Sunday, October 31, 2010

Red Rover Series / Experiment #41

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #41:
Approaches to What?

7pm / doors lock 7:30

Joel Lewis
Adrian Moens
Marthe Reed

at Outer Space Studio
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave
suggested donation $4

logistics --
near CTA Damen blue line
third floor walk up
not wheelchair accessible

JOEL LEWIS' most recent book is "Learning From New Jersey". He edited the selected talks of Ted Berrigan, the selected poems of lefty poet/anthologist Walter Lowenfels and an anthology of contemporary NJ poets. In addition to hundreds of reviews, essays and polemics, he dreamed up the now abolished NJ Poet Laureate position that was such a headache for Amiri Baraka. He is at work on a memoir about being a child of a Holocaust Survivor. He lives in Hoboken with his wife, film theorist Sandy Flitterman-Lewis.

ADRIAN MOENS is a multi-media artist and writer currently living in Chicago. Adrian has exhibited and performed work in the United States, most recently for the Electronic Literature Organization Conference at Brown University. The primary focus in much of his work is the extraction and transmutation of language from various linguistic and non linguistic sources.

MARTHE REED has published two books, Tender Box, A Wunderkammer (Lavender Ink) and Gaze (Black Radish Books), as well as two chapbooks, (em)bodied bliss and zaum alliterations, both part of the Dusie Kollektiv Series. Her poetry has appeared in New American Writing, Golden Handcuffs Review, New Orleans Review, HOW2, MiPoesias, and Exquisite Corpse, among others, and is forthcoming from Ekleksographia and Fairy Tale Review. Her manuscript, an earth of sweetness dances in the vein, was a finalist in Ahsahta Press’ 2006 Sawtooth Poetry Contest. She edits Nous-zot Press, and directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

RED ROVER SERIES is curated by Laura Goldstein 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.

December 4 - Vanessa Place

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Myopic Poetry Series

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 SATURDAY at Myopic Books:


Saturday, October 30 – Carol Novack & Anthony Madrid

Anthony MADRID lives in Logan Square. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI Online, Boston Review, Iowa Review, LIT, Poetry, and WEB CONJUNCTIONS. His manuscript is called THE 580 STROPHES.

Carol NOVACK's writings may be found in numerous anthologies and journals, including MILK. She's the publisher of Mad Hatters’ Review and an erstwhile grant recipient and criminal/constitutional attorney in NYC. Carol immigrated to a mountain ridge in Asheville in May and is mini-touring her beautifully illustrated collection of fictions, fusions, and poems, “Giraffes in Hiding: The Mythical Memoirs of Carol Novack” (Spuyten Duyvil Press), in three cities this October. Hugh Fox has called "Giraffes": “THE most seductive, original, impacting work I have seen for years. A fascinating combination of Kerouacian street-talk plus a trip through the museum of Modern Art in Chicago, plus a nod-off to Kosty's furthest out experimentalism. Magnifique!” “She has the literary equivalent of perfect pitch, like those musicians who can specify the hertz of birds and burps. Uncanny tympani!” - Tom Bradley.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Carol Novack, Joseph Suglia, Garrett Cook and Eckhard Gerdes
Quimby's Bookstore
1854 W North Avenue

October 29th
7:00 pm

Eckhard Gerdes’s new 2-in-1 book of novels is “The Unwelcome Guest” plus “Nin and Nan” and is published by Enigmatic Ink ( and Carol Novack’s collection of stories “Giraffes in Hiding” is forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil Press ( Garrett Cook is the author of “Jimmy Plush, Bear Detective,” published by Eraserhead Books (see For info about Joseph Suglia, see

Eckhard Gerdes is the editor of The Journal of Experimental Fiction, an occasional publication dedicated to the furthering of forefront fiction. He has published criticism in The Review of Contemporary Fiction, American Review of Books, Electronic Book Review, and other magazines. His fiction has appeared in Fiction International, Notre Dame Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Golden Handcuffs Review, Coe Review, Oyez Review, Rampike, and in many other fine magazines and journals. Gerdes’s previoius novel, My Landlady the Lobotomist, was a top five finisher in the 2009 Preditors and Editors Readers Poll and was nominated for the 2009 Wonderland Book Award for Best Novel of the Year. His The Million-Year Centipede was selected as one of the top ten mainstream novels of 2007 in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll and was nominated for the 2008 Wonderland Award. He has twice been the recipient of the Richard Pike Bissell Creative Writing Award for excerpts from Przewalski’s Horse, has also been a finalist for both the Starcherone and the Blatt fiction prizes for his unpublished manuscript White Bungalows, and for Cistern Tawdry he was nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award in the Fiction Category. He lives near Chicago and has three sons, to whom this new book is proudly dedicated.

Carol Novack is the former recipient of a writer’s award from the Australian government, the author of a poetry chapbook, an erstwhile criminal defense and constitutional lawyer in NYC, and the publisher of Mad Hatters’ Review She immigrated to a mountain ridge in Asheville in May, and will be launching her collection of fictions, fusions, and poems, “Giraffes in Hiding: The Mythical Memoirs of Carol Novack” (Spuyten Duyvil Press), due to emerge this October. Works may or will be found in numerous journals, including American Letters & Commentary, Caketrain, Drunken Boat, Exquisite Corpse, Fiction International, Gargoyle, Journal of Experimental Literature, LIT, Notre Dame Review, and Otoliths, and in many anthologies, including “The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets,” “Diagram III,” and “The &Now Awards: the Best Innovative Writing.” Writings in translations may or will be found in French, Italian, and Romanian journals. See her blog

Garrett Cook, a 27-year-old author of horror and Bizarro fiction, is the winner of the First Annual Ultimate Bizarro Showdown. He has four exciting pulp novellas in print, including the first two books in his infamous and destined-to-be cult classic trilogy Murderland.

Joseph Suglia earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University. His other books include Hölderlin and Blanchot on Self-Sacrifice, Years of Rage, and the first edition of Watch Out . What will become of him is anyone s guess. In Suglia’s Watch Out, Jonathan Barrows is a perfect being. He’s arrogant, defines pompous and is arguably the first human to benefit from Body Deity Morphia (confidences that oneself has a Godly physical existence). Knowing JB is like kissing your lover on the lips and tasting your own sexual flavors. Familiar, exotic and taboo.

Rhino Reads!

