Tuesday, June 30, 2009

First Fridays @ St. Pauls

7:30 pm 9:30 PM
St Paul’s Cultural Center
2215 W North Avenue

The First Friday Poetry Series

Al DeGenova & Pat Hertel presents the After Hours Poetry Soiree!

Emily Rose

Charlie Rossiter

Bonnie Summers

Al DeGenova

Free Admission
Donation Requested
2+ blocks west of the Damon Blue Line stop
Street parking available
Beer, wine, soft drinks available @ cool-low prices

The First Friday Poetry Series is a Poetry Green Zone

Monday, June 29, 2009

virtual artists collective reading room

Steven Schroeder just want to invite all of you to check out the vacpoetry reading room:

and, please, send reviews of what you're reading!

Steven Schroeder

virtual artists collective


Sunday, June 28, 2009

Open mike & feature every Tuesday...8:00-10:00

The Cafe

5115 N. Lincoln


Nathan Brown was a touring singer-songwriter for more than a decade. He holds a PhD in English and Journalism from The University of Oklahoma with an emphasis on poetry.
He’s published five books of poetry, including three that have been finalists for the Oklahoma Book Award; the most recent is Two Tables Over, an unflinching book of observations
receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences. Nathan tours and offers readings and workshops throughout the country. Although he is a professor of sorts, he is first and foremost
a performer. His poetry is contemporary, wry, humorous, and edgy.
Great poetry, great drinks, great googlie-mooglie!

$2 Admission

(And we do pass the Crown Royal bag for voluntary feature financial enhancement.)

The Café is a Poetry Green Zone.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

this Sunday at Myopic

Myopic Books
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave
Sunday, June 28

A Poet's Talk: Tim Yu on Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Book Cellar, Monday, June 29th


Visual Artists Collective Reading
The Book Cellar
4736 N. Lincoln Avenue

Oklahoma Book Award winner, Nathan Brown

David Breeden

Al DeGenova

Katia Mitova

Steven Schroeder

Judy Valente.


Please spread the word!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Women & Children First Bookstore

5233 N. Clark Street

Rose Metal Press is pleased to present

Carol Guess
Tinderbox Lawn
Hanna Andrews
a / long / division

Tinderbox Lawn, the new prose poetry collection by novelist, memoirist, and poet Carol Guess (Seeing Dell, Femme’s Dictionary) is set on Seattle’s margins: beneath bridges, on water banks, in strip clubs and flooded farmland, illuminating the intersection of domesticity and bohemia, orthodoxy and passion.

Poet Hanna Andrews is a native New Yorker and graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. She received an MFA from Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches poetry and writing. In 2008 she was a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship finalist.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Orange Alert Reading Series, June 28th

Join us at The Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.) this Sunday (June 28th) at 6:00pm (new time!!) to hear the following readers:

Tobias Bengelsdorf
Jason Hardy
Julia Borcherts
Carol Guess

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Beach Poets

hosted by Cathleen Schandelmeier-Bartels

Loyola Beach
Greenleaf and the Lake
South of the Heartland's "Stand in the Sand"
4 to 6 PM

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Myopic Books
1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor
Curated by Larry Sawyer


Sunday, August 9 - Jennifer Karmin & James Belflower

Sunday, August 23 - Carrie Etter & Guest

Sunday, August 30 - Marvin Tate & Guest

Sunday, October 4 - Chicago Calling w/Dan Godston (additional readers TBA)

Rhino Reads!

June 26, 2009

Open Mike 6:00 - 6:30
Featured Poets 6:45 - 7:30

Brothers K
500 Main St.
Evanston, IL


Geoffrey Heeren is a poet and legal aid lawyer who represents immigrants fighting deportation or seeking asylum. He is working on a manuscript of poems and dialogues about the life of Sam Houston. His poetry has appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review and he is an editor of Rhino.

