Wednesday, March 31, 2010

This Weekend at Myopic Books

THE MYOPIC POETRY SERIES — a weekly series of readings and occasional poets' talks

Myopic Books in Chicago — All readings begin at 7:00 / 1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor


Contact curator Larry Sawyer for booking information and requests.


This SATURDAY at Myopic Books:

Saturday, April 3 – Erika Mikkalo & Laura Carter

Laura CARTER lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she curates the Sun & Moon Reading Series. She teaches at local schools and has published three chapbooks. She completed her M.F.A. in 2007.

Erika MIKKALO [MY-kah-loh] is a writer who lives and works in Chicago. She took a M.F.A. in fiction writing from Columbia College, Chicago. Recent work has appeared in fence and Another Chicago Magazine and is forthcoming in the Chicago Review and the Canadian journal Descant.

This SUNDAY at Myopic Books:

Sunday, April 4 – Steve Halle & John Keene

John KEENE is the author of the award-winning novel Annotations (New Directions, 1995), and of the poetry collection Seismosis (1913 Press, 2006), with artwork by Christopher Stackhouse. He has published his fiction, poetry, essays and translations in a wide array of journals, including African-American Review, AGNI, Encyclopedia, Gay and Lesbian Review, Hambone, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and Public Space. His honors include an array of fellowships, including a 2005 Whiting Foundation Award in Fiction and Poetry and a 2008 Fellowship for Distinguished First Collection from the inaugural Pan-African Literary Forum. A longtime member of the Dark Room Writers Collective of Cambridge and Boston, and a Graduate Fellow of Cave Canem, he was Northwestern's inaugural Simon Blattner Visiting Assistant Professor in 2001. He teaches courses in fiction and cross-genre writing; American, African-American and Diasporic literatures and cultures; aesthetics and aesthetic theories; and literary translation.

Steve HALLE is the author of the chapbook cessation covers (Funtime Press, 2007), and he runs the blog-journal Seven Corners. His creative and critical work has been published internationally. About Map of the Hydrogen World: “Steve Halle's first collection of poems, shuns the divide between post-avant and Official Verse Culture poetics by embracing traditional forms while simultaneously developing new ways of working through poetry. From traditional lyric and narrative poems to formal experiments, Halle finds his own way through history, art, politics, faith and self. ‘Ginsbergian incantation, high modernist allusion, post-avant rhizome and the documentary collage--these are the weapons in Steve Halle's arsenal. Joyce, Eliot, Emerson, Whitman and Keats shoot through the static of text-messaging, global positioning systems, surveillance culture, and an urgent sense of the world's victims. Halle carries a humanistic heritage into an inhuman world.’” —Robert Archambeau


Wednesday, April 21 – Jerome Rothenberg

Saturday, April 24 – Ben Doller & Sandra Doller

Sunday, April 25 – Barry Schwabsky & Matvei Yankelevich

Sunday, May 2 – Connor Stratman

Sunday, May 9 – Robert Archambeau

Saturday, May 15 – Brandon Downing & Macgregor Card

Sunday, May 16 – Aaron Fagan

Chicago Poetry Symposium

April 17th
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Special Collections Research Center
The Joseph Regenstein Library
University of Chicago
1100 East 57th Street

Now in its third year, the Chicago Poetry Symposium is an annual conversation on the history of Chicago poetry. The event highlights the Special Collection Research Center’s strong archival and book holdings in the history of Chicago poetry, including the papers of Harriet Monroe, founder of Poetry magazine, as well as of Paul Carroll, Ralph J. Mills Jr., and Michael Anania, and works published by the Chicago Review and Flood Editions, among others. Featured speakers include Stephanie Anderson, Garin Cycholl, Al Filreis, Phil Jenks, Nancy Kuhl, and Don Share. The symposium will discuss such figures as Alice Notley, Sterling Plumpp, Henry Rago, and Margaret Anderson.

This event is supported in part by the William Martin Card Trust

Tuesday, March 30, 2010



***There are important changes to our contest this year. Please read the new guidelines carefully.***

The Gatewood Prize is Switchback Books' annual competition for a first or second full-length (48-80 pp.) collection of poems by a woman writing in the English language. It is named after Emma Gatewood, the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.

JUDGE: Cathy Park Hong

CATHY PARK HONG's first book, Translating Mo'um, was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by W.W. Norton. Hong is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in A Public Space, Paris Review, Poetry, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, and other journals, and she has reported for the Village Voice, The Guardian, Salon, and Christian Science Monitor. She now lives in New York City and is an Assistant Professor at Sarah Lawrence College.

READING PERIOD: March 1 - June 1, 2010


Poet must be a woman; our definition of "woman" is broad and includes transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and female-identified individuals.

Entry fee of $15 must accompany each submission; scroll down for PayPal button under "Payment."

We no longer accept cash, check, or money orders.

Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each manuscript must be entered under separate cover and fee.

You must let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted by another publisher while under our consideration.

No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be considered; the winning manuscript may be revised before publication.

Translations ineligible.

Manuscripts by close friends and former students of the judge are ineligible. If the judge would recognize your manuscript for any reason, please wait until next year to enter the contest.

Co-written collections are eligible provided both poets meet all eligibility requirements.

Submissions will be read by Switchback editors and staff members. We will select ten manuscripts to send on to the judge, who will choose the final winner.

Manuscripts remain anonymous until a winner is selected. Please remove any identifying references from your manuscript (including those in the body of the manuscript).

Entries that do not meet these terms may be disqualified. Please email becca [at] switchbackbooks [dot] com with any questions.


Manuscripts should be between 48 and 80 pages, paginated.
Please include a cover page with ONLY the title of the manuscript.
No acknowledgments page.

You will be notified of the winner and finalists of the contest via email.

Please submit your $15 entry fee via PayPal here:


Create an account at ManuscriptHub ( and upload your manuscript in .PDF (preferred) or .DOC format. Find Switchback Books among the listed venues and choose to submit to the Gatewood Prize.

