Monday, November 30, 2009

Daniel Nester at the Book Cellar

Thursday, December 17, 2009
7:00 PM
4836 N Lincoln

Daniel Nester Reads From How To Be Inappropriate

Dry, offbeat, outrageous and yes, inappropriate, Daniel Nester reads and discusses How to Be Inappropriate, his debut collection of humorous nonfiction that glorifies all things inappropriate and “TMI”, a chronicle of being a twenty-something-becoming-a-thirty-something cutting a swathe through a city inclined to completely ignore his existence the only way he knows how: through impropriety.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Chicago State University


Staceyann Chin
Tue., Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

Poet-activist Chin (The Other Side of Paradise) performs for a World AIDS Day program.

CSU Library Sun Room.
9501 South Martin Luther Kind Drive
Chicago State University

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Thursday, Dec 3
7:30 PM

Street of Dreams

1920 W. Irving Park Rd.

Future Perfect Poetry + New Media Series
presents poets

Quraysh Ali Lansana
Judith Valente
Richard Fammerée with Saint Cloud

featuring poet-singer Carrie Ingrisano (bass, piano) w/ Christopher Greene (violin, electronica), Meg Thomas (exotic percussion) and Meg Lauterbach (cello, piano) will share new songs/poem-songs/contemporary (fusion/infusion lit rock) art songs

Future Perfect Poetry + New Media Series
will be recorded live for
Chicago Public Radio/Chicago Amplified & UniVerse of Poetry
Open to the public, $7 at the door.

Please share this invitation.

Richard Fammerée

Saint Cloud

Friday, November 27, 2009

Wordslinger Wingding !

Friday, December 4th
7:30pm - 9:30pm
St.Paul's Cultural Center
2215 W North Avenue

W4tB presents the Wordslinger Wingding!
Greg Shapiro
Susen James
Regina Harris- Baiocch
Dean Hacker and Rick Fazio

Hosted by the Waiting 4 the Bus Collective!
2+ blocks west of the Damen Blue Line stop
Street parking available

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

Donation Requested

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Outrider Press @ The Book Cellar

Friday, Dec 4
The Book Cellar
4736 N. Lincoln Ave

TallGrass Writers Guild members present a free themed reading,

"Holiday Cookin'-- Turkey, Gravy, Potatoes, and Pie."

Original work on the treats we love -- yum! -- and hate when we step on the scale. Memories of kitchens past, present and imagined encompass the traditional and unconventional

For details: 219-322-7270 or email

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday Night at Weeds

Monday, Nov 30
9 pm sign up
10 pm first contestant

1555 n. dayton

"Best Off The Wall Poem" poetry contest #5
possible definitions to "off the wall" ;

1) not main stream
2) totally unusual
3) something you'd rather not do in other venues
4) something you'd say "holy shit i can't believe he/she said that"
5) in other words something that is not safe...
6) bizarre

$50.00 prize money
host: gregorio gomez
barkeep: sergio mayora

* so come on by sit right down and sign up between 9 and 10pm...first poet will be on the mike by 10pm; come hell or high water...last poet by 10:45...(which means there's a limited number of slots) and the judges will retire and unanomisly choose a winning poem...

* open mike will continue soon after the last poet contestant reads...

* when the judges makes their determination of a winner...i will announce it and present the "prize money"...

* looking forward to seeing you at weeds.

the ghost who walks

Series A

Series A
Weds. December 2nd
7 p.m.
Hyde Park Art Center.
5020 S. Cornell Avenue

Miekal And and Maria Damon

Series A is a reading series dedicated to experimental writing.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Death of Print

The Death of Print
curated by Mairead Case

wednesday, december 2, 2009
black rock bar
3614 n. damen
chicago, il
8:00 pm


is strictly
& artificial &

evil & legal)"
- ee cummings

Print is dying - everyone from Clay Shirky to Nelson says so. Blackberries are near-necessary for the board room. Comics are cut from weeklies and newspaper dispensers sit empty, hungry, alone. Moms ask what Twittering is. But luckily, nobody's totally choked yet - there's still time for plotting revolution. This is the part where the phoenix lies in ash and so before he rises, all firey and awesome-like, we're giving him a funeral. A wake.

This Rec Room will feature writers covering other writers (possibly including their younger selves), writers reading favorite books or fanzines or liner notes or old letters or family recipes. Silly valentines, angsty valentines. Uncensored classics. Fairy tales and top tens. There will be a priest. There will be ceremony. Please wear black.

Readers/performers include Megan Milks, Gretchen Kalwinski, Della Watson & Erin Teegarden, Salem Collo-Julin, Ling Ma, Nell Taylor, Miki Howald, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Claire Zulkey & Meghan Haynes, Jacob Knabb & Fred Sasaki, Don Share, James Kennedy, P. Genesius Durica, Samuel A. Love, Marc Fisher, Bert Stabler, Jerry Boyle, Marc Fisher, and Aay Preson-Myint.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Two With Water

Help us celebrate the release of our premiere print issue.

Two With Water [First Dose] Release Party
@ the Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Ave.
Tues. December 8th. 7:30 pm.

