Poet Shanny Jean Maney will be featured at a Monmouth College event on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. in the lounge of the Mellinger Center.
Dubbed a “laboratory technician of words,” Maney turns plain language into curious, knowledge-hungry poetry. Alarm clocks, dogs and Jeff Goldblum wait in the center of her Venn diagram, where the mysteries of the intangible philosophers of our day intersect. Her recent book, “I Love Science!,” stands as a reminder that our hearts can hurt from knowing too much, our laugh lines can deepen and the nature of both poetry and science are one in the same.
Both a performance poet and teacher, Maney co-founded “The Encyclopedia Show,” a radical literary reading/spectacular that now runs in venues all across the globe. In 2010, the “Chicago Encyclopedia Show” won the Orgie (short for Original) Theatre Award for 2009’s “Best Creation/Curators.” Maney continues to co-curate the original show in Chicago.
The Mellinger Center is located in the 800 block of East Clinton Ave., just west of the Haldeman-Thiessen Center.