Monday, August 31, 2009

Coming Soon from Mayapple Press

Chris Green will launch Epiphany School with a reading on Oct. 15 in Chicago at DePaul University's Student Center.

Reception 5:30
Reading 6:00
DePaul University’s Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield, #314

Penned with all the wonder and curiosity of a wise child, Epiphany School is not a book for the timid, the slack-minded, the duped or sleeping. These are poems that hold us in their headlights and tap us on our backs in the dark, begging us to notice life and death, the big and small moments of illumination in our lives. Green writes with wings. Each turn of thought and phrase arrives unexpectedly with a poignancy that touches on the revelatory.

New Recruit at the Zoo
I tell my toddler the Afghan leopard
is sleeping and not dead. I don’t know why
I say it that way.

Parents with a son in military dress
ask me to take their photo. They pose
before the pen’s fresco of mountains and blue sky
where a painted river dreams through a painted canyon—
Afghanistan as eternal summer day
made for sleeping by.

lifts him and his parents
and with a little
wise adjustment on my part,
the whole world focuses on the boy’s beret.
“Death, I’m coming,” his little hat calls.

The leopard waits for whatever,

his coat the dark and his spots the patient stars.
I ask the soldier and his parents to stand closer
(I thought they would touch), but they stay
separate and unsmiling, as if staring into fire.

Arsenic Lobster Summer Issue

(at last)
Enjoy some of Arsenic Lobster's best POETRY!

Louis Daniel Brodsky, Michael Flatt, Glenn R. Frantz, Hafizah Geter, Matthew Keuter, Rachel Mallino, Kelly L. Morckel, Michael Opperman, Shenandoah Sowash, Davide Trame, Elizabeth Weber & Nick White.

OR Just come and a get a closer look at Sarah Madsen’s stunning art: “American Lobster”
(I know you want to)
Read Lissa Kiernan’s Review of “Gordian Butterflies” by Chris Crittenden.
I am also thrilled to announce our 2009 anthology is available!
It features art and poetry from issues 17, 18 & 19. Download an order form from the Archive page today:

Spread the word,
Susan Yount, Editor
Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal

Tuesday, September 1

David Alexander Gimelfarb has been missing in Rincon de Vieja National Park, Costa Rica where he was hiking since Tuesday, August 11th. Please come to Dollop this Tuesday, September 1st at 7:00pm to help raise money to help find David. Enjoy some good music, poetry and participate in the open mic entertainment. We'll have wine and coffee available. $5 suggested donation to fund the ongoing search and rescue effort.

Dollop is located at:

4181 N Clarendon Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(between Buena Ave & Gordon Ter)

Center for Book and Paper Arts Community Workshop

Comics, Zines, and The Artist Book
Ken Gerleve


Have you ever walked into Quimby’s or Chicago Comics and wished that you could make your very own comic books or zines? Or do you have a fetish for small books with interesting structures? Now you can combine the two for twice the fun! This class will introduce students to the world of comics and zines, and after learning some of the traditional (and untraditional) methods of comics/zine creation and some basic binding structures, they will create a small edition to share with classmates.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

First Fridays at St. Pauls

7:30-9:30 PM

St Paul’s Cultural Center
2215 W North Avenue
September 4th

1st Friday Series presents A RHINO EVENT!
Virgina Bell, Sarah Carson, Ralph Hamilton & Angela Torres

Now Hosted by the Waiting 4 the Bus Collective!

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 Poetry Series is a Poetry Green Zone

Book Cellar S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G B-E-E!

Come out for a night that spells F-U-N! It's the annual Book Cellar Spelling Bee! Our celebrity judges include Random House rep Bridget Piekarz and Chicago writers Claire Zulkey and Billy Lombardo. Stacey Ballis is tonight's emcee.

Merriam-Webster and Time Out Chicago are contributing prizes for this year's bee. Don't miss it! (Otherwise, you'll misspelling!)

Start time: Thursday, September 03, 2009 At 07:00 PM

Disturb the Universe: In Search of Modern

Thursday, September 24, 6:00 PM
Fullerton Hall
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Free admission

Bold and evocative French writers and artists crafted modernism in the immediate moment of contemporary life. Goodman Theatre actors cite memorable passages from Baudelaire, Breton, Mallarmé, Proust, and Rimbaud while dancers from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago improvise in reply. by the Poetry Foundation and the Art Institute of Chicago

Saturday, August 29, 2009

September 19th @ Quimbys

Scott Inguito and Sandra Lim Read
Sep 19
7:00 pm
Visiting from San Francisco, poet and artist Scott Inguito will read from two poetry chapbooks along with Sandra Lim, who will read from her first book, Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press).

Scott Inguito is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His chapbook, Dear Jack, is out from Momotombo Press, and his latest chapbook, The Vernacular Sounds of Dog Noise, a collection of woofs, barks and yelps written in Mexico in January 2008, is something he is working on. His poems have appeared in Shampoo, Fence, and 1913: a journal of forms. His collage-play “Trying to Create Intimacy with a Narcissist” was performed at California College of Art, San Francisco, for Small Press Traffic, in December 2008. Scott lives in San Francisco. His paintings and pictures from his play can be seen at

Sandra Lim was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended Stanford University, and holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her poems have appeared in several literary journals including Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, and ZYZZYVA. Her book of poems, Loveliest Grotesque (2006), won the Kore Press First Book Award. She lives in San Francisco. She is currently the Elma Stuckey Emerging Poet-in-Residence at Columbia College in Chicago.

This Sunday at Myopic

THE MYOPIC POETRY SERIES — a weekly series of readings and occasional poets' talks

Myopic Books in Chicago
Sundays at 7:00
1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor


Contact curator Larry Sawyer for booking information and requests.

