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It’s posted on the parlor website, which is great and awesome and rad.

Check it out by going here!

posted by Caroline Picard

We had our first ever reading at the new space–a combination of efforts, it was amazing to get so many folks into the temporary office/exhibition space. Here are some pictures from the event as well as some youtube clips. Unfortunately, Cris Mazza’s video recording didn’t take, and Rob Stephenson’s went beyond the 10 minute mark, but I’m hoping those will be posted to the Parlor site as mpgs, so I’ll keep you all posted.

First, AD read:

And then Jac Jemc:

And Tim Jones-Yelvington:

And then Cris Mazza:

for whom, unfortunately, the recording didn’t work 😦

And then Davis Schneiderman:

And then Kathleen Rooney:

And then Rob Stephenson, which was unfortunately too long for youtube.

FC2 + Big Other + More

June 16, 2010

posted by caroline picard

Reading: FC2 + Big Other + More

Thursday, June 17, 2010
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Green Lantern
2542 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL


Come hear, see, feel, smell, etc, FC2 authors, Big Other contributors and others in this badass lineup:

Rob Stephenson’s Passes Through is just out from FC2. He is an intermedia artist living in Queens, NY.

Cris Mazza writes. Some say too much.

Davis Schneiderman’s recent and forthcoming works include the novels Drain, Blank: a novel (Jaded Ibis), and The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game (Nebraska). He is Director of Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books, where he edits The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing series.

Kathleen Rooney is a poet and a writer. With Abby Beckel, she is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press. With Elisa Gabbert, she is the author of That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths, 2008). With Counterpoint Press, her prose collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs is now available. With her husband, the writer Martin Seay, she lives in Chicago.

Jac Jemc’s chapbook, This Stranger She’d Invited In, is coming out this year from Greying Ghost press, and her first novel, My Only Wife, is forthcoming from Dzanc Books in 2012. She is the poetry editor of decomP, a fiction reader for Our Stories and a bookstore liaison for Tarpaulin Sky. She blogs her rejections in “The Rejection Collection.”

Tim Jones-Yelvington’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Another Chicago Magazine, Sleepingfish, Annalemma and others. His short fiction chapbook, “Evan’s House and the Other Boys who Live There” is forthcoming in Spring 2011 in “They Could No Longer Contain Themselves,” a multiauthor volume from Rose Metal Press. With Megan Milks, he co-hosts “Uncalled for Readings,” Chicago’s “mostly Queer, mostly prose” reading series. He is guest editing Pank Magazine in October as a Queer poetry and prose issue.

A D Jameson is a writer, video artist, teacher, and performer. He is the author of the novel “Giant Slugs” (Lawrence and Gibson) and the story collection “Amazing Adult Fantasy,” both forthcoming later in 2010.

This reading/performance/experience will be the opposite of boring. We will see you there.

Where Urbesque Went To

April 16, 2010

posted by Caroline Picard

Last Friday, MAKE Magazine put together an after-party in Denver, CO. A number of publishers and writers were asked to participate. I showed two short films, one about Lust&Cashmere, the other more abstract called “These Are Not My Memories.” In the meantime Devin King (CLOPS), put a tape recording of various people reading, Green Lantern Press authors old and new–Moshe Zvi Marvit (Urbesque, 2005), Erica Adams (The Book of The Mutation of Fortune, 2011/12), Amira Hanafi (Forgery, 2011/12), and an excerpt from CLOPS. That “mix” tape was played on a tape recorder in the refrigerator so that whenever anyone opened the fridge to get a drink of some kind, the spectral voices of said authors emanated out. After the party, we played it again in the street. (See super heroine Jac Jemc in the background.)

Summer, AWP, Drinking, Denver. Put ’em together and what do you got? Shots ‘n Shorts! Featherproof Books and Green Lantern Press are joining forces to bring you spinning wheels, shots, and shorts (the clothing as well as the story version) in a fabulous AWP Off-site event.

A fabulous line up of authors will be displaying their gams and literary prowess at Skylark Friday April 9th at 7pm. Each storyteller will step up to spin Nicolette Bond’s Wheel of Drunken Shame, determining which shot they will take or what fate they will endure before reading their short short. With returning authors from the national Dollar Store Tour, you can bet your sweet bippy this is going to be a gratifying night.

Leggy Ink Slingers include:

Nicolette Bond
Blake Butler
Zach Dodson
Amelia Gray
Mary Hamilton
Lindsay Hunter
Jac Jemc
Caroline Picard
Aaron Plasek
Patrick Somerville
Christian TeBordo
Jess Wigent

The juicy details:

Friday April 9th 7pm
Skylark Lounge
140 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209.

Featherproof offers the perfect remedy to snoozy A.W.P. readings with this boozy H.O.T. reading. After you’ve slept it off come visit the featherproof table at AWP, #E17. There will be author signings, free mini books and more.

Be sure to check out Shots ‘n Shorts. It ain’t your average reading. Fantastic writers sporting short shorts and giving our stems a moment in the spotlight!

Human Furniture

January 7, 2010

posted and written by Caroline Picard

I read this last night as part of a fantastic reading series called The Rec Room–first Wednesday of every month. This one in particular was curated by Jac Jemc.

Human Furniture

In the aftermath of his film, Bruno found it (almost) impossible to get a job.

(I’d suggest making a comparison with American Apparel starlets who, submitting to the photographic gaze of the boss who, naked himself, takes such girls aside (they believe in him because he boasts moral credibility—his clothes are made in America—he sells cotton t-shirts for fifty dollars and is kind enough to venture into such dying cities as Pittsburgh, Detroit, Palo Alto—in which culture is amiss to the youth and the cotton haberdashery arrives, an oasis in the drought, saying SHOPLIFT ME PLEASE I am the grand POOHBA, your hip deliverance, come little girl, (early 20’s, like Bruno, waiting to be discovered, already dressed in the company uniform, flat simulacra cotton tye-me ups affecting the girl next door who happens to be sitting on the dryer that’s going, or watering plants (the hose a snake) or bending over to pick a dandelion without bending her legs—her sex ingénue, naive, devious in its marketability….) they smile at him, he smells like the city, he wants to legalize marijuana he offers some. Promises, the rest of America looking at you through his eyes, (he arrived in a pink Cadillac) FAME. Legitimacy. If the public sees you it is as if you have seen yourself in the mirror. You are America, he says. Let yourself see yourself. I’ll pay you. You’ll get rich. It feels good to be seen. He says your’re liberated. He is wearing a Hercules belt. He wears eyeliner and a trucker hat. He swats a young man on the ass behind the company counter, “Bend over that way,” the boss says eyeing his employee’s short shorts, “I’ve got my camera. Come in the back. Let’s make your ponytail like a rope and will you touch my….”

What then was Bruno left with? Not a job, certainly. Rather, Bruno met an old woman on craigslist. She needed a roommate. He moved in with her, (she was in her 80’s). She made him soup for dinner and bread for breakfast. He found a job at IKEA (finally). Thereafter woke up each day, ate Captain Crunch (because to understand America is eat a daily course of sugar, he’d decided. He didn’t like her bread). He took the bus to 1800 McConnor Parkway. He listened to Neil Diamond and German hiphop. When he was sad he listened to Sybil Baier. He stowed his things in a locker. He cried at the first break every day because he felt sure his soul only wanted to dance. He cried very quietly. When working, he stood behind a computer consol in the middle of a room full of domestic and purchasable sets; eating meatballs and anchovies (on the side) for lunch, he tried to understand his coworkers’ sense of humor—they did not get his. Sometimes someone asked him if he’d been in that movie.

In the end he (Bruno) gave up on trying to like people or be liked. He avoided questions, avoided work, researching instead the etymology of product names (BLAXMO, TICTAK, FJORDING, KELIG, JAKT, SEMVIK, LYSVIK, RILL, ULLUURT, PYSSLA). He started thinking about a new film. It would be the dramatic sequel to the old Bruno; in this, shot very boring, very pretty with soft, rich colors, shot on film—put out by Focus Features—very silent, as Bruno goes about his day to day a miscreant among peers, an outsider in the flat box furniture world. Aside from carrying a Swedish dictionary (with which he hopes to transcribe and translate the meaning of his surroundings).
The climax takes place when Bruno talks to Bill Murray in the very end.
Bruno spends each day imagining the conversation he’d have with Bill Murray.

posted by Caroline Picard

A few weeks ago, Jac Jemc read a selection of her work at the former Green Lantern Gallery space. She read to a full house and it was fantastic–I even figured out how to work the camera on my phone (though I apologize for the hand-jiggling. I haven’t meditated long enough to keep things steady). You can download the entire reading here, along with an intriguing question-answer period in which she talks about her process, the role of time in her work and the weight of naming things.

Here are some images from the evening:


Jac Jemc sells books at Women & Children First.  Her first novel, My Only Wife, is forthcoming from Dzanc Books in 2012.  In the meantime, she has work that will soon be out in Alice Blue, Barrelhouse, Front Porch, Pank and The Rome Review.  She is the poetry editor of decomP and a fiction reader for Our Stories. Mostly though, she blogs her rejections at

Following her 30 minute reading, Jac will take questions from the audience.

As always, the event will be recorded and published on-line for your repeated listening pleasure on iTunes and at

All readings take place at 1511 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor

For more information, please visit or contact

The Parlor is a monthly reading series sponsored by Bad At Sports Podcast (

The Rejection Collection

July 23, 2009

posted by Caroline Picard

I was recently on part of the Dollar Store Tour and had the pleasure of meeting one Jac Jemc, who among other things, keeps a brilliant log about her submission process. You can check that out by going here. What I love about it is how it makes the publishing process transparent (at least in part) demonstrating that above all else it takes persistence, hard work and an attitude that celebrates success and failure alike.

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You all should come out! It looks like it’s going to be a pretty great line-up-

and it’s a fundraiser and it’s always great to come out and support- AND a bunch of these authors have read or are scheduled to read at The Parlor….so come on down, I say…

55 word extravaganza!


The Innertown Pub
1935 W Thomas
Chicago, IL

Kyle Beachy, Dave Snyder, Tobias Amidon Benglesdorf, Heidi McKye, Zach Plague, Colt Foutz, James Lower, Jessi Lee Gaylord, Amy Guth, Spencer Dew, Nicolette Bond, Maria Parrott, Jac Jemc, Lauren Pretnar, Ben Tanzer, Sam Reaves, JT Litchfield, Kevin Fink, Amira Hanafi, Lex Sonne, Geoffrey Forsyth, Melanie Datz, Laura Goldstein, Kate Harbaugh, Marissa Plumb, Chris Bower, Jon Fullmer, Steve Tartaglione (tar-taglee-oh-knee), Josh Amidan, Jonathan Messinger