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