Evelyn Reilly: September 11, 2014

In Reading Alerts on August 25, 2014 at 4:26 pm


*Updated with photos from night of the reading*

A Reading by Evelyn Reilly

Thursday, September 11, 8:00 pm

Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative
426 W. Gilman
Madison, WI 53703

Evelyn Reilly’s books of poetry include Apocalypso and Styrofoam, both published by Roof Books, as well as Fervent Remnants of Reflective Surfaces, from Portable Press at Yo Yo Labs, and Hiatus, from Barrow Street Press. Essays and poetry have recently appeared in Omniverse, the Eco-language ReaderInterdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and Verse, as well as the &NOW Awards2The Best Innovative Writing and The Arcadia Project: Postmodernism and the Pastoral. An interview with the writer is included in Andy Fitch’s Sixty Morning Talks, published by Ugly Duckling Presse. Reilly has taught at St. Marks Poetry Project and the Summer Writing Program of Naropa University, and has been a curator of the Segue Reading Series in New York City.

Read a selection of Reilly’s work online.

Evelyn Reilly


Douglas Kearney: May 3

In Reading Alerts on April 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm


A Reading by Douglas Kearney

Saturday, May 3, 7:00 pm

Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative
426 W. Gilman
Madison, WI 53703

Poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney‘s second, full-length collection of poetry, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was Catherine Wagner’s selection for the National Poetry Series. Red Hen Press published Kearney’s third collection, Patter, in March 2014. He has received fellowships at Cave Canem, Idyllwild, and others. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including Poetry, nocturnes, Pleiades, Callaloo, and The Ninth Letter. His produced operas include Sucktion, Mordake, and Crescent City. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts, where he received his MFA in Writing (2004).



Rob Halpern: April 4, 2014

In Reading Alerts on February 18, 2014 at 8:47 am

Rob Halpern

A Reading & Discussion*
w/ Rob Halpern

Friday, April 4, 7:00 pm

Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative
426 W. Gilman
Madison, WI 53703

Rob Halpern’s writing activates a lyric voice shot-through with linguistic debris and media fallout. In the confusion of our current geo-political conflicts, his poems make the fatal abstractions of crisis audible—finance, militarization, war—by implicating the lyric voice in the materialization of those abstractions. Halpern’s most recent book, Music for Porn, moves across the landscape of battlefields and homoerotic affect in an encompassing engagement of desire and death (from Eastern Michigan’s website and Nightboat Books). Halpern is faculty in the Creative Writing Department at Eastern Michigan University. He received his Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2006), where he wrote a dissertation on the prehistory of literary modernism in nineteenth-century France. For more, see Rob Halpern’s bio and this interview, where Halpern discusses his work’s relation to “somatics.”

At this event, Halpern will read from various works, including new work related to Guantanamo Bay detainees.

*In preparation for the post-reading discussion, some folks will be meeting to discuss Music for Porn and an essay Rob has shared with us.  The meeting will be Sunday, March 30 at 7pm. Please feel free to email avitale (at) wisc (dot) edu for the location and the readings.


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