***Please note: There is a $2 handling fee for using ManuscriptHub. This fee is separate from our contest fee, and is payable to the good folks who run the ManuscriptHub system.

DEADLINE: Manuscripts will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. on June 1st, 2010.
We strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with our aesthetics before submitting a manuscript to our contest. You can do this by reading sample poems on our website, or checking out the work of previous contest winners and finalists:

Builder of Positive Reality: A Celebration of the Lifelong Achievements of Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti

April 1-3, 2010
Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing
Chicago State University

Builder of Positive Reality: A Celebration of the Lifelong Achievements of Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti & the 20th Anniversary of the Gwendolyn Brooks

Chicago, April 1-3, 2010: One of the most highly read, widely discussed and internationally renowned American poets headlines the 20th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Conference for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University (CSU).

Nikki Giovanni will headline a writers’ conference that will feature a tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks Center and Third World Press founder Haki R. Madhubuti, April 1-3, 2010. Other featured writers include American Book Award winner Angela Jackson, critically acclaimed poet and memoirist R. Dwayne Betts, nationally-renowned journalist John Fountain and spoken word poet and author Staceyann Chin.

Giovanni will be the Gwendolyn Brooks Conference’s Giant’s Day honoree, a distinction bestowed on writers and scholars who have made unparalleled contributions to Black Diasporic Literature. Past honorees include luminaries such as Amiri Baraka, Walter Mosley, the late Octavia Butler and Sonia Sanchez. In addition, notable writers and scholars Samuel Allen, Jan Carew, Maryemma Graham, and Trudier Harris will be inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, a distinction bestowed upon writers who have made significant contributions to the universe of Black Literature.

The 2010 conference activities include panel discussions, musical interludes, receptions and an arts and crafts market.

What’s notable about this year’s conference is that it marks 20 years since the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing has coordinated and hosted a writers’ conference. Also, it marks the last conference where Professor Madhubuti will preside as Director Emeritus of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center.

For more information and pricing about this event, please contact me at 773-995-4440/ Information about this event can also be found at

Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing (GBC) was founded in 1990 on the historic campus of Chicago State University (CSU). It is named after Ms. Brooks, the former Poet Laureate of the State of Illinois and Distinguished Professor of English at Chicago State University. This Gwendolyn Brooks Conference for Black Literature and Creative Writing is sponsored The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago State University College of Arts & Sciences.

For information on registration please contact the Gwendolyn Brooks Center at 773-995-4440 or

Friday, March 26, 2010

Call for Poems: The Spoon River Poetry Review

Dear Poets,

I'd like to introduce myself as the new editor of The Spoon River Poetry Review and invite you to submit your poetry to the magazine, whether you are an old fan or completely new to us, as I'm excited to diversify both content and readership. As editor, my aim is to build upon the magazine's long-standing dedication to cross-pollination by publishing excellent poems, including translations in English, from all styles and perspectives, even (especially) those that seem, or have been situated critically, as at odds.

While SRPR already receives thousands of submissions a month, many of which are very strong, I'd like to see more diversity -- more poems by women, more poems by younger poets, more poems that explore embodiment from non-white, non-heteronormative perspectives, edgier & riskier poetics -- as well as excellent poetry that might be identified as more "mainstream." I enjoy reading poems from a wide variety of sensibilities and aesthetics, and am dedicated, as editor, to attracting and cultivating a readership that doesn't feel the need to choose from among various styles and schools, even as the politics of creation and production are brought into relief. I don't, however, want to confuse breadth with anything-goes; as I put it in the forthcoming Poet's Market, "Spoon River is looking for poems that are as intellectually and emotionally ambitious as they are attentive to technique."

Please send your poems, postmarked no later than April 15th, to:
The Spoon River Poetry Review
4241/Publications Unit
Illinois State University
Normal IL 61790-4241.

We are also accepting submissions now for our annual Editors' Prize Contest (up to three poems; single long poems welcome; 10 pages max). Winner receives $1000 & publication; two runners-up receive $100 each and publication; 3-5 honorable mentions receive publication. Postmark deadline is extended this year, to accommodate the transition of editorship, until May 1, 2010. The $16.00 reading fee includes a one-year subscription.

Please see our website for complete submission and contest details (we're in the process of updating the website, too!):

And finally, if you'd like to subscribe to the magazine, the cost is $15.00 for individuals, $18.00 for institutions. Our state funding was cut by over 70% percent this year, so we are in serious need of grass-roots support. To subscribe, send a check or money order (made out to The Spoon River Poetry Review), to The Spoon River Poetry Review, 4241 Department of English, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4241.

Thank you, and I look forward to reading your work and to hearing your feedback!

All best,

Kirstin Hotelling Zona
Editor, The Spoon River Poetry Review

Myopic Poetry Series

THE MYOPIC POETRY SERIES — a weekly series of readings and occasional poets' talks

Myopic Books in Chicago —
1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor
All readings begin at 7:00

Contact curator Larry Sawyer for booking information and requests.

This SUNDAY at Myopic Books:

Sunday, March 28 – Joshua Corey & Carrie Olivia Adams

Joshua COREY is the author of Selah (Barrow Street Press, 2003) and Fourier Series (Spineless Books, 2005). His new book, Severance Songs, won the Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press and will be published next spring. He lives in Evanston and teaches English at Lake Forest College.

Carrie Olivia ADAMS lives in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago, where besides being a poet, she is a poetry-filmmaker, book publicist, and the poetry editor for the small press Black Ocean and the journal Hunger Mountain. She also blogs on poetry and publishing for “The Constant Conversation.” She is the author of Intervening Absence, published by Ahsahta Press and the chapbook “A Useless Window.” Her second full-length collection, 41 Jane Does is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press along with a DVD of poem films. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Cannibal, DIAGRAM, the Laurel Review, No Tell Motel, and Dear Camera.


