UPDATE, MAY 2012:
CCLaP is now holding its first-ever Kickstarter campaign, to help subsidize the costs of the eight plane tickets that were purchased as a part of this tour. To raise the funds, we're "pre-selling" a brand-new anthology called Chicago Platter 2012, featuring never-before-published work by seven of the authors featured on the tour, with various perks coming with various donations: US$5 for an electronic copy (and your name on the "thank you" page), $20 for that plus a handmade paper copy, and more. Click here to go to Kickstarter right now, and to help us get these $2,500 in plane tickets paid for. (Kickstarter campaign now over! Thanks to everyone who donated!)
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The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography is proud to announce its first out-of-town showcase for its published writers, taking place from May 31st to June 3rd in a variety of locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City. Consisting of four shows on four evenings, the mini-tour is designed to highlight the best of the writing taking place these days among the Chicago literary community, as well as a chance for New Yorkers to meet and interact with the authors who have been published through CCLaP's small press over the last five years of the center's existence. All shows take place from 7 to 9 pm, with performances generally starting around 8:00.
On THURSDAY, MAY 31ST, CCLaP will be at the lower Manhattan performance space Le Poisson Rouge, and will be featuring writers David David Katzman, Oriana Leckert, Lauryn Allison Lewis, Katherine Scott Nelson and John Reed. The showcase will be hosted by CCLaP executive director Jason Pettus.
On FRIDAY, JUNE 1ST, the group will move to Brooklyn used bookstore Book Thug Nation, where the featured performers will be Katzman, Leckert, Lewis, Nelson and now Sally Weigel. This show will be hosted by CCLaP's assistant director, Traci Kim. During this particular event, we will be sharing the bill with authors Joshua Boardman, Rohin Guha, Niina Pollari and JD Scott of Brooklyn literary magazine Moonshot; the event in general is being called "Chicago <--> Brooklyn," and is being sponsored by the arts-and-entertainment website Brooklyn Spaces.
On SATURDAY, JUNE 2ND, CCLaP will be at the Brooklyn experimental performance space Vaudeville Park, where the lineup will once again consist of Katzman, Leckert, Lewis, Nelson and Weigel, and with John Reed once again joining the group. It will be hosted again by Kim, sponsored again by Brooklyn Spaces, and this time will be done in conjunction with New York jazz band Battle Of The Camel.
And on SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD, join CCLaP for its largest showcase of the tour, at revered lower Manhattan "lit bar" KGB. The lineup will once again feature Katzman, Lewis, Nelson and Weigel, plus Chicago writer Ben Tanzer and Ohio essayist Kevin Haworth. This show will once again be hosted by Pettus.
For more on anything regarding this tour, or to set up an interview with any of the writers participating, please contact Jason Pettus at cclapcenter [at] gmail.com. PRESS OUTLETS: Click on any of the photos below for the largest available version.
KEVIN HAWORTH's essay collection, Famous Drownings in Literary History, is forthcoming from CCLaP in October 2012. He is the author of the novel The Discontinuity of Small Things and the essay chapbook Far Out All My Life, and editor of Lit From Within: Contemporary Masters on the Art and Craft of Writing. His writing has won the Samuel Goldberg Foundation Prize, the Lawrence Foundation Prize, and the Columbia Nonfiction Prize, and he is twice winner of an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship. He teaches at Ohio University and serves as Executive Editor of Ohio University Press & Swallow Press.
DAVID DAVID KATZMAN [daviddavid.net] has published two novels, Death by Zamboni, an absurdist satire, and his most recent, A Greater Monster, a multimedia psychedelic fairytale, which recently won the Independent Publisher Association's "Independent Spirit Award." He was published in Bridge Literary Magazine and Tailspins magazine. Katzman has a Master's Degree in English Literature from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from The Ohio State University. He performed as an actor and improviser throughout Chicago for many years. His oversized and illustrated book for CCLaP, The Kickstarter Letters, is coming in November.
ORIANA LECKERT [brooklyn-spaces.com] is a writer, editor, and 'hipstorian' living in fabulous Brooklyn. She writes the underground culture blog Brooklyn Spaces, matchmakes for ghosts at Gotham Ghostwriters, writes book reviews for CCLaP, and is a co-founder of the all-girl graphic-novel book club Jugs & Capes. When she's not out gallivanting from spectacle to spectacle, she's at home reading with her dog Prufrock curled up by her side. She is relentlessly happy and will probably correct your grammar.
LAURYN ALLISON LEWIS [laurynallisonlewis.com] writes fiction, essays, interviews, and reviews of all sorts. She is the senior managing editor at Curbside Splendor Press, and an assistant editor at Barrelhouse magazine. Her debut novel, The Beauties, will be published in 2013 by Silverthought Press. solo/down from CCLaP is her first novella.
KATHERINE SCOTT NELSON [katherinescottnelson.com] is the author of the CCLaP novella Have You Seen Me, a current nominee for the Lambda Literary Awards. Hir work has either appeared or is forthcoming in Confrontation, make/shift, and Fiction at Work. Ze lives in Chicago.
JOHN REED [johnreed.org]: Author of the novels, A Still Small Voice (Delacorte), The Whole (MTV / Simon & Schuster), the SPD bestseller, Snowball's Chance (Roof, forthcoming 2012 in a tenth anniversary edition from Melville House), All The World's A Grave: A New Play By William Shakespeare (Penguin / Plume), and Tales of Woe (MTV Press); MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University; Senior Editor, the Brooklyn Rail; published in (selected): Paper Magazine, Popmatters, the New York Press, Timeout New York, Artforum, Bomb Magazine, Playboy, Art in America, the PEN Poetry Series, the Los Angeles Times, the Believer, the Rumpus, the Daily Beast, the Wall Street Journal; current member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle.
BEN TANZER [bentanzer.blogspot.com] is the author of the books You Can Make Him Like You, My Father's House and This American Life among others, as well as the CCLaP books Repetition Patterns, So Different Now, The New York Stories and 99 Problems. Ben also oversees day to day operations of This Zine Will Change Your Life and can be found online at "This Blog Will Change Your Life," the center of his vast albeit faux media empire.
SALLY WEIGEL [sallyweigel.wordpress.com] is currently pursuing a degree in English at DePaul University. She is co-editor of DePaul's literary magazine Threshold and has published both a short story collection with CCLaP entitled Get Up Tim and a novella entitled Too Young to Fall Asleep. After graduating, she hopes to volunteer somewhere south of the border and attempt to write her first novel.
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