Mar 7, 2009

aka reading | performances

A. K. Allin & Vanessa Dewolf perform/read together on Thursday 19 March, 7pm, at Soul Food Books in Redmond. This will be Allin's first long reading since "Soviet Poetry" at Soho20 in NYC, a slide show of epigrammatic poems over Modern Soviet Art with percussion by Greg Stare of Rare Bird Rumba Ranch. Expect the off kilter.

The very next night, Friday 20 March, 7pm, Allin will perform at Fremont Place Books with the dapper Aaron Silverberg and the therapeutic Laurie Scullin. In typical Allin fashion, this will not be a reading so much as a happening. Bring your witness.

A. K. “MIMI” ALLIN produces poetry on the page and off, by way of public installation, urban maneuver, and collaborative and solo performance. “AKA” has whispered poetry through a 300-pound block of ice, painted it on umbrellas, and put it in the middle of a labyrinth cut into a lawn with hand shears. Allin formed close ties to the Green Lake area of Seattle by sitting at a desk there every Sunday from 9–5 for one full year. Her efforts were quickly returned by an enthusiastic and supportive public. Documentation of “The Poetess at Green Lake” and more recent “aka instigations” can be found online at

VANESSA DEWOLF creates interdisciplinary poetic works of text-based performance. Her work often combines narrative & poetic language with visual & movement processes. Her training: figure skating, Playwriting at Boston University under Nobel Prize Winner Derek Walcott, somatic practices, alternative dance, improvisation, printmaking, and more. She grew up in the mountains and is currently a valley dweller. She runs an artist residency program at Studio Current for performance artists, a unique opportunity to support artists in process & practice via rigorous dialogue with each other. She is a facilitator of Field sessions and has bee the director of The Field-Seattle, an artist driven peer review organization that cultivates reflective feedback with artists from all disciplines. Her work has been seen in Alaska, Boston, Germany, Tacoma and various venues throughout Seattle including: Untitled Intersection, Ten Tiny Dances, Fisher Ensemble, Velocity Dance Center, Freehold Studio Lab Theater, and many more.

AARON SILVERBERG has written 2 books, "Thoreau's Chair" & Diamonds Only Water Can Wear."

LAURIE SCULLIN is a local therapist, who writes because its in his Irish blood and writing is a relatively cheap addiction.

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