Wednesday, January 28, 2004

kari edwards & Ron Silliman 

February 7
1477- Utopianist Thomas More born, London, England
1741- Phantasmagoric painter Henry Fuseli born, Zurich, Switzerland
1812- British novelist Charles Dickens born, Portsmouth, England
1986- Playboy dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier flees Haiti

February 7, 2004
La Tazza Reading Series presents
kari edwards & Ron Silliman
La Tazza
108 Chestnut St. Philly
7pm cocktail hour
readings start 8pm sharp

kari edwards is a poet, artist and gender activist, winner of New Langton Art's Bay Area Award in literature (2002), author of iduna, O Books (2003), a day in the life of p. , subpress collective (2002), a diary of lies - Belladonna #27 by Belladonna Books (2002), and post/(pink) Scarlet Press (2000). she is also the poetry editor I.F.G.E's Transgender - Tapestry: a International Publication on Transgender issues. hir work has been exhibited throughout the united states, including denver art museum, new orleans contemporary art museum, university of california-san diego, and university of massachusetts - amherst. edwards' work can also be found in Scribner's The Best American Poetry 2004 (fall, 2004), Experimental Theology, Public Text 0.2., Seattle Research Institute (2003), Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard, Painted Leaf Press (2000), Aufgabe, Mirage/Period(ical), Van Gogh's Ear, Fulcrum: an annual of poetry and aesthetics, Pom2, Shearsman, and The International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies.

Ron Silliman has written and edited 25 books to date, including the anthology In the American Tree. Since 1979, Silliman has been writing a poem entitled The Alphabet. Volumes published thus far from that project have included ABC, Demo to Ink, Jones, Lit, Manifest, N/O, Paradise, (R), Toner, What and Xing. Cuneiform Press will publish Woundwood, a section of VOG, in 2004. Other poems from VOG have appeared (or will appear) in the anthologies Best Poems of 2002 &
Best Poems of 2004. Silliman was a 2003 Literary fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, a 2002 Fellow of the Pennsylvania Arts Council as well as a Pew Fellow in the Arts in 1998. He lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two sons, and works as a market analyst in the computer industry. His weblog has been visited nearly 100,000 times since it began in August 2002.

Upcoming Readings:

2.21- John Coletti presents a Joseph Ceravolo tribute reading
3.6- Kaia Sand & Samuel Delany
3.20- Mark Salerno & Barbara Cole

Reading Report:

CA Conrad did his Jack Spicer impersonation to introduce Brenda Coultas. Brenda's newer work is an investigative ghost hunt, poems that stay in haunted rooms looking for evidence. She also did a cut-up performance of The Lottery, a new narrative threaded by paper strips stirred in a basket.

Charlie O'Hay's poems continually arrived at places that no longer exist. He had us smelling burnt Centralia & left us with a headstone scribble that will live in infamy.


Friday February 6, 2004, 7pm
Friends Center, 15th and Cherry Sts, Philadelphia

Nora Castañeda- "Creating a caring economy in Venezuela "
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Nora Castañeda was appointed by President Hugo Chavez to head the Women's Development Bank of Venezuela when he agreed to women's demand for a bank as a way of funding reforms to benefit the poorest families and communities. She says: "The economy must be at the service of human beings, not human beings at the service of the economy. We want to create an economy based on cooperation and mutual support, a caring economy."
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Ms. Castañeda's US tour is coordinated by the Global Women's Strike with the support of the Venezuelan Embassy.

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See you on the 7th.

Frank Sherlock

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