Elizabeth Harper

Elizabeth Harper has lived in Chicago all her life and likes knowing her way around. Having missed her calling as an erotic dancer, she gets a kick out of reading poetry in bars and having drunks hoot and holler for her to read them sonnets and villanelles. She read regularly at the now defunct Lisa Hemminger's "Yammer" at Joy Blue and "Shag's Little Thing" at Phyllis's Musical Inn. More recently she has read at "Lip," The Poetry Center's Reading Series at The Spot. Also she has read at the Polyrhythmic Arts Collective's "Safe Smiles" Open Mic at Trace on Tuesday nights. She will be a feature at The New Mercury Cafe Open Mic Event hosted by Vito Carli on October 16, 2006. She has written two books of poetry, Love Songs from Psychopaths and Fairy Tales Gone Awry. Both books were designed by the artist Scott Marshall, who currently lives in New York. She writes in many different styles and voices, utilizing influences from blues poetry, language poetry, surrealism, dadaism, and pop music, among other things. Murder, torment, sex, and mental illness are some of her favorite topics. Her poetry is characterized by black humor and childlike morbidity. Mainly she listens to the voices in her head and writes what they tell her to.