May 4th 2019

Emilio Rojas
Jacob Saenz
Keli Stewart

at Outer Space Studio
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave
suggested donation $4
7pm / doors lock 7:30pm

logistics —
near CTA Damen blue line
upstairs from Volumes Bookcafe
third floor walk up
not wheelchair accessible

EMILIO ROJAS is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily with the body in performance, using video, photography, installation, public interventions, text and sculpture. As a queer latinx immigrant with indigenous heritage, it is essential to his practice to engage in the postcolonial ethical imperative to uncover, investigate, and make visible and audible undervalued or disparaged sites of knowledge. He utilizes his body in a political and critical way, as an instrument to unearth removed traumas, embodied forms of decolonization, migration and poetics of space. His research based practice is heavily influenced by queer and feminist archives, border politics, botanical colonialism, and defaced monuments. He holds an MFA in Performance from SAIC and identifies as a NAFTA baby.

JACOB SAENZ is the author of Throwing the Crown, winner of the 2018 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected by Gregory Pardlo. His work has appeared in PANK, Poetry, Tammy and other journals. A CantoMundo fellow, he’s been the recipient of a Letras Latinas Residency and a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. He serves as an associate editor for RHINO.

KELI STEWART’s work has appeared in Quiddity, Meridians, Warpland, Hip Mama, and Calyx, among other noted journals and publications. She received artist fellowships from Hedgebrook, and the Augusta Savage Gallery Arts International Residency. An alum of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation and Callaloo Summer Writing Workshops, Keli’s work was selected for first place in the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award from the Illinois Center of the Book, Emerging Writers Competition. She received her BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College and her MFA in Poetry from Chicago State University. Her manuscript “After Birth” was recently named semi-finalist for the Claudia Emerson Chapbook Award.

Red Rover Series is curated by Laura Goldstein and Jennifer Karmin. Each event is designed as a reading experiment with participation by local, national, and international writers, artists, and performers. Founded in 2005, the over one hundred events have featured a diversity of renowned creative minds.

*June 8: mai c. doan, Jose-Luis Moctezuma & Derrick Mund

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