Friday, October 29 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location Bros. K, 500 Main St. Evanston, Il

More Info GARNETT KILBERG COHEN’s most recent awards include the 2004 Crazyhorse National Fiction Prize, the 2003 Lawrence Foundation Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review, a Special Mention from the Pushcart Prize, and four awards from the Illinois Arts Council, two literary awards for stories, a 2006 finalist fellowship, and a 2001 IAC Artist’s Fellowship for prose. Her short stories have appeared in many publications, including American... Fiction, Ontario Review, Descant, The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, & The Nebraska Review. Her first collection of short stories, Lost Women, Banished Souls was published by the University of Missouri Press. She was recently named Distinguished Artist at Columbia College Chicago, where she is a professor.

LARRY SAWYER curates the Myopic Books reading series in Wicker Park, Chicago. His work was recently included in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (anthology, Cracked Slab Books, 2007) and A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration (anthology, DePaul Humanities Center Press, 2009). His debut collection, Unable to Fully California, is available on Otoliths Press (Australia). Larry also edits milk magazine (since 1998). His poetry and literary reviews have appeared in publications including Versal, Chicago Tribune, Action Yes, Babel Fruit, Vanitas, Jacket, MiPoesias, The Prague Literary Review, Coconut, 88, Hunger, Argotist, Pinstripe Fedora, Skanky Possum, Exquisite Corpse, Court Green, the Miami Sun Post, Ygdrasil, Shampoo, Rain Taxi, Van Gogh’s Ear.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Revolving Door

Join us to celebrate Revolving Door's birthday!

One Year of Art, Words, and Music!

...Open Mic!! Features!! Drink Specials!! FathomDJ!!

Wednesday, October 27
7:30pm - 11:30pm

Red Kiva
1108 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Join us as we celebrate our first birthday! Thank you for all of you who've shown us so much love and support.

In addition to our features, we will have other guest readers and of course leave the mic open for spontaneous instances of poetry and other such ramblings!

Expect Candy
Expect Balloons
Expect great music
Expect great readings

Expect to Par-tay!

Special Birthday Drink Menu includes;

1. The Thirsty Artist
2. The Sexy Anne Sexton Martini
3. The Tennessee
$. The Mr. Hughes


Kevin Coval is the author of everyday people (EM Press, Nov.'08) and slingshots (a hip-hop poetica) (EM Press, Nov. '05), named Book of the Year-finalist by The American Library Association. Coval's poems have appeared in The Spoken Word Revolution and The Spoken Word Revolution: Redux (Source Books), Total Chaos (Basic Civitas), I Speak of the City: New York City Poems (Columbia University Press), The Bandana Republic (Soft Skull Press), Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reporter, Cross Currents, Crab Orchard Review, Rattle, 2nd Ave Poetry, The Drunken Boat, and many other periodicals and journals. Coval writes for The Huffington Post and can be heard regularly on National Public Radio in Chicago.

Co-founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival, the largest youth poetry festival in the world, Coval is poet-in-residence at The Jane Addams’ Hull House Museum at The University of Illinois-Chicago and poet-in-residence at The University of Chicago’s Newberger Hillel Center, and teaches at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago.


Candice Marie, the highly sought after soul singer, is on her way to the very top. Born and raised in Chicago, Candice has been climbing the ranks with honors. She has already won two major city wide vocal competitions, as well as opened for and worked with well known artists: Including Grammy Award Winners Anthony Hamilton and R. Kelly, Angie Stone, Chico Debarge, Eric Benet, SWV, Sugar Hill Gang, Whodini, Glenn Jones, K-Jon, and Josh Groban. Candice Marie is a pint sized diva with a huge voice often described as a vocal powerhouse! Her hit single “I Wanna Go” made its national debut this year on V103. She has been featured in many local papers/magazines and has performed at every relevant venue in Chicago.

W4tB presents First Friday Classic Poetry Showcase

W4tB presents Open Mic at the Bus Stop

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Oct 26: Eileen Myles & Amira Hanafi

Pilot Light:
The Green Lantern Press / Dear Navigator Conversation Series

October 26, 2010
Eileen Myles & Amira Hanafi

at The Green Lantern Gallery
2542 Chicago Avenue

EILEEN MYLES was born in Arlington, MA and moved to New York in ‘74. Her Inferno (a poet’s novel) is just out from Her essays, The Importance of Being Iceland were written thanks to the Warhol/Creative Capital grant. Sorry, Tree is her most recent poems. Last spring she received the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Prize. She is Prof. Emeritus of Writing at UC San Diego, she was the Hugo writer in Missoula last year and she’ll be Hurst professor at Washington U., St. Louis in Nov. 2010. Read her blog at Also read her dog’s blog: She lives in New York.

AMIRA HANAFI is a writer and artist using variable methods of research and collection to produce documentary objects. Currently, she is working with an assemblage of material collected on a four-month drift in Cairo, Egypt. She is the author of Minced English, Trinities, and Forgery (forthcoming from Green Lantern Press, 2011). Her work has recently been published in American Letters & Commentary, Requited, and Matrix. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For more info see

December 2, 2010 - Vanessa Place & Jennifer Karmin

The writer creates many relationships: with oneself; with one’s intimate, immediate, and local communities; and with the writing community at-large (earth/space). Pilot Light brings together writers at varying stages of their career for conversations that cross and explore these different relationships. Emerging and established writers each read from their own work and then engage in a discussion that creates an intimate space across genre and career status.

Co-presented by Dear Navigator, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s literary magazine, and The Green Lantern Press. The series is curated by Elizabeth Metzger Sampson.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Scandalous, Bedizened Vice and Verse!

Don't Miss the Chicago Poetry Brothel's last event of the year!

Nov. 5, 2010
Scandalous, Bedizened Vice and Verse!
House of Blues Foundation Room
329 N Dearborn
doors open at 8pm.
$5 if dressed Victorian / $10 if not

Izzy Oneiric as Pearl du Mal
Kenyatta Rogers as Durham Pure
Jamie Kazay as Woodland Doll
Jennifer Steele as Serafine LaCroix
Susan Yount as the Madame Black-eyed Susan
Kathleen Rooney as Vivian Nightwood
Susan Slaviero as August Rose
Sara Tracey as The Factory Girl
Britte Anchor as Calliope Bell

"The Poetry Brothel is a troupe of poets and performers who play various roles that might be found in a late 19th Century Victorian brothel. During this romantic period of history, poetry writing and reading were much more of a common, intimate and personal activity than they are today; now poetry readings are encountered primarily in academic and coffee house settings, and as a result, the personal interplay between poets and their audience is minimal. The Poetry Brothel provides a venue in which visitors, or "patrons," who may consider themselves neophytes to poetry, have the opportunity to experience poetry in an intimate and romantic environment through one-on-one poetry readings with professional poets."

