Jennifer Karmin

Jennifer Karmin is a poet, artist, and educator who has experimented with language throughout the U.S. and Japan. She curates the Red Rover Series with fiction writer Amina Cain and is a founding member of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented at a number of festivals, artist-run spaces, community centers, and on city streets. Jennifer teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the Chicago Public Schools. During 2008, she will be a guest writer in Kenya with the Summer Literary Seminars and in California with the Djerassi Program. Recent publications include WOMB, MoonLit, Bird Dog, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century, and Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces.

"Art is a language,
instrument of knowledge,
instrument of expression."

-- Jean Dubuffet, Anticultural Positions
lecture given at the Arts Club of Chicago 12/20/51

Jennifer Karmin is collecting writing that plays with the idea of the BEAST. This writing may take any shape or form: poem, story, essay, letter, etc. All writing will be used to create a BEAST POEM for the second annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival.

On October 26th at 5pm, she will perform BEAST POEM at Jean Dubuffet's sculpture Monument with Standing Beast. This public artwork is located in front of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street downtown Chicago. After reading the writing aloud, each piece will be given away to commuters on the trains that run next to the building in the Clark/Lake station.

To find out more about Jennifer, please visit her faculty profile, Anti Gravity Surprise, and Red Rover Series.