Sunday, August 30

Marvin Tate
Anton Hatwich
Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein
Fred Sasaki

Amanda Leigh LICHTENSTEIN writes poetry and creative nonfiction. Poems and essays appear in konundrum, another chicago magazine, in posse review, horse less review, and designs and enacts participatory poetics projects such as the letter writing revivalists, unite!, particle monologues, and the royal elixir pharmacia du poesia – a poetry pharamcy. She recently letterpressed a hand-bound limited edition chapbook of poems called wholiness at the center for book and paper arts at Columbia College Chicago. She also teaches poetry and leads poetry projects with young people around the world with local arts/education organizations and as co-found/director of break arts at

Fred SASAKI is an editor for Poetry magazine, Stop Smiling, and sundry venues. He has new work forthcoming in the bestiarum vocabulum issue of ACM (#49).

Marvin TATE is past recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship award. His performances have been seen locally and nationally. Presently he is working on his second book of poems, The Amazing Mister Orange, and working on an art installation.

Friday, August 28, 2009


Saturday, Aug 29



Main stage...Oakley & Belden Ave

12-12:20 - Amy David

12:25-12:45 - Molly Meacham

1:50-2:15 - Billy Tuggle

3:20-3:45 - Kevin Coval

Sunday, Aug 30



Main stage...Oakley & Belden Ave

12-12:20 - Waiting for the Bus

Members of the Waiting 4 The Bus Poetry Collective will answer the question WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I MEET MYSELF at the Bucktown Arts Festival on Sunday, August 30th at 12:00 noon. Matt Barton, Esteban Colon, Scott DeKatch, David Hargarten, Kristin LaTour, Robert Lawrence and Shelley Nation have collaborated to produce their latest ensemble titled: Protocol for Meeting Oneself. Don't miss one of Chicago's most dynamic and innovative poetry ensembles in action!

12:25-12:45 - Marty McConnell

1:50-2:15 - JW Baz

3:20-3:45 - Robbie Q Telfer

Pen to Press: The Fine Print of Self-Publishing

Saturday, September 26, 2009
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL
Lunch keynote by Marc Kelly Smith,
Founder, International Poetry Slam Movement

This program covers the legal aspects every author
needs to know when choosing to self-publish.
Chicago’s leading intellectual property attorneys and
The John Marshall Law School faculty will answer
your questions at this day-long conference so that
you can enjoy the process of transforming your work
from manuscript to published work.

Registration Fee:
$75 before Sept. 12 ($95 after)

Questions? Please contact either:

Maureen B. Collins
Assistant Professor
The John Marshall Law School

Marci A. Rolnik
Legal Director
Lawyers for the Creative Arts

Thursday, August 27, 2009

teddy merino reads *the city the earth the heart a happening*

Quimbys Bookstore
1854 W. North Ave.
September 5th

teddy marino (yes, all lowercase, he tells us) got his start as a poet while studying History at UW, Madison, and working at a daycare. He wrote about politics, the apocalypse, and sex. After graduating, he lived a year in Puebla, Mexico, where he taught English, volunteered for a labor rights organization, and lived in a Franciscan orphanage.

In August of 2007 he moved to his native city of four generations. He found an Americorps job, working at an elementary school on the border of Garfield and Humboldt Park. He continues to work there as a teaching assistant and bicycle program manager. He writes about his (and the schools) neighborhood, about the city, people, and children.

His first book, *the city the earth the heart a happening* is mostly about Chicago, with a little bit of Puebla, a couple poems from the East Coast, and a handful of love poems. And this is what he tells us about it:

“I want to celebrate before suffering the interminable winters of publishing companies whose bodily gases smell too much like roses for me. Broiler Plate: Italian sausage, Polish sausage, matzah balls, beef tacos, fried plantain, collared greens, and a barbecue seitan sandwich. Broiler Plate: Looking for cultural nourishment of an unsung Chicago poet? Welcome to the party.”

Zombie Logic

Thank you for inviting me to contribute. My name is Thomas L. Vaultonburg. I was born and live in Rockford, Illinois. I've been a published poet since I was nineteen, with hundreds of publication credits. I have an ezine I used to own a bar called Castaways here in Rockford and one of the coolest things is that a Roller Derby league was formed by three women at my bar. This is one of my favorite poems (00).

Roller Girl

You're all elbow
And hip
And heart

A blur and a
And a booty
Block into
Love's suicide

Tuesday Funk

Poetry Off the Shelf

Poetry Off the Shelf: Juan Felipe Herrera
The Jazz Showcase
806 South Dearborn
Dearborn Station
Free admission
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 7:30pm

Juan Felipe Herrera is a poet, photographer, playwright, artist and an activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth. His numerous poetry collections include 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971–2007 and Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream (1999). His book Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems was the co-winner of the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. In addition to publishing more than a dozen collections of poetry, Herrera has written short stories, young adult novels, and children’s literature. He has won the Hungry Mind Award of Distinction, the Focal Award, two Latino Hall of Fame Poetry Awards, and a PEN West Poetry Award. A booksigning follows the reading.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Red Rover Series / Experiment #32

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #32:
Our Bodies, Our Devils


Krista Franklin & Adam Rose

at the Orientation Center
2129 N. Rockwell
corner of Milwaukee/Rockwell
left side of the Congress Theater building
suggested donation $4

KRISTA FRANKLIN is a poet and visual artist who has most recently been published in RATTLE, Indiana Review, Ecotone, Clam, Callaloo,, and the anthology Gathering Ground. Her collages have appeared on the covers of award-winning books, and she has exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, and the co-founder of 2nd Sun Salon, a community meeting space for writers, visual and performance artists, musicians and scholars.

