Sunday, March 27, 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Catherine Wagner, cris cheek, Keith Tuma, Tom Orange
@ Dodge City, 917 U Street NW
Catherine Wagner's latest book is My New Job (Fence 2009), which Eileen Myles calls a "dirty adult notebook." From reviews: "Scurrilous, profane lyrics"¦perfect song." "Devastating poems." "At once cerebral and visceral." "Again, her magnetic vortex appears." "Boisterous, humorous, and menacing." Her earlier publications include Miss America and Macular Hole (both from Fence) and various chapbooks, most recently Bornt (Dusie) and Hole in the Ground (Slack Buddha). She lives in Ohio and teaches at Miami University.
Cris Cheek is a post punk British poet, artist, interdisciplinary performer and live writer. Born in London in 1955, he lived and worked there until the early 1990s. One early influence was working alongside Bob Cobbing at the Poetry Society and the Writers Forum group of poets who met with regularity there. In 1981 he was a co-founder of Chisenhale Dance Space and subsequently of Shinkansen with Ghislaine Boddington (body>data>space). Between 1994-2005 he was based in the most easterly English town of Lowestoft, before emigrating to the United States. His musical collaborations include Slant (a trio with Phillip Jeck and Sianed Jones). A large body of interdisciplinary performance writing was produced in collaboration with Kirsten Lavers under the author function Thing Not Worth Keeping. He taught on the Performance Writing course (1995-2002) at Dartington College of Arts where he was a Research Fellow in interdisciplinary text (2000-2002). He lives on the plateau of the southwest Ohio River Valley, with his son and is an associate professor at Miami University. Most recently published are the church, the school, the beer (Critical Documents, 2007) and part : short life housing (The Gig, 2009).
After 8 years working with the poetry community and adjunct teaching in Washington, DC followed by a year in Nashville, Tom Orange returned in 2008 to his home town of Cleveland, Ohio, where he works at the Brandt Gallery, teaches literature and writing at Cleveland State University, hosts various music and arts events and performs in the local experimental music scene. A selection from his Slack Buddha chapbook American Dialectics appears in Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing (edited by Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith, Northwestern University Press 2011).
Keith Tuma's publications include The Paris Hilton and a series of collaborations: Critical Path: Into the Bush (with cris cheek and Bill Howe as Three Little Heretics), Holiday in Tikrit (with Justin Katko), and All Our Futile Grief (with Billy Simms). His critical and companionable writing includes Fishing by Obstinate Isles: Modern and Postmodern British Poetry and American Readersand a forthcoming book of anecdotes, On Leave.