Friday, May 29, 2009

Red Rover Series / Experiment #30

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #30:
Eye Heard Throughout


Amira Hanafi
Noé Cuéllar in collaboration with
Ian Hatcher, Joseph Kramer & Meredith Zielke

at the Orientation Center
2129 N. Rockwell
(corner of Milwaukee/Rockwell
left side of the Congress Theater building)
suggested donation $4

NOÉ CUÉLLAR is a sound designer and photographer originally from Laredo, TX, graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago this spring. His work comprises composition, text and musical elements. variety of his work has been performed or exhibited at the Third Coast International Audio Festival, New Music at the Green Mill, Looptopia(Chicago); Neighborhood Public Radio/Whitney Biennial (NYC); Megapolis Audio Art and Documentary Festival (Boston); Sound Art Space (Laredo, TX); among others. Cuéllar frequents collaborations with poets, filmmakers and performers, and also strives to present Sound as an independent medium.

AMIRA HANAFI lives in Chicago. She has exhibited work in Chicago galleries, published visual poetry in Diagram and Sleepingfish, organized multi-vocal readings of her texts, performed with the Clairaudient sound collective, and dispersed handmade books and multiples including Palm Reading, Mesostis, and Trinities. You can read her work in the new issue of American Letters & Commentary.

IAN HATCHER is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work in realtime networked writing has been performed and presented at the Electronic Literature Organization conference in Washington, the Electronic Literature in Europe conference in Norway, and Brown University. He is also the primary composer and accompanist for the Moving Architects dance company, and collaborates widely on projects with other interdisciplinary artists in Chicago and elsewhere. (

JOSEPH KRAMER is a multi-instrumentalist from the Ozark plateau where he performed with and helped organize the close/far family of music groups. He is currently living in Chicago and pursuing a graduate degree from the School of the Art Institute. Recent work has focused on an exploration of space through transmission, interference, and gentle feedback performed on modified consumer electronics.

MEREDITH ZIELKE is an award-winning independent filmmaker and audio producer, having undertaken topics such as the effective process of dialogue in confronting the Israel/Palestine conflict ("Zeitouna"), prismatic notions of body in Ecuador ("La Curación"), nautical illustrations of Restless Leg Syndrome ("Jib Halyard") and alternatives in hierarchical public education ("Our School"). Meredith filmed and edited documentaries as well as experimental shorts have been screened at film / multimedia festivals and anthropological / ethnographic conferences. She often films commission work in support of non-profit efforts and has instructed audio/video documentary courses at the Detroit Film Center, Mess Hall [Chicago], and in Loja, Ecuador.

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.

Email ideas for reading experimentsto us at

The schedule for events is listed at

Series A, Weds. June 3rd

June 3, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Tyrone Williams
Janet Holmes

At the Hyde Park Art Center.
5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL
(There is parking and easy access to public transportation.)


For more information, visit or e-mail me.

Tyrone Williams first book of poetry, titled C.C., was published by Krupskaya in 2002. His poetry chapbooks include Musique Noir (Overhere Press 2006). AAB (Slack Buddha), and Futures, Elections (Dos Madres Press 2004). His poems have been published in magazines, including Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, The Kenyon Review, Caliban, Colorado Review, and Xcp. And his poems have been anthologized in anthologies, including Rainbow Darkness: An Anthology of African American Poetry (Miame University Press 2005) and Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (Scribner 2003). He received his Doctorate of English from Wayne State University. He teaches at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.

Janet Holmes is author of F2f (U of Notre Dame, 2006), Humanophone (U of Notre Dame, 2001), The Green Tuxedo (U of Notre Dame, 1998), and The Physicist at the Mall (Anhinga, 1994). Her work has twice been included in the annual Best American Poetry anthologies, and she has received numerous prizes and honors for her writing, including grants from the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation. the Minnesota State Arts Board, and The Loft. Her recent work appears in 1913, Cutbank, Gutcult, MiPoesias, and Practice. She is director of Ahsahta Press, an all-poetry publishing house at Boise State University, where she has taught in the MFA program since 1999.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Gothic Funk, June 2nd

Please join us for the next reading on
Tuesday, June 2nd:
Flourish Bakery
1138 W Bryn Mawr

KRISTIN FITZSIMMONS received her MA from the University of Chicago in 2008. She is currently an Americorps member at the Hull House Association in Uptown where she teaches English as a Second Language and attempts to learn Spanish as a fourth language in addition to French and Dutch. Some of her recent poems are published in the March/April 2009 edition of The Boston Review.

