Category: Housework Readings

HOUSEWORK February 20th

HOUSEWORK is having a reading this Saturday with three brilliant local writers: Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Alex Smith and Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela. It will be great. Hope to see you there! The reading will start at 7pm at Chapterhouse (620 S. 9th St).

• Cyrée Jarelle Johnson is a black non-binary essayist and poet living and working in Philadelphia, PA. Cyree’s work explores femininity as resistance and rebellion, emerging femme thought, and community as a site of trauma. Their writing has appeared in digital and print outlets in the United States, Canada, and Europe including Feministing, Black Girl Dangerous, and most recently in the forthcoming Queerspawn Anthology.

• Alex Smith is a queer black activist, poet, dj, actor, musician, afro punk/afro-futurist chronicler of the naughty universe. Smith’s work speaks to the edge, to the post-fringe dystopia slowly creeping upon us. Too cantankerous and flamboyant for the Saul Williams wanna-be/def poetry set, too tribal for academia, Smith paints viral inscriptions for an audience of armed pixie insurrectionists. He is the founder and curator of the queer-empowered Laser Life sci-fi reading series, where he met his co-conspirators in Metropolarity, a sci-fi/speculative arts collective that uses the genre’s tropes for activism and transformative, visionary art. Selected by Rosarium Publishing for the anthology dedicated to the writing of Samuel Delany, Stories for Chip, it’s Alex’s flash fiction collection, “Gang Stalk Oprah“, with its lines hashed like an SAT-word injected SEPTA bus graffiti, and self-published sci-fi zine “Ark Dust” that will kidnap you, convert you, shoot you in the leg and then set you free.

• Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. And though she’s also paid some sort of rent in Lawrence, Detroit, D.C., Denver, Laramie, Havana and the Mexican state of Chiapas, Philadelphia has mostly been her home since 2000. Her poetry and prose has been supported by the work of The Leeway Foundation, Hedgebrook, Art Farm, Fancyland, VONA/Voices, Lambda, Make/shiftAs UsThe Rust Belt Rising, SolsticeAPIARY, Aster(ix), Big Bell and others. She is the founder of Thread Makes Blanket press and teaches at Community College of Philadelphia.

Housework @ Chapterhouse!

Continuing the tradition of Chapter & Verse poetry readings at Chapterhouse is HOUSEWORK
This Saturday, November 14th we’ll be having a reading at 8pm with Jim Cory, Michael Cavuto and Fan Wu. Fan is a wonderful poet and translator and is taking the long bus ride down from Toronto. Hope to see you there!
• Jim Cory’s most recent publication is No Brainer Variations, (2011, Rain Mountain Press, NYC). He has been the editor of several important poetry selections (Packing Up for Paradise, selected poems of James Broughton, Black Sparrow, and Jubilant Thicket, selected poems of Jonathan Williams, Copper Canyon). Poems have appeared recently in Apiary, Bedfellows, Capsule, Painted Bride Quarterly, Skidrow Penthouse, and Whirlwind.  He has had fellowships, at one time or another, from the Pennsylvania Arts Council, Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony.
• Michael Cavuto currently lives in Philadelphia, after three years in Toronto. Along with Fan Wu, he edited the Trinity Review and ran a Toronto reading series. With Dale Smith and Hoa Nguyen, he edits the Slow Poetry in America newsletter.
• Fan Wu is a haggard flux, a ragged baboon caught in a meteor storm, a cipher of himself. He spent this past summer approaching ‘straight’ DJs and, with a flick of the wrist and a kiss on the mouth, making them temporarily bicurious–hence his new nickname, DJ DJ Intimidator. In May of 2016, he will be publishing his first chapbook, a collection of translations very tentatively entitled “Hoarfrost & Riverbend”.

Starts @ 8pm! More info?