Saturday, April 3 – Laura Carter
Sunday, April 4 – Steve Halle & John Keene
Wednesday, April 21 – Jerome Rothenberg
Saturday, April 24 – Ben Doller & Sandra Doller
Sunday, April 25 – Barry Schwabsky & Matvei Yankelevich
Sunday, May 2 – Connor Stratman
Sunday, May 9 – Robert Archambeau
Saturday, May 15 – Brandon Downing & Macgregor Card
Sunday, May 16 – Aaron Fagan

Myopic Books — 18 years of innovative poetry in Chicago

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Sunday, Mar 28
1:30-4:30 -- Room 108
Evanston Public Library
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: Alice George

Bio: Alice George's first collection-- This Must Be The Place – was published by Mayapple Press in 2008 (reviewed in the forthcoming Chicago issue of ACM). She teaches poetry to kids in area schools and to adults through the University of Chicago’s Graham School. Her essay on collaboration with Cecilia Pinto is forthcoming in the anthology "Mentor and Muse" (SIU Press, 2010).

Alice’s topic: A Fine Excess: The poetry of Bob Hicok

Alice will bring a few poems by this contemporary poet to the group and lead a discussion on the poetic techniques of extravagance, anger and mess.

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

*$5-$10 donation appreciated

This project has been partially supported by a grants from Poets & Writers and the Illinois Arts Council.

Rhino Magazine may be purchased at: RHINOPOETRY.ORG

Rhino Reads!

Friday, Mar 26
6:00pm - 7:45pm
Brothers K
500 Main St.
Evanston, IL
Open Mike 6:00 - 6:30
Featured Poets 6:45 - 7:30


SUSANNA LANG’s collection, Even Now, was published by The Backwaters Press (2008). Her poems have appeared in such journals as Rhino, Kalliope, New Letters, and Inkwell, where she won the 2009 competition. She also won an Illinois Arts Council award for a poem published in The Spoon River Poetry Review.

VIRGINIA BELL’s poetry has appeared in Ekphrasis, Contrary Magazine, Beltway Quarterly, and The Innisfree Poetry Journal. She has a PhD in Comparative Literature and teaches as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago. She is an editor with RHINO.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Future Perfect Poetry + New Media Series

Thurs. April 1st
7:30 PM
Street of Dreams
1920 W. Irving Park Rd.

Future Perfect Poetry + New Media Series

National Poetry Month Celebration

“UniVerse of Free Expression: A Festival of International Poetry”
Roger Bonair-Agard
"Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and a Cave Canem fellow. A two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, Roger is also co-founder and Artistic Director of the LouderARTS Project."
Ibtisam Barakat
"Palestinian poet and humanist, Ibtisam Barakat represents her nation with grace and wisdom."
“Signature poets” include:
Stella Vinitchi Radulescu
Rachel Jamison Webster
Richard Fammerée & Saint Cloud
Brazilan singer-songwriter Nicolas dos Santos
UniVerse of Poetry wishes to thank the Illinois Humanities Council for their active support for this historic evening.

Open to the public, $7 at the door.

Please share this invitation.

Mary Jo Bang @ Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University
Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Avenue
Tuesday, April 27, 5 - 6 p.m.

Mary Jo Bang

Bang is the author of six collections of poems, including Louise in Love, The Eye Like a Strange Balloon and Elegy. Her poetry has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Paris Review and in three volumes of Best American Poetry, among other publications. She's been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bakeless Prize and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Gage Gallery Reading Series is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at Roosevelt University, Oyez Review and the Department of Literature and Languages. For more information, contact Scott Blackwood at

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Saturday, April 3
Elastic Arts Foundation
2830 N. Milwaukee Avenue, FL.

Tres Colony presents
John Murillo's UP JUMP THE BOOGIE Chicago Book Release Party

Featuring Readings & Performances By:

John Murillo / Roger Bonair-Agard / Paul Martinez Pompa / Rachel Eliza Griffiths / Sandra Ivelisse Antongiorgi / Cristina Correa / Amanda Torres / Kevin Coval / Randall Horton / Toni Asante Lightfoot / Erin Teegarden / Krista Franklin


“Sin Vergüenza”: an exhibition of art
Sandra Ivelisse Antongiorgi
Krista Franklin
& Rachel Eliza Griffiths

All night musical styling by DJ Itch 13

**Books will be available on-site for sale**

* * *


John Murillo is the current Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. A graduate of New York University's MFA program in creative writing, he has also received fellowships from the New York Times, Cave Canem, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachussetts. He is a two-time Larry Neal Writers' Award winner and the inaugural Elma P. Stuckey Visiting Emerging Poet-in-Residence at Columbia College Chicago. His poetry has appeared in such publications as Callaloo, Court Green, Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, and the anthology Writing Self and Community: African-American Poetry After the Civil Rights Movement. Up Jump the Boogie is his first collection.

"Up jumps the boogie. That's almost all one needs to say. Murillo is headbreakingly brilliant. I didn't have a favorite poet for this year: Now I do. But with this kind of verve and intelligence and ferocity Murillo just might be a favorite for many years to come." – Junot Díaz

Rhino Release

Celebrate the release of RHINO 2010
at our annual spring reading & reception!

Sunday, April 11, 2010
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Ralph Hamilton residence
630 Clinton Place
(one block West of the Evanston Arts Center)
Phone: 847.492.1106

Poets from RHINO 2010 will read &
all RHINO poets are invited to perform at an Open Mic

Dina Elenbogen | Brett Foster | Marc Frazier

Marguerite Harrold | Larry Janowski

John Jiambalvo | Steve Schroeder | y madrone

Purchase RHINO 2010 by cash/check or click on the RHINO cover to order
online. This year’s RHINO cover is designed by the celebrated illustrator,
muralist & artist David Csicsko .


