calendar of the spectral in chicago.

weds. the 6th @ the milk factory gallery

thursday the 7th @ ball hall w/ perpetual dusk at curtsy caverns.

Wednesday, July 6 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm
The Milk Factory
907 North Winchester Ave, Rear Apt.
Chicago, IL

A clinquant invitation to the finest and crude alike:

Your presence is humbly requested …

Come, bear witness to the raconteurs of now as they find their way through twirling and twisting landscapes, bringing with them things that shine and things that swallow wholly the life around them.

Come at 6:00 and experience the delicious and unique tastes
of S&M’s Underground!

Readings & Performances at 7:00 by:

Joseph Bienvenu
Joseph S. Makkos
Edwin R. Perry and Chelsea Tadeyeske
Connor Stratman
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**Also, catch a special sneak peak of works by Morgan Sims and Nathan Vernau! (Opening reception at The Milk Factory 7/08!)**

W H O:

Joseph Bienvenu is the author of a book-length collection of poetry Atom Parlor (BlazeVOX, 2010) and also the chapbook Pool Hall Quartet (Verna Press, 2008). Joseph is a native of New Orleans where he lives and teaches Latin and English at a local high school. He received his B.A. in Classics from Loyola University of Chicago and his M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is currently working on a translation of Catullus’ complete poetry, a selection of which was published as a chapbook from Verna Press (2010).

joseph s. makkos as a poet primarily focuses on visual & performance work. He is author of When She Goes Down (Hobby Horse, 2010) and a book length collection of visual work, Paper Trumpet (Lavender Ink, forthcoming). J.S. is an art book designer and publisher (Language Foundry), who’s projects heavily focus on outré media. He is a college level educator who is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and currently lives in New Orleans where he operates a bookmaking & letter press studio. He received his B.A. in Literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans.

edwin r. perry is currently a resident of michigan. he is the proprietor of plumberries press, a mobile endeavor which invests in short run edition chapbooks and journals. he is editor of humble humdrum cotton frock, a project to cultivate an aesthetic of “organic esoterics”, and drupe fruits, a journal spurred to life in celebration of the prose poem. he has hosted readings in chicago, milwaukee, and in various places throughout michigan, and traveled extensively as a performer under various hats. his work has appeared in OX mag, Burdock, Shepard’s Check, Sawbuck and others. peek productions at

Connor Stratman is the author of the full-length book of poems An Early Scratch (Erbacce Press, 2011) and the chapbook Invisible Entrances (Erbacce, 2010). Connor received his B.A. in English from Loyola University of Chicago and is currently working on his M.A. thesis on Samuel Beckett. He also edits the online journal The Balloon when he’s not substitute teaching at a middle school in Rogers Park.