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Journal of Modern Poetry Becomes an Annual


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Here it is, the much anticipated sequel to the highly popular Vape Mania. Prepare yourself for ten times the insanity, ten times the hilarity, ten times the intrigue and, of course, ten times the vaping.

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Journal of Modern Poetry Goes Annual, Updates Guidelines


After a break of a few months to catch my breath, Chicago Poetry Press is now accepting submission of poetry for Journal of Modern Poetry 18 (JOMP 18). Before reading the newly updated guidelines below, allow me to briefly summarize the changes that have been made in the submission process.

Now An Annual

Previously JOMP was a bi-annual publication. Producing two anthologies a year proved a bit too much for me to accomplish alongside the other projects I am working on. So from now on JOMP will be an annual publication, with one larger volume coming out per year. This will give me, as editor, additional time to concentrate on putting out a bigger and better issue, and it will also allow me some much needed rest between issues.

Change To Submission Donation

For years, JOMP has been proud to be perhaps the only project of its kind to actually refund the entry fee to those who have not been selected for publication. As much as I’d love to continue being the hero in this area, the more JOMP grows the more increasingly difficult it is to maintain this policy.

Offering the "money back guarantee" makes it impossible for me to anticipate what kind of funding the project will have when all is said and done. It’s simply impossible to use all the submissions I receive, and during the last issue I had to return nearly a third of the donations collected, some of which had to be written by check and mailed since the opportunity to return them electronically had expired. So please be aware of the following changes.

The submission donation will from now on be considered a subscription to JOMP. The subscription will guarantee all contributors one issue of the book, whether the contributor is selected for inclusion in the book or not. The donation will be $16, equal to the retail price of the book, and will be non-refundable, but will include free shipping and handling. It’s my opinion that if you don’t like a publication enough to at least buy a copy of it, then why do you want your work published in it anyway? To clarify, although a subscription to JOMP is required before you can submit poetry to JOMP, the subscription in no way guarantees that your work will be selected for publication. As has always been the case, work is selected by its quality and relevance to the project.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support,

CJ Laity
Editor, Journal of Modern Poetry




Now Accepting Submission of Poetry For JOMP 18


Chicago Poetry Press is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for its eighteenth volume of poetry and creative writing: JOMP 18: The Official Poets’ Guide To Peace. This themed issue of JOMP is scheduled to be released in April of 2015, right in time to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Chicago Poetry Press is seeking poetry on the theme of “Peace” (whatever that means to you). Although I will happily consider poetry of a political nature, I’m not necessarily looking for political poetry, nor preachy poetry that believes it has all the answers. Instead, I want to know: What does peace mean to you? How do you find peace? I'm looking for poetry that will make the audience for this book feel a sense of peace when reading it.

Some suggestions of topics that may fit into this theme include poems about nature, gardening, friends and family, images of beauty, spirituality, laughter, happiness, charity, empathy, peaceful protest, good food, being in love, wildlife, travel, rest and relaxation, hobbies, perhaps even death after suffering. There is no restriction to the topics that may fall under the category of “Peace”. If you feel your poetry emits a sense of peace in any way, shape or form, I want to see it. The goal is that by combining multiple views on what brings peace, that the collection as a whole will find some common ground and serve as a poetic guide to the nature of peace itself.

More Information and Guidelines

--Journal of Modern Poetry is once again seeking to showcase some of the best poetry written today, whether it is traditional or experimental. All form, style and length will be considered from published as well as previously unpublished poets. Your poem doesn't necessarily have to take the theme of "Peace" literally; in fact, the word "peace" doesn't even need to appear in your poem. If you believe your work will make someone feel peace when it is read, please submit it.

--Your entry donation is considered a subscription to JOMP 18. You will receive a copy of the book after its publication, whether your work is accepted for publication or not.

--All poets 18 years old or older will be given equal consideration.

--What kind of poetry has a chance? All types. I'm just looking for quality work. The best way to get a sense of what writing I have honored in the past is to purchase one of Chicago Poetry Press' publications, all of which I have edited (see buttons to the upper right of this page for ordering information). Otherwise, just submit if you believe in your work.

