Thursday, September 27, 2012

Chicago Calling at Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery

Saturday, October 6 (9 p.m.)

2830 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd floor
Chicago, IL  60647

$10 donation

This 2012 Chicago Calling Arts Festival event features performances by the Microcosmic Sound Orchestra, Jen Besemer and j/j hastain (poetry), Saul Aguirre (performance), Eric Elshtain and Gregory Fraser (poetry), Nu Directions Chamber Brass, and Chicago Scratch Orchestra —

Nu Directions Chamber Brass
   Thomas Madeja -- trumpets
   Barry McCommon -- bass trombone
   Tim Decillis -- drums

Jen Besemer (Chicago) and j/j hastain (Lafayette, CO) -- poetry collaboration

   David Boykin -- percussion & reed instruments
   Jayve Montgomery -- saxophones & percussion
   Eliel Sherman Storey -- tenor & alto saxophones
   Dan Godston -- trumpet & small instruments
   Alex Wing -- upright bass

Eric Elshtain (Oak Park) and Gregory Fraser (Carrollton, GA) poetry collaboration

SaulAguirre performs N-Arizotas

   Julia Miller -- guitar
   Jon Hey -- electronics
   Elbio Barilari -- guitar
   Jeff Kowalkowski -- keyboards
   Paul Hartsaw -- alto and sopranino saxophones
   Christopher Preissing -- flute, electronics
   James Cornish -- baritone horn
   Joe Vajarsky -- tenor saxophone
   Dan Godston -- trumpet
   Mark Hardy -- electronics
   kg price -- percussion
   Jimmy Bennington -- percussion

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sept 29: We Can Be Heroes

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #57:

We Can Be Heroes

A special event with

100 Thousand Poets for Change



Darren Angle
Barbara Barg
Joel Craig
Carlos Cumpian
Denise Dooley
Dan Godston
Laura Goldstein
Kurt Heinz
Parneshia Jones
Jennifer Karmin
Virginia Konchan
Toni Asante Lightfoot
Monica Long
Ladan Osman
Johanny Vรกzquez Paz
Timothy David Rey
Kenyatta Rogers
Lew Rosenbaum
Larry Sawyer
Keli Stewart
Steven Teref
Lina Vitkauskas

at Outer Space Studio

1474 N. Milwaukee Ave
suggested donation $4
**proceeds to be donated to Kiva**

logistics --

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

On September 29, 2012, many poets around the world will make their voices heard. To declare the change they’d like to see most in the U.S. and throughout the international community, events are being staged on four continents and in over 100 countries as part of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. 
This night of poetry and activism in Chicago asks the questions: “Who are our heroes?” “Why?” And most importantly “How can we use their examples to create positive change in the world?”

Co-curated by Barbara Barg, Laura Goldstein, Jennifer Karmin,
Larry Sawyer & Lina Vitkauskas

Co-sponsored by the Chicago Calling Festival

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sept 24:W4tB at Jaks with Maxwell Baumbach .

Come out and join us in celebration as Waiting 4 the Bus returns to its original home. Our band of Weirdos will take op residence in the ancestral home on Sept 24th (I know it's not the 1st or 3rd Monday, get over it for once)
here's the skinny, yo
Jaks Tap
901 W. Jackson
7:30 sign up-10pm
featuring Maxwell Baumbach

If you need to be all themey--I suggest "Coming Home"

Haiku Society of America

Haiku Poets to Meet

Haiku Society of America members and guests will meet to share and critique participants’ poems, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 at Winnetka Public Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka. Free and open to the public, pre-registration is required.

Those who don’t have haiku to share may attend to listen and learn.

Haiku is short meditative poetry that originated in Japan in the 1600s. It is gaining popularity worldwide in many languages. Often three lines, it has 17 syllables or less, and captures the moment with a reference to nature, seasons, or human nature.

HSA is a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization to promote the writing and appreciation of haiku in English. Its website is

HSA’s Midwest Region holds five meetings a year in the north suburbs that include speakers, readings, retreats, and festivals.

To pre-register for the October meeting, contact Charlotte Digregorio, Midwest Regional Coordinator, 847-881-2664.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Kenyatta Rogers and Jill Magi Reading

Come on out to hear to Kenyatta Rogers and Jill Magi read as part of Columbia College Chicago’s Fall 2012 Poetry Reading series.

