HEAR Now is the audio equivalent of a film festival for fans, performers and producers of contemporary audio story-telling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performances, multi-voiced performance, classic radio drama, experimental narrative, and much more.

This four-day Festival offers a multi-faceted program showcasing the many forms of audio fiction and sound art story-telling in theaters and other “listening” venues. HEAR Now presents audio fiction programs that exemplify traditions of craftsmanship, as well as aesthetic and technological innovation.

The 2017 HEAR Now Festival will again be a gathering place where the work of master storytellers is celebrated and shared.

Audio drama, audiobooks, recorded, and live story-telling -- sketches, poetry, spoken word -- alongside academic papers, juried competitions, and presentations on the physics of sound, as well as performance workshops, will round out this intensive listening event for the 2017 Hear Now Festival.

The following schedule is still ’under construction’ and subject to updates prior to June 6, 2017.
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Ernestus Jiminy Chald

Peisithanatos Press
Chicago, Illinois

Ernestus Jiminy Chald was raised on the South Side of Chicago on a steady auricular diet of Ken Nordine, Joe Frank, Brother Theodore, and Maurice Tarplin. His category-defying work often explores the overlooked dark underbelly of human existence. Chald's literary work has been published by The Journal of Experimental Fiction, Oil Can Press, and Smart Rhino Publications among others; his radio work has been broadcast on WPOX and WFMU. Aside from writing the scripts for his programs, Chald also composes and performs the music used in his shows. His program "Headcheese" will be presented as part of HEAR Now's 2017 Podcast Palooza.