ADAM ROSE is a performer and choreographer living and working in Chicago, IL. Adam graduated with a B.A. in Dance/Theater from Antioch College in 2008. He is the Artistic Director of Antibody Dance, a company specializing in movement studies and occult research. He has also performed with Dim Sum Dance, contributed to Lucky Plush's Steal This Dance project, and performs with Girlie-Q Productions as Elena. He is currently a 2009 LinkUp residency artist at Links Hall.

Red Rover Series 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.

September 26: Kate Greenstreet & Gina Myers


Sponsored by
the English Department
of Columbia College Chicago

Wednesday, September 9, 5:30 p.m.
Don Share & Emily Warn
Music Center Concert Hall
1014 South Michigan Avenue

DON SHARE is Senior Editor of Poetry magazine in Chicago. He has been Poetry Editor of Harvard Review and Partisan Review, Editor of Literary Imagination, and Curator of Poetry at Harvard University. His books include Squandermania (Salt Publishing), Union (Zoo Press), Seneca in English (Penguin Classics), and a critical edition of Basil Bunting’s poems (forthcoming, Faber and Faber). His translations of Miguel Hernández, collected in I Have Lots of Heart (Bloodaxe Books) were awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize, the Premio Valle Inclán Prize, and the PEN/New England Discovery Award. He received his Ph.D. from the Editorial Institute at Boston University.

EMILY WARN is a poet, essayist, teacher, and technologist who most recently served as founding editor of Born in San Francisco and raised in Michigan, she is the author of three books of poetry: The Leaf Path (1982), The Novice Insomniac (1996) and Shadow Architect (2008). Her essays and poems appear widely, including in Poetry, BookForum, Blackbird, Parabola, The Seattle Times, and The Writers’ Almanac. She taught creative writing at Lynchburg College and The Bush School, and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She currently divides her time between Seattle and Twisp, Washington.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (312) 369-8819.

RHINO Reads!

September 25, 2009

Open Mike 6:00 - 6:30
Featured Poets 6:45 - 7:30

Brothers K
500 Main St.
Evanston, IL


Tony Trigilio
Sandra Lim

To order the new RHINO 2009, use PayPal, via our website:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood

August 21, 2009 — September 27, 2009
Storefront Theater
78 E. Washington
$20; $18 Seniors; $16 students;

Caffeine Theatre, in association with Chicago DCA Theater, presents Under Milk Wood by Welsh playwright and poet Dylan Thomas. The production comes to Chicago DCA Theater’s Storefront Theater at 66 E. Randolph Street, from August 21 – September 27, 2009. Members of the press are invited to the opening performance on Thursday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Under Milk Wood is Dylan Thomas’ dark, but funny play about the dreams and waking lives of a fictional Welsh town. An iconic favorite since it was first broadcast as a radio play in 1954, the play’s 47 quirky characters bring to life their inner longings bubbling beneath the surface of the town's daily life, endearing us to humanity's bawdy and magnificent possibilities. Paul S. Holmquist directs this classic but utterly relevant play with an intimate and physically intense ensemble of Chicago theater veterans and emerging talent.

Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. Post-show discussions will follow the performances on Thursdays, September 3 and 17.

Tickets for Under Milk Wood are $20 for general admission, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students. The preview performances on August 21, 22, and 23 cost $15. Discounts are available for Chicago Cultural Center Mosaic Members, military personnel, theater industry affiliates, and large groups. All tickets are available by calling 312.742.TIXS (8497), visiting, or stopping by the box office, open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 4 p.m.; and one hour prior to each performance.

E. Donald Two-Rivers Tribute

September 13th
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
North Park village Nature Center
5801 N. Pulaski Rd. (just north of Foster Ave.)


You are invited to a special poetry and prose reading in honor of one of Chicago's writers: E. Donald Two-Rivers (aka Eddy)

Hosts John Vlramontes and Carlos Cumpian
will present excerpts from Eddy's books

A Dozen Cold Ones (March Abrazo Press),
Pow Wows, Fat Cats (Mammoth Publications)
Survivor's Medicine Short Stories (U of Oklahoma Press),
and Briefcase Warriors (U of Oklahoma Press)

There will be light refreshments and a brief talking circle for those who would like to share their comments or reminisces about Eddy.

There's comfortable seating and free parking so please join us and enjoy.

Kristin LaTour @ the Cafe TONIGHT!

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

The Cafe

5115 N. Lincoln

Kristin LaTour features

New book...check this out...

Great poetry, great drinks, great googlie-mooglie!

$2 Admission

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

The Café is a Poetry Green Zone.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Hyde Park Art Center-Free Poetry Workshop

Sunday, Sept 13
3-5 p.m.

This month the Hyde Park Art Center features a free poetry writing workshop from Valerie Wallace. Explore the galleries of the Hyde Park Art Center to write poems inspired by visual art and artists & come prepared with a desire to share your work in a collaborative, stimulating environment.

The workshop is part of the "Fun for All" event & space is limited.

You can reserve a spot by calling 773-324-5520.

The workshop is made possible with support from Poets and Writers.

Molly Malones, September 14th

7:00 -- open mic sign-up begins

7:30 -- open mic (5 minutes per reader)

9:00 -- featured reader

Molly Malone's Irish Pub

7652 Madison Street

Forest Park, IL


Join us for a very special evening with CHAD SWEENEY

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.

