Book Release: Manuel Iris - "Traducir el Silencio / Translating Silence"
May
26
7:30 PM19:30

Book Release: Manuel Iris - "Traducir el Silencio / Translating Silence"

It is our great honor to host Cincinnati Poet Laureate Manuel Iris for the release of his new book of poems, “Traducir el Silencio / Translating Silence” available from Artepoetica. Joining Manuel for this celebration, poets Kelly Thomas and Charles Gabel.

Manuel Iris (Campeche, Mexico, 1983). Poet. He received the “Merida” National award of poetry (Mexico, 2009) for his book Notebook of dreams, and the Rodulfo Figueroa Regional award of poetry for his book The disguises of fire (Mexico, 2014). He coauthored, along with Brazilian poet Floriano Martins, the poetry book Overnight Medley (Brazil, 2014). In 2012, he coordinated the book At the edge of silence: essays about Ali Chumacero. In 2016 two different anthologies of his poetic work were published: The naked light, in Venezuela; and Before the mystery, in El Salvador. Iris has published poetry, essay and translation in magazines and literary journals from Mexico, Spain, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, Portugal, France, the United States and Angola. His poetry has been included in several Mexican, as well as Latin-American, poetry anthologies. He has also given talks, lectures and poetry readings in literary events, academic conferences and cultural centers of Mexico, the United States and Europe. Manuel Iris holds a BA in Latin American Literature from the Autonomous University of the Yucatan (Mexico), a MA in Spanish from the New Mexico State University, and a PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Cincinnati, the city in which he lives.

Kelly Thomas is an award-winning writer, editor, adjunct professor of English (Xavier University) and the founder of Kelly Grace LLC (www.kgrace.co), a copywriting and editing agency that teaches artists and entrepreneurs how to create content that informs and inspires. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Genesis, The Efroymson Anthology and Polly Magazine. Honors include first-place scholarships from the Antioch Writers’ Workshop and Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference as well as a post-graduate fellowship at WordPlay, a creative writing and after-school center. Her chapbook, Mouth Wide Shut, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

Charles Gabel is a poet living in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned an MFA in Poetry from Boise State University, and his recent work can be found in Dreginald, New Delta Review, Alice Blue Review, and Timber. With the poet Erich Schweikher, Charles co-edits the journal Coast/No Coat and he works at the Cincinnati Public Library.

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Reading: Don Peteroy, Phoebe Reeves, Brooks Rexroat
May
30
7:30 PM19:30

Reading: Don Peteroy, Phoebe Reeves, Brooks Rexroat

Join us at Chase Public for an evening of fiction! Readings from Don Peteroy, Phoebe Reeves, and Brooks Rexroat who is celebrating the release of his debut collection of stories, “Thrift Store Coats” available from Orson’s Publishing.  

Don Peteroy - is the author of the novella Wally (Burrow Press 2012). His short story “The Circuit Builders” won the 2012 Playboy College Fiction contest (October 2012). Other stories have appeared in Santa Clara Review, Chattahoochee Review, Eleven Eleven, Ellipsis, Cream City Review, Permafrost, and elsewhere. He is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati

Phoebe Reeves earned her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, and now teaches English at the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont College, where she also advises the student literary magazine, East Fork, and runs the Writing Certificate program.
Her chapbook The Lobes and Petals of the Inanimate was published by Pecan Grove Press in 2009.  Her poems have recently appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Drunken Boat, Phoebe, and Memorious. 

Brooks Rexroat was raised near Cincinnati, Ohio at the intersection of the Rust Belt and Appalachia: the crossing point of mountain and farm field, boarded mine and shuttered factory, the water that splits north from south. The importance of place has always surrounded him, and it deeply inhabits his characters. 
The son of public school teachers, he went to high school with the children of farmers and college with the children of miners. Then tension between circumstance and the transformative power of education were never far from his mind, which caused him to leave a successful career as a writer, reporter, and editor in order to pursue a teaching life.
After earning a Master of Fine Arts Degree in creative prose from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he embarked on a journey in higher education that has included teaching opportunities at open enrollment community colleges, regional public universities, and rigorous private liberal arts colleges. Now based at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky, Rexroat was a 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Teaching and Research Scholar at Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University in Siberia, Russia. 
His debut story collection Thrift Store Coats is available from Orson’s Publishing and his debut novel Pine Gap is set for release this fall.

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Traffic and Swap: A Poetic Exchange
Jun
4
7:30 PM19:30

Traffic and Swap: A Poetic Exchange

Six poets have prepared appx. 10 minutes worth of material, and those same six poets will be performing appx. 10 minutes of material - but not their own work. This literary line up’s work has been collected, and randomly re-distributed. Nobody knows who’s work they will be reading, nobody knows who will be reading their work. After all the poets have read - the attribution will be revealed. This isan experiment in the inherent context in the structure of poetry readings. What does it do to the audience to not be certain of authorship? How does removing the poet from the content affect it? How does the aesthetic and identity of the reader of the work inform its meaning to an audience? What does it do to the reader to take extra care to represent work not their own? What does it do to the poet to hear their work presented by another?