--Please send only original work written by you. Poetry must be primarily in the English language. Previously published work is okay for consideration into JOMP 18 (please cite previous publications and make sure copyright has reverted back to you)..

--Poets may submit up to five poems for consideration.

--You may update your entry prior to the final deadline. What does this mean? It means if you have rewritten your poem, or if you have a new poem that you want to add to your submission, you can send me an update to your file at no additional cost as long as I get it before the final deadline. Whatever I have in your file at the expiration of the final deadline is what will be submitted for possible publication. This gives you a lot of flexibility to tweak your submission as the final deadline approaches and it gives priority to those who submit early.

--If at any time it is determined that enough submissions have been received to sustain the publication, ChicagoPoetry.com reserves the right to halt this open call. This means that priority will be given to early submissions, so it's wise not to wait until the last minute to submit. Let me explain further. As I review the work periodically throughout the submission process, certain poems tend to be pre-selected and certain running themes begin to emerge. Last minute submissions would then be expected to fit in with what has already been selected, making it much harder for last minute submissions to make the cut. This is why it is highly encouraged that you make your submissions as early as possible. Remember, you can always tweak your submission any time before the final deadline if you've rewritten your work or have a new poem to add.

IT'S TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR POETRY FOR POSSIBLE PUBLICATION.


To submit to The Official Poets’ Guide To Peace, you must be subscribed to receive this year's volume of JOMP.

BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR POETRY:

CLICK HERE

to donate $16 through PayPal and receive a subscription to JOMP 18. You will receive a copy of the anthology after publication whether or not you have been selected for publication.

Once you have subscribed, you have until the final deadline to submit up to five of your best poems (review the theme above) to Publisher@ChicagoPoetry.com.

The best way to submit your poetry is as an attachment in Microsoft Word or Works (no pdfs please) with all your poetry included in one SINGLE document (not five separate documents please). Use a standard black font and do not attach images. Please include a cover letter introducing yourself and include all your contact information.

SUBMISSION PERIOD: The submission period will be from September 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015.

Once again, please be aware that priority is given to early submissions. As I review the work periodically throughout the submission process, certain poems tend to be pre-selected and certain running themes begin to emerge. Last minute submissions would then be expected to fit in with what has already been selected, making it much harder for last minute submissions to make the cut. This is why it is highly encouraged that you make your submissions as early as possible. Remember, you can always tweak your submission any time before the final deadline if you've rewritten your work or have a new poem to add.

If you have any questions do not be shy. Contact me at Publisher@ChicagoPoetry.com and I will personally reply back with any clarifications.

Journal of Modern Poetry Volume 18 promises to be the beginning of yet another era in Chicago Poetry Press' tradition of publishing the freshest and highest quality poetry. I hope you are as excited about this as I am, and I can't wait to read your submissions.

Yours in poetry,

CJ Laity
Editor, Journal of Modern Poetry
Chicago Poetry Press
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Joe Carey and other Chicago Poetry Press authors will be displaying their books and doing book signings at the Poetry Fest at Harold Washington Library on Saturday, April 26, 10 AM to 4 PM. Look for the Chicago Poetry Press table in the main lobby on that day.

Click Here to order your copy of Postcards from Poland and get free shipping.

About this book of impressive poems: There is something poignantly beautiful in the lovely lines that come off the page to reach into the heart and mind. Always there on the edge of aware. Joe Carey's "Postcards from Poland" also has something of that loving slant of insight always there in a mind at peace with the time and place. His award winning book of 41 postcard poems reveal what Joe Carey cares about: the language and rhythm of truth.

Ken Nordine, Legendary “Word-Jazz” Originator

Chicago Poetry Press is pleased to announce the release of Postcards from Poland, written by Joseph Kuhn Carey of Glencoe, IL, a Journal of Modern Poetry Book Award Selection. The poems in Mr. Carey's manuscript were composed over three years after the author took an inspiring journey with his family to the Polish cities of Krakow & Zakopane. The "artistic travel-log" nature of the poems present the sights, sounds and colorful events occurring in and around these two mysterious, gorgeous and overlooked cities, which are home to ancient castles, fantastic museums, breath-taking churches, soaring cable-car rides, astonishing mountains, and amazing nightclubs set deep in medieval cellars, as well as nearby horrific and powerfully enlightening WWII death camp locations. The author Joe Carey says: "There is something essential and important in these two cities for the older and younger Polish generations. For the older generation, Krakow and Zakopane represent things that survived WWII intact and largely untouched—while to the younger generation, the two cities represent the vibrant, energetic and robust side of Polish life."