Kristy Bowen is the author of In the Bird Museum (Dusie Press, 2008) and the Fever Almanac (2006). She lives in Chicago, where she edits the dancing girl press chapbook series devoted to publishing emerging women poets. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals.

To order the new RHINO 2009, use PayPal, via our website:

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Issue one of Exact Change Only is now for sale online.
It truly is a labor of love and features the work of many fine poets. Included in this first issue are: Tom Roby, Matt Barton, LaRaie Zimm, Shelley Nation, Esteban Colon, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Charlie Newman, Buddha309, Christopher Gallinari, Michael C. Watson, Steven Hammond, Tom Curry, Elizabeth Harper, Robert Lawrence, and Vito Carli


Friday, June 19, 2009

A Summer Night's Dream

Sunday June 28th
8 PM
Uncommon Ground North
1401 W. Devon

features poets:

Lisa Alvarado

Emily Calvo

Richard Fammerée

Beatriz Badikian-Gartler

Chris Green

David (Buddha309) Hargarten

Sage Morgan Hubbard

CJ Laity

Quraysh Ali Lansana

Lauren Levato

Toni Asante Lightfoot

Deborah Nodler Rosen

Judith Valente

Rachel Jamison Webster

with poetry & music by

Pont des Arts Ensemble


A Summer Night's Dream
will be recorded live for
Chicago Public Radio/Chicago Amplified

Free and open to the public

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wordslingers, Sunday, June 21st

Hello all you Wordslingers!!!
Sunday night is going to be a wondrous, word-welcoming, tantalizingly tuneful evening filled with music and poetry. My guests include

Cynthia Gallaher and Sid Yiddish. At 8pm, put your ears to the radio 98.7, or computer www.wluw.org and be inspired.

Poet and writer Cynthia Gallaher is listed on Chicago Public Library’s “Top Ten Most Requested Poets” and named by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine as one of “100 Women Making a Difference.” In addition to Earth Elegance, her other books of poetry include Swimmer’s Prayer (Missing Spoke Press, Seattle, 1999) and Night Ribbons (Polar Bear Press, Chicago, 1990).

Some of her individual poems are featured in anthologies such as Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology and Boomer Girls: Poems by Women from the Baby Boom Generation (both from University of Iowa Press). More than 100 of her poems have been published in small press magazines and anthologies and work is forthcoming in 2010 in Working Words: A Working Class and Labor Literature Reader from Coffee House Press, Minneapolis

Sid Yiddish is a semi-sweet kosher industrial poet-throat-singing-Furby spy. He’s performed in tight spaces throughout the USA, plus published in; Tomorrow, Flipside, Si Senor, Satyr, Poem800.com, Bardball.com & PoetrySuperHighway.com. From 1986 to 1991, he published the poetry fanzine, Cops Hate Poetry. In the past, he's worked diligently as an oddball actor, teacher, beat reporter & as the Chicago coordinator for the Bathroom Poetry Project. He's a current member of the Chicago Composers Forum & has been covered by news media including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Memphis Flyer & Yahoo! Sports. This summer, Sid will host a monthly open mic series entitled “Trajectory Morphemic,” featuring filmmakers, throat singers, poets, musicians, comedians, artists and other uncatagorical unmentionables at The Wild Tree Café in Evanston, Illinois beginning on July 15. In his spare time, Sid roots out crazy sounds by throat-singing & playing Shofars to be in harmony with crows & Furbies worldwide. He lives in Evanston, Illinois. To contact Sid Yiddish: sid_yiddish@hotmail.com

Wordslinger Host,

Shelley Nation-Watson

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Oak Park, Saturday, June 20th

1 pm

Oak Park Public Library

834 Lake St.


This special emailing is to remind you that our June 20th, 3rd Saturday Coffeehouse featured poet will be leading a free workshop at the Oak Park Public Library earlier in the day.

Here are the pertinent details.

