Creative Writing Reading Series: Chris Kraus and Owen Ashworth

Thursday, April 20 at 5:30pm

Stage Two 618 S Michigan Ave, Chicago IL, 60605

Columbia College Chicago presents the Spring 2017 Creative Writing Reading Series. This reading opens with graduate poetry student Kelsey Hoff and closes with a Q&A session with the audience. Selected titles will be available for sale. 

Chris Kraus is the author of four novels and two books of art and cultural criticism. Her first novel, I Love Dick, is now being adapted for television. Kraus’ next book, a critical biography of the American writer Kathy Acker (1947-97), will be published by Semiotexte in September 2017. She teaches writing at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Owen Ashworth performs minimalist, heavy-hearted and nostalgia-obsessed songs of longing and regret under the moniker Advance Base. His conversational, baritone vocals sing stories of hard-luck Midwesterners and their demons amid swirls of electric pianos, Omnichords, drum machines and samples. Advance Base's second album, Nephew in the Wild, was named #1 Indie Pop Album of 2015 by PopMatters.


About the Creative Writing Reading Series
The Columbia College Chicago Reading Series is committed to curating critically engaged contemporary works that challenge traditional discourse and embraces culturally relevant, diverse voices. The college’s unique connection to the vibrant cultural and educational district in the South Loop also sets the stage for some of the most fascinating, inspiring and influential conversations on the literary arts.

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Performance, Reading


School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, English and Creative Writing





Free and open to the public

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