Joseph Kuhn Carey is the recipient of an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)/Deems Taylor Award for music-related writing (for articles written about jazz artist/composers Carla Bley, Charlie Haden and Anthony Braxton) and a Grammy-voting member of The Recording Academy. He’s published a chapbook of poetry (“Bulk-Rate”) and a book on jazz (“Big Noise From Notre Dame: A History of The Collegiate Jazz Festival,” University of Notre Dame Press) and has released two “Loose Caboose Band” CDs of original children’s songs with his brother, Bill, entitled “The Caboose is Loose” and “Mighty Big Broom,” the latter of which garnered two first-round Grammy nominations in 2008 (both recordings, and all of the individual songs, are available on iTunes, CDbaby.com and Amazon.com). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Fine Arts (in Creative Writing) degree from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Master of Science in Mass Communication degree from Boston University. He’s traveled the country interviewing bakers for Bakery Magazine, written about jazz & blues artists for Down Beat, JazzTimes and The Boston Globe, and his poems have been selected in the Journal of Modern Poetry’s JOMP 15 and JOMP 16 Poetry Contests, the Writer’s Digest 7th Annual Poetry Awards Contest & 80th Annual Writing Competition, Highland Park Poetry’s 2013 “Poetry That Moves” & 2013 “Poetry Challenge” contests and the Evanston Public Library’s 2013 35th Annual Jo-Anne Hirschfield Memorial Poetry Awards. When not scribbling poems, stories and songs on all available scraps of paper to read to his wife and sons over dinner, he runs a successful multi-state property management business.

Here is a buoyant and bountiful love letter to Krakow, with a receptive spirit for everything from Szarlotka and clopping horses, to salt mines, to McDonalds-in-the-catacombs. Joe Carey has made poetry without cynicism or bad temper (though with a touch of irony here and there), always curious and open to the “outdoor swagger” of the land and to “what’s going on inside". A pleasure to read.

Janet Burroway, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-Nominated Novelist, Poet, Playwright and Children’s Book Author

UPCOMING POSTCARD EVENTS

Event #1:

Highland Park Poetry’s 2014 Poetry Challenge Reading Event and Open MiC

hosted by Highland Park Poetry. The event will feature a number of 2014 Poetry Challenge poets, who will read their Poetry Challenge-selected poems, followed by an Open mic

The Art Center, 1957 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park, IL. For further details or directions, please go to HighlandParkPoetry.org

Friday, April 18, 8 p.m, Free

Event #2

Exclamations! A Poetry Reading Event

Exclamations is a program of original poetry. Many of the authors have had books published, won awards, or their poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies. The poets include Highland Park Poetry founder Jennifer Dotson, Wendy Anderson, June Sawyers, Tamara Tabel, Michelle Brinckerhoff, Maria-Viktoria Abricka, J. Horton Palmer, Joseph Kuhn Carey, Terry Loncaric, and Ian McKeirnan. The event is free. Each poet will read four or more poems. Details are available at 630-670-1321.

Grassroots Clothing & General Store, 211 Park Ave., Barrington, IL. For further information, please call 630-670-1321

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 7 p.m

Free

Event #3

Joseph Kuhn Carey/ “Postcards From Poland” Poetry Reading & Open Mic

Joseph Kuhn Carey will be the featured Guest Poet (reading poems from his poetry book, “Postcards From Poland”) at this event, which is hosted by Highland Park Poetry. An open mic will follow

The Art Center, 1957 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park, IL._ For further details or directions, please go to HighlandParkPoetry.org

Friday, May 16, 8 p.m.

Free

Event #4:

Poetry Today Comcast 10 Television Interview & “Postcards From Poland” Poetry Reading with Joseph Kuhn Carey

Hosted by Poetry Today. Interviewer: Jennifer Dotson or Gilda Lessing

Highland Park, IL.

