Thursday, April 29, 2010

Green Lantern Press Book Release Celebration

On Saturday, May 1st 2010 The Green Lantern will host a book release, celebrating three new titles from The Green Lantern Press: Devin Kings long poem CLOPS, a new translation of Rimbaud’s A Season In Hell* by Nick Sarno and The Concrete of Tight Places, an unusual guidebook by Justin Andrews that provides a“halucinatory tour of the world.” To commemorate this release, you are cordially invited to readings by Devin King and John Beer (Canarium Books, The Wasteland and Other Poems) at 7pm at the former Green Lantern Gallery space, 1511 N Milwaukee Ave., second floor, Chicago IL 60622.

During this event, all Green Lantern Press books will be available at a $5 discount.

*Proceeds from A Season In Hell will go to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital

—about the readers—

As per CLOPS. : Using lyrical language, repetition and abstraction, King retells the Odyssey representing the original characters as surface icons who move in and out of the first person. Implicating the reader in the action of war, King reforms the epic. Printed in an edition of 250 with color plates by artist Brian McNearney. Devin King lives and works in Chicago.

John Beer’s first book, The Waste Land and Other Poems, was published by Canarium Books in April 2010. His work has appeared in Verse, The Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Crowd, and elsewhere.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Poem Present: Fanny Howe

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 4:30 – 6:30pm
University of Chicago, Rosenwald 405
Building/Room Rosenwald 405

Fanny Howe was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1940. She is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and prose. Her recent collections of poetry include On the Ground (Graywolf, 2004), Gone (2003), Selected Poems (2000), Forged (1999), Q (1998), One Crossed Out (1997), O'Clock (1995), and The End (1992).

Howe is also the author of several novels and prose collections, most recently, The Lives of a Spirit / Glasstown: Where Something Got Broken (Nightboat Books, 2005) and Nod (Sun & Moon Press, 1998). She has written short stories, books for young adults, and the collection of literary essays The Wedding Dress: Meditations on Word and Life (University of California Press, 2003).

Howe was the recipient of the 2001 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for her Selected Poems. She has also won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Poetry Foundation, the California Council for the Arts, and the Village Voice, as well as fellowships from the Bunting Institute and the MacArthur Colony. She was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2001 and 2005. She has lectured in creative writing at Tufts University, Emerson College, Columbia University, Yale University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Further Down Rd. Release

Fast Geek Press Presents: "Further Down Rd" by John Franklin Dandridge Release Party
Mon., May 10, 8 p.m.

Fast Geek Press presents a release party for John Franklin Dandridge's new chapbook of poetry called "Further Down Rd." This event will start at 8 PM and feature readings by John Franklin Dandridge, Charly “the city mouse” Fasano and Jennifer Steele. FREE 21 and up. Free

Tonic Room (map)
2447 N. Halsted St.
Lincoln Park

Rec Room Series

wednesday, may 5, 2010
black rock bar
3614 n. damen
chicago, il
8:00 pm

The Underdog

curated by Gretchen Kalwinski

Victor Laszlo: “Isn't it strange that you're always fighting on the side of the underdog?”
Rick Blaine: “Yes, I found that a very expensive hobby, too.”

Everybody loves a good underdog story. From David and Goliath to Susan Boyle to Rocky Balboa and Robin Hood, humans revel in rooting for unlikely heroes. Chicagoans in particular—what with our wretched weather and inability to overcome our gangster-laden, “second city” image—have a special affinity for those who are expected to lose. Since today is Cinco de Mayo, it’s imbued with special “underdog” significance: On May 5, 1862, the outnumbered Mexican army scored an unlikely victory over the French forces at the Battle of Puebla Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin. In honor of this holiday, tonight's Rec Room will feature comedians, fiction writers, and musicians performing brief underdog-themed works.

Series A

Series A
Wed., May 5, 7 p.m.
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue

A reading series dedicated to showcasing experimental writing. Featured at this outing: poets Susan Slaviero, Heather Momyer, and Garin Cycholl.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday Funk

Tuesday Funk Reading Series
Tuesday, May 4
7:30 Pm
The Hopleaf
5148 N Clark Street

Featured Readers:

John Beer, Connor Coyne, Gina DiPonio, Jett McAllister, & Daryl Murphy

Rhino Reads

RHINO Reads!
A Monthly Poetry Series

Apri1 30, 2010

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

Brothers K
500 Main St.
Evanston, IL


Bill Yarrow is the author of WRENCH (2009). His poems have appeared in Central Park, Confrontation, Berkeley Poets Cooperative, Poem, The Literary Review, Mantis, The Orange Room Review, blossombones, ditch, The Centrifugal Eye, Rio Grande Review, Up the Staircase, New Aesthetic, Arsenic Lobster, Pank, DIAGRAM, and Pif Magazine. He is Professor of English at Joliet Junior College.