CATHY GILBERT grew up in Central Illinois, and after receiving her MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, she returned to that area to become an Instructor of English at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL. She teaches many levels of composition and is excited to teach some creative writing classes in the fall. When she is not frantically planning, teaching, or grading, Cathy turns to poetry to calm her nerves. Her poems have appeared in the Madison Review, Main Channel Voices, and Pank, and can most recently be found in an online journal called r.kv.r.y. Cathy is very grateful for the opportunity to read her poems tonight, here in the great city of Chicago. She's been looking forward to the promised cupcake for over a month.

PARNESHIA JONES (bio forthcoming)

7:30pm - 10:00pm

Jaks Tap (the back room)

901 W Jackson

a special night of beach meets beat. Our special guests are:

Scott DeKatch

Cathleen Schandelmeier.

W4tB is an energetic, eclectic, electric poetry powerhouse that fires up on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, hosted by Buddah309

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Myopic Books, Sunday, May 31

7:00 pm
Myopic Books, Chicago
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 862-4882

Luis Valadez & Megan Volpert

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Th!nkArt Salon

Friday, May 29


Reading begins at 7:30 pm

Th!nkArt Salon

1530 N. Paulina, Suite F., Chicago

Join the Poetry Center of Chicago and the University of Chicago at Th!nkArt Salon as they host Italy's foremost experimental and emerging writers-poets, but also critics and translators-this reading, symposium, and salon will bring a diverse array of new poetic voices to US readers to reveal points of confluence and conflict within Italian and global poetries.

This reading is part of a 2 day series of events taking place at multiple locations and times. For a complete schedule please click here.

Bilingual Poetry Reading & Salon

Moderated by:

Jennifer Scappettone (U. Chicago)

Francesco Levato (Poetry Center)

Chris Glomski (UIC)

All events are free & open to the public

To RSVP call 773.252.2294 Ext. 310 or email

Th!nkArt™ is an international art gallery and policy salon featuring established and emerging artists from throughout the world. Through our intimate salon-setting and thought-provoking exhibitions, readings, music, dance, theatrical, film, and cultural programming, Th!nkArt engages in an ongoing dialogue that engages the world of art and politics. For more information visit

For information about all of our programs or to order Reading Series tickets go to

Monday, May 25, 2009

Mercury Cafe, Friday, May 29th

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Mercury Cafe
1505 west chicago
poetry spoken word standup performance art music puppetry film
bohemian atmosphere excellent service affordable food and coffee three
features and open mic performers

Andrea Change
Terry Jacobus
Quraysh Ali Lansana

hosted by Vittorio (what is he doing on stage?) Carli
Call 773-376-2378 or 312-455-9924 or e-mail, the new identity theft resistant e-mail for more details
See to see vito’s interviews and reviews

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Switchback Books Fundraiser (5/28)

7:00 p.m. til we get tired of you or vice versa!

Irish Eyes

2519 N. Lincoln Ave.

Thursday, May 28th

Switchback is having another bartending fundraiser next week, with all tips going directly toward the production of our next book, The Haunted House by Marisa Crawford. It is the 2008 winner of the Gatewood Prize for a first book of poems by a woman as selected by judge Denise Duhamel.

Beers are $2.50 and who can resist the urge to heckle our mouthy Switchbackers once they’re safely behind the bar??? PLUS, there’s a rumor going round about an editor-run Tarot Card booth… do not tempt fate! Be there!

Friday, May 22, 2009

June 5th 2009

Waiting 4 the Bus
Music/Arts - Performance
Friday, June 5, 2009
7:30pm - 9:30pm
St.Paul's Cultural Center
2215 W North Avenue
Chicago, IL


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

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Art Beyond Borders: Ilya Kaminsky

Thursday, May 28th
Fullerton Hall
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Free admission

Ilya Kaminsky was born in 1977 in Odessa, formerly the Soviet Union, now Ukraine. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, his family was forced to seek political asylum in the United States. Kaminsky is the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004), which won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Metcalf Award and the Dorset Prize. In late 1990s, he co-founded Poets for Peace, an organization that sponsors poetry readings in the United States and abroad in support of such relief organizations as Doctors Without Borders and Survivors International. He is also the poetry editor of Words Without Borders, an online magazine featuring international literature in translation. He now teaches writing at San Diego State University.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Rhino Reads! Friday, May 22