When: Wednesday, September 19, 5:30pm
Where: 618 S. Michigan Ave, Stage Two, Second Floor

Kenyatta Rogers, the 2012-13 Visiting Poet at Columbia College Chicago, is a Cave Canem Fellow and a founding member of the Chicago Poetry Bordello. He’s taught for the Chicago City Colleges, Kent State University, The Children’s Humanities Festival Words@Play Program and was a Professional English Tutor with the Truman College TRiO Program. He is a Poet-in-Residence for the Hands on Stanzas program through the Chicago Poetry Center and his poems have been published or are forthcoming in Cave Canem Anthology XIII, Vinyl, Arsenic Lobster, Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, 350poems, and elsewhere. In 2009 he was nominated for an Illinois Arts Council Literacy Award.

Jill Magi’s text/image, poetry/prose hybrid words document the generative space between ideology and experience as it is lived. A teacher at Goddard College and a visiting writer in the MFA Poetry Program at Columbia College, she is the author of SLOT (Ugly Duckling Presse), Cadastral Map (Shearsman), Torchwood (Shearsman), Threads (Futurepoem), the chapbooks Die for love/furlough, Poetry Bam Bam!, Confidence and Autonomy, and numerous handmade books. Recent work has appeared in Drunken Boat, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Common-place: Journal of the American Antiquarian Society, and is forthcoming in Rattapallax. Her visual works have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, apexart, AC Institute, and Pace University. She was a textile Arts Center resident in 2011, a writer-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2006-07, and currently is a recipient of a multi-disciplinary arts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Magi runs Sona Books, a very small chapbook press, from her apartment in Chicago. In 2010, Poets & Writers magazine named her one of the most inspiring authors for her publishing work.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

furniture press 10th anniversary

Saturday, September 8th, 7-9pm
Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood Ave

Join us at the Mess Hall in Roger's Park for a reading celebrating the 10th anniversary of Furniture Press! Based in Baltimore, Furniture Press publishes books, chapbooks, zines & strange texts which play at (& w/) intertextuality & appropriation. Joshua Ware, Magus Magnus, Emily Carr & Toby Altman will read and a 10th anniversary reader will be available for free:

Joshua Ware:

Joshua Ware is the author of Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley (Furniture Press Books, 2011). He has three chapbooks recentl y published or forthcoming: How We Remake the World (Slope Editions), co-written with Trey Moody; SDVIG (alice blue books), co-written with Natasha Kessler; and Imaginary Portraits (Greying Ghost Press).

Emily Carr:

My ecofeminist lyric praxis explores the psychological impact literacy has on our experience of the ecologies for which we have chosen (not perhaps willingly but merely by virtue of our belonging to them) to take responsibility. I call my work eco-feminist rather than “nature writing” because while I do write about nature, I am more interested in how writing about nature can be a way of studying human nature: the language and forms we use to discuss what can be turned into bodies, stories or selves; what turns are taken in bodies, stories or selves; what ends up in bodies, stories, and selves and what bodies, stories, and selves end up as in the end. For example, in my first two books of poetry, directions for flying and 13 Ways of Happily: books 1 & 2, I explore what I see as un(re)solved feminist questions: does the female subject continue to (as in the early days of feminism) be symbolically fraught? (And did feminism inadvertently cause this? And then fail to provide the answer?)

Magus Magnus:

Located in the Washington D.C. metro area, Magus Magnus has four books recently published from Baltimore-based presses: Verb Sap (Narrow House 2008); Idylls for a Bare Stage (twentythreebooks 2011); and two from Furniture Press - Heraclitean Pride (2010) and, just out this summer 2012, The Re-echoes. Two poems from Verb Sap - "Empirical/Imperial Demonstration" and "Radical Crumb" - appear in the 10th edition of Pearson Longman's English anthology, Literature.

Toby Altman:

Toby lives in Chicago, where he co-curates the Absinthe and Zygote series with Anne Shaw. His poems have recently appeard in Gigantic Sequins, The Berkeley Poetry Review, The Adirondack Review and other journals. He is cofounder of Damask Press, and a member of the Next-Objectivists. His chapbook "Asides" is forthcoming from Furniture.
The Mess Hall is located at 6932 N. Glenwood Avenue, immediately off the Morse Red Line stop.