Friday, October 22, 2010

Women and Children First

Bonnie Jo Campbell, Jennifer Richter, Diane Seuss
Wed, 10/27/2010 - 7:00pm

Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60640

Join us for a reading by three luminous literary talents. Bonnie Jo Campbell’s story collection American Salvage was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. She is the author of the novel Q Road and the story collection Women & Other Animals and also teaches writing. Jennifer Richter’s book, Thresholds, was chosen by poet Natasha Tretheway as the winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, and CALYX. In 2011, she’ll be a visiting writer at Oregon State University. Diane Seuss’s second collection of poems, Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open was the winner of the Jupiter Prize for Poetry from the University of Massachusetts Press. She has published widely and is writer in residence at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open: Poems (Paperback)
By Diane Seuss
ISBN-13: 9781558498259
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: University of Massachusetts Press, 04/01/2010

Diane Seuss's poems grow out of the fertile soil of southwest Michigan, bursting any and all stereotypes of the Midwest and turning loose characters worthy of Faulkner in their obsession, their suffering, their dramas of love and sex and death. The first section of this collection pays homage to the poet's roots in a place where the world hands you nothing and promises less, so you are left to invent yourself or disappear. From there these poems both recount and embody repeated acts of defiant self-creation in the face of despair, loss, and shame, and always in the shadow of annihilation. With darkly raucous humor and wrenching pathos, Seuss burrows furiously into liminal places of no dimension--state lines, lakes' edges, the space "between the m and the e in the word amen." From what she calls "this place in-between" come profane prayers in which "the sound of hope and the sound of suffering" are revealed to be "the same music played on the same instrument." Midway through this book, a man tells the speaker that beauty is that which has not been touched. This collection is a righteous and fierce counterargument: in the world of this imagination, beauty spills from that which has been crushed, torn, and harrowed. "We receive beauty," Seuss writes, "as a nail receives/the hammer blow." This is the poetry that comes only after the white dress has been blown open--the poetry of necessity, where a wild imagination is the only hope.

Threshold (Paperback)
By Jennifer Richter
ISBN-13: 9780809329656
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Southern Illinois University Press, 05/01/2010

Jennifer Richter presents a series of poems that explore the many facets of the term "threshold." Throughout the collection, the narrator experiences several acts of threshing, or separating—from birth and the small yet profound distances that part a mother and child, to the separation caused by illness and its toll on relationships. At the same time, she is progressively gathering, piecing together the remnants of her life, collecting her children into her arms, and welcoming a future without pain. Pain is often present in these poems, as the narrator frequently confronts her own threshold for enduring a ravaging illness. Her harrowing struggle through recovery is chronicled by a poem at the end of each section, tracing her powerful journey from deep suffering to a fragile yet steadfast sense of hope.
These gripping lyric and prose poems explore duality in its many forms: the private, contemplative world versus a world of action; the mirror sides of health and sickness; the warmth of a June sun and the deep, long nights of winter; mother and child; collecting and letting go. From the comfort of a morning bed at home to the desperate streets of Hanoi, Threshold is a searing portrait of healing, the courage it takes to bridge the gulfs that divide, and the wonder of the ties that bind.

American Salvage (Paperback)
By Bonnie Jo Campbell
ISBN-13: 9780393339192
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 12/01/2009

Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction; finalist for the
2009 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction. "These short stories
approach their subjects from an array of perspectives, but what they
share is freshness, surprise, and a compulsion to plumb some absolute
extremes of American existence."-National Book Award citation

Columbia College Faculty Reading

2nd Annual Columbia College Chicago Faculty Poetry Reading

Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden (back room)
3258 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL

Please join us in the back room of Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden for the 2nd Annual Columbia College Chicago Faculty Poetry Reading.

Featured readers include: Jaswinder Bolina, Lisa Fishman, David Trinidad, Jenny Boully* (TBD), Tony Trigilio, and Arielle Greenberg.

The event begins at 7:00 p.m. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. sharp.
There will be books available for sale before and after the reading.

Contact Hafizah Geter at or Dolly Lemeke at

JASWINDER BOLINA received his MFA from the University of Michigan in 2003 and his PhD from Ohio University in 2010. His first book, Carrier Wave, won the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry and was published in 2007. Poems from his new manuscript have appeared in recent issues of American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Ploughshares, and other journals. He is the 2010-11 Liberal Arts and Sciences Emerging Poet-in-Residence at Columbia College Chicago.

LISA FISHMAN is the author of three books of poetry and three chapbooks and has a new book, F L O W E R C A R T, forthcoming on Ahsahta Press. Portions of that work appear in recent issues of A Public Space, Conduit, 1913, Volt, Interim, Women’s Studies Quarterly and other journals. Her earlier books are The Happiness Experiment and Dear, Read (both published on Ahsahta), and The Deep Heart’s Core Is a Suitcase (New Issues Press). Chapbooks are Lining (Boxwood Editions), KabbaLoom (Wyrd Press), and ‘The Holy Spirit does not deal in synonimes’: Notes by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the Margins of Her Greek and Hebrew Bibles (Parcel Press). She is the Associate Chair as well as a full-time professor in the English Department of Columbia College Chicago.

DAVID TRINIDAD is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Late Show (2007), Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse (2003), and Plasticville (2000), a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He has received awards from The Fund for Poetry and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and his work has appeared in numerous periodicals and several anthologies, including Best American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, and Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology. He is a member of the Core Poetry Faculty at Columbia College Chicago. Originally from Los Angeles, Trinidad has been called "a master of the postmodern pop-culture sublime." His work is also associated with the innovative formalism of the New York School. Alice Notley has written, "There is an unwavering light in all of Trinidad's work that turns individual words into objects, new facts."

JENNY BOULLY is the author of The Book of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande, 2007), [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin Sky Books, 2006), The Body: An Essay (Essay Press, 2007 and Slope Editions, 2002), and the chapbook Moveable Types (Noemi Press, 2007). Her latest book, not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them, is forthcoming from Tarpaulin Sky Press. Her work has been anthologized in The Next American Essay, The Best American Poetry, Language for a New Century, and Great American Prose Poems. Born in Thailand and reared in Texas, she joined the faculty at Columbia College Chicago in Fall 2008.

TONY TRIGILIO is a member of the Core Poetry Faculty and co-edits the poetry journal Court Green. He is the author of the poetry collection The Lama's English Lessons (Three Candles Press, 2006); the chapbooks, With the Memory, Which is Enormous (Main Street Rag Press; forthcoming, 2009) and Make a Joke and I Will Sigh and You Will Laugh and I Will Cry (e-chap, Scantily Clad Press, 2008); and two books of criticism, Allen Ginsberg's Buddhist Poetics (Southern Illinois University Press, 2007) and "Strange Prophecies Anew": Rereading Apocalypse in Blake, H.D., and Ginsberg (Fairleigh, Dickinson University Press, 2000). Tony received a 2009 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, and is a past recipient of Faculty Development Grants, a Technology Fellows Grant, and a Curriculum Diversity Grant from Columbia College Chicago.