Open Mike 6:00 - 6:30
Featured Poets 6:45 - 7:30
Brothers K
500 Main St.
Evanston, IL

RHINO Reads!
A Monthly Poetry Series



Another Chicago Magazine (ACM) – Poets & Writers from Chicago’s celebrated literary journal:

Denise Sweet is an Anishinaabe poet, Professor of Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and former poet laureate of Wisconsin. Her books include Know by Heart and Songs for Discharming. She is also a contributor to the anthology, Nitaawichige: Selected Poetry and Prose by Four Anishinaabe Writers.

Garry Cooper—polymath, psychotherapist, essayist and poet—is a contributing editor of Psychotherapy Networker magazine. He is the author of Whirled News Tonight, installments of which appear in the most recent ACM.

Mike Puican, a member of the 1996 Chicago Poetry Slam Team, is completing his MFA in poetry at Warren Wilson. Mike chairs The Guild Complex, a community-based literary organization. His poems have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Spoon River, Crab Orchard Review, and Bloomsbury Review.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Palabra Pura, May 20

The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry ON TOUR
Start: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 7:30pm

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

Rosa Alcalá’s most recent collection of poems is Undocumentary (Dos Press, 2008). She is also the author of Some Maritime Disasters (Belladonna, 2003). Her translations from Spanish are widely published, and are forthcoming in The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry.

Kevin A. González is the author of the recently published collection, Cultural Studies (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2009). His poems and stories have appeared in various venues, including Poetry, The Progressive and McSweeney’s. His work is also featured at From the Fishouse (

Carolina Monsivais’ book, Somewhere Between Houston and El Paso: Testimonies of a Poet (Wings Press, 2001), received the Premio Poesía Tejana. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including U.S. Latino Literature Today (Longman, 2004).

Lidia Torres is the author of A Weakness for Boleros (Mayapple Press, 2005). Her poems have appeared in such journals as Ploughshares, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Massachusetts Review. Her distinctions include a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Myopic Books, Sunday May 24th

7:00 pm

Myopic Books, Chicago
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 862-4882

Gus Anagnopolous & Carolyn Guinzio

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Pont des Arts ensemble, May 19th

featuring poète chanteurs Richard Fammerée & Carrie Ingrisano
w/ Meg Lauterbach (cello, piano), Victor Sanders (electric guitar,
electronica) & Meg Thomas (world percussion)
will share new songs/poem-songs/contemporary (alt/emo) art songs

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
8:30 PM

1920 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, Il 60613

The evening will also feature Quraysh Ali Lansana
in celebration of his new book
bloodsoil (sooner red)


Brazialian singer-songwriter Nicolau Santos


“A sensual banquet of poetry & music, passion & spirituality,” Pont des Arts Ensemble is the finest example of the global renaissance of the marriage of poetry and new performance media. Poetry married to music, theatre and dance is more ancient than recorded history and the freshest movement in contemporary performance worldwide.

Shakespeare meets Sigur Ros meets Piaf along the Mediterranean. . . .

- Sylvia Beach Whitman, Shakespeare & Co., Paris

A sensual banquet of poetry & music, passion & spirituality. Viva la evolution!

- George Whitman, Shakespeare & Co., Paris

Pont des Arts features passionate, compassionate, alternative/contemporary art songs of poète-chanteur Richard Fammerée. Singer-songwriter Carrie Ingisano offers a vulnerable elegance and decidedly neoclassical element. Further refined by the exquisite, compelling contributions of Meg Lauterbach (cello, piano and vocals), Victor Sanders (electric guitar and electronica) and percussionist Meg Thomas.

Guest international artists can include Zara Zaharieva, Bulgarian violinist and vocalist; Rachel Jamison Webster, poet; Francesco Levato, poet, new media artist (US/Italy); Li-Young Lee, poet; Steve Gibons, violin; Jeanette Aylward, ballerina, choreographer; Susan Aurinko, photographer; Paul Sihon, guitars, tabla drums; Melissa Dittmann, singer-songwriter, violin; Kimba Arems, dij, crystal bowl, bells, invented percussion & cosmica; Simon Rigot, keyboards, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (Belgium).

Though ancient oracles have often been lost or destroyed by competing mythologies, inspired wisdom continues. Each participating artist of Pont des Arts Ensemble confirms and celebrates the ability to intuit and distill primary knowledge.

