Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gizzi, Clifford, and Mukherjee

Poetry Reading. Wednesday, July 7
Series A
Series A reading series is dedicated to showcasing experimental writing in the US and the Midwest through readings, discussion and performance. Organized by Indiana University Northwest faculty member William Allegrezza, this series brings exciting writers to the Art Center to share their work. On July 7th from 7 to 8pm, writers Peter Gizzi, Pat Clifford, and Aryanil Mukherjee will share their work. This event is free at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago. For more information call (773) 324-5520 or visit

Monday, June 28, 2010

Rush Hour Concert Series w/ Mary Ann Hoberman

Tuesday, July 13, 5:45 PM

Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (“Scenes from Childhood”) with Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman and Pianist Kuang-Hao Huang
Rush Hour Concert Series
St. James Cathedral
65 East Huron Street
Free admission

A performance featuring Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman, accompanied by acclaimed pianist Kuang-Hao Huang in a program combining poetry and music.

Mary Ann Hoberman is the author of over 40 children’s books and has won the National Book Award, the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, a Society of School Librarians International Best Book award, and a National Parenting Publications Awards gold medal, among other accolades.

Kuang-Hao Huang is a pianist and teacher. As a soloist, he has performed with the New World Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and has been heard on Chicago’s WFMT-FM. Huang serves on the adjunct faculties of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Concordia University Chicago and the Merit School of Music.

W4tB presents First Friday Classic Poetry Showcase with the Poets Club of Chicago

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Orange Alert Reading Series

When: Sun., June 27, 6 p.m.
2421 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647-2627

Orange Alert Press presents readings by John Cotter, Martin Seay, Kathleen Rooney (For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs), and Stephen Markley (Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold and Published This Very Book). 21+.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tomorrow Night!

Greetings Switchback Friends!

This Thursday, June 24th, the women of Switchback will be slinging drinks at Irish Eyes Pub at 2519 N Lincoln Ave in Chicago.

All tips will benefit Switchback Books which is now, we are happy to announce, a 501(c )(3) nonprofit press!

Starting at 7:30 PM, not only will the ladies be tending bar, but they will also be offering custom erasure poems on demand, a coin-operated poetry machine, and completely unprofessional tarot readings.

There is no cover charge and Irish Eyes offers a wide range of $2.50 domestic bottles and more.

Please come support Switchback and bring all of your friends!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Poetry From Nicole Wilson, Kate Dougherty, and Patrick Culliton

1854 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Tuesday, Jul 6
7:00 pm

Nicole Wilson is the Assistant Programs Director of Poetry and Literature at Columbia College Chicago. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Coconut, Fifth Wednesday, RealPoetik, pacificREVIEW, Rabbit Light Movies, and Another Chicago Magazine, among others.

Kate Dougherty’s e-chapbook, We Trundle We Ignite, is forthcoming from Scantily Clad Press. More poems are published or forthcoming in The Carolina Quarterly, Cannibal, SIR! Magazine, Used Cat, and Action Yes. Kate holds an M.F.A. from Columbia College Chicago, where she served as editorial assistant on Court Green.

Patrick Culliton’s chapbook Hornet Homily is available from Octopus Books. Recent work has appeared, or will soon, in Another Chicago Magazine, Beeswax, Conduit, Eleven Eleven and elsewhere. He teaches at UIC and Loyola.
For more info:

Friday, June 18, 2010

Emergence of the Hunter/Gatherer Society: A Night of Poetry and Punk Rock

Emergence of the Hunter/Gatherer Society: A Night of Poetry and Punk Rock
Tue., June 22, 9 p.m.
Late Bar
3534 W. Belmont Ave.

A brand new night of poetry and spoken word followed by a full night of punk rock gems!!! On June 22nd we will feature Rik Villenueva, Charly Fasano, John Franklin Dandridge, Gint Aras and more. 21+, sorry kiddies. No cover, but donations will be accepted at the door. Donations accepted

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tonight at Open Books

Open Books
213 West Institute Place
Chicago, IL

featherproof books and Open Books are pleased to present some of our favorite writers in an evening of awesomeness.

