IN>TIME 13: ON INTIMACY AND ORIGIN: Betraying Blackness II

ON INTIMACY AND ORIGIN: Betraying Blackness II
Black Took Collective (Duriel E. Harris, Dawn Lundy Martin, Ronaldo V. Wilson)

All Black Took Collective events in Chicago

February 23rd 7:00 pm
1550 N Milwaukee Ave Fl 3

Red Rover Series

Curated by Laura Goldstein & Jennifer Karmin
$5 suggested donation

{readings that play with reading}
Founded in 2005, each Red Rover event is designed as a reading experiment with participation by local, national, and international writers, artists, and performers.  One of Chicago’s premier literary series, the over sixty events have featured a diversity of renowned creative minds.

Black Took Collective (Duriel E. Harris, Dawn Lundy Martin, Ronaldo V. Wilson) is a group of Black post-theorists who perform and write in hybrid experimental forms, embracing radical poetics and cutting-edge critical theory about race, gender, and sexuality.

ON INTIMACY AND ORIGIN: Betraying Blackness II is a multi-media performance exploring the Black Took Collective’s interrogations of a black unconscious. Using written and aural language, sound, video, and images, the members of the collective enact poetries of inquiry that engage (and challenge) the psyche’s making of racial consciousness by conceptualizing unconsciousness. In so doing, the members of BTC will expose their poetic processes and poetries-in-the-making, moving through poetries predicated on the conditions of blackness into meditations on the multiple factors that inspire our imaginations.

Duriel E. Harris is the author of Drag (Elixir Press, 2003) and Amnesiac: Poems (Sheep Meadow Press, 2010). A poet, performer, sound artist and scholar, Harris has been awarded grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and post-doctoral residencies at the University of Illinois Chicago and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Co-founder of the Black Took Collective and Contributing Editor for Spoon River Poetry Review, she is a member of Douglas Ewart and Inventions free jazz ensemble. Harris is an associate professor of English and teaches creative writing, literature, and poetics at Illinois State University.

Dawn Lundy Martin’s first full-length collection, A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press, 2007), was selected by Carl Phillips for the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Discipline, won the 2009 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize, chosen by Fanny Howe (Nightboat Books, 2011). Martin is co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation in New York, a national grant making organization led by young women and transgender youth, which focuses on social justice activism. She is currently an assistant professor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010. Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry, Fiction and Literature in the Literature Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz. His latest book, Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other, is forthcoming from Counterpath Press in 2013.

Red Rover Series
Co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Programs at Columbia College Chicago
Co-sponsored by Creative Writing at the University of Chicago
Co-sponsored by The Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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