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

(mark your calendars!) Upcoming Molly’s featured readers:

October 12: Susan Hahn
November 9: Tara Betts

Poetry/fiction at Molly's is the second Monday of every month.
Feel free to forward this notice to your writing pals...we love new faces with new voices.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Encyclopedia Show

September 2nd
7:30 PM
Chopin Theatre
1543 W Division


With music, poetry, visual art and spoken word on the topic: Dinosaurs. Featuring (Contributor – Topic):
Paul Sereno-An interview with World-Class Paleontologist
Roger Bonair-Agard (National Poetry Slam Champion) – Cretaceous–Tertiary Extinction Event
Ken Green (Chicago Slam Elder) – The Le Brea Tar Pits
Rachel Claff (BoyGirlBoyGirl) – Sue, Chicago’s Sweetheart
Asia Calcagno (Louder Than A Bomb All Star) – The Deinonychus
Lindsay Miller (Tucson Slam Team) – The Utahraptor
Anthony Ladson (Word Wizard) – The Troodon
David Kodeski (True Life Tales) – Sir Richard Owen
Billy Tuggle (Chicago Slam Elder) – The Archaeopteryx
Stacy Fox (Vox Ferus) – The Brontosaurus
Dan O’Dwyer (Big Dog Eat Child) – The Ankylosaurus.

Featuring cast regulars

Kurt Heintz ( – Fact Checker
Tim Stafford (HBO Def Poet)
Joel Chmara (HBO Def Poet)
Mike Slefinger (Actor)
Evan Chung (Musician)- House Band Leader "The Encartagans" and
Jilted Emily Rose (Poetry Vet and House Manager) – As Jilted Emily Rose.

About The Encyclopedia Show
The Encyclopedia Show, brought to you from the quirky minds of poets and producers Robbie Q Telfer and Shanny Jean Maney. The Encyclopedia Show showcases visual art, comedy, music and spoken word on a wide variety of subjects related to a chosen topic. Each month a new topic is picked at random from the encyclopedia and assignments are sent to a diverse group of writers, artists, poets and performers. Past contributors have included Bill Ayers, Marc Smith, Anis Mojgani, Laura Berger, Idris Goodwin, Cameron McGill, Kevin Coval, Derrick Brown, and Marty McConnell. For audio from previous shows and additional information, please visit

The Encyclopedia Show draws its novice and notable talent from Chicago Area and National Artists in the Slam, Academic and Youth artists’ communities.

About Chicago Slam Works:
Chicago Slam Works brings together audiences, poets and arts organizations to promote the quality of oral tradition through well-crafted poetry.

Tickets $6 at the door. BYOB. All ages.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

This Week at Myopic Books

Sunday, August 23rd

Myopic Books
1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor
Curated by Larry Sawyer

Carrie Etter
James Shea

Originally from Normal, Illinois, Carrie ETTER has lived in England since 2001, where she is on the creative writing faculty of Bath Spa University. Her first collection, The Tethers, was published by Seren Books (UK) in June, and her second, Divining for Starters, will be published by Shearsman Books in 2011.

James SHEA is the author of Star in the Eye (Fence Books, 2008), which was selected for the Fence Modern Poets Series. His poems have been published in various journals, including American Letters and Commentary, Boston Review, Mrs. Maybe, and Verse. His translations of Japanese poetry can be found in The Iowa Review and Circumference. He also teaches at Columbia College of Chicago.


Sunday, August 30 - Marvin Tate, Anton Hatwich & Fred Sasaki

Sunday, September 13 - Wayne Miller & John Gallaher

Sunday, October 4 - Chicago Calling w/Dan Godston (additional readers TBA)

Series A

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Hyde Park Art Center.

5020 S. Cornell Avenue

series A

Nina Corwin

Michael Bernstein

series A is curated by William Allegrezza.


wednesday, september 02, 2009
black rock bar
3614 n. damen
chicago, il
8:00 pm


curated by Eric Elshtain

Whether Petrarchan, Spenserian, Shakespearean, caudate, chained, theophrastic, crowned, Miltonic-Italian, hidden, Jurassic, rhyme-poor, retrograde, unleaded, Paxilian -- every RecRoomian sonnet will sizzle with scheme heat. Come hear Sonneteers tie on the tethers to set you free & get your neo-formalist fix fourteen lines at a time…

Featuring Meg Barboza, Eric Elshtain, Greg Fraser, Gnoetry 2.0, Dan Godston, Michael O'Leary, Cecilia Pinto, Matthias Regan, Jacon Saenz, Michelle Taransky, Erin Teegarden, and John Tipton

Friday, August 21, 2009

Bucktown Arts Fest, August 29th & 30th

Art, in all its forms, has been the sole focus of the Bucktown Arts fest since its inception in 1985. From its roots as a small gathering of local artisans to its current incarnation as one of Chicago’s premier gatherings of painters, sculptors, photographers and craftspeople (not to mention musicians, actors, poets, and dancers), the fest puts the spotlight squarely on that mysterious amalgam of inspiration and perspiration that delights the eye and stirs the soul.

Includes poetry readings/performances by:

Al DeGenova
Molly Meachum
JW Baz
Tim Stafford

and much, much more...

for a complete schedule, see here:

after hours release reading

Sunday, Aug 23
1 - 3 pm (readings begin at 1:30)

Corosh Restaurant
-- Sunday Brunch served from 9:30 am --
1072 N. Milwaukee, Chicago

Editors Al DeGenova and Pat Hertel
invite you to join us for the
After Hours Magazine Contributors’ Open Mic
to celebrate the release of After Hours Summer 2009, Issue #19
Featuring poet Patricia McMillen (following the open mic)

Contributors to Issue #19 will receive their contributors copy; those unable to attend will receive contributors copies by mail.

All contributors to After Hours are invited to read 3- 5 minutes of their work. We will limit readings to contributors only and will lead the reading list with contributors to the current issue.

Bring friends. Come hungry. Plan on Brunch.

