Opening Tuesday, February 18th, from 7PM - 8:30PM
The Open Door series presents work from Chicago’s new and emerging poets and highlights the area’s outstanding writing programs. Each hour-long event features readings by two Chicagoland writing program instructors and two of their current or recent students. February’s Open Door reading series features Rashayla Marie Brown and student Imani Love, and Philip Jenks and his student.
Artist-scholar Rashayla Marie Brown manages an “undisciplinary” studio practice through photography, performance, writing, installation, and video. A lifelong nomad who moved 24 times, she began her practice as a poet in London. An Artadia and Franklin Furnace grantee, RMB has presented work internationally at Tate Modern, London; Krabbesholm Højskole, Copenhagen; Turbine Hall, Johannesburg; and in commissions at Bemis Contemporary, Omaha; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; Rhodes College, Memphis; among others. She holds degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern, and Yale University.
Imani Love is an interdisciplinary artist from the California Bay Area. Her art stems from a foundation in poetry and expands to screenwriting, video direction and collage. As a recent graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she’s currently working on developing personal archives dedicated to family histories and most importantly, rediscovering the pleasures of creating.