Performances by:

Rainbo Video, mixed media, The Right Now, soul/funk, Dead Superheroes Orchestra, rock-opera, & ten-speed, garage rock

Denise Dooley, Bobby Evers, & Nick Sarno read from their work.

Tickets $6 in advance, $8 at the door

Available at

**The inaugural issue features local writers including Kristiana Colón, Denise Dooley, Thax Douglas, Robert Daniel Evers, Rebecca O’Neal, Nick Sarno and additional writing by Benjamin Harmon, R. B. Morgan, Emily Nemens, Robb Todd, and Weslea Sidon. Featured artists from the Chicago area include Nicole Brewer, Bob Dlotkowski, Lillian Martinez, Franco Muscarella, Margaret Page, and Anya Shilko, as well as visual work by Calamity Cole, Bruce Gerlach, Katherine Montalto and Rachel Ourada.

For more information visit

Tuesday Funk

Please join us on Tuesday, December 1st for the final Tuesday Funk of 2009.
Hopleaf Bar at 5148 N. Clark Street
Reading starts 7:00 PM.
Upstairs room opens 6:30 PM.
Come early to get a good seat.
Cash only at the bar upstairs.

JOTHAM BURRELLO is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago where he directs the publishing lab, a resource for emerging writers. His writing has appeared in Eleven Eleven, Drunken Boat, Oyez Review, Pennsylvania English, the Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere. He recently completed his novel, Fall River. He’s a former editor of the journal Sport Literate. His multimedia company, Elephant Rock Productions published the anthology All Hands On, The 2nd Hand Reader, and produced instructional DVDs for writers featuring Janet Burroway, Robert Olen Butler, Joe Meno, Rosellen Brown and others. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two little boys.

A North Side native, NICK KRYCZKA is a schoolteacher in the Chicago Public Schools and a graduate student in History at Northeastern Illinois University. Aside from the obligatory writing of lecture notes for his eager high school pupils and the drafting of thesis papers on obscure moments in nineteenth century American history, Nick has hunched over countless keyboards in third world internet cafes to cobble together accounts of his summertime treks through the remote corners of four continents.

NICHOLAS MICHAEL RAVNIKAR (BA, University of Wisconsin; MFA, Naropa University) lives in Racine, WI,Jo B where he edits the irregularly published webzine, The Bathroom and is organizing with Nick Demske the first annual Racquetball Chapbook Tournament. His writing has appeared in most recently in Otoliths and Boo: A Journal of Terrific Things and is forthcoming in BlazeVOX and unarmed. His first feature-length documentary, Quilts on Barns: The Beauty of Rural Art, wrapped post-production in August 2009 and will be available for free viewing online soon. He's currently working on a documentary titled SMALL PRESS, MIDWEST. Midwest-affiliated writers, publishers, readers and scholars interested in letting him interview them for that project can send an email to He has facilitated workshops in poetry, video, installation art and journalism in a variety of settings, most recently in conjunction with the Racine Arts Council and Woodland Pattern.

JENNIFER SCAPPETTONE, a translator, poet, and purveyor of visual stills and prose, is the author of From Dame Quickly (Litmus Press, 2009), and of several chapbooks. She is now at work on Exit 43 — an archaeology of the landfill and opera of pop-ups—for the cross-genre publishing project Atelos Press. Excerpts of that book appear in Belladonna Elders Series #5: Poetry, Landscape, Apocalypse featuring pop-ups and prose by Scappettone, a lyric sequence by Etel Adnan, and an essay by Lyn Hejinian (Belladonna, 2009); pop-up scores are now being adapted for performance in collaboration with choreographer Kathy Westwater as LAND. She was guest editor of the feature section of Aufgabe 7, devoted to contemporary Italian experimental poetry, and is at work on a range of translations from Italian, with a focus on the "Babeling deeply felt" of the postwar polyglot author Amelia Rosselli. A selection of Neosuprematist Webtexts, filmed stills, was installed at Infusoria, an exhibit of visual poetry curated by Helen White for the Festival Le Off in Brussels and Het Zilverhof in Ghent in 2009. A range of readings, a talk on poetry and landscape, and a podcast dialogue with Al Filreis are available for download at her PennSound author page. She is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago.

Poetry Off the Shelf: Reginald Gibbons

Poetry Off the Shelf: Reginald Gibbons
Oidipous Tyrannos: Oedipus the King

Thursday, December 3rd
National Hellenic Museum
801 West Adams Street, 4th Floor
Free admission

Incidental music provided by Fulcrum Point New Music Project led by Stephen Burns.

Reginald Gibbons retells the story of Oedipus, reading the five odes from Oedipus the King, which capture the apprehension, fear, beliefs, and hope of the townspeople of Thebes as the story of Oedipus unfolds in their midst. Filled with sparkling language, intense and surprisingly modern feeling, and myth, the five odes are among the most beautiful poems of antiquity.

