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Open Door Series: Lisa Fishman & Jennifer Karmin
The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students. October’s reading features Lisa Fishman and student, and Jennifer Karmin and the Borderless Poets Collective.
Jennifer Karmin’s multidisciplinary writing has transpired at festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets across the U.S., Cuba, Japan, Kenya, and Europe. Her performances have been featured at venues such as the Poetry Project, the Walker Art Center, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and Woodland Pattern Book Center. As a founding curator of the Red Rover Series, she has often devised large-scale ensembles of writers improvising together. Widely published in poetry anthologies and journals, her books include the text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice and The Sexual Organs of the IRS a collaboration with Bernadette Mayer. She has been a Visiting Writer at Naropa University, Oberlin College, California Institute of the Arts, plus a myriad of sites. Since 2000 she has worked with immigrants and refugees at Truman College in the Adult Education Program, using creative writing to support literacy.
Borderless Poets is a collective of immigrant and refugee students from the City Colleges of Chicago. They use their writing to knock down unnecessary walls.