Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thursday 10/27: Orloff, Barounis, Leeds, & Nelson

Please join us for the October installment of Uncalled-for Chicago, featuring special out-of-town novelist ALVIN ORLOFF on tour promoting his new book WHY AREN'T YOU SMILING?; poets CYNTHIA BAROUNIS & CLAIRE LEEDS, whose collaborative chapbook, LIGHT SWEET CRUDE, is out now on dancing girl press; and memoir/fiction writer KATHERINE SCOTT NELSON, whose novella, HAVE YOU SEEN ME, is being published this month.

The details:

Thursday, October 27
8 - 10 p.m.
The Hive*
1902 N Milwaukee Ave, Apt 2

Please BYOB.

*The Hive is a living space as well as a performance space - I think there may be a finicky doorbell, but we'll have someone downstairs letting people in if we need to. Call me (Megan) at 703 dash 434 dash 0383 if you can't get in.

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The bios:

ALVIN ORLOFF began writing in 1977 as the teenage lyricist for his best friend's now utterly forgotten punk band, The Blowdryers. He's gotten some degrees, appeared in some literary journals, blah, blah, blah. Most importantly, he is the author of three novels: I Married an Earthling, a gender and genre-bending sci-fi send up, Gutter Boys, a twisted tale of thwarted love and ghosts set in the decadent Manhattan of 1981, and his most recent, Why Aren't You Smiling? a satiric romp through the queer fringes of the early 1970s spiritual revival. He lives in San Francisco's ├╝ber-hipsterized Mission District and works in a funky, old used bookstore.

CYNTHIA BAROUNIS is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the co-author, with Claire Leeds, of the chapbook LIGHT SWEET CRUDE (dancing girl press, 2011). Her poetry has also appeared in Poetry Salzburg Review and is forthcoming in Partner Dance Press’s 21/21/Chicago anthology.

CLAIRE LEEDS lives and works on a farm in southern Wisconsin, holds a BA in Creative Writing and is currently working toward a BS in Nursing.

KATHERINE SCOTT NELSON is the author of HAVE YOU SEEN ME, a novella which will be published this month by the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography. Hir writing has also been featured on Fiction at Work and the Rumpus. Ze lives in Chicago. For more information, please visit www.katherinescottnelson.com.

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