A Reading with Rachel Galvin, Patrick Durgin, and Alan Bernheimer

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Rachel Galvin, Patrick Durgin, and Alan Bernheimer

Join us for a reading and discussion with Rachel Galvin, author of Elevated Threat Level, Patrick Durgin, author of PQRS, and Alan Bernheimer, author of From Nature. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About Elevated Threat Level: New lyric poetry by Rachel Galvin explores an ethical response to American comfort and its ties to war and exploitation. The poems in this collection reflect on news reporting, natural disasters, journalist safety, and the act of observing war from a distance as a civilian. Written in a variety of forms and registers—from elegies to faits divers to sonnets—Elevated Threat Level thinks about violence and the rhetoric used to convey it. The book is also a tribute to the print form of the newspaper.

About Rachel Galvin: Rachel Galvin is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, and Associate Director of the Creative Writing Program. Her books of poetry include Elevated Threat Level, which was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, and Pulleys & Locomotion. She is the translator of Raymond Queneau’s Hitting the Streets, which won the Scott Moncrieff Prize for translation, and co-translator of Decals: Complete Early Poetry of Oliverio Girondo with Harris Feinsod. Her poems and translations appear in journals including Boston Review, Colorado Review, Fence, Gulf Coast, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, PN Review, and Poetry. She is the author of a work of criticism, News of War: Civilian Poetry 1936-1945, and a co-founder of Outranspo, an international creative translation collective.

About PQRSPQRS is a poets theater script with initials for names and functions for characters. It is about linguistic contagion and statist collusion, the fate of labor and play as literary genre (i.e. “essay”), the utility of public art and site-specificity in the post-medium age, the plasticity of gender, the metaphysics of lyric address, and several other topics. It was written between 1998 and 2012, mostly toward the end of that period.

About Patrick Durgin: Patrick Durgin is the author of PQRS and co-author of The Route (with Jen Hofer) and has published numerous chapbooks, including Imitation Poems and Color Music. Durgin is also editor of Hannah Weiner's Open House and The Early and Clairvoyant Journal of Hannah Weiner. He teaches critical theory, literature and writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

About From Nature: Grounded in vernacular and yet displacing it, Alan Bernheimer makes poetry that is somehow aphoristic, surreal, and down to earth. “Speaking / in the language of things,” From Nature revels in the present: what can be said in it and with it, without permitting the future to “spoil the present.” These poems seem to float on the surface of language, which is after all where we spend most of our time. The prose is as rhythmically propulsive as the poetry is honed and full of new coinages (“beautility” anyone?). From Nature is a “travel size heart throb” where “it feels great being anyplace” because anyplace is where Alan Bernheimer makes poems out of sheer air.––Alli Warren

About Alan Bernheimer: Alan Bernheimer’s latest collection is From Nature (Cuneiform Press, 2019). Recent work has appeared at Across the Margin and at SFMOMA’s Open Space and in The Equalizer, The Delineator, and Hambone. The Spoonlight Institute was published by Adventures in Poetry in 2009. Born and raised in Manhattan, he has lived in the Bay Area since the 1970s. He produces a portrait gallery of poets reading on flickr. His translation of Philippe Soupault’s memoir, Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism, was published by City Lights in 2016. More information is at The Electronic Poetry Center.

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