April 29, 2014 12:30-1:30 p.m. (Television Interview Session). This Poetry Today Program for Comcast 10 will be available later for viewing by Comcast customers on Monday, Wednesday & Sundays at 2:00 p.m. on Highland Park's Channel 10. Or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. on Channel 19. If you are an AT&T customer you also have access to public access. Click on 99, then when prompted click OK. You will see towns listed and go to Highland Park. You can access channels 10 and 19 there.

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Chicago Poetry Press is pleased to announce that JOMP 16 is now available featuring 64 poets.

Click Here to order JOMP 16 and get free shipping!

The JOMP 16 poets are:

Albert DeGenova, Amanda Layman, Andrew Rafalski, Anna Middleton, Annie Grizzle, Beatriz Badikian-Gartler, Carol Muehleman, Cassandra Ledbetter, Catharine J. Jones, Charu Gandhi, Cordell M. Miles Jr., Curt Vevang, David Nekimken, Donal Mahoney, Donna Pecore, Ellen Savage, Gail Vescovi, George Korolog, Itala Langmar, James L. Merriner, Jamie Perry, Jennifer Dotson, Jim Davis, JoAnne Blackwelder, John J. Gordon, Josef Venable, Joseph Glaser, Joseph Kuhn Carey, Joseph Schlesinger, Judith MK Tepfer, Kritish Rajbhandari, Linda Benninghoff, Linda Leedy Schneider, Lois Barr, Lynn Sadler, Marcia Pradzinski, Margaret Dubay Mikus, Marian Kaplun Shapiro, Marianne Schaefer, Marilyn Peretti, Marissa Brawn, Mary Chapman, Mary Jo Balistreri, Mary Langer Thompson, Michael Schwartz, Nancy Heggem, Pamela Larson, Peter Rodenby, Rebecca Mullen, René Ostberg, Richard Ilnicki, Robin Goldberg, Ryan Peter Muha, Sharon Warner, Sheila A Donovan, Tamara Tabel, Terri M. O'Hara, Terry Loncaric, Thelma T. Reyna, Timothy E. Doyle, Tinamaria Penn, Tobin Fraley, Trudy Leong, and Wilda Morris

JOMP 16 was released at the Chicago Book Expo on November 24.

Cover art by Divya Rajan.

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Chicago Poetry Press is excited to announce the long awaited release of the second Journal of Modern Poetry Book Award selection, Bindle Stick, Poems by Donna Pecore.

Bindle Stick is Donna Pecore's first full length book of poetry. Pecore has been a featured poet for ChicagoPoetry.com events and publications for many, many years and her book is the perfect new addition to the imprint.

Bindle Stick is a 76 page, perfect bound edition with custom cover art created by Emily Thornton Calvo. The book features nearly fifty of Donna Pecore's best poems.

Pecore's manuscript was selected as part of the JOMP 15 Book Award Contest sponsored by Chicago Poetry Press (submissions are still being accepted for the JOMP 16 contest--click here for details).

Larry O. Dean, author of Brief Nudity (Salmon Poetry), says of the author: "Donna Pecore honed her writing chops at the (in)famous WEEDS Poetry Open Mic, where many of Chicago's top 'saloon' poets rose to prominence, but Pecore's work is far from pigeonholeable. In Bindle Stick, Pecore name checks such classical sources as Horace, Blake and Hesse, not to impress her readers but rather to give them a point of reference, a beginning from which to enter into dialogue with these emotionally accessible and verbally playful poems."

Pecore is a member of the Neighborhood Writers' Alliance, an alumnus of Northwestern Business College and Columbia College Chicago, and she recently completed her Masters at University of Illinois, Chicago. Last year Chicago Poetry Press honored Pecore with a Pushcart Prize nomination and she also received the prestigious Emma Stuckey award.

For a limited time, Chicago Poetry Press is offering Bindle Stick for its cover price of $12 with FREE shipping.

Click Here to order your copy through PayPal and please allow about one week for delivery.

Bindle Stick is also available through Amazon.com or get a copy directly from the author at one of these upcoming book release readings, and remember the web address BindleStickPoetry.com and check it for updates).

