Friday, April 26, 2013

Robin Fine is Waiting 4 the Bus

Monday, May 6, 2013

Your Mission if you choose to accept it.
is a special concept. The host will ask you to read a piece in your set. You may or may not be familiar with it. You can accept or decline. We hope you accept, it's more fun.


sign up 7:30pm
showtime 8-10pm
feature Robin Fine

come humor us and we can provide humor for you
and if you don't want to play...Come out and see Robin Fine

Thursday, April 25, 2013

6/12/13 Andy Carol poetry feature night at "the Cafe Gallery" open mic at Gallery Cabaret!

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

June 12, 7:00 - 9:00PM
The Cafe Gallery 
open mic at Gallery Cabaret
2020 N. Oakley Ave.
(a block away from Western and Armitage, by Milwaukee Ave., near a Blue line el stop)

Say Aloha! "The Cafe" open mic is now the Café Gallery, now at Gallery Cabaret! See us at 2020 N.Oakley Ave. on every other Wednesday from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. for poetry and performance art.
Come June 12th (7-9pm) for the Andy Karol poetry feature for this open mic! Sign up and read at the open mike before the great feature!

You can also sign up for a later feature with Janet Kuypers and side-kick Bob Rashkow... For info about the open mike and the 2013 schedule (and getting the chance to sign up for your OWN feature) you can always check out for the regular podcast, feature videos or future schedules.
Email the open mike at (or - only if the email has problems) with any questions, but details about the CALL for 2013 features is also available on line!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Red Rover Series / Experiment #62

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #62:
Bodies of Memory

7pm / doors lock 7:30pm

CM Burroughs
Hannah Gamble
Kate Greenstreet
Deborah Poe
Anne Shaw

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

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

CM BURROUGHS has been awarded fellowships and grants from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Cave Canem Foundation, Callaloo Writers Workshop and the University of Pittsburgh. She has received commissions from the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Warhol Museum to create poetry in response to art installations. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, jubilatPloughshares, VOLTBat City Review, and Sou’wester. She currently serves as Columbia College of Chicago's Elma Stuckey Poet in Residence, and as of Fall 2013 will serve as Assistant Professor of Poetry and Literature.   

HANNAH GAMBLE is the author of Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, selected by Bernadette Mayer for the 2011 National Poetry Series. You can follow her on twitter and listen to her voice telling you things on podcasts such as Radio Free Albion with Chicago poet Tony Trigilio and Portland's Late Night Library with Paul Martone and the Poetry Foundation's Off the Shelf with Curtis Fox. Her blogs and online articles appear at the Poetry Foundation and the Poetry Society of America. 

KATE GREENSTREET is currently on the road with her new book Young Tambling. Her previous books are case sensitive and The Last 4 Things, all from Ahsahta Press. Her poetry can be found in Colorado Review, Boston Review, GuernicaFence, Chicago Review, and other journals. For more information, visit her site at 

DEBORAH POE is author of the last will be stone, too (2013), Elements (2010), Our Parenthetical Ontology (2008), and Hélène (2012).  Writing is forthcoming or has recently appeared in Coconut, HandsomeEccolinguisticsShampooseventeen seconds, and Denver Quarterly. Her visual work—including video and handmade book objects—has appeared with the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Poetry Off the Page Symposium (Tucson), the Handmade/Homemade Sister Exhibit at Brodsky Gallery (Philadelphia), and ONN/OF “a light festival” (Seattle). Online experiments/exhibits of visual and text work include Lex-ICONYew JournalPEEP/SHOW, The Volta’s MediumElective Affinities, and Trickhouse.
ANNE SHAW is the author of Undertow, winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize, and Dido in Winter forthcoming from Persea Books in 2013. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Harvard Review, Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, and New American Writing. Also a visual artist, she is currently a graduate student of writing and sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work can be found online at 

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.  Founded in 2005 by Amina Cain and Jennifer Karmin, the over sixty events have featured a diversity of renowned creative minds.