Tim Hunt is the author of FAULT LINES (2009) and the chapbook LAKE COUNTY DIAMOND (1986). Hunt’s poetry is widely published, and he was awarded the Chester H. Jones Prize for the poem “Lake County Elegy.” His Scholarly publications include KEROUAC’S CROOKED ROAD: THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FICTION & the five-volume edition THE COLLECTED POETRY OF ROBINSON JEFFERS.

To order the new RHINO 2010, use PayPal, via our website:

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Dannys Reading Series

Dara Wier & Michael Robins

Danny's Tavern (21+)
1951 W Dickens St.
Wednesday, April 28th
7:30 PM Sharp

Dara Wier's ten previous books include Remnants of Hannah (Wave Books, 2006) and Reverse Rapture (Verse Press, 2005), which was awarded the Poetry Center Book Award. Her work has received awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and The American Poetry Review. She lives and works in Amherst where she directs the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers.

Michael Robins is the author of the chapbook Circus (Flying Guillotine Press, 2009) and The Next Settlement (UNT Press, 2007), which received the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. He was born in Portland, Oregon, and lives in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago.

W4tB presents:The Omniphonic Challenge

Oct. 1st
7:30 PM
St Paul's Cultural Center
Acme Art Works
2215 W North Ave

The Omniphonic Challenge
a battle of the poetry bands

if you mix poetry and music together you qualify to compete in the battle of the Poetry Bands called the Omniphonic Challenge.
The Audience decides the winner
This competition in an excuse to explore the art form of nailing poetry and music together.

All interested competitors should contact
registration deadline is Aug 31st

The prize is artistic pride, but there may be something for your mantle or trophy case.

W4tB Presents:the Poetry Pentathlon

Sept. 3rd
7:30 PM
St Paul's Cultural Center
Acme Art Works
2215 W North Ave

The Poetry Pentathlon 2010
"Do you have what it takes to be a champion?"
poets go head to head in a judged reading of five events.

Rewrite a very bad poem (provided)
a poetry prompt (provided)
a poem for multiple voices (minimum 2-teammates are allowed for this event)

This is a live event in Chicago
all interested parties should e-mail
registration deadline is July 31st
Materials will be provided by Aug 10th
All poems for competition should be submitted to judges before the event begins.

The real prize is poetic pride, but we will give you something to hang on your wall.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

This Weekend at Myopic Books

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

Myopic Books in Chicago —
All readings begin at 7:00 / 1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor

This SATURDAY at Myopic Books:
Saturday, April 24 – Ben Doller & Sandra Doller

Ben DOLLER is the author of three books: Radio, Radio (LSU Press, 2001, selected for the 2000 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets by Susan Howe), FAQ: (Ahsahta Press, 2009), and Dead Ahead (Fence Books, 2010). Doller co-edits the Kuhl House Contemporary Poets series from the University of Iowa Press and was recently hired as Assistant Professor in George Mason University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He lives with his lady, Sandra Doller, and their animals.

Sandra DOLLER has a new name. Her first book Oriflamme (a word featured in the 2009 National Spelling Bee) was published by Ahsahta Press in 2005 and her second collection Chora is freshly out from Ahsahta; she recently finished a new manuscript called Man Years. Doller is the founder & editrice of the curiously named 1913 a journal of forms/1913 Press. She lives all over with her man, Ben Doller, and their pups, Ronald Johnson and Kiki Smith.

This SUNDAY at Myopic Books:
Sunday, April 25 – Matvei Yankelevich & Barry Schwabsky

Barry SCHWABSKY is an American poet and art critic living in London. His new collection of poems, Book Left Open in the Rain, is published imminently by Black Square Editions and is available from Small press Distribution ( He writes reguarly for The Nation and Artforum (where he also co-edits the international reviews section), among others. He is the author of Opera: Poems 1981-2002 (Meritage Press) and The Widening Circle: Consequences of Modernism in Contemporary Art (Cambridge University Press) as well as several chapbooks of poetry and contributions to dozens of books and exhibition catalogues on contemporary and modern art.

Matvei YANKELEVICH’s books and chapbooks include Boris by the Sea (Octopus Books), The Present Work (Palm Press), and Writing in the Margin (Loudmouth Collective). His writing has appeared in Action Yes!, Boston Review, Damn the Caesars, Fence, Open City, Tantalum, Typo, Zen Monster, and other little magazines. His translations from Russian have cropped up in Calque, Circumference, Harpers, New American Writing, Poetry, and the New Yorker and in some anthologies, including OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism (Northwestern) and Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky (FSG). His translations of Daniil Kharms were collected in Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Ardis/Overlook) and received praise from the TLS, the Guardian, the New York Times, and elsewhere. He edited a portfolio of Contemporary Russian Poetry and Poetics for the magazine Aufgabe (No. 8, Fall 2009) and has written essays on Russian-American poetry for Octopus magazine online. In NYC, he teaches at Hunter College and Columbia University School of the Arts. At Ugly Duckling Presse, he designs and/or edits many and various books, is the editor of the Eastern European Poets Series, and a co-editor of 6×6. He lives in Brooklyn.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

W4tB presents Open Mic at the Bus Stop:Mon. May 3rd

Monday May 3rd
W4tB @ Cafe Ballou
939 N Western
7:30 (sign up)-10pm
Featuring Dena Pope

Now Available!!

