Please join us for a night of hybrid performances in celebration of Blake Nemec's new book Sharing Plastic. Joining blake will be Aerin Cooper, Nora Gaines, and Kiam Marcelo Junio.
blake nemec is a writer, teacher, and sound/media artist based in Chicago whose work extends the extraordinary musicality of everyday conversations by unprotected workers, pansexuals, and gender variant people. His work has been featured in journals, anthologies, festivals or conferences such as ENTITLE, JUPITER 88, Red Rover Reading Series, the Rio Grande Review, Captive Genders, or the San Francisco Queer Arts Performance Festival. He received an MFA in bilingual (Spanish and English) poetry/fiction from the University of Texas at El Paso and is a Lambda Literary Fellow. He has long worked as a sound recordist in queer independent movies, the latest being the documentary FREE CeCE!
Aerin Cooper arose from the foams of the gulf coast. A gift of the creator! With wisdom from the Great Mother, courageous humor, a BFA in Creative Writing from Colombia College Chicago, and a BIG APPETITE, MISS AERIN truly enjoys the pearls of life. She has several irons in the fire including works of poetry, CNF, and storytelling. She is currently a creative educator on the south side of Chicago.
Nora Gaines is an Adjunct African American Studies Professor, Adult Education Instructor, Antiracism Organizer and Trainer and Writer from the southern east coast. Her background is in grassroots community/labor organizing and public policy. When not busy upsetting the set up, Nora enjoys getting lost in world fiction and on the streets of unfamiliar neighborhoods.
Kiam Marcelo Junio is a holistic healer and interdisciplinary artist creating work across media through dance and performance, video, installation, photography, and writing. Their research and art work center around queering identities, Philippine history and the Filipino diaspora, creation myths and herstories, and personal and collective healing through collaborative practices and individual self-work. Kiam served seven years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. Their work has been exhibited, screened, and performed in New York City, Mexico City, Cadiz, and Montreal, and throughout Chicago at Boyfriends, Roots & Culture, Defibrillator, Links Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hyde Park Art Center, the Bijou Theater, and the Field Museum. They were born in the Philippines, and have lived in the U.S., Japan, and Spain.