Kyle Vegter

A few years ago, one of my proudest professional moments, I was part of a series of many performances, starting with a week-long stint at the Poetry Foundation, and then an east coast tour, of my poems from Fjords by a Chicago-based shadow puppet company called Manual Cinema, a composer, Kyle Vegter, and a string quartet, Chicago Q Ensemble. If you missed those performances, you can watch a 15 minute excerpt of it here (the entire performance was over an hour), and get a pretty good idea of how things went down. 


Kyle Vegter is my friend, a talented Chicago-based musician and multi-media artist, and one of the brilliant minds behind Manual Cinema, the shadow-puppetry troupe that put on all those performances of Fjords last year. He and I are working together on a little project where I overhear someone talking on a bluetooth device and text him some of the snippets from that conversation, and then he has to immediately write those snippets down on whatever paper is available to him and compose something musically, right then and there, using that exact text. We’ll perform these compositions in Chicago at  Constellation on July 19 along with other musicians, yet to be announced, during my poetry book tour with Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Mathias Svalina this summer.

These are four of the texts so far. Also, I took this photo of him.