ARIELLE GREENBERG is the author of two collections of poetry, My Kafka Century (Action Books, forthcoming 2005) and Given (Verse, 2002), and editor, along with Rachel Zucker, of the anthologies Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days (University of Iowa, 2010) and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts & Affections (University of Iowa, 2008). Another anthology, Gurlesque (Saturnalia 2010), on a theory of feminist poetics she developed, is co-edited with Lara Glenum. She is also an editor of a college composition reader, Youth Subcultures: Exploring Underground America (Longman, 2006), editor at the literary magazines Court Green and Black Clock. Her own poems have appeared in journals including the American Poetry Review and the Denver Quarterly and were featured in the 2004 and 2005 volumes of Best American Poetry. She is the recipient of a Saltonstall Artist's Grant and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Poetry Off the Shelf

Thursday, October 28, 6:00 PM

Poetry Off the Shelf:
John Balaban & Le Pham Le
Ruggles Hall
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Free admission

John Balaban is the author of 12 books of poetry and prose, including four volumes that together have won the Academy of American Poets’ Lamont prize, been selected for the National Poetry Series, and earned two nominations for the National Book Award. His Locusts at the Edge of Summer: New & Selected Poems won the 1998 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. In 2003 he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Balaban is a translator of Vietnamese poetry and a past president of the American Literary Translators Association, as well as a poet-in-residence and professor of English in the creative writing program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Born in Vietnam, Le Pham Le attended the University of Pedagogy in Saigon, where she earned a BA in Vietnamese language and literature. After teaching high school for five years, she left her country with her family during the fall of South Vietnam. Her first publication is a bilingual collection of Vietnamese poems entitled Gio Thoi Phuong Nao/From Where the Wind Blows (Vietnamese International Poetry, 2003).

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

the G O O D
E V E N I N G readingseries


Jacob Saenz
Hafizah Geter

Friday, October 29th
7:00-7:30p.m. Open Mic
7:45p.m. Features


6932 N. Glenwood Ave.
in Rogers Park

J A C O B S A E N Z earned a BA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. His work has been published in Inkstains, OCHO, Apparatus, Poetry, and other journals. He is an associate editor for RHINO.

H A F I Z A H G E T E R is from Columbia, South Carolina and received her undergraduate degree in English and Economics from Clemson University. She received her MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago in 2010, where she currently teaches First Year Writing. Unfortunately, despite all her creative training and student loan debt, she is unable to be clever in bios.

Feel free to contact curators Nicole Wilson & Kelly Forsythe with questions, suggestions, or reading interest at chitown.poetry[at]gmail[dot]com. To be removed from the contact list, send an email with "Remove" in the subject line.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Van Gogh's Ear

A reading from the final volume of the international creative writing and poetry anthology series Van Gogh's Ear at Quimby's Bookstore in Chicago on October 26th.  . The readers will be Marc Smith, Larry Sawyer, Joel Craig, and Carlos T. Mock.

Red Rover Series / Experiment #40

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #40:
Poetry TV

7pm / doors lock 7:30

Featuring videos by:
Carrie Olivia Adams
Justin Cabrillos
Amira Hanafi
Kurt Heintz
Laura Goldstein & Marissa Plumb
Mark Jeffery & Judd Morrissey

at Outer Space Studio
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave
suggested donation $4

logistics --
near CTA Damen blue line
third floor walk up
not wheelchair accessible

CARRIE OLIVIA ADAMS is a Chicago-based poet and poetry-filmmaker. She works as a book publicist and is the poetry editor for the small press Black Ocean. She is the author of Intervening Absence (Ahsahta Press 2009) and the chapbook “A Useless Window”. Her second book, 41 Jane Doe’s is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press along with a DVD of poem films in 2013.

JUSTIN CABRILLOS is a writer and performer based in Chicago. Drawing on elements of movement, performance art, poetry, and sound art, he investigates the field where alphabetic and gestural language shape the movements of the body. Cabrillos received a fellowship at Ox-Bow School of Art, he was an Incubation Series artist-in-residence at the Chicago Cultural Center, and he will be a 2011 LinkUP Artist at Links Hall. He recently collaborated with Every House Has a Door in a performance for artCENA in Rio De Janeiro.

LAURA GOLDSTEIN is a poet, artist, and curator living in Chicago. She has two chapbooks, Ice in Intervals and Day of Answers, and choreographed the video performance Captain America for Chicago’s Rhinofest in 2007, the script of which can be found in EAOGH. Her work can also be found in Requited, Little Red Leaves, Everyday Genius, and Seven Corners, How2, and Otoliths. She teaches at Loyola University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

AMIRA HANAFI is a writer and artist using variable methods of research and collection to produce documentary objects. Currently, she is working with an assemblage of material collected on a four-month drift in Cairo, Egypt. She is the author of Minced English, Trinities, and Forgery (forthcoming from Green Lantern Press, 2011). Her work has recently been published in American Letters & Commentary, Requited, and Matrix. She teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

KURT HEINTZ has worked among the interstices between performance, language and video since 1980. Starting in 1993, he produced dozens of collaborative readings linking Chicago with Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, and Cambridge, England using live two-way video, first with Telepoetics, then e-poets network. He co-founded the Guild Complex's Poetry Video Festival in 1991, and has consulted for Visible Verse, Vancouver’s 10-year-old poetry cinema presenter. His videos have been shown at/in Reeling (Chicago Filmmakers), Series A (Hyde Park Arts Center), Image Union (WTTW, Chicago), Poetry Spots (WNYC, New York), and the Gene Siskel Film Center, and elsewhere. For more, see

MARK JEFFERY is a performance / installation artist and was a member of Goat Island Performance Group from 1996 - 2009. He created and performed in 5 of Goat Island’s works, touring and teaching extensively across North America including 10 summer schools at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and throughout Western/Eastern Europe. He curates performance events in Chicago including the international performance, sound and language festival OPENPORT at Links Hall, SAIC, and the Chicago Cultural Center. Mark is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at SAIC where he teaches in the Performance Department and First Year Program.

JUDD MORRISSEY is a writer and code artist whose works of electronic literature, performance, and installation have been presented internationally. He is the creator of digital literary works including The Precession (work-in-progress, 2009-), The Jew's Daughter (Electronic Literature Collection, 2006), My Name is Captain, Captain (Eastgate Systems, 2002), and The Last Performance [dot org] (2009), a collaborative writing, archiving, and text-visualization project for which he was a recipient of the inaugural Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers' Grant in 2007. Judd teaches as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Writing, Art and Technology Studies, and Performance.

