July 11, 2002

Devin Johnston & Peter O'Leary

Thursday, July 11, 2002, 7:30 pm
Pacific Switchboard
2632 SE 25th at Clinton, Space E
(above Clinton Street Video)
$5 suggested donation

Devin Johnston is the author of three books and chapbooks of poetry,
Telepathy (Paper Bark Press, 2001), Aversion (Backwoods Broadsides, 2001),
and Molloy and Mollose (811 Books, 1999); his critical study Precipitations:
Contemporary American Poetry as Occult Practice was published by Wesleyan
University Press in 2002. His poems have appeared in many journals, as well
as his articles on such diverse writers as Basil Bunting, Nathaniel Mackey,
and James Merrill.

Devin is the co-director (w/ Michael O'Leary) of Flood Editions (Chicago),
which has published books by Pam Rehm, Ronald Johnson, Philip Jenks, Tom
Pickard, Fanny Howe, Paul Hoover, and (forthcoming) a reprint of Robert
Duncan's 1958 Letters. (For more information, see www.floodeditions.com.)

Peter O'Leary's book of poetry is called "Watchfulness" (Spuyten Duyvil,
2001). A chapbook, "Auspices," is forthcoming from Spectacular Diseases
(UK). He is also the editor of two volumes of Ronald Johnson's poetry, "To
Do As Adam Did: Selected Poems" (Talisman House, 2000) and "The
Shrubberies," a collection of last poems, (Flood Editions, 2001). With his
brother & Joel Felix, he edits LVNG and the LVNG Supplementary Series.

Peter's critical study, "Gnostic Contagion: Robert Duncan and the Poetry of
Illness," has just been published by Wesleyan University Press. He is a
graduate of the Divinity School of the University of Chicago where he earned
his PhD in 1999; he presently teaches at the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago, & lives in Berwyn, Illinois with his wife & son.

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