Performance Art Program

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.


Some Kindsa Love 2 - Private Writing Made Public

The Ninth Ward @ Babeville

drawing by Ripley Whiteside
It's our party, we can do what we want
It's our party, we can say what we want
It's our party, we can love who we want

Congratulations on your poetry.
This is NOT a poetry reading.

An Open Letter to Fans of Open Letters:

The "open letter" can be a handy forum through which to opine in public about concerns that may sometimes be better left private. But we don't live in a private world anymore. Sometimes the open letter is earnest and true. Sometimes it expresses a love or affection that is then undermined by the judgmental content of what follows. And sometimes one open letter demands another. Have YOU got a bone to pick with someone? Now's your chance!

And why stop there? Ron Ehmke and John Massier invite you to share whatever it is you feel you need to, so long as it's "private writing made public." We don't expect you to "perform" (though if you feel so moved, we wouldn't dream of stopping you). We do expect you to read something writing-based and contribute to reasserting the social network as a public, live, and face to face space. Some Kindsa Love will include both invited participants and open mike participants. Letters and their variants will be expected to be no longer than FIVE minutes long.

We want your:
love letters • dear john letters • dirty laundry lists • incriminating shopping lists • glowing report cards • scary police reports • heartfelt fan letters (sent or received) • embarrassing job evaluations • intimate FB correspondence • dreamy dream journals • weird diary excerpts • frisky sexual memoirs • freaky xmas letters • crazy manifestos • earnest memos to self

Confirmed to read: Liz Bayan, David Butler, Edmund Cardoni, John Carocci, Heather Gring, Mickey Harmon, Pat Kewley, Elizabeth Licata, Ben Siegel

Pending readers: You. If you show up. So show up.