Jasper is hosting the upstairs performance space in the Olympia Room at this year’s What’s Love evening of art and performance on Feb 14 at 701 Whaley. We’ve got Shane Silman, Andrew Quattlebaum, and Alex Smith recreating the Beat poets, NiA Theatre Company offering a little teaser of a play, some poets and slammers, some short films, a freaky cool little installation of altered dolls by Susan Lenz, and Dr. Sketchy.
And one of the really cool things that Jasper Magazine is doing for this year’s will be a little chapbook of sexy, quirky poems about love, sex, and technology. The theme of this year’s event is “input/output,” so we invited poems and fiction writers to submit poetry and flash fiction that addressed love and sex and especially the ways that technology has changed our emotional and sexual relationships. We got about 130 submissions from 40 SC writers. There were text message poems, Skype poems, poems about voicemail and sexting, telephones and digital cams and iphones, a faux blog by a teenage girl, and story written in Facebook posts. Girl crushes, long-distance calls, a Grindr post, lights left on all night–oh, and a lurker. And we narrowed it down to 17 powerful, punchy little pieces.
Poets included are: Ray McManus, Betsy Breen, Eric Kocher, Carol Peters, Worthy Evans, Nicola Waldron, Julie Bloemeke, Dustin Brookshire, Daniel Nathan Terry, Kristine Hartvigsen, Kendal Turner, Lauren Wiggins, Libby Swope Wiersema, Ed Madden, and Barbara G S Hagerty, as well as a poignant little bit of flash fiction by Carl Jenkinson.
The book is published thanks to Jasper and to Hip-Wa-Zee.