Flim Forum Press presents
aaaaaaaaaaalice by Jennifer Karmin

travelogue in 11 cantos
scored for polyvocal improvisation

ISBN 978-0-9790888-3-4
112 pages, 7x9
$16 (+$4 shipping & handling)

You can purchase the book, read some early reviews, and find performance
dates here:


"This book, a score, is full of information both literal and (im)possible.
Do dip in; see what you come out with."

—Bernadette Mayer

"Jennifer Karmin brings an openness and generosity to these poems of
public address and private insistence. Aaaaaaaaaaalice's buoyant charm
calls out for new listeners."

—Charles Bernstein

"I like tightly proposed structures in which anything can happen & does
because the more tightly controlled the structures, the more explosively
the language will implode, disseminate, fold in or out or whatever it is
it needs to do to loosen up or reverse direction & meaning. And that’s the
fun of Aaaaaaaaaaalice, lithe row of straight a’s followed by biting
animal commentary."

—Pierre Joris

"Alice and anime, Asia and uncertainty, we do so want our sounds to make
sense, our textual travels to have a guide, even if that guide is the
white rabbit that will hide. Aaaaaaaaaaalice is the sound and sight of the
disappearing rabbit, the one with a hat, the one who pops up with regular
unpredictability whenever we go somewhere not here, and while words will
swivel around us like our very own heads, making the unfamiliar familiar
and the familiar unfamiliar, making no sense but nonsense and non-sense
sense, like in this very text, what’s moreover curious, as Karmin rightly
notes, is that 'yesterday a man was walking.' "

—Vanessa Place


Jennifer Karmin has published, performed, exhibited, taught, and
experimented with language across the U.S., Japan, and Kenya. She curates
the Red Rover Series and is co-founder of the public art group Anti
Gravity Surprise. Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented at
festivals, artist-run spaces, community centers, and on city streets,
including Betalevel (CA), Links Hall (IL), the French Broad Institute of
Time and the River (NC), the Poetry Project (NY), the Urban Institute for
Contemporary Arts (MI), and Woodland Pattern Book Center (WI).

A proud member of the Dusie Kollektiv, she is the author of the Dusie
chapbook Evacuated: Disembodying Katrina. Walking Poem, a collaborative
street project, is featured online at How2. Her poems are widely published
in anthologies and journals, like A Sing Economy (Flim Forum Press), Come
Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press), Not A Muse (Haven Books), The
City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab Books),
Bird Dog, Cannot Exist, Delirious Hem, MoonLit, Otoliths, and Womb. She is
the Community Aesthetician for Les Figues Press at Give A Fig.

In Chicago, Jennifer teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman
College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the public schools. She
earned her BA in the Poetics Program at the University of Buffalo and MFA
in the Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Past
grants and residencies were funded by the Chicago Department of Cultural
Affairs, the Djerassi Program, the Joseph Kellman Family Foundation, the
Poetry Center of Chicago, Poets & Writers, Rochester Community Savings
Bank, Summer Literary Seminars, and the Synapses Foundation.


To buy thru the mail,
send a check for $20 to:

Flim Forum Press
418 Brown Street, #17
Iowa City, IA 52245

To buy online:

To query:
klane at flimforum dot com

Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards

Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Ave
Sunday, April 25, at 2 p.m.
Community Meeting Room at the Main Library

The Thirty-second Annual Evanston Public Library Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards will be presented in the Evanston Public Library Community Meeting Room on Sunday, April 25, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will feature the winning poems and a poetry reading by this year's competition judge, Bobbi Katz.

The Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Awards is a competition open to all adult and high school age Chicago area poets. There is also an elementary and middle school category open to Evanston elementary and middle school students. The awards are funded by an endowment to the library in memory of Jo-Anne Hirshfield, who found pleasure and delight in poetry.

For a list of winners, see here..

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Book Launch: Joshua Marie Wilkinson & Tim Rutili
Saturday, April 24, 7pm
213 N. Morgan, #3C

Sidebrow Books and Ebersmoore Gallery invite you to a launch celebration of Joshua Marie Wilkinson’s Selenography, featuring full-color Polaroids by Califone’s Tim Rutili.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 24, at 7pm, in conjunction with Alexis Anne Mackenzie’s exhibition at Ebersmoore Gallery in Chicago. Alexis’ collages are featured alongside Sandy Florian’s poetry in On Wonderland & Waste, also recently released by Sidebrow Books.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson’s Selenography finds words in want of their own life to chart an adumbrated landscape, “a good song played // too patchily / to keep / in your lungs.” Side by side with 48 full-color Polaroids taken by Tim Rutili over the past 20 years touring with his various rock bands, these poems traverse thought and image, object and vestige, contingency and intention, likening the haunted drift through this sounding of words to a river, “easy incomplete but it / took us / like twigs.”