Danny's 8th Anniversary Reading

The Danny’s Reading Series
(8th Anniversary Reading with Chicago Indie Presses!)
Wednesday, August 26th
7:30 PM

The writers: Adam Clay, Kathleen Rooney, Steve Halle, Mary Hamilton, Kristen Orser, and Patrick Durgin with Hannah Weiner

The presses: Cinematheque Press, Switchback Books, Cracked Slab Books, Featherproof Books, Dancing Girl Press, and Kenning Editions

Eight years in. It’s hard to believe. While we spend a lot of our time hosting poets and writers from elsewhere, as we venture into our ninth season, we thought it appropriate to turn our eye on our hometown. We’d like to celebrate the work of a selection (there are so many more!) of Chicago indie presses and their authors. Diverse in publishing vision, ideals, and execution—all committed to defining quality for themselves, the imagination, to the vast work on the part of the author to bring it to life, and to the vastly detailed work of bringing it to our hands and eyes—we salute and celebrate the necessary parts all of them play in bringing Chicago to life and the world to light. And, as always, celebrating the audience that gives us life and is our light.

Joel Craig & Chris Glomski


Adam Clay is the author of The Wash (Parlor Press, 2006) and A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, forthcoming). A new chapbook, In a World of Ideas, I Feel No Particular Loyalty, is now available from Cinematheque Press. He co-edits Typo Magazine and lives in Michigan. Recent poems appear in Ploughshares, The Laurel Review, The Tusculum Review, and elsewhere. (

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, and the author, most recently, of the memoir Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object and the poetry collection Oneiromance (an epithalamion), winner of the Gatewood Prize from Switchback Books. Founded in 2006, Switchback is a nonprofit feminist press publishing poetry by women. (

Steve Halle's
first collection of poems, Map of the Hydrogen World was published by Cracked Slab Books in 2008. Halle edits the online journal Seven Corners, which publishes Chicago and Midwestern poets, and he is a staff poetry reviewer for Oranges & Sardines (O&S). He holds an MFA from New England College and is currently a PhD candidate at Illinois State University. (

Mary Hamilton
has had stories in SmokeLong Quarterly, Wigleaf, Storyglossia, Thieves Jargon and others, and is the author of Flash Flicker Fire, available from Featherproof Books. She lives in Chicago where she's the co-founder and co-host of the QUICKIES! reading series. Featherproof Books is a young indie publisher based in Chicago, dedicated to the small-press ideals of finding fresh, urban voices. (

Kristen Orser is the author of Squint, published by Dancing Girl Press. Kristen Orser is anxious. She is probably behind on work and her students are probably wondering what their grades are. She is hoping all clocks will bend backwards and take her somewhere less fast. The Dancing Girl Press Chapbook Series was founded in 2004 to publish and promote the work of women poets and artists through chapbooks, journals, book arts projects, and anthologies. (

Patrick Durgin is a poet, critic, editor, publisher, and educator. His latest book is a collaboration with poet and translator Jen Hofer, The Route (Atelos, 2008). He edited the selected works of Hannah Weiner, Hannah Weiner's Open House, for Kenning Editions, of which he is the founder and publisher. Weiner (1928-1997) was an influential poet whose work bridged conceptual, intermedia, New York School, and Language school poetics. Her books include The Fast, We Speak Silent, and PAGE. (

Danny’s Tavern is located at 1951 W. Dickens (near the intersection of Armitage and Damen). 21+ (please have ID) 773-489-6457


Next Month:

Wednesday, September 23rd

Poetry by Kate Greenstreet and Jared Stanley

short cuts

*Publish Chicago reviews Patricia Goodrich's Red Mud (Virtual Artists Collective, 2009).

*The Poetry Foundation is looking for a web intern..details here.

*New at Seven Corners: Francesco Levato.

*For those on the northern fringes (or can get there tonight) Luis Valadez is reading as part of the Redletter Series in Milwaukee at Woodland Pattern at 7pm.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sean Felix reads from Nameless Faces

Aug 24
7:00 pm

Quimbys Bookstore
1854 W North Ave.

Various works meant to warp your world view. Wither its laughing at the bizarre, reaching for the steak knife under the weight of melodic verses, or simply trying to contain a shiver, you will find yourself left slightly askew. Fresh from his stay at the psych ward SEAN FELIX exposes fragments of his mind without requiring the tokens usually necessary for a peepshow of this caliber. Subjects ranging from battles against a twisted god to the murder of a girlfriends mother will leave you wanting to reread the fluid narratives. Little girls with knife fixations, critiques toward the art world, man’s murderous narcissism, and the slow death that encompasses so many relationships are just pieces of a whole. Come hear a verbal menagerie of morbid curiosity, YOU ARE INVITED.

NAMELESS FACES is a collection of short stories, excerpts, poetry, and rants. Inspired in part by actual events and also by events only taking place inside the authors head, distinguishing the two is a constant challenge. Sean Felix reflects on the abstractly complex as well as the absurdly apparent which binds us all. You will be only spectators awaiting the ambulance to arrive at the scene of the collision.

SEAN FELIX is a resident of Chicago, is fascinated by pork products, hates electrical engineers, and is plotting to destroy straight leg pants (ladies, your feet look like elephant ears because of them, get a clue). This is the first of his viral distributions.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch 50th Anniversary

William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch
Friday, August 28, 2009 - 5:30pm

William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch 50th Anniversary

Join Academy Award Nominee, actor Peter Weller for an evening of art, readings, happenings and performances to support the new documentary William S. Burroughs: A Man Within directed by Yony Leyser.

It will feature a rare exhibition of William Burroughs' paintings and drawings on paper, and a special preview screening of the documentary trailer.