Reginald Gibbons’s most recent book of poems is Creatures of a Day (2008), a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. His new translations of Sophocles, Selected Poems: Odes and Fragments (2008), won the Soeurette Diehl Fraser translation award from the Texas Institute of Letters. With the late Charles Segal, Gibbons translated two Greek tragedies, Bakkhai and Antigone (2001 and 2003). His new book, Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories, will be published in 2010. His novel Sweetbitter (2003) won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. He teaches at Northwestern University.

Co-sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the National Hellenic Museum.

Friday, November 20, 2009


Columbia College Chicago, The Silvertongue Reading Series & Verbatim Spokenword Present:

Family Business. Poetry as Resistance: An Evening with Ismail Khalidi and Kevin Coval.

THIS FRIDAY Nov. 20, 6pm @ 623 S. Wabash. Columbia College

There is a small open mic at 6. Then Ismail and Kevin at 6:30.

please come out to support.

Ismail khalidi is a poet and playwright born in beirut and raised in chicago. His play Tennis in Nablus has received several awards, including two from the Kennedy Center and will receive its premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Feb. 2010. His other plays include Truth Serum Blues (produced at Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis); Foot; Odd Territory and Final Status. He is a 2009-2010 Emerging Artists Fellow at the New York Theatre Workshop. His writing has been published in Mizna and American Theatre. He lives in New York.

Kevin Coval is the author of everyday people and slingshots (a hip-hop poetica). He has been censored three times in the last three months for poems about Palestine.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Now Available for Pre-Order from Finishing Line Press.

About Northport:

Self-discovery and loss—these are the touchstones of Allan Johnston’s fine new collection that recalls the countercultural “back to the land” movement of the 1970s. In Northport, the poet guides the reader through the wonder and waste of the past, and to travel with him is to suffer with him; yet it is also a transcendent chance to recover valuable old territory, to make it new again, and to claim as one’s own “all the beauty dancing there.” -- Richard Jones

These are beautifully-made poems of the Pacific Northwest, in Gary Snyder’s tradition of close attention to the world, the moment, and the heft of words. It’s a pleasure to see them in print. -- Alan Williamson

About Allan Johnston:

Allan Johnston’s poems have been published in Poetry, Poetry East, Rhino, and over sixty other journals. He is the author of one poetry collection (Tasks of Survival) and a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Originally from California, he earned his M.A. in Creative Writing and his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis, and now teaches writing and literature at Columbia College and DePaul University in Chicago. He currently serves as a reader for the Illinois Emerging Poets competition and is president of the Society for the Philosophical Study of Education. In the past he has worked as a sheepherder, shakesplitter, roofer, forest fire fighter, Indian cook, and photographer, among other occupations.

Tomorrow Night at Reginas Place

Friday Nov 20th
Regina's Place
3608 W Wrightwood

Carla Evonne Glowacki
Regina Henderson
Terry Jacobus
Iman John-Hassan Jor'dan
Luis Humberto Valadez

plus open-mic less
Hosted by Vito Carli

bring your favorite thanksgiving poems (it's not mandatory)

There will be a monthly show on every third Friday of the month.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Requited Reading Series: Cornucopia of Lit

Requited Reading Series: Cornucopia of Lit
November 21, 2009 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Mess Hall; 6932 N. Glenwood (Morse Redline Stop)

Requited Reading Series offers its second installment of great lit, just before the holiday. Stave off indigestion and travel anxiety with:

Jason Bredle
H.V. Cramond
Amira Hanafi
Sherrie Weller
Cayenne Sullivan
Laura Goldstein
Lindsey Bell

Please join us for a great mix of poetry and prose! Bring your old books and lit journals for an informal trade. (No rules--just no fights--a friendly exchanging of those used books you have propping up your airconditioner.) Drinks provided!! This event is FREE.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Green Lantern Press

Saturday, November 21, 2009 5:30 p.m.
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.

Green Lantern Press Reading
Stephanie Brooks: Love Is a Certain Kind of Flower
Ashley Murray: Fascia
Terri Griffith: So Much Better

Brooks’ chapbook features an extensive index of Love-metaphors used in dime store love poetry collections. Deconstructing Romance, she provides an amusing and sometimes poignant reference of emotive descriptions. Fascia, a short story collection, is a series of Southern vignettes, featuring characters from the silent-movie starlet to the high school prom queen. Terri Griffith’s writing has been featured in several anthologies, including Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class. Her debut novel describes the inner life of a credit union worker as her life slowly unravels.

Monday, November 16, 2009

ACM is hosting a salon!

Sunday, November 22nd.

Doors at 7 pm.
Performances will begin at 8 pm sharp.

The crowd will be capped at 65, so be certain to RSVP promptly.

$10 suggested donation. (but folks can donate as much beyond that as they want).