Palm of the Hand Memoir Workshop led by poet/publisher

Michael Czarnecki

from upstate New York

No need to pre-register, just show up

The library parking lot is beneath the bldg.

Mike says: “Everyone has stories to share and many people have a desire to write about their lives. Wanting to write and doing so are two different things. The immensity of such a project can overwhelm us. This workshop will help to make that desire a reality.

This workshop will help participants to decide what to write about their lives using a method I call "palm-of-the-hand" writing, after the "palm-of-the-hand" stories of Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata. After deciding on story possibilities, the method presented helps focus the writer's energy into completing short individual pieces about life experience.

These workshops have been very successful in helping people to write extensively about their life experiences - whether for family members or with an aim to someday be published in a book.”

More information about Michael can be found at: www.foothillspublishing.com/poetguy

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sunday at Myopic

Sunday, June 14
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave

Simone Muench, Philip Jenks, and Patrick Culliton

Monday, June 15, 2009

Apparatus Magazine: a literary journal from the internal machine

First Issue

Apparatus Magazine (ISSN 1947-2463) is a monthly online literary journal, publishing the best in both poetry and short fiction. We aim to bring readers work that explores the mythos of “man (or woman) vs. machine,” that conjures up words from the inner machine, and more.

Words are the tools that poets and authors use to convey ideas. This journal seeks work that broadens definitions and rethinks traditional boundaries of such words.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards

Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards
Start: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 7:30pm

The Guild Complex is pleased to announce the 16th anniversary of the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards (GBOMA) for poetry. Twenty semi-finalists will be selected from open submissions. These 20 poets will perform their work in front of an audience on Tuesday, July 14. Poets must be 18 years of age or older by the date of the reading and a legal resident of Illinois to enter.

The winner will receive a $500 cash prize.

Submission guidelines:
• Work must be previously unpublished.
• Only one submission per poet – no exceptions please. (If you can’t decide which poem to submit, ask a friend to help you decide, but not the Guild Complex.)
• Submissions must be typed in a legible font, no less than 12-pt. type size.
• Submitted poems must be performed by the poet in 4 minutes or less. You will be timed. For the pleasure of the audience and that your work may be heard and enjoyed, please edit your poem to fit comfortably within the time limit. Poets who read work that is too long or read very fast to fit the time limit historically have not done well in the competition. (The audience is the judge, and they will judge on their listening experience.)Those poets who go beyond the 4 minute limit will not be eligible to advance in the competition. No props or musical accompaniment are allowed.
• The poet who wrote the work must be the poet who performs the work.
• The poet absolutely must be available to read on Tuesday, July 14. If you are not going to be in town, please do not submit. This is a performance competition.

Please send submissions to:
Guild Complex
P.O. Box 478880
Chicago, IL 60647-9998

or electronically to ellenw@guildcomplex.org with the subject line GBOMA.

A $5 entry fee should accompany each submission. (Because of the tight economic times, we have cut the entry fee in half this year. The submission fee helps to assuage our costs for the venue and the cash prize.) Electronic payment is available through paypal on the Guild Complex website: www.guildcomplex.org

Please DO NOT send submissions c/o the Chopin Theatre at their address. The Chopin is our venue, not our organization. Any poems delivered there WILL NOT be included for consideration. Also, hand delivery is not possible.

Please note: the Guild Complex is a small shop, so following the instructions carefully raises your chances of having your work arrive successfully. E-mails can get lost – especially if the subject line is not marked as directed above. An acknowledgment e-mail will be sent for all submissions that are received by the deadline and have paid their submission fee.

Poets should include their contact information -- name, address, telephone number, email address and the title of the poem – on a separate sheet. (If you’re sending an e-mail, please attach your contact information separately from the poem.) Please DO NOT put your name on the poem. Submissions must be post-marked by Monday, June 29, if sent through the postal service. Electronic submissions must be time stamped by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1. Notification of semi-finalists will be sent on Monday, July 6. Remember, the competition is Tuesday, July 14.