5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Friday, August 28, 2009

1530 N. Paulina, Suite F, Chicago, IL

Live music by Maya Jensen
Sumptuous cuisine catered by Chef Daniel Mejia
Open bar serving Burroughs' special elixirs

- Peter Weller
Star of David Cronenberg's film Naked Lunch (1991)
- Penny Arcade
Andy Warhol Superstar, Writer and Performance Artist
- Anne Waldman
Poet & Co-Founder (with Allen Ginsberg) of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
- Hal Willner
Musical Director, Saturday Nigh Live,
recorded Burroughs, Dead City Radio(1990)
- James Grauerholz
William S. Burroughs Estate Executor
- John Girono
Poet, Giorno Poetry Systems
- John Long
Author, Drugs and the Beats
- Kurt Henner
Author, Encyclopedia of Beat Literature
- Tony Trigilio
Author, Allen Ginsberg's Buddhist Poetics
- Dr. Bill Ayers
Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Davis Schneiderman
Editor, Retaking the Universe: Williams S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization,

More at

9:30 pm
Penny Arcade, David Daniell & Douglas McCombs (Tortoise, Thrill Jocky, FPP), and DJs at the STOP SMILING Storefront

Open Bar
1371 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL
Just Around the corner from Th!nkArt in Wicker Park
The spirit of William S. Burroughs will come to escort you over.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Celebrate Bad Poetry Day August 19th

Amy Guth puts out a challenge for Chicago's best/worst poets...

hmm..what rhymes with "toupee"?

The Paramanu Pentaquark


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. 17 August 2009.

The Gothic Funk Nation is publishing the second issue of its arts journal -- The Paramanu Pentaquark -- to amplify and extend its nimbonuminous idiom. This journal, available by CD-ROM and the internet (at is to be launched on Friday, August 28th. The journal features costumes, music, painting, photography, poetry, prose, sculpture, and multimedia work selected based on merit and intensity.

The launch event, which is nothing less than a conflation of the lustral and the umbral, shall be presented at the Waterfront Cafe (formerly known as the Dawghaus) in Berger Park in Edgewater Beach. Admission will cost $10 and will include a CD-ROM copy of the new issue, as well as a meal during the event. During the launch event, published artists will share their work, and games and mysteries shall be enacted to the theme of the HMS Bounty which was sunk by its mutinous crew on Pitcairn Island in 1789. Attendees can RSVP at

The Gothic Funk movement was conceived in the November 2004 pre-election distress of Chicago's North and South Sides. Founding members included artists, scientists, and temp workers. Frustrated by the moribundifaction of current artistic theory, they posited solutions, beginning with a series of parties that framed social intimacies as a point of origin for the creative impulse. Subsequent efforts have included public epistles, artistic projects, two monthly reading series, and more parties (because parties are fun).

For more information on the Gothic Funk Nation, please visit
To learn more about the Waterfront Cafe, please visit

To view issue #1 of the Paramanu Pentaquark, please visit

Launch Information:
Friday, August 28th
Pre-Launch Swimming at the Thorndale Beach, 5901 N. Sheridan Rd, 7 PM
Launch Party at the Waterfront Cafe, 6219 N. Sheridan Rd, 8 - 11 PM
Afterparty at Sovereign Liquors, 6202 N. Broadway (over 21)

$10 admission includes a CD-ROM copy of Issue #2, a hot dog (meat or veggie), a drink, and a bag of chips.
An additional $5 includes a CD-ROM copy of Issue #1 while supplies last.
Specials at the Sovereign include $2 PBR and $2.50 Old Style.
Please RSVP at

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Kunming - Chicago Poetry Group...

Friday, August 28th
7:30 PM
St Paul’s Cultural Center
2215 W North Avenue

Steven Schroeder & Charlie Newman present

Jan Botiglieri
Nina Corwin
Larry O. Dean
Maureen Flannery
Paul Friedrich
Christopher Gallinari
Larry Janowski
Wayne Allen Jones
Liang Huichun
Charlie Newman
Deborah Rosen
Steven Schroeder.
2+ blocks west of the Damon Blue Line stop
Street parking available
Beer, wine, soft drinks available @ cool-low prices
Free Admission
Donation Requested
A Poetry Green Zone


Thirteen poets featured in on the no road way to tomorrow, a new anthology of poetry from Chicago and Kunming, China, will gather at St. Paul's Cultural Center, 2215 W North Avenue, for a reading at 7:30 pm on Friday, August 28, 2009. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

The anthology, which includes work by well-known Chicago poets Charlie Newman (host of the First Friday series at St. Paul's), Deborah Rosen (a founding editor of RHINO magazine), Larry Janowski (winner of a 2008 Illinois Arts Council Award), Paul Friedrich (Professor Emeritus in anthropology and linguistics at the University of Chicago), and others, is the result of an ongoing collaboration, the Chicago-Kunming Poetry Group, initiated by Kunming poets Li Sen and Hai Nan and Chicago poet Steven Schroeder. The group, in cooperation with Yunnan University Press, has published two annual volumes of New Poetry Appreciation, which gathers the work of Chinese poets and Chicago poets in Chinese translation. The poems in the new anthology (published in Chicago by virtual artists collective and co-edited by Li Sen, Long Xiaoying, Charlie Newman, and Steven Schroeder) are selected from the journal and presented in both English and Chinese.

The August reading will feature twelve of the Chicago poets who have appeared in New Poetry Appreciation, reading their own poems in English, and one of the translators, Liang Huichun (Instructor in Chinese at the University of Maryland), who will read selections in Chinese. We hope to gather Kunming poets for a reading in China in the Fall and eventually bring the two groups together for bilingual readings in China and the United States.