2608 W. Diversey
APT 202

RSVP required at: jacobsknabb at gmail dot com

Free booze and yummy cookies


Damian Rogers - Poetry
Aaron Burch - Topless Fiction
Paul Genesius Durica - Overhead Projector
Erika Mikkalo - "I am Erika Mikkalo"

*Special Bonus performance by a shocking person of ill-repute*

IPod Set by: DJ S*A*S A*K*I

Adam Zagajewski @ The Renaissance Society

Poetry Reading: Adam Zagajewski
November 22, 2009 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, 5811 South Ellis

The Renaissance Society presents a poetry reading by Adam Zagajewski, 2pm, Sunday, November 22, 2009

Poet, novelist, essayist Adam Zagajewski, (born 1945) is considered one of the “Generation of ’68” or “New Wave” writers in Poland. His early work was protest poetry, though he has moved away from that emphasis in his later work. The reviewer Joachim T. Baer noted in World Literature Today that Zagajewski’s themes “are the night, dreams, history and time, infinity and eternity, silence and death.” Writing of Zagajewski’s 1991 collection of poems, "Canvas," poet and reviewer Robert Pinsky commented that the poems are “about the presence of the past in ordinary life: history not as chronicle of the dead, or an anima to be illuminated by some doctrine, but as an immense, sometimes subtle force inhering in what people see and feel every day—and in the ways we see and feel.” “Nothing could take the reader in a direction more contrary to today’s cult of the excitements of self than to follow Zagajewski as he unspools his seductive praise of serenity, sympathy, forbearance; of ‘the calm and courage of an ordinary life,’” wrote Susan Sontag.

Zagajewski has won the Prix de la Liberté as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Berliner Kunstleprogramme. In 2004, he won the biennial Neustadt International Prize for Literature, often viewed as a precursor to the Nobel. He has taught at the University of Houston and the University of Chicago, among others. Zagajewski writes in Polish; many of his books of poetry and essays have been translated into English: "Tremor" (1985), "Mysticism for Beginners" (1997), and "World Without End: New and Selected Poems" (2002).

The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago
5811 South Ellis Avenue, 4th floor
Chicago IL 60637

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Danny's Reading Series

Danny's Reading Series
Wed., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Poets Kiki Petrosino (Fort Red Border) and Judith Goldman (DeathStar Rico-chet) are the featured readers. 21+.

Danny's Tavern (map)
1951 W. Dickens
Wicker Park/Bucktown

Open Books Grand Opening
Sat., Nov. 21, 10 a.m. and Sun., Nov. 22, 10 a.m.
10 am - 7 pm.
Open Books
213 W Institute Pl

Open Books is thrilled to announce the grand opening of their flagship bookstore location! Join us for two days of author events, story time, puppet shows, tours, promotions and much more. All sales of book purchases go to fund literacy programs for adults and children in Chicago, which take place in our new classrooms above the bookstore. Come experience the joy of reading and writing like you never have before and give back to the community at the same time, all at Open Books. For more information about Open Books and a full schedule of events, visit, ...


Friday, November 13, 2009

15th Annual Juried Reading & Award Ceremony

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 6:30pm
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Avenue

Poets from all over the Midwest have been selected as finalists for the Poetry Center of Chicago's 15th Annual Juried Reading Competition, judged by award-winning poet Brenda Hillman. Winners will receive awards and read from their work at this annual celebratory event.

This year's winners are:

1st place: Lina ramona Vitkauskas
2nd place: Carrie Oeding
3rd place: Richard Fox

Runners up:

Stephanie Anderson
Patrick Culliton
Ellen Elder
Rebecca Morgan Frank
Megan Levad
Stephanie Sauer

Thursday, November 12, 2009


A Monkeybicycle / Knee-Jerk Reading Event

When: Sat., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Phone: 773-293-2665

Monkeybicycle and Chicago's newest online literary journal Knee-Jerk Magazine team up for an exciting night of reading and humor, featuring some of Chicago's finest up and coming writers: Billy Lombardo, Aaron Burch, Amy Guth, Jac Jemc, Simon A. Smith, Angi Becker Stevens and the Book Cellar's own Brandon Will. Come meet the readers, and see why everyone should support local artists and publishers.

Start time: Saturday, November 21, 2009 At 07:30 PM
Book Cellar
Ravenswood 4736 N. Lincoln

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rhino Poetry Workshop

Evanston Public Library
Church & Orrington

November 22nd, Sunday
1:30-4:30 -- Room 108

and peer exchange
sponsored by RHINO/the Poetry Forum


Past leaders and readers and all poets welcome. Drop in, have poems critiqued, and participate in an ongoing discussion of poetry and poetics. Sessions are free* and no registration is required.

Leader: Martha Vertreace

A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody is Distinguished Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Kennedy-King College, Chicago, IL. She received her MFA at Vermont College. Her several books include Second House from the Corner, Under a Cat’s-Eye Moon, Oracle Bones, Cinnabar, Smokeless Flame, Kelly in the Mirror, Maafa: When Night Becomes a Lion, Dragon Lady:Tsukimi., and Glacier Fire. Light Caught Bending and Second Mourning, published by Diehard Publishers, Edinburgh, won Scottish Arts Council Grants. Named the Glendora Review Poet, Lagos, Nigeria, she was twice a Fellow at the Hawthornden International Writers’ Retreat in Scotland. Eastern Washington University chose her as Poetry Fellow, in residence at the Writers Center, Dublin, Ireland. She was a Fellow at St. Deiniol’s Library, Hawarden, Wales, on a bursary. She has poems in Illinois Voices: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry (University of Illinois Press, 2001) and Poets of the New Century (David R. Godine Publisher, 2001). Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein published her poem, “Walking Under Night Sky” in his cassette “Bread & Steel: Illinois Poets Reading from Their Works.” She lives in Chicago with her husband, Tim, and their cats, Fred and Patrick Samuel.