Le Pont des Arts is a foot bridge which crosses the Seine, a “suspended garden” designed during the reign of Napoleon to lead into the Palais des Arts, the Louvre. An eighteen year old student of French poetry began his vocation here with an acoustic guitar. His pockets may have been occasionally empty but Fammerée (a director and founder of Pont des Arts Ensemble) was brimming as he meditated on the river, its hieroglyphic reflections and warm, sculpted banks where troubadours in previous centuries experimented and performed in the same forms.

Quraysh Ali Lansana is author of four poetry books, including They Shall Run: Harriet Tubman Poems (Third World Press, 2004); a children's book entitled The Big World (Addison-Wesley, 1998); and editor of seven anthologies, including Dream of A Word: The Tia Chucha Press Poetry Anthology (Tia Chucha Press, 2006). He is Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University, where he is also Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing. He is also a former faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. Quraysh is the former Associate Editor-Poetry for Black Issues Book Review. Quraysh earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he was a Departmental Fellow. Forthcoming books include Poetry from the Masters: The Sixth Wave (Just Us Books, September 2009)--a young adult anthology, and bloodsoil (sooner red) (Center for the American Land, May 2009). He currently serves as a Contributing Editor for The Writer’s Chronicle of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and is a board member of Young Chicago Authors, Inc. Quraysh is a 2008 Pushcart Prize nominee.

Nicolau Santos
arrived in Chicago as a young man, unannounced, with his guitar and dreams in his hand. He brings from his hometown of Rio de Janeiro the upbeat rhythms of Brazilian Jazz and contemporary music, and goes on to invent a new genre of romantic Latin/American ballads. Add to the mix an inviting tenor voice, ingenious guitar work and a warm smile. The effect is sensational. Nicolau has performed with Chicago Samba, Bossa Tres and many other groups and ensembles.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Nerve Gallery, Oak Park

7:00-11:00 PM
Friday May 15th

Nerve Gallery

43 Harrison Street

Oak Park, Illinois

"Who's Your Deity"

David Breeden

Karen Craigo

Chris Gallinari

Kurt Heintz

Larry Janowski

Wayne Jones

Charlie Newman

Donna Pucciani

Steven Schroeder

Judy Valente

Alice George

Nina Corwin

Dean Hacker

Mercury Cafe, Friday May 15th

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Mercury Cafe
1505 west chicago

poetry spoken word standup performance art music puppetry film
bohemian atmosphere excellent service affordable food and coffee three
features and open mic performers

Dena Pope and Nature's Disciple

hosted by Vittorio (what is he doing on stage?) Carli
Call 773-376-2378 or 312-455-9924 or e-mail, the new identity theft resistant e-mail for more details

See to see vito’s interviews and reviews

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New from Puddin'head Press

The Puddin'head Press is proud to announce the publication of
Habry, a new book of poetry by Helen Degen Cohen

There will be a publication event at Corosh
1072 N. Milwaukee in Chicago
Saturday, May 30, from 1 to 4 PM

More info to follow soon.

For more info on Habry or to
purchase a copy of the book, please visit

Elbowing Off the Stage

Abi Stokes, y madrone,
& John Murillo

Thursday, May 14

1278 North Milwaukee 4W
a few blocks North of Ashland


Note: push the door really hard when you get there!

Abi Stokes is originally from Portland, Oregon. She is a junior in the BA poetry program at Columbia College Chicago. She currently co-edits for Columbia Poetry Review and Elephant Zine. She finds robots irresistibly cute.

y madrone currently writes in Chicago, IL via Olympia, WA via Detroit, MI via Baku, Ahzerbaijan. S/he collects locations to place verbs and find nouns in, enjoys multi-syllabic names and miniature bicycling. Currently s/he is holding the breath for a hot air balloon to lift and land with.
John Murillo is a two-time Larry Neal Writers' Award winner and the 2008-2009 Elma B. Stuckey Visiting Emerging Poet-in-Residence at Columbia College Chicago. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, Lumina, and the anthology DC Poets Against the War.

