Sunday, September 9, 7pm – Poetry
Jubilant Thicket Presents
Chana Porter, Janet Mason, Larry Sawyer, Geoffrey Olsen
Hosted by Deborah Morkun
Chana Porter is a writer, theatre artist, yoga teacher and co-founder of AliveWire Theatrics. Her plays include Leap and the Net Will Appear, Besharet, Animal Hearts, and The Dogs of Babel. Her work has been performed at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, PS122’s 9th Space, Columbia University, Primary Stages, Dixon Place and the White Bear in London. She was named one of the Top 15 Movers and Shakers in 2011 by Its Queens magazine. Currently, Chana is collaborating on an original opera with the musician Autre Ne Veut and writing an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Randolph Curtis Rand. – “cuts through the barriers we erect that prevent us from living, from being authentic and loving.” –Suzanna Bowling, Times Square Chronicles – “absolutely astonishing. Miraculous. Completely original and captivating.” – Craig Lucas
Janet Mason is an award winning writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry whose literary commentary is regularly featured on This Way Out, an international LGBT radio syndicate aired on more than 400 radio stations and she is a blogger for The Huffington Post. Her fiction has most recently been included in Certain Circuits Magazine, On Barcelona, and in Magnolia: A Journal of Women’s Literature. Her chapbooks include When I Was Straight and a woman alone. Tea Leaves: a memoir of mothers and daughters was published in 2012. Tea Leaves has been nominated for inclusion in the 2012 ALA list of notable LGBT Books and is second on the Giovanni’s Room bestseller list. You can visit her at www.amusejanetmason.com.
Larry Sawyer has curated the Myopic Books Poetry Reading Series in Chicago that have included poets such as Eileen Myles, Ron Silliman, Cole Swensen, and Bernadette Mayer. He was chosen as Best Poet in Chicago by The Chicago Reader in its 2012 Best of Poll, he is co-director of The Chicago School of Poetics and edits milk magazine with Lina ramona Vitkauskas. Larry has appeared in publications including Action Yes, Boston Review, The Chicago Tribune, Coconut, Court Green, Esque, Exquisite Corpse, Ploughshares and in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century and has read at venues including: BONK! In Racine, Wisconsin; the Chicago Printer’s Row Lit Fest; Columbia College; The Danny’s Tavern Reading Series; The Hideout; The Poetry Center of Chicago; Quimby’s Bookstore; The School of the Art Institute; and Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee.
Geoffrey Olsen lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is the author of the chapbooks Not of Distends, Address Panicked and End Notebook.