UPCOMING BOOK RELEASE READINGS

Check out Chicago Poetry Press author Donna Pecore, author of Bindle Stick,
who will be one of three features for this month's Urban Sandbox show,
on Thursday, November 14, 7:30 - 10 PM, 3429 W Diversey, $6, all ages, with open mic.

Saturday, October 19, 1 PM, everyone is invited to Donna Pecore's Book Release Reading for Bindle Stick at Budlong Woods Public Library, 5630 N. Lincoln Ave, free admission.

Coming March, 2014, join Chicago Poetry Press authors Donna Pecore and Jennifer Dotson for the 3rd Saturday Coffeehouse in Oak Park.

Please support Chicago's independent poetry publishing by getting your copy of Bindle Stick today--you will fall in love with Pecore's poetry, guaranteed.

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On Wednesday, June 5, over 50 poets read at the Chopin Theater for Poetry Cram, the JOMP 15 book release party. Here are a few photos from the event taken by Mayi Ojisua.
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THE JOURNAL OF MODERN POETRY BOOK AWARDS

Chicago Poetry Press is presently reviewing full length manuscripts of poetry for consideration into the Journal of Modern Poetry Book Awards. The winning poet will receive a three year publishing contract through Chicago Poetry Press, which will publish the winning manuscript in a perfect bound edition with a full color cover to be sold at ChicagoPoetry.com, Amazon.com and elsewhere.

The winning poet will receive ten complimentary copies of the book and will receive a $2.50 per book author royalty on books sold at the anticipated cover price of $12. The winning poet will also be entitled to purchase additional copies of the book at half the cover price to be resold at the poets' discretion at readings or at other events in whatever way author sees fit.

If you would like to review one of the JOMP Book Award titles, please take a look at CleverGretel.net.

The following are the guidelines and some suggestions for submission:
Note: Click Here to read the JOMP Book Award Guidelines.

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CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY OF JOMP 15 AND GET FREE SHIPPING


Chicago Poetry Press is pleased to announce the winners of the the JOMP 15 Awards.

The 2013 Contemporary American Poetry Prizes:
(Click on the name to view a pdf copy of the winning poem.)

Grand Prize: Annie Grizzle, for "America is I" (pg. 31)
Silver Prize: Tamara Tabel, for "Arbeit Macht Frei, Dachau 2012" (pg. 24)
Bronze Prize: Mayi Ojisua, for "Tortured Gray" (pg. 69)

The 2013 CAPP Honorable Mentions:
(Please purchase a copy of JOMP 15 to read these and dozens of other poems.)

Barbara Kreader Skalinder, for "Uncontained" (pg. 139)
Charlotte Hart, for "Quills" (pg. 84)
James Merriner, for "Resurrection" (pg. 57)
Gail Goepfert, for "Beckoning" (pg. 58)
Robin Goldberg, for "Rituals" (pg. 86)

The 2013 Poet Laureate of Rhyme Award:
(Click on the name to view a pdf copy of the winning poem.)

Michael Schwartz, Poet Laureate of Rhyme, for "No One But Me" (pg. 127)

Poet Laureate of Rhyme Honorable Mentions:
(Please purchase a copy of JOMP 15 to read these and dozens of other poems.)

Adam Gottlieb, for "Word-of-the-Day Rhyming Exercise #?" (pg. 125)
Amanda Layman, for "Parallel Outlets" (pg. 130)
Carol Muehleman, for "The Plastic Couch" (pg. 38)
Curtis Vevang, for "Where Have All the Rhymesters Gone" (pg. 117)

JOMP 15 Book Awards:

Jennifer Dotson, for her manuscript "Clever Gretel"
Available now through CleverGretel.net

Donna Pecore, for her manuscript "Bindle Stick"
Available now through BindleStickPoetry.com

The following poets submitted manuscripts that have been chosen as "Runners-Up"
and will receive automatic re-entry into the JOMP 16 Book Contest,
to take place in the fall of 2013:

Annie Grizzle, Beatriz Badikian, Carol Kanter, Itala Langmar with James L. Merriner,
Gail Goepfert, Jasminum McMullen, Sheila A. Donovan, and Terri M. O'Hara.

Click Here to learn about all 77 poets who were selected for inclusion in JOMP 15.

Order your copy of JOMP 15 and get free shipping.