Fourth Sundays Poetry Writing Workshops

Evanston Public Library - Room 108
Church & Orrington

sponsored by RHINO/the Poetry Forum


Past leaders and readers and all poets welcome. Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Leader: Paulette Roeske

PAULETTE ROESKE’s five books include Anvil, Clock & Last; Divine Attention, which won the Carl Sandburg Book Award for Poetry; and Bridge of Sighs, a collection of stories, winner of the Three Oaks Prize for Fiction. Recognized by a fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council, several IAC Literary Awards, and the Chester H. Jones National Poetry Competition Prize, among other honors, her work has appeared in Poetry, The Threepenny Review, The Georgia Review, Other Voices, Glimmer Train and other journals, and has been frequently anthologized. For many years she taught at the College of Lake County, where she founded both a reading series that hosted nationally recognized writers and Willow Review, an award-winning journal. Most recently, Roeske has taught at the University of Southern Indiana and at Harlaxton College in central England. For over a decade she served on the board of The Poetry Center of Chicago at the School of the Art Institute, first as vice-president and later as program committee chair. Currently, she lives with her husband in southern Indiana, where she trains and shows in dressage with her Dutch Warmblood, Title Page.

Paulette’s topic: Fin, Feather, Hoof: Writing Across Genres. Writers have long traversed the boundaries of the three genres, and the fourth genre is already old news. As the lines continue to blur, the new hybrids pose questions that challenge reader and writer alike: Fact or fiction? Who’s who? Will the real Peter Falk please stand up? This session will identify and discuss such questions from both sides of the page.

Bring 15 or more copies (no longer than two pages) of work you want critiqued.

$5 donation appreciated

This project has been partially supported by grants the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For more info: RHINOPOETRY.ORG

WomanMade Gallery


READING: The Emotional Body - Free
May 17, 2009 / 2-4 p.m

Celebrating The Body: Think of body as object or actor, in whole or in part, in function and malfunction, sickness and health, stark or embellished. Think active body, gendered body, consuming body, sexual, emotional, physical body...our most inescapable abode.

Join curator Nina Corwin and a body of fabulous writers: Allison Joseph, author of Wordly Pleasures, S.L. Wisenberg, author of Cancer Bitch, Nikki Patin, Laura Dixon, Sara Parrell, Cynthia Gallaher, Kristin LaTour, and a special guest appearance by Marty McConnell, recently returned from NYC.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Pilcrow Lit Festival

Sunday, May 17
Orange Alert Reading Series
The Whistler
2421 N Milwaukee Ave (map)
A monthly reading series, formerly known as The Fixx Reading Series, with readings held the third Sunday of every month at The Whistler in Logan Square. Join host Jason Behrends with special guests Simon A. Smith, Conor Madigan, David Peak and Megan Milks. No cover, open to the public, 21+.

Opening Night Cocktails
Matilda's/baby ATLAS
3101 N. Sheffield Ave. (map)
Join Pilcrow Lit Fest volunteers, staff, and participating authors and publishers for an opening night reception. Raffle will be held throughout the evening to benefit Young Chicago Authors. No cover, open to the public, 21+.

Monday, May 18

Reading Under The Influence
3258 N. Sheffield Ave. (map)
RUI is a reading series based in Chicago developed by a group of Chicago writers who happen to like drinking. Featuring reading by Joe Meno, John Berger and RUI co-hosts. Jointly-hosted by Julia Borcherts, Robert Duffer, Jessee Jordan, Gabriel Levinson and Pilcrow founder/director, Amy Guth. $3 cover, open to the public, 21+.

Boring Nude Girl In The Boring Devil's Boring Territory
w/ Gina Frangello
The Book Cellar
4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave. (map)
The final stop of the 25-city Live Nude Girl in the Devil's Territory Tour, Zach Dodson will read from his novel Boring, Boring, Boring, Boring Boring, Kyle Minor will read from his story collection In the Devil's Territory, Kathleen Rooney will read from her memoir Live Nude Girl and featured guest Gina Frangello will read something awesome. No cover, all ages are welcome.

Waiting 4 the Bus
w/ featured guests Larry O. Dean and Charlie Newman
Jak's Tap
901 W. Jackson Blvd. (map)
Waiting 4 the Bus is an open mic on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, a poetry collective, and a workshop of writers talking with writers about writing, held in the backroom of Jak's Tap. Hosted by Buddha 309. No cover, open to the public, 21+.

Tuesday, May 19
Quickies! Reading Series
Innertown Pub
1935 W. Thomas (map)
A Chicago flash fiction reading series featuring complete stories read in 5 minutes or less. No excerpts, no cheating. Hosted by Mary Hamilton and Lindsay Hunter. No cover, open to the public, 21+.

