Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting for the Bus First Friday Poetry Showcase Presents The Poets’ Club of Chicago in The Poetry Wheel Friday, August 3

Waiting for the Bus
First Friday Poetry Showcase

Presents The Poets’ Club of Chicago in
The Poetry Wheel
Friday, August 3, 2012, 7:30-10:00 PM

The Poetry Wheel combines collaboration and spontaneity
as poets make larger connections between shared poetry.

Following a kick-off poem, the Wheel progresses as
successive readers spin off with their own poems related
by image, theme, subject, or form.

Materials on how to do Poetry Wheels will be available.
After the first complete turn by the Club, the mic will be
open to audience members with connecting poems.

Please Join Us for this
Performance and Demonstration

At Studio A, 2941 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625

Poets’ Club of Chicago members participating in this program include:
Nancy Carrigan, Maureen Flannery, Wayne Jones,
Carol Kanter, Pam Miller, Susan Moss, Charlie Newman,
Donna Pucciani, Jenene Ravesloot, Beth Staas
Tom Roby (President and Poetry Wheel Developer)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Red Rover Series / Experiment #55

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #55:
Reading Is (Not) Performance

7pm / doors lock 7:30pm

Meg Duguid
Carron Little
Carole McCurdy
s.g. murthy

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

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

MEG DUGUID believes that documentation is paramount to her art making and is invested in the ways documentation and art can be integrated in a single practice.  She has performed/exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hyde Park Art Center, Macy’s on State Street in Chicago, the DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn, and 667 Shotwell in San Francisco.  Duguid has screened work at Synthetic Zero in New York, Spiderbug in Chicago, and at the Last Supper Festival in Brooklyn.  From 2009-2011, she ran Clutch Gallery, a 25 square-inch white cube located in the heart of her purse, since then she lends her purse to others to curate and carry. 

CARRON LITTLE is an inter-disciplinary artist working in performance and installation. Little devises interactive pieces with costume, sculpture and spoken word. Little received a First Class BA (hons) from Goldsmiths' College, London University, U.K. in 1996 and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. In 2000 she became artist in resident for the British Arts Council.  From 2003 to 2009 Carron worked with the artist collective Art Not War and Red Velvet Curtain Club devising site-specific performances and exhibitions. Carron coordinates Out of Site, Chicago which is a public performance series in Wicker Park and Bucktown.  See

CAROLE MCCURDY has performed at spaces including the Chicago Cultural Center, Defibrillator Gallery, Epiphany Dance, Hamlin Park, High Concept Laboratories, Links Hall, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. She has created solo performance pieces and work for ensemble, danced in butoh pieces with Nicole Legette’s Blushing Poppy, and worked with a talented array of Chicago improvisers and devisers.

S.G. MURTHY lives life interweaving desires for systemic positive change with devotion to family as an international arts educator traveling the world with her jazz musician partner, teen-aged daughter and two cats.  Fluctuating between situations of austere focus and a carnivalesque multiplicity, murthy’s work employs an interdisciplinary approach of critical pedagogy, sustained research, and keen observations of the cinematic within everyday surroundings.  Winning numerous awards: Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance, Rockefeller nominee, Illinois Arts Fellowship etc. murthy has exhibited nationally and internationally: Beyond Borders Performance Festival, Myanmar; Sapphos, Taiwan; The Kitchen, NYC; The Substation, Singapore; SXSW Festival; etc.

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.

Email ideas for reading experiments
to us at

The schedule for events is listed at

Friday, July 20, 2012

Top Shelf Poets (First Friday Poetry Series)Friday, September 7, 2012-Poetry Pentathlon

Still accepting contestants until July 30th. Send e-mail to with your name and phone and the words Poetry Pentathlon in the subject

Friday, September 7, 2012

Top Shelf Poets (First Friday Poetry Series)
Creative studio Space Studio A, 2941 W. Belmont, Chicago, , Chicago, Illinois 60647

Do you have what it takes to be a Poetry Champion!!
The Poetry Pentathlon
is a live event held in Chicago. Poets compete in 5 separate events designed to test there writing and performing skill. If you wish to compete contact us at, all contestants must be registered by the last week of July. All materials Provided by the hosts of the event will be sent out the first week of August.

1:Form Poem-
Tanka consist of five units (often treated as separate lines when romanized or translated) usually with the following pattern of onji:
The 5-7-5 is called the kami-no-ku ("upper phrase"), and the 7-7 is called the shimo-no-ku ("lower phrase").
Traditionally tanka has had no concept of rhyme (indeed, certain arrangements of rhymes, even accidental, were considered dire faults in a poem), or even of line. Instead of lines, waka has the unit ) and the phrase
The term waka was coined during the Heian period, and was used to distinguish Japanese-language poetry from kanshi[2][3] (poetry written in Chinese by Japanese poets), and later from renga.

