Another “Hug From a Large Man for a Long Time, part VI”

As promised, here are a few more photos of our current installation at the Chicago Hostel. The work is Amanda Beekhuizen’s prose poem, “A Hug From a Large Man for a Long Time, part VI” and will be up and running for a few more days. If you’re in Chicago, make sure to check it out before we have to move to our next installation.

We particularly like the floating effect that the hostel’s curtains lend our LED display, as if the poetry simply emanates from the window. From a distance though, it is just one of many LED signs fighting for one’s attention – it takes a closer look to distinguish it from the landscape of commerce and transportation.

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January’s Writer

Happy New Year to our readers! We are celebrating the end of 2015 and the start of 2016 with the writing of Amanda Beekhuizen. Her prose poem, A Hug From a Large Man for a Long Time, part VI, will be up and running on January 4th at the H.I. Chicago Hostel.

Amanda Beekhuizen is an artist, bookmaker, and educator based in Tucson, Arizona. She earned an MFA in Craft at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon, in 2015, and a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in English at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, in 2010. She has taught at Yavapai College, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and at the Tucson Community Print Shop.

While she primarily works in the form of the book, she is equally concerned with the content of the books and their physical form. The content is generated through writing (mostly short vignettes about everyday occurrences that gather meaning when grouped together), action and documentation of that action (engaging in repeated action or building sculpture and interacting with it to make photographs and videos that later turn up in books), and a craft-based creative practice (an example of this: How would I embed a rock into a book? What would it mean?). Ultimately, her process is one of creating meaning through making.

Congratulations, Amanda!

“The Dragon Imelda” at Genesis Art Supply

Earlier today we installed our December publication, The Dragon Imelda, by Cecilia Pinto at Genesis Art Supply. (Then we spent a fair amount of time walking around and look at art supplies!)

Don’t worry if you’re not an artist, Cecilia’s short story is well worth the trip, and it will be up in the front window for the next 3 weeks!

Please enjoy these photos from earlier this evening.

December Installation at Genesis Art Supply

At long last we can announce that we will wrap the year up at Genesis Art Supply!

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Genesis Art Supply is a local business now located on Elston, just West of Damen. They’re also the brick and mortar store behind artsupply.com. They’re the place to go for airbrush supplies especially, but they have a nice selection for all sorts of art-making.

Beginning Sunday, Cecilia Pinto’s Piece, The Dragon Imelda, will be up for about 3 weeks. You’ll have plenty of time to catch it as you do your holiday shopping for the artists in your life.

Genesis Art Supply is located at .
Click here for a map.

Their hours are as follows:
Monday-Friday 9:00-8:00Saturday 9:00-7:00
Sunday 10:00-6:00

December’s Writer

We are pleased to announce that our December writer is Cecilia Pinto, who will be sharing her prose piece, The Dragon Imelda. We will be installing her work this weekend. We will announce the location on our site very soon, so make sure to check back.

In the meantime, congratulations to Cecilia!

Cecilia Pinto is a writer working in various genres and have published fiction, poetry and non-fiction. She is a graduate of the writing program at the School of the Art Institute and teaches writing at the Chicago High School for the Arts.

November’s Installation at Uptown Bikes

On November 1st we will be installing Racquel Malone’s poem, FallopianOde, at Uptown Bikes.

We are so happy to have found a great partner in the neighborhood that Malone requested, and a location that is so easy to get to! We are also proud to partner with a women-owned business to present this particular poem.

Uptown Bikes is right across the street from the Wilson Red Line stop, and only a few blocks from the Lawrence stop.

Uptown Bike’s address is 4653 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640.
Click here for a map.

No doubt many of you already know Uptown Bikes for their reliable repairs, good bikes, and loads of accessories. Now you can add poetry to that list!

Check back here soon for photos, but don’t miss your chance to see the real thing!

Uptown Bikes’ hours are:
Mon-Tues-Thur-Fri: 11AM-7PM
Sat-Sun: 11AM-5PM
Wed:Closed

November’s Writer

We have selected our winning writer for November. Congratulations to Racquel Malone!

Racquel Malone is a Chicago native and writer of poetry, screen + stage plays and songs. She studied theatre and media at Northeastern Illinois University. She is currently working on a short film titled koko, at last and of course, more poetry. When not writing, Racquel works in various theatres across the city. She plans to start a media company in the very near future to give a much needed platform to writers everywhere.

Racquel’s poem, FallopianOde, will be up and running soon. Check back in a few days to find out where.

“Execution Points” at CMM Framing

Documenting “Execution Points” by Emily Parenti at CMM Framing was especially fun. The area was bustling on Friday evening, and we got to explain the project to plenty of curious onlookers.

Plus, we couldn’t be happier with our spot in the window. The salvaged wood backdrop and surrounding plants and cacti make for a great vignette, not to mention the incredible art and design pieces all over the walls.

The windows reflect some of Chicago’s most iconic buildings, which make for some fantastic overlays and juxtapositions because of the poem’s Chicago setting.

Come by and see it for yourself anytime through Sunday, October 25th!