Email ideas for reading experiments
to us at

The schedule for events is listed at

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April 19: Absinthe & Zygote

Absinthe & Zygote Presents  
Up & Down

Friday, April 19th  
7-8 pm
at the School of the Art Institute
36 S. Wabash (downtown)  
Elevator Bank, any floor 

Poetry in the Elevators  
A poetry reading featuring:
Amy England
Deborah Poe  
Jennifer Karmin  
Roger Reeves

Listen to poetry as you ride through the sky! 
Switch elevators to switch readers!

Sponsored by the SAIC Writing Program 
in conjunction with the Absinthe & Zygote reading series

Just show an ID to get in
facebook event page here

Saturday, April 13, 2013

April 14: Pop-Up Book Fair

Chicago Writers House
& Curbside Splendor Publishing present:

Sunday, April 14th

at the Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Ave
free admission with RSVP

40 of the finest independent publishers, presses, & booksellers from Chicago and elsewhere will be on hand hocking their goods. Quimby's Bookstore will also stock a table with a selection of books-n-zines penned by Chicagoans. The bar will be open so grab a cocktail and listen to live music all afternoon as you ogle some books and satiate your bibliophiliac needs! Live sets by Mr. Mayor & the Highballers, Warm Bones (a new project by Russ Woods of Tiny Folk) and If Trees Could Write.

7 Vientos - 826chi - Agate Publishing - Allium Press - Anobium - Another Chicago Magazine - Anything Goes Publishing - Artifice Mag - Burial Day Books - Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP) - Chicago Writer's Association - Chicago Zine Fest - contratiempo - Convulsive Editions - Curbside Splendor Publishing - Dogzplot - Dream of Things - featherproof books - Ginger Piglet - Graze Mag - The Handshake - The Illustrated Press - Lake Claremont Press - Lake Forest College Press / &Now Books - Love Symbol Press - MAKE - Midwest Writing Center - New American Press - Orange Alert - Other Voices (OV) Books - Poetry - Quimby's - Rose Metal Press - Solace in So Many Words - South Loop Review - Soup & Bread Cookbook - Spudnik Press - Switchback Books - TriQuarterly

Thursday, April 11, 2013

April 13: The Book That Was to Come

Saturday, April 13th at 1PM
Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center

A discrete waypoint in our understanding of what the book might become, where it is (no longer) bound. Featuring poets and artists whose work concerns the past and future of literary forms, including recipients of the Envisioning the Future of the Book commission from the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College. Interventions may include artists' books, works between page and screen, poems made from google books marginalia, and Orlando re-written by the vibrations of an oak tree.

Featuring Doro Boehme, Amaranth Borsuk, Kate Durbin, Lindsey French, Ian Hatcher, and Krissy Wilson. Curated by Judd Morrissey.

Doro Boehme is a writer and visual artist who came to Chicago on a one-year fellowship sponsored by the German Ministry of Culture and the Sciences Baden-Wuerttemberg. She holds an MFA from the Academy of the Arts in Stuttgart, Germany (master class of Joseph Kosuth) as well as an MILS from Dominican University. Currently she leads the Flaxman Library Special Collections at the School of the Art institute of Chicago; she co-teaches classes on special collections within the Arts Administration department at SAIC and teaches grad seminars within Columbia College Chicago's Interdisciplinary Arts Department on the history of artists' publications. She has published extensively as part of professional art and library organizations, contributed to exhibition catalogs and serial publications and is currently working on a series of short stories as well as her first novel.Her most recent visual works can be seen in online publications such as

Amaranth Borsuk is a poet working across media platforms. She is the author of Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012), selected by Paul Hoover for the 2011 Slope Editions Book Prize; Tonal Saw (The Song Cave, 2010), a chapbook; and, with programmer Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012), a book of augmented-reality poems. Her intermedia project Abra, a hybrid book-performance collaboration with Kate Durbin, Ian Hatcher, and Zach Kleyn recently received an Expanded Artists' Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago and will be issued as an artist's book and iPad app in fall of 2013. She has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and recently served as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT, where she taught classes in digital, visual, and material poetics. Her poems, collaborations, translations, reviews and essays have appeared widely in print and online. She currently teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell and is at work on a critical book, The Upright Script: Modernist Mediations and Contemporary Data Poetics.

Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles-based writer, cultural worker, and transmedia artist. She is author of the poetry book The Ravenous Audience (Akashic Books, 2009), selected by Chris Abani, and co-author of Abra, forthcoming in iOS and artist book editions with the help of a grant from Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. She has also published five chapbooks. She is founding editor of the online pop cultural journal Gaga Stigmata, and her tumblr project, Women as Objects, archives the teen girl tumblr aesthetic. Her projects have been featured by Poets and Writers,, Huffington Post, The New Yorker, Spex, NPR, Hyperallergic, Flavorwire, T-Mobile's Your Digital Daily,, and many others. She is the winner of an &Now Innovative Writing Award.

Lindsey French is a transdiciplinary artist and phyto-confabulator based in Chicago's urban ecosystem. Her recent collaborations with oak trees have produced two books, seductiveness the which issued by the whole person (2012), and upon writing grass (2013), through a generative and performative translation of the vibrations of oak trees. The former was exhibited at the LeRoy Neiman Center in Chicago, IL (2012) and the Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan (2012), and is held by the Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This fall she co-curated "void object()," a group show in conjunction with the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA: 2012) in Albuquerque, NM. Her projects have been featured on the Arduino blog, fNews magazine, and KTISMAjournal. She was recently nominated as a candidate for the 2013 Clare Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. Currently she is completing her Master of Fine Arts in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she will be teaching in Fall 2013.

Ian Hatcher is a writer, programmer, musician, and live artist. He has performed his work at the Kitchen (NYC), Chez Bushwick (NYC), Links Hall (Chicago), E-Poetry Festival (Buffalo), Interrupt Festival (Providence), &NOW Festival (San Diego), and several Electronic Literature Organization conferences. Poetry attributed to his name has appeared in LIT, The Claudius App, Web Conjunctions, SpringGun, Anomalous, and e-ratio. Along with Amaranth Borsuk and Kate Durbin, he is a recipient of the Expanded Artists' Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, and co-author of the forthcoming book/app Abra. He holds a BFA from SAIC, an MFA from Brown University, and is a long-term collaborative partner of the Moving Architects dance company. He lives in New York City.

Krissy Wilson is a writer and artist from Miami, Florida. She created and maintains The Art of Google Books, a blog-archive that recognizes digitization as photography and showcases signs of use in digitized books. This Tumblr-spotlighted project has more than 55,000 followers and has been featured by PBS Newshour Art Beat and Picture Dept. (Newsweek/Daily Beast), among others. Wilson holds a BA in English from the University of Florida, where she engaged in the critical study of children’s literature and the history of the book, and she is currently a Master of Fine Arts in Writing candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This summer, she will be applying to the Fulbright program with the project Detritus: Poems from the Thames Foreshore.

Judd Morrissey is an electronic writer and artist whose works encompass elements of internet art, live performance, site-responsive installation, and structured public participation. He is the creator of widely studied and anthologized digital literary works including The Precession (2011), The Last Performance [dot org] (2009), The Jew’s Daughter (2006), and My Name is Captain, Captain (2002). His projects are presented nationally and internationally in festivals, exhibitions, conferences and commission contexts. Morrissey is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he teaches courses in networked and computational writing, digital art, and contemporary performance.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April 11: Poetry Installation

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Thursday, April 11 @ 7p
Millennium Park Room, Chicago Cultural Center

Pulling from toy theater and the operatic tradition of regietheater, combined with the effect of streaming media in the present day, Caroline Picard and Devin King's Rehearsal of a Grand Opera for One Person presents a momentary installation, interrupted for 2 hours by improvisatory guitar, a reading from Laura Goldstein and a sound performance from Mark Booth. Laura Goldstein presents a performative translation of the title poem of her forthcoming collection and Mark Booth presents Flags, an audio composition in the form of a spoken list that begins with the line "The flag of your love is shaped like a snail copulating with a creme filled pastry" and continues describing a series of flags.

Mark Booth is an interdisciplinary artist, sound artist, and writer residing in Oak Park, Illinois. He has performed and exhibited in the United States, Scandinavia, Australia, and Germany. Booth is an assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he currently teaches creative writing and sound (as well as painting, drawing, and performance sometimes but not recently). Booth has collaborated sonically with Michael Graeve, Lou Mallozzi, Adrian Moens, Coppice, and Tiny Hairs.