Martha’s topic: Poetry and History: Living Someone Else’s Life

Bring 15 or more copies (no longer than two pages) of work you want critiqued.

*$5 donation appreciated

This project has been partially supported by a grant from Poets & Writers.

For more info: RHINOPOETRY.ORG

Orange Alert Reading Series

When: Sun., Nov. 15, 6 p.m.

Orange Alert Press hosts Mary Hamilton, Lindsay Hunter, Laura Pearson, Patrick Somerville (The Cradle), and Kyle Beachy (The Slide); Knee-Jerk magazine cohosts.

The Whistler
Logan Square 2421 N. Milwaukee

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

This Sunday on Wordslingers

8:00 PM
online at

Once again, I have the fine privilege of serving as your guest host on Wordslingers, Chicagoland’s longest-running poetry radio program on the air. Join me and Wordslingers producer Shelley Nation-Watson as we explore fresh language arts, where the words we live are not for the meek.

On this Sunday, at 8:00 PM, we’re featuring two new voices for Wordslingers

Live performances by John Paul Davis and slam champion Roger Bonair-Agard, both recently “settled” in Chicago with the Vox Ferus writers group.

Hear all the Wordslingers shows on WLUW, community radio from Loyola University, 88.7-FM or (when streaming services are available) listen online at Programs go to air totally live on the first and third Sundays of the month, at 8:00 PM, Central time.

hoping to “see” you on the radio!

Kurt Heintz
e-poets network, Chicago

Poem Present : Mary Ruefle

Thursday, November 19, 2009, 4:30 – 6:30pm
University of Chicago, Social Sciences Tea Room
1126 E 59th Street, #201

Mary Ruefle

Mary Ruefle is the author of several volumes of poetry, most recently A Little White Shadow (Wave Books, 2006), an art book of "erasures", a variation on found poetry; Tristimania (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2003), Among the Musk Ox People (2002); Apparition Hill (2001); Cold Pluto (2001); Post Meridian (2000); Cold Pluto (1996); The Adamant (1989), winner of the 1988 Iowa Poetry Prize; Life Without Speaking (1987); and Memling's Veil (1982).

About Ruefle's poems, the poet Tony Hoagland has said, "Her work combines the spiritual desperation of Dickinson with the rhetorical virtuosity of Wallace Stevens. The result (for those with ears to hear) is a poetry at once ornate and intense; linguistically marvelous, yes, but also as visceral as anything you are likely to encounter."

She is the recipient of both National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships as well as both an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature and a Whiting Foundation Writer's Award. She lives in Vermont, where she is a professor at Vermont College's MFA program.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Rhino Reads!

November 20, 2009

Susan Slaviero & Kathleen Kirk

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

Brothers K
500 Main St.
Evanston, IL


Susan Slaviero is the author of two poetry chapbooks: An Introduction to the Archetypes (Shadowbox Press, 2008) and Apocrypha (Dancing Girl Press, 2009). Her work has appeared in Flyway, RHINO, Fourteen Hills, Arsenic Lobster, Caffeine Destiny and other journals. She designs and edits the online literary journal blossombones.

Kathleen Kirk will be reading from Broken Sonnets, her new chapbook (Finishing Line Press, 2009). Finishing Line will also publish Living on the Earth in 2010, an honorable mention winner in their New Women's Voices series. Her work has also been published in The Common Review, After Hours, Another Chicago Magazine, Ekphrasis, Greensboro Review, Many Mountains Moving, Ninth Letter, and Spoon River Poetry Review. Kathleen is a former editor of RHINO and former associate editor of Poetry East.

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

War & Peace

Thu., Nov. 12, 5 p.m.
ThinkArt Salon
1530 N. Paulina, suite F

On Thursday, November 12th, the ThinkArt Salon is featuring a poetry reading by award-winning, poets, Emily Calvo & Stella Vinitchi Radulescu in conjunction with opening of a new exhibition entitled: "War & Peace," featuring works on paper & canvas by contemporary artists, David Gista, Dave Sheehan and Todd Narbey that explore the oppositional forces of war, the universal desire for peaces, & its inherent contradictions.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Red Rover Series, November 14th

Orientation Center
2129 N. Rockwell
corner of Milwaukee/Rockwell

left side of the Congress Theater building

Chris Cuellar
Judd Morrissey
Stephanie Strickland

CHRIS CUELLAR is a sound and text artist interested in experimental work that maneuvers the spaces between different media. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing from the Art Institute of Chicago. Past performances include two sound-poetry compositions for the Austin New Music Co-op in Spring of 2008, and participation in the inaugural events for the Abandoned Practices Summer Institute at SAIC in 2009. A self published collection of spam poetry is available at, and a new public work for LED display entitled 'Pleas' is currently on exhibition at MVSEVM Gallery in Humboldt Park.