The poets:

Sidney Cherie Hilley

Bucky Ignatius

Kendall Jolley

Jon Massey

Sam McCormick

Linwood Rumney

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Bitch's Brew
Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

Bitch's Brew

Your favorite bitches are back in full bitch mode. That's right, Kathy Y., Abiyah, Murray, Yvette, Avril, Elese, AND DJ Apryl Reign will ALL be in the building, on the mic, and on the decks throwing down several rounds of the power of the P(oetry), accented by Apryl's stellar curated music drops between poets and Kathy's comedic capping consisting of a blend of stand-up comedy and playing-the-dozens.

We will also have copies of our recently-released chapbook, 'I Know All the Bitches,' available for purchase for $15 (cash or PayPal). Get you some.

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Do Your Heroes
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

Do Your Heroes

Do Your Heroes is an experiment in Open Mic thought process: It invites all interested people to attend and share with the crowd any poems they'd like- so long as they did not write the poems themselves.

So come, read and share the poems you love, the poems that inspire you. Hear what your community members love and are inspired by - talk about it, learn new things. Be exposed to surprise.

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People and Other Non-Entities: Storytelling with Jim Bowsher
Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

People and Other Non-Entities: Storytelling with Jim Bowsher

From interviewing members of the Ku Klux Klan at age 12 to scouring the wreckage of James Earl Ray’s childhood home, Jim Bowsher’s insatiable curiosity and unmitigated passion for history have shaped and informed his life for more than half a century. His home in Wapakoneta, Ohio, is a living museum of eclectic objects that each carry a story – sometimes personal, sometimes historically significant, always fascinating. But his master work is undoubtedly The Temple of Tolerance.

For nearly two decades Jim acquired, moved and precisely placed innumerable rocks, many massive, along with other ornamental features like the jail cell door that once held Dillinger, to construct the Temple as a refuge for young people battered by dysfunctional family dynamics or other destructive relationships. Completed in 1999, this is no mere rock garden in a neighbor’s backyard. It has the look and feel of a modest Greek ruin, all the more enchanting for being located in a small town in rural Ohio.

The Temple of Tolerance is the physical manifestation of Jim’s belief that all people are born with a natural capacity for goodness. A captivating storyteller, Jim brings to life the characters he’s encountered along the way – he is fond of saying, “there are no ‘ordinary’ people, only extraordinary individuals.” And he means it.

Presented in partnership with the exhibition “Jim Bowsher and the Temple of Tolerance” at Thunder-Sky Gallery, 4573 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45223

Opening June 15, 2018, 6–10pm; exhibition closes August 3.

Curated by Scott Bruno • Photography by Merrilee Luke-Ebbeler

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Concert:  Drew Gowran / Nature Was Here / Neutrals
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Concert: Drew Gowran / Nature Was Here / Neutrals

Drew Gowran (STL) - Drawing thickly resonant tones out of lids and bowls to create a monastic reverence within pure sound, the St. Louis-based percussionist elevates these utilitarian instruments to holy vessels. 

https://drewgowran.bandcamp.com/album/dismantle-2

Nature Was Here (Cinci) - Highly expressionistic, shape-shifting guitar work that ranges from droning passages to mutated 12-bar blues from Joshua Kruer. Joshua's work highlights the old adage of Charlie Parker, "If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn (guitar)"

https://naturewashere.bandcamp.com/

Neutrals (Dayton) - The Dayton, OH percussion duo of Evan Miler and Andrew Seivert have the uncanny ability to pull in sound from seemingly every surface and resonating body. Nothing seems out of place when everything is sound. The duo create improvised works out of studied composition that draw in electronics, percussion, vibraphone and found objects to create a sound bath that is difficult to get out of once you've settled in and made yourself comfortable. 

https://neutralsduo.bandcamp.com/releases

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Chase Public Response Project XXVIII - The Pieces I Am
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

Chase Public Response Project XXVIII - The Pieces I Am

Hello one and all, please join us! May 24th, 7:00pm for the 28th installment of The Chase Public Response Project - this time focused on a collection of work currently on display at 1628 ltd. titled “The Pieces I Am: Artwork from the Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell Private Collection.” "The Pieces I Am” celebrates the diversity of the female artistic voice including local, national, and international works of art. The exhibit includes works of sculpture, tapestry, folk art, and photography. Many of these works of art have been on loan to major arts organizations but have not been on view to the public in Cincinnati and thus making their debut as iconic as the artists the works represent. Of the 22 artworks in this exhibition, some of the featured artists include Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Bessie Nickens, Carolee Schneemann, Laurie Simmons, and Lorna Simpson among others."

The respondents have been given total autonomy to respond however feels most appropriate to them; which could vary from musical performance, to poetry, dance, lecture, rant, powerpoint, game, anything. They each have 10 minutes to express, perform, or share their response to this piece of art - informed by their experience, perspective, and opinion. Their response may be focused on a single piece, several pieces, or the entire show.