MARISSA PLUMB writes, teaches, and works in media and web production. Her current multimedia project is an experiment in narrative interactivity, driven by questions and concerns about how data, once interpreted, shapes society. Marisa studied at Brown University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and now teaches English in New York and D.C.

RED ROVER SERIES is curated by Laura Goldstein 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.

November 5 - Joel Lewis, Adrian Moens & Marthe Reed
December 4 - Vanessa Place

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ocho Poetas: A Reading at Ragdale

October 19, 2010 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ragdale, 1260 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

On October 19, Ragdale will host “Ocho Poetas,” a public event featuring readings by eight of the country’s most noted contemporary Latino and Latina poets.

The event marks the first-ever collaborative residency for Latino and Latina poets at Ragdale, the fourth-largest artists’ community in the United States. The residency is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and is also a collaboration with Letras Latinas, the literary program of the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) at the University of Notre Dame.

In addition to the public reading, “Ocho Poetas” will also serve as a platform to announce a new national Latino poetry initiative that involves Ragdale and Letras Latinas as partners, as well as Red Hen Press in Pasadena, CA. The reading and announcement will take place on Tuesday, October 19, at 7 pm at Ragdale, located at 1260 N. Green Bay Road in Lake Forest. Seats are limited. To reserve a space, please RSVP to Melissa Ernst at Ragdale, at 847.234.1063, ext. 201.

The featured poets:

Francisco Aragón (Latino Poetry Review / Momotombo Press)
David Dominguez (The Packinghouse Review)
Carmen Giménez Smith (Noemi Press, Puerto del Sol)
Roberto Harrison (Bronze Skull Press, Crayon)
Raina J. León (Acentos Literary Review)
J. Michael Martínez (Breach Press)
Maria Melendez (Pilgrimage / Momotombo Press)
elena minor (Palabra)

Arielle Greenberg
Lara Glenum
the Gurlesque

with a reading by
Catherine Wagner

Wednesday, October 20
Hokin Hall
623 S. Wabash, Room 109

Developed by Arielle Greenberg in 2001, “Gurlesque” is a theoretical term describing an emerging Third Wave feminist aesthetic that foregrounds the girly in work that is subversive, carnal, performative, grotesque, and brash. With poet-critic Lara Glenum, Greenberg is the editor of an anthology of contemporary poetry and visual art that uses the Gurlesque as its lens and impetus. At the October 2oth event, both editors will be present to discuss the aesthetic followed by a reading of Gurlesque poems by Catherine Wagner.

The event is free and open to the public. Book sales at the event will be cash only.

ARIELLE GREENBERG is a member of the core poetry faculty at Columbia College Chicago and is co-editor, with Lara Glenum, of Gurlesque (Saturnalia Books, 2010), an anthology on a theory of feminist poetics. Greenberg is also editor, along with Rachel Zucker, of the anthologies Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days (University of Iowa Press, 2010) and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts & Affections (University of Iowa Press, 2008). She is the author of two collections of poetry, My Kafka Century (Action Books, 2005) and Given (Verse Press, 2002), co-author, with Rachel Zucker, of a hybrid genre book, Home/Birth: A Poemic (1913 Press, Forthcoming 2011), and the recipient of a Saltonstall Artist’s Grant and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

LARA GLENUM is a poet, scholar, and translator. She is the author of two books of poetry: The Hounds of No (Action Books, 2005) and Maximum Gaga (Action Books, 2009). With Arielle Greenberg, she is the co-editor of Gurlesque, an anthology of contemporary women’s poetry and visual art (Saturnalia Books, 2010). In 2010, she collaborated with sound, visual, and digital media artists on Meat Out of the Eater, a multimedia installation. Her poems have appeared in New American Writing, Conjunctions, Fence, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Louisiana State University.

CATHERINE WAGNER is the author of three books of poems, most recently My New Job (Fence, 2009), and many chapbooks, most recently Articulate How (Big Game Books/Dusie, 2008). With Rebecca Wolff, she edited Not For Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems on Child-Bearing and Child-Rearing (Fence, 2007). Her work has appeared in the anthologies Gurlesque, Poets on Teaching, State of the Union, Starting Today, A Best of Fence, and Best American Erotic Poems. Her poems, reviews and essays have appeared recently in Chicago Review, Lana Turner, 1913, Colorado Review and elsewhere, and she performs nationally and internationally. With her seven-year-old son Ambrose, she lives car-free in southwest Ohio, where she teaches in the MA in creative writing program at Miami University.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Oct 16 & 17: Mark Wallace + friends

***Saturday, October 16 at 7pm***
Kristy Odelius & Mark Wallace

Myopic Books
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor
Chicago, Illinois

KRISTY ODELIUS is the author of Strange Trades (Shearsman Books, 2008) and Bee Spit (Dancing Girl Press, 2007). She is Associate Professor of English at North Park University, where she teaches Creative Writing and British Literature. Her reviews and poems have appeared in Chicago Review, Notre Dame Review, GutCult, ACM, Diagram, La Petite Zine, Versal, Moria, SharkForum and others.

MARK WALLACE is the author of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays. Temporary Worker Rides A Subway won the 2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award and was published by Green Integer Books. His critical articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, and he has co-edited two essay collections, Telling It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s, and A Poetics of Criticism. Most recently he has published a short story collection, Walking Dreams (2007), and a book of poems, Felonies of Illusion (2008). Forthcoming in early 2011 is his second novel, The Quarry and The Lot. He teaches at California State University San Marcos.

***Sunday, October 17 at 7pm***
Jennifer Karmin, Tom Orange & Mark Wallace

Baby Bonk!
Gallery B4S613 6th Street
Racine, Wisconisn

JENNIFER KARMIN's text-sound epic, Aaaaaaaaaaalice, was published by Flim Forum Press in 2010. 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 across the U.S., Japan, and Kenya. At home in Chicago, Jennifer teaches creative writing to immigrants at Truman College and works as a Poet-in-Residence for the public schools.

TOM ORANGE's recent work includes “Tremont Poetography,” a group poet-photographer book and exhibition at Doubting Thomas Gallery; solo and small group experimental music performances on alto sax, clarinet, guitar, banjo, and dulcimer at The Scarab Club (Detroit), Sp@ce 224 Gallery (Buffalo), Audio Visual Baptism (Cleveland), and the Post_Moot Convocation (Oxford, Ohio); and an excerpt from his chapbook American Dialectics (Slack Buddha) being reprinted in Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing (edited by Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith for Northwestern University Press) due out this December. His music blog can be found at

MARK WALLACE (see October 16 bio)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Poetry Day

Poetry Day
Frank Bidart
Thu., Oct. 14, 6 p.m.
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
Harold Washington Library Center
400 South State Street
Free admission

Now in its 56th year, Poetry Day is one of the oldest and most distinguished reading series in the country. Inaugurated by Robert Frost, Poetry Day has featured such poets as T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, W.H. Auden, Seamus Heaney, and Adrienne Rich.