JUDD MORRISSEY is a writer and code artist whose works of electronic literature, performance, and installation are widely and internationally presented. His most recent work, The Last Performance [dot org] (2009), is a networked collaborative writing, archiving, and text-visualization project created in collaboration with Chicago's now-disbanded Goat Island Performance group. Past digital literary works include The Jew's Daughter (Electronic Literature Collection, 2006) and My Name is Captain, Captain (Eastgate Systems, 2002). His current project, The Precession, will include a poem of 26,000 fragments in 209 parts, visually mapped to coordinates of celestial bodies. Morrissey is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Writing, Art and Technology Studies, and Performance.

STEPHANIE STRICKLAND's fifth book of poems, Zone : Zero from Ahsahta Press, includes two interactive poems on CD. Her explorations of digital lit include two recent essays, “Born Digital,” at the Poetry Foundation website, and “Poetry and the Digital World,” in the special ELN issue on Experimental Literary Education. She and Judd Morrissey both presented digital work this past May in Barcelona at the e-Poetry 2009 International Festival. Recent print poems appear or are forthcoming in P-Queue, Volt, 1913, Zoland Poetry, Octopus, Sous Rature, and The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing, 2009. She is working on a book-length series of poems, “Huracan's Harp.”

suggested donation $4

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.

Email ideas for reading experiments

to us at

Friday, November 6, 2009

Big Table Workshops

The Poetry Center of Chicago
Big Table Workshops
Spring Sessions now open
Register Today!

Classes begin January!

The Poetry Center is pleased to announce the Spring, 2010 Big Table Workshop Series. Beginning in January, these 8-week intensive workshops meet for 1.5 hours each week and feature Introductory, Advanced, and Master classes. Enrollment for Spring sessions is now open.

As many of you know, The Center has hosted a members-only writing program called, The Big Table Poetry Group. This special program has been a tremendous success and we recognize the need to provide a high-quality, competitively valued program that can help people gain concrete writing skills in a non-academic setting.

Not everyone has the time or ability to attend an MFA program. We hope to fill the bridge for those who want to take their writing skills to the next level, working with highly qualified, exceptional poets, but who maybe aren't ready or can't afford a full-time writing program.

Formerly our 1-day Master's workshop series with visiting poets were $75 for members and $95 for non-members - today, we're launching an entire 8-week workshop program for $350* - the per workshop cost is now just $43.75, nearly half the price of our former 1-day Masters' workshops.

The Big Table Workshops are competitively priced!

The 92nd Y in New York offers a 9-week workshop for $400
The Virginia G Piper Center for Writing at Arizona State offers
8-week workshops for $400 to $500

In looking forward, we are thoughtful about our origins and place in today's Poetry world. We were founded through the outreach and impact of both a literary magazine and a small but dedicated reading series. Both efforts were about bringing poetry to a larger audience. We firmly believe that the delivery of high-quality poetry workshops achieves the same goal. We want to encourage new generations of poets and poets of all ages to continue and further their own education.

Please sign up today and tell a friend. Workshops are open to the public. We urge you to sign up early, in the past our workshops have sold out quickly.

NOTE: Members receive a 10% discount and donors at the $1,000-level are welcome to register for one workshop at no cost.

more details at


Thursday, November 5, 2009

This month at Woodland Pattern

Woodland Pattern Bookstore
720 East Locust

Wednesday, November 11, 7pm

Timothy Yu is the author of the chapbook Journey to the West (Barrow Street) and the critical book Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965 (Stanford University Press). His poems and prose have appeared in SHAMPOO, Chicago Review, and Another Chicago Magazine. He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A groundbreaking study of contemporary American poetry, Race and the Avant-Garde changes the way we think about race and literature. Examining two of the most exciting developments in recent American writing, Timothy Yu juxtaposes the works of experimental language poets and Asian American poets—concerned primarily with issues of social identity centered around discourses of race. Yu delves into the 1960s social upheaval to trace how Language and Asian American writing emerged as parallel poetics of the avant-garde, each with its own distinctive form, style, and political meaning.

From its provocative reevaluation of Allen Ginsberg to fresh readings of Ron Silliman, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and John Yau, along with its analysis of a new archive of Asian American writers from the 1970s, this book is indispensable for readers interested in race, Asian American studies, contemporary poetry, and the avant-garde.

Saturday, November 14th, 7pm.

Eileen Myles is a poet (Sorry, Tree, Not Me etc.) who writes fiction (Cool for You, Chelsea Girls) and whose The Importance of Being Iceland/travel essays in art, for which she received a Warhol/Creative Capital grant will be out in July from Semiotext(e)/MIT. She ran St. Mark's Poetry Project in the 80s. She conducted an openly female write-in campaign for President of the US in 1992. She is a Professor Emeritus of Writing at UCSD. She writes for Parkett, The Believer, Vice, The Nation, The Stranger, AnOther Magazine and is blogging all summer on the Harriet site. The Inferno/a poet's novel will probably be out next year. She lives in New York.