For more information about Selenography, including a preview, see:

The Revolving Door: Carina Farrero & Erin Teegarden

The Revolving Door —A monthly series of poetry & cultural musings

@ Red Kiva, 1108 W. Randolph / Open mic 7:30PM / Features 8PM

Wednesday, April 21

Carina Gia Farrero, writer and interdisciplinary performer, received her MFAW from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently teaching at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. She was a co-founder of the performance company The Turnbuckles and of the poetry collective Poetry for the People, and she has toured nationally with Sister Spit. One of her plays was produced as part of the PAC festival in Chicago. Some of her poems were most recently published or are forthcoming in Verse Daily, Arsenic Lobster, and The Encyclopedia Project. In 2008, two of her poems were nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Erin Teegarden is a poet, teacher and community arts organizer. She teaches Literature at Columbia College Chicago, manages the online writing lab at American Intercontinental University Online, and works as an artist-in-residence at Children’s Memorial Hospital where she teaches poetry to patients as part of the Snow City Arts Foundation. She is the founder and co-organizer of the grass-roots, bad-ass monthly reading /performance series, rec room. She received an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003 and is the founder and former managing editor of Pitt's first online literary journal. She has received the Associated Writing Programs' "Intro Journals Award," and has been a Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards finalist and judge. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Another Chicago Magazine, pms (poemmemoirstory), preling, nanomajority, Conte Online, wunderkammer, Lorraine and James, the Bellingham Review, Eye-Rhyme, Sunspinner, Liberty Hill Poetry Review, and Pittsburgh's City Paper, among others.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mark Strand at University of Chicago

Wed., April 21, 4:30 p.m.
Room 110
University of Chicago Classics Hall
1010 E. 59th St.

Mark Strand was born on Canada's Prince Edward Island on April 11, 1934. He received a B.A. degree from Antioch College in Ohio in 1957 and attended Yale University, where he was awarded the Cook prize and the Bergin prize. After receiving his B.F.A. degree in 1959, Strand spent a year studying at the University of Florence on a Fulbright fellowship. In 1962 he received his M.A. degree from the University of Iowa.

He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Man and Camel (Knopf, 2006); Blizzard of One (1998), which won the Pulitzer Prize; Dark Harbor (1993); The Continuous Life (1990); Selected Poems (1980); The Story of Our Lives (1973); and Reasons for Moving (1968).

He has also published two books of prose, several volumes of translation (of works by Rafael Alberti and Carlos Drummond de Andrade, among others), several monographs on contemporary artists, and three books for children. He has edited a number of volumes, including 100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century (W. W. Norton, 2005), The Golden Ecco Anthology (1994), The Best American Poetry 1991, and Another Republic: 17 European and South American Writers (with Charles Simic, 1976).

His honors include the Bollingen Prize, three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the 1974 Edgar Allen Poe Prize from The Academy of American Poets, and a Rockefeller Foundation award, as well as fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the MacArthur Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation.

He has served as Poet Laureate of the United States and is a former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. He currently teaches English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York.

The Book Cellar Celebrates National Poetry Month

Wed., April 21, 7 p.m.
The Book Cellar
4736 N Lincoln

In honor of National poetry month, this April we welcome local poets: Aaron Flanagan, Chris Green, Cin Salach, Michael Robins, Tommy Anthony, and James Shea.

Every month we feature a variety of Chicago area writers with books covering a range of tastes and flavors that reflect the multifaceted, multicultural, multiple choice city we live in and love.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Wednesday at Myopic Books:

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

Myopic Books in Chicago — All readings begin at 7:00 / 1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor

Contact curator Larry Sawyer for booking information and requests.

This WEDNESDAY at Myopic Books:

