Reading and Conversation with Jen Bervin and Matthew Goulish

Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Jen Bervin & Matthew Goulish

Jen Bervin and Matthew Goulish read from their latest works, Silk Poems and The Brightest Thing in The World: 3 Lectures from the Institute of Failure

At the Co-op

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About Silk Poems: In conjunction with Tufts University’s Silk Lab’s cutting-edge research on liquified silk, Jen Bervin wrote a poem composed in a six-character chain that corresponds to the DNA structure of silk; modeled on the way a silkworm applies filament to its cocoon. This poem, written from the perspective of the silkworm, explores the cultural, scientific, and linguistic complexities of silk written inside the body.

About The Brightest Thing in The World: The Brightest Thing in The World: 3 Lectures from the Institute of Failure is a collection of essays that touch on seating strategies, Dick Cheney, cuckoo clocks, the Fibonacci series, butterflies and old friends. These threads weave together like a tapestry and by their accumulated resonance create an impression of loss and longing. As in Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn, the reader passes through an associative experience. These are the essays of a poet; like a performance of words, each verb is as active as a muscle. While every sentence tends to its end, the reader resists its inevitable conclusion. Layout and design by Sonnenzimmer.

About Jen Bervin: Jen Bervin is an interdisciplinary artist and poet whose research-driven works weave together art, writing, science, and life. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in more than thirty collections, including The Walker Art Center and The J. Paul Getty Museum. She has published ten books, including Silk Poems and Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems, named a Best Book of the Year by Hyperallergic and The New Yorker. Jen Bervin’s work receives support from Creative Capital and the Rauschenberg Foundation, and can be viewed on her website.

About Matthew Goulish: Matthew Goulish is dramaturg and sometime-performer with Every house has a door a performance group he co-founded with Lin Hixson. His books include 39 Microlectures – in proximity of performance (Routledge, 2000), The Brightest Thing in the World – 3 lectures from The Institute of Failure (Green Lantern Press, 2012), and Work from Memory (with the poet Dan Beachy-Quick, Ahsahta, 2012). His essays have appeared in Art Journal, The Drama Review, PAJ, and the books Performing Cities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and Beckett and Musicality (Ashgate, 2014). He teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637