In a career spanning 30 years, Frank Bidart has established himself as one of the most original and compelling poets of his generation. Initially influenced by T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, and later by his teacher Robert Lowell, Bidart has expanded the possibilities of poetry. His unflinching examination of human desire and guilt, often as manifested in deviant or distraught personalities, has opened once-taboo territories. His nonlinear, magpie forms, as well as his typography and punctuation are dictated by the unusual content of his lines rather than convention. Bidart is the author of eight critically acclaimed collections, including, most recently, Desire, Star Dust, and Watching the Spring Festival (all from Farrar Straus & Giroux). Desire was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He received his second Pulitzer nomination for Music Like Dirt, the only chapbook ever to be so honored. He won the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award in 1997, the Wallace Stevens Award in 2000, and the Bollingen Prize in 2007. A past chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Frank Bidart has taught at Wellesley College since 1972.

Many creatures must
make, but only one must seek
within itself what to make
—from “Lament for the Makers”

Co-sponsored by The Poetry Foundation the Chicago Public Library

Palabra Pura

Palabra Pura Special Event w/ Maurice Kilwein Guevara & Roger Bonair-Agard

Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Decima Musa, 1901 S. Loomis, Chicago
Palabra Pura returns to our Decima Musa home for another special event. This edition pairs Latino poet Maurice Kilwein Guevara with Trinidadian poet Roger-Bonair Agard for an evening of poems and conversation. Watch a short film interpretation of one of Guevara's poems here.

Author Bios:

Maurice Kilwein Guevara was born in Belencito, Colombia in 1961 and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Among his several books, his first book of poetry, Postmortem (U. of GA Press, 1994), won the National Contemporary Poetry Series Competition. His work has appeared in publications including TriQuarterly, The Journal of the American Medical Association and Touching the Fire: Fifteen Poets of Today’s Latino Renaissance (Anchor/Doubleday), A dynamic presenter of his own work, Kilwein Guevara has given poetry performances and workshops throughout Latin America and the United States. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and was the first Latino to be elected as its President.

Roger Bonair-Agard is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, a Cave Canem fellow and co-author of Burning Down the House. He is a two-time National Slam Champion and is co-founder of The louderARTS Project. Roger's work has been widely anthologized and commissioned and he has appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour. His publications include Tarnish and Masquerade published in 2000.

Friday, October 8, 2010

an evening with dancing girl press

with readings by Naomi Buck Palagi, Sara Tracey, Jamie Kazay, Susan Slaviero, Kristy Bowen & more...

friday, october 15th, 7pm
potbelly sandwich shop
55 e. jackson (jackson & wabash)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Danny's Reading Series

Wednesday, October 13 · 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Location Danny's Tavern
1951 W. Dickens
Chicago, IL

Julia Story
is the author of Post Moxie (Sarabande Books), which won the 2009 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and the 2010 Ploughshares Zacharis Prize. Her recent work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Indiana Review, and Octopus Magazine. She is currently working on her next collection and lives with a carpenter and a dachshund in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Marc Rahe is the author of The Smaller Half (Rescue Press, 2010). His poems have appeared in Gutcult, Mudfish, Notnostrums, Painted Bride Quarterly, Sixth Finch, and other literary journals. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives in Iowa City and works for a human services agency.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ballots from the Dead

Thursday, Oct 14
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Open Books
213 Institute Place (near Chicago & Wells)
J.J. Tindall Reads Aloud Live
Book Signing Party for "Ballots From the Dead"
Free and open to the public
Bring your used books to donate!

Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that operates an extraordinary bookstore, provides community programs, and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Encyclopedia Show

Thursday, Oct 7th
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Vittum Theatre

1012 N. Noble St





Chicago, IL – Chicago Slam Works brings to you the 2009 Orgie Theatre Award winning Encyclopedia Show at the Vittum Theatre, 1012 N Noble St, on Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 pm. Tickets at the door. $8 Adults, $5 Students. All ages.

This Month – Civil Wars. With music, poetry, visual art and spoken word on the topic: Civil Wars. Featuring (Contributor – Theme):

Diana Slickman East Coast Rappers vs West Coast Rappers

Dave Isaacson (Theatre Oobleck) Johnny and Luther Htoo

Kristiana Rae Colón (HBO Def Poet) The Lost Boys of Sudan

Andi Kauth (co-founder of the Chicago Four Star Poetry Club) Emma Edmonds

John Szymanski (musician) Guatemalan Civil War

Tre Iosbaker (Young Man) The Abraham Lincoln Brigade

Andy Junk (Chicago Film Society) Klingon Civil War

Jasper Wong (Artist) Mathew Brady/Civil War Photography.

With hosts

Robbie Q Telfer (Author of Spiking the Sucker Punch) and

Shanny Jean Maney (Author of Our Brave Faces Were Just Smiles);

cast regulars:

Fact Checker Ian Belknap (Write Club);

Patrick Carberry (Fiction Writer);

Tim Stafford (HBO Def Poet/Badass);

Joel Chmara (HBO Def Poet);

Edward Thomas-Herrera (Boy Girl Boy Girl);

Lindsay Hunter (Quickies!);

Evan Chung (Musician) - House Band Leader "The Encartagans"; and

Emily Rose (Poetry Vet and House Manager) –as Jilted Emily Rose.

"The most artful sideshow in the city.” -Time Out Chicago

Monday, October 4, 2010

Series A

Wednesday, October 6 · 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell
Chicago, IL

Donora Hillard
Julia Miller
Eric Gelehrter

BYOB. Parking available. Easy public transit access.

Note: it starts on time at 7 because the HPAC closes at 8.

Tuesday Funk

Tuesday, October 5 · 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Hopleaf Bar
5148 N Clark St
Chicago, IL

October is our fall fiction reading, and our lineup of writers -- CONNOR COYNE, JACKIE ADAMSKI, and WILLIAM SHUNN -- bring you brawny, beer-soaked stories to fit the season.

Tuesday Funk convenes in the upstairs lounge at Hopleaf. Arrive early, grab one of the 600 amazing international beers at the bar, and come on up. We start seating at 7:00 pm. Stay afterward for some great Belgian-style food from Hopleaf!

