The GallAerie is excited to host an evening with Venus DeMars, Lynette Reini-Grandell, Rachel Simon, and Jane Ormerod. Venus, lead singer and songwriter for All the Pretty Horses as well as a solo artist will be doing an acoustic set and showing artwork. Venus' wife, Lynette and their friends Rachel Simon and Jane Ormerod will be reading from their works.
Venus de Mars is best known as the iconic leader of the long standing Minneapolis dark-glam/trans band: "Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses."
A band which Venus formed in the early 90's, and fronted through turbulent dark days when identifying as trans meant being classified as mentally ill and living as an outcast. She recently toured with Laura Jane Grace and Against Me. She is now touring her first solo-acoustic release; Flesh and Wire.
Lynette Reini-Grandell is the author of Approaching the Gate (Holy Cow! Press, 2014), which won the 2015 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. Her poem "Radio Girls" appears in the anthology It's Animal but Merciful and was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Other work has appeared in The Understanding between Foxes and Light, MNArtists.org, Poetry Motel, Revolver, Poetry City U.S.A., and Evergreen Chronicles, among others. She has received grants for her work from the Finlandia Foundation (2013) and the Minnesota State Arts Board (2011). Based in Minneapolis, she performs regularly with the Bosso Poetry Company.
Rachel M. Simon is the author of the poetry collections Theory of Orange (2005, Pavement Saw Press) and Marginal Road (2009, Hollyridge Press). She is the Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs and LGBTQQ Coordinator at Pace University. Simon teaches writing, film, and gender studies courses at Pace, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, and SUNY Purchase College.
Jane Ormerod’s books include Welcome to the Museum of Cattle and Recreational Vehicles on Fire (both Three Rooms Press). Born on the south coast of England, Jane now lives in New York City and performs extensively across the United States and beyond. She is a founding editor at great weather for MEDIA, an independent press focusing on edgy and experimental poetry and prose.