FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 22 February 2013
ISU Creative Writing Program & McLean County Arts Center announce interdisciplinary art event
A free public event, @Salon features renowned local and regional artists for an afternoon of conversation, poetry, performance, music, and visual arts.
Bloomington, IL – 22 February 2013 – On Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the McLean County Arts Center in downtown Bloomington (601 N. East ST), the Illinois State University Creative Writing Program and Department of English will present @Salon—an interdisciplinary artists salon. The event will feature renowned local and regional artists for an afternoon of conversation, poetry, performance, music, and visual art. Set amidst the provocative book artistry of Andrew Huot and the conceptual sculpture of Angela Pease, the salon program will feature a performance by acclaimed poet/performer Avery R. Young (creator of “sunday morning jook-joint”) and musical selections by Fade to Wake (vocalist Kristin White and guitarist Matt Beerup) and performance artist Teaadora Nikolova. Programming will also feature cinepoetry by Timothy David Orme, Anne Penders, and Swoon and works-in-progress presentations by Creative Writing Program masters students Katie DuBois (hybrid assemblage) and Emily Moody (poetic assemblage). This free public event will run from 12noon-5pm.
A theater of conversation and exchange akin to the literary salons of the 17th and 18th century, ISU’s @Salon welcomes artists and arts enthusiasts from area colleges and universities, the larger Bloomington-Normal community and beyond. In addition to showcasing the artistry of featured artists, @Salon will include presentation and discussion of works-in-progress using Liz Lerman’s Format for Critical Response—a format for feedback that affords the artist an active role in the dialogue. Works by featured artists will also be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the McLean County Arts Center. Co-sponsors include: the ISU LGBT/Queer Studies and Services Institute and Women's and Gender Studies Program.
For more information about @Salon please contact Duriel E. Harris at 309-438-1401 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details about this and other Illinois State University English Department events can be found at <http://english.illinoisstate.edu/>.
The Department of English at Illinois State University is dedicated to providing an environment that facilitates individual and communal creative, intellectual, and administrative work, and outreach.
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Public Transit: Take the Green A from Waterson to Downtown Bloomington, ride until it loops back toward Normal and get off at Mulberry St.
Driving? Park in any Cultural District lot!
Order of presentations
12.15pm Doug Johnson, McLean County Arts Center
Duriel E. Harris, ISU
I Musical Selections
12.30p Fade to Wake
II Work in Progress:
poetic assemblage from “Seek Again”
12.45p Emily Moody
1.45p - 2.45p
III Musical Selections
2.45p Teaadora Nikolova
IV Work in Progress:
hybrid assemblage from "Linguistic Vomit Ferments the Brain"
3.15p Katie DuBois
4.15p Avery R Young, poet/performer—creator of “sunday morning jook-joint”
Works by featured artists will be available for purchase and light refreshments will be served.
For more information on the day of the event
call the McLean County Arts Center at 309.829.0011
Contact: Duriel E. Harris, Department of English, Illinois State University
309/438-1401 (direct) | 309/438-3667 (main) | http://english.illinoisstate.edu/default.aspx
Avery R. Young’s work blends linguistics, hymns, jazz and hip hop to explore the politics and attributes of the African-American experience. Dubbed “sunday mornin jook-joint,” Young’s arts practice merges spiritual and secular aesthetics with dramatic and comedic sensibilities. A Cave Canem Fellow, he has worked as a teaching artist in creative writing and theatre and has written curriculum for Columbia College Chicago, Young Leeds Authors, True Star magazine and the Chicago Public Schools. A champion for such causes as HIV awareness, the elimination of misogyny and sexism in arts and media, educational reform, and art integration in the workspace, Young has published essays in AIMPrint, The Teaching Artist Journal, and swaggerzine. His writing also appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including Callaloo, To Be Left With The Body, Coon Bidness, War Diaries, and Make Magazine. An innovative writer and electrifying performer, Young has performed in the Hip Hop Theatre Festival, Lollapalooza, and WordStock and is featured on audio compilations such as New World Reveal-A-Solution, Audio Truism, Catfish Haven’s Devastator and New Skool Poetics. Recent television appearances include BET, MTV, ABC and WGN’s Morning News.