, and she has collaborated with Brazilian visual artist Cyriaco Lopes (cyriacolopes.com) since... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 4:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
131 DeBartolo Hall