Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Davis Schneiderman's DRAIN Book Sink (Not Launch) Party

Davis Schneiderman is releasing his new novel, Drain, at his book launch sink party at the Part Time Gallery (5219 N. Clark. 3rd Floor) on July 31st.

And even better...there will be performances or readings by Steve Tomasula, Cookies & MILF (aka Kelly Haramis & Jennifer Boxrud), Don Share, John Beer, Rebekah Silverman and Tadd Adcox (reading a piece by Fred Sasaki). Artwork by Elizabeth Birnbaum, Karen Larson, Eli Robb and Mai Wagner.

The Gallery is also hosting the exhibit DISCARD in conjunction with the Book Sink Party. The art exhibit will open July 30th and feature pieces by Book Sink Party presenters and other local artists.

Doors open at 7:00 pm to a room full of entertaining art and artful entertainment.

FREE wine, free autographs, free love, free tiaras and freedom of speech.

Schedule (with special surprises throughout):

7:45: Steve Tomasula

8:20 Cookies and MILF: Kelly Haramis & Jennifer Boxrud

9:00 Don Share // John Beer

10:00: from Artifice Magazine: Rebekah Silverman & Tadd Adcox

10:40: Davis Schneiderman


Davis Schneiderman is a multimedia artist and writer and the author and editor of eight books, including the novels Drain (TriQuarterly/Northwestern) and Abecedarium (Chiasmus) and the forthcoming blank novel, Blank: a novel (Jaded Ibis); the co-edited collections Retaking the Universe: Williams S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization (Pluto) and The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game (Nebraska); as well as the audiocollage Memorials to Future Catastrophes (Jaded Ibis). His creative work has appeared in numerous publications including Fiction International, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, and Exquisite Corpse. He is Chair of the English Department at Lake Forest College, and also Director of Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books. He edits The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing. He can be found, virtually, at



James Tadd Adcox is the editor-in-chief of Artifice Magazine ( His own work has been published or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse, PANK, Mid-American Review, and Quick Fiction, among other

places. He lives in Chicago.


John Beer’s first book, The Waste Land and Other Poems, has just been published. Appearing in some fine literary magazines, he writes on theater for Time Out Chicago.


Born and raised in Texas, Jen fled to Colorado, where she majored in Broadcast Journalism. Now she's a nurse. Jen gets bored easily. As a child, Jen entertained friends and family (ok, herself) by giving her stuffed animals voices and personalities. As a grownup, Jen realized she needed more Playtime and began her Improv journey. And by "journey," I mean she opened a box of wine, Googled "Second City," drank said box of wine, thought, 'Hey, I love Improv! And boxed wine!' Then Jen clicked the "Sign Me Up" box and entered her 12-digit credit card number. Oh, and the three-digit security code on the back. Which, after a box of wine, is kinda hard to find. Jen is awfully glad she made friends with Kelly on the playground.


A former Chicago Tribune reporter and editor, Kelly Haramis is a freelance writer and improv student at the Second City Conservatory and IO in Chicago, who is working on her first one-woman show. She spends the other 23 hours of her day running after her daughters Athena, 4, and Kallista, 3.


Don Share is Senior Editor of Poetry magazine. His books include Squandermania, Union, The Traumatophile, and Seneca in English. Forthcoming are: a new book of poems, Wishbone, Bunting’s Persia, and a critical edition of Basil Bunting’s poems. His translations of Miguel Hernández, collected in I Have Lots of Heart, were awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize, the Premio Valle Inclán, and the PEN/New England Discovery Award. He has been Poetry Editor of Harvard Review and Partisan Review, the editor of Literary Imagination, and the curator of poetry at Harvard University.


Rebekah Silverman is the managing editor of Artifice Magazine, which can be found in better-quality bookstores and online at She is also the Director of Resource Development at Growing Home, a Chicago non-profit, where she sends emails and writes grants. Rebekah can be found online at


Steve Tomasula is the author of the novels VAS: An Opera in Flatland; IN & OZ; The Book of Portraiture; and most recently, TOC: A New-Media Novel, a multimedia novel about time, published on DVD (FC2/University of Alabama Press), which received this year’s Mary Shelly Award for Excellence in Fiction. His short fiction and essays on literature and art have appeared widely, and include stories in McSweeney's, American Arts & Letters, and The Iowa Review. In Chicago, he lives 3 blocks from this gallery, and is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Notre Dame.



Elizabeth is the program coordinator for Environmental Studies at Lake Forest College. She graduated from Lake Forest in 2008 with a degree in Art History and Psychology. After college, she moved to Brazil, learned Portuguese, then came back to Chicago, where she went on to work for the Burnham Centennial.

Beyond that, Elizabeth’s life can now be completely traced through the blog site, tumblr. This summer she is the project manager for the campus garden ( She is one of four co-owners of the Part Time Gallery in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood ( She also fancies herself to be a multimedia artist ( and an art collector (


Karen Larson is a senior at Lake Forest College where she is majoring in English creative writing and minoring in theatre. Since the age of five, she has been entranced by the art world, working extensively in theatre, dance, music, film, and writing and has more recently delved into photography. She is originally from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and just returned from a semester abroad in South Africa. After graduation plans are anything but solidified--throw out the net and see what comes back.


Eli Robb is an inter-media artist, living in Evanston, IL. He is originally from California and has always been interested in art, among many other subjects. Eli received his B.A. with honors in Art Practice from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 and is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Lake Forest College. Eli has recently exhibited sculpture, video, installation, and performance work in venues in and around Chicago. His work approaches everyday objects and subject matter with serious formal considerations and a playful resignation to the absurdity of both art and life.

Technical Assistant: Niharika Jain


Mai is an artist living in Chicago. He spends most days chasing after his 4 year old daughter while reading, writing and creating art. It’s a busy day…

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It wasn't a box of wine for this woman hanging with a 20ish. I think she's a cougar.