Bridge fiction editor Mike Newirth passes along this note about a new reading series kicking off on Wednesday night:
On 11/2/05, BRIDGE is pleased to inaugurate “Readings at Nova Lounge,” an irregular series featuring all manner of experimental writing. We have two exciting readers to start off: novelist Mark von Schlegell and poet Garin Cycholl.
An American expatriate in Germany, Mark von Schlegell’s novel Venusia is the second volume in a new series of sci-fi from the renowned publisher Semiotext(e), who term his work “a psychedellic weave of theory and pulp tradition.” Booklist calls Venusia an “absurdist blending of fantasy and cutting-edge sf that never fails to entertain and proclaims von Schlegell to be a promising new voice in the genre(s).”
Garin Cycholl teaches writing and literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also works as co-editor of Near South, a journal of experimental poetry, fiction, and drama. His recent work has appeared with Exquisite Corpse and New American Writing. His book-length poem Blue Mound to 161 was just published by Pavement Saw Press. Luis Urrea calls it “beautiful and harsh, as haunting as a ghost story, and even-almost reluctantly-lyrical, this grand American song is fresh and powerful… [This] book feels essential.”
The reading will occur at 6:30 PM on Wed. 11/2, at the NOVA Space, 840 W. Washington in Chicago. Complimentary beverages and copies of BRIDGE will be available (while supplies last). We hope to see you there. Indeed, considering that this event came together at the last minute, we would appreciate your assistance in forwarding or posting the listing for this reading to all your favorite online friends.