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Michael Tod Edgerton - created I'm Asking You to Take (a) Part, a new
writing project using survey responses,
for this event to be read aloud by
participants, & YOU can contribute.
(See info below)

For full text of Patrick Denker's
Language Equals Life Form,
his "wittgenstein audience smash-up"
choose Print Catalog at right.
(This was an audience participatory piece
using terms garnered from MetaSpy.)
Video of the performances are
also available.

Please submit responses to

Michael Tod Edgerton

by to
be incorporated
into his ongoing work, renamed
what most vividly
Please scroll WAY down right for survey questions & email info.

Thank You Jittery Joe's Coffee
Big City Bread
for refreshments!

$3.00 - $6.00
 suggested donation
(but no one turned away
for lack of funds

Exhibit Viewing from
1:00 pm til reading.

Friday, February 18th, 2011
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Open Lines
A VOX Reading Series Event
Exhibit Photo
Exhibit Photo
Patrick Denker reading at Love Lines
in Spring 2009.
Sara Dever will read a piece inspired by
Allons á Lafayette an Art Rosenbaum painting.
  • Print Catalog
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  • Video & Audio Clips
  • With writers:
    Patrick Denker • Sara Dever • Sara Henning 
    Anderson Holderness
    Kevin Vaughn • Michael Tod Edgerton; responses to his questionnaire for his participatory writing project in progress, I'm Asking You to Take (a) Part, will be performed by various invited readers.

    We are pleased to be hosting the sixth VOX Reading Series Event at ATHICA. The 2010-2011 VOX Committee--currently CJ Bartunek, Nicole Higgins and Josh Hussey--has once again put together a wonderful evening of readings of original works by local writers and UGA creative writing students that enhance the current exhibit by extending the exhibit themes into the literary realm. In this case, since the Taking Part exhibit explores participatory art--i.e artworks that incorporate material by people other than a single artist, be they friends and family or internet strangers--the organizers have been gathering some pretty unique works. Many of the writers such as Denker, Edgerton and Henning are returning to ATHICA from previous VOX events.

    VOX  Committee members:
    CJ Bartunek              Nicole Higgins                              Josh Hussey

    The readings range from Holderness & Dever’s ekphrastic poetry–-poems inspired by works of art in other forms--to Edgerton’s participatory poetry project that incorporates responses to a provocative questionnaire.

    Sara Dever’s poem “A Note on a Woman,” was written in response to eminent local artist Art Rosenbaum’s painting Allons á Lafayette. Dever’s take on the narrative story behind the “wildly original and beautiful painting” aims to emphasize the voice speaking within each painting and asking to be heard by its viewers. Focusing on the exhibition’s theme of participation, she “hopes to express the human relational aspects of participation, and the emotional consequences of allowing the participants in our lives to take utter control of them.” Holderness responded to 'Japan 2010,' a photograph by local photographer Margo Rosenbaum.

    And I'm Asking You to Take (a) Part--a new work-in-progress created specifically for this event by poet Tod Michael Edgerton--will be read aloud by others, in keeping with the participatory theme.  Mr. Edgerton (who sadly is unable to present his work at this VOX reading)
    will talks about and read the creative work he's producing with these responses during Taking Part's closing events on Sunday March 6.
    If you would like to submit, please see below.

    To create the I'm Asking You to Take (a) Part piece Edgerton designed a questionnaire distributed online and in the ATHICA gallery since the Taking Part exhibit’s opening. He incorporates a wide variety of  responses which form the work's material, answers to very personal questions such as:
    “What dream do you remember most vividly? What message do you think it bears?”
     “Describe a person you love. How would you know them without their face?”
    “In what way have you betrayed or disappointed yourself or others? In what way have you been betrayed or disappointed?”

    Edgerton is accepting submissions for his presentation of the project through March 1 for his March 6 presentation, and beyond for subsequent readings (see below for how to submit and the survey questions themselves).

    Edgerton cites inspiration in historical precedents; “recent investigative/participatory poetry projects as Kate Schapira’s Town,* C. D. Wright’s One Big Self and One with Others, and Bhanu Kapil Rider’s The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers, from which I unabashedly stole the idea of this questionnaire.” We are very excited to have Edgerton’s creative energies return to ATHICA, despite the fact that he will not be able to present personally until Closing Day, Sunday March 6.
    *this link is to an interview of her by Kenyon Review's frequent blogger on collaborative writers, William Walsh.

    VOX is affiliated with the University of Georgia’s Creative Writing Dept. The VOX Reading Series brings both emerging and established writers to Athens, as well as provides a stage for graduate students in the UGA Creative Writing Program. Founded in 2004 as an independently student-run series, VOX held events in venues throughout Athens until 2007, when, with the financial support of the Creative Writing Program, it moved to its current home venue, the Cine art theater.

