Tag Archive for 'Anders Nilsen'

Off-Site: Quimby’s Selling Anders Nilsen’s Poetry Is Useless at Poetry Magazine Release Party at the Poetry Foundation

Jul ’15
6:30 pm

PoetrySummertime_Final_webDon’t miss Quimby’s at the launch party celebrating the newest issues of Poetry magazine, its contributors, readers, and the poetry curious. The POETRY Summertime PARTY, celebrating Poetry magazine’s June and July/August 2015 issues, features readings and visual presentations from contributors Erika L. Sánchez, Amy Newman, and Anders Nilsen—followed by a “useless” Q & A with Poetry editors Fred Sasaki and Lindsay Garbutt and a performance by musical guest KSRA. Quimby’s will be there selling issues of Poetry Mag as well as Anders Nilsen’s new book Poetry Is Useless!

This free, all-ages bash features snacks from Lula Café, book sales courtesy of Quimby’s, and a GlitterGuts photobooth. Grab the newest issues of Poetry and take advantage of special subscription offers, plus a book signing with Anders Nilsen for his forthcoming title Poetry Is Useless. Performances begin at 7:00PM.

Amy Newman’s most recent books include On This Day in Poetry History (forthcoming) and Dear Editor (Persea Books, 2011). She teaches at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Her poem “Howl” appears in the July/August issue.

Anders Nilsen is the artist and author of, most recently, Poetry Is Useless (2015) and Rage of Poseidon (2013), both published by Drawn & Quarterly, and The End (Fantagraphics Books, 2013). His comics appear in the July/August’s “The View from Here” portfolio.

Erika L. Sánchez is a Fulbright Scholar, CantoMundo Fellow, and winner of a 2013 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her poem “Narco” appears in the June  issue.

With special musical guest KSRA. Producer, singer, and songwriter KSRA (pronounced que sera) is known for her performances featuring sampling and killer operatic soul vocals. Her single “Bad Habit,” featuring Talib Kweli, is available through her website, ksramusic.com.

Please note! This event is NOT at Quimby’s! It is at:

Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine

61 W Superior St, Chicago, Illinois 60654

More information at http://poet.ly/OoRVM

Facebook event page here.

Anders Nilsen Celebrates Big Questions at Lula Cafe with Quimby’s 8/30

Aug ’11
7:00 pm

Anders Nilsen’s graphic novel collection of Big Questions is coming out, and we’re going to celebrate with him at Lula Cafe on August 30th at 7pm.

A haunting postmodern fable, Big Questions is the magnum opus of Anders Nilsen, one of the brightest and most talented young cartoonists working today. This beautiful and minimalist story, collected here for the first time, is the culmination of ten years and over 600 pages of work that details the metaphysical quandaries of the occupants of an endless plain, existing somewhere between a dream and a Russian steppe. A downed plane is thought to be a bird and the unexploded bomb that came from it is mistaken for a giant egg by the group of birds whose lives the story follows. The indifferent and stranded pilot is of great interest to the birds–some doggedly seek his approval, while others do quite the opposite, leading to tensions in the group. Nilsen seamlessly moves from humor to heartbreak. His distinctive, detailed line work is paired with plentiful white space and large, often frameless panels, conveying an ineffable sense of vulnerability and openness.

Big Questions has roots in classic fable–the story’s birds and snakes have more to say than their human counterparts and there are hints of the classic hero’s journey, but the easy moral that closes most fables is left here as open and ambiguous. Rather than lending its world meaning, Nilsen’s parable lets the questions wander out to go where they will.

Paperback, 7.25 x 9.25, colour, 658 pages

Anders will be joined by John Porcellino of King-Cat Comics and Stories, and local fiction writer Kyle Beachy (The Slide) and Zak Sally (Like a Dog Recidivist, former bassist of Low, editor of La Mano Press).

Please note that this event is NOT AT QUIMBY’S!

It is at Lula Cafe which is at 2537 N. Kedzie Blvd, Chicago