Thursday, April 16, 2015

Poetry Pentathlon 2015-we are looking for poetry heroes

the Poetry Pentathlon will be held at the
Book Cellar
4738-4738 N. Lincoln

September 19th-7to9pm

Time to Prep for the Poetry Pentathlon.
Registration is currently open,
Just let us know you want to play
Subject:Pentathlon
include your name, a short bio, and your intent to compete
we will reply with confirmation
Registration closes August 19th

THE EVENTS

THE FORM POEM-THE SESTINA
A sestina is a form of poetry that uses a method of repeating words at the end of each line. It has 6 stanzas of 6 lines each, with an envoy (or tercet) of three lines to conclude the poem. While a sestina may seem daunting at first, they can be used to create vivid, powerful poems.

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO WRITE A SESTINA CAN BE FOUND HERE or http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Sestina

THE RANT
The Rant is technically another “form”.  The guidelines are pretty free form, but if you need instruction go HERE or
http://www.ehow.com/how_5145194_write-rant-poem.html

Poets have long written about the things that vex them. The practice of ranting in poetic verse dates back to at least Ancient Greece, where Homer catches Zeus complaining in The Odyssey: "Mortal men have always put the blame upon us gods!" Though the rant poem is not granted the same canonic acceptance as the sonnet or sestina, rant poetry has flourished from Homer's time to our own.

POEM FOR MULTIPLE VOICES
This one should be self explanatory.  It is a contest to write a poem in two (or more) distinct voices.  This is the only event where the contestant is allowed to recruit performers to compete as a team.  Poets may choose to handle the event solo.  Remember that in the Pentathlon, performance is worth half the score...choose wisely

RESCUE & REVISE A BAD POEM
We are not passing judgement.  The poem was already declared bad by the now defunct BADPOETRY.COM.  We at W4tB believe all poem can be saved, but it won’t be easy.  Poem to be rescued will be provide after registration closes (Aug 20th or there abouts)

ON THE SPOT PROMPT
Originally used by Nina Corwin to close out her classic open mic “the Word Gourmet”.  A prompt is issued upon your arrival at the Pentathlon.  During the course of the show, all contestants are (to the best of their ability) write a poem based in any way shape or form on the issued prompt.
this is always the last event of the evening



On the last Sunday In April, The Poetry Bomb aims to fill as many public locations as humanly possible with performances of poetry all at the exact same time
Bomb Sites Currently Include
Outside the Heartland Cafe ,Roger's Park
and Lincoln Square by the fountain where the tables and chairs are
That Poetry Bomb sounds cool! How do I get involved:
You can be a member of the Bomb Squad in one of the following ways:
1. Spreading the word
2. Attending an event and enjoying
3. Attending an event as a reader
4. Creating an event

So now that I know how I want to be involved, what do I do?

I. Spreading the word
  1. Check the website for information.
  2. Share it with friends
  3. (The extra step): talk about it with others when you socialize or while you're at work.
    (just ask weirdowatch1@gmail.com)
II. Attending an event
1. Check the website for event locations
2. Go there and enjoy.

III. Attending an event as a reader
  1. Contact us  here on Facebook or here if your not all social media all the time
  2. Inform us either what specific event you'd like to attend, or where you're willing to go, so we         can find a show for you.
  3. Receive the show information and go.

IV. Creating an event
   1. Schedule your event and performers.
   2. Contact us at here on Facebook  or via e-mail and let us know where your show will be, who          will be performing, and whether or not you'd be willing to let us send other performers your            way and information on any regular shows you'd like us to list in Poetry Bomb        advertisements.
   3. Check the listing to make sure we got the information correct and wait for further information on fliers and other available ads.

Weird is Sexy!!!

Chuck Kramer & Bob Lawrence are Waiting 4 the Bus



April 20th
Chuck Kramer & Bob Lawrence
7-9 pm
Powell's Bookstores University Village
1218 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL
+ an Open Mic
Well Tiger, looks like you hit the Jackpot
Weird is Sexy!!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Waiting 4 the Bus Open Mic with features and hoopla



FEB 16



Featuring Elizabeth Tieri and Britteny Capri (or the other way around, one is never sure of the etiquette involved in these things)

We are currently residing in the Poetry Bunker (the back room at)
Powells Books
1218 S Halsted
Chicago, IL
Showtime 7-9pm
Time limits:
You have 5 minutes of stage time
OR
Three poems
Whichever comes first
There will be harsh penalties and social embarrassments for exceeding time limits


Powells Books 

1218 S Halsted 
Chicago, IL

Monday, February 16

 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Rockford Poet Jesus Correa Makes NPR Winter Reading Series List

Jesus Abraham Correa's book of poetry and art, Iced Cream, has been named to NPR's Winter Reading Series. Published by Zombie Logic Press, Iced Cream was the inaugural book in their Rock River Valley Literature series, comprising writers who live in the Northern Illinois region of the Rock River Valley. The second book, The Zen of Beard trimming, by C.J. Campbell, will be available in February.

More information on Jesus Abraham Correa, and where and when to listen to him talk about Iced Cream can be found here

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Waiting 4 the Bus Open Mic with features and hoopla

Monday, February 16

at 7:00pm - 9:00pm





Waiting 4 the Bus Open Mic with features and hoopla
Featuring Elizabeth Tieri and Britteny Capri (or the other way around, one is never sure of the etiquette involved in these things)


We are currently residing in the Poetry Bunker (the back room at)
Powells Books
1218 S Halsted
Chicago, IL
Showtime 7-9pm
Time limits:
You have 5 minutes of stage time
OR
Three poems
Whichever comes first
There will be harsh penalties and social embarrassments for exceeding tim the e limits


find us on FaceBook
https://www.facebook.com/w4tbopenmic

or
Join the group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/waiting4thebus/

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Waiting 4 the Bus Literary Open Mic with Features & hoopla --Jan 19th 2015


Welcome to W4tB 2015
Things you need to know for the new year:
The show is a monthly event on the 3rd Monday of the month
We are currently residing in the Poetry Bunker (the back room)at
Powells Books
1218 S Halsted
Chicago, IL
Showtime 7-9pm
Time limits:
You have 5 minutes of stage time
OR
Three poems
Whichever comes first
There will be harsh penalties and social embarrassments for exceeding time limits


Come out and join us for a special 3 feature night.
We will be joined by the authors of "The Walmart Republic"
Quraysh Ali Lansana & Christopher Stewart
And their special guest David Bublitz
It is a fabulous way to kick off a new year at the bus stop, you should join us.


The show is free, but we do request a donation.  The donation is to pay our features.  Please be generous (as generous as your personal economy allows)