THE RESPONDENTS//

Noel Maghathe | Erin Kapor

Teisha Murray | Dani Clark

Jill Jantzen | Eva Patterson

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Play Your Heroes 8
May
23
7:30 PM19:30

Play Your Heroes 8

There is “what” we do, and there is also “why” we do it. This concert series highlights both. Play Your Heroes is a joint curation of David Corns and Chase Public that invites a group of individual musicians to each showcase two songs: one original, and one cover of a song which has been influential in their lives. Hosted at Chase Public, a non-commercial and distraction free venue, this series is an opportunity for musicians and audiences to share focused, dedicated moments. No loud conversations, no bar noise, nobody there who doesn’t want to listen.

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Sunday Sober Song Series: [PoC], Fritz Pape, Xzela
May
20
5:00 PM17:00

Sunday Sober Song Series: [PoC], Fritz Pape, Xzela

Chase Public and Marisa Seremet present: The first of hopefully many installments of the Sunday Sober Song Series. This is a chance to disengage the enjoyment of live music from drinking culture. We hope that this can be an opportunity for sober, family friendly fun and interaction with a music scene that is too often tipsy and exclusive. All ages encouraged! bring your children, bring your parents, bring your grandparents.

This is a free concert, and nobody will be turned away! BUT- let’s consider this a challenge to prove to the world that we don’t need to rely on alcohol sales to support musicians. Make a donation!

The lineup:

[PoC] - new cincy hip hop trio (stallitix, jay hill, toph) // will rip at yr heart strings in a good way

fritz pape - droney boy // these tunes will make you feel like you can fly away

xzela - r&b bb w a voice of an angel // get ready to jam

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Response Project XXVII: Campy Washington
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Response Project XXVII: Campy Washington

Hello one and all, please join us! May 11th, 7:30pm for the 27th installment of The Chase Public Response Project - this time focused on the mural at the corner of Colerain and Elam in Camp Washington titled “Campy Washington” - the mural was designed by Scott Donaldson for ArtWorks in 2008, and depicts George Washington in drag accompanied by flying pigs and what appears to be a very happy cow. 

The respondents have been given total autonomy to respond however feels most appropriate to them; which could vary from musical performance, to poetry, dance, lecture, rant, powerpoint, game, anything. They each have 10 minutes to express, perform, or share their response to this piece of art - informed by their experience, perspective, and opinion.

THE RESPONDENTS//

Anna Petersen | Bunny Sanchez
Phillip Smith | Lydia Rosenberg
Christina Coobatis | Harris Wheeler

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Poetry: Susan Glassmeyer, Richard Hague, Pauletta Hansel, and Rhonda Pettit
May
10
7:30 PM19:30

Poetry: Susan Glassmeyer, Richard Hague, Pauletta Hansel, and Rhonda Pettit

Chase Public is pleased to invite you to join us for readings from a roster of poets with work available from Dos Madres Press - Susan Glassmeyer, Richard Hague, Pauletta Hansel, and Rhonda Petit.  

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Susan Glassmeyer is the author of Invisible Fish (Dos Madres Press, 2018), her first full-length poetry collection and two chapbooks: Body Matters (Pudding House Publications, 2010) and Cook’s Luck (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Susan is a longtime member of the Greater Cincinnati Writers League and creator of “April Gifts”, a ten-year poetry-sharing project honoring National Poetry Month.

Richard Hague’s recent titles include Studied Days: Poems Early & Late in Appalachia, and the nonfiction collection Earnest Occupations: Writing, Teaching, Gardening, and other Local Work (Bottom Dog Press, 2018). He is winner of the 2017 Books By The Banks Writing Contest and Writer-in-residence at Thomas More College.

Pauletta Hansel is author of six poetry collections, including Palindrome (Dos Madres Press, 2017,) poems and memoir in response to her mother’s dementia, winner of the 2017 Weatherford Award for best Appalachian poetry book. She was Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate.

Rhonda Pettit is an English professor at UC Blue Ash, where she is editor of the Blue Ash Review. Her latest book of poems is Riding the Wave Train (Dos Madres Press, 2017).
 

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"Joesph At Last" - Release Gala
May
5
7:30 PM19:30

"Joesph At Last" - Release Gala

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Join Joesph at Chase Public to celebrate the release of their new live album, “Joesph At Last.”

Come and hear the album, see friends, make new ones, tell the band what you think, and have a nice time.  There will be hors d'oeuvres and sparkling wine provided, and formal evening attire is strongly suggested. there will be a suggested donation of $5 - $10. 

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Chase Public
2868 Colerain Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45225

Gathering at 7:30

$5-10 suggested donation

BYOB, some sparkling provided.  
 

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Reading: Clay AD, Caspar Heinemann, Nathan Chump Meyer
May
3
7:30 PM19:30

Reading: Clay AD, Caspar Heinemann, Nathan Chump Meyer

Join us to celebrate the release of Clay AD’s new book “Metabolize, if Able” available from Monster House Press! Joining the celebration- Caspar Heinemann on the road from nowhere, and local hero Nathan Chump Meyer.  

Clay AD - is an artist and writer born in Indianapolis, Indiana making text, sounds, videos and movement around themes of sci-fi, illness and ecology. They are based in Berlin where they study somatics and movement. This spring they are publishing a sci-fi novel -- Metabolize, If Able -- with Monster House Press.