Laura Goldstein's poetry and essays have appeared or are forthcoming from the Denver Quarterly, American Letters and Commentary, Jacket2, How2 and other fine publications. She is the author of five chapbooks and her first full-length collection of poetry, loaded arc, will be released by Trembling Pillow Press in Summer 2013. She currently teaches at Loyola University and co-curates the Red Rover Series with Jennifer Karmin in Chicago.

Devin King is a writer, musician, and teacher working in Chicago, IL. His long poem, "CLOPS," is out from the Green Lantern Press, Chicago, where he is now the poetry editor. A new chapbook, The Resonant Space , is out from The Holon Press, Chicago. Both are available at More at

Caroline Picard is a Chicago-based artist, writer and curator who explores the figure in relation to systems of power. While that interest began with various investigations about public and private space it has since transformed into an on-going investigation of inter-species borders, how the human relates to its environment and what possibilities might emerge from upturning an anthropocentric world view. She is the Managing Editor for the Bad at Sports blog and Founding Director of the Green Lantern Press.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

April 15th-Kristin LaTour is waiting 4 the bus

Waiting 4 the Bus is hosting Kristin LaTour as a feature April 15th! Come on out! Sign up starts at 7:30 for the open mic, and a prompt start at 8:00

GET YOUR TAXES DONE EARLY AND COME FORGET ABOUT MONEY while listening to a bunch of poets (broke people) celebrate spring.

Kristin will be reading from her new chapbook, Agoraphobia, forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press as well as some old favorites!

Monday, April 1, 2013

It's time to file your taxes and then distract yourself with awesome poetry.
The Second Sunday Show prides itself on it's promptness. Features and audience members should do their best to arrive on time for some super cool poetic magnificence,
this week features an amazing line up.
Marty McConnell
Gregory Curry
Paul Ferrell
Laura M. Dixon
and it's all absolutely free.
The Second Sunday Show is hidden in the back room of Powell's Bookstore in University Village
Hosted by the unbearably groovy kids who bring you W4tB

Second Sunday Top Shelf Poets:Powell's bookstore 1218 S Halsted St Chicago

3:00pm until 5:00pm

Molly malone's Literary open mic and reading series: featuring John Goode

Molly Malone's 7652 W. Madison Forest Park, IL

Molly Malone's
Literary Open Mic and Reading Series
featuring John Goode (Graduating from Eternity)
Monday, March 11
7:00 open mic sign-up
$5 if you can
$3 if you can't

Editorial Reviews

Relentlessly, the images come to do what they have to do. At once, full of compassion without the pitiful face, then furious without commonplace madness. This work sits in front of and behind and to the side of itself, watching. This is not an easy task. To call it human underestimates it. Graduating from Eternity forces me to believe God happens, not God is. - Collin Bunting

Cross a waterfall with a cave, and you get the poetry of John Goode. His poems occupy a turbulent landscape, ghosted with shadows, full of movement. They are dangerous, craggy, sensuous, and vulnerable. The cascade of his surreal images and wild juxtapositions are disorienting in the best possible way. They might carry you over the edge. --Nina Corwin, Author of The Uncertainty of Maps

Somewhere between post modernism and mystic realism is the poetry of John Goode. His rapid fire similes weave neon tapestries of urban social decay and heartbreak covering a dark wit and social commentary. One of the best of a new generation. --David Hargarten, publisher Exact Change Only

The caliber of John Goode's poems and images are so consistently high that not one stands out as the definition. This poet measures essences of truths, heavy, gritty and immense. Distinctly animal. Effortlessly male. The very blood of art graces these pages. Rampant, beautiful, and aware. --Dana Jerman
About the Author
John Goode's poems have appeared in magazines such as Rattle, Slipstream, Arsenic Lobster, Bottle of Smoke Broadside Series, Afterhours Press, Mudfish, and Skidrow Penthouse (his favorite). He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2004. He was Runner-Up for the Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle in 2008. And his chapbook, Graduating from Eternity, was First Runner-Up for the Ronald Wardall Award from Rain Mountain Press in 2009. He lives in Chicago, and bartends somewhere along the dark shores of the moon.