Bio-Poetics: Science, Language and Poetry
with Marie Larson
Sunday, November 15, 1-4pm
$30 / $25 members

In this workshop we'll investigate the many ways scientific enquiry serves as raw material for writing poems. Looking towards biology, astronomy, chemistry and quantum physics this workshop will explore how the strange beauty of scientific knowledge, theory and language can feed the content and lyric of our poems. We'll also explore how scientific ideas can lend a language for discussing poetic structure. How is a poem a living organism? How is it a black hole? A membrane? Through writing exercises and looking at work by writers working from science, we'll widen and shift our poetic vocabularies and perception of the phenomena around us.

Marie Larson holds an MFA in poetry from Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Her work has appeared in GAM, DIAGRAM, Shampoo, Bombay Gin, and Fact-Simile. She also has work forthcoming in the anthology Chicken Boa: Notes on Skrilla (Mitzvah Chaps). Larson's review of Lila Zemborain's mauve sea-orchids appeared in issue 37 of Jacket Magazine. Her current project, Blight, looks to press against the taxonomical membrane of what it means to be human.

Friday Nov. 20 7pm
Redletter reading with Nick Demske, Michael Bernstein, Jill Wohlgemuth, with open mic.

Sunday, November 22nd 2pm.
John Koethe's 95th Street Book Release Reading

Tonight poet John Koethe reads from his newest poetry collection, Ninety-fifth Street. Koethe received the Kingsley Tufts Award for Falling Water (1997), the Frank O’Hara Award for Domes (1973), and the Bernard F. Connors Award. His poetry has been included in several anthologies, including Best American Poetry. He has been granted fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has also received a lifetime achievement award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

ETA Creative Arts presents Haki Madhubuti

Book release event for new collection of works by one of Chicago’s premier
poets and activists:

Haki Madhubuti

ETA Creative Arts Foundation is hosting renown poet and activist Haki R. Madhubuti for a poetry reading, discussion and signing of his latest release LIBERATION NARRATIVES: NEW AND COLLECTED POEMS 1966-2009, the most complete collection of the poet’s work to date.

Emerging from a long tradition of social activism via the Black Arts Movement, Haki R. Madhubuti’s work helped define and sustain a movement that added music and brash street language to traditional poetics. With a career spanning more than 40 years, Dr. Madhubuti has been a pivotal figure in advocating a strong black literary tradition. Chronicling a tumultuous period in American history, his poetry provides an overview of emerging black culture as the work borrows language from black consciousness, hip-hop, political speeches, and motivational talks.

Thursday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m.

ETA Creative Arts Foundation, 7558 S. South Chicago Ave. Chicago

Haki R. Madhubuti is one of the nation’s most well known African American poets and activists for art and education as powerful weapons in the struggle for social equality. The long anticipated LIBERATION NARRATIVES: NEW AND COLLECTED POEMS 1966 2009 is expected to stand for at least a decade as the most comprehensive collection of Dr. Madhubuti’s poetry.

a c o mm u n i t yr e a din g se r i e s


Todd McCarty
a special night of
Poetry Grab Bag:

bring a poem to get in;
if your poem's pulled from the bag
it's your turn to read!

Monday, November 16th
Manhattan's Bar
415 South Dearborn

Paces away from the Jackson/Library-State/Van Buren

Tell yer friends.

ToD d mCcA rtY is an M.F.A candidate at Columbia College Chicago where he's currently pursuing a degree in Creative Writing—Poetry. He is also an assistant editor for the literary journal Court Green. While living in Boulder, Colorado, he worked as Graduate Academic Advisor for Naropa University’s Department of Writing and Poetics. He also worked for Naropa’s Audio Archive Project and as a producer and host for KGNU radio. His poetry has appeared in 580 Split, Bombay Gin and Columbia Poetry Review.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Visual Art Poetry Workshop @ Hyde Park Arts Center

We'll explore the galleries of the Hyde Park Art Center to write poems inspired by visual art and artists. Come prepared with notebook, pen or pencil, and a desire
to share your work in a collaborative, stimulating environment.

Led by award winning poet Valerie Wallace, MFA.

Sunday, Nov 8 4 pm - 5 pm
Space is limited -- call 773.324.5520 or stop by the Hyde Park Arts Center
at 5020 S. Cornell Avenue to register.

BAC Street Journal Release

BAC Street Journal
Sun., Nov. 8, 2-5 p.m.

The second issue of BAC Street Journal, the literary arts magazine published through the Beverly Arts Center, will be introduced as a special event that includes an open reading plus a sale of used books to raise funds for the magazine.

