We are delighted to welcome Chicago poet Gregg Shapiro, who will be reading from his new collection of poems, Protection. Poet David Trinidad raves, “(Shapiro’s) in-your-face intimacy feels as necessary as it does generous and brave. Protection is a blessedly open and refreshingly out books of poems.” And Denise Duhamel says, “The stirring poems in Gregg Shapiro’s Protection offer anything but,” adding, “Shapiro’s voice is both freshly innovative and strikingly mature.” Shapiro’s reading will be ASL interpreted for the hearing impaired.
Joining Shapiro will be musician Scott Free. Free, the Out Music Musician of the Year for 2005, expresses gay life through musical styles as wide-ranging as folk, rap, cabaret, and punk. Free is the producer of the bi-monthly queer performance series, Homolatte, and of the annual Alt Q festival at the Old Town School of Folk Music. His latest CD is The Pink Album: A Pop Opera.
Opening the show is LaNita Joseph, a multi-media artist, writer, dancer, and choreographer, who will be reading from her first book, The Things She Said Behind Closed Doors. (karenb)