A curriculum vitae of Kurt Heintz

  • Scott Free presents Heintz with singer/songwriter Ripley Caine for the weekly Homolatté LGBT/Q coffeehouse at No Exit Café, Rogers Park, Chicago. The evening is a kind of encore of the February 2002 show with the same artists, but with some fresh turns. Heintz's reads from a draft of 45 revolutions, an autobiographical hypertext poem and narrative that includes much new writing and older, existing manuscripts from earlier in his career. [poet/monologuist]

  • Katherine Bardales of Young Chicago Authors invites Heintz to workshop with their Writing for Video students. He screens videos and discusses creative process with 15- to 18-year-olds in this special, extracurricular program. [poetry video director]

  • The PolyRhythmic Ensemble invites Heintz for a featured reading at their weekly Trace series. His set includes a mix of narrative and poetry. He is joined by e-lit' comrade Nick Traenkner (pixlo.com) for a double-feature. [spoken word artist]

  • Heintz is welcomed as a featured artist once again to Women & Children First Books' annual LGBT Pride reading. [poet]
  • Dave Awl curates a special Pansy Kings night for his Partly Dave Show at No Exit Café, which re-unites Awl and Heintz with Robert Rodi, Edward Thomas-Herrera, and Murray McKay. Heintz's piece, "A Report to Shareholders of This Life (or The Selfobject's Progress)" is a 15-minute distilled autobiography since the last Pansy Kings' show in 1996, framed as a corporate report. [monologuist]

  • Heintz conducts the third e-poets video link-up from Chicago to Auburn, Washington's Northwest Spokenword Lab, for their annual Allen Ginsberg marathon reading. Michael McClure is the featured artist in Auburn. Nina Corwin MC's and hosts the event in her South Loop loft. Jared Smith, Kent Foreman, Christopher Piatt, and Brenda Cárdenas are among the Chicago poets featured. [media artist]
  • In a kind of encore with Corwin (above), and with venue co-host Al deGenova (After Hours magazine), Heintz is the featured artist at River Oak Arts' monthly open mike. He reads poetry and memoirs regarding place, and earns an enthusiastic reception. [poet]
  • Dyke Mic hosts a benefit reading and performance at No Exit Café to support four of their own artists on tour to Ladyfest/Philadelphia, who include Katherine Zwick, Rose Tully, Samaiya Ewing, and JT Newman. Heintz is on the bill with Scott Free, Kay Barrett, Dave Awl, Nikki Patin, Ken Hunt, and Maria McCray. Lisa Hemminger and Lisa Samra co-host this wild night. Heintz contributes introductions to the four touring artists in their chapbook. [performance poet]
  • e-poets continues the Voces y Lugares project in 2003 featuring Beatriz Badikian in workshops videoconfereced across Chicago through the Chicago Public Schools' network. Online audiopoetry and texts, which Heintz prepared, support this project. [online publisher]

  • WBEZ-FM, Chicago Public Radio, forms a committee to instigate the selection of a new poet laureate for the state of Illinois, a title left vacant since the passing of Gwendolyn Brooks in December 2000. Heintz juries some of the hundreds of submitted poems with WBEZ arts and literature correspondent Judy Valenti, and with Kenneth Clarke, executive director of the Poetry Center of Chicago. WBEZ's show airs ten finalists. A phone-in poll picks Simone Muench as the people's nomination. The on-air final jury, including Valenti, Clarke, Poetry magazine's Joe Parisi, and renowned performance poet Sherrille Lamb, choose Susan Hahn, and her recommendation is passed to the State Governor's office. [poetry judge]

  • Heintz serves as a judge for "Louder Than a Bomb", Chicago's city-wide teen poetry slam, held at the Chicago Historical Society. He endures boos and cheers from the house for his scores, but mostly cheers. [slam poetry judge]

  • Heintz performs in The Partly Dave Show, a cabaret of music and storytelling presented by Dave Awl. Co-featured on the bill are Rob Neill, Bryn Magnus, and Greg Gillam, in "Bowie Birthday Bash." Heintz's segment spins true-life memoirs of Apple II-induced psychedelia, ambient music, and Bowie's Eno/Berlin phase, to turn of the century encounters with Berlin, an Algerian refugee from Islamic fundamentalism, and a parable for reconstruction in the wake of 9-11. Heintz performs this to his own custom mix of Bowie and Eno tracks sync'd to the text. [monologuist, music director]

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