Writers Guild Spoken Word Series

  • February 1, 2023
  • Backspace Gallery
  • 112 W 6th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
  • 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Free

OPEN MIC following the features
BEER & WINE available for purchase

Join us for our first in-person event in this series since 2020!
6pm EST
featuring John Burroughs, Joan Hawkins, and music by ORTET
open mic to follow

Sponsored in part by the Indiana Arts Commission, Bloomington Arts Commission, and the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association

JOHN BURROUGHS of Cleveland is the 2022-2023 U.S. Beat Poet Laureate. He also served for two years as Ohio's Beat Poet Laureate. Burroughs is the author of Rattle & Numb: Selected and New Poems, 1992-2019 (2019, Venetian Spider Press) and almost twenty poetry chapbooks. He has also curated several regular reading series in the Greater Cleveland area. Since 2008, he has served as the founding editor of Crisis Chronicles Press, publishing over 120 titles by vital independent voices from across the U.S. and beyond. Find him at crisischronicles.com.

JOAN HAWKINS is Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at IU Bloomington. She has written extensively on horror and the avant-garde, and is best known for her books Cutting Edge: Art Horror and the Horrific Avant-garde, and the noir memoir School & Suicide. Her creative work has also appeared in Sand, The Ryder, Avalanches of Poetry, Fevers of the Mine and n+1. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her cat.

ORTET explores the grey area between free jazz and modern classical music, with tunnels leading in virtually any direction one can imagine.
Marty Belcher: saxophones, live processing
Tony Brewer: sharky, Foley table, voice
Norbert Herber: woodwinds, electronics
Chris Rall: saxophones, turntable, piano, lap steel, modular synth
Joe MF Stone: drums, samples, voice

Writers Guild Spoken Word Series