Poetry Reading & Book Release: "Starfish" by Sara Goodman, with Laura Goldstein, Doe Parker, & Cean Gamalinda

Join us for a Poetry Reading & Book Release for Starfish by Sara Goodman, with poets Laura Goldstein, Doe Parker, and Cean Gamalinda!

Starfish is a long poem reflecting on lost and present loves, the relationship to the self and city, and the dreamscapes that inhabit our minds. Written mostly over three days during one of Chicago's worst winter storms, the poem wanders through snow and lingers in bookstores and thinks about climate change and epic poetry and queer identity. It contains the comfort of a cat and worlds that tilt toward the fantastical. Confessional in the vein of the New York School poets, Sara writes with piercing honesty and humor as she sifts through memories and finds healing in the sifting.

Sara Goodman is a new media artist, poet, curator, VJ, and teacher working with new and old tech, forming lifelong friendships and collaborations based off of art-as-way-of-life practices. She is drawn to pastoral landscapes, abstraction, meaning through repetition, science fiction, obscure subcultures, and broken technologies. Sara's visual and video art has been exhibited in Europe, South America, and in the United States. She received her MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago and teaches literature, creative writing and new media classes in the Chicagoland area. Join us in celebrating the release of Sara's full length book featuring her long poem Starfish.

Doe Parker is a trans poet/essayist from the Bay Area currently based out of Chicago. He has a B.A. in poetry from Columbia College Chicago, and has work forthcoming in Callosum Magazine, and EOAGH. His book, "the good house & the bad house" just came out of Recenter Press in April. He co-curates the Chimera reading series and is working on a new manuscript, Vestibule.

Laura Goldstein's first collection of poetry, loaded arc, was released by Trembling Pillow Press in 2013 and her second collection, awesome camera was published by Make Now Press in 2014. She has also published several chapbooks with vibrant small presses across the country, most recently SAFE WARS/POET IN HELL from damask press. She teaches critical thinking and writing, literature, and poetry workshops at Loyola University and is the co-curator of the Red Rover Reading Series in Chicago.

Cean Gamalinda needs no introduction. just kidding, he needs a thousand. he is the month left at the end of the money. his work deals with themes of teamwork, multitasking, and data entry, & can be found in or is forthcoming in the grocery store. welcome 2 hell.

Event date: 
Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647