The Cafe
w/ featured guest Susan T. Moss
5115 N. Lincoln Ave. (map)
Now halfway through its second decade, The Cafe is a poets-first salon-style reading series, with all styles welcome. Held every Tuesday in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood and hosted by Charlie Newman. $2 cover, open to the public, all ages are welcome.

Wednesday, May 20

Show 'N Tell Show
The Whistler
2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. (map)
The Show 'n Tell Show is a bi-monthly live talk show where the guests are the most dynamic designers, photographers, illustrators and poster-makers around. Rather than a gallery show, or some mega-conference, the Show 'n Tell Show truly provides a space for designers to talk about what they do, and what they love: design. The Show is free of commercial interests and not affiliated with any institution or entity. Featuring David Barringer, Doug Fogelson, Paul Hornschemeier, Zach Huelsing, Matt Kessler and Jay Ryan. Hosted by Zach Dodson and Mike Renaud, with comedy relief provided by SpokesMom, the spokesmodel that is also your mom. No cover, open to the public, 21+.

Local Author Night @ The Book Cellar
The Book Cellar, the official bookseller of Pilcrow Lit Fest, hosts Local Author Night, featuring Gillian Flynn, author of the crime thriller Dark Places, Lenny Kleinfeld, author of the thrilling page-turner Shooters and Chasers, and Jamie Freveletti, author of the thrilling adventure story Running from the Devil. No cover, all ages are welcome.

Uptown Writer's Space
4802 N. Broadway #200 (map)
Susan Karp, a certified yoga teacher and writing instructor, will be leading a two-hour workshop at the Uptown Writer's Space that begins with breath work, and leads into a Yin Yoga practice, to focus on cultivating space the body and mind to connect with creativity. While Yin Yoga was developed to prepare the body for meditation, the same principles are used in for putting words down on the page for the remainder of the workshop.
Regularly prices $40, special Pilcrow price of $25! Please RSVP at 773.275.1000. All ages are welcome.

Thursday, May 21

StoryStudio Chicago Writers Read Showcase
42 Degrees North Latitude
4500 N. Lincoln Ave. (map)
Come out, have a drink and hear works from StoryStudio Chicago's teachers and students. No cover, open to the public, 21+.

2nd Story
Strawdog Theater
3829 N. Broadway (map)
2nd Story is a hybrid performance event combining storytelling, wine, and music. A typical 2nd Story evening goes something like this: hang out with your friends and eat and drink and make merry. Four or five times during the night, the lights go down, a spotlight comes up on somebody and they tell a story. Tickets $10 (buy tickets here), open to the public, all ages welcome.

Friday, May 22
The Dollar Store Show
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia
An evening of readings and performances given by some of Chicago's top literary talents, monologists, performers, and drunks. Each writer is given an item purchased at a local dollar store (mundane to insane) and a month to craft a story (fiction or non-) that involves the item as directly or obliquely as the author wishes. Hosted by Jonathan Messinger. $1 cover, open to the public, 21+.

Saturday, May 23

Participant Check-In/Swag Center Opens
Main level of Trader Todd's, 3216 N. Sheffield (map)

Discussion panels & workshops
Upstairs @ Trader Todd's, 3216 N. Sheffield (map)
No cover, open to the public, all ages are welcome.

Discussion panels & workshops @
Matilda's, 3101 N. Sheffield (map)
No cover, open to the public, all ages are welcome.

{7p bar opens/8p event}
The One-Two Punch:
Literary Death Match & Rebuilt Books Auction
$12 cover with proceeds to benefit Opium Magazine and Young Chicago Authors, open to the public, all ages welcome, wristbands for 21+.
Viaduct Theater
3111 N. Western Ave. (map)
Info about directions and parking can be found here. Rideshare options also available.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Poetry Center of Chicago

Stuart Dybek and Yusef Komunyakaa
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 6:30pm
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Avenue

In partnership with the Poetry Foundation.

Distinguished authors Stuart Dybek and Yusef Komunyakaa read their work along with emerging artists Rachel Webster and the winners of the Poetry Center’s Hands on Stanzas Student Inaugural Poem Contest.

