Thursday, September 6, 2012

SUNDAY, September 9th 2012, 7pm

On Sunday, September 9th, 2012, at 7pm, THE JUBILANT THICKET LITERARY SERIES features poetry by Geoffrey Olsen & Larry Sawyer, memoir by Janet Mason, & performance by Chana Porter.

GEOFFREY OLSEN lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is the author of the chapbooks Not of Distends * Address Panicked (Minutes Books, 2011) and End Notebook (Petrichord Books; 2008).
LARRY SAWYER has curated the Myopic Books Poetry Reading Series in Wicker Park, Chicago since 2005, and has hosted readings there nearly every weekend that have included poets such as Eileen Myles, Ron Silliman, Cole Swensen, and Bernadette Mayer, as well as many Chicago-area poets. He was chosen as Best Poet in Chicago by The Chicago Reader in its 2012 Best of Chicago Readers Poll. He is co-director of The Chicago School of Poetics ( Sawyer also edits milk magazine (since 1998) with Lina ramona Vitkauskas. Poetry and literary reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including Action Yes, Boston Review, The Chicago Tribune, Coconut, Court Green, Esque, Exquisite Corpse, Ploughshares, The Prague Literary Review (Czech Republic), Rain Taxi, Vanitas, VLAK (Czech Republic), and elsewhere. His work appeared in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (anthology, Cracked Slab Books, 2007). His collection Unable to Fully California (cover art by Krista Franklin) is available on Otoliths Press (Australia). Larry has read his work at venues such as the BONK! Reading and Performance Series in Racine, Wisconsin; the Chicago Printer’s Row Lit Fest; Columbia College Chicago; The Danny’s Tavern Reading Series in Chicago; The Hideout in Chicago; The Poetry Center of Chicago; Quimby’s Bookstore in Chicago; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee.

JANET MASON is an award winning writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry whose literary commentary is regularly featured on This Way Out, an international LGBT radio syndicate based in Los Angeles and aired on more than 400 radio stations in the U.S. and abroad. She is also a blogger for The Huffington Post. Her fiction has most recently been included in Certain Circuits Magazine, On Barcelona, and in Magnolia: A Journal of Women’s Literature.  Her chapbooks of poetry, include When I Was Straight (Insight To Riot Press) and a woman alone (Cycladic Press). Tea Leaves: a memoir of mothers and daughters was published by Bella Books in 2012.  Tea Leaves has been nominated by at least one of the participants in the American Library Association’s “Over the Rainbow” bibliography round table for inclusion in the 2012 ALA list of notable LGBT Books and is second on the Giovanni’s Room bestseller list.  You can visit her at

CHANA PORTER is a writer, theatre artist, yoga teacher and co-founder of AliveWire Theatrics, a company of artists dedicated to facilitating their own work.  Her plays include Leap and the Net Will Appear, Besharet, the musical Animal Hearts, and an adaptation of the novel The Dogs of Babel. Her work has been performed and developed at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, PS122’s 9th Space, Columbia University, Primary Stages, Dixon Place and the White Bear in London. She was named one of the Top 15 Movers and Shakers in 2011 by Its Queens magazine. Jam. Currently, Chana is collaborating on an original opera with the musician Autre Ne Veut and writing an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with Randolph Curtis Rand.

About her work:
“cuts through the barriers we erect that prevent us from living, from being authentic and loving.” -Suzanna Bowling, Times Square Chronicles
“absolutely astonishing.  Miraculous.  Completely original and captivating.”
-Craig Lucas 

This all happens, as usual, at The Moonstone Arts Center, 110A South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA.  Will be amazing -- please come.

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