Wednesday, April 21 – Jerome Rothenberg

Jerome ROTHENBERG is the author of over seventy books of poetry including Poems for the Game of Silence, Poland/1931, A Seneca Journal, Vienna Blood, That Dada Strain, New Selected Poems 1970-1985, Khurbn, and most recently, A Paradise of Poets and A Book of Witness (all from New Directions). Describing his poetry career as "an ongoing attempt to reinterpret the poetic past from the point of view of the present," he has also edited seven major assemblages of traditional and contemporary poetry: Technicians of the Sacred (tribal and oral poetry from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania), Shaking the Pumpkin (traditional American Indian poetry), America a Prophecy (a radical revision of the poetries of the North American continent co-edited with George Quasha), Revolution of the Word (American experimental poetry between the two world wars), A Big Jewish Book (subtitled "Poems & Other Visions of the Jews from Tribal Times to the Present"), and Poems for the Millennium (two volumes, co-edited with Pierre Joris). He has also been involved, since the late 1950s, with various aspects of poetry performance, including two radio soundplays written and performed for Westdeuttscher Rundfunk (Cologne), the last of which ("That Dada Strain" / "Der Dada Ton") was staged in 1985 and 1987 in collaboration with bassist Bertram Turetzky and director Luke Theodore Morrison in California and New York. A theatrical version of his book, Poland/1931, by Hanon Reznikov and the Living Theater, appeared on the NewYork stage in April 1988, and a version of Khurbn (in collaboration with composer Charlie Morrow and Japanese novelist Makoto Oda) was produced by the Bread & Puppet Theater in 1995. Rothenberg was the editor/publisher of Hawk's Well Press in the early 1960s and of four poetry magazines since then: Poems from the Floating World, some/thing (with David Antin), Alcheringa: Ethnopoetics ("a first magazine of the world's tribal poetries"), and New Wilderness Letter (a magazine of poetics across the spectrum of the arts). In 1968 he received a Wenner-Gren Foundation grant-in-aid for the experimental translation of American Indian poetry, and he has also been an active translator from German, with works including New Young German Poets (City Lights, 1959), the Broadway version of Rolf Hochhuth's play "The Deputy" (1964), and books of poetry by Eugen Gomringer, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, and Kurt Schwitters. His own selected poetry, Poems for the Game of Silence, has appeared in French, Swedish and Flemish editions, and he has been translated extensively into French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Serbian, Polish, Japanese, Lithuanian, Chinese, and Finnish.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Columbia Poetry Review

Columbia Poetry Review no. 23
Release Party & Reading
*with special guest Zachary Schomburg*

Thursday, April 29
Ferguson Hall
600 South Michigan, 1st Floor

Headlined by poet Zachary Schomburg, contributors to the 23rd issue of Columbia Poetry Review,
the English Department’s student-edited poetry magazine, read their work.

Sponsored by
the English Department
of Columbia College Chicago

ZACHARY SCHOMBURG is the author of The Man Suit (Black Ocean 2007), Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean 2009) and several small press chapbooks including three collaborations with Emily Kendal Frey: OK Goodnight (Future Tense 2010), Feelings Using Wolves (Small Fires Press 2010), and Team Sad (Cinematheque Press 2010). His translations of Andrei Sen-Senkov have been published in The Agricultural Reader, Circumference, Harp & Altar, Mantis, Aufgabe, and others. He co-edits Octopus Books and Octopus Magazine. He lives in Portland where he teaches at Portland Community College and Portland State University.

This event is free and open to the public; for more information, call 312-369-8139. If interested in purchasing copies of the journal while at the event, please have cash on hand.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Palabra Pura Presents: Gabriela Jauregui and Miguel López Lemus

Palabra Pura Presents: Gabriela Jauregui and Miguel López Lemus

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Time: 7:30
Cost: Free admission, all ages
Location: Decima Musa, 1901 S. Loomis Ave., Chicago

Gabriela Jauregui, born in Mexico City in 1979) is the author of Controlled Decay (Akashic Books/Black Goat Press, 2008. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside and an MA in Comparative Literature from UC Irvine. Her translations, critical and creative work have been published in journals and anthologies in the US, Mexico, and Europe, including most recently in New American Writing, Mandorla, Drunken Boat, Hayden's Ferry, The Aesthetics of Risk (JRP Ringier, 2008), Lenguaraz, Revista Picnic and Eje Central, amongst others. She is a member of the sur+ press, a publishing collective in Mexico, and editor of Revista Animal in Mexico City. Gabriela is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at USC and a Soros Fellow. She lives and works in Los Angeles and Mexico City.

Miguel López Lemus says,“I grew up in Mexico City's largest photo studio, "Oleo Photo." I started working in the darkroom when I was 7; we did all the photocoloring by hand with oil colors for all the other major studios. My father was the famous "Goyito" a friend of Frida and Diego. I started my own theatre company at the age of twelve and I have been acting and directing ever since. I have directed over 70 plays. I create sculptures in marble, alabaster, wood, steel and other materials. I am a printmaker. I have always been a photographer. I am a poet.” His awards include: Center for New Television, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Illinois Humanities Council, Randolph Street Gallery, and National Endowment for the Arts.

A short Open Mic will begin the evening.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Holiday Club Reading Series: A Night of Poetry and Fiction

Holiday Club
4000 N. Sheridan Rd.

Holiday Club Reading Series: A Night of Poetry and Fiction
Fri., April 23, 7:30 p.m.

