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In translation

wednesday, october 04, 2006
black rock bar
damen and addison
8:00 pm

In translation

dit is een show in vertaling
esta é uma mostra na tradução
c'est une exposition dans la traduction
dieses ist zeigen in der Übersetzung
this is a show in translation
esto es una demostración en la traducción
ciò è un'esposizione nella traduzione

More than just words and language, translation is time and movement-what we do in the space between what occurs and what is described. It is a mathematical function, a state of being, a genetic process, a message.


Francesco Arena is an Italian-born poet and photographer who moved to Chicago in 1997. Francesco has collaborated with: Quaderni Garganici, Sinistra Piave (Conegliano), Bollettino S. Michele, Informa Foggia, Egargan, Il Quotidiano di Foggia, La nuova Ecologia, Radio Nuova Dimensione, and Radio Cooperativa. He has published two books of poetry: Poesia e' Gioco and I Volti e L'anima (photos and poetry).

Miki Howald is a writer living in Chicago. Her essays have been published in Gulf Coast, Like Water Burning, and in several zines, and she is currently a contender in the Guild Complex of Chicago's Prose Series Competition.

Jenni Lamb has worked as an actor in Chicago for 10 years with Free Associates, Noble Fool, Strawdog, Redmoon, and many others. In addition to performing, she recently co-created Corporation, Inc., an improvised day at the office which enjoyed two successful runs in the city and appeared in national comedy festivals in New York, DC and Chicago. Currently, you can catch her in the smash-hit live game show "Don't Spit the Water," and soon she will appear in her self-authored piece, "Memento Polonia."

Matt Palasz is a writer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Erin Teegarden is a co-founder and the emcee of Rec Room. Erin received an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh in poetry and a BA from Indiana University in journalism. She is the founder and former managing editor of the University of Pittsburgh's first online literary journal, nidus. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in: The Bellingham Review, PMS, Eye-Rhyme, Sunspinner, Poetry Motel, Liberty Hill Poetry Review, and Pittsburgh's City Paper, among others.

Mark Temelko recently moved to Chicago from Anchorage Alaska, where he wrote poems and helped edit a project called Of course he also did other stuff in Alaska, but aside from the pond hockey in April, it's all pretty foggy. He's a dumbass when it comes to submitting work for publication, but he's had a poem or two in the zine 6 by 5 and his prose in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry and the Anchorage Daily News.

curated by Miki Howald