Again those key dates are:
• Monday, June 29: last chance to send your poem through the mail.
• Wednesday, July 1: last chance to send your poem by e-mail.
• Monday, July 6: Notification of semi-finalists.
• Tuesday, July 14: Competition.

Reading location:
Chopin Theatre
1534 W. Division (intersection of Division, Ashland and Milwaukee), Chicago, IL
Reading begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.

We wish good luck to everyone. Please spread the word. You may contact us with questions @ ellenw@guildcomplex.org or 877.394.5061. (E-mail will get the most prompt response.)

For those who wish to attend the performance – which are always amazing – we will request an admission fee of $5 for adults, $3 for students, children under 12 are free. (Please note that many of the poems have adult content.) The Guild Complex presents 95% of our readings free of charge. A few times a year, we ask for admission to help us underwrite additional costs for that particular reading. We know these are tough economic times. No one will be turned away.

The Guild Complex

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Smart Reading Series: The Art of Anxiety

Smart Reading Series: The Art of Anxiety
When: Sunday, August 9, 2009 2:00 PM
Where: Smart Museum of Art
University of Chicago
5550 South Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL
Description: "The Art of Anxiety: Contemporary Art and Everyday Anxieties"

Examine anxiety in contemporary art and writing during this free adult workshop that pairs works by William Wiley, Laura Letinsky, and Art Green with the short stories of Raymond Carver and the poetry of Frank O’Hara. The afternoon features a short lecture, writing activity, and discussion led by Matthias Regan, poet, scholar, and author of Death Blossoms and People’s Pugilist: The Writings of Carl Sandburg in the International Socialist Review.

Advanced registration is required, as space is limited. To register, contact Kristy Peterson at kristypeterson@uchicago.edu or 773.702.2351.

Cost: Free

Website: http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu

Contact: Smart Museum of Art

Mercury Cafe, June 19th

Friday, June 19th

Mercury Cafe
1505 W. Chicago Ave
7 to 9 PM
hosted by Vito Carli

open mic w/ featured artists

Courtney Butler
Cathleen Scandelmeier Bartels
Frank Pete
Jackie Wolk

Thursday, June 11, 2009

a very special W4tB

The Annual Buddhapalooza show
A combined b-day bash for the Editors of Exact Change only

Waiting 4 the Bus
Jaks Tap (the back room)
901 W. Jackson

Matt Barton’s debut of “H-hour”
Esteban Colon’s suite of poems “Edgar Avenue”
Special guest host: Janus the two headed dog

BONUS-“Where have all the flowers gone-anti-war lyrics night”
Add some anti-war song lyrics to your set.

W4tB is an energetic, eclectic, electric poetry powerhouse that fires up
on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Where it’s all about the poetry.
W4tB is a Poetry Green Zone

Tuesday Funk is Looking for Readers

The Tuesday Funk reading series is looking for poets to read in upcoming months. The series takes place on the first Tuesday of every month at the Flourish Bakery Cafe in Edgewater (Bryn Mawr and Broadway). We usually have about three or four readers reading for about fifteen minutes a piece. If you are interested please email me a sample poem or two and a short bio. After the reading you can sell your book (if you have one). We'll even treat you to a cupcake. My email is halliepalladino@gmail.com -- hope to hear from you!

Feature...Lauren Levato!

Open mike & feature every Tuesday...8:00-10:00

The Cafe

5115 N. Lincoln

Great poetry, great drinks, great googlie-mooglie!
$2 Admission
(And we do pass the Crown Royal bag for voluntary feature financial enhancement.)

The Café is a Poetry Green Zone.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

This Sunday at Myopic

Sunday, June 14
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave

Judith Goldman & John Beer

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Star in the Eye

a review of James Shea's Star in the Eye at Coldfront Magazine.

Star in the Eye, winner of the Fence Modern Poetry Series, is a collection filled with the material of dreams and nightmares. The speaker is preoccupied with these, but somehow less than panicked...

read it here.

Palabra Pura, June 17th

Emma Trelles and Jacob Saenz
Start: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 7:30pm

Time: Reading begins at 7:30PM.
Cost: Free admission, all ages.
Location: Décima Musa, 1901 S. Loomis, Chicago

Emma Trelles is the author of Little Spells, a chapbook of poems published by GOSS 183 press. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry and an arts and culture journalist. Her poems and essays have appeared in publications such as New Millennium Writings, Gulf Stream, OCHO, Newsday, the Miami Herald and Latina magazine. She is the editor of MiPOesias Magazine's American Cuban Issue, and a series editor for the Tigertail poetry annuals. In 2008, she was a finalist for the Green Eyeshade Award in arts writing and a featured author at the Miami Book Fair International. She teaches creative writing workshops at the Art Center of South Florida.

Jacob Saenz holds BA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. His work has been or will be published in RHINO, Columbia Poetry Review, Inkstains, Poetry and Buffalo Carp. He works at a library. He constantly craves his mother's pozole and tamales.

A limited open mic begins the evening.

Monday, June 8, 2009

@the cafe'

Tuesday, Jun 9

8:00 PM

The Cafe

5115 N. Lincoln

Feature...Larry O. Dean

Great poetry, great drinks, great googlie-mooglie!

Open mike & feature every Tuesday...8:00-10:00

$2 Admission

And we do pass the Crown Royal bag for voluntary feature financial enhancement.

The Café is a Poetry Green Zone.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

New from Orange Alert Press

Sunlight At Midnight, Darkness At Noon

Hosho McCreesh & Christopher Cunningham

"Throwing around culture’s Titans—Jerry Garcia, Hemingway, Billie Holliday, Pollack, Hawking, van Gogh, Bill Hicks, Bukowski, among others in just a few short pages—it’s quickly apparent that these missives are painted with broad strokes. It’s all part of two artists mapping their friendship through letters as Cunningham and McCreesh proclaim their “duty as poets” and their longing to be “fully human,” where you ultimately you realize it’s not so much about the Titans as it is their fire." - David McNamara (Publisher, Sunnyoutside)

go here to order:


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Danny's, June 10th

Dorothea Lasky and Joshua Marie Wilkinson
Danny's Tavern
1951 W Dickens
(in Bucktown, near Damen and Dickens)

Please contact joel dot craig at gmail dot com for more information about scheduling.

Friday, June 5, 2009

first friday--TONIGHT

Friday, Jun 5


St Paul’s Cultural Center

2215 W North Avenue, Chicago (west Wicker Park/Bucktown)

Exact Change Press Presents

The Exact Change Only Show And Release party

free admission

Hosted by Christopher Gallinari

With the talents of

Esteban Colon

Kristin LaTour

Matt Barton

Elizabeth Harper

Tom Curry

Charlie Newman

Bob Lawrence

Steven Hammond


Thunder Rain Infatuation

That’s Clever

Musical Guest LaRaie Zimm

Also featuring- the Corpse of Marcel Proust

2+ blocks west of the Damen Blue Line stop

Street parking available

Beer, wine, soft drinks available @ cool-low prices

Donation Requested

The First Friday Poetry Series is a Poetry Green Zone

Newcity's Lit 50

Lit 50: Who really books in Chicago

Once again, New City has named their top 50 in Chicago Lit, this year particularly devoted to editors, publishers, bookstore managers, reading series curators, and other more behind the scenes folk making things happen (and yes, apparently even Oprah...)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Molly Malones, June 8th

7:00 -- open mic sign-up begins
7:30 -- open mic (5 minutes per reader)
9:00 -- featured reader

Molly Malone's Irish Pub
7652 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL

Join us for a very special evening with poet, editor, and teacher Elise Paschen

The Molly Malone's Open Mic with your hosts Nina Corwin and Al DeGenova invites you to be part of one of the longest running and most highly respected open mics in the Chicago area.

Elise Paschen is the author of Bestiary (Red Hen Press, 2009), Infidelities, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and Houses: Coasts. Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including The New Republic, The Hudson Review, and TriQuarterly. Former Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, she is the editor of The New York Times best-selling anthology Poetry Speaks to Children and co-editor of Poetry Speaks, Poetry Speaks Expanded, Poetry in Motion, and Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast. Paschen teaches in the MFA Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

$5 if you can, $3 if you can't

(mark your calendars!) Upcoming Molly’s featured readers:

July 13: Buddha 309
August 10: Wayne Allen Jones
September 14: Chad Sweeney
October 12: Susan Hahn
November 9: Tara Betts

Poetry/fiction at Molly's is the second Monday of every month.

Feel free to forward this notice to your writing pals...we love new faces with new voices.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Don't Call Me Mother

wednesday, june 03, 2009
black rock bar
3614 n. damen
chicago, il
8:00 pm


Don't Call Me Mother

curated by Ellen Placey Wadey

When Morley Safer interviewed Helen Mirren on 60 Minutes, he asked, “Do you ever regret not having children??” She answered, "No." Did Safer ever ask that question of a male interviewee?

We’ve got the virgin narrative, the thank-god-I-found-a-partner-before-I-got-too-old-to-have-babies narrative, the infertility narrative, the single-by-choice mother narrative, the all-became-right-with-me-and-the-world-when-I-had-my-child narrative and the adoption narrative all firmly established with a spot on our how-to and even literary bookshelves. Why don’t we like to think about women who don’t choose to or didn’t get around to having children and are fine with it? Stats show the numbers are significant and rising, yet try to find more than a couple of books on the subject. As an agent said, “No one wants to hear that you’re not a mother and happy.” Well, we’re happy. We’re not broken. We're not selfish. Don’t call us mother. We’re fine with it.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Printers Row, June 6-7

Join the Chicago Tribune for the Midwest's largest literary event! This outdoor festival offers the opportunity to hear authors speak and debate their works. It also features unique booksellers, poetry readings, exhibitors, kids activities, cooking demos, wine tastings, and much more.
Hours are from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on June 6-7.

full schedule and exhibitors list here.

Arts & Poetry Stage


10 a.m. Young Chicago Authors
perform their work
10:30 a.m. Poetry reading with
TODD BOSS, author of

11 a.m. Poetry reading with
author of “Poema”
11:30 a.m. Poetry reading with
author of “What I’m On”

12pm. Poetry reading with
SUSAN WHEELER, author of
"Assorted Poems"

1 p.m. Chicago Public Library’s
Teen Volume Reader’s Theatre
Troupe performance

2:15 p.m. Poetry reading with
The Guild Complex

3:15 p.m. “Take the Mic &
Stage a Slam” MARC KELLY
SMITH, founder of the
International Poetry Slam

4 p.m. EM Press Showcase with
5 p.m. The Poetry Foundation
presents “The Chicago Poetry
Tour Premiere”


10 a.m. TallGrass Writers Guild

11 a.m. NewTown Writers
11:30 a.m. After Hours Press

12pm. Open Books Out Loud:
Creative Writing by Students,
Volunteers and Friends

1 p.m. Gwendolyn Brooks’
Birthday Bash presented by
Third World Press

2 p.m. Poetry reading with
ELISE PASCHEN, author of
“Bestiary” and DON SHARE,
author of “Squandermania”
presented by The Poetry

from “Where We Find

4 p.m. Poetry reading with
JAMES SHEA, author of
“Star in the Eye”

Women and Children First

Wednesday, Jun 10


Woman and Children First Bookstore

5233 North Clark

Destiny Whispers to the Beloved:

Poems of the Americas

Maureen Tolman Flannery

and Donna Pucciani

Come to a poetry reading—book signing—celebration of the word