Fast Geek Press and The Holiday Club Present The Holiday Club Reading Series: An Evening of Poetry and Fiction Friday April 23 @ 7.30pm. Free. 21 plus. Featuring: John Franklin Dandridge Brian Polk (Denver) Rik Villanueva Krystle Ratticus Chris Grillier Charly "the city mouse" Fasano Colleen McKee (St Louis)

Light Quarterly: An Evening of Light Verse

Light Quarterly
An Evening of Light Verse
Fri., April 23, 7:30 p.m.
Molly Malones
7652 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL

Love to laugh? So do we. Join us at Molly Malone's Irish Pub in Forest Park for an evening of entertaining light verse, read aloud for your enjoyment. Admission is free and you can partake of food and drink while you giggle, chuckle and guffaw. Spread the word about this event to your friends, family members and coworkers! Hope to see you there.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Book Cellar Poetry Night

Start time: Thursday, April 15, 2010 At 07:00 pm
The Book Cellar
4736 N Lincoln

Join us for a night of poetry! The readers are:

Kathleen Rooney, poet, essayist, author of Live Nude Girl and the book of essays For You, For You, I am Trilling these Songs

Kate Dougherty's writing is published or forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review; Court Green; Action, Yes; and If Poetry Journal.

Robert McDonald's writing has appeared in Publishers Weekly, Stagebill, and the Chicago Reader, along with several very highbrow-type literary journals.

Richard Fox has contributed work to many literary journals. In 2000, he was the recipient of a full fellowship for poetry from the Illinois Arts Council. Swagger & Remorse, his first book of poetry, was published in December, 2007

Laura Van Prooyen’s poems have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Cimarron Review, and 32 Poems among others. Her first book of poetry, Inkblot and Altar, is forthcoming from Pecan Grove Press.

Assembly Reading

The English Department
of Columbia College Chicago

Steven & Maja Teref
Wednesday, April 21
Graduate Lounge
33 East Congress, Room 404

Steven & Maja Teref will read from their book, Assembly, a bilingual poetry collection from Serbian poet Novica Tadić. In addition, the event will include audio and video recordings of Tadić as well as selected translations from Steven & Maja’s latest work.

Copies of Assembly will be available for sale (cash only).

STEVEN TEREF, originally from Somerville, MA, teaches literature and writing at Columbia College Chicago. He received his M.F.A. in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago and his B.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he also studied Serbo-Croatian under the tutelage of Serbian linguist Biljana Šljivić-Šimšić. His own poems have appeared in Court Green, Black Clock, Apocryphal Text and elsewhere. He is the Technology Chair of IL TESOL (Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).

MAJA TEREF, originally from Belgrade, Serbia, worked as a translator, newscaster, and DJ in the English Department at Radio Yugoslavia in the early 1990’s. Her B. A. is in English Studies from Belgrade University, and her M.A. is in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She teaches in Chicago and is the 2009-10 President of IL TESOL (Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).

NOVICA TADIĆ was born in Smriječno, a small Montenegrin village, in 1949 and lives in Zemun, Serbia. Until 2007, he was the editor-in-chief for the literary publisher Rad, where he worked for 38 years. A renowned Serbian poet and a member of the Serbian Literary Society, he has published sixteen books of poetry, in addition to many selected works. His most recent collection is Devil’s Companion (2008). His poetry has been represented in many poetry anthologies from Serbia and around the world. Collections of his work have been translated into numerous languages, namely English and French.

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

Ed Roberson @ Columbia College

Spring 2010

Sponsored by
the English Department
of Columbia College Chicago

Ed Roberson
Wednesday, April 14
Hokin Hall
623 South Wabash, Room 109

ED ROBERSON (b.1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is author of eight books of poetry. His most recent book, The New Wing of the Labyrinth, was published by Singing Horse Press in 2009. City Eclogue was published spring 2006, Number 23 in the Atelos series. His collection, Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In, was a winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize; his book Atmosphere Conditions was a winner of the National Poetry Series and was nominated for the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Award. He is a recipient of the Lila Wallace Writers’ Award and the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award. His next book, To See the Earth Before the End of the World, is due out from Wesleyan University Press in the fall of 2010. Retired from Rutgers University, Ed Roberson currently lives in Chicago where he taught classes and workshops as Visiting Professor at Columbia College Chicago, 2004-7. He has been Visiting Artist in the Center for the Writing Arts at Northwestern University, 2007, taught in the Poetry and Poetics Program as Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago, 2008. He is currently Artist in Residence at Northwestern University teaching in the English Department, Creative Writing Program.

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

Friday, April 9, 2010

Broadsides for Poets

Broadsides for Poets
with Sarah Vogel

Saturdays, May 22 & 29
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$180 +$25.00 materials fee

If you've been yearning to transform your poetry into posters, we have the class for you! In Broadsides for Poets, you will create a two-color 11 x 17 inch broadside featuring a poem of your choosing (or writing) paired with images from the studio's collection of old-fashioned cuts and linoleum blocks. In addition to exploring the basics of broadside layout, you will be setting metal & wood type, using photopolymer plates, mixing ink and printing on the studio's Vandercook proof presses. No previous experience is necessary.