Caspar Heinemann - is an artist, poet, and independent researcher currently based nowhere. Recent events include readings at University of Cambridge, the Serpentine's Miracle Marathon, Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow and Kunsthal Aarhus. They have recently exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, David Roberts Art Foundation and Almanac, London.

Nathan Chump Meyer - is a multimedia artist based out of Cincinnati. Their work focuses on memories, both real and imagined. They are in and have abandoned several bands, including Scanner and Pisswater Preachers. They do performance projects under the name Shit Bees. They are a proud dishwasher who believes that dishwashing is the true path to happiness. Their current mood is appreciative.

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Poetry: Zena Smith, Katrina Eresman, Emily Ash, Cecilia Disque
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry: Zena Smith, Katrina Eresman, Emily Ash, Cecilia Disque

Join Chase Public for a reading from visiting poet Zena Smith! Joined by local writers Katrina Eresman, Emily Ash, and Cecilia Disque.

Zena Smith - is a poet from Cleveland, Ohio who's voice is guided primarily by the lizard brain. Her work ranges from the confessional to the surreal, usually meeting somewhere in the middle. She has published a book and chapbook respectively with GTK Press (Fracture, Take No Prisoners, Pull No Teeth) and Outlandish Press (Shake Hands). They can be found at outlandish.press

Emily Ash - is a musician, student, and activist from Cincinnati. She does not really consider herself a writer, but her prose and other musings can be found on various corners of the internet nonetheless.

Cecilia Disque - is a Cincinnati poet whose work is often messy, liberating and intimate.

Katrina Eresman - is a writer and musician with a particular affinity for certain (seemingly) unrelated things such as perfumes, Hamm's beer, and New Orleans. Her poems, like her life, tend to center around a sentimental interpretation of experiences and memories. You can find her poems self-published around Cincinnati and beyond, or catch her playing guitar at her next gig.

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White Death
Apr
20
6:30 PM18:30

White Death

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At short notice, we are delighted to be able to run Nina Essendrop’s legendary game White Death (Hvid Død) with the University of Cincinnati Game Lab on Friday, April 20!

Doors at 6:30 pm
Game at 7 pm
Game ends at 10 pm

White Death is a poetic, non-verbal live role playing game that emphasizes physical expression. The players are guided through feelings like anger, frustration, sorrow, and fear – and the feelings of peace and closeness which follow the characters’ gentle deaths. Music by Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Johnny Cash sets the tone.

A group of pioneers once set out for the mountains with the aim of creating a new society, bringing only the absolute necessities, as well as their hope and dreams. While having the best intentions, the pioneers couldn’t succeed. Life in the mountains turned out to be hard and demanding. They had traveled too far, and couldn’t find their way back. One by one, the snow embraced them, giving them silence, peace and rest. Tranquility and light.

The genre is not realistic but rather using an abstract poetic approach. White Death is a scenario without words. This means all communication is done physically. The game is completely transparent and the focus is on the atmosphere rather than the outcome.

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The Slide Show Show
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

The Slide Show Show

The ultimate intersection of fun, vulnerability, courage, and thoughtful design.

Chase Public is very curious and cautiously optimistic while inviting you to The Slide Show Show- for which five artists and designers have each prepared a slide deck that will be delivered, entirely sight unseen, by five entirely other smart, quick witted people. 

What will we see? What will we hear? I have no idea.

THE PRESENTATION PREPARERS -
Chris Glass!
Makenzie Vail!
Maria Seda-Reeder!
Chas Wiederhold!
Andy Gasper!

THE PRESENTATION PRESENTERS - 
Wayne Memmott!
Derrick Braziel!
Mary Jo Minerich!
Tamia Stinson!
Sophia Cunningham!

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We've Moved! - Open House
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

We've Moved! - Open House

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Friends! Come and celebrate our new base of operations with us!  We’ll be having an open house fully stocked with beverages, bites, laughter, fun, and opportunity.  Check out the new space, and get your mind a-working on the amazing ideas we’re sure you will have to make it as magical as our last one.

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Chase Public
2868 Colerain Ave
CIncinnati, Ohio 45225

Friday, April 6th
8pm-10pm

Refreshments provided
 

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Poetry Publishing Panel Discussion and Q&A
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Publishing Panel Discussion and Q&A

Join Chase Public and Cincinnati’s poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel for a panel discussion and Q&A focused on the world of publishing and poetry.  Come, learn, and interact with the perspective and experience of seasoned experts who exist at many levels within the publishing structure.  It’s an exciting and intimidating process, and we’re here to help you along the way!

Our Panelists:  Lisa Ampleman, Pauletta Hansel, Matt Hart, Nicci Mechler, Stacy Sims, and Tyrone Williams.  

The Format: Each Panelist will have 5-7 minutes to express their thoughts and focus, their wisdom and experience.  After the six short presentations, the floor is open for questions and discussions from the audience.  
 

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Chase Public Response Project XXVI - 1569 Chase Ave #4
Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Chase Public Response Project XXVI - 1569 Chase Ave #4

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It is my great pleasure and honor to announce the final Chase Public event that we will host in our longtime home at the corner of Chase and Hamilton: Response Project XXVI - 1569 Chase Ave. #4  We will be responding to the room itself as an object of art.  It seems a fitting send off for a space that has been witness to so much expression, so much growth, and so much coming together.  

