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When: Friday, July 13 ( 7 – 9:30PM)

Where: 925 W Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614

Cost: Free

Heirloom is a three-person show presented by local artists Erin Kathryn Morrill and Carol Bontekoe and author Tyler Gillespie. The selected work navigates the concept of urban family by using photography, painting, and text.

In keeping with the theme of the urban family, Heirloom is designed to be a family reunio

n of sorts – a place where potluck meets poetry.

There will be food and alcohol, but people are encouraged to bring their favorite dishes. Don’t be like that free-loading uncle who comes and gets drunk for free and never gets invited back!

Tyler Gillespie will be reading from his book of short stories Dirty Socks and Pine Needles (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012).

Jakob VanLammeren Juana Paola Peralta and Huey Amaru Marley will also be reading at the event.

…this is my first ever book review in a newspaper! I’m really excited about it.

[Windy City Times]

Dirty Socks and Pine Needles

BOOK REVIEW

by Sally Parsons

2012-06-20

By Tyler Gillesie $2.99; Sibling Rivalry Press; 26 pages [buy book here]

“Tyler Gillespie’s book is a slender collection of reminiscences that sing of gentle and bittersweet memories of a childhood in the South. It’s a helping of sweet potato pie and collard greens—a filling meal whipped up by a boy who learned disappointment and betrayal early from his father, buffered by loving grandparents, mother and uncle. These stories, crafted by a gifted young writer, will touch you deeply and haunt you often.”

read full review at Windy City Times

“This short story cycle focuses an almost microscopic attention to
moments of our young narrator’s life and hints in beautiful and subtle
ways at the man-to-be. Gillespie shows us that in fiction, seemingly
ordinary scenes, like a spelling bee, a handwriting lesson or a
funeral, can be emblematic, reminding us too that in life, it’s the
certain—and few—small events, and not the cataclysms, that turn us
into ourselves.”

— Ryan Van Meter, If You Knew Then What I know Now

I’m really excited that Ryan Van Meter wrote a blurb for my book Dirty Socks and Pine Needles. I first heard Ryan speak on a nonfiction panel at AWP last February; he was ridiculously well-spoken and charismatic.

Ryan wrote the book If You Knew Then What I know Now  — a collection of essays that “reinvents the memoir with all-encompassing empathy—for bully and bullied alike.” His book was The Millions‘ A Year in Reading pick and part of Salon.com‘s Writers Choose Their Favorite Books. He is a very talented and inspiring writer. You should check it out!

2012 – Heirloom

“the things we leave behind”

art by: erin kathryn morrill, carol bontekoe, tyler gillespie

reading: from Dirty Socks and Pine Needles by tyler gillespie

when: Friday, July 13 ( 7 – 9:30PM)

where: Holy Covenant United Methodist Church

(925 W Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614)

Heirloom is a three-person show presented by erin kathryn morrill, carol bontekoe, and tyler gillespie. The selected work navigates the concept of urban family by using photography, painting, a
In keeping with the theme of the urban family, Heirloom is designed to be a family reunion of sorts – a place where potluck meets poetry. nd text.

There will be food and alcohol, but people are encouraged to bring their favorite dishes. Don’t be like that free-loading uncle who comes and gets drunk for free and never gets invited back!

tyler gillespie/25/FL

Dirty Socks and Pine Needles (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012) is a mythography – it’s a fictitious biography of my life. My work intentionally blurs the distinction between what is remembered (memory) and what actually happened (reality). The text self-indulgently explores my obsession with memory; it’s about family, but more importantly it’s about how family informs the perception of self.

buy e-book here

“Laundry Day” (2012)

[clothesline, socks, paper]

“Laundry Day” is a visual representation of memory. The installation is a composite of each story in Dirty Socks and Pine Needles; the handwritten stories are and hung up sequentially by clothespins.

The viewer is encouraged to transform the piece by buying or stealing or somehow TAKING the stories/memories and replacing them with a sock. The objective is to see how the narrative of memory is irrevocably changed by time and other people.  We are forced to question what is inherently missing in a person’s memory narrative.

“In Dirty Socks and Pine Needles, Tyler Gillespie elegantly uses his storytelling to weave his strange, off-kilter childhood memories into a collection of melancholic beauty.  Gillespie’s stories are brave, honest, and seamlessly told with an innocence that has the ability to unlock the dark memories most have buried in their consciousness. There is no better talent than turning heartache into beauty and with Dirty Sock and Pine Needles, Gillespie has mastered this art flawlessly.”

— Franki Elliot, author of Piano Rats

buy dirty socks and pine needles here.  write a review!