The Anything But More- or Less-Shaped Reading

We are most pleased to present the ANYTHING BUT MORE- OR LESS-SHAPED READING, this Monday, August 16th, 7 p.m., at Avol’s Books, 315 W. Gorham. Deigning to grace Madison on their whirlwind tour down to the massive Columbus Avant Writing Symposium, the supergroup of mIEKAL aND, Crag Hill, and James Yeary will be sure to knock our socks off. They’re three major figures in the complex and varied world in which verse as we might know it, visual poetry and intermedia work intersect—expanders of the possibilitites of the arts. Especially if you’ve spent the weekend moving all your furniture across town three times, peel yourself off that humid floor and give your mind a turn in the air-conditioned blender of this verse-saturated evening.

all the best,

Andy and Lewis

mIEKAL aND is a longtime DIY cultural anarchist & the creator of an infoplex worth of visual-verbal lit, audio-art, performance ritual & hypermedia, all distributed by Xexoxial Editions. His hypermedia works reside at JOGLARS Crossmedia Broadcast (  Recent books with Maria Damon include “eros/ion” (ntamo 2007), “pleasureTEXTpossession” (Zasterle 2004) & “Literature Nation” (Potes & Poets 2003).  New books in 2009 include “How to Spell the Sound of Everything” written with Sheila E. Murphy (Xerox Sutra Editions) &  “SEARCHIX: Spampo 2000-2004” (Xerox Sutra Editions) as well as “Anthology Spidertangle” visual poetry from members of the Spidertangle email group.  With Camille Bacos, he has produced a number of  visual-poetry digital films including “…entré pyrobiblios…” and “The Samsara Laundry” which have been shown at festivals at Harvard & Notre Dame.

Since 1991, he has made his home at Dreamtime Village (, a hypermedia / permaculture village project, located in the driftless bioregion of southwestern Wisconsin. And devotes much time to creating edible wilderness indoors & out, growing such things as figs, citrus, cherries, grapes & chestnuts. 1998 marked the creation of THE DRIFTLESS GROTTO OF WEST LIMA (, a permanent public grotto/park/installation which when finished will feature a bird-operated time machine in a 25 ft blue glass tower.

Crag Hill until recently edited SCORE, one of only two journals dedicated exclusively to concrete/visual poetry. In the last three decades his work has appeared in over 100 journals and anthologies, including several available on-line. with Nico Vassilakis, he is editing the first major anthology of visual poetry, The Last Vispo anthology, due out this fall. His creative and critical works in progress can be found at

James Yeary is a poet and visual/performance artist living in Portland, Oregon.  He is a member of the Spare Room collective for whom he recently organized a festival of poetry for multiple voices. He is publisher of the chapbook series c_L books and is co-author (with Nate Orton) of the zine series my day. His work has appeared in ditch, Peaches & Bats, and SHIFTER.


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