Friday, December 21, 2012

Save the Date! Plume Poetry Reading at Powell's January 24th

Celebrate the publication of the first print anthology from Plume Poetry
the international online poetry journal that features twelve poets every month (, edited by Daniel Lawless.

This free event at 6 p.m. on January 24th at Powell's Books newer location at 1218 S. Halsted features

Robin Behn author of The Red Hour, Paper Bird, The Horizon Note, and most recently The Yellow House from Spuyten Duyvil Press.

Daniel Bosch author of Crucible from Other Press.

Stuart Dybek author of the poetry book Brass Knuckles, the novels The Coast of Chicago and I Sailed with Magellan, a recent reissue from University of Chicago Press of the story collection Childhood and Other Neighborhoods. and the 2006 poetry collection Streets in Their Own Ink from Farrar Straus & Giroux.

Angie Estes author of Chez Nous, Voice Over, The Uses of Passion, and, most recently, Tryst from Oberlin College Press.

William Olsen author of The Hand of God and Few Bright Flowers, Trouble LIghts, Vision of a Storm Cloud, Avenue of Vanishing, and most recently Sand Theory from Northwestern University Press/Triquarterly Books.

Christina Pugh author of Rotary, Restoration, and Grains of the Voice, the forthcoming from Northwestern University Press/Triquarterly Books.

Join us!  

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dec 19: Poetry + Music @ Township

Patti Smith is Dead: A Night of Poetry & Music
(each month a different person "dies" in a kill yr idols way)

*free admission*

2200-2202 N. California in Logan Square

Jennifer Karmin w/ Daniela Olszewska & Kenyatta Rogers
Sage Morgan-Hubbard & Stacy Rene Erenberg
Meghan Lamb
Alex Bonner
Hel F. Kiernan
Stephen Dvorak
David Diarrhea
Nicholas Souder

Shaina Hoffman

Facebook event page here

Monday, December 10, 2012


7-9pm Thursday, December 13th

Chris Cuellar
Kristi McGuire
Anthony Romero
Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal

at the Chicago Cultural Center
5th Floor, Millennium Park Room
presented by The Poetry Center of Chicago

Chris Cuellar (artist, LA) likes to work with writing, sound, performance & digital media. He has earned an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. An ongoing durational performance called 'Minutes Project' will be currently on display through January at ACRE Projects in Chicago. He has made work for the Austin New Music Co-op in Austin, TX; various galleries in Chicago, including the Hyde Park Arts Center; and Diapason Gallery in Brooklyn. You can visit his website (, find him on the Instagram (@firstperson), follow him on the Twitter (@yoursmt) and/or Key Party with him on the Facebook.

Anthony Romero is a performer and writer based in Chicago. His works have been performed nationally, most notably at Links Hall and The Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. His poetry and criticism have been published by Ugly Duckling Press, Poetry Quarterly, ArtWrit Magazine, and The Huffington Post, among others. He is currently a performer in residence at The Chicago Cultural Center through the generous support of DanceBridge. 

Kristi McGuire is an artist, writer, and editor. She analyzes and theorizes the interstitial spaces between and around neoliberalism, bureaucracy, the historicization of 20th-c avant-garde movements, defunct psychoanalytic metaphors,working-class American antagonism, "cultural criticism," experimental feminist poetics,"the artist's publication," hybrid practitioners, deceased choreographers, Gordon Matta-Clark, "the archive" and "the internet." She holds an MA from the University of Chicago and an MA/MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She teaches at SAIC, is coeditor of Theorizing Visual Studies: Writing across the Discipline (Routledge 2012), and will be a 2013 artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts. 

Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal is a pop culture rubbernecker and NYC traitor to LA. She was a Lambda Literary Fellow, an &Now Festival panelist, and has an BA from Vassar and an MFA from CalArts. Find her writing in GOOD, [PANK], Wanted, and Work magazines, The Collagist, Sang Blue, Floating Bridge Review, or the Writers Among Artists anthology Faggot Dinosaur. Her first chapbook, Close, is forthcoming with Sibling Rivalry Press. There r pix @

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dec 9: Pop-Up Book Fair

Pop Up Book Fair
The Chicago Writers House presents,
in conjunction with Curbside Splendor Publishing and The Chicagoan:

Sunday December 9th
2pm to 7pm
1035 N. Western Ave
otherwise $5 at the door

Event is 21+ 
but those under 21 can enter if accompanied 
by a parent or guardian who is 21 or older.
Some of Chicago's finest independent publishers will be on hand hocking their goods. Quimby's Bookstore will also stock a table with a selection of books/zines penned by Chicagoans. The bar will be open so grab a cocktail and listen to live music all afternoon as you ogle some books and satiate your bibliophiliac needs!

Current list of participating Chicago publishers:
&Now Books
7 Vientos
Allium Press
Anobium Literary Magazine
Another Chicago Magazine
Anything Goes Publishing
Burial Day Books
Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP)
Chicago Zine Fest
Convulsive Editions
Curbside Splendor Publishing
Dream of Things
Graze Magazine
The Handshake
Kenning Editions
MAKE Magazine
Other Voices (OV) Books
Solace in So Many Words
Switchback Books

Sweet Tunes provided by:
Good Evening
Mr. Mayor and the Highballers
Wooden Wing