Monthly Archive for February, 2008

Gregory Kiewiet reads from his new book of poetry In the Company of Words.

Mar ’08
7:00 pm

What people are saying about In the Company of Words:

“Closely watched scenes; ringing shifts, gaps; breathtaking progressions, appear in and make up Gregory Kiewiet’s remarkable collection. This book reverberates. It beautifully provokes, moves, even unsettles.”  Lynn Crawford

“To seek the company of words is to cultivate the silence in which language speaks. It is as much a matter of listening as of writing, and a willingness to think with words as they exist. In their wry compassion for “a world that needs no introduction” and their fierce humility in the face of its “barbed wire hang-ups,” these poems compel and reward our attention.”  Ted Pearson

“There are brilliant traceries in these structures – the poem as filament, the poem as grid. Within them a keen interplay between the abstract and the pointedly concrete. Much of the work of language here goes on in the synapse, in the gap between losses, distances, political “things” at work, climates and unnamed cultural weather, the sudden detail, tatters of conversation, something overheard . . . these themes or movements carried through in an impressive variety of forms and approaches: at first this variety is disarming, but the altercations between stripped and scattered structures and established devices, between the word-driven lyric and something like the memory narrative (done ever so lightly), between translations and poems conceived by the author in Dutch and rendered then into English, becomes at last, by a kind of wonderful accetion, an intriguing and appealing collection, something to be picked up and carried around.”  Edward Haworth Hoeppner

Gregory Kiewiet recieved his B. A. in English and Art History from Oakland University (Rochester, MI) and M. A. in English (Creative Writing) from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI) – he is currently pursueing an MFA in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Previous work has appeared in  Dispatch Detroit, Graffiti Rag, Woodward Magazine, and Box.

Jessica Hagy presents Indexed at Quimby’s!

Mar ’08
7:00 pm

Jessica Hagy is a different kind of thinker. She has an astonishing talent for visualizing relationships, capturing in pictures what is difficult for most of us to express in words.

At, she posts charts, graphs, and Venn diagrams drawn on index cards that reveal in a simple and intuitive way the large and small truths of modern life.

Praised throughout the blogosphere as “brilliant,” “incredibly creative,” and “comic genius,” Jessica turns her incisive, deadpan sense of humor on everything from office politics to relationships to religion. With new material along with some of Jessica’s greatest hits, Indexed is an utterly unique book will thrill readers who demand humor that makes them both laugh and think.

About the Author
Jessica Hagy is a freelance copywriter. She has won a Silver Clio, Creative Best Award from the Columbus Society for Communication Arts, and more than a dozen ADDY awards for her writing. Her blog, Indexed, was named a 2007 Webby Awards Honoree and was a recent addition to the BBC Magazine online.

Jessica will read and present some of her Venn diagrams and possibly do some drawing live. She will also sign copies of her book.

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THE2NDHAND Release Event

Mar ’08
7:00 pm

The 2ndHand Release Event with Jill Summers, Lauren Pretnar, Ling Ma and Chris Bower at Quimby’s!

We at THE2NDHAND are celebrating the release of our 27th print broadsheet with readings by Jill Summers, Lauren Pretnar, Ling Ma and Chris Bower. All Hosted by the inimitable C.T. Ballentine

Jill Summers‘ audio fiction has been featured by Chicago Public Radio, the Third Coast International Audio Festival and New Adventures in Sound Art. She lives and writes in Chicago.

Chris Bower is a playwright and fiction writer who contributes to THE2NDHAND.

Ling Ma is the Reads Editor of Venus Zine. She divides her time between New York and Chicago, both cities in which she roams the streets, still goes to the cinema, and otherwise leads a sedentary lifestyle of freelance assignments and writing fiction.

Lauren Pretnar holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the city in which she lives and writes. In addition to various reviews and other published work, certain of her plays have seen stage time at the Pac/Edge fest and at Prop Thtr.

Cristin O’Keefe reads Words in Your Face at Quimby’s!

Mar ’08
7:00 pm

Join us for a book signing and reading for WORDS IN YOUR FACE: A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH TWENTY YEARS OF THE NEW YORK CITY POETRY SLAM by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz.

The first definitive history of one of the 21st century’s most explosive art movements, Words In Your Face explores the birth, growing pains and continuing development of the Poetry Slam. Spoken word icons such as Saul Williams, Maggie Estep, Bob Holman and John S. Hall join scores of other poets, organizers, filmmakers, scholars and critics in bringing the story of the New York City Poetry Slam movement to life.

Author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz tells the story of slam’s origins in the roofless, unheated Nuyorican Poets Cafe and then traces the explosive growth of slam as the media pick up on the trend–MTV’s Unplugged begins to feature slam poets; PBS runs the mini-series The United States of Poetry, produced by then-Nuyorican impresario, Bob Holman; Lollapalooza adds a spoken word tent; and Holman also launches a spoken word label with Mercury Records.

Aptowicz shows how, rather than depend on the fickle media for continued support, Slam instead deepens and broadens organically, avoiding the flash-in-the-pan flame-out of, say, the grunge scene. The author also establishes a relationship between the poetry slam world and the academic poetry world, encouraging interaction between academia and slammers, especially the poets of color, the youth slammers and the burgeoning hip hop poetry scene. She also shows how the scene has created the only non-academic way to make a living as a poet, as many poets are able to quit the day job through the opportunities created from touring, publishing, performing, audio downloads and matures to where it is a key component of educational initiatives and political campaigns.

CRISTIN O’KEEFE APTOWICZ is the author of four books of poetry–Dear Future Boyfriend, Hot Teen Slut, Working Class Represent and Oh, Terrible Youth–and is the founder the three-time National Poetry Slam Championship venue, NYC-Urbana. Aptowicz has enjoyed commissioned residencies with Chamber Dance in NYC and the Sydney Opera House in Australia, and has toured with her work throughout North America and Australia. She lives in New York City.

Also slated to perform:
SHAPPY SEASHOLTZ is a slam poet, comedian, nerd, playwright, actor, bartender and — most importantly of all — former employee of Quimby’s. He is a National Poetry Slam champion, has appeared on the third season of HBO’s “Def Poetry” and is the author of six books of poetry, including the Firecracker Award-winning, Little Book of Ass.