AMY MCDANIEL contributes to HTMLGiant, and her work has been or will be in Tin House, The Agriculture Reader, and PANK. She is the author of a new chapbook, Selected Adult Lessons (Agnes Fox Press).

JAMIE KAZAY was born in Hollywood and grew-up in Pasadena, California. She writes poetry and curates the Revolving Door Reading Series. She holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from California State University, Northridge and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College, where she teaches writing. Her chapbook, Small Hollering, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press in 2011.

DAVE SNYDER is the rooftop farm coordinator at Uncommon Ground in Edgewater Chicago. He is founder and president of the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP) which aims to bring orchards specializing in rare and endangered fruit to Chicago. As a poet, Dave is a recipient of the Iowa Review Award in Poetry and his work has appeared in Sentence, the Denver Quarterly, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere.

MARY HAMILTON is a writer, teacher, and optician living in Chicago. She is the co-founder and co-hostess of the QUICKIES! reading series. Her chapbook, We Know What We Are, is forthcoming from Rose Metal Press.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic

Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award

Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Time: 7:00PM
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for students, free for children under 12. (Note: some poems may have adult content.)
Location: Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division Street, Chicago

The Guild Complex is proud to present the 17th annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. Curators will select 20 semi-finalists from open submissions. Those 20 poets will perform their work in front of a live audence. This special event showcases emerging performance poets in an exciting audience-involved competition for a $500 prize.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Paramanu Pentaquark #3 Launch Party / Gothic Funk Party #24

Please join us for the launch of Issue #3 of the Paramanu Pentaquark: A Gothic Funk Journal.

Saturday, June 19th
Pre-Launch Explorations at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., 1 PM
Launch Party at 2620 W. Washington Blvd. (dial 002 from the entrance on Talman and take elevator to roof on 7), 3 PM
Afterparty at Johnny’s IceHouse West (hockey rink and bar), 7 PM

$10 admission includes a CD-ROM copy of Issue #3, grilled lunch, picnic fare, and drinks.
An additional $5 includes a CD-ROM copy of Issue #1 or #2 while supplies last.
Please RSVP (meat or vegan).

This issue will feature the work of Elisabeth Blair, Keith Cagney, Erin Coleman-Cruz, Betsy Curtis, Caroline Elbaor, Thad Higa, Arlene Malinowski, Cecil McDonald, Dion Mindykowski, Uhuru Phalafala, Wade Redfearn, Marcy Sheldon, and Rachel Theofanis.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Revolving Door Reading Series

Join us for another great night at Revolving Door!
(@ Red Kiva-1108 W. Randolph)

Wednesday, 16 June

Ekphrastic Poetry from:

Michael Bernstein (art provided by Derick Burleson)

Ryan Collins (art provided by Ray Pride)

Dan Godston (art provided by Derick Burleson)

Shelley Nation-Watson (art provided by Janne Laurencelle)

Monadnoc Soria (art provided by Ben Foch)

Featuring: Michael Bernstein

Michael Bernstein is the author of the chapbooks cinderbook (Gold Wake Press, 2009), the rot to light (Gold Wake Press, 2010), 8s (Scantily Clad Press, forthcoming 2010), imaginary grace (Recycled Karma Press, forthcoming 2010) from “a heap of swords and mirrors” (Bedouin Books, forthcoming 2010), the transit illuminate (mudluscious press, forthcoming 2010), nanostars (greying ghost press, forthcoming 2010), and the Fire District (Differentia Press, forthcoming 2010). His poems have appeared in magazines such as Puppy Flowers, milk, Moria, BlazeVOX, and New American Writing. He currently co-edits the online literary arts magazine Pinstripe Fedora. Michael lives and writes in Wisconsin.