Monday, March 22, 2010


The 123 Collective

Poetry Reading & Open Mic

Jacob Mays
Dolly Lemke
Aaron Flanagan

Friday, April 2

1816 S Racine, in Pilsen

Open Mic to follow!
*From Roosevelt Red Line take 18th Street Bus (18) to Racine
*From Pink Line (54th/Cermak) arrive 18th Street Pink Line:
Walk East (Left) from station to Racine
*From Halsted St take Halsted Bus (8) to 18th street, Walk West to Racine
*POST on the mailbox

Good Evening Open Mic readers and Featured Poets will bring work by their favorite poets, and work of their own to share in a reading which defies the focus of the individual and turns it towards the enjoyment and appreciation of the audience. Open Mic poets get to read 3 poems, or for 3 minutes. Features will read for 7-9 minutes. The atmosphere is meant to be a lucid, eclectic, and free exchange of ideas and positive intellect which encourages pleasure and enjoyment over the awkward and pedantic, for fun and love of language. We sincerely hope you will come read and spend this fabulous inaugural evening with us.

Guests 21+ are encouraged to BYOB (limited amounts of beer will be available on this inaugural night for guests 21 and older).

J A C O B M A Y S, from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, is a junior in the BFA Poetry Program at Columbia College Chicago.

D O L L Y L E M K E is a second year candidate in the MFA Poetry Program at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches freshman composition, works as a Student Advocate, and is one of the coordinators of a Classroom Based Tutoring Pilot Program. She also works as the Publicity Coordinator for the small local feminist press, Switchback Books. Her work has been published in Blue Canary, Burdock, Columbia Poetry Review, wicked alice, and forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2010.

Joe Bly describes A A R O N F L A N A G A N as “a cool dude who likes High Life and Netflix according to his wall posts...he def loves soccer (football).”

The 123 Collective--founded by Nicole Wilson, Joe Bly, and Kelly Forsythe--was created to become a center for regular events, exhibits, film screenings, and reading series; our newest series, Good Evening, will occur once a month and pull from a list of volunteer and solicited readers. The hope is to open a space that fosters the wonderful community of writers and artists this city contains.

Feel free to contact us with questions, suggestions, or reading interest at 123Collective[at]gmail[dot]com. To be removed from the contact list, send an email with "Remove" in the subject line.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Saturday @ Myopic Books

— a weekly series of readings and occasional poets' talks

Myopic Books in Chicago — All readings begin at 7:00 / 1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor

Contact curator Larry Sawyer for booking information and requests.

This SATURDAY at Myopic Books:

Saturday, March 20 – Lewis Freedman & Seth Landman

Lewis FREEDMAN lives in Madison where he co-hosts the ________-Shaped Reading Series with Andy Gricevich. He is a co-editor of the multi-located publishing collective, Agnes Fox Press. Poems written by Lewis Freedman have recently appeared in cannot exist, Correspondence, Invisible Ear, and Skein. Two chapbooks, "The Third Word" {what to us(press)} and "Catfish Po' Boys" (minutesBooks) appeared in 2009. A poem "Osagee Icarus" written collaboratively with Seth Landman, was published as a very small book by Mondo Bummer in 2010.

Seth LANDMAN lives in Denver, CO. His chapbook, Parker’s Band, is recently out from Laminated Cats, and he has poems appearing or forthcoming in Skein, Glitterpony, Notnostrums, Model Homes, the Boston Review, Jubilat, and other places.


Sunday, March 28 – Carrie Olivia Adams
Saturday, April 3 – Laura Carter
Sunday, April 4 – Steve Halle
Wednesday, April 21 – Jerome Rothenberg
Saturday, April 24 – Ben Doller & Sandra Doller
Sunday, April 25 – Barry Schwabsky & Matvei Yankelevich
Sunday, May 2 – Connor Stratman
Sunday, May 9 – Robert Archambeau
Saturday, May 15 – Brandon Downing & Macgregor Card
Sunday, May 16 – Aaron Fagan

Journal of Ordinary Thought

A Release Reading for "Whistle Talk," the Winter 2010 issue of the Journal of Ordinary Thought

When: Wed., March 31, 6 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago Authors Room
Loop 400 S. State St.

IT'S TIME! Announcing a release reading for "Whistle Talk," the Winter 2010 issue of the Journal of Ordinary Thought the event is FREE and includes a copy of the journal!

The Journal of Ordinary Thought is published by the Neighborhood Writing Alliance

April 18-3:30pm:The Poetry Bomb

April 18th, 3:30pm, Wherever you're at. The Poetry Bomb is an act of Guerrilla Poetry. Choose a place and at 3:30pm start reading. If you don't want to go it alone contact us. If you want to inform us of you plans to Poetry Bomb, contact us.

Company Overview:
At least once a year, The Poetry Bomb aims to fill as many public locations as humanly possible with performances of poetry all at the exact same time.
The Poetry Bomb is a random Act of poetry. It takes place wherever you see fit. All we specify is a date and time. If you wish to be involved in more organized actions of Poetry Bombing or if you just wish to notify us of your participation, willingness, to help us out, contact us at
To bring poetry to the people.
Spoken word, the power of ideas, communication, performance, the written word.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

March 29 is an Extra Monday

Tallgrass Writers Guild

TallGrass Writers Guild
Tue., March 23, 7:30 p.m.

Poet Robert Lawrence is the featured reader at an open mike. $6, $5 students

Bourgeois Pig
738 W. Fullerton Ave.
Lincoln Park

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

U of C: History & Forms of Lyric

History and Forms of Lyric: Kelly Austin
Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 4:30 – 6:30pm
University of Chicago, Classics 110

Kelly Austin
To Realize Error in Poetic Translation

Kelly Austin focuses on modern and contemporary literature of the Americas, especially poetry, and translation studies. Her current research centers on Pablo Neruda and the material evidence of literary cross currents in the Americas — translations, collections and correspondence. She has published essays on the ethics and aesthetics of the representation of "disappearance" in José Donoso's Casa de Campo, the intersection of epistolary forms and translation in Domingo Faustino Sarmiento's Viajes por Europa, Àfrica, y América 1845-1847, and the process of translating Diamela Eltit's "Las dos caras de la moneda." She has also edited a special issue on "Women and Dictatorship" for Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Contact Name Kate Soto
Contact E-mail
Contact Phone 773-834-8524

This event is free and open to the public

Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Fest

11th Annual Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival
April 1, 2010 5:30pm
Columbia College Chicago, Ferguson Hall, 600 South Michigan, 1st Floor

The Columbia College Chicago Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival brings together 12 poets from Chicago-area colleges and universities to read their work. Schools include Columbia College Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago State University, DePaul University, Loyola University, National-Louis University, North Central College, Northeastern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, University of Illinois-Chicago, and University of Chicago. A reception follows the reading.