PLEASE bring your friends and show your support for Tuesday Funk. Help us deliver a RECORD TURNOUT so we can keep staging these readings at HOPLEAF, the finest food-and-drink establishment on the north side.

(And please also become a fan of Tuesday Funk on Facebook, so you never miss an invitation.)

For more info:

Chicago Calling

Chicago Calling, Waiting 4 the Bus
Monday, October 4, 2010 (7 p.m.)

Café Ballou
939 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-2909

admission: free and open to the public

“Chicago Calling, Waiting 4 the Bus,” a Chicago Calling event, happens as part of the Waiting 4 the Bus series. Participants include:

•Matthew Barton (Chicago) and Duane Vorhees (Bangkok)
•Postcard from NYC — Al DeGenova (Chicago), Charlie Rossiter (Chicago), Dan Cox (Albany, NY), and Ralph Murre (Baileys Harbor, WI)
•Lisa Hemminger (San Diego) and Jeff Mroz (Chicago) — poetry and music collaboration
•Wayne Allen Jones (Chicago) and Robert Karimi (Minneapolis) — poetry collaboration
•A Mess O Poems: "from now on, we will NOT have died young" — a poetry collaboration between Elizabeth Marino (Chicago) and Sally Evans (Edinburgh)
•Buddha 309 (Chicago) and Tony Renner (St. Louis) — poetry and visual art collaboration
•Chainpoem, with Marie Countryman (Vermont), Yentz Melanov (Munich), Song Zijiang (Macao), Charlie Newman (Chicago), Francoise La Maline (Buenos Aires), Steven Schroeder (Chicago), Murray One (Calgary), Mindaugas Briedis (Vilnius), Ken Hada (Ada, OK), and David Breeden (Minneapolis)
•Shelley Nation-Watson (Chicago) and Amanda Purdom (Tulsa, OK) — poetry collaboration
•Sid Yiddish (Chicago) and John Hardwick (Bloomington, IN) — musical collaboration

Translating 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 (8 p.m.)
The Reconstruction Room at the Black Rock Bar
3614 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 348-4044

admission: free and open to the public, donations accepted

The Reconstruction Room presents Translating 2010, which explores the theme of “translations” in its wide range of permutations and possibilities: translating matter into energy, poetry into prose, time into memories, the present into the past and the future into the present, sound into words and the page into the air, promises into reality / ideals into facts, pencils into sketches into sculptures, DOS into HTML, 1999 into 2012 into The Long Now, frames into motion, and clouds into rain and water into ice.

Participants and projects to include:

•A Guest Giving Way like Ice Melting: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Laozi — Sou Vai Keng (Macao) and Steven Schroeder (Chicago)
•Erin Teegarden (Chicago), Della Watson (San Francisco), and Eric Cressley (Pittsburgh)
•Brett Foster reads a selection of his English translations of Cecco Angiolieri's poetry
•RaKel Delgado (Barcelona), Saul Aguirre (Chicago), and Luis Humberto Valadez (Chicago)
•Steven Teref (Chicago) reads translations of Serbian poetry
•Recipe Roulette — a collaboration between Catie Olson (Chicago), Meg Duguid (Chicago), and the purveyors of Lovitt Restaurant (Colville, WA)
•Eric Elshtain (Chicago) and Gregory Fraser (Carrollton, Georgia)
•Francesco Levato (Chicago) reads English translations of poems by Tiziano Fratus and Fabiano Alborghetti, and Francesco and Mariela Griffor (Grosse Pointe Farms, MI) give a bilingual reading of her poetry
•Happy 150th Birthday, Jules LaForgue, Piccolo Mountains Repertoire — Sheila E. Murphy (Phoenix), Harry Ross (London), Jenni Olson (California), and Dan Godston (Chicago)

We would like to thank Alliance Française de Chicago and Instituto Italiano di Cultura for their donations.

Aural Architecture
Thursday, October 7, 2010 (7:30 p.m.)
WNUR (89.3 FM)
1877 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 866-9687

$5 suggested donation for those attending the event, and this can be heard at 89.3FM and on

Aural Architecture explores sonic properties of buildings and how natural soundscapes relate to the built environment, and it includes musicians interacting with buildings' sounds. A sculptor will present a sculpture that pertains to this theme, and musicians in remote locations will perform together telematically via Skype, with contributions of audio recordings from inside and around buildings —

•Julia Miller (guitar), Jeff Carter(sculpture), Satya Gummuluri (vocals), Dan Godston (trumpet), Sarah Ritch (cello), Jayve Montgomery (reeds), and Anthony Poretti (drums) at WNUR;
•Berg26 at a 19th Century morgue in Berlin — Annie Goh, Florian Goeschke, Thomas Wochnik, Anna Bäumer, Patrick Muller, Daniela Imhoff, Elen Flügge, Christof Wenta, Damian Rebgetz, and Alexander Sieber;
•Marcos Fernandes and Masashi Heirakuji at the Yamagin Archive (Shimonoseki, Japan);
•audio recording contributions by Barry Blesser, Tony Schwartz and Jimmy Giuffre, and other TBA individuals

I Remember Fred
Friday, October 8, 2010 (9:30 p.m.)
Velvet Lounge
67 E. Cermak Rd.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 791-9050

admission: $15

I Remember Fred is a concert that celebrates the life and work of the great tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson, who passed away earlier this year. This event is part of the Fifth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival and Chicago Artists Month. Compositions being commissioned in Fred's memory will be part of this event. Performers to include:

1st set: Paul Hartsaw (tenor and soprano saxophones), Jim Baker (keyboards), Brian Sandstrom (bass), and Damon Short (drums)

2nd set: Douglas Ewart (saxophones), Ed Roberson (poetry), Renée Baker (violin and viola), and special guests

The City as Studio / Curatorial Practice in Four U.S. Cities
Saturday, October 9, 2010 (11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)
Logan Square Small Arts and Business Incubator
Phantom Gallery Chicago Network Office
2823 N. Milwaukee, 2nd floor
Chicago IL 60618

admission: free and open to the public

Seda Röder / Burton Greene - Harrison Bankhead duo
Saturday, October 9, 2010 (7:00 p.m.)
Curtiss Hall
Fine Arts Building
410 South Michigan Ave., 10th floor
Chicago IL 60605
(312) 291-0000,

admission: $20, $10 for students

Seda Röder performs music of her native country with Listening to Istanbul: An Encounter with Turkish Contemporary Music. Eclectic composer/pianist Burton Greene (piano) and Harrison Bankhead (upright bass) perform a set of some of Burton's latest music combined with open improvisations. This is the first concert in the Experimental Piano Series. third season; EPS is organized by the Chicago Composers Forum and the Borderbend Arts Collective, in partnership with PianoForte.

