Monday March 5th! NINA LI COOMES from Chicago! Plus! Emily Dickinson “On Helium!” Challenge!

POETRY FEATURE: NINA LI COOOMES is a Japanese and American writer. She was born in Nagoya, raised in Chicago, and currently resides in  Brighton, MA.  Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in EATER, Catapult, The Collapsar, RHINO poetry, and The Margins, among other places. She is an alumna of Young Chicago Authors and the winner of the 2013 Louder Than A Bomb College Slam. In 2014, she co-wrote a bilingual poetry show titled Fressen sponsored by the U.S. State Department and German Foreign Office that toured Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Heidelberg. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript of womanist re-imaginations of the Bible.  In 2017 she was a part of the Kundiman Creative Nonfiction Intensive. Nina thoroughly enjoys teaching workshops that use writing as a therapeutic means of self expression and community building in the face of social and generational trauma. Her teaching experience thus far has been primarily with refugee and interfaith-focused youth.
At her day job, she thinks about U.S.-Japan relations.  In 2016, she helped to produce           もし、あなたの家族が…〜日本の移植医療に未来はあるのか〜」an award-winning documentary about pediatric organ transplant policy between the U.S. and Japan. Her debut chapbook haircut poems is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press in December 2017.

BONUS RUCKUS: The annual “EMILY DICKINSON on HELIUM” PERFORMANCE CHALLENGE. This monday’s feature is super smart, so we figured we had to balance out the show a little bit with something, uh, uhm, not as smart. This annual challenge works on the historical fact that there are no audio recordings of Emily Dickinson reading her poetry. This challenge works on the supposition that it’s entirely possible that Emily’s voice may have sounded like someone experimenting with helium at a child’s birthday party. We’re probably incorrect, but we are people of science and thought we’d give this experiment a high pitched whirl! Enter, get a balloon and a classic piece of literature, take a monster rip and take us back to a parallel dimension. Best performer gets a beverage on us!

2017 Local Pow! WOW! Arts Festival participant FERDINAND will be on hand to handle the live visual arts! MARK LEIGHTON will be back with the band! Snacks, open mic, and all the rest will be going down this Monday!

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