2:Poetic Monologue-

Dramatic monologue in poetry, also known as a persona poem, shares many characteristics with a theatrical monologue: an audience is implied; there is no dialogue; and the poet speaks through an assumed voice—a character, a fictional identity, or a persona. Because a dramatic monologue is by definition one person’s speech, it is offered without overt analysis or commentary, placing emphasis on subjective qualities that are left to the audience to interpret.

3:Secret Word
The Weirdos at Waiting 4 the Bus will provide each contestant with a word or phrase. Each contestant is to write a poem about the word or phrase without ever using the word or phrase in the body or title of the poem.

4:80's lyrics as poetry- This is our performance event of the year. All contestants will choose a song form the 1980's and, using only the lyrics, perform it as poetry. Songs may be edited to fight off being repetitive and annoying the judges

5: On the spot prompt-A writing prompt will be provided to every contestant upon their arrival at Studio A. All players will write a poem based on the prompt, during the course of the evening.

10/3/12 Janet Kuypers with the HA!man of South Africa in live show at Gallery Cabaret

Gallery Cabaret (2020 N. Oakley, Chicago)
(one block east of Western Avenue and one block north of Armitage)
Janet Kuypers and the HA!man of South Africa
live performance art show 10/3/12 starting ~9:15

Come to the Gallery Cabaret (2020 N. Oakley Ave. in Chicago) on October 3rd 2012... Because following the BONUS WEEK of the poetry open mic at the Cafe Gallery with the music/performance art feature from the HA!man of South Africa  (which last from 7:00 to 9:00 in the evening), Francois Le Roux (the HA!man of South Africa) and the Cafe Gallery host Janet Kuypers will do a joint show together! This show is about a year in the making, and is an additional show to the HA!man’s usual solo performance in his annual world tour. This one-of-a-kind show will include not only original music (cello, piano and orchestral music) from Francois Le Roux, but also poetry and writing from Janet Kuypers that has never been performed before (and very possibly never performed again). The show will not only include a change of clothes and voice effects (so you can literally hear the show from DIFFERENT voices!), but there is also video scheduled to play throughout the performance as well.

Images from this show (photographed by John Yotko) can also be found on this facebook photo album page.

Francois Le Roux show with Janet Kuypers

So go to the open mic earlier in the evening to hear the feature from Francis Le Roux, but STAY for the one-of-a-kid performance art show with Francois Le Roux (the HA!man of South Africa) and Janet Kuypers!

This event is part of the Seventh Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival, presented by the Borderbend Arts Collective. (find out information also at with listings of other Chicago Calling events.)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July 20: Will Alexander + Andrew Joron + Theremin

Friday, July 20th 

at Columbia College Chicago
The Ludington Building
1104 South Wabash Avenue 

The Harriet Reading Series presents Will Alexander and Andrew Joron, two poets whose writing explores the dominion of surrealism projected through the lens of science fiction. Radically experimental, rapturous, and estranging, Joron and Alexander find ways of sounding the impossible through language warped in its lyrical turnings. Two short films by video artist Adam Shecter that venture into pixelated zones on the hither side of the real will also be presented.

This event is one of many that are part of the 2012 Printers’ Ball.  
6-11pm!  Free and open to everyone!
Full schedule at

Join thousands of readers, writers, and artists from around the planet for the greatest literary party in the galaxy—a one-night supernova of books, magazines, and otherworldly ink on paper, distributed freely; live music, readings, and other performances; letterpress, papermaking, and bookbinding demonstrations; plus even more.  

Monday July 30th-exact change only release party

The Exact Change Only Summer Release Party.
Hosted by the Greatest Poet Alive
with Buddha 309
Susan Swanton
John Goode
Robin Fine
Wayne Allen Jones
Dana Jerman
Music by The Goods with Esteban Colon
and a brand new issue of Exact Change Only

Title: ECO LIVE with GPA- Summer Release Par...
When: Mon Jul 30 7:30pm – 10pm (CDT)
Where: "Studio A" 2941 W Belmont, Chicago
Who: David Buddha-Hargarten*
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Monday, July 16, 2012

July 22: Poets Who Open Doors

Featured readers include:
Kristy Bowen (dancing girl press)
Shanny Jean Maney (the Encyclopedia Show)
Jennifer Karmin (Red Rover Series)
Emily Rose Kahn–Sheahan (Mental Graffiti, Real Talk Live)
Johanny Vazquez Paz (Palabra Pura, Guild Complex)
Susan Yount (Arsenic Lobster, Chicago Poetry Bordello)

Sunday, July 22nd
at Woman Made Gallery
685 N. Milwaukee Ave -- free admission

Woman Made Gallery will feature poets who work tirelessly to create opportunities for other artists and writers to get their work out in front of the world – the editors, curators and people who staff arts organizations. Although some are better known for opening doors, many of these people have vibrant writing practices of their own. This reading will provide an opportunity to get to know the poetry of several such women.

