"The Labor of Death" at Sector 2337

I will be participating in a theory/poetry reading tomorrow (Friday, October 24) at a gallery space in Logan Square! I should have posted that here sooner. The details are below:

Poetry and Theory #1: Corpse Photography and awesome cameras
Our first Poetry and Theory event pairs a historian of corpse photography and a reading from a
serial poem focusing on the effect of a flourishing media in a culture comfortable at war. This
event is free.

Kelly Christian is a researcher, writer, and artist who explores cultural responses to death, and
the history of postmortem and funerary photography. After photographing military funerals in
Maine during the height of the Iraq War, Kelly realized that there was no turning back from the dark side. She is currently a member of The Order of the Good Death, and a staff writer for the online publication, Dilettante Army.

Christian will be engaging in a lecture exploring chronological shifts in the “labor of death”. She
will speaking to how the corpse was traditionally handled prior to the professionalization/
medicalization of death, and frame that in opposition to contemporary funerary practices. This will include specific examples of how the living navigated moving and posing the dead, as well as the cultural context which allowed for these practices to take place – medicine before germ theory and death as a daily reality.

Laura Goldstein’s first collection of poetry, loaded arc, was released by Trembling Pillow Press in 2013 and her second collection, awesome camera was published by Make Now Press in 2014. She has also published six chapbooks as well as numerous poems and essays in magazines in print and online. She currently teaches at Loyola University and co-curates the Red Rover Reading Series.

Goldstein’s awesome camera consists of multiple serial poems that focus in on the effect of a
flourishing media in a culture comfortable at war. The poems comprise short durational experiments in seeing, reading, and performance.

Sector 2337 is located on 2337 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60647 | 773 - 687 - 8481 | Hours: Wed - Sat: 2 to 6pm