The anthology, which will be released and available for sale at the reading, gathers a fascinating cross-section of contemporary poetry in English and Chinese. The reading will give the Chicago audience a chance to hear and celebrate this city's contribution to the ongoing project and sample Chicago's vibrant poetry scene in a venue, St. Paul's Cultural Center, that plays a major role in nurturing it. It will also give a taste of the equally vibrant poetry scene in Kunming, China.

For more information, please visit the virtual artists collective website at or email us at

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Sunday, August 16th


88.7 FM

Hey all you hard working folks! My summer is over as my e-track school has begun and my mischievious children, I mean my loving, sweet angels, surround me six hours a day.

This coming Sunday I have a treat for you! An old friend and dynamic performance poet, Dean Hacker, and his friend Rick Fazio, musician extraordinare, will be performing in the studio together.

Dean Hacker entered the Slam Poetry movement in 1990 by winning a citywide competition for the only open spot on the first National Slam Team from Chicago. As a member of that team he helped secure the first National Slam Title. He has performed his work on Chicago radio and television and has been published in "Hammers Magazine", the book "Stray Bullets", on the german released dvd “Anglo American Poetry through the Ages” the book and cd versions of ”The Spoken Word Revolution” and "The Idiots Guide to Slam Poetry" as well as on the compact disc "By Someone's Good Grace" and is currently working on “Nothing Rhymes Anymore” a selection of his spoken word pieces set to music with longtime friend and co-conspirator Rick Fazio.

Rick Fazio is a life long Musician, He plays multiple string instruments and is damn good at it. He has performed on stage in many bands in many genres and in studio for commercial & session work. He is currently working with Spoken word Performer Dean Hacker on a project titled “Nothing Rhymes Anymore” as well as his eclectic american music based band “Pitchy and the 44’s”.

Listen live at or on the radio at 88.7 FM. We'll be on the other side.

Shelley Nation-Watson

Friday, August 14, 2009

Rhino Founders' Prize


One winning poem will receive $300 and publication in the next issue. Two runners up will receive $50. The poems selected will be posted on our web site.

Send up to 5 unpublished poems (no more than 5 pages total).

GUIDELINES: Submissions must include a cover letter listing your name, address, email address and/or telephone number as well as titles of the poems. No identifying information should appear on the poems. Manuscripts will not be returned. Include a SASE for notification of results.

Enclose a $10 entry fee (make checks payable to RHINO).

Label your contest submission: "Founders' Contest." Submissions must be postmarked between June 1 - September 1. No electronic submissions please.

All contest submissions will also be considered for regular publication in the 2010 edition of RHINO. Mail submission to:

RHINO, The Poetry Forum
P.O. Box 591
Evanston, IL 60204

Winners and runners up will be announced on our web site.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Matthew Gavin Frank @ The Hopleaf

Wednesday, Aug 26
The Hopleaf Bar
5148 N. Clark St.

Matthew Gavin Frank reads from his new poetry collection, SAGITTARIUS AGITPROP, and from his forthcoming food memoir, BAROLO.

MATTHEW GAVIN FRANK was born and raised in Illinois. He has previously published in The New Republic, Field, The Best Food Writing 2006, The Best Travel Writing 2008, Tampa Review, Epoch, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, North American Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Creative Nonfiction, Willow Springs, Bellingham Review, Pleiades, The Florida Review, Ninth Letter, Rosebud, 6x6, Bat City Review, Gastronomica, The Madison Review, Cimarron Review, The Literary Review, The Journal and others. His work has been featured online at The Tupelo Press Poetry Project and Verse Daily. He received the 2005 Summer Fellowship from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, a 2006 Artist's Grant from the Vermont Studio Center, and a 2008 Fellowship in Prose from the Illinois Arts Council. He is the author of the chapbook Aardvark (West Town Press), BAROLO (forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press) the chapbook Four Hours to Mpumalanga (Pudding House Publications), and Sagittarius Agitprop, available from Black Lawrence Press.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mercury Cafe

Friday, August 21st

Mercury Cafe
1505 W. Chicago Ave
7 to 9 PM
hosted by Vito Carli

open mic w/ featured artists

Features: Marianna Buchwald, Nicholas DeBoer, and Shirley Hudson

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Monday, August 17th

7:30 p

Jaks Tap

901 W. Jackson

Waiting 4 the Bus

It’s...Bizarro feature night...Charlie Newman

Hosted by Buddah309

W4tB is wowie-zowie on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month

Green Zone Baby

Monday, August 10, 2009

boo: a journal of terrific things

Today was my birthday (well, yesterday, as of 40 minutes ago). So that's important...

Just wanted to let people know of the journal I'm trying to get off the ground next month (that's the month I plan to post the first issue):

It's intended for exclusively offensive work. If you've got anything you think even remotely fits, be generous and share it, now won't you?

Love each other no matter how weird it gets...

Serious Play

Alice George presents...

Serious Play #3 (the movie):
A Poetry Workshop for seriously playful

September 9, 16, 23, 30

7-9:30 pm
The Writers WorkSpace
5443 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60640

$125 registration fee
Limit 10 participants

phone 773-907-0336 / cell 773-350-2072
fax 773-751-2242
NOTE: Free parking in back lot during workshop hours.

Space is limited: To register, please email me ASAP to reserve your space. Fee will be due in full before or on the first day of class. No pro-rated fees: if you can't make all the classes, you still have to pay the $125.


This four-session workshop invites seriously playful poets to engage in a temporary community of learners during the month of September (the workshop may continue if there is interest). Poet and workshop-leader Alice George will jump-start each session with a 25-minute presentation/in-class writing exercise. Topics in September may include "Ambition: Writing the longer Poem" "Lit/Crit: what poets can glean from contemporary literary criticism", "Collaborative poetry" and "Line Break Intensive".