Stuart Dybek is the author of three books of fiction: I Sailed With Magellan, The Coast of Chicago, and Childhood and Other Neighborhoods. Both I Sailed With Magellan and The Coast of Chicago were New York Times Notable Books, and The Coast of Chicago was a One Book One Chicago selection. Dybek has also published two collections of poetry: Streets in Their Own Ink and Brass Knuckles. His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Poetry, Tin House, and many other magazines, and have been widely anthologized, including work in both Best American Fiction and Best American Poetry. Among Dybek’s numerous awards are a PEN/Malamud Prize “for distinguished achievement in the short story,” a Lannan Award, a Whiting Writers Award, an Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, several O.Henry Prizes, and fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award.

Yusef Komunyakaa is the author of several books of poetry, including Taboo: The Wishbone Trilogy, Part 1 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004); Pleasure Dome: New & Collected Poems, 1975-1999 (2001); Talking Dirty to the Gods (2000); Thieves of Paradise (1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Neon Vernacular: New & Selected Poems 1977-1989 (1994), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; and Magic City (1992). He has also written dramatic works, including Gilgamesh: A Verse Play (Wesleyan University Press, 2006), and Slip Knot, a libretto in collaboration with Composer T. J. Anderson and commissioned by Northwestern University. His honors include the William Faulkner Prize from the Université de Rennes, the Thomas Forcade Award, the Hanes Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Louisiana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. And he is currently Distinguished Senior Poet in New York University’s graduate creative writing program.

Rachel Webster is a poet, educator and activist. In 1997, she won both the Academy of American Poets’ Young Poets Prize and the Association of University Women Award, the latter for her implementation of a poetry workshop with homeless and gang-involved teens in Portland, Oregon. From there, Rachel moved to Chicago’s Gallery 37, working closely with chair Maggie Daley to extend arts apprenticeships to city teenagers. In 2001, she helped create Words 37, which now offers literary arts programs, after-school and in the summers, to thousands of Chicago teens. Rachel collected and edited these young writers’ poems and stories in two anthologies, Alchemy (2001) and Paper Atrium (2004). Rachel’s own poems and articles have been published in many journals, and she is currently finishing two manuscripts of poetry for book-length publication. Rachel teaches at Loyola University, Chicago, and Northwestern University. She is continually inspired by her students, and grateful to her teachers—from her hometown of Madison, Ohio, from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, from Warren Wilson College, in Asheville, North Carolina, and from all communities of poets and lovers of poetry, living and passed.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Danny's, Wednesday, May 13th

Noelle Kocot, Eirik Steinhoff and Miranda Mellis

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, May 8, 2009

Arsenic Lobster Spring Issue


(at last)

Enjoy some of Arsenic Lobster's best POETRY!

by Lois P. Jones, Janie Gleason, Susan Slaviero and many more.

ALSO, recent congratulations to Arsenic Lobster BEST OF THE NET selections:

Dzanc Books, , selected the poems "Alopecia and the Grizzly Bear" by Arlene Ang and "The Dance of Curb Chickens" by Joseph Olschner for inclusion in the Best of the Web 2009 anthology.


Susan Slaviero's poem "The Noir Wife" will be included in the 2008, Sundress publication, Best of the Net Anthology. Her poem will be reprinted along with sixteen other poems and showcased for the next year on the Best of the Net website .

DON’T MISS this issue’s REVIEW!


Lissa Kiernan reviews Amy King’s, I’M THE MAN WHO LOVES YOU.

I am also thrilled to announce our 2009 anthology is underway!

It features art and poetry from issues 17, 18 & 19 and will be ready for distribution in early July.

Spread the word,

Susan Yount, Editor & Publisher

Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Seeking New Media Poetry

Seven Corners seeks new media poetry, publishable on a blog, from Chicago or Midwestern poets. This can include spoken word, audio files, video files, vispo, animation, etc.

Please send submission to stevehalle at gmail dot com.


Steve Halle

Next Monday at Molly Malones

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.

Monday, May 11, join us in welcoming award-winning poet Gina Franco

Gina Franco has received an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Robert Chasen Poetry Prize, the Corson-Bishop Poetry Prize, and the 2006 Bread Loaf Meralmikjen Fellowship in Poetry. Her collection of poems, The Keepsake Storm, was published by the University of Arizona Press Camino del Sol Latina/o Literary Series in 2004. Her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including Black Warrior Review, BorderSenses, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Fence, The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Seneca Reveiw, Zone 3, and The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry. She divides her time between Galesburg, Illinois, where she is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Knox College, and the Arizona desert where she grew up.

