Residency Dates: October 08, 2023 - October 28, 2023
Application Deadline: September 24, 2023

Chicago’s Inaugural Poet Laureate, interdisciplinary artist avery r. young is also an award-winning teaching artist.   As co-director of The Floating Museum,  young’s work stretches to that programming and curation of the Chicago Architecture Biennial – Cab5, This is a Rehearsal [2023].   In the foreword of his most recent book neckbone: visual verses (Northwestern University Press), Theaster Gates called him “one of our greatest living street poets…one of the most important thinkers on the Black experience,” Black Grooves referred to his album tubman. (FPE Records) as “brilliant” and “supremely funky.” Young’s poems and essays have been published in Cecil McDonald’s In The Company of Black, The BreakBeat Poets, and other anthologies. His album booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid engages matters of race, gender, and sexuality in America during the Obama Era.  Avery’s work in performance, visual text, and sound design has been featured in several exhibitions and theater festivals—notably The Hip Hop Theatre Festival, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and American Jazz Museum.   He is the featured vocalist on flutist Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening (FPE Records).  His theater credits include co-writing and co-producing the soundtrack for Lise Haller Baggeson’s Hatorgrade Retrograde: The Musical, scoring RedClay Dance’s Rest.Restore.Nourinsh.Move.Heal and writing the libretto for The Chicago Lyric Opera’s Twilight: Gods.  Currently young is working on the libretto, compositions for his debut opera titled safronia and he is working on the score and script for his debut play  maim de looter(s).

Residency Statement

I am looking forward to working with poets and/or artists who are language-based through a work-in-process which brings sound and language together.  These works can be performative or audio, and/or both.  These works can also address race, sexuality, and identity.  These works can also center a particular space and/or time in history, future or imagination. 

Application requirements

  1. BIO (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
  2. One-page description of your project or current practice.  Does not need to exceed 1500 words (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
  3. Up to 4 samples of work within the discipline(s) that synthesizes the project. (.mp3, .mp4, link)
  4. Link to website, YouTube video or other streaming streaming of prior work. [Up to 3, Up to 5 minutes each, or mark the times that you would like me to review.)

Appication Fee:  $25 | Apply

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