A curriculum vitae of Kurt Heintz

  • Heintz performs for one of Nina Corwin's final Word Gourmet readings at the original Gourmand Café, with fellow queer poets Samaiya Ewing, Rose Tully, and Jason Schupp. [performance poet]

  • In back-to-back readings, Heintz presents new poetry for the Chicago Labor & Arts Festival, in a program curated by Michael Watson, and for High Risk Gallery, in a program curated by Thunder Ed (aka. Kirk Williamson). [performance poet]
  • Heintz reads as a featured part of Todd Heldt's audiopoetry CD release. [performance poet]
  • The Word In Motion Festival in Riga, Latvia screens three videos by Heintz, and awards him a prize for Chinese Cucumbers. Only two other awards are given, one to a Russian and the other to an English video. [poetry video director]

  • Geoconference 2 meets in Chicago, and Heintz hosts. Geoconfererence gathers spoken word, poetry video and film, and telepresent performance into one 3-day presentation. [producer/curator]
  • Edition 406 publishes Rude Trip - the anthology of the first Hamburg/Chicago Literary Expedition. Rude Trip includes new writing by Heintz and Rob Wittig who perform for the book's premiere in Hamburg, Germany. Both writers also perform later in the same trip at Gloria Café, Hamburg. [performance poet]

  • Heintz participates in a panel for the Printer's Row Bookfair, on writing and electronic literary communities. Joining him on the panel are Joe Tabbi of Electronic Book Review, Kim Soenen of PreviewPort.com, and Jason Pettus, "blog" artist from Chicago. Martin Riker, of Center for Book Culture, moderates. [panelist, publisher]
  • Heintz returns as a featured artist to Women & Children First Books for their 5th annual LGBT Pride reading. [performance poet]

  • Once again, Young Chicago Authors links with Vancouver teen poets, in a two-way workshop and recital engineered by Heintz through the e-poets network, held this year at Center Portion. [workshop leader]
  • Heintz is a featured artist at the Guild Complex, and at Scott Free's "Grinder". [performance poet]
  • The first-ever Electronic Literature Awards for Fiction and Poetry are presented at the New School, Manhattan. Heintz directs the awards show, which features samples from a dozen different hypermedia artists' work presented for the audience at the Swayduck Auditorium. The show also includes a live peformance of a text stream composed by Australian hypermedia artist Mez in real time, via Internet chat from her home. [director]
  • "Paper Tiger - new world poetry" volume 1, a CD-ROM anthology published in Australia, gathers new poetry from that country, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, the UK, China, the Philippines, and (of course) the USA. It includes two of Heintz's poetry videos for digital playback: "Chinese Cucumbers" featuring Patricia Smith, and "Passage" featuring Quraysh Ali Lansana. [video artist]

  • Poetry Month opens at the Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago, with a poetry festival, featuring a scheduled e-poets link-up with Farrago Poetry, London. Last-minute technical complications keep the event from running to full satisfaction, but the event nonetheless presents Kent Foreman, Martha Vertreace, and Patrick Sanchez from Chicago, and Bob Cobbings (language poet) from London. [director]
  • Later, the same day as the London link-up, Heintz co-produces a second link with the SPLAB as part of their Allen Ginsberg Marathon. This link-up runs quite satisfactorily, and brings Foreman and Terry Jacobus from Chicago to a live, virtual reading with Anne Waldman in Auburn, Washington. Audience members in both cities join a lively Beat-inspired open-mike for the remainder of the program. [director]
  • Heintz speaks on the Digital Divide as it relates to performance poetry, at the Boston CyberArts Festival, as part of Boston T-1 Party. [publisher, e-media producer]
  • Northwestern University gathers multidisciplinary students in a media/theater workshop for performance poetry. Heintz discusses principles of such art for the students. A panel discussion on the final performance night also brings Tyehimba Jess and Duriel Harris to the workshop with Heintz. [teacher, theorist]

  • Heintz is published in "Mantis 1: poetry and community" by Stanford University Press. His essay, teamed with colleague Barbara Steinberg's of Radio Free Monterey, discusses the evolution of new media into poetry's landscape, and how his work with e-poets.net has affected how people think about new media literature and culture. Other Mantis contributors include Yusef Komunyakaa and Bob Holman. [essayist]
  • Heintz leads an in-depth telepresent performance workshop with Free Street Theater, a project for teen performing artists in Chicago. The Free Street Company produces a live video link with the Northwest Spokenword Lab, Auburn, Washington, which the kids direct for themselves. [workshop leader]

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