The respondents have been given total autonomy to respond however feels most appropriate to them; which could vary from musical performance, to poetry, dance, lecture, rant, powerpoint, game, anything. 

THE RESPONDENTS//

Mike Fleisch | Elese Daniel
Madge Maril | David Corns
Adam Petersen | Laura Lane
Avril Thurman | Sergio Aguillon-Mata


ABOUT THE CHASE PUBLIC RESPONSE PROJECT//
Inspired by Pianist Brianna Matzke’s “The Stockhausen Response Project,” The Chase Public Response Project is an opportunity for creators and audiences to interact with art in a new way. Writers, artists, performers, and thinkers are assembled monthly(ish) to give their interpretation and share their impressions of the selected piece; they are given free range to do so by any means they choose. 

ABOUT CHASE PUBLIC//
Chase Public is a collaborative space for art and assembly in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati. Chase Public was conceived with the intent to create an environment that could help balance consumption with creativity, individualism with collaboration, high art with honest work and plain language. Occupying a room that was previously Elyse's Passion, Chase Public hosts poetry readings, music concerts, art openings, book signings, independent theater, stand-up comedy, hotly-contested debates, collaborative art-making, radical activism workshops, crazy-ass parties, and maybe one bird fight. Mostly poetry readings.

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Chase Public
1569 Chase Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Friday, March 16th
Doors at 7:00
Performance at 7:30

Free!

BYOB, respectfully. Disrespectful b will be shunned with great contempt.

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Reading: Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas, Megan Martin, & Mark Mendoza
Mar
14
8:00 PM20:00

Reading: Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas, Megan Martin, & Mark Mendoza

Join us at Chase Public to welcome recently named Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio, Dave Lucas, for a reading in Cincinnati.  Joining Lucas, local writers Megan Martin and Mark Mendoza.

Dave Lucas - is the author of Weather (Georgia, 2011), which received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. Named by Rita Dove as one of thirteen “young poets to watch,” he has also received a “Discovery/The Nation Prize and a Cleveland Arts Prize. In 2018, he was named the second Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio. A co-founder of Brews + Prose at Market Garden Brewery and Cleveland Book Week, he teaches at Case Western Reserve University and lives in Cleveland, where he was born and raised. 

Megan Martin - is the author of the tiny fiction collection NEVERS (Caketrain 2014) and a book of prose poems, Sparrow & Other Eulogies (Gold Wake 2011). She teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and lives in a weird house in Northside with three bratty cats. 

Mark Mendoza - is a cultural worker, social historian and activist. His work has appeared in AND, The Gig, Quid, Cul-de-Qui, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Shearsman, Plantarchy, Against the Current, Neon Highway, Compost, Pages, Streetvibes, Verse, The Northside Review, and The Rialto special issues on younger British poets. He is currently writing a study on British civil society and the literary sphere, 1789-1848.

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Book Swap
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Book Swap

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Looking for something to read? Do you trust the taste and generosity of your friends and neighbors? Do you have great taste in books? Are you feeling generous? Join us! for the Chase Public Book Swap, cohosted by Lauren Byrd.

Here’s the format:  Each person will bring one book. It should be a book that you enjoy, that you sincerely recommend- but know, you won’t be getting it back. It will be a true gift from you to another member of your community.  From that book, you will have identified a particularly interesting excerpt or quote, and written or typed it out on a seperate piece of paper.  We will be using these excerpts and quotes as the content for the swap.  The notes will be placed on a table in the center of the room, and as the swap is initiated, we will all take turns reading the excerpts at random.  We’ll then proceed White Elephant style around the room until all of the notes are selected.  At that point, the books behind the notes will be revealed. 

Once the books have been given, folks are free to hang out and talk to the donator of their new cherished literary friend, or they can get started, or they could go home or to the bar or whatever. **In a dream world, we reconnect with the person who gave the book we read, and have a conversation once we’ve finished it**

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Chase Public
1569 Chase Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Wednesday, March 7th
Doors - 7:00
Swap - 7:30

Free

BYOB, respectfully.  Disrespectful B will be shunned with great contempt. 
 

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Play Your Heroes 7
Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Play Your Heroes 7

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Chase Public is excited to team up with David Corns to host the 7th incarnation of a songwriter showcase: Play Your Heroes. Six musicians take stage, playing two songs each- one original, and one cover of a song that has been important and influential for them. Come kick it with us early, and listen within the intimate confines of Chase Public, a focused alternative to traditional bar venues. 

The Musicians:

Maggie Cleary - MARR
https://marrband.bandcamp.com/

Jason Nix - Grey Host
http://greyhostdoom.com/

Stephen Patota - Lazy Heart
https://lazyheart.bandcamp.com/

Anissa Pulcheon - Anissa Pulcheon
https://anissapulcheon.bandcamp.com/

Max Vignola - Lipstick Fiction
https://lipstickfiction.bandcamp.com/

Molly Sullivan - Molly Sullivan
https://mollysullivan.bandcamp.com/
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Chase Public
1569 Chase Ave
Cincinnati OH 45223

Doors 7:00
Show 7:30

Free, Donations encouraged

BYOB, respectfully. Disrespectful B will be shunned with great contempt.
 

