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A public project by Genine Lentine & Jennifer Karmin
Sunday, August 10, 2008
2-5PM in Dolores Park
San Francisco (near 18th & Dolores)

LISTENING BOOTH offers pedestrians a place to sit down and talk to an attentive listener for five minutes. Participants choose their desired level of listenership: 1. Silence 2. Non-verbal backchannel responses: hmm, nodding, etc. 3. Neutral verbal responses: “I hear you,” “I understand,” requests for clarifications, etc; 4. Comments, questions, analogous examples, stories, etc; 5. Advice 6. Freestyle. After five minutes, the listener bows and says “Thank you.” (2-3:30pm) FREE – all are welcome

4000 WORDS 4000 DEAD is a public poem. Submissions are ongoing as the Iraq War continues and the number of dead grows. During street performances, these words are given away to passing pedestrians. Send 1-10 words with subject “4000 WORDS” to jkarmin-at-yahoo-dot-com. All submissions become part of this project. (4-5pm)


GENINE LENTINE’s poems, essays, and interviews have appeared in American Poetry Review, American Speech, Diagram, Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, O, the Oprah Magazine, and Tricycle. She collaborated with Stanley Kunitz and photographer Marnie Crawford Samuelson on The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden (W.W. Norton, 2005). Her manuscript, Mr. Worthington’s Beautiful Experiments on Splashes was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Her project, Listening Booth was recently part of Southern Exposure Gallery’s 1st Annual Public Art day. She lives in San Francisco.

JENNIFER KARMIN curates the Red Rover reading series and is a founding member of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented at a number of festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets. She teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the Chicago Public Schools. Recent poems are published in Bird Dog, MoonLit, Womb and the anthologies A Sing Economy, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century and Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces.

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