Open Mic Fun @ 7:30PM

Ekphrastic Poetry & Feature @ 8:00PM


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June 12 & 13: Reading Experiment @ P. Row Lit Fest

"Reading Experiment in Progress"
an interactive performance by Jennifer Karmin

at the Printers Row Lit Fest
on Dearborn Street
between Congress and Polk

Saturday, June 12
1:45-3pm at the Arts & Poetry Stage
4-5pm roving the book fair

Sunday, June 13
10am-12pm at the Northwestern University table
2-3pm roving the book fair

published by Flim Forum Press
travelogue in 11 cantos
scored for polyvocal improvisation

To buy online, read some early reviews & find performance dates:

Palabra Pura Series: Luis Alberto Ambroggio & Frank Varela

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Time: Reading begins at 7:30PM
Cost: Free admission, all ages
Location: Decima Musa, 1901 S. Loomis Ave., Chicago
A short Open Mic will begin the evening.

American, born in Córdoba, Argentina, Luis Alberto Ambroggio, member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language, resides in the Washington Metropolitan area since 1967. Winner of the 2004 Spanish TV Award for poems on Solitute and other distinctions, Ambroggio’s latest books of poetry, Laberintos de Humo (Tierra Firme, Buenos Aires, 2005) and El testigo se desnuda (Puerta de Alcala, 2002) has been widely praised in reviews in Europe, U.S. and Latin America. He is the author of nine collections of poetry published in Spain, Argentina and the US. His poetry has appeared in anthologies including DC Poets Against the War, Red Hot Salsa, Tigertail, Poetic Voices Without Boundaries and Cool Salsa , a collection described by Publishers Weekly as hot as jalapeños and as cool as jazz, that serves up “inglés con Chili” and Spanish that “you feel in the blood of your soul." His poems have also appeared in magazines such as Passport (University of Arkansas), Scholastic, International Poetry Review (UNC), Hispanic Culture Review and others. Some of his poems are included in Textbooks of Literature such as Pasajes and Bridges to Literature. Ambroggio’s poetry has been selected for the Archives of Hispanic-American Literature of the Library of Congress.

Brooklyn–born poet Frank Varela is the author of three previous books of poetry—Serpent Underfoot, Bitter Coffee, and Caleb’s Exile. The Riverside Publishing Company and Arte Publico Press have published his children’s stories. His poetry has appeared in The Hispanic Culture Review, Hostos Review, Revista Chicano–Riqueña, Another Magazine, Apocalypse, The Floating Borderlands, Dialogo, U.S. Latino Literature Today, Tía Chucha Press, Centro Journal, The Americas Review,,, The Bilingual Review, Chiricú, and Puerto Del Sol.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dannys Reading Series

Danny's Tavern Reading Series
Wed., June 9, 7:30 p.m.
1951 W. Dickens Ave.

The featured poets are John Beer (The Waste Land and Other Poems) and Suzanne Buffam (The Irrationalist). 21+.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Printer Row Lit Fest

When:June 12 : 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
June 13 : 10 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Dearborn Street between Harrison and Polk

The annual celebration of the written word, billed as the largest free literary event in the Midwest, features new, used, antiquarian and specialty books for sale, author readings and signings, panel discussions, live music, storytelling for kids and more.

Participating authors include Susan Brackney, Wilfredo Cruz, Scott Christianson, Luis Alberto Urrea, Elizabeth Berg, Jennifer Egan, Sebastian Junger, Justin Cronin, Audrey Niffenegger, Colson Whitehead, Charles Pierce and more.

Also features cooking demonstrations by local chefs including Rick Tramonto (Tru), Joshua Linton (Aja) and Stephen Wambach (Epic).

Events also take place at the Harold Washington Library Center.

for a complete schedule, go here.

