Monday, November 10, 2008

poetry News

Tonight at Molly Malone's
The Molly Malone's Open Mic with your hosts Nina Corwin and Al DeGenova invites you to be part of one of the longest running and most highly respected open mics in the Chicago area.

Monday, November 10, join us in welcoming poets Brandi Homan and Kathleen Rooney

Brandi Homan is the author of Hard Reds, from Shearsman Books, and Two Kinds of Arson, a chapbook from dancing girl press. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago and is Editor-in-Chief of Switchback Books.

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of the independent publishing company Rose Metal Press and the author of Reading With Oprah: the Book Club That Changed America (University of Arkansas Press, 2005), Something Really Wonderful (with Elisa Gabbert, dancing girl press, 2007) That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (also with Gabbert, Otoliths, 2008), Oneiromance (an epithalamion) (Switchback Books, 2008), and Live Nude Girl (Arkansas, 2009).

Molly Malone's Irish Pub
7652 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL

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

7:00 -- open mic sign-up begins
7:30 -- open mic
8:45 -- featured reader
9:15 -- open mic continues if necessary

Poetry/fiction at Molly's is the second Monday of every month

Tuesday Nov. 11th

Feature...VIRGINIA BELL...a Remarkable Rhino Power-Poet who's gonna click yer Bic n rock yer socks n sprain yer brain!

Virginia even sent a bio! (Love people who help the host!) Virginia Bell's poetry is forthcoming in two anthologies to be published by the Canadian Federation of Poets. Her poetry is in the current issue of Ekphrasis and in Woman Made Gallery's 2009 Her Mark date book. Previously, her poems have appeared inContrary Magazine, Beltway Poetry Quarterly and The Innisfree Poetry Journal. After teaching part-time in the English Department at Georgetown University for ten years, she moved to Evanston in 2007, where she is now an associate editor withRhino Magazine and an adjunct professor at Loyola University. She has also published scholarly articles on activist writers such as Rosario Castellanos, Eduardo Galeano, and Leslie Marmon Silko.


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.

Chris Green sez...

Please join us Friday, Nov. 21, Brothers K Coffeehouse (500 Main St.
in Evanston), 6:00-6:30 Open Mic, 6:45-7:30 Featured Poets: James Shea and Larry Sawyer

James Shea is the author of Star in the Eye, selected by Nick Flynn as the winner of the 2008 Fence Modern Poets Series. His poems have appeared in various journals, including American Letters and Commentary, Boston Review, Mrs. Maybe, and Verse. He currently teaches at Columbia College Chicago and DePaul University .

Larry Sawyer curates the Myopic Books reading series in Wicker Park, Chicago. Chapbooks include Poems for Peace (Structum Press), A Chaise Lounge in Hell (aboveground press), Tyrannosaurus Ant (mother's milk press), which was recently included in the Yale Collection of American Literature, and Disharmonium (Silver Wonder Press). His blog is Me tronome. His work was also recently included in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (anthology, Cracked Slab Books, 2007). Larry also edits milk magazine (since 1998). His poetry and literary reviews have appeared in publications including the Chicago Tribune, Babel Fruit, Vanitas, Jacket, MiPoesias, and The Prague Literary Review.

Steve Schroeder sez...

From the Wichita Falls Literature and Art Review:

http://vacpoetry. org/WFLAR. pdf (a full color pdf you can print and post)

http://www. wflar. org/ (the journal's website)

I have the first issue on my desk now, and it is beautifully done.



Steven Schroeder

virtual artists collective

http://vacpoetry. org

http://home. earthlink. net/~steven_schroeder

http://vacpoetry. org/schroeder

A conclusion is never entirely separate from the path that leads to it.

-Simone de Beauvoir

Charlie Rossiter sez...

An Open Mic for Poets, Musicians, Storytellers & Other Performers!

3rd Saturday Coffeehouse:

An Open Mic at Unity Temple in Oak Park

Sponsored by

The Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Mark Your Calendar!

It's always the 3rd Saturday of the month

at Unity Temple,

875 Lake Street, in Downtown Oak Park


Saturday, Nov.
15, 2008



We welcome folksinger Amy Dixon-Kolar to 3rd Saturday Coffeehouse on Saturday, November 15. Amy is a singer/songwriter who weaves a folk style with a mix of bluegrass and old time rhythm-and-blues. She plays guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bowed psaltery and bodhran. Her influences range from the music of her youth---the Weavers, Joni Mitchell, Steve Goodman, Holly Near, Mason Proffitt---to contemporary folk musicians Bruce Cockburn, Sons of the Never Wrong, and Chicagoan Mark Dvorak.

Amy has played at coffeehouses and clubs as well as for organizations including Heifer International, Take Back the Night, and Sing Out for Peace. Her first full-length CD, Now It's Time, was released in August 2008.

Join us at Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street (at Kenilworth), Oak Park. 7:30 sign up, 8 pm Open Mic, 9 pm featured performer. Open Mic is limited to 5 minutes. Charlie Rossiter host. We are acoustic--no equipment provided. $3-$5 donation. Wheelchair accessible. Info at 708-660-9376.


20 - A Holiday Creativity Celebration of all Open Mic!

Door prizes, cookies for everyone, no glitz, no rush, being together, good fun!


From Chicago take the I-290 exit at Austin, go north to Lake and west to


From the West take the I-290 exit at Harlem Ave, go north to Lake and east

to Kenilworth

With the el, exit the Green Line at Oak Park Ave, go north to Lake Ave;

west to Kenilworth

Parking--there's lots of street parking.

Also a village lot at Oak Park & North Blvd., and another at Lake Street & Forest.

Need more info: 708-660-9376.

We hope you can join us, and please forward this note to interested others.

Adam Hart sez...

Dearest Friends,

This past week has been a time of historic change for our country. It was a long, bitterly fought election season, but we've all emerged at the other end toward what we hope will be a brighter future for our country. A future where the people of our country, and of the world, matter more than bombs dropped from the air or crude oil pumped from underground.

Historic change. It's a time for us all to rethink our roles in our local communities – and our place within the greater context of a world community. Senator Barack Obama's campaign inspired me to be more involved, more giving: I made my first donation ever to help a political candidate. I received a few buttons in return, which I promptly shipped to relatives in my home state of Ohio to give out to friends, neighbors and co-workers there. Perhaps it worked, as that state voted Democratic for the first time in years! Obama's campaign really inspired me – and others- to action in ways the U.S. hasn't experienced before. Our country feels connected, and invested, in the promise of change for the future.

Now President-elect Obama is calling on U.S. citizens to pitch in, to come together to bring about change of lasting social and cultural resonance – change to move our country forward and not back. That said, here's my shameless plug with an immediate opportunity to transform the spirit of change into tangible action. Chicago based media-arts organization Beyondmedia Education is having our annual fundraising gala, Viva Beyondmedia! this coming Saturday, on November 15th, 2008.

As a member of the Board of Directors for Beyondmedia, I can say that your help is needed – just as Obama has called upon every one of us to 'pitch in' to create change. Funds raised from our Viva Beyondmedia! event will help the organization continue our programs for under-served and under-represented women, youth and communities to tell their stories, connect their experiences to the world around us, and organize for social justice through the creation and distribution of media arts. Beyondmedia Education works with groups to create film and documentary projects, their impact extending far beyond the reach of Chicagoland – to national and international levels - to bring about social and cultural change in the ways represented communities are perceived, and to create a lasting effect in sharing their stories with the world in which we live. If you care about the voices of women, youth and disenfranchised communities being heard, I urge you to join me.

I hope you can attend our Viva Beyondmedia! gala and show your support for change. If you're out of town, or otherwise unable to make it - please consider buying an absentee ticket or making a donation. Every little bit counts – just as every vote for Barack Obama brought about a historic moment in our nation's history. Though we may all have our individual struggles and hardships, I think that this year's election showed us the power of people's individual contributions and donations--no matter what the amount.

You can also help by buying a raffle ticket online, which will raise funds for Beyondmedia Education's programs and projects for the remainder of 2008 – and for the coming 2009 year. Raffle tickets are 1 for $5, or 5 tickets for $20. The prize is two FIRST CLASS round-trip tickets on Northwest Airlines to anywhere in the continental U.S., courtesy of Orbitz. Like the buttons I received for my monetary donation to Obama's campaign, these tickets can be used to witness change – perhaps even used to view a historic inauguration in January of 2009? The drawing will take place at the gala, and the winner need not be present to win.

Below are the details for the Viva Beyondmedia! gala, and the Web address to purchase tickets, to make a donation, or even to buy a few raffle tickets for a shot at the round-trip airline tickets. Be sure to note in the comments section that I referred you, as I hope you'll be able to help out in some small, personal way with Beyondmedia Education's work – just one part of the overall change beginning to resonate through our country.

I hope to see you at the gala, or at least receive a postcard from your travels if you're picked as the lucky raffle ticket winner!

All the best,

Adam W.

Member, Board of Directors

Beyondmedia Education


Fundraiser Gala: Viva Beyondmedia! - An elegant cocktail party with petite sweets, silent auction (with many great items/prizes), video presentation, and music by DJ Mwana Comete. Funds raised support Beyondmedia Education.

Location: Society for the Preservation of Arts and Culture (S.P.A.C.E.) (1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston IL). VIP reception at 7:30pm. Doors open for general admission at 8pm.

Advance tickets - VIP $100 (Sponsor level, includes VIP reception); $60 (Supporter level); $30 (Low-Income/Special Need ticket level). All tickets include one raffle ticket for the drawing. Gala tickets will be available at the door for an additional $5 each level.

For info and tickets: http://www. beyondmedia. org/viva/index. html, or call 773-857-7300.

Raffle Tickets: Raffle tickets are 1 for $5, or 5 for $20. Prize is a pair of round-trip First Class tickets on Northwest Airlines anywhere in the continental U.S., courtesy of Orbitz. Retail value is $2,200! Drawing to be held at the Viva Beyondmedia! November 15th gala – winner need not be present to win.

For raffle tickets: http://www. beyondmedia. org/viva/index. html

Find out more about Beyondmedia Education and see our work by visiting http://www. beyondmedia. org.