Thursday, May 30, 2013

Midwest Small Press Festival: May 31-June 2

Midwest Small Press Festival 2013
May 31-June 2
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Readings, performances, films, panels, workshops & a book fair!

Participating presses:
Art Night Books
Bloof Books
Burdock Magazine/Teppichfresser Press
Cannot Exist
Convulsive Editions
Furrow Magazine
Horse Less Press
Imaginary Friend Press
Language Foundry
Midwestern Gothic
Nevertext Press
New American Press
Orange Alert Press
Pity Milk Press
Plumberries Press
Poets Democracy
Port Yonder Press
Projective Industries
Rabbit Catastrophe Press
Stoneboat Journal
Strange Cage
Switchback Books
The American Dissident
Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets
Xexoxial Editions

It's a music lyric night.
We are finally celebrating the '90's
music lyrics as spoken word, no singing required
join us on Monday,June 3rd for a splendid evening
sign up 7:30
showtime 8-10pm
featuring Kristy Bowen
LIVE from
Jaks Tap
901 W Jackson
Chicago IL.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

RHINO Reads! Friday 5/31 Open Mic and Featured Poet Lee Sharkey

RHINO Reads!

Open Mike: 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Featured Poets: 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

Brothers K, 500 Main St., Evanston (Directions)

Lee Sharkey is the author of the recently released Calendars of Fire (Tupelo, 2013), A Darker, Sweeter String(Off the Grid, 2008), and eight earlier full-length poetry collections and chapbooks. Her poems have appeared recently in Consequence, Crazyhorse, FIELD, Kenyon Review, Nimrod, The Pinch, and The Seattle Review. Her awards include the Maine Arts Commission’s 2010 Fellowship in Literary Arts, the 1997 Rainmaker Award in Poetry, and the Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Translation Prize. She lives in the woods near Farmington, Maine, where she co-edits the Beloit Poetry Journal.

Friday, May 17, 2013

5/19 RHINO Poetry Forum led by Hannah Gamble

Come and try out your new work on us at the RHINO Poetry Forum Workshop this Sunday (5/19) led by Hanah Gamble!

1:30-4:30, Room 108, Evanston Public Library (Church & Orrington)

Hannah Gamble is the author of Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, selected by Bernadette Mayer for the 2011 National Poetry Series and published by Fence Books. She has been a guest on podcasts such as Radio Free Albion with Chicago poet Tony Trigilio and Portland’s Late Night Library with Paul Martone. Her poems appear in recent issues of The Laurel Review, Forklift Ohio, and jubilat. You can find her blogs and online articles at the Poetry Foundation and the Poetry Society of America.

Topic: This forum will explore a writer’s creation-anxiety as the primary source of writer’s block and will examine surrealist game techniques, collaborative poetry, and imitation as reliable methods of overcoming this very common challenge to a writer’s productivity and enjoyment of the craft.

Bring 17 or more copies (2 page limit) of a poem you want critiqued.
*$5 – $10 donation appreciated.

This project is partially supported by grants from: Poets & Writers, the Illinois Arts Council and The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

Friday, May 10, 2013

Red Rover Series / Experiment #63

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #63:
Ideas For A Velvet Eruption

7pm / doors lock 7:30pm

Joel Craig
Chris Glomski
Chuck Stebelton

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

logistics --
near CTA Damen blue line
third floor walk up
not wheelchair accessible

JOEL CRAIG is the author of The White House (Green Lantern Press, 2012), and the chapbook Shine Tomorrow (Lost Horse, 2009). His poems have appeared lately in Boston Review, GutCult, A Public Space, TYPO, and Rabbit Light Movies. He co-founded and curates The Danny’s Reading Series and edits poetry for MAKE: A Literary Magazine—where he lives, in Chicago, Illinois.

CHRIS GLOMSKI's second full-length poetry collection, The Nineteenth Century, was published in September 2011 by The Cultural Society.  He was born on an army depot in Pueblo, Colorado and grew up in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, northwest of Chicago.  He resided in Pisa, Italy from 1991 to 1992, free-lancing as an English teacher.  He co-curated the Danny’s Reading Series with Joel Craig from 2006-2010.  Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer in the English department at the University of Illinois, Chicago and lives in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.

CHUCK STEBELTON is author of The Platformist (The Cultural Society, 2012) and Circulation Flowers (Tougher Disguises, 2005). Recent print objects and chapbooks include Asterisk (Number 13, Fewer & Further Press), 'Tis (John Riepenhoff Experience), A Maximal Object (Mitzvah Chaps), Flags and Banners (Bronze Skull Press), and Precious (Answer Tag Home Press). He works as Literary Program Director at Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee.

Red Rover Series is curated by Laura Goldstein and Jennifer Karmin. Each event is designed as a reading experiment with participation by local, national, and international writers, artists, and performers.  Founded in 2005 by Amina Cain and Jennifer Karmin, the over sixty events have featured a diversity of renowned creative minds.

Email ideas for reading experiments
to us at 

The schedule for events is listed at

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

May 20th-Bob Lawrence is W4tB+open mic

Join us on May 20th for the amazing Poetry Stylings of Bob Lawrence.
Bob Lawrence is the winner of the 2012 Poetry Pentathlon
sometimes candidate for the Mile High Party
sometimes Mr. Outrageous.

Bob will be presenting a night of multi-voiced, persona, alter ego, and character poems.
there may even be guest stars.

Join us at Jaks Tap
901 W Jackson
sign up 7:30pm
showtime 8pm
good food and 40 beers on Tap

Saturday, May 4, 2013

this Friday May 10th

Show starts at 7pm
"Let Them Eat Chocolate"
5306 N Damen Ave
featuring Janet Kuypers and Buddha 309

Janets gonna read some poems from the Periodic Table
Buddha 309 is going to explore Myths, Magic, and things taken on Faith.

We hope you can Join us.
This is a rare feature appearance for Buddha 309.
If you haven't seen him live, you haven't really seen him.

Friday, May 3, 2013

May 4: The Wake of Fallon McPhael

May 9: Columbia Poetry Review Reading & Release

Columbia Poetry Review releases Issue No. 26! Contributors will read their work as well as special guest reader, Traci Brimhall. This free event is sponsored by the Department of English at Columbia College Chicago.

When: Thursday, May 9, 2013, 5:30pm
Where: Ferguson Hall at 600 S Michigan Ave, Rm 101

Come to the reading, stay for the party! Food and refreshments to follow.