Note: Click Here for the entire, detailed list of JOMP 15 Poets.

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Clever Gretel by Jennifer Dotson
8.5" x 8.5", 96 pages
Chicago Poetry Press
$12.00, ISBN-13: 978-0615769646


Chicago Poetry Press is pleased to announce the release of Jennifer Dotson's wonderful new book, Clever Gretel, the first Journal of Modern Poetry Book Award Selection.

Chicago Poetry Press is offering copies of Clever Gretel for its cover price of $12 with $2.99 shipping (within the United States), when ordered directly through the publisher via PayPal (allow a week for delivery).

Click Here to order your copy of Clever Gretel.

Click Here to order more than one copy with free shipping.

Click Here to have your copy shipped outside of the United States.

You can also pick up your copy of Clever Gretel at an upcoming event:

On Saturday, April 27, Chicago Poetry Press held the Official Book Release Event for Clever Gretel at Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State Street, during the annual Poetry Fest that included a Clever Gretel book signing in the main lobby. Other Poetry Fest highlights included a panel discussion moderated by Chicago Poetry Press publisher CJ Laity and a reading by Campbell McGrath.

On Sunday, July 7, Jennifer Dotson appeared for a book signing at the Pop Up Book Fair at the Empty Bottle in Chicago.

Wednesday, October 2, 7 PM. Clever Gretel Reading and Book Signing. Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL 60025

COMING: Coming March, 2014, join Chicago Poetry Press authors Jennifer Dotson and Donna Pecore for the 3rd Saturday Coffeehouse in Oak Park.

Copies of Clever Gretel are also available for purchase at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., Chicago.

PRAISE FOR CLEVER GRETEL

Click Here to open a pdf file and read an article about Jennifer Dotson written by Greg Shapiro for The North Shore Weekend.

There's much to like here, from the cracked music of the title through your deft expressions of form to your cagey litany of postmodern cultural icons encountered in crazy places. Mythic and mundane meet in these poems in meaningful and often hilarious ways.

Kevin Stein, Poet Laureate of Illinois

"In Clever Gretel, Jennifer Dotson’s poems transform the straw of everyday womanhood to that which glows with the luminosity of simple truth. Utilizing a playful sense of the magically real, she sleuths for meaning-- in misplaced glasses, in the chipped veneer of Art Deco dressers, in the empty jar of celery salt, in her nightmare “plummet into space.” As a reader I peered through the window of Jennifer's words into the grace of family life and her 'fortune shone on me.'"

Maureen Tolman Flannery, author of Ancestors in the Landscape

"Clever Gretel explores life's loves, losses, anxieties and joys in a voice sagacious yet candid enough to discuss acne over a latte. Even Dotson's forays into the worlds of mythology and superheroes stay grounded in the contemporary problems of junk mail and low-carb diets. In one poem the speaker says of the Muse, 'I don't remember what she looks like'-- but you will certainly find her here in this refreshing debut."

Tania Runyan, author of Delicious Air (Finishing Line Press).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Dotson received her B.A. in English Literature & Theatre Arts from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her M.F.A. in Drama from the University of Virginia. She is the founder and program coordinator for HighlandParkPoetry.org. She leads creative writing and memoir classes for the District 113 Continuing Education Program at Highland Park High School.



Chicago Poetry Press supports the continued production of books that are made out of paper and that are read from a page; this is why Clever Gretel is not currently available as an e-book. Chicago Poetry Press promises to publish quality poetry, beautifully published and reasonably priced.

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ChicagoPoetry.com is proud to present the winning poem in its 2012 Best Modern Poem Contest as well as the six poems selected for 2013 ChicagoPoetry.com Pushcart Prize Nominations.

The following seven honored poems (along with the poetry of 56 runners-up) appear in Journal of Modern Poetry (JOMP), a 100-page, perfect bound volume, which is the fourteenth installment in the Poetry Cram series, published by ChicagoPoetry.com Press. In addition, the recipient of the Best Modern Poem Award received a $200 cash prize. The honored poets and poems are . . .
Note: Click Here to find out who received these honors and to read the selected poems.

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On Wednesday, October 24, at 7 PM, the Chicago Poetry Scene converged for a