The Body in Language: An Anthology Event – Jaap Blonk, Daniel Borzutzky, Jennifer Karmin, Judd Morrissey + Jennifer Scappettone

Join Red Rover Series to celebrate The Body In Language: An Anthology, published by Counterpath Press and edited by Edwin Torres. This book collects an extraordinary range of voices to present new perspectives on the body in art by exploring the body in language.

Tonight we’ll feature contributors Daniel Borzutzky and Judd Morrissey from Chicago, and internationally-reknown sound poet/performer Jaap Blonk from The Netherlands. Joining them will be local writers Jennifer Karmin and Jennifer Scappettone.

“If you, like me, have ever wondered what an embodied poetics might look like, you’ll be astounded by the lucidity of this anthology’s fifty-six different takes on the question. Here, the body is beheld from all possible angles in all its multiplicity. It’s your turn now to re-animate their traces.” – Monica de la Torre

“In The Body in Language, Edwin Torres collects the uncollectible, the range and arrangement of which is as much a lyric achievement as any of the poems it holds and, then, so beautifully, releases. Like a body wholly body but no such thing—because it is numerous and luminous and cool and uncontained.” – Fred Moten

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
7p doors, event 7:30-9:30
$5 sugg.don.

1550 N Milwaukee Ave Fl3
Chicago, IL 60622


∆ Jaap Blonk (born 1953 in the Netherlands) is a self-taught composer and poet. His unfinished studies in mathematics and musicology mainly created a penchant for activities in a Dada vein, as did several unsuccessful jobs in offices and other well-organized systems. In the early 1980s he discovered the power and flexibility of his voice, and set out on a long-term research of phonetics and the possibilities of the human voice. At present, he has developed into a specialist in the creation and performance of sound poetry, supported by a powerful stage presence. He performs and gives workshops worldwide on a regular basis.

∆ Daniel Borzutzky is the author of Lake Michigan, finalist for the 2019 Griffin International Poetry Prize; The Performance of Becoming Human, which received the 2016 National Book Award. His other books include In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy (2015); Memories of my Overdevelopment (2015); and The Book of Interfering Bodies (2011). His translation of Galo Ghigliotto’s Valdivia received the 2017 ALTA National Translation Award. He has translated books by other Chilean poets, including Raúl Zurita and Jaime Luis Huenún. He teaches in the English and Latin American and Latino Studies Departments at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

∆ 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. Her books include the text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice and The Sexual Organs of the IRS, a collaboration with Bernadette Mayer.  She teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and has been a Visiting Writer at Naropa University, Oberlin College, California Institute of the Arts, plus a myriad of sites.  Since 2005, she has curated the Red Rover Series and often led ensembles of poets improvising together.


Judd Morrissey is a writer and code artist who creates poetic systems across a range of platforms incorporating electronic writing, internet art, live performance, and augmented reality. He is co-founder of the performance collective, Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-r), and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

∆ Jennifer Scappettone ( works at the crossroads of poetry, research, translation, and transmedia literary arts. Her books include Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice and the poetry collections From Dame Quickly and The Republic of Exit 43: Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump. Her translations of the polyglot poet and refugee from Fascist Italy Amelia Rosselli were collected in Locomotrix. An interest in language’s materiality and its material consequences in our public and private lives has led her to verbal amalgamations encompassing assemblage, electronic media, painting, dance. She teaches at the University of Chicago.

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