Red Rover Series / Experiment #35

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #35:
Fairy Tales

7pm / doors lock 7:30

Jenny Boully
Kate Zambreno

at Outer Space Studio
1474 N. Milwaukee
suggested donation $4

***New Venue***
near CTA Damen blue line
third floor walk up
not wheelchair accessible

JENNY BOULLY is the author of the forthcoming not merely because of the unknown that was stalking towards them (Tarpaulin Sky Press), The Book of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande), [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin Sky Books), and The Body: An Essay (Essay Press). Her work has been anthologized in The Next American Essay, The Best American Poetry, Language for a New Century, and Great American Prose Poems. Her work has been published in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Fourth Genre, Columbia, Verse, Seneca Review, Conduit, and other places. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and holds previous graduate degrees in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and Hollins University. She teaches in the Nonfiction and Poetry programs at Columbia College Chicago.

KATE ZAMBRENO is the author of O Fallen Angel, published in April by Chiasmus Press, winner of their “Undoing the Novel” contest. She is an editor at Nightboat Books. A collection of essays inspired by her blog Frances Farmer Is My Sister ( will be published by Semiotext(e)’s Active Agents series in Fall 2011.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Orange Alert Reading Series

Orange Alert Reading Series
Sun., March 21, 6 p.m.
The Whistler
2421 N Milwaukee

Orange Alert Press hosts readings by Kathryn Regina, Stephanie Friedman, Matt Whispers, and Maggie Ritchie. 21+.

Poetry Off the Shelf: Derek Walcott

Thursday, April 1, 6:00 PM

Poetry Off the Shelf: Derek Walcott
Fullerton Hall
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Free admission

Derek Walcott won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, with the Nobel committee citing his work as “a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment.” Since the 1950s Walcott has divided his time between Boston, New York, and his native Saint Lucia. His work resonates with Western canon and island influences, sometimes even shifting between Caribbean patois and English, and often addressing his English and West Indian ancestry. He has published 10 books of poetry, including The Prodigal, The Bounty, and Omeros. His forthcoming collection is White Egrets.

Co-sponsored with the Art Institute of Chicago

The Packingtown Review

New Issue Available Now

Packingtown Review features poetry, prose, drama, literary scholarship, and cultural commentary and reflects the UIC English department's interdisciplinary approach. Packingtown Review publishes established and emerging US-American and international writers as well as English translations of contemporary and classic works, especially from lesser-known languages.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

March 15:Waiting 4 the Bus with Laura Dixon

Monday, Mar 15
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Cafe Ballou
939 N Western Ave.

Waiting 4 the Bus
Featuring Laura Dixon

Hosted by Buddha 309 and the W4tB Poetry Collective.
&’s Sucking in the 70’s night! So bring lyrics to a really bad 70s song!!!!!

This Weekend at Myopic Books

THE MYOPIC POETRY SERIES — a weekly series of readings and occasional poets' talks

Myopic Books in Chicago — All readings begin at 7:00 / 1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor


Contact curator Larry Sawyer for booking information and requests.


Saturday, March 13 – Lina ramona Vitkauskas & Jamie Kazay

Lina ramona VITKAUSKAS is a Lithuanian-American poet living in Chicago. A full-length book of poetry, THE RANGE OF YOUR AMAZING NOTHING is available from Ravenna Press. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Failed Star Spawns Planet/Star (dancing girl press, 2006), and Shooting Dead Films With Poets (Fractal Edge Press, 2004). She was co-editor of the 10-year-running, online literary magazine She has been internationally published in many literary magazines and anthologies including The Prague Literary Review, The Chicago Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century, Aufgabe, Moria, MiPoesias, Van Gogh's Ear, Rampike, Paper Tiger, Bridges, The Mississippi Review, and The Wisconsin Review, among others.

Jamie KAZAY was born in Hollywood and grew up in Pasadena, California. She writes poetry, essays, grants, and often dabbles with one-act plays. She holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from California State University, Northridge and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College, where she teaches writing. Her poems have been published and her chapbook, Small Hollering, is forthcoming (Dancing Girl Press, 2011).

Sunday, March 14 – William Allegrezza & Chris Glomski

William ALLEGREZZA's poems have been published internationally. His collections of poetry include Ladders in July, The Vicious Bunny Translations, Covering Over, In the Weaver's Valley, Fragile Replacements, and Collective Instant. Allegrezza is the editor of Moria and Cracked Slab Books.

Chris GLOMSKI is the author of The Nineteenth Century, a new poetry manuscript. A chapbook, Eidolon, was issued by Answer Tag Home Press in October 2008. His first poetry collection, Transparencies Lifted from Noon, was published in the fall of 2005 by MEB / Spuyten Duyvil Press. His poems, translations, and critical writings have appeared in Notre Dame Review, The Octopus, Chicago Review, Jacket, A Public Space, and elsewhere. Another chapbook, IL LA, was published by Noemi Press in 2002. He lives in Chicago.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Poetry Off the Shelf

Friday, March 26, 6:00 PM

Poetry Off the Shelf: David Baker
Open Books
213 West Institute Place
Free admission

Few poets writing today are so closely identified with a place as is David Baker, who makes his particular locale—the Midwest—into a mirror for the human experience on a universal level. Baker currently holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair of Creative Writing at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he is a professor of English. He also serves as poetry editor of the Kenyon Review and teaches regularly in the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College. His most recent book is Never-Ending Birds (W.W. Norton, 2009).