Molly Malone's Irish Pub

7652 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL

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

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

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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Red Rover Series / Experiment #29

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #29:
Slowness / Stillness / Silence


Lisa Fishman & Aurora Tabar

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

LISA FISHMAN is the author of The Happiness Experiment and Dear, Read; as well as two earlier books and three recent chapbooks. She lives in Orfordville, Wisconsin and in Chicago, where she teaches at Columbia College. She has a new collection, F L O W E R C A R T, forthcoming on Ahsahta Press.

AURORA TABAR is interested in exploring the boundaries between the personal, professional, and artistic and has been known to make performances in her living room and bedroom. Her work has been presented at Links Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, Gallery 400, Gallery 2, and the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute (New York). She is a Teaching Artist through the Hyde Park Art Center and a staff member at Links Hall.

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.

June 6th - Noé Cuéllar, Amira Hanafi, Ian Hatcher & Meredith Zielke

Email ideas for reading experimentsto us at

The schedule for upcoming events is listed at

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Wednesday, May 6th
8:00pm - 11:00pm

Black Rock Bar
3614 N. Damen

This Wednesday rec room hosts a neighborly day in this beautywood. Our curator Katie Hartsock will present: "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

Show description: It’s a beautiful day for a neighbor—except when it’s not. Whether we live lawns away or narrow alleys apart, we’re exposed to—sometimes literally—a spectrum of experience through the people we arbitrarily spend most of our lives beside, above, or below. Rec Room invites readers to share their tales of neighborly bliss and woe, and everything in between.

With readings and performances by our resident experts:

Dan Alberti

Jason Bredle

Paul Durica

Katie Hartsock

Tricia Hersey (a.k.a. Lady Terror)

T Hetzel

Valerie Jean Johnson

Parneshia Jones

Becca Klaver

Paul Martinez Pompa

John Murillo

Garrett Prejean

Jacob Saenz

Fred Sasaki and Jacob Knabb

Erin Teegarden

Series A

Don't forget to come tonight to Series A at the Hyde Park Art Center
in Chicago. The reading takes place from 7-8. The HPAC is at 5020 S.
Cornell. Parking is easy, and it's easy to get to on public
transportation. BYOB.

Kristina Marie Darling

Kristina Marie Darling is an M.A. candidate at Washington University,
where she completed an undergraduate degree in English in 2007. She has published seven small press collections of poetry and nonfiction, among them Fevers and Clocks (March Street Press, 2006), The Traffic in Women (Dancing Girl Press, 2006), and Night Music (BlazeVOX Books, 2008). She has also written on contemporary poetics for The Boston Review, New Letters, The Mid-American Review, Third Coast, The Warwick Review, Smartish Pace, and other journals. Her creative work has been supported by residencies from the Centrum Foundation, Rockmirth, Writers and Books, DRAW International, and the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts.

Naomi Buck Palagi

Naomi Buck Palagi has made her way to Northwest Indiana via many stops, including a "homesteader" childhood in rural Kentucky, complete with goats and lots of bare feet, some years in the Mississippi Delta as, among other things, a furniture maker and ballet teacher, and several years in Chicago doing the small theater rounds as an actor and director. She enjoys shaping tangible things—wood, fabric, sound, words. She has work published or upcoming in the journals Otoliths, Big Toe Review, Moria, P.F.S. Post, and Blue Fifth Review, among others.

Bill Allegrezza

Friday, May 1, 2009

Poetry Radio: Wordslingers

Wordslingers is live radio for poetry and the conversations and culture it ignites, with a particular emphasis on Chicago. Twice each month, poets and writers convene in WLUW's studios to read their work aloud, and explore how poetry interacts with Chicago's broader literary culture.

This Sunday, May 3rd join guest host Kurt Heintz (e-poets network) with young writers Nat Iosabaker and Victor Ortiz, as they talk about their experiences at Louder Than a Bomb and other venues where emerging youth writers are creating new culture. Then hear Jennifer Karmin (Red Rover Series co-curator) in her own reading, and in conversation about teaching poetry in its many diverse forms.

Wordslingers is presented by Shelly Nation and produced by Michael Watson. Listen to Wordslingers on WLUW, Loyola University radio on 88.7 FM in Chicago, or click to the live stream. Broadcasts are at 8:00 PM, on the first and third Sunday of each month. The archive is here.