Thanks again for your consideration.

Eileen Madden
Evanston Print & Paper Shop
1125 Florence Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60202

Chicago Public Library Poetry Fest 2010

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Chicago Public Library! Join us Saturday, April 24th, 2010 for the 11th annual Poetry Fest, a free festival of poetry readings, workshops, performances and discussions, all under one roof.

Poetry and Revision: Poetry Workshop with Margie Skelly
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center
Multi-Purpose A

When, if ever, is a poem finished? What do magazines look for in the poems they publish and how can you revise your work to meet the criteria? Is a poem “finished” once it has been published? In this workshop, Skelly will share the first draft of a poem and then explore the processes involved in revising it for publication. Participants will spend time reworking their own poetry. At the end of class, participants will have an opportunity to read their poetry to the group and Skelly will share one of her own “finished” poems. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a poem they would like to revise to the workshop.

Margie Skelly's poem "Encomium for a Sestina" won first place for the Jo-Anne Hirshfield Poetry Memorial Awards in April 2009, and "Taize Prayer" won second place in the Niles Public Library Poetry Contest in May 2009. She is currently sending out her poetry book, Just a Lift of the Wing Away, for possible publication.

Are YOU Listening?: Poetry Reading featuring Brother Mike and iRemix Spoken Word
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center
Video Theatre

The iRemix Spoken Word group from YOUmedia will perform poetry by their favorite poets and original works inspired by those poets. Students will preview The Digital Choreopoem (3-5 minute poetry music videos).

Poetry Off the Shelf: Cornelius Eady
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center

Common themes in Cornelius Eady’s poetry include jazz and the blues, family life, violence, and societal problems stemming from questions of race and class. His many honors include the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets for Victims of the Latest Dance Craze (1985), grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Fund. The Gathering of My Name (1991) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Brutal Imagination (2001) was a National Book Award finalist. In 1996, Eady and poet Toi Derricote founded Cave Canem, a nonprofit organization that supports emerging African-American poets. At present he is associate professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame. Co-sponsored with the Poetry Foundation

RHINO Reading: Poetry Reading featuring the Poets of RHINO Magazine
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center
Lower Level Reception Hall

RHINO is an annual journal featuring excellent new writing that is quirky, fresh, sometimes astounding and always engaging. Based in Evanston, RHINO has been publishing poetry, flash fiction, and translations for more than 30 years. RHINO editors will read from their brand-new 2010 issue, with a special focus on Illinois writers. Please come and see why Literary Magazine Review calls RHINO “A testament to the imagination…an annual that anyone interested in American poetry should attend to.”

A Glass Darkly: Combining Poetry and Film in the Internet Age
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center
Video Theatre

A screening and discussion of short films by contemporary poets experimenting with the digital combination of word and image. Movie-poems selected by Nathan Slawson (editor, Dear Camera online magazine) and Carrie Olivia Adams (poet, filmmaker) will be screened, including works by Adams, Zachary Schomburg, Kate Greenstreet, and others.

Poetry Cram: Open Mic Hosted by C.J. Laity
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center
Lower Level Reception Hall

Discover new voices, share new work, and see diverse Chicago poetry styles on display. The Poetry Cram is an open mic event where every attempt will be made to “cram” as many poets into one performance as possible. Published poets from several local presses and representatives from local poetry organizations will also read their works.

Advance registration is recommended at the exhibitor table in the Grand Lobby, where you can also pick up a free Cram chapbook, or in the Lower Level Reception Hall before the start of the program. Each poet will be allowed to read for three minutes or less.

C.J. Laity is the publisher of and has organized, hosted and been featured at various literary events in Chicago over the last two decades, including events for the 2009 AWP Conference, the City of Chicago Blues Festival and the 2009 Printers’ Ball.

Poetry Wheel: Demonstration & Open Mic
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Harold Washington Library Center
Multipurpose Room A

The Poetry Wheel combines collaboration and spontaneity as poets make larger connections between shared poetry. Following a kickoff poem, the Wheel progresses as successive readers spin off with their own poem related by image, theme, subject or form. After a demonstration by Poets’ Club members, audience members will have the opportunity to join the Wheel by connecting their poems to those of the Club and each other.

Since 1937, the Poets’ Club of Chicago has played many roles on the Chicago poetry scene. It functions as a critique group for its members, who have published dozens of books from a variety of publishers, and have won many contests. Over the years, the Club has also produced several anthologies, established the Poets and Patrons workshops and ChicagoLand Contest, and sponsored the annual Helen Schaible Sonnet Contest.

Celebrating African Women Writers

Celebrating African Women Writers
April 13, 2010. 5:30pm reception. 6:30pm program.
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Avenue, 8th Floor.