Silver Tongue Reading Series

Silver Tongue Presents Workin’ For a Livin’
Tuesday, March 16th
731 S. Plymouth court

March’s featured reader: Robbie Q. Telfer

Robbie Q. Telfer is a touring performance poet, having been a featured performer/reader in hundreds of venues across North America and Germany – most recently with the spoken word experience The Junkyard Ghost Revival. Previous work appears in the American Book Review, Octopus Magazine, cream city review and decomP magazinE, as well as several spoken word anthologies and DVDs. He was an individual finalist at the National Poetry Slam in 2007 and he co-wrote the video game Ninjatown DS. He lives in Chicago where he curates the Encyclopedia Show and is the Director of Performing Arts for Young Chicago Authors, a not-for-profit that gives creative writing opportunities and mentorship to Chicago teens. His first collection of poetry, Spiking the Sucker Punch, is available from Write Bloody Publishing.

Hosted by Mason Johnson (Because no one else will...)

Silver Tongue is a student curated monthly reading featuring Columbia College student’s word based work. Words are great!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Revolving Door Reading Series

The Revolving Door  —A monthly series of poetry and cultural musings

Wednesday, March 17, at Red Kiva, 1108 W. Randolph
Open mic @ 7:30PM / Features @ 8PM

Jacob S. Knabb’s double-life as an editor of Another Chicago Magazine and THE2NDHAND and lecturer of composition at UIC has led him to cast his demons into a herd of swine he saw by a ravine. He is still waiting to hear them hit bottom.

Coya Paz is proud to be a founding member of the Proyecto Latina Collective and the director in residence for the Poetry Performance Incubator at the Guild Complex. I believe in making performance that makes people laugh, makes people think, makes people cry – all in the same show. I believe in performance that matters in people’s lives because I believe performance CAN matter in people’s lives. I get bored in plays by/for/about rich white people, unless one of those rich white people is Alan Rickman, because I have a crush on him.

Avery R. Young: “Unmistakably black – Unapologetically human,” definitely describes Avery R. Young written and performance work. Indoctrinated with the 400+ years of the African-American experience, history, culture and art, avery r. young’s work blends phonetics, linguistics, hymns, jazz and hip hop to depict the politic and inspiring attributes attached to the stories of a people. young has worked as a teaching artist, mentoring and shaping youth in the craft of creative writing and theatre. Young’s written work also appears in such anthologies as Callallou, To Be Left With The Body, Warpland, Reverie Review and Fingernails Across The Chalkboard. young has performed in the Hip Hop Theatre Festival, Lollapalooza, WordStock and is featured on such compilations as New World Reveal-A-Solution Catfish Haven’s Devastator and New Skool Poetics. young has appeared on BET, MTV, ABC and WGN’s Morning News. young is currently working on a manuscript and music for an upcoming album.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Make Magazine Issue 9 Release

MAKE Literary Productions presents:

MAKE: A Literary Magazine Issue 9 “Myth, Magic, & Ritual” Party
When: Thursday, March 18, doors at 8 pm / Where: Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia / Cost: $8

*Readings from contributors including poets Anthony Madrid, Nick Demske and Caryl Pagel. Also Paul Grens reads his new translation of a short story by Chilean author Luis Sepúlveda.

*Music from Paul Cary (with newly-printed vinyl on hand) + Alt-country Death Ships headline

*Intuitive Energy Healer Ryan Fukuda gives a short explanation of his craft and offers complimentary readings (Sponsored by Ruby Room)

*Late-night dance party with DJ Joel Craig and guests

*Issue 9 subscriptions and individual copies available for order at half-price and include complimentary electronic download key. Tote bags, posters, and other swag, –as well as other give-aways and prizes – also on hand.

More on participants:

Joel Craig is the author of Shine Tomorrow (Lost Horse, New Poets–Short Books Vol. III, 2009). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Zoland Annual, A Public Space, The City Visible, and MoonLit, among others. He co-founded and curates The Danny’s Reading Series in Chicago and works as a graphic designer, DJ, and Poetry Editor for MAKE.

Nick Demske lives in Racine, Wisconsin, and works at the Racine Public Library. His self-titled manuscript was awarded the Fence Books Modern Poets Series award and will be published in Fall 2010. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Action Yes, Sawbuck, Moria, Conduit, Weirddeer, Seven Corners, and The Bathroom Magazine, among other places. He helps curate the BONK! performance series in Racine and is an editor of the online forum boo: a journal of terrific things. Visit Nick sometime at

Ryan Fukuda: In addition to obtaining a video technology degree in Southern Maine and film producing degree at Columbia College Chicago, Ryan studied at a prestigious clairvoyant school Invision where he continued to tap into his innate gift and learned the beauty of integrating spirituality with his dream of making his mark in the entertainment world. At Columbia College he gained experience working as a production manager, line producer, and producer on various productions inside and outside of school.

Paul Grens is a Spanish translator currently based in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of the Institute for Applied Linguistics at Kent State University, he has also studied at La Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina and the Instituto Cervantes in Chicago.

Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI Online, Boston Review, Cincinnati Review, Forklift Ohio, Iowa Review, LIT, Now Culture, 6X6, and Web Conjunctions. His chapbook is called The 580 Strophes.

Caryl Pagel’s poems, essays, and experiments can be found in 1913: A Journal of Forms, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Konundrum Engine Literary Review, and Thermos. She currently teaches at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

(Luis Sepúlveda was born in northern Chile in 1949 and is the author of several short stories, novellas, plays, and essays. Due to his political involvement with the student movement in the early 1970’s, he was forced to leave Chile. He then traveled throughout Latin America and eventually moved to Germany in 1980, where he lived with his family for more than ten years. Sepúlveda has lived in Gijón, Spain since 1997. His work has been translated into over thirty languages and won numerous literary awards. Most recently, he received the Primavera de Novela Prize in 2009 for his new novel, La sombra de lo que fuimos (A Shadow of What We Were).)