Each participant will have a chance to have one poem discussed by the group each session, with the intent to learn from each other while providing practical and constructive suggestions for revision. Each participant will have the option to schedule one hour-long conference with Alice for the discounted 'participant' price of $50. (Alice offers these conferences to non-workshop participants for $100). This conference will include line-by-line review and critique of a small (3-6 pp) manuscript, and recommendations for writing and reading.

NOTE: Free parking in back lot during workshop hours.

Who: This workshop will be a good fit for serious (but not solemn) poets who have been writing for at least one year, and have some experience in having their work discussed by others. If you're not sure, email Alice with your questions. Class minimum = 6, maximum = 10.

For more information on Alice visit:

How Much: $125 for all four sessions or $175 for all four sessions plus a one-hour conference TB arranged with Alice. Payment in full must be received before workshop starts or on the first evening.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Saturday August 15th

6:00 PM

2023 W. Roscoe St.

Janet Kuypers, Caroline Johnson, & Vito Carli

Friday, August 7, 2009

Epic Night @ The Cafe


Got a piece that’s to long to read @ an open mic and you don’t want to wait to read it @ a feature?

Here’s your long as it’s not longer than 10 minutes!


The Cafe
5115 N. Lincoln


Great poetry, great drinks, great googlie-mooglie!

$2 Admission

The Café is a Poetry Green Zone.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Aug 9: Myopic Poetry Reading


James Belflower
Jennifer Karmin
Tom Orange

1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue

JAMES BELFLOWER's first book of poems, Commuter, is forthcoming from Instance Press in 2009. And Also a Fountain, his collaborative echap with Anne Heide and J. Michael Martinez, is forthcoming from NeOPepper Press in 2009. He was a finalist for the 2007 National Poetry series, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and won the 2007 Juked Magazine poetry prize. His work appears, or is forthcoming in: Jacket, EOAGH, Denver Quarterly, Octopus, LIT, First Intensity, 580 Split, Konundrum Engine, and Coconut, among others. He runs, a website dedicated to the gifting and exchange of poetry resources.

JENNIFER KARMIN is the author of the text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice (Flim Forum Press, forthcoming 2009). She curates the Red Rover Series and is a founding member of the public art group Anti Gravity Surprise. Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented nationally at festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets. Jennifer teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet in Residence for the Chicago Public Schools. New poems are published in the journals Cannot Exist, MoonLit, Otoliths, and anthologized in Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press), Not A Muse (Haven Books), and The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab Books).

TOM ORANGE has taught literature and writing at Vanderbilt, Georgetown and The George Washington Universities. He currently lives in Cleveland Ohio, where he is active in the local food movement and the music and arts scenes. Slack Buddha Press published his chapbook of conceptual prose, American Dialectics, in 2008, and he is currently revising a book-length manuscript on the early poetry of Clark Coolidge. His recent and forthcoming work can be found in Aquaduck, Big Bridge, English Studies in Canada, The I.E. Reader, Typo, Wheelhouse, and 1913: A Journal of Forms.

Women and Children First

Thursday, August 13, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.

Jenene Ravesloot & Lucia Blinn

Join us for a reading featuring two local poets. Jenene Ravesloot has a B.A. from Columbia College and has studied art and textiles at the School of the Art Institute. Her poetry has been published in many journals. Ravesloot will be reading from her debut collection, Loot: Stolen Memories and Tales Out of School. Poet Lucia Blinn divides her time between Chicago and Sarasota, Florida. Savvy, witty, and wry, her poems range in topic from old loves to current challenges. Blinn is the author of two books of poetry, Passing for Normal and Navigating the Night.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Rec Room Series, August 5th

8:00pm - 11:00pm

black rock bar
3614 n. damen

Summer School
curated by Cassie Sparkman and Jenny Avery

For this Rec Room, we invite students from a teen Gallery 37 Creative Writing workshop to submit their work to Chicago writers and actors who will remix, respond to, and create steamy performances worthy of the dog days of summer school.

With performances by

Cassie Sparkman

Jennifer Avery

Erin Teegarden

Amy Carle

Aaron Carter

Sara Wainscott

Cecilia Pinto

Laura Fisher

Rachel Javellana

Bobby Biedrzycki

Kathleen McDonnell

Monday, August 3, 2009

Printers' Ball 2009

photos by Eric Bartholomew.

Molly Malones, August 10th

Monday, Aug 10

7:00 -- open mic sign-up begins
7:30 -- open mic (5 minutes per reader)
9:00 -- featured reader

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

Join us for a very special evening with WAYNE ALLEN JONES

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.

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

(mark your calendars!) Upcoming Molly’s featured readers:
September 14: Chad Sweeney
October 12: Susan Hahn
November 9: Tara Betts

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

Feel free to forward this notice to your writing pals...we love new faces with new voices.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Beach Poets, Sunday, August 9th

4:00-6:00 pm
Hosted by Cathleen Schandelmeier-Bartels since 1990

Loyola Beach
Greenleaf and the Lake
South of the Heartland's "Stand in the Sand"

call Cathleen at (773) 368-5143 for more info.
The handsome and talented Peter C. Bartels is the musical accompanist for the Beach Poets!

Featuring Dave Gecic and the Puddin'head Books Posse

Saturday, August 1, 2009

First Friday

Friday, Aug 7

St Paul’s Cultural Center
2215 W North Avenue

Whitney Scott presents...
The TallGrass Writers Guild

March Darin
Robt. Klein Engler
Mary Ann Grzych
Susanna Hannus
Robert Lawrence
Robert Nelson
Barb LoPresti
Lylanne Musselman
Marcia Biasiello
Whitney Scott.

Hosted by Dan Godston

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 Poetry Series is a Poetry Green Zone