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Apr18
Theatre & Performing Arts

Immutable, later: Ulrich Jesse K Baer + olivier


On the occasion of the book launch for Ulrich Jesse K Baer’s Deer Black Out, join us for a philosophical and ufological reading and trans-genre dialogue with Ulrich Jesse K Baer and artist olivier.

This is a hybrid event, which will be offered in-person and via livestream. The event name comes from a line in Deer Black Out.

Ulrich Jesse K Baer was born in Georgia and grew up beneath southern power plants. He has a science fiction chapbook At One End (Essay Press, 2020) and full-length poetry books Midwestern Infinity Doctrine (Apocalypse Party, 2021) and Deer Black Out (Red Hen Press, 2024). His book Beyond The Planet of the Vampires will be published by Clash in 2025. He has been included in journals such as FENCE, Baest, and The Tiny. He loves horses.

olivier is a research-based artist+writer and archives worker. They speak Cantonese at home with their demonic cat. Their practice is rooted in the ephemerality and anarchival in queer and trans theory and ufology. They toy with poetics and semiotics, caress languaging and linguistics, and draw with speculative projects, artists’ books, videos, performative lectures, happenings, and surveys… and lead a secret mail art practice. olivier holds an MA in visual and critical studies. Born and raised in British Hong Kong, they are now temporarily floating in the rivers of Chicago. For the past decade, their time machine has been stuck in this dimension. So it goes.

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In-Person Attendance: Masks are strongly encouraged and available at check-in for those who would like to wear one. The Foundation reserves the right to update this policy if community levels of COVID-19 increase significantly. Read our full COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines. Guests are encouraged to register in advance.

Livestream Attendance: The livestream link will be shared with registered guests on the day of the event. In order to receive the livestream details, please register in advance here.

The Poetry Foundation’s events are completely free of charge and open to the public. This event will include CART captioning and ASL interpretation. For more information about accessibility at the Poetry Foundation, please visit our Accessibility Guide.


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