Palabra Pura

Palabra Pura Presents: Linda Rodriguez and short readings by women from Latina Voices

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Time: Reading begins at 7:30PM
Cost: Free admission, all ages
Location: Decima Musa, 1901 S. Loomis, Chicago
A short Open Mic will begin the evening.

Linda Rodriguez has published two books of poetry, Skin Hunger (Potpourri Publications) and Heart’s Migration (Tia Chucha Press).Recipient of the Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award from the Macondo Foundation and the Midwest Voices and Visions Award from the Alliance of Artists Communities and the Joyce Foundation, she is vice-president of the Latino Writers Collective, founder of the Kansas City Women Writers Series, and a founding board member of The Writers Place. Rodriguez has published poetry and fiction in numerous journals and anthologies, as well as a cookbook, The “I Don’t Know How to Cook” Book: Mexican. She is currently working on a book of poetry based on teachings from her Cherokee grandmother.

Latina Voices (

Lisa Cisneros is a senior at Columbia College majoring in Journalism. She enjoys dark humor and tries to present that in her work when appropriate. She knows everybody has a story to tell and she's open to other's opinions and loves to hear what people have to say. She enjoys writing about everyday issues that impact people's lives and aspires to write novels and plays in the future. Her work has been published on

Jennifer Patiño was born and raised in Chicago. Her family is originally from Apaseo El Alto, Mexico. She is a writer of Creative Non-Fiction, specifically poetry and essays. She is currently an Art History major at Columbia College with minors in Latino Studies and Poetry. Her work has been published on

Jan Peña-Davis is a teacher with a special interest in Afro-Cuban folklore. She is currently exploring how Hispanic women of color are perceived in the media. She earned her BA in Secondary Education from Chicago State University, TESL Certificate from UCLA, and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago. An avid reader and writer, Jan won the 2002 Chicago/IL Screenwriting award for her script Shoeshine Guy and has published several short stories and poetry, and occasionally writes commentaries for WBEZ in Chicago. Additionally, Jan is finishing her novel Generation XL. She also is working on an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been published on

Monday, March 8, 2010

4.27 the Café open mic & Feature

April 27, 8:30PM

The Café
open mic

5115 N. Lincoln Ave.
$2 cover
(plus donation for the feature)

The Café (5115 N. Lincoln Ave.) hosts a weekly poetry/performance art open mic (hosted by Janet Kuypers). April 27th has Wendy Barker as a feature, as well as an open mic. See the Café on line at for info about the open mic and the 2010 feature schedule, YouTube video links of the 2010 features and the Café’s 2010 podcast.

4.20 the Café open mic & feature

April 20, 8:30PM

The Café
open mic

5115 N. Lincoln Ave.
$2 cover
(plus donation for the feature)

The Café (5115 N. Lincoln Ave.) hosts a weekly poetry/performance art open mic (hosted by Janet Kuypers). April 20th has Maureen Flannery as a feature, as well as an open mic. See the Café on line at for info about the open mic and the 2010 feature schedule, YouTube video links of the 2010 features and the Café’s 2010 podcast.

4.13 the Café open mic & feature

April 13, 8:30PM

The Café
open mic

5115 N. Lincoln Ave.
$2 cover
(plus donation for the feature)

The Café (5115 N. Lincoln Ave.) hosts a weekly poetry/performance art open mic (hosted by Janet Kuypers). April 13th has Buddha 309 as a feature, as well as an open mic. See the Café on line at for info about the open mic and the 2010 feature schedule, YouTube video links of the 2010 features and the Café’s 2010 podcast.

Women's History Month Reading @ WomanMade Gallery

WomanMade Gallery
685 N Milwaukee Ave
Sunday, March 21, 2010 / 2-4 p.m.

This reading will feature woman writers with with a notable record of publishing and other accomplishments. This year's readers will include Brenda Cardenas (Bilingual Press), Poet Laureate of Milwaukee; Angela Jackson (Triquarterly Books, winner of 2 American Book awards), Jacquelyn Pope (Marsh Hawk Press), Jennifer Sweeney (Perugia Press, winner of the James Laughlin award); and Lina Ramona Vitkauskas (Ravenna Press).

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Down to the wire

Exact Change Only is now accepting submissions for its Summer issue. Submit between 1 – 5 poems at a time. We will read all styles and themes of poetry, as long as it is honest, quality material. Prefers poetry 50 lines or shorter.

We only accept submissions over e-mail. Poems should be attached as Word documents, with the poet’s name along with the names and number of poems attached. Include both e-mail and mail addresses.

Exact Change only acquires first rights. We accept only original work. simultaneous submissions are okay, just inform us of other publications. Poets may submit a maximum of 5 poems per issue. We tend to comment on rejected work.

All Submissions for the Summer Issue must be submitted by March 15th.

Send submissions to

March 15 at Waiting 4 the Bus

Monday, Mar 15

7:30pm - 10:00pm

Cafe Ballou

939 N Western Ave.

Waiting 4 the Bus

Featuring Laura Dixon

Hosted by Buddha 309 and the W4tB Poetry Collective.

&’s Sucking in the 70’s night! So bring lyrics to a really bad 70s song!!!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

This Sunday at Myopic

THE MYOPIC POETRY SERIES — a weekly series of readings and occasional poets' talks

Myopic Books in Chicago — All readings begin at 7:00 / 1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor

This SUNDAY at Myopic Books:

Sunday, March 7 - Jordan Stempleman & Michelle Taransky

Jordan STEMPLEMAN was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1977. He is the author of six collections of poetry: Doubled Over [BlazeVOX Books, 2009], String Parade [BlazeVOX Books, 2008], The Travels [Otoliths, 2008], Facings [Otoliths, 2007], What’s the Matter [Otoliths, 2007], and Their Fields [Moria, 2005]. He currently teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute and is the Associate Editor of The Continental Review.

