Friday, May 19, 2017

Register for the Poetry Pentathlon

Welcome! If you would like to take part in our event, please fill in your details in the form below and you will be automatically registered. Event registration must be completed at least 

1 MONTH prior to the event.

 Saturday September 16th 7-9pm
4736-38 N Lincoln Ave


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1:Form Poem.  This years for is the SHAKESPEAREAN SONNET


3:ON THE SPOT PROMPT. upon arrival at the event a prompt is issued to each contestant.  the poem must be completed in the room and will be the final event of the night

4; REDACTION POEM. we will provide a page of text.  your job...eliminate everything that is not the poem.

5: THE RESEARCH POEM.  we will issue each contestant a research topic which is to be the subject of the poem.  (do not expect general or boring research topics, it ain't how we roll.)  all topics will be historic and or scientific



Monday, May 8, 2017

Rockford Outsider Poet Publishes Second Children's Book

Rockford based publisher, Zombie Logic Press, is proud to announce the release of its seventh book “Atrocious Poems A to Z.” This is the second children's book by Rockford creative team and real life couple Thomas L. Vaultonburg of Zombie Logic Press and Jenny Mathews of Rockford Illustrating. Atrocious Poems A To Z is a book about all the things kids love to hate. Vegetables, inoculations, haircuts, monsters under the bed, sharing etc. Twenty-six different amusing poems and illustrations designed to help children cope with these anxiety-producing moments of childhood. Many of the poems also contain lessons in literary form, theme, and literary devices such as oxymoron, paradox, onomatopoeia, and verbal irony.

For Vaultonburg, the project is the culmination of a class project that began at Mary Morgan Grade School almost forty years ago when his 5th grade class was tasked with writing and illustrating a children's book all by themselves. When his lack of effort was chided by the teacher Vaultonburg took it to heart three decades later when he vowed to finish the book he had put such a half-hearted effort into, and after eight years of work, and lots of encouragement from the illustrator, Jenny Mathews, has written a book that will be on the walls of the Rockford Art Museum starting June 9th.

Limited editions of Atrocious Poems A to Z are available for pre-order through and will make its debut June 9th 2017 at the Rockford Art Museum. Atrocious Poems A to Z's original pages will be included in an exhibition this summer at the Rockford Art Museum called Bittersweet Observations. “We are very honored to be part of this show at one of our hometown's most prestigious and integral institutions,” says Vaultonburg “It's a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about literary devices in a fun way.” The illustrations from the book can be seen at Rockford Art Museum from June 9th to October 1st.

The book is the fourth in the Rock River Literary Series, publishing authors exclusively from Rockford, Illinois, and the Rock River Valley area. A Kickstarter campaign has been established to raise funds for the project, and future projects in the series at Kickstarter

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Rockford Resident Publishes First Book of Outlaw Poetry

Rockford poet Dennis Gulling, a thirty year veteran of the small press scene, and editor of crawlspace from 1980-1989, has had his first full-length book of poetry, The Blood Dark Sea, published by Zombie Logic Press in Rockford.

The book is 100 pages of what can best be described as noir poetry. Each short poem is a vignette best suited to a 1930's style noir movie, complete with a menagerie of characters engaging in mayhem, small time turpitude, and a gamut of despicable behavior one might expect to see on the police blotter, or an episode of Cops. And the subject matter seems completely organic and appropriate, coming from Rockford, the FBI's 3rd most dangerous city in America. These are characters down on their luck, experiencing epic "bad days," or just making bad decisions. The reader becomes the beneficiary of all this carnage, as the German concept of schadenfreude is in full force in these tiny cautionary tales.

However, the attitude of the poet is not one of judgement or even a prurient interest in shocking the reader with the morbid details. These poems are delivered even-handedly, with no condescension or judgement, and with a wry humor that finishes each scenarios as quickly and unexpectedly as a prison shivving. Gulling's thirty years spent honing his craft are in full evidence here in this collection that spans his decades of writing. Here's a sample of Gulling's dry, humorous take on small time debauchery and depravity...


He saw her in the parking lot
When he was going
Into Carmen’s Liquors
She was sitting
On the hood of a black ‘69 Camaro
White leather skirt
Up to her hips
Yellow blouse cut low
She couldn’t have been
More than 17
She was blowing bubble gum
And combing her bright blond hair
Staring at nothing
He watched
For almost a minute
Then went in to do the job
Pulled a .22 on the clerk
And told her to open the register
The clerk came up with a gun of her own
So fast he didn’t know what happened
She put a bullet point blank
In his chest
And he went down
In front of a rotating wine cooler display
People started peeking in through the windows
But keeping low
When they saw the clerk standing
Over the body
They came in for a closer look
Pretty soon there was a crowd
Around the front of the store
And the police started pouring in

But the girl still sat
On the hood of the Camaro blowing bubbles
Still staring at nothing
In the red glow
Of the police lights
It looked like she was
Combing blood from her hair
-from Outlaw Poetry Blog

The Blood Dark Sea is available from Rockford poetry publisher Zombie Logic Press and those interested in further information or review copies may contact publisher Thomas L. Vaultonburg for more information.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Waiting 4 the Bus in January

Waiting4theBus in January

Monday, January 18
at 7 PM - 9 PM
Uncharted Books
2620 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647

Welcom to 2016. Waiting 4 the Bus is back and cooler than ever before. Chicago's most laid back literary open mic opens their season with Roberta Miles.

Join the Weirdo nation at Uncharted Books for stories and poems and such. We're at 2620 N. Milwaukee, Check the address and look for the chalkboard out front.
Showtime is from7-9 pm
you get 3 poems or 5 minutes whichever comes first.
signup upon arrival
do your best to be on time

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Waiting 4 the Bus on Monday the 19th

Monday, October 19
at 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Uncharted Books
2620 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647

the first show at the new digs went super cool. We had some old Weirdos and some brand new Weirdos. (did I mention that members of the collective are called Weirdos)

come out and see us on October 19th for a taste of Halloween. It's been a long time since we have had a theme and this time, in honor of the holiday, it's horror. bring out your scary poems about death, fear, growing up, politics or whatever keeps you awake at night

we are still at Uncharted Books, 2620 N. Milwaukee. (read the address, not the sign) from 7-9 pm. If you can make it early to help with set up, the poetry gods will stop hiding your muse for a minute and give you a great big hug.

Aside from the open mic, We will be featuring Poetry Pentathlon winner Jacqueline Harris & the legendary and elusive Charlie Rossiter.

get your groove on, get your poem on, and, certainly put your pants on, and join us in Waiting 4 the Bus 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sept 26: Fight the Power

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

National Beat Poetry Festival (the Chicago Sessions)

The National Beat Poetry Festival
The Chicago Session
Hosted by Charlie Newman
Al DeGenova
Billy Tuggle
Buddha 309
Charlie Newman
Elizabeth Haper
Larry Sawyer
Lucia Blinn
John Goode
Paul Ryan
Steve Schroeder
Wayne Allan Jones
September 20
The Chopin Theater
1543 West Division / Chicago, IL 60642