Zach Bartz is a painter, performer, and producer in Chicago. He paints on found or recycled materials in order to relinquish himself from the pressure to make "fine art" and to take risks he may otherwise avoid while using expensive materials like oil and canvas. By using found objects, he can also challenge the context of certain images, colors, and patterns to make new discoveries. Zach mostly paints faces, which can be traced back to his life in theater; it also gives him
On Dec. 14, Logan Square’s City Lit Books hosted the Poetry Center’s December “Six Points Reading Series”, this time featuring renowned Detroit poets Tyehimba Jess and Aricka Foreman. Foreman, fresh off the release of her new chapbook Dream with a Glass Chamber, warmed herself by the in-store fireplace as she shared poems from her chapbook that she referred to as “struggles with wellness language”—the breaking down of models, which Foreman called ineffective, used to help hum
The following is not about coping with depression.
That’s a topic that’s dealt with and written about immensely, and unfortunately, there is no cure-all remedy. Not to mention finding a recovery strategy is a lot like finding a spouse or finding your true career path which takes trial and error, self discovery, experimentation, effort, and compromise. Like I said, there’s plenty of existing material out there about diagnosing and overcoming mental illness, but there
Based on the Peruvian civil war, Blood of the Dawn is a delirious, harrowing onslaught of mixed allegiances and betrayals, punctuated with machete chops and the machine gun’s staccato call. Claudia Salazar Jiménez, argues for the freedom not only of Peru, but also for the freedom of its women and their pursuits, some of whom joined the Communist uprising and found themselves to be unwitting volunteers of their worsening privilege.
Jiménez lays the conflict bare wit
I study nonfiction and although I’ve become satisfied with all of the varieties of exploring the medium, I sometimes get bored talking about myself and my loved ones all of the time. This is why I’m currently taking a fiction course; I want to be able to cross genres eventually, but I want to be able to do it well. Being out of my element during these last thirteen weeks, I’ve had a hard time figuring out what’s so made up about fiction because every story that’s been present
When the year winds down, and the city fills with tourists seeking the Loop, the Bean, and all the big city trappings, Chicago residents will no doubt want to escape all the bustle for some fun and warmth in other parts of the city. Check out these exciting literary events off the beaten path to ring in the Holiday and New Year’s seasons! Dec. 5, Poetry off the Shelf: Jane Hirshfield: Poet Jane Hirshfield reads at the Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior St. Hirshfield is the