Arts & Poetry Stage


10 a.m. Neighborhood Writing Alliance

10:45 a.m. Poetry reading with James Shea, author of "Star in the Eye"

11:30 a.m. Guild Literary Complex

12:45 p.m. Poetry reading with Lorraine Schechter author of "Seasons of Yes"
Presented by The Poetry Foundation

1:30 p.m. Poetry Reading: Reginald Gibbons, author of "Slow Trains Overhead"

2 p.m. Chicago's Multicultural Publishing Pioneers:
Fernando Diaz, Moira Pujols, Martin Riker and Don Share moderated by Danielle Chapman

3 p.m. Poetry reading with Tony Trigilio, author of "With the Memory, Which is Enormous

3:30 p.m. Poetry Reading with Greg Hewett, author of "Darkacre"

4 p.m. "Spaces Between Us" Anthology release presented by Third World Press and the Gwendolyn Brooks Center of Chicago State University


10 a.m. TallGrass Writers Guild

11 a.m. NewTown Writers

Noon After Hours Press

1 p.m. EM Press

2:15 p.m. Poetry reading with Lightsey Darst, author of "Find the Girl"

3 p.m. Open Mic with Open Books

4 p.m. Chicago's SPEAK'EASY ENSEMBLE directed by Marc K. Smith

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Big Read*: Poets That Inspire Poets

The Big Read*: Poets That Inspire Poets
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 6:30pm
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Avenue

In partnership with the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, The Poetry Center presents an evening featuring Sharon Fain, the 2009 winner of the Tor House Poetry Prize, reading from the works of Robinson Jeffers and her own poetry. The annual Tor House Prize for Poetry is a living memorial to American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962).

Sharon Fain is the 2009 winner of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize. Her work has appeared in Nimrod, Poetry East, Spoon River Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Poetry Review and other publications. She is the author of "Telling the Story Another Way," which won the Pudding House Press Chapbook prize. Retired from the Counseling Department at City College of San Francisco, she now lives part of the year in Ghana.

Built from granite boulders gathered from the rocky shore of Carmel Bay and located on a windswept, barren promontory, Tor House was made by poet Robinson Jeffers as a home and refuge for himself and his family. It was in Tor House that Jeffers wrote all of his major poetical works. Today Tor House is home to the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation.

For more information about Tor House and Robinson Jeffers, visit

*The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. For more information visit the Big Read website.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ipsento Coffee

Thursday, June 10, 7pm
Ipsento Coffee, 2035 N. Western.

A reading with:

Sarah Tracey
Heather Moymer
Kevin Kilroy

Apparatus One-Year Anniversary

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Winston's Internet Cafe (in Andersonville)
Street: 5001 N. Clark
City/Town: Chicago, IL

A reading/benefit to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Apparatus Magazine, a monthly online literary journal publishing poetry and short fiction from around the world.

Admission is free. Donations are accepted, and raffle tickets will be available for various prizes throughout the evening.

A portion of all donations and raffle ticket sales will be donated to the Gerber/Hart Library in remembrance of former contributor Rane Arroyo.

Readers for the evening include:

* Amy David
* Charlotte Hart
* Christopher Gallinari
* Cynthia Gallaher
* Daniel Godston
* Divya Rajan
* Donna Vorreyer
* Ellen Placey Wadey
* Gregg Shapiro
* Jacob Saenz
* John Paul Davis
* Laura Dixon
* Mojdeh Stoakley
* Richard Fox
* Robert McDonald

Winston's Internet Cafe serves sandwiches, soups, pizza, teas and coffee/espresso drinks, all of which will be available for purchase during the show.

Hope you can all turn out to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Apparatus Magazine!

Take care,

Adam W. Hart


Apparatus Magazine

(ISSN 1947-2463)

Chicago, IL


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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Reginald Gibbons

Thu., June 3, 7:30 p.m.

Gibbons celebrates the release of his latest collection, Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories. With complimentary beer and appetizers.

Stop Smiling Storefront
1371 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown