Friday, October 31, 2008

Anne Carson: Cassandra Floatcan

The distinguished poet, translator, MacArthur Fellow, and professor of classics and comparative literature at the University of Michigan will perform her haunted and haunting poem-essay about the problems of prophecy (prescient Cassandra at the threshold of Agamemnon’s home on the eve of his murder) and translation (how to translate her cries of alarm and grief into language that can be understood and acted upon) in a performance flecked with the architectural demolition imagery of Gordon Matta-Clark. Carson’s poetry collections include Decreation, Autobiography of Red, Men in the Off Hours, and The Beauty of the Husband.

Generously sponsored by The Poetry Foundation and presented in partnership with the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities

click here for more details

Chicago Humanities Festival
Harold Washington Library Library Center
400 S. State St.
#307 Sat Nov 01

Tickets will be available at the door of the performance starting 1/2 hour prior to the program on 11/1/08. Tickets purchased the day of the program will be $10.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

some really cool readings

Moiragael sez...

Outer Darkness Magazine and Airpent Studios present the latest Halloween Nightmare Unleashed

by poet James L.

Performing on guitar and accompanied by visual arts, "Gimpy" will frighten and horrify for an evening of fun and laughter with an occult theater presentation live at

Cafe Express, 615 Dempster, Evanston, across from the el this Friday, 31 October from 6-9 PM.


Buddah309 sez...

Event: Waiting 4 the Bus: The Open Mic

"anything can happen while Waiting 4 The Bus"

Who: Wayne Allen Jones!

Host: Waiting 4 the Bus

Start Time: Monday, November 3 at 7:30pm

End Time: Monday, November 3 at 10:00pm

Where: Jaks Tap (the Back Room)

901 W.
Chicago IL

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

http://www. facebook. com/n/?event. php&eid=54537320808

Waiting 4 the Bus is a Poetry Green Zone.


Kristin LaTour rocked & socked & brought the house down! Simply a great feature!

Wow...Pamela Miller killed 'em last weeklast week...LaTour tuned 'em up this can we follow that up next week?

STEVEN SCHROEDER...on election night!!!!!!!!!! You can listen to the same old same old can revel in Steve Schroeder's poetry. Easy choice if you ask me...


The Cafe

5115 N.

Great poetry, great drinks, great googlie-mooglie!

Open mike & feature every Tuesday...8:00-10:00

$2 Admission!

(And we do pass the Crown Royal bag for voluntary feature financial enhancement.

The Café is a Poetry Green Zone.


The First Friday Series

holds it's first Wednesday show



Tom Curry

Larry O Dean

Janet Kuypers

Elizabeth Harper

St Paul's Cultural Center

2215 W North Avenue

2+ blocks west of the Damon Blue Line stop

Street parking available

Beer, wine, soft drinks available @ cool-low prices

Free Admission

Donation Requested

The First Friday Series is a Poetry Green Zone.


Jenene Ravesloot sez...

I will be featured at Coffee Chicago at 5256 North Broadway on November 14th. The venue begins at 8 o'clock, but it is nice if people can get there earlier, if only to get a seat.

There will be an open mic reading. After that, the feature begins and ends with a book signing.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

November 5th: On The Road Marathon Reading

The Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago is hosting a MARATHON READING of On The Road on Wednesday, November 5th from 9 9 p.m. with local writers and artists at the Conaway Center, 1104 South Wabash (1st floor).

Through November 26th, the Gallery at Columbia Book & Paper Center is offering visitors the rare opportunity to see the original draft of On The Road, containing Kerouac's own edits in pencil. This manuscript is a continuous scroll of semi-translucent paper, 120 feet long by 9 inches wide, that Kerouac created to feed through his typewriter without interruption. It was produced by Kerouac in a three-week writing marathon in April 1951. Gallery hours have been extended for the Jack Kerouac: On the Road exhibition -- Monday-Friday, 12 - 7pm and Saturday-Sunday, 12 - 5pm. The Gallery is located at 1104 South Wabash (2nd floor). It is free and open to the public.

Halloween at the Mercury Cafe'

Mercury Cafe-Hosted by Vito Carli
Special Halloween Show (bring your favorite Halloween or horror poem)
featuring punk rock by The Ditch Pigs with Miss LadyJ and Suzy Sunshine, poetry/political ranting by Bob Lawrence,
and Goth standup by Toast (his humor is very rye)

1505 W. Chicago ave
Chicago Il

free, but donations are requested for the features

Monday, October 27, 2008

Elbowing Off the Stage: A Community Reading Series

Rey Escobar
Rachel Javellana,
Tyler Flynn Dorholt

Thursday, October 30

1278 North Milwaukee 4W
a few blocks North of Ashland


Tell yer friends.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Myopic Poetry Series 2008

Our weekly series of readings and occasional poets' talks takes place Sundays at 7:00.

Sunday, October 26 - Thax Douglas, Jason Pickleman, Tim Kinsella, Elizabeth Harper

Myopic Books
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

@ The Cafe'

Tue Oct 28, 2008
The Cafe-5115 N Lincoln
Hosted by Charlie Newman
$2.00 Cover
We do pass the Crown Royal Bag for the feature
Open Mic and feature 8-10pm
Kristin LaTour

Friday, October 24, 2008

Red Rover: Experiment #24

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #24:
Words of War, the Politics of Truth

Mike Applegate
Marc Falkoff
Peter Sullivan


at the Division Street Dance Loft
735 W. Division, 3rd floor
new location in the Work House building
Division @ Halsted, enter parking lot off of Halsted
suggested donation $4
doors lock at 7:30pm

MIKE APPLEGATE and PETER SULLIVAN are local members of Iraq Veterans Against the War, founded in 2004 to give voice to the growing number of active-duty and veteran servicemembers who oppose the occupation of Iraq. The IVAW Warrior Writers Project provides tools and space for community building, healing and redefinition. Writing from the workshops is compiled into books, performances and exhibits that provide a lens into the hearts of people who have a deep and intimate relationship with the Iraq war.

MARC FALKOFF is the compiler and editor of Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak, an anthology of prisoner poetry published by the University of Iowa Press that brings together twenty-two poems by seventeen detainees, most still at Guantánamo, in legal limbo. Falkoff is a law professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, and the federal courts. Since 2004, he has represented 17 Yemeni prisoners at Guantánamo Bay.

Red Rover Series {readings that play with reading} 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.


Below is a rough calendar for regular poetry events in Chicago. It's probably not complete. you can contact us with information to add to the calendar. Click on the event for more details.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pont des Arts Ensemble

Pont des Arts Ensemble
in spontaneous renaissance

312 738 0400

Friday October 24, 2008 7:30

Pont des Arts Ensemble :

Richard Fammerée, poet, singer-songwriter
Carrie Ingrisano, bass, singer-songwriter
Meg Lauterbach, cello, vocals
Victor Sanders, electric guitar, electronica
Meg Thomas, drums, percussion
Jeanette Aylward, ballerina, choreographer
Ginny Sykes, visual artist, choreographer

Get Out the Vote!

Friday, October 24

Get Out the Vote
a night of political poems

Brothers K Coffee Shop
500 Main St.
6 to 8 PM

featuring Joe Barton, Anna Marie Craighead-Kintis, Joch Corey, Chris Green, Ralph Hamilton, Liam Heneghan, Jackie Lally, Tony Trigilio, Rachel Webster, with open mic.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pullman's Poetic Explosion

Pullman's Poetic Explosion
Date: Thu. October 23, 2008
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

11001 S. Indiana Avenue

About this event:
Bring your creative short story or best poetry piece for an Open Mic Short Story and Poetry Reading. Come to this innovative, expressive and explosive rendition of Modern Poetic Expressions, come out and express yourself through, song, spoken-word, artistic dance or poetry!

Phone: 312-747-2033

Please contact branch staff to register for this event. There is a ten minute limit on all artistic expressions.

more details: Chicago Public Library

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

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