April 15 - May 31, 2014
Created by Savannah Wood, the Black Ink Book Exchange is a pop up library that will host workshops over the summer of 2014 in several South Side Chicago locations. The program aims to create a space around books as cultural currency and includes bookmaking workshops, a reading lounge, and a book barter. All events take place at the Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd.
April 18, 6-8pm Opening Reception
Join us for an evening of music, crafting, and exchange, as we open Black Ink Book Exchange to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
April 27, 12-2pm
Writing Workshop with avery r. young
Writer, performer, visual artist, and teaching artist avery r. young is a Cave Canem 2012 3Arts Awardee and an alumnus artist-in-residence of the Arts Incubator. He has performed internationally, and his work is featured in several anthologies and compilations. In celebration/observation of National Poetry Month this year, avery is featuring a series of "Found Poems." His Sunday workshop engages participants in creating visual/found poems inspired by books in the Black Ink Book Exchange catalogue.
May 4, 1-2pm
Book Club with Chicago Reading Africa
Chicago Reading Africa is a locally-founded initiative for readers interested in global perspectives. Started in 2012 by sisters Nina and Viva Yeboah, the organization engages with African-produced narratives through literary discussions and film and visual arts outings. May's literary discussion, "Fictive Kin," will focus on works that reflect the intersection of migration and kinship. Writers of the selected readings include Dinaw Mengestu, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, E.C. Osondu, Tope Folarin, and Kima Jones. Visit meetup.com/Chicago-Reading-Africa/messages/boards/thread/42932682 to view these works online. For more information, visit CHI-ReadingAfrica.tumblr.com
May 11, 12-2pm
Making Time with Regin Igloria
Regin teaches book binding at North Branch Projects (northbranchprojects.com). For this workshop, participants will learn a basic stab binding, and walk away with a handmade book of their own. All supplies will be provided.