Woman Made Gallery is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization founded in 1992. Its goal is to support women in the arts by providing opportunities, awareness and advocacy. It specifically accomplishes this through exhibitions which raise public awareness and recognition of women's cultural contributions.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A 3-part Historical Reenactment that tells the story of how human contact has altered Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

Part 1: Marquette & Joliet (1673)
Part 2: Capt. Streeter and the District of Lake Michigan (1886)
Part 3: The Dedication of the River's Reversal (18...92)

FREE event!

FREE bowlers, squirt guns, and Streeterville Currency to the first 100 participants!

With tintype photographs by Chris Olsen and silhouettes by Nina Nightingale.

With performances by:

Jon Langford
Martin Billheimer
Sally Tims
Tim Tuten
Alison Cuddy
Justin Amolsch
Rob Cruz
L. Wyatt
Scott M. Priz
Water Reclamations District Commissioner Debra Shore
Rich Cahan
Nick Fraccaro
Nicki Yowell
Kenneth Morrison
Matt Malooly
Nat Ward
Michelle Faust
Brant Veilleux
Tim Newberg
The Chicago Poetry Bordello
Sarah Crawford
Rich Bales
Ingrid Haftel
Kate Keleman
Meghan McGrath
Steampunk Chicago
Burke Bindbeutel
David Durstewitz
Tim Samuelson
Kevin Robinson
Jerry Boyle
Claire Glass
Richard Bales
Gail Spreen
Steve Mosqueda
Joe Mason
Nicki Yowell
Liz Mason
Tim Dashnaw
Rozi Cohen
Kennedy Greenrod
and many, many more.

With Art & Culture cops provided by members of the Chicago Architectural Foundation, SOAR, Quimby's, The Hideout, Public Media Institute, Chicago Publishes, The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Read/Write Library, and the Newberry.

Poster by Edie Fake. Handbill by Lyra Hill

After party at the Haymarket Pub & Brewery (737 W Randolph)

Monday, July 9, 2012

SALLY DELEHANT is a graduate of St. Mary's College of California's MFA program. Some of her work can be found in Calaveras, Columbia Poetry Review, Catch Up: Emerging Writers Issue, ONandOnScreen, Phantom Limb, and iO: A Journal of New American Poetry. Her first book of poems, A Real Time of It, was recently published by The Cultural Society. She lives in Chicago.

MARK LEIDNER was is the author of Beauty Was the Case that They Gave Me, a book of poetry (Factory Hollow 2011) and The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover, a book of aphorisms (Sator 2011). His poems have appeared in Action Yes, The Iowa Review, Sixth Finch, and Supermachine. He lives and tweets in western Massachusetts.

DOUGLAS KEARNEY is the author of Fear, Some (Red Hen Press 2006) and his second full-length collection, The Black Automaton, was chosen by Catherine Wagner for the National Poetry Series, published by Fence Books in 2009, and was a finalist for the Pen Center USA Award in 2010. His chapbook-as-broadsides-as-​LP, Quantum Spit, was released by Corollary Press in 2010. His newest chapbook, SkinMag (A5/Deadly Chaps) is now available. He has received a Whiting Writers Award, a Coat Hanger award and fellowships at Idyllwild and Cave Canem. Kearney has performed his poetry at the Public Theatre, the Orpheum, The World Stage and others. His poems have appeared in journals such as Callaloo, jubilat, Ploughshares, nocturnes, Ninth Letter, miPoesias, Southampton Review, Washington Square and Tidal Basin Review. He has been commissioned to compose poetry in response to art by the Weisman Museum in the Twin Cities, the Studio Museum in Harlem, FOCA and SFMOMA. Performances of Kearney’s libretti have been featured in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Europe and he has been invited to speak on poetics in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Malmö, Sweden. Born in Brooklyn, and raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley and teaches at CalArts and Antioch.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Tues., July 10, 6:30 pm, and Sun. July 15, 5:00 pm.
Additional performances to be announced.

Suggested donation: $5
The Holiday Club
4000 N. Sheridan
Chicago IL.
Produced by: Theatrical Readings

A dramatic reading of "Youth", a classic literary short work by Joseph Conrad. The slightly abridged reading of the original work is done in character, with images corresponding to the narrative periodically projected behind the reader. Duration 50 minutes. In "Youth", Conrad applies his signature device of storytelling through the mouth of a fictional eyewitness. But here, interestingly, the tale is an autobiographical chronicle - Conrad's own first voyage as second mate at the age of 20. Marlowe (of Heart of Darkness and other works) tells the light-hearted tale, seeming to conclude that life's only real attainment is to willfully experience full demands on one's abilities; an experience we seek only under youth's illusions.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

July 3: Wit Rabbit Reading

7pm Tuesday, July 3rd
at Quenchers Saloon
2401 N. Western Ave

Eugene Cross
Adam McOmber
Brian Mornar
Brianna Noll