Michelle TARANSKY is the author of "Barn Burned, Then," selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize. Taransky lives in Philadelphia where she works at Kelly Writers House, teaches poetry at Temple University and is the reviews editor for Jacket2.


Saturday, March 13 - Jamie Kazay

Sunday, March 14 - Chris Glomski

Saturday, April 3 - Laura Carter

Sunday, April 4 - Steve Halle

Wednesday, April 21 - Jerome Rothenberg

Saturday, April 24 - Ben Doller & Sandra Doller

Sunday, April 25 - Matvei Yankelevich

Sunday, May 2 – Connor Stratman

Sunday, May 9 – Robert Archambeau

Saturday, May 15 - Brandon Downing & Macgregor Card

Myopic Books — 18 years of innovative poetry in Chicago

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Molly Malone's

Monday, Mar 8
7:30pm - 10:00pm
7:00 -- open mic sign-up begins
7:30 -- open mic (5 minutes per reader)
9:00 -- featured reader

Molly Malone’s
7652 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL

Featured Kathleen Driskell

Hosts Nina Corwin and Al DeGenova invite you to the Molly Malone's Open Mic and Reading Series. Be part of one of the longest running and most highly respected open mics in the Chicago area.

Kathleen Driskell’s poetry collection Seed Across Snow (Red Hen, 2009) has been listed as a national bestseller by the Poetry Foundation. Kathleen serves as the Associate Program Director of Spalding University’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program in Louisville, Kentucky, where she is Associate Professor of Creative Writing. She is the author of one previous book of poetry, Laughing Sickness (now in its second printing), and the editor of two anthologies of creative writing. Her poems have appeared in many literary magazines including North American Review, The Southern Review, and The Greensboro Review. Kathleen lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and two children in an old country church built before The Civil War.

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

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Oyez Review

The Book Cellar
4746 N Lincoln Avenue
Friday, March 12, 2010 At 07:00 PM

Oyez Review

Contributors read from the 2010 edition of the Oyez Review, an annual literary magazine produced by Roosevelt University MFA students.

The Oyez Review has featured work of writers such as Charles Bukowski, James McManus, Carla Panciera, Michael Onofrey, Tim Foley, John N. Miller, Gary Fincke, and Barry Silesky.

The Future of Literary Magazines and Journals

"The Future of Literary Magazines and Journals"
When: Fri., March 5, 7 p.m.

Panel with Creative Nonfiction managing editor Hattie Fletcher, book critic Donna Seaman, Poetry magazine associate editor Fred Sasaki, and TriQuarterly assistant editor Ian Morris.

Barbara's Bookstore
1218 S. Halsted St.

Frank Rogaczewski @ Roosevelt University

Frank Rogaczewski, Tuesday, March 9, 5 - 6 p.m.
Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Avenue

Rogaczewski's debut collection of prose poems, The Fate of Humanity in Verse, was published in Spring 2009. His poetry has been published in Notre Dame Review, Denver Quarterly, Another Chicago Magazine, Samizdat, BlueSky Review, Oyez Review and elsewhere. He teaches poetry in Roosevelt's MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Encyclopedia Show

The Encyclopedia Show
When: Wed., March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Phone: 773-342-4141
Price: $6
Vittum Theater
1012 N. Noble St.

Music, poetry, visual art, and spoken word on the topic: Fast Food. With Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, Claire Zulkey, Matt Guenette, Jared S. Fogle, Eric Uchalik, Jacob Knabb, and many more.

Danny's Reading Series

Wednesday, March 10th
1951 W Dickens

Rick Snyder & John Tipton

Rick Snyder’s books include Escape From Combray (Ugly Duckling), Blueprint (811 Books, 1999), Double Ear (811 Books, 1999), Forecast Memorial (Duration, 2002), Flown Season (Portable Press, 2004), and Guestbook (Dusie, 2007). His poems have appeared in print and online journals such as 6×6, Aufgabe, Barrow Street, Dusie, Hanging Loose, jubilat, LIT, LVNG, Lungfull!, Milk, Open City, The Poker, Radical Society, Readme, Skanky Possum, and TheEastVillage. His poem “How Are You Doing?” was recently featured in the syndicated column American Life in Poetry.

John Tipton is the author of surfaces (Flood Editions, 2004) and the translation of Sophocles' Ajax . He is the founder and director of the Chicago Poetry Project.
Spring 2010


Sponsored by
the English Department
of Columbia College Chicago

Alan Michael Parker & Matthew Shindell
Wednesday, March 3rd
Hokin Hall
623 South Wabash, Room 109

ALAN MICHAEL PARKER is the author of five collections of poems, including Elephants & Butterflies, a novel, Cry Uncle, and the editor or co-editor of three scholarly volumes. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker and Paris Review, among other magazines; his prose appears in journals including The Believer, and The New York Times Book Review; for the past fifteen years, his book reviews have appeared regularly in The New Yorker. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Pushcart Prize and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America (for a poem on a humanitarian theme), he holds degrees from Washington University and Columbia University. He has taught at Davidson College since 1998, where he is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing; he is also a Core Faculty member in the Queens University low-residency M.F.A. program.

MATTHEW SHINDELL’s first full-length book of poems, In Another Castle, was a finalist for the 2008 Tupelo Press First Book Award. He is the author of the Poetry Postcard Project and a limited edition chapbook, Were something to happen it would be both funny and interesting (University of Iowa Type Kitchen, 2001). His poems have appeared in numerous journals including American Letters and Commentary, The American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, FENCE, and Jubilat, and in the anthologies Digerati: 20 Contemporary Poets in the Virtual World (Three Candles Press, 2006) and The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel (No Tell Books, 2006). He lives and writes in La Jolla, California where he is currently in the dissertation stage of a Ph.D. in the history of science at the University of California, San Diego.