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Group Erasure Creation - Presidential Tweets
Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

Group Erasure Creation - Presidential Tweets

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Erasure -- is a form of found poetry or found art created by erasing words from an existing text in prose or verse and framing the result on the page as a poem. The results can be allowed to stand in situ or they can be arranged into lines and/or stanzas. Erasure is a way to give an existing piece of writing a new set of meanings, questions, or suggestions. It lessens the trace of authorship but requires purposeful decision making. What does one want done to the original text? Does a gesture celebrate, denigrate, subvert, or efface the source completely? One can erase intuitively by focusing on musical and thematic elements or systematically by following a specific process regardless of the outcome.

To celebrate Presidents Day, 2018 - join us as we create erasure poems from rich source material; presidential tweets.  We’ll have tweets printed out on and taped to the wall, become a part of the group deciding how to transform them into new expressions, poems, and thoughts. 

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Chase Public
1569 Chase Ave #4
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Monday, February 19th
Doors - 7:00
Erasing - 7:30

Free

BYOB, respectfully. Disrespectful B will be shunned with great contempt.

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It's Better to Speak - Reading & Planned Parenthood Fundraiser
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

It's Better to Speak - Reading & Planned Parenthood Fundraiser

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Join us for an evening of protest poetry and a celebration of words as resistance. A $5 suggested cover will go to support Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and their work fighting for reproductive rights and justice. We will be performing a collaborative "Manifesta" poem assembled as part of the It's Better to Speak workshop series, and will also enjoy feature readings from Heather Wyatt, Lydia Singh, Kate Tirschek, Michael Burnham, Marcus Alan Donaldson, Rae Watreas, Kamal E. Kimball and more. 

Custom made poster-sized copies of the manifesta poem will be available for sale, with proceeds supporting the cause. Light refreshments will be provided, with donations encouraged. 

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Chase Public
1569 Chase Ave #4
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Thursday, February 15th
Doors 7:00
Reading 7:30

Free, $5 donation to PPSWO strongly encouraged

BYOB, respectfully. Disrespectful B will be shunned with great contempt.

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Do Your Heroes
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Do Your Heroes

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Do Your Heroes is an experiment in Open Mic thought process: It invites all interested people to attend and share with the crowd any poems they'd like- so long as they did not write the poems themselves. 

So come, read and share the poems you love, the poems that inspire you. Hear what your community members love and are inspired by - talk about it, learn new things. Be exposed to surprise. 

This is a casual coming together - a chance to spend time in other people's dreams. 

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Chase Public
1569 Chase Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Tuesday, February 13th
Doors 7:00
Mic Open @ 7:30

Free free free

BYOB, respectfully. Disrespectful B will be shunned with great contempt.

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DRONESCAPE // WORDSCAPE
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

DRONESCAPE // WORDSCAPE

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Compose your thoughts to ambient music.

Jennifer Simone, Andrew Elaban, and Fritz Pape (Zijnzijn Zijnzijn!) combine, coming in at out as they choose, to create a nice long block of improvised, ambient and drone sounds.

While they're doing their thing, you're encouraged to do yours. Bring a notebook and a pen, take this opportunity to use the sounds as a creative prompt; write down what comes to you.

There will be a microphone at the front of the room, and when you have some words or thoughts that you like- you can share them; right there in the moment. No signups, no line, just an organic process of give and take, create and listen and share.

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CHASE PUBLIC
1569 Chase Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Thursday, February 8
7:00 doors
7:30 drone

BYOB, respectfully. disrespectful b will be shunned with great contempt

FREE as it always is. Donations encouraged like they always are.

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Response Project XXV - Found Found Found: Lived Lived Lived
Jan
27
7:00 PM19:00

Response Project XXV - Found Found Found: Lived Lived Lived

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It is with every ounce of excitement that we can muster we announce the return of the Chase Public Response Project. We’re doing a few things differently:

1) Teaming up with Abby Mae Friend to support her show “WITH NO MEMORIES NO TIES NO PHANTOMS TO TEND FOR” at Wave Pool.

2) We’ll be hosting this response project at 2868 Colerain Avenue - just a block south of the gallery.

We will gather at Wave Pool at 6:00 to experience the exhibition, and at 7:00 we will all walk together down the block to the Chase Public Pop Up for the performances. 
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On January 27th, six exciting artists and thinkers have been invited to each perform ten minute responses to Eunsong Kim's poetic essay "Found, Found, Found: Lived, Lived, Lived," a brilliant piece of cultural criticism regarding Carrie Mae Weem's series From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried. A beautiful and vulnerable indictment of the American tradition of cultural theft, historical and contemporary genocide, and the ways that different cultures carry that tradition of violence through their memory and their loss, Kim’s essay goes far deeper than any simple investigation or argument against cultural appropriation. 

Kim’s essay was also the conceptual impetus for Abby Mae Friend’s curatorial exhibition. 

The respondents have been given total autonomy to respond however feels most appropriate to them; which could vary from musical performance, to poetry, dance, lecture, rant, powerpoint, game, anything. 

