We’re so grateful to Belli’s Chicago in Pilsen for hosting our project in their wonderful juicebar and market. We took advantage of the cloudy day to bring you a few photos (posted below) from this morning’s installation. Ruby Figueroa’s piece, Cancer Baby Girl, will be up for the next three weeks right on 18th and Allport.
Given the full moon, it seemed like an appropriate time to photograph Lambent again. That’ll make sense to those of you who have read the poem, which will stay up at Women and Children First through the end of the month.
If you’re in Chicago, then go out and read Lambent, by Chicago writer Laura Knickelbine, under the full moon for yourself. Otherwise you’ll have to wait another week for us to archive it online.
We once again braved the cold to bring you some photos of our current installation, Laura Knickelbine’s poem, Lambent. As you can see, we are lucky to share the window with a fantastic selection of important books as well as an impressive list of upcoming events.
Even with this weather, you will be glad you took the time to go and read Lambent! February is a short month, so don’t wait… but don’t worry it is a Leap Year.
Today we installed a new poem, Lambent, by Laura Knickelbine, at Women and Children First. Lambent is a short poem – we didn’t even get cold as we programmed the display through the window from outside – but it’s beautiful and sure to stick with you! If you’re familiar with this amazing feminist bookstore, then you’ll know why Laura requested to have her work shown there, and you probably would have guessed that they would generously throw their support behind a community-based publishing project like ours. We are so grateful and excited to share their window space this month.
You can find our installation in Andersonville, at 5233 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640.
Of course, Laura’s piece will be scrolling on 24/7, but if you want to check out some other literature while you’re there, then make sure to show up during business hours:
Here’s a bit more about Women and Children First (from their website):
Women & Children First began in a modest storefront in 1979. Over the years we’ve moved twice and are now in a northside Chicago neighborhood known for its diversity, queer-friendliness, women-owned businesses and community spirit. Our staffers include teachers, graduate students, professional writers and storytellers, political activists, board members, and poets. Each of us is a reader, a feminist, and a bookseller. Our purpose in beginning the store 36 years ago was to promote the work of women writers and to create a place in which all women would find books reflecting their lives and interests. We strive to do this in an atmosphere in which all are respected, valued, and well-served. That is our purpose still, online as well as in the store.
Writers, you still have until Friday, the 5th to send us your work to be considered for our March installation. Send us poetry or prose under 500 words and you could be the next author to grace our LED display!
Check out our Submissions page for details.
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.
We certainly found a visible place for Amanda Beekhuizen’s piece. We had to keep our first round of documentation short because of the cold, but not too short to see plenty of passers by slow down on their daily commutes and make some time for literature.
The covered location makes this installation especially easy to read during the day, so we’ll be going back for more photographs soon. In the meantime, we are pleased to know that the phrase “I am a burrito” is streaming across that little screen hundreds of times each day (but you should really come read the rest of it to find out how that fits within a very beautiful poem).
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.
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.
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