MAKE Literary Productions and partners are proud to present the second annual Lit & Luz Festival—a one-of-a-kind series of events featuring renowned authors and visual artists from Chicago and Mexico City in cultural exchange and conversation. POESÍA/POETRY, detailed below, complements FICCIÓN/FICTION with Mario Bellatin, Brenda Lozano, and Adam Levin at Constellation, 1345 W 19th St, on November 19th, 7:30 PM.
Thursday, November 19th
ACRE PROJECTS, 1345 W 19th Street, 7 PM
Featuring Luis Felipe Fabre, Joyelle McSweeney, y Duriel E. Harris
Hosted by Daniel Borzutzky
en español e inglés
More on the participants:
Daniel Borzutzky‘s most recent publications include Memories of my Overdevelopment (Kenning Editions, 2015) and In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy (Nightboat, 2015) and a translation of Raúl Zurita’s The Country of Planks (Action Books, 2015). His work has been recognized by grants from the PEN American Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council.
Luis Felipe Fabre (1974) is a poet and critic based in Mexico City. He has published a volume of essays, Leyendo agujeros. Ensayos sobre (des)escritura, antiescritura y no escritura, and the poetry collections Cabaret Provenza, La sodomía en la Nueva España, and Poemas de terror y de misterio. He is the editor of two anthologies of contemporary Mexican poetry, Divinot tesoro andLa edad de oro, and Arte & basura, an anthology of Mario Santiago Papasquiaro’s poetry work. He has been curator of the Poesía en Voz Alta Festival and Todos los originales serán destruídos, an exhibition of contemporary art made by poets.
Duriel E. Harris is the author of two print collections Drag (2003) and Amnesiac: Poems (2010); as well as Speleology (2011), a video collaboration with artist Scott Rankin. She is a cofounder of the avant garde poetry/performance trio The Black Took Collective and poetry editor for Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora. She has been a MacDowell and Millay Colony fellow and has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Her work has appeared in numerous venues, including Mandorla, The & Now Awards, Ploughshares, Troubling the Line, and The Best of Fence; her work has also been translated into Polish, German, and Spanish. Harris earned degrees from Yale University and NYU, and a PhD from the University of Illinois. She is an associate professor of English at Illinois State University where she teaches creative writing, literature and poetics.
As a poet, prose writer, playwright, critic and publisher, Joyelle McSweeney is interested in the ways in which writing moves among genres, languages, media, and materials, from sound into language and back again. Her critical book, The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults (University of Michigan Poets on Poetry series, 2015) examines these concerns against a backdrop of goth/Anthropocene ecopoetics. Her scholarly, poetic and teaching interests include poetry, prose, drama, voice, sound, performance, genre, poetic, narrative and dramatic form, politics, media, violence, diction, translation, the Gothic and the necropastoral. Her play Dead Youth, or, the Leaks won the inaugural Leslie Scalapino Prize for Innovative Women Playwrights. McSweeney is the author of six books of poetry and prose, most of which also contain plays: Salamandrine, 8 Gothics (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2012); Percussion Grenade (Fence Books, 2012); Flet (Fence, 2008); Nylund, the Sarcographer(Tarpaulin Sky, 2007); The Commandrine (Fence, 2004); and The Red Bird, which was selected by Allen Grossman to inaugurate the Fence Modern Poets Series in 2001.