THE RESPONDENTS//
Eddy Kwon | Marcus Alan Donaldson
Marjorie Lee | Jheri Neri
Nina Devine | + surprise!

ABOUT THE CHASE PUBLIC RESPONSE PROJECT//
Inspired by pianist Brianna Matzke’s “The Stockhausen Response Project,” The Chase Public Response Project is an opportunity for creators and audiences to interact with art in a new way. Writers, artists, performers, and thinkers are assembled to give their interpretation and share their impressions of the selected piece; they are given free range to do so by any means they choose. 

ABOUT CHASE PUBLIC//
Chase Public is a collaborative space for art and assembly in Cincinnati. Chase Public was conceived with the intent to create an environment that could help balance consumption with creativity, individualism with collaboration, high art with honest work and plain language. Occupying a room that was previously Elyse's Passion, a feminist sex shop, Chase Public hosts poetry readings, music concerts, art openings, book signings, independent theater, stand-up comedy, hotly-contested debates, collaborative art-making, radical activism workshops, crazy-ass parties, and maybe one bird fight. Mostly poetry readings.

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Wave Pool
2940 Colerain Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45225
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Chase Public Pop Up
2868 Colerain Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45225

Saturday, January 27th
Reception @ Wave Pool - 6:00
Doors @ 2868 Colerain - 7:00
Performance @ 2868 Colerain - 7:30

Free!

BYOB, respectfully. Disrespectful b will be shunned with great contempt.

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It's Better to Speak - A Workshop For Writing
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

It's Better to Speak - A Workshop For Writing

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It’s Better to Speak

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” -Audre Lorde


Join us for a weekly writing, reading, and discussion course exploring how poetry can be protest. This casual class will give students the opportunity to dive into poetry from around the world, and offer a supportive space for students to express themselves, personally and politically, through their own writing. The classes are free to attend and students are welcome to come for one session or all three. The class will culminate in an optional student performance and reading on 2/15/18, which will raise funds to support Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio.  


Week 1 (1/24/18): Manifesta: An exploration of feminist poetry in collaboration with Power to the Polls Week of Action. Following the Women’s March on 1/20, organizations all over Cincinnati are offering opportunities to get and stay involved in political action leading up to the 2018 election. 

Week 2 (1/31/18): Making Peace: Anti-war poems and the poetry of justice. From Auden’s “September 1, 1939” to Vietnam protests to contemporary poet in the Trump era, poetry has had a role to play in the fight for a more equitable, peaceful world. 

Week 3 (2/7/18): On Witness: As poet Carolyn Forché writes, “We distinguish between ‘personal’ and ‘political’ poems–the former calling to mind lyrics of love and emotional loss, the latter indicating a public partisanship that is considered divisive, even when necessary. The distinction between the personal and the political gives the political realm too much and too little scope; at the same time, it renders the personal too important and not important enough.” This class explores the intersection of the personal and political and how that informs poetry and expression.


About the instructor: Kamal E. Kimball is a Cincinnati poet, member of the Cincinnati DIY Writers, and the Ohio Poetry Association. Her work has been published in Rattle, Hobart, One, Sundog Lit, Bone Parade, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Zetetic, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, Literati Magazine, Indolent Books, Califragile, and elsewhere. She was a finalist in the 2017 Poetry Superhighway contest. She works as a freelance grant writer and journalist, and teaches at UC’s Communiversity.
 

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DUETDUET vol 2 Book Release Reading by Madge Maril, Bethany Lewis, and Co.
Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

DUETDUET vol 2 Book Release Reading by Madge Maril, Bethany Lewis, and Co.

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You are cordially invited to join us as we celebrate the wedding of BETHANY LEWIS and MADGE MARIL in ✿ poetic femme matrimony ✿

DUETDUET vol 2 features 4 poems from madge maril and 6 poems from bethany lewis upside down or right side up depending on how you hold it. the two current cincinnatians create a dream cereal of pretty bruises, birth control/cigarettes and feminist ruminations on Lolita. second edition of a continuing series.

Joining the happy couple will be chelsea tadeyeske of pitymilk press and two surprise readers. 

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Chase Public
1569 Chase Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Monday, January 15th
Doors 7:00
Reading 7:30

Bring money with which to buy books, listening is free

BYOB, respectfully. Disrespectful B will be shunned with great contempt

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A Reading from Brandon Harris, Author of 'Making Rent in Bed-Stuy'
Dec
28
7:00 PM19:00

A Reading from Brandon Harris, Author of 'Making Rent in Bed-Stuy'

Chase Public is very excited to host a reading by Cincinnati native Brandon Harris from his new book Making ‘Rent in Bed-Stuy: A Memoir of Trying to Make it in New York City.’

The Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in New York City has long been a vital hub of African-American culture, in many ways Brooklyn’s equivalent to Harlem in Manhattan. Bed-Stuy was home to Lena Horne and venues frequented by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Count Basie; in more recent years, it’s served as inspiration to Spike Lee and Jay-Z, the latter of whom grew up in the housing projects in the area. But as gentrification creeps to every part of the city, the rich culture there is at risk of being eroded, as the people who made the neighborhood what it is struggle to afford to stay there.

