MAKE: A Literary Magazine Issue #12 “Architectural” Release Party
When: Thursday, January 24, 7PM doors, 8PM show
Where: The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia
Cost: $8 in advance and for MAKE subscribers / $10 day-of / 21+
• A live Q &A with the City of Chicago’s Official Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson, hosted by comedian Adam Burke. Audience participation encouraged.
• Readings from issue #12 contributors, including Tovah Burstein and Ted Mathys
• Discounted subscriptions and magazines—and much more!
More on participants:
Tim Samuelson has been seeking-out the stories of America’s past for over forty years. As the City of Chicago’s official “Cultural Historian” – the first person to hold the position since its creation in 2002 – Mr. Samuelson firmly believes that the stewardship of history should more than just good scholarship and careful footnotes. If history is to be vital and relevant, it’s equally important to engagingly tell the story.
In his role as Chicago’s historian, Mr. Samuelson has told the city’s many stories through exhibits, books, public programs and media presentations. Topics include a wide range of Chicago’s diverse contributions to the arts and popular culture. His media appearances include participation in nationally-broadcast television series that include Nova, History Detectives and The American Experience.
First and foremost, Tim Samuelson’s favorite topic is Midwestern architecture, with special emphasis on the life and work of Louis H. Sullivan. His previous professional experience includes five years as the Curator of Architecture at the Chicago Historical Society, and over fifteen years as a historian and restoration advisor with the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. He has also been a consultant for numerous historic restoration projects, including the St. Louis Union Station and recent work at Louis Sullivan’s historic Carson Pirie Scott Store in Chicago. (via explorechicago.org)
Adam Burke, originally from the U.K., began performing stand-up after writing a piece on comedy for a Chicago magazine. Before long, Burke became a fixture at Midwestern shows and showcases. His absurdist, verbose comedy covers not only the vagaries of life in his adopted hometown of Chicago, but also the usefulness of mammoths, dogs who study law, and the importance of gangland grammar. He has appeared on WGN 720 AM radio, was recently listed as one of the Top 20 Comedians in Chicago by Comedy.com and featured in the Chicago Reader. Adam has opened for a wide variety of comedians including Jeff Ross, Maria Bamford, Doug Benson, Bo Burnham, Brendon Burns, and Robin Williams.
Adam Burke has been enjoying a nice run of media attention for his fine work at The Kiss Kiss Cabaret and Cole’s Open Mic! First there’s this fun article from the Chicago Reader, then the article from the Highland Park Suntimes, and then this Comedy of Chicago review of one of his sets, plus this Trib Local article coincided with his St. Patty’s Day Show in Wilmette. This man is getting popular! Want to see where Adam is next? Bookmark his tumblr! (via kisskisscabaret.com)
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Ted Mathys is the author of The Spoils and Forge, both from Coffee House Press. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, his poems have appeared in BOMB, Conjunctions, Fence, Verse, and elsewhere. He lives in Iowa City.
Tovah Burstein, a New Hampshire native, is currently an MFA candidate at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Her work has previously appeared in Chicago Reader, Bookslut, Santa Clara Review, and The Laurentian. She also served as Editor in Chief for the 2012 issue of Oyez Review.
Issue #12, “Architectural,” features work exploring place and architecture as structure and aesthetic
· A feature interview with Tim Samuelson, including full color photographs of Chicago landmarks by Johnathan Crawford
· A conversation between essayists Eula Biss (No Man’s Land) and Amy Leach (Things That Are.)
· New poems from Steve Healy, Ted Mathys, Rosemary Griggs, Christopher Janke, and
· A series of short nonfiction pieces from recent 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Lia Purpura
· A controversial short story about growing up in Egypt by Randa Jarrar with illustrations by Kelsey Zigmund
· An essay by the young, prolific Mexican author Valeria Luiselli, translated by Christina MacSweeney
· Chicago stories from Michael Czyzniejewski with illustrations by Rob Funderburk
· A full-color visual arts exhibition in print featuring Chris Millar, Amy Yoes, and Leeza Meksin
· Exciting new work from emerging writers chosen from our submissions database, including Tovah Burstein, Chris Wiewiora, Paul Pedroza and many more.