Friday, February 28, 2014

Printers Row Event with Poet Kevin Young

On Thursday, March 13, Chicago Tribune senior writer/columnist and WGN radio host Rick Kogan will sit down with poet Kevin Young and discuss his forthcoming collection of poems, “Book of Hours," in which Young reflects on the grief he feels a decade after the sudden death of his father, what it means to be a father and what it means to be a son. Young is the author of seven books of poetry of his own, including “Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels,” for which he won the 2012 American Book Award. He is a professor of creative writing and English at Emory University.

This Chicago Tribune Trib Nation event will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Tribune Tower, located at 435 N. Michigan Ave. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at the following link: Row members can enter the promotional code "FreeTicket" and use their membership number to redeem their free member ticket.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Susan Swanton and Dana Jerman are Waiting 4 the Bus (March 3)

The greatest poetry open mic in the world returns with the coolest features ever. Dana Jerman and Susan Swanton are writers with a sharpened cutting edge, a sharpened wit, and a pretty cool fashion sense too. They are awesome examples of what W4tB loves about poetry.
Join guest hosts Esteban Colon and Jude Chance in the Rendezvous room at Jaks tap 901 W Jackson
Sign up 7:30
Show time 8-10pm
40 beers on tap
Great food
We request a donation for the feature
But the show is free

Suggested theme monkeys, ninjas, clowns, and the secret sex life of Sherlock Holmes

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Red Rover Series / Experiment #72

Red Rover Series
{readings that play with reading}

Experiment #72:

7pm / doors lock 7:30pm


Toby Altman 
Adrienne Dodt
J'Sun Howard 
Sara Zalek



kg price
ni wang
wyatt sparks
paula nacif

fenn macon
will soderberg
meredith kooi
andrew monks
heather mcshane 
brett ian balogh
christine janokowicz / armpitrubber

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

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


NO MEDIA is an open improvisational realtime/performance media art event curated by Jeff Kolar, Nick Briz & Jason SollidayNO MEDIA aims to bring together artists from a broad range of performable disciplines (poets + dancers + expanded cinemaistas + free jazzers + audio/video noise makers + etc) to challenge the conventions of their practice by responding in realtime to artists from other disciplines.

TOBY ALTMAN is the author of a chapbook, Asides (Furniture Press 2012). His poems can or will be found in The Black Warrior Review, Fact-Simile, The Offending Adam, and other journals. He lives in Chicago where he co-curates Absinthe and Zygote, an experimental reading series. 

is a poet, essayist, and amateur photographer. Adrienne's work can be found in Fact-Simile, Apothecary, Con/Crescent, and Monkey Puzzle magazines, and, most recently, in the anthology Body Electric. Ze is a regular contributor to Spoon River Poetry Review blog. Ze was the Poetry Editor for Bombay Gin magazine in 2008-2009, and ze edited the Next Objectivists' chapbook Collective Unconsciousnesses in 2011. Adrienne currently teaches English at City Colleges of Chicago.

choreography has appeared in multiple venues around Chicago including Links Hall, Northwestern University, Sonotheque, Lincoln Square Theatre, Insight Arts/Center for New Possibilities, Rumble Arts, Epiphany Church, and has been commissioned for Chicago Academy School for the Arts.  Literary work is published in the following journals: Chicago IRL, Danspance’s Constellations and Influences, The Garland Court Review, Inkwell, Storyglossia, and forthcoming from 3rd Language.

SARA ZALEK is an artist obsessed with sci-fi, time travel, witches, dreams, predatory animals, permaculture, dynamic movement, and the act of transformation. Inspired by Hijikata, Kazuo Ono, Yoko Ono, Pina Bausch, David Bowie, poetry, fluxus, and expressionism, she aims to develop greater openness, acute listening and fierce collaboration while embodying the collective psyche. Zalek graduated from SAIC in 2006, LinkUp resident in 2012, and has collaborated in over 50 unique live works in Chicago since moving here in 2003.

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, the over seventy events have featured a diversity of renowned creative minds.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Chad Sweeney & Peter Davis Reading

The Spring 2014 Reading Series, sponsored by the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, presents Chad Sweeney and Peter Davis.

When: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 5:30pm
Where: Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Ave, Second Floor

CHAD SWEENEY is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Parable of Hide and Seek (Alice James Books, 2010) and Wolf’s Milk: Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney (Forklift Books, bilingual Spanish/English, 2012), and two books of translation, The Art of Stepping Through Time: Selected Poems of H.E. Sayeh (White Pine Books, 2011, with Mojdeh Marashi) and Pablo Neruda’s The Call to Destroy Nixon (Marick Press, forthcoming).

PETER DAVIS is the author of three books of poetry, Hitler's Mustache (Barnwood Press, 2006), Poetry! Poetry! Poetry! (Bloof Books, 2010) and TINA (Bloof Books, 2013). His poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series as well as many journals like Court Green, Jacket, and La Petite Zine.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Kill Yr Idols: Bill Cosby is Dead
February 18th 8pm
Cole's Bar
2338 N Milwaukee ave

The monthly Kill Yr Idols Reading Series continues with Bill Cosby is Dead, a tribute to America's favorite sweater owner with a night of poetry, music, comedy, and conspiracy theories.
Performers include:
Heiko Julien (I Am Ready to Die a Violent Death)
Muyassar Kurdi (The Hummingbird, Wet and Blessed)
Stephen Dvorak (omissionary)
Elizabeth S Tieri (Back to Print Press)
Hel and Blanche Kiernan
Spencer W Carey
Erin NoSkillz
Robert Katovich
Nicholas Souder
and music from The Iceberg (featuring members of Absolutely Not, Swimsuit Addition, and Sybris.)