    Participating Artists

    Patrick Denker received his MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University and his PhD in English from UGA last year.  He specializes in philosophy and western intellectual history, is currently teaching English at UGA on a Park Hall Fellowship, and is working on a novel, American Inferno.

    Sara Dever is an English with an emphasis in creative writing undergraduate student at the University of Georgia. She will be graduating this May. New to creative writing, Sara got her start working with fiction and poetry in the spring of 2010 at UGA’s creative writing program in Cortona, Italy. She has been able to combine her writing with love of bookmaking in order to produce her own handmade books of her work. Currently, she is working in short fiction and the lyric essay as well as on an ongoing novel project. Her interests include good music, good books, and good food.

    Michael Tod Edgerton --who will not be present--has won the Boston Review Poetry Contest (Cole Swensen, judge), the Five Fingers Review Poetry Contest (Susanne Dyckman and Rusty Morrison, judges), and has had his poetry and reviews appear in such other publications as Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, Exquisite Corpse, Skany Possum, Electronic Poetry Review, New Orleans Review, and Word For/Word. He holds an MFA from Brown University.  Note: Mr. Edgerton will present during our Closing Day Events, Sunday March 6.

    Sara Henning received her MFA from George Mason University.  A former Vermont Studio Center resident, she has poems published or forthcoming in journals such as American Letters and Commentary, Verse, Room, Fence, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume V:  Georgia.  She currently instructs in the First Year Composition Program at the University of Georgia.
    She speaks of her thoughts on the theme of this exhibit: “Much of the work that I produce tends to be deeply collaborative, in so much as it relies on conversations between itself and other dimensions. These dimensions span the mythic, the social, the familial, and the self-referential in theme. I also write pieces that engage with the “personal” in ways that elicit audience participation. My desire for boundaries between audience and poem to stay pleasantly liminal allows audience reaction to be at once objective and subjective, aural and emotional.”

    Anderson Holderness hails from Greensboro, North Carolina. This is his fourth year attending UGA and working towards an English degree. He enjoys taking long walks on the beach and casting shells into the ocean, and he also has been a long-time enthusiast of baby talking to lobsters.

    Kevin Vaughn is a poet and Ph.D. student at UGA. He is a former Fulbright Fellow to Poland's historic Jagiellonian University and a current fellow of the Cave Canem Foundation. He is also the recipient of artistic residencies and fellowships from around the world. Kevin holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University. He lives in Paris, France and Athens, GA.

    3-time repeat ATHICA
    VOX presenter Michael Tod Edgerton is gathering
    materials from YOU for his developing piece which will be read by
    readers TBA at this event and by Mr. Edgerton at the March 6th Closing
    Day events:

    If you would
    like to participate, please
    answer the survey questions
    and email them to him at: todedgerton@gmail.com. The piece will be ongoing. (You may answer as many or as few questions as you like.)

    Edgerton Reading at ATHICA during Spring 2010's Deluge exhibit

    I'm Asking You to Take (a) Part

    A project by
    Michael Tod Edgerton

    Dear Readers of this website:

    I'm looking to you for answers. I'm reaching out. Please
    respond to any one or as many of the following questions as you
    like, however you may interpret them, and as honestly as you
    can. Feel free to correct their assumptions. Feel free to send
    me additional questions, with or without your own answers. Feel
    free to write the reason you don't want to answer a given

    My plan is to use your answers, in part or in whole, as they
    come or as I adapt and transform them, and/or the writing of
    mine which they inspire to develop a book project, or text art
    installation, or both and neither. The work will lead me to its
    form and genre, poem or essay or novel, or it will create its
    own. My plan is to see what happens. Names, if given, might be
    listed in a note, but no writing will be specifically


    Michael Tod Edgerton

    I'm Asking You to Take (a) Part Survey Questions:

    What dream do you remember
    most vividly? What message do you think it


    Why don't you listen to what
    the universe or your mind or your body or your god whispers
    ever more closely to you?


    If you could, what gift that
    is impossible for you to give would you offer and to whom? Why
    this specific gift to this specific person or


    Describe a person you love.
    How would you know them without their face?


    How did you first know you
    were in love and what makes you unsure of it?


    What besides love do you
    doubt and what makes you doubt it?


    In what way have you betrayed
    or disappointed yourself or others? In what way have you been
    betrayed or disappointed?


    What are the parameters of
    your small world? How do you decide where to draw the line,
    where to focus your energies, what to give your attention and
    time to? What, if anything, do you do to enlarge it? If
    nothing, why not?


    Why aren't you more involved
    in trying to better the world of

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