The Institute proudly co-presents this Chicago program, Celebrating African Women Writers, in collaboration with the Department of Theatre and Center for African Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as part of their inaugural Writers from Africa & the Diaspora Festival in Urbana-Champaign. This panel discussion will feature visiting poets, playwrights, activists, artists and cultural workers including: Hope Azeda (Rwanda); Amandina Lihamba (Tanzania); Mshai Mwangola (Kenya); Malika Lueen Ndlovu (South Africa); and Chantal Synman (South Africa). The program will be moderated by Cheryl Lynn Bruce, award-winning actor and director and Institute Fellow.

For more information about the "Writers from Africa & the Diaspora Festival" in Urbana-Champaign visit:

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Poetry Off the Shelf: Cave Canem Fellows

Tuesday, April 13, 6:00 PM
Jazz Showcase
806 South Plymouth Court
Dearborn Station
Free admission

Poetry Off the Shelf: Cave Canem Fellows Indigo Moor, Roger Bonair-Agard, and Kelly Norman Ellis

Indigo Moor’s second collection, Through the Stonecutter’s Window, is the inaugural winner of the Cave Canem–Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize. It is a sustained and impressive dialogue with the visual arts, history, the natural world, and the poet’s dreams and nightmares. Always in motion, Moor’s polyrhythmic lines are choreographed to make sense of all that is most elusive in meaning: music, violence, love, anger, and desire. His first book of poetry, Tap-Root, was published in 2006 as part of the Main Street Rags Editors Select Poetry Series. He is a Cave Canem fellow and a graduate member of the Artists Residency Institute for Teaching Artists.

Roger Bonair-Agard, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, is a Cave Canem fellow and the co-founder and artistic director of the LouderARTS Project. His most recent collection of poetry is GULLY (Cypher Books/Peepal Tree Press, 2010).

Kelly Norman Ellis is an associate professor of English at Chicago State University. A recipient of a Kentucky Foundation for Women writer’s grant, she is a Cave Canem fellow and a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets.

Co-sponsored by The Poetry Foundation, Cave Canem and Northwestern University Press

Poem Present: AE Stallings

Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 4:30 – 6pm
University of Chicago, Classics 110
Building/Room Classics 110
1010 E. 59th Street

A. E. (Alicia) Stallings studied classics in Athens, Georgia and has lived since 1999 in Athens, Greece. She has published two books of poetry, Archaic Smile (1999), which won the Richard Wilbur Award, and Hapax (2000). Her new verse translation of Lucretius (in rhyming fourteeners!), The Nature of Things, is being published by Penguin Classics. She lives with her husband, John Psaropoulos, editor of the Athens News, and their small argonaut, Jason. She has a web site at

Note This event is free and open to the public.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Gerber Hart Library

When: Thu., April 8, 7 p.m.
Gerber/Hart Library
1127 West Granville Avenue

National Poetry Month Readings

Gerber/Hart celebrates National Poetry Month in April with readings by local poets. On Thursday, April 8, at 7 pm, Gerber/Hart will host a women's poetry reading with E. Nina Jay, Nikki Patin, Sharmili Majmudar, Marty McConnell, and Barrie Cole. A men's poetry reading is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14 at 7 pm. Poets scheduled to read are Richard Fox, Adam Hart, Gregg Shapiro, Robert MacDonald, Kurt Heintz, and Joe Eldridge.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Northeastern Spring Literary Bash

Monday, Apr 19
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Golden Eagles Room, Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.

The Department of English Presents
Please join us for FOOD, FRIENDS and FINESSE

The First English Department Literary Spring Bash

The evening will feature readings from your beloved NEIU English Department professors, alumni and graduate students

Poetry, Prose, Musical Intermezzo, Anecdotes, Philosophical Musings

Readers include:

Debra Bruce
Michelle Steil
Olivia Cronk
Jen Besemer
Elizabeth Marino
J.J. Tindal
Larry Dean
Harry White
Ryan Poll

Bring your poems. OPEN MIC follows the slated readers.
For more information contact Chi:

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Rec Room Series

8:00pm - 11:00pm
Black Rock Bar
3614 N. Damen

Mark of the Beast
curated by rec room inner circle

April 7 2010, rec room celebrates its 6!6!6! year of life. The Bible tells us "There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name." Are you having trouble sleeping? Have you been touched by a demon? Did you recently slay a dragon? Think you’re gonna make it to heaven? In honor of our sixth birthday, we invite rec roomers, saintly and damned, to share tales, lyrics, etc. that grapple with good and evil.

With performances by:

Ellen Wadey
Allison Gruber
Erin Teegarden
Krista Franklin
Eric Elshtain
Matthias Regan
Carina Farerro
Louie Holwerk
Jacob Saenz

with contributions from:
Nicolette Bond
Idris Goodwin