Please join us on Thursday, May 23rd for the closing reception of Take Care, and an evening of readings and performances featuring 7 Chicago-based artists and writers.
Take Care,: Readings & Performances strives to bring people together to share and be entertained by intimate stories. Through their performances and readings, listeners and readers are invited to reflect on the complexities of intimate relationships and the varying definitions of “intimacy” that the writers choose to explore in their writings.
We will also be releasing Take Care, a limited edition artist book featuring 22 international artists and writers. To learn more about the publication or to place a pre-order, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured readers include:
Jamiece Adams is a Chicago based writer. Her work has been published in Hair Trigger and Rabbit a nonfiction poetry journal. She has two stories forthcoming in Hypertext and The Lindenwood Review. She’s recently spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to keep her plants alive year round, and thankful it’s working.
A proud Chicago native and Fulbright scholar, Sophie Amado holds a BA in English and Spanish from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. When she isn’t writing content for Groupon, she edits her own essay collection that she’s trying to publish and also runs a recurring reading series in Chicago called Read Some Shit.
Clare Brennan is a Chicago-based theater maker. Using spoken word, performance poetry, devised theater, and text adaptation, her work focuses on the transient, evolving nature of isolation, home, womanhood, and identity. Most recently, she assisted director Mechelle Moe on CARDBOARD PIANO (TimeLine Theatre) and Beth Wolf on NON-PLAY CHARACTER (Red Theatre). Elsewhere in Chicago, she has worked with Links Hall, The Den, Prop Thtr, The Frontier, RhinoFest, Theatre Evolve, and NON:op. Clare holds a B.A. in Drama and English from the University of Michigan.
Sara Cutaia is a fiction writer living in Chicago who earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College. She’s the Studio Manager at the nonprofit writing school StoryStudio Chicago, Editor-in-Chief of Arcturus magazine, and an Editor-at-Large of the Chicago Review of Books. She is at work on her first short story collection.
Jonathan Hogeback is a writer, eater, and ornithophobe with roots in Ohio and branches in Chicago’s south and north sides. His recent work includes Ameristop, a play about a small-town convenience store, and 4AM SHOWING OF MISERY, a short film which he wrote, directed, and produced while studying at The University of Chicago. In addition to a riveting career as an editor at Groupon, he’s currently working on an apocalypse play about the last ever bi-weekly, amateur open mic night in history.
Julia Sharpe writes, makes images, and creates immersive installations. Her work is invested in issues surrounding the structures of daily, domestic life, and historical consciousness, particularly in relation to suburban landscapes and the American South. Her writing and making practices plumb the relationship between seeing and feeling that emerges in affected, affective environments. She is an incoming PhD candidate at Harvard University in the Visual and Environmental Studies Department. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2018). Sharpe lives and works in Richmond VA and Chicago IL.
Caroline Wood is a visual artist who also sometimes writes. Her practice is situated within the context of walking, history, photography, and archives. She recently graduated with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
This program is organized by Sophie Amado in conjunction with the exhibition Take Care, at Ground Level Platform.