Tuesday, February 10, 2009




Feb 10

8:00 -10:00

The Café

5115 N. Lincoln

Feature: Susan Bright - poet/publisher, Plain View Press, Austin, TX, and her kickass poetic posse...

Feature: Greg Norton (Chicago)

Feature: Yolanda Nieves(Chicago)

Feature: Keith (KP) Liles (Alaska)

Feature: Stella Radulescu (Chicago)

Feature: Wendy Brown Baez (Minneapolis)

Feature: Sheela Sitaram Free (CA)

Feature: Katherine De Lorraine (Virginia)

$2 Admission

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

Great poetry, great drinks, great googlie-mooglie!

The Café is a Poetry Green Zone.



Feb 11

7:00-9:00 PM

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court

811 Elm Street in Winnetka

Valentine's book signing sale, featuring Pulitzer Prize nominee Willis Barnstone and his son Tony Barnstone, Richard Sillberg, Sholeh Wolpi, and Charles Harper Webb. The reading will consist of two ten-minute rounds of poetry from each of these fine poet's collections and as well refreshments and contribution prize cups.



Feb 12

8:00 PM

Beat Kitchen (upstairs)

2100 W. Belmont

Reading Between the Lines: An AWP Offsite Event

Writers of various stripes read during AWP!

Join writers from across the US for this intimate reading scheduled to coincide during the annual AWP Conference.

Shaindel Beers

Jessica Berger

Emma Bolden

Donald Breckenridge

Bruce Covey

Jacque E. Day

Larry O. Dean

Lori Desrosiers

Laura Dixon

Eckhard Gerdes

Johannes Göransson

Sara Greenslit

Chris Hildebrand

Matt "McG" Markgraf

Pamela Johnson Parker

Ted Pelton

Brianna Pike

Sarah Rosenthal

Davis Schneiderman

Karissa Sorrell

Roger Stanley

Chet Weise

Scott Woodham

Snežana Žabić



February 12

5:30 PM

Art Institute Chicago

111 South Michigan Ave

Please join us for a very exciting evening of poetry this week!

Casting the Dye: A Reading with the Affrilachian Poets
Website: http://www.affrilachianpoets.com
Please join the Affrilachian Poets and National Book Award nominee, Patricia Smith, for a special, Windy City, reading in conjunction with AWP. The Affrilachian Poets are an ensemble of writers challenging simple notions of an all white Appalachian region and culture. The poetry of the Affrilachian Poets celebrates Black heritage and rural roots while encompassing themes of racism and Black identity. They give voice to the pleasures of family, land, good food, artistic community, music and transformation. The event is free and open to the public. Participants include:

Frank X Walker

Mitchell L.H. Douglas

Kelly Norman Ellis

Ricardo Nazario-Colon

Parneshia Jones

Ellen Hagan

Stephanie Pruitt

Special Guest...Patricia Smith.



Feb 12

6:30 p.m.

Film Row Cinema

1104 South Wabash Avenue, 8th floor

Court Green 6 & Fence Books

Release Party & Poetry Reading

Court Green 6 (Letters Dossier) and Fence Books celebrate their publication releases with a reading and reception in conjunction with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference. Contributors will read selections from Court Green and Fence Books. Readers include

Albert Goldbarth

William Olsen

Sharon Dolin

Julie Carr

Carrie Etter

Charles Jensen

Elizabeth Robinson

Sasha Steensen

James Shea

Brian Young

Rodrigo Toscano

...among others

A reception follows the readings.



Feb 13

Reading begins promptly at 6:15PM and ends at 7:30PM
806 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago

Free admission.
One Poem Festival @ Jazz Showcase

The depth and breadth of contemporary Latino/a poetry will take over this historic jazz venue as 21 poets read one poem each as part of the Associated Writing Programs Conference in Chicago.

Lisa Alvarado

Carlos Cumpian

Silvia Curbelo

Gina Franco

Gabe Gomez

Irasema Gonzalez

Maurice Kilwein Guevara

Gabriela Jauregui

Olivia Maciel

Carl Marcum

Valerie Martínez

Orlando Ricardo Menes

Achy Obejas

Daniel A. Olivas

Johanny Vázquez Paz

Paul Martinez Pompa

Linda Rodríguez

Jacob Saenz

Jorge Sanchez

Juan Manuel Sanchez

Rich Villar.



FEB 13



3435 N. Sheffield Avenue



a reading for peace in celebration of a new poetry anthology

Bottom Dog Press presents editor Philip Metres, anthology contributors

Hayan Charara

Alice Cone

Barbara Crooker

Angie Estes

Hedy Habra

David Hassler

Jennifer Karmin

Dave Lucas

Katharyn Machan

Robert Miltner

Lauren Rusk

and local anti-war organizations.


Part of three nights of readings and presentations by local, national, and international writers curated by Amina Cain, Laura Goldstein, Lisa Janssen, and Jennifer Karmin. February 12, 13, 14 from 6:30-11:30pm.

Ongoing events. Drop in anytime. Last entry 10:30pm

Public transport:

CTA Red & Brown lines

7 minute walk from Belmont station

(left out of station, right at light, walk 2.5 blocks, enter at Newport)

$5 admission

free for volunteer readers

choose one poem from the anthology to read aloud

copies will be available



Feb 13

7:00-9:30 PM

Cafe Ambrosia on Orrington

1620 Orrington between Davis and Chicago

The Concert Reading Auction featuring

Aafa Michael Weaver

Tony and Aliki Barnstone

Scott Cairns

Alan Michael Parker

Nicholas Samaras

This will be a book signing sale that will also feature musical interludes and an auction of works by local artists.



Feb 13

8:00 PM

Chicago Center for the Performing Arts

777 N. Green Street

UniVerse of Poetry


invites you to attend UniVerse of Free Expression, a live studio recording of poets

Kwame Dawes (Jamaica/Ghana) http://www.universeofpoetry.org/jamaica.shtml

Fady Joudah (Palestine) http://www.universeofpoetry.org/palestine_p4.shtml

Ilya Kaminsky (Ukraine) http://www.universeofpoetry.org/ukraine.shtml

Ofelia Zepeda (Tohono O'odham Nation) http://www.universeofpoetry.org/tohono_oodham.shtml

and a remembrance of

Nadia Anjoman, a young Afghani poet and mother who was murdered in 2005 for publishing her poetry http://www.universeofpoetry.org/afghanistan.shtml

UniVerse of Free Expression will also feature the screening of poetry films by Francesco Levato and Ram Devineni and a preview of "A Message From the East," a film celebrating

the life of of poet Allama Muhammed Iqbal, directed by Jeremiah Hammerling ( Endless Eye Productions)

The program continues with Pont des Arts Ensemble in concert featuring Richard Fammerée, Carrie Ingrisano, Meg Lauterbach, Victor Sanders, Meg Thomas & Rachel Webster


An organic wine & cheese reception compliments of Whole Foods Market

Tickets available at the door for this historic event

For advance tickets & more information www.chicagopublicradio.org/events

or call Don Hall 312-948-4644

$15 General Admission

$12 Chicago Public Radio members, Victory Gardens Subscribers & AWP Poets