Facets of Southeast Asia
Sunday, October 10, 2010 (7 p.m.)
In Your Space, 3rd floor
Zhou B. Art Center
1029 W. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 523-0200

admission: free and open to the public

You are invited to attend “Facets of Southeast Asia,” a multidisciplinary event that creatively explores dimensions of this dynamic and culturally vibrant region of the world. Participants include:

•Geejay Arriola (Davao City, Philippines) and Cesar Conde (Chicago) — music and painting collaboration
•Duane Vorhees (Bangkok) and Matthew Barton (Chicago) — poetry collaboration
•Mojdeh Stoakley (Chicago) and Kamal Sabran (Malaysia) — poetry and music collaboration
•Manit Sriwanichpoom (Thailand), Jamie Kazay (Chicago), and Tim Armentrout (Ronceverte, WV) — poetry and visual art collaboration
•Basia Toczydlowska (Chicago) gives a presentation about her recent trip to southeast Asia
•Jen Besemer (Chicago) and an As Yet Unnamed artist (Bangkok)

Chicago Equinix
Sunday, October 10, 2010 (9 p.m.)
Soapbox Music
1612 N. Sawyer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 800-0729

admission: free and open to the public

You are invited to attend “Chicago Equinix,” when 60 Hz audio noise will travel 792 miles. New York based artist Eric Laska will create and send the sound of a 60 Hz ground hum from his New York studio to Chicago, a distance of roughly 792 miles. The 60 Hz hum is an instantly familiar sound to musicians and to almost anyone that has dealt with audio electronics in the past 100 years. While often being an annoying and frustrating sound for many, it has rarely been explored as a sound worthy of merit. Eric Laska seeks to elevate the self-esteem of this "noise" by sending it on a journey from New York to Chicago, and taking the time to ensure proper equalization and spatialization of the sound so the listener can experience the fullness and richness of what most people immediately try to eliminate or ignore. Deep listeners take note: digital artifacts, warm tubes, local interference, phase accidents. A global take on a profoundly local phenomenon.

Eric Laska is a New York based artist working in the realms of sound and digital media. He is co-founder of the electroacoustic rar record label with Reed Rosenberg as well as a mainstay of the internet collective Double Happiness. He has engineering credits for The Depreciation Guild album In Her Gentle Jaws.

Soapbox Music is an arts incubator for independent musicians in Chicago, operated by musicians Farsheed Hamidi-Toosi and Brendan Finucane. They provide affordable rehearsal and recording facilities, regular workshops, events, and residency opportunities for independent musicians in the Chicago area.


Chicago Calling is organized by the Borderbend Arts Collective, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the arts, to create opportunities for artists to explore new directions in and between art forms, and to engage the community. Annual Borderbend projects include Chicago Calling and the Mingus Awareness Project. Other organizations partner with Borderbend to enrich and extend the reach of its project, such as the Experimental Piano Series, which is co-produced by the Chicago Composers Forum and Borderbend, in partnership with the PianoForte Foundation.

2010 Chicago Calling Arts Festival

During the 2010 Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival, Chicago-based artists collaborate with artists in other locations -- both here in the U.S. and abroad. These collaborations involve a range of art forms -- including music, dance, film, literature, and intermedia -- and they are prepared or improvised. Some Chicago Calling events involve live feeds between Chicago and other locations. 2010 Chicago Calling events include “Bicycles and the Arts” at Happy Dog Gallery, “Translations 2010” at the Reconstruction Room, “Seda Röder / Burton Greene - Harrison Bankhead Duo Concert” at Curtiss Hall, “Temperatures and Shapes” at Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery, “I Remember Fred” at the Velvet Lounge, “Chicago Calling and Waiting for the Bus” at Café Ballou, “Two Way Tarot Mirrors” at Myopic Books, “My Favorite Banned Books Abecedarian Read-Out” at the Logan Square Library, “Aural Architecture” at WNUR, and other events.

Chicago Artists Month

Throughout October, you are invited to meet hundreds of Chicago visual artists at exhibitions, workshops, open studios, tours, neighborhood art walks and more in venues across the city. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with more than 200 program partners, Chicago Artists Month aims to showcase the extraordinary talent and vibrancy of Chicago’s art community.

This year's theme, "The City as Studio,” explores the impact of the urban environment on Chicago artists and their work, and the contributions that artists make to the vitality of our city. The place where art is imagined and made, whether in a physical or virtual space, affects the idea, the process and the final product. And the art, once created, leaves a mark on the place it occupies. Chicago Artists Month 2010 looks at how the city influences art and artists, and how artists transform the city by contributing to civic dialogue and quality of life.

Chicago Calling is tonite

I'm collaborating with Visual Artist Tony Renner from out of St. Louis MO. Check it out.

Negative Zone

Spending the morning
Curled and coughing
On the restroom floor
Of an office building
Where your interview was meant to be
45 minutes earlier

You don’t remember the time passing
Or how you ended up
With your face on the cold marble
There’s a pain in your gut
And you pull yourself up
Into composure

Cold water to the face
Wipes away the attempted makeover
You dab at the red and black flecks
Caked at the corners of cracked lips
“What happened to those 45 minutes?”
“Who the hell walked on my tongue?”

Monday, Oct 4

7 p.m.

Café Ballou

939 N. Western Aven.


This 2010 Chicago Calling Arts Festival event happens as part of the Waiting for the Bus series. Performers will include:

Matthew Barton (Chicago)

Buddha 309 (Chicago) and Tony Renner (St. Louis)

Lisa Hemminger (San Diego) and Jeff Mroz (Chicago)

Wayne Allen Jones (Chicago)

Al DeGenova (Chicago)

Elizabeth Marino (Chicago)

Charlie Newman (Chicago)

and other TBA performers.

This event is being organized by the Borderbend Arts Collective, which is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the arts, to create opportunities for artists to explore new directions in and between art forms, and to engage the community. The Borderbend Arts Collective organizes the Chicago Calling Arts Festival, Mingus Awareness Project, and other projects. Borderbend also partners with other organizations to organize other projects. For instance, Chicago Composers Forum and Borderbend co-produce the Experimental Piano Series, in partnership with the PianoForte Foundation.

The 2010 Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival Chicago-based artists collaborating with artists in other locations -- both here in the U.S. and abroad. These collaborations involve a range of art forms -- including music, dance, film, literature, and intermedia -- and they are prepared or improvised. Some Chicago Calling events involve live feeds between Chicago and other locations. 2010 Chicago Calling events include “Bicycles and the Arts” at Happy Dog Gallery, “Translations 2010” at the Black Rock Pub & Kitchen, and other events.

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public.

CONTACT: Dan Godston