Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Thursday, April 30th

The Center on Halsted
3656 North Halsted Street
Thursday, April 30

A reading to commemorate both National Poetry Month and the release of the Gival Press anthology Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, will include Chicago-based writers Nina Corwin, Gerard Wozek, Kristy Bowen and Gregg Shapiro.

$5 suggested donation.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Chicago Public Library!
Date: Sat. April 25, 2009

Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street

Join us for a day long celebration of poetry in the Harold Washington Library Center!

Schedule of events:
10:00 a.m.
Part 1: From the Page to the Stage: Poetry Workshops with C.C. Carter

11:00 a.m.
Part 2: From the Page to the Stage: Poetry Workshops with C.C. Carter

11:00 a.m. -12:30 a.m.
Poetry Wheel-Demonstration and Open Mike

1:00 p.m.
Rita Dove (cosponsored with the Poetry Foundation)

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Poetry Cram: An Open Mic Hosted by C.J. Laity

2:30 p.m.
Proyecto Latina: A Reading Featuring Irasema Gonzalez, Diana Pando, Cristina Correa, and Stephanie Gentry-Fernandez

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Red Rover Series / Experiment #28

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #28:
It's Voyeuristic


Carrie Olivia Adams & Andy Gricevich

at the Orientation Center
2129 N. Rockwell -- Chicago, IL
corner of Milwaukee/Rockwell
left side of the Congress Theater building
suggested donation $4

CARRIE OLIVIA ADAMS lives and works in Chicago, where she also serves as poetry editor for Black Ocean and Hunger Mountain. Her poems and reviews have appeared in such journals as Backwards City Review, Cranky, DIAGRAM, Lilies and Cannonballs Review, and Verse. She is the author of Intervening Absence, published by Ahsahta Press and the chapbook, “A Useless Window.”

ANDY GRICEVICH is uncomfortably writing this in the third person. He's a poet, actor, theater director and musician whose work occasionally finds the time to get itself published here and there. He spent much of the last four years melding political theater and experimental music with the Nonsense Company, and performing satirical cabaret songs with the Prince Myshkins. Andy edits Cannot Exist, a print poetry magazine put lovingly together in his living room in Madison, Wisconsin. He very rarely, and with extensive discomfort, blogs at

Red Rover Series is curated by Lisa Janssen and Jennifer Karmin. Each event is designed as a reading experiment with participation by local, national, and international writers, artists, and performers. The series was founded in 2005 by Amina Cain and Jennifer Karmin.

May 9th - Lisa Fishman & Aurora Tabar

Email ideas for reading experiments to us at

The schedule for upcoming events is listed at

Monday, April 20, 2009

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

The Cafe

5115 N. Lincoln

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

The Café is a Poetry Green Zone

Apr 20
7:30 PM
Jaks Tap
901 W Jackson

Quraysh Lansana
Kelly Norman Ellis

Open Mic
Hat passed for the features

W4tB is a Poetry Green Zone

Friday, April 17, 2009

new chapbook by Simone Muench & Philip Jenks

Little Visceral Carnival
by Philip Jenks & Simone Muench

| saddle stitched chapbook | 5" x 5" | 23 poems + 2 linocut collaged lithographs | $8
To purchase, visit
Art work by kim abriz

Philip Jenks was born in North Carolina and grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia. He got his BA from Reed College, MA in Creative Writing from Boston University, and doctorate from University of Kentucky in Political Science. He has studied under Susan Bordo, Fish, Pinsky, and Walcott. He sings and plays percussion with The Howling Hex, contributing to their upcoming album XI, being released August 28th on Drag City. He teaches English at University of Illinois at Chicago and Political Science at Lewis University. Flood Editions published his first volume of poems in 2002, On the Cave You Live In and a second volume of poems, “My First Painting will be The Accuser” was released on Zephyr Press (2005). He has published two chapbooks – The Elms Left Elm Street (Plane Bukt, 1994) and How Many of You Are You? (Dusie, 2006). His poems have appeared in Chicago Review, Traverse, GutCult, h_ngm_n, The Canary, The Gig, Monkey Puzzle, LVNG, The Poker, The Oregonian, Rain City Review, Poetry New York, Cultural Society (among others), and he has published translations of Hölderlin in Outlet.

Simone Muench was raised in Louisiana and Arkansas. She is the author of three books: The Air Lost in Breathing (Marianne Moore Prize for Poetry; Helicon Nine, 2000), Lampblack & Ash (Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry; Sarabande, 2005), and Orange Crush (Sarabande, forthcoming in 2010). Her latest chapbooks are Orange Girl (dancing girl press, 2007) and Sonoluminescence written with Bill Allegrezza (Dusie Press, 2007). She is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, the PSA’s Fine Lines Contest, the Charles Goodnow Award, the AWP Intro Journals Project Award, the Poetry Center’s 9th Annual Juried Reading Award and the PSA’s Bright Lights/Big Verse Contest. She received her Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is director of the Writing Program at Lewis University where she teaches creative writing and film studies. Currently, she serves on the advisory board for Switchback Books and UniVerse: A United Nations of Poetry, and is an editor for Sharkforum.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


4000 WORDS 4000 DEAD

4000 WORDS 4000 DEAD
street performance by Jennifer Karmin
Sunday, April 19th
Chicago, IL

3:30pm in front of the U.S. Army Career Center
downtown at Harrison and State

Jennifer Karmin has been collecting 4000 WORDS for the 4000 DEAD Americans in Iraq. All words are being used to create a public poem. During street performances, she gives away these words to passing pedestrians.

Submissions are ongoing as the Iraq War continues and the number of dead grows. Send 1-10 words with subject 4000 WORDS to

"I want to start with the milestone today of 4,000 dead in Iraq. Americans. And just what effect do you think it has on the country?"
-- Martha Raddatz,
ABC News' White House correspondent
to Dick Cheney

Participants include: Harold Abramowitz, Amanda Ackerman, Manan Ahmed, mIEKAL aND, David Baratier, Michael Basinski, Charles Bernstein, Anselm Berrigan, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Laynie Browne, Lee Ann Brown, Amina Cain, Teresa Carmody, Maxine Chernoff, Catherine Daly, Patrick Durgin, Annie Finch, Daniel Godston, Arielle Greenberg, Kate Greenstreet, Roberto Harrison, Carla Harryman, David Hernandez, Jen Hofer, Lisa Janssen, Pierre Joris, John Keene, Matthew Klane, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Joyelle McSweeney, Miranda Mellis, Philip Metres, Vanessa Place, Kristin Prevallet, Lisa Samuels, Susan Schultz, Laura Sims, Juliana Spahr, Christopher Stackhouse, Chuck Stebelton, Stacy Szymaszek, Tony Trigilio, Eric Unger, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Andrew Zawacki, and many more.

Sponsored by: The Poetry Bomb
Random acts of poetry in the city, suburbs, parks everywhere / anywhere people will hear it. Pick a location that works best for you.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Tuesday, April 14

The Bookslut Reading Series wants to give their large and diverse Chicago audience the opportunity to hear and meet authors live and in person. enjoys a loyal following in the city it now calls home, and the reading series attracts significant audiences from all parts of Chicagoland. Featuring three to four authors at each event, the ongoing monthly readings will highlight the unique, intelligent and omnivorous taste of one of the most popular literary websites of its kind.

April Reading:
Tuesday, April 14 7:30pm
Hopleaf, Second Floor
5148 N. Clark Street

Friday, April 3, 2009

April is National Poetry Month-here's a $#!%-load of events


Apr 3

7:30 p.m.

St. Paul’s Cultural Center

2215 W North Avenue

2-1/2 blocks west of the Damen stop on the CTA blue line

street parking available

Jennifer Karmin

Larry Sawyer

Elizabeth Harper

Daniel Godston

perform their poetry during The First Friday Poetry Series curated by Dan Godston!

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

free admission, donation requested

Jennifer Karmin's text-sound epic, Aaaaaaaaaaalice, will be published by Flim Forum Press in 2009. She curates the Red Rover Series and is co-founder of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented nationally at festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets. Karmin teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the Chicago Public Schools. Recent poems are published in Cannot Exist, MoonLit, Otoliths, Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press) and Not A Muse (Haven Books).

Larry Sawyer curates the HYPERLINK "" Myopic Books reading series in Wicker Park, Chicago. Chapbooks include Poems for Peace (Structum Press), A Chaise Lounge in Hell (aboveground press), Tyrannosaurus Ant (mother's milk press), which was recently included in the Yale Collection of American Literature, and Disharmonium (Silver Wonder Press). His blog is HYPERLINK "" Me tronome. His work was also recently included in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (anthology, Cracked Slab Books, 2007) and A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration (anthology, DePaul Humanities Center Press, 2009). Larry also edits HYPERLINK "" (since 1998). His poetry and literary reviews have appeared in publications including the Chicago Tribune, Babel Fruit, Vanitas, Jacket, MiPoesias, The Prague Literary Review, Coconut, 88, Hunger, Skanky Possum, Exquisite Corpse, Court Green, the Miami Sun Post, Ygdrasil, Shampoo, Van Gogh's Ear, and elsewhere.

Daniel Godston teaches and lives in Chicago. His writings have appeared in Chase Park, After Hours, Versal, Drunken Boat, 580 Split, Kyoto Journal, Eratica, The Smoking Poet, Horse Less Review, and other print publications and online journals. He also composes and performs music, and he works with the Borderbend Arts Collective to organize the annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival.

Elizabeth Harper lives in Chicago and has been reading her poems in bars (and coffeehouses and rock clubs and art galleries and churches and other places of direpute) for several years. She is a member of PolyRhythmic: A Chicago Arts Collective, which hosts a late-nite open mic night on Tuesdays. She participated in the Chicago Calling Arts Festival in 2006, 2007, and 2008. In April 2008, she participated in Poetry Bomb by reading poetry at the top of her lungs in front of Chicago's Water Tower and probably will again this year. Her two books of poetry are Love Songs from Psychopaths and Fairy Tales Gone Awry.

The First Friday Poetry Series is a Poetry Green Zone.


Call for Proposals: Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2010

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness invites poets, writers, activists, and all concerned citizens to Washington, DC, March 10-13, 2010 for four days of poetry, community building, and creative transformation as our country continues to grapple with two wars, a crippling economic crisis, and other social and environmental ills.

The festival will feature readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, film, activism -- opportunities to imagine a way forward, hone our community and activist skills, and celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for social change.

We invite you to send proposals for panel discussions, group readings, roundtable discussions, workshops, and small-scale performances on a range of topics at the intersection of poetry and social change. Possibilities are endless. Challenge us.

The deadline is May 30, 2009.

Details and guidelines are online at:

Discussion and community building are at the heart of Split This Rock. We value diversity, creativity, and new ideas. Check out last year's schedule for inspiration:

Please join us!

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Forward this email, post it on your blog, send a message to all your Facebook friends. We are a grassroots movement and need your help to reach a wide variety of poets and poetry lovers. Thanks!


Split This Rock calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of activist poets. Building the audience for poetry of provocation and witness from our home in the nation's capital, we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination.

Our next festival will be March 10-13, 2010 stay tuned here for festival details.....

Split This Rock Needs Your Support!

Support Split This Rock, the national network of activist poets. Donations are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, the Institute for Policy Studies.

Click here to donate. Or send a check payable to "IPS/Split This Rock" to: Split This Rock, c/o Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036. Many thanks!

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Split This Rock Poetry Festival



Dear poets and poetry people,

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Caffeine Theatre is pleased to

offer you and a guest free tickets to our production of TALLGRASS

GOTHIC on Saturday April 4 at 4pm.

TALLGRASS GOTHIC, by Melanie Marnich, is a modern riff on the Jacobean

verse classic THE CHANGELING by Middleton and Rowley. Both plays are

running in rotating repertory through April 12 at the West Stage of

the Raven Theatre Complex, 6157 N Clark at Granville.

To reserve your free tickets for yourself and a guest, simply email or call 312-409-4778. We hope to see you at

the theatre!

For more details, schedule, and a preview video trailer, visit

TimeOut Chicago says:

“****…Marnich’s jaggedly poetic, intensely tonal take makes for a

deeply creepy variation on Middleton and Rowley’s text, and Shook’s

imaginative staging plays up Tallgrass Gothic’s haunting qualities."

“Why hasn't someone thought to do this sooner? Author Melanie Marnich

made no secret of her rural-noir shocker being anything but an updated

revision of Thomas Middleton and William Rowley's 17th-century

spine-chiller, The Changeling (not to be confused with the recent

movie of the same title). So what could be more logical than for a

single company to stage them together in repertory?” –Mary Shen

Barnidge, Windy City Times

Happy Poetry Month!

Jen Shook

Artistic Director

Caffeine Theatre



Apr 4

10 AM - 4 PM

Chicago Cultural Center

Creative Chicago Expo

Admission Free

100+ Vendors

20+ Workshops

40+ Consultants

for Dance • Fashion • Film •

Literary • Music • Theater • Visual Art

Plan to attend Chicago's unique annual gathering of resources, spaces, services and expertise specifically for people in the arts. The Creative Chicago Expo brings the best of Chicago's cultural community together under one roof for one day.


Sign up for one-on-one consulting with experts on business and career strategies. Get 20 minutes of intensive consulting for only $10. Consultathon is by appointment only, space is limited. Topics will cover organizational development and business issues for non-profit organizations, career coaching and discipline-specific advice for your career in fashion, music, visual art, dance, public art, theater, and more.


Over 20 Workshops will be presented throughout the day, from Cultivating Individual Donors to Art Festival Applications, to Forming a Non-Profit and Finding Live/Work Space.


Over 100 local and national services for every art discipline -- for individuals, art non-profits and small arts businesses. See the complete list here. Many are providing fabulous door prizes, which will be awarded throughout the day.



Apr 5

8:00-9:00 pm

88.7 Fm WLUW & Streaming Live on www.wluw.or

Guests: Jenene Ravesloot & Hugh Schwartzberg

Two poets who are hardly defined or limited by their poetry.

Jenene is an artist and producer of poetry/jazz CDs.

Hugh is a lawyer and a documentarian of Chicago poetry events.

And, yes, they are both terrific poets!

Guest host: Charlie Newman



Apr 5

7:00 pm

Myopic Books, Chicago

1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60622

(773) 862-4882

Oni Buchanan & Donna Stonecipher



Apr 6

7:30 PM

Jak’s Tap

901 W. Jackson

Feature - Jaqueline Wolk


In celebration of this marriage of music and words, Waiting 4 the Bus presents music lyric night. April 6th at Jaks Tap, we give you The Needle and The Damage Done. Songs about Drugs. Taking Drugs, Bein’ on Drugs, and Kicking the Habit.

Just add some song lyrics to your regular set and then you’re all set. Anything from early psychedelic pop to Trip Hop, and you’re ready to go.

W4tB is a poetry green zone

We do pass the hat for suggested donations



Apr 7


The Cafe

5115 N. Lincoln

Feature - Bruce Matteson

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.



Apr 9

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Film Row Cinema, Columbia College Chicago

1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor, Chicago, IL 60605

ROBERT POLITO’s most recent books are the poetry collection Hollywood & God and The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber (forthcoming August 2009). His other books include Doubles, A Reader’s Guide to James Merrill’s The Changing Light at Sandover, and Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson, which received the National Book Critics Circle award in biography. He is the founder and Director of the New School Graduate Writing Program, and is completing a new book, Detours: Seven Noir Lives.

DAVID TRINIDAD’s most recent book, The Late Show, was published by Turtle Point Press in 2007. With Jeffery Conway and Lynn Crosbie, he co-wrote Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse (Turtle Point, 2003), a mock-epic based on the 1950 film All About Eve. His other books include Answer Song (High Risk Books, 1994), Hand Over Heart: Poems 1981-1988 (Amethyst Press, 1991), Pavane (Sherwood Press, 1981), and Plasticville (Turtle Point, 2000), a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets. With Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton, he edited Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry (Soft Skull Press, 2007). Trinidad teaches poetry at Columbia College Chicago, where he co-edits the journal Court Green.



Apr 17

8:00pm - 10:00pm

The Horseshoe

4115 N. Lincoln Avenue


Inspired by round-robin nights held regularly in Nashville, Los Angeles and New York, Chicago-based singer-songwriter Larry O. Dean started Folk You! in December 2001. Weary of standard acoustic showcases, Dean wanted something more intimate and at the same time, more varied.

Held the third Friday of every month, Folk You! presents a quartet of performers taking the stage simultaneously with naught but their guitars and songs. Interaction is encouraged but there is no script; performers may play and let the songs speak for themselves, or talk about how they came to write them. Backing is also provided on occasion by violist, Derek Walvoord.

Who performs at Folk You! ? Larry hosts and plays, joined by three others. The one throughline is the night must comprise songs that can be played nakedly and stand up alone. Obviously performers well-versed in folk-type solo acoustic situations are welcome, but Dean also encourages songwriters who tend to front electric combos to step out from their role as one of the band and let the songs be heard as they were written.




Apr 17

6:00 PM


217 North Carpenter L12

Free & open to the public.

UniVerse of Poetry


Whole Foods Market

invite you to celebrate the

The Marriage of Poetry

featuring readings by

Danielle Chapman & Dan-Beachy Quick

Live performances by

Pont des Arts Ensemble

featuring Richard Fammerée, Carrie Ingrisano, Meg Lauterbach, Victor Sanders, Meg Thomas, Rachel Jamsion Webster & Jeanette Aylward


The Jim Barbick Trio . . .

A Mother's Day/Father's Day poetry tribute featuring:

Dina Elenbogen

Richard Fammerée

Maureen Flannery

Mary Hawley

Larry Janowski

Lauren Levato

Onam Liduba

Toni Asante Lightfoot,

Charlie Newman

Elise Paschen

Mike Puican

Parneshia Jones

Stella Vinitchi Radulescu

Judith Valente

Rachel Jamison Webster

& Winners from Louder than a Bomb

Showing in the FLATFILE CINEMA

(Gallery East):

The screening of "War Rug," a poem film by Francesco Levato.

Continual play of the visceral photographs of Susan Aurinko.

The screening of "A Message From the East."

An organic wine & cheese reception compliments of

Whole Foods Market


a Mothers/Fathers Day Market featuring

Fresh Jewelry Company


green genes

organic + recycled + re-purposed

The Marriage of Poetry will be recorded live by

Chicago Public Radio/Chicago Amplified

UniVerse of Poetry [] is an online archive, interactive forum, and celebration of international poetry encouraging

universal dialogue, compassion and peace. UniVerse honors courageous, celebrated poets from every nation of the world, regardless of territory,

also including oral traditionalists, poets writing in endangered languages

and poets collaborating with music and film. "One Poem: The Next Generation"

will soon introduce international young people's poetry.

UniVerse of Poetry initiates a new opportunity for international poets--many of whom are refugees--to be heard, read and studied. These poets often transcend hardship, isolation, and exile to write the enduring human story. Curricula are being developed to enable schools and universities worldwide to utilize UniVerse as a free resource.

UniVerse of Poetry is dedicated to freedom of expression for everyone everywhere

and the eternal dialogue of wisdom and prophetic sanity renewed daily by poets internationally.

All donations benefit UniVerse of Free Expression.


Friday - Sunday

April 17-26

7:00 PM - Fri/Sat

8:00 PM - Sunday

Links Hall

3435 N Sheffield

Cupola Bobber sails into Links Hall April 17-26 with World Premiere Way Out West, The Sea Whispered Me.

Links Hall is pleased to present the World Premiere of Cupola Bobber’s Way Out West, The Sea

Whispered Me, co-commissioned by

Links Hall and PS122 (NYC) in partnership with the National Performance Network. Way Out West, The Sea Whispered Me runs Friday through Sunday for two weeks April 17–26, 2009. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sunday nights at 7pm. Tickets are $15 general admission or $10 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For group sales and more information call 773.281.0824, and to purchase tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets visit

“Cupola Bobber can lay claim to a special talent for alternative performance making of disarmingly odd, cosmic charm.” - The Times of London



Apr 19

3:30 pm

Wherever You Are!

