Friday, November 22, 2013

Monday, December 2nd-Donna Vorrewyer is Waiting 4 the Bus+Open Mic

vorreyer is Waiting 4 the bus +

come out and join us at Jaks Tap (901 W Jackson) for a cool night of open mic poetry and then the even cooler feature... Donna Vorreyer
sign up at 7:30pm
showtime is from 8-10 pm

our suggested theme is...Houses and Windows

the show is free
suggested donation for the feature performer

the food is awesome and the beer is exceptional

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Nov 15: Amina Cain & Veronica Gonzalez

Weekly literary event roundup!

Chicago book launch:
Creature by Amina Cain
& The Sad Passions by Veronica Gonzalez

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15th, 7:30pm
at the
Logan Center for the Arts
915 E. 60th Street, Penthouse 901

free admission
Facebook event page here

 AMINA CAIN is the author of two collections of short stories: Creature (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2013) and I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press, 2009). Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in BOMB, n+1, Denver Quarterly, The Encyclopedia Project, Two Serious Ladies, and other publications.

VERONICA GONZALEZ's short fiction has been widely published in literary magazines and anthologies. In 2006 she founded rockypoint press, a series of artist/writer collaborative prints, books, and films. In 2008 her first novel, twin time: or how death befell me, was awarded the Aztlan Literary Prize.

About Creature:

“To be among Amina Cain’s creatures is to stand in the presence of what is mysterious, expansive, and alive. Whether these distinctly female characters are falling in and out of uncanny intimacies, speaking from the hidden realms of the unconscious, seeking self-knowledge, or becoming visible in all their candor and strangeness, they move through a universe shaped by the gravitational pull of elusive yet resilient forces—the yin-dark energies of instinct and feeling that animate creative life. It’s here that the intuitive reach of fiction meets the reader’s own quest for understanding, through the subtle beauty of living the truth of one’s experiences in the most attentive and unadorned way possible.”
- Pamela Lu, author of Pamela: A Novel

"To answer these questions for you, let me describe where Creature rests in my body—deep within my thoracic spine, in the middle of my vertebrae alongside photo booth-sized images of unrequited knives. I am conscious of it as I watch my body read. Its language moves and settles. This process of watching—as opposed to thinking—may seem enigmatic. It is."
- Claire Donato, HTML Giant

 About The Sad Passions:

"In Veronica Gonzalez's truthtelling novel of four bright sisters growing up with a mentally ill mother, the lucid, elegant writing defies the very havoc it describes. Built of multiple voices, with curious, haunting photographs, The Sad Passions is immersive, harrowing, and wonderfully intelligent."
- Michelle Huneven, author of Blame

"For all of the effects of erasure and absence on The Sad Passions, the narration is incredibly present, crawling on the page in spidery, sprawling observations, setting up pools and lairs that lure a reader in."
- Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

John Goode is W4tB+Open Mic

Come on out and join us for a special night, our madness has taken us to the strange theme...3 prompts and a feature.
you can write all, some, or one put please participate wisely. (none is also a choice, but it is the boring one)
1-The secret life of blue
2-the blessings and curses of butterflies
3-in the days of mist and whiskey
John Goode
join us at Jaks Tap Restaurant Bar
901 W Jackson
7:30 sign up
8-10pm show time
free (we do request donations for the feature performer)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Nick Cave is Dead: The Kill Yr Idols One Year Anniversary Event
November 19th 8pm
Cole's Bar
2338 N Milwaukee ave

Kill Yr Idols Reading Series is celebrating 12 months of poetry, music, comedy, and conspiracy theories with performances from Kenyatta Rogers, Marvin Tate, Melody Kamali, Elizabeth S Tieri, Corrine Mina, Jesse Laier, Hel F Kiernan, Jessica Robinson, and Robert Katovich. House band for the reading is The Millers, followed with a full set by the Weird Bananas. Hosted by Nicholas Souder.

Around the corner from the California Blue Line Stop

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Red Rover Series / Experiment #69

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}
Experiment #69:
Ecstastic Lyre

7pm / doors lock 7:30pm

Deidre Huckabay
Virginia Konchan
Jenna Lyle
Caroline Picard
& long-distance collaborator Jill Magi
at Outer Space Studio
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave
suggested donation $4
logistics --
near CTA Damen blue line
third floor walk up
not wheelchair accessible
Ecstatic Lyre evokes, through text, instrumentation, song, and performance the semiotics of noise versus music in post-industrialism from a gendered perspective: that of repetitive labor (typing pools, atheletic feats, cleaning), the habituations and constrictions of the somatic body and "voice" in fashion and self-representation in a late capitalist labor market, the domestic sphere, and within the relationships that produce and deform a cohesive narrative of self.
DEIDRE HUCKABAY is a flutist who performs, facilitates, and produces unlikely musical events in Chicago. A native Texan, she has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and venues in France, Italy, Switzerland, and Mexico. Addicted to collaboration both onstage and off, Deidre currently performs and produces projects with a number of ensembles including contemporary chamber orchestras Alia Musica Pittsburgh and the Eastman BroadBand, award-winning woodwind quintet Arabesque Winds, and Chicago's first contemporary music tape label, Parlour Tapes+. By day, she writes grants for three high-performing Chicago performing arts companies: eighth blackbird, Lucky Plush, and Blair Thomas & Company.
VIRGINIA KONCHAN’s poems have appeared in Best New Poets, The Believer, The New Yorker, and The New Republic, her criticism in Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, Quarterly Conversation, Barzakh Magazine, and Boston Review, and her fiction in StoryQuarterly and Joyland, among other places. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, Virginia is pursuing her PhD in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
JENNA LYLE is a composer, vocalist, and sound artist living in Chicago while pursuing a Doctorate of Music in Composition at Northwestern University. Her artistic concerns are rooted in the unification of physiciality with the creative process for the sake of immediacy, clarity of expression, and intimate exchange. Her background in musical theater and dance taught her the ecumenical and communicative value of perceived body energy in art. In her growth as a composer, she has learned that harnessing movement on a finer scale and channeling it toward the production of sound can yield depth of communication and an intense, contemplative experience of self.
JILL MAGI works in text, image, and textile and is the author of Threads, Torchwood, Cadastral Map, SLOT, and LABOR which is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in early 2014. Visual work has been exhibited at the Textile Arts Center Brooklyn, apexart, AC Institute, Columbia College’s Arcade 6 Gallery. She is at work on a text-image theory/curriculum to be published in 2014 by Moving Furniture Press/Rattapallax, and in fall of 2013 she joined the faculty at NYU in Abu Dhabi. You can visit her web-site at
CAROLINE PICARD is the Founding Editor for the Green Lantern Press and Blog Czar to Bad at Sports. Recent work has been published or is forthcoming from Paper Monument, Rattapallax, MAKE Magazine and Diner Journal.

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.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Shanna Compton & Nick Twemlow Poetry Reading

Columbia College Chicago features Shanna Compton & Nick Twemlow as part of the Fall 2013 Poetry Reading Series, sponsored by the Department of Creative Writing. The event is free and open to the public. 

When: Wednesday, Novemeber 13, 5:30pm
Where: Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Ave, Second Floor

NICK TWEMLOW's first book of poems, Palm Trees, won the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is a senior editor at The Iowa review and co-edits Canarium Books. He is also a filmmakers, and his short works have played Tribeca, SXSW, Slamdance, Athens, and many other film festivals. He is an assistant professor at Coe College.  

SHANNA COMPTON's books include Brink (2012), For Girls & Others (2007), Down Spooky (2005) and several chapbooks. A Book-length speculative poem called The Seam is forthcoming next year. Her poems and essays have been published by The Best American Poetry series, the Poetry Foundation website, Poetry DailyVerse Daily, and the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day feature, among others.