In MAKING RENT IN BED-STUY: A Memoir of Trying to Make it in New York City, filmmaker Brandon Harris tells a funny, sometimes painful story of a place and a generation. Through anecdotes of his own adventures trying to make enough money to live in a notoriously expensive city, he captures the way that Millennials live today: job hopping, pontificating, weed smoking, social media worshipping, and protesting. As Harris and others struggle to find affordable housing, their youthful idealism collides with the stark reality of adulthood.

Harris is unflinchingly honest in his approach to the neighborhood where he’s made his home. In addition to the rich heritage that’s been a part of Bed-Stuy, he examines the drug and gun culture that took root in the projects, and the cultural, economic, and political forces that allowed it to flourish. A fascinating examination of the “serious, life-threatening process” of gentrification, MAKING RENT IN BED-STUY blends objective reporting with personal narrative to explore the disappointments and ironies in Millennial life.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brandon Harris, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, has worked in the world of American independent film as a critic and programmer, producer and director, screenwriter and educator. His writings about cinema, politics, culture, and the intersections between them have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Guardian, VICE, Daily Beast, Variety, n+1, New Inquiry, Brooklyn Rail, In These Times, Hammer to Nail, and Filmmaker magazine, where he is a contributing editor.

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Play Your Heroes 6
Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

Play Your Heroes 6

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Excited to host the 6th incarnation of a songwriter showcase: Play Your Heroes. Five musicians take stage, playing two songs each- one original, and one cover of a song that has been important and influential for them. Come kick it with us early, and listen within the intimate confines of Chase Public, a focused alternative to traditional bar venues. 

The Musicians:

Veronique Allaer - Leggy
https://leggy.bandcamp.com/

James Bishop - LIGHTWASH
http://brokencircles.com/artists/james-bishop/

Adam Petersen - ADM
http://adelicatemotor.net/

Lauren Salem - Sarn Helen
https://www.facebook.com/SarnHelen/

Matthew Williams - Matte Sexwave
https://soundcloud.com/mattesexwave

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Chase Public
1569 Chase Ave
Cincinnati OH 45223

Doors 7:00
Show 7:30

Free, Donations encouraged

BYOB, respectfully. Disrespectful B will be shunned with great contempt.

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Monster House Press Reading; ft. Kendall Jolley, Kamal Kimball, Morgan Eldridge, James Payne, and Wendy Lee Spacek
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Monster House Press Reading; ft. Kendall Jolley, Kamal Kimball, Morgan Eldridge, James Payne, and Wendy Lee Spacek

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Join Chase Public & Monster House Press for a reading in advance of the Cincinnati Art Book Fair 2017, featuring:


Kendall Jolley (Cincinnati)
Kamal Kimball (Cincinnati)
Morgan Eldridge (Bloomington, IN)
James Payne (Columbus, OH)
Wendy Lee Spacek (Bloomington, IN)

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Kendall Jolley

Kamal E. Kimball is a Cincinnati poet whose work has been published or is forthcoming in Rattle, Hobart, Sundog Lit, Bone Parade, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, Califragile, and elsewhere. She is a member of both Cincinnati DIY Writers and the Ohio Poetry Association, volunteers as a reader for E&GJ Press, and hosts the Inkwell Reading Series & Open Mic every second Monday at Urban Artifact. She works as a freelance writer and at an auction house. More at kamalkimball.com 

Morgan Eldridge lives in Bloomington IN and exists through creative means, melding forms of performance, painting, and writing. Monster House Press published a collection of her poems, prose, and short stories, Omen Amen. 

James Payne is an art critic, curator, and poet. Monster House Press published his collection Things Just Aren’t They in 2015. Payne was a contributor to the catalogue for Framing Beauty: Intimate Visions (Indiana University Press, 2017). Payne teaches Art Theory and Criticism at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. 

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A Gentle Evening with Nancy Paraskevopoulos
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

A Gentle Evening with Nancy Paraskevopoulos

You are invited to join us for a gentle evening with musician and writer Nancy Paraskevopoulos.

 

What is A Gentle Evening? It’s a friendly gathering that highlights an artist as a person more than just a performer. The trajectory of the show is left entirely to them, focused on their choosing. It is a chance for artists and small audiences to interact in a casual, impactful way- divergent from the traditional expectations of performance. No two gentle evenings are the same, as they reflect the interests, perspective, and personality of those whom they honor. No openers, no bar sales, no cover charge, no distraction, no pressure.

 

“okay, yeah, cool… but what are we going to see?” - That’s a fair question. Maybe original music. Maybe original words. Maybe slideshow. Maybe group conversation. Maybe home movies. Maybe a favorite book. Maybe a favorite record. Maybe a manifesto. Maybe a charcuterie board. Maybe a woodworking project. Maybe a funny story. Maybe an act of sincere vulnerability. Maybe a little dance. Maybe an ascension into the ranks of the archangels. Short answer? No idea.

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NANCY PARASKEVOPOULOS is a musician in the indie rock group Blossom Hall and the classic jazz Nancy Paraskevopoulos Trio. (It's pronounced Pa-ris-keh-VOP-oh-lis.)

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