Beverly Arts Center
Beverly, 2417 W. 111th

Nov 8: Matthew Klane & Jennifer Scappettone

Sunday, November 8th

Matthew Klane
Jennifer Scappettone

at Myopic Bookstore
1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue

MATTHEW KLANE is co-editor/founder of Flim Forum Press, publisher of the anthologies Oh One Arrow (2007) and A Sing Economy (2008). His book is B_____ Meditations from Stockport Flats Press (2008). His latest chapbooks include Friend Delighting the Eloquent, Sorrow Songs, and The-Associated Press. Also see: The Meister-Reich Experiments, a sprawling hypertext, online at

JENNIFER SCAPPETTONE is the author of From Dame Quickly (Litmus, 2009) and of several chapbooks, including Ode oggettuale / Thing Ode, translated into Italian with Marco Giovenale (La Camera Verde, 2008). She edited Belladonna Elders Series #5: Poetry, Landscape, Apocalypse (Belladonna, 2009), also featuring work by Etel Adnan and Lyn Hejinian, and the feature section of Aufgabe #7, devoted to contemporary Italian poetry of research. Exit 43, in progress for Atelos Press, is an archaeology of Superfund sites interrupted by an opera of pop-ups. She is now collaborating with choreographer Kathy Westwater on translating pop-up windows into scores for PARK, coming to Dance Theater Workshop and the Center for Performance Research in Winter 2010. Some readings, talks, and interviews are archived at her PennSound page,

Monday, November 2, 2009

Joy Harjo's For A Girl Becoming

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 7:30 p.m.
Women & Children First
5233 N Clark Street

Co-sponsored by Literature for All of Us

We are honored to welcome internationally beloved Mvskoke/Creek poet, writer, and musician Joy Harjo (The Woman Who Fell from the Sky) with her captivating and inspirational release, For a Girl Becoming. Recognizing that coming-of-age can be one of the most confusing stages in a person’s life, Harjo composed For a Girl Becoming as a gift for her first grandchild as she moved from childhood to womanhood. Not just for children, this ritual poem-song speaks to that part of each of us who still stands at the door of becoming. Beautifully illustrated by Mercedes McDonald, For a Girl Becoming is the perfect gift to recognize the transformative milestones in a girl’s or woman’s life.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Series A

Wednesday, Nov. 4th
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Hyde Park Art Center.
5020 S. Cornell Avenue

series A presents:
Jorge Sanchez
Francesco Levato

Francesco Levato is the author of Marginal State (Fractal Edge Press, 2006) and is a contributor to Witness: Anthology of Poetry (Serengeti Press, 2004). His poetry has been published internationally in journals and anthologies, both in print and online, including The Progressive, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, Versal, and many others. His awards include two consecutive poetry fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center. His poetry-based video artwork has been exhibited in galleries and featured at film festivals in Berlin, Chicago, New York, and elsewhere.

Levato is a vocal advocate of using the arts as a form of political engagement and social responsibility; he is founder of the Samizdat Series, a reading series of socially engaged poetry, and is a founding editor of the online literary journal Ink & Ashes :: a journal of the senses. He has served as poetry editor or guest poetry editor for LocusPoint, Newtopia, and others.

Jorge Sánchez is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, playwright and teacher. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan , where he received a Hopwood Award and a Cowden Fellowship, and received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago, where he received an Academy of American Poets Prize . His work has appeared in numerous journals, among them Iowa Review, Indiana Review , can we have our ball back? and The Adirondack Review He is at work on a book of poems, Non-Cartoon World , a collection of stories, Work & Play , and a novel, Havana Imaginaria . When not writing, he teaches English at Loyola University Chicago and Hebrew Theological College .

series A is curated by William Allegrezza.
To hear or download series A readings, visit Chicago Amplified and select Hyde Park Art Center from the drop-down menu.

The Encyclopedia Show

Wednesday, November 4th
7:30pm - 9:00pm

The Chopin Theatre
1543 W Division
Chicago Slam Works brings to you The Encyclopedia Show – The Zodiac

With music, poetry, visual art and spoken word on the topic: The Zodiac. Featuring
Amber Rose Tamblyn (Feature Film Star of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) – Virgo
Anne Elizabeth Moore (Best American Comics founding editor) – Aquarius
Toni Asante Lightfoot (Workshops Manager of Young Chicago Authors) – Gemini
Eric Mata (DePaul University Professor) – Aries
Laura Yes Yes (Bay Area Slam Maven) – Leo
Caitlin Parrish (Playwright) – Scorpio

Jill Summers (Silvertongue Reading Series) and Susie Kirkwood ( – Capricorn
John "from Wyoming" Ryan (Louder Than A Bomb College Slam Finalist) – Pisces
with music by Diana Lawrence (Singer/Songwriter) – Taurus

Featuring Hosts:
Robbie Q Telfer (Author of Spiking the Sucker Punch) and
Shanny Jean Maney (Author of Our Brave Faces Were Just Smiles)

with cast regulars:

Kurt Heintz ( – Fact Checker
Aaron Enskat (Former Normal Slammaster) – The Fact Checker's Fact Checker
Tim Stafford (The Love Psychic)
Joel Chmara (HBO Def Poet)
Mike Slefinger (Actor)
Evan Chung (Musician) - House Band Leader "The Encartagans" and
Emily Rose (Poetry Vet and House Manager) – as Jilted Emily Rose.

Tickets $6 at the door
All ages.