The Poetry Bomb!

What that means is people from all walks of life are invited to participate in or simply enjoy either poetry shows, or random acts of poetry.

Curious: Check out www. myspace. com/thepoetrybomb for more information on show locations.

Want to help out: If you like to read poetry (whether you write it or not), or like to organize shows or advertizing, please contact The Bomb Squad at

Also, if you run a reading or are a regular at one, we'll be happy to advertise your show in our advertisement. Just let us know.

I hope to see you at a show, or on a street corner in April!



Apr 19

7:00 pm

Myopic Books, Chicag

1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60622

(773) 862-4882

Karen Leona Anderson & William Allegrezza




2:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Reception & reading)

at the home of Ralph Hamilton:


Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: 847-492-1106




FEATURING poets from RHINO 2009:

Vincent Francone

Greg Grummer

Tim Hunt

Ron Offen

Stella Radulescu

Susan Slaviero

Past contributors to Rhino are welcome to read a poem at the open mike following the featured readers.



with a completely new look for 09!


RHINO 2009 & other delicious publications - will be available for purchase & perusal.



Apr 20

8:00 PM

Red Line Tap

7006 N. Glenwood
The Injured Parties once again plays IPO Chicago!
Also performing:
Nick Bognar
Crash Street Kids
First In Space
Incredible Shrinking Boy
The Smiling Eyes
The Auramatics
http://www. heartlandcafe. com



Apr 26

7:00 pm

Myopic Books, Chicago

1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60622

(773) 862-4882

Arpine Grenier & Guest


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Daniel Borzutzky / Raul Zurita reading

A Special Reading with Raul Zurita and Daniel Borzutzky
Friday, April 3, 2009 - 7:00pm

Doors open at 7:00PM, Reading begins at 7:30PM.

Free admission, all ages.

Location: Instituto Cervantes, 31 West Ohio Street, Chicago

 Raul Zurita was born in Santiago, Chile in 1951. He started out studying mathematics before turning to poetry. His early work is a ferocious response to Augusto Pinochet's 1973 military coup. Like many other Chileans, Zurita was arrested and tortured. When he was released, he helped to form a radical artistic group CADA, and he became renowned for his provocative and intensely physical public performances. In the early 80’s, Zurita famously sky-wrote passages from his poem, The New Life, over Manhattan and later (still during the reign of Pinochet) he bulldozed the phrase Ni Pena Ni Miedo (Without Pain Or Fear) into the Atacama Desert, where it can still be seen because children in the neighboring town bring shovels into the desert and turn over the sand in the letters. For fifteen years, Zurita worked on a trilogy which is considered one of the signal poetic achievements in Latin American poetry: Purgatory appeared in 1979, Ante-paradise in 1982, and The New Life in 1993. Raul Zurita is one of the most renowned contemporary Latin American poets, and he is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Poetry Prize of Chile. Translations of Purgatory and Anteparadise were published in the United States in the 80’s. Three new books, INRI, translated by William Rowe, Song of the Disappeared Love, translated by Daniel Borzutzky, and Purgatory, translated by Anna Deeny, are forthcoming from, respectively, Merick Press, Action Books, and The University of California Press. His books of poems include, among others: El Sermon de la Montana; Areas Verdes; Purgatorio; Anteparadiso; El Paraiso Esta Vacio – Canto a Su Amor, Desaparecido, El Amor de Chile, La Vida Nueva, In Memoriam

Daniel Borzutzky's books include The Ecstasy of Capitulation (BlazeVox, 2007), Arbitrary Tales (Triple Press, 2005), and the chapbooks One Size Fits All (Scantily Clad Press, 2009) and Failure in the Imagination (Bronze Skull Press, 2007). Daniel's family comes from Chile, and his translation work has focused on Chilean writers. He is the translator of, among other works, Song for his Disappeared Love by Raul Zurita (Forthcoming, Action Books); Port Trakl by Jaime Luis Huenún (Action Books, 2008); and One Year and other stories by Juan Emar, which was published as a special issue of the Review of Contemporary Fiction. Daniel's writings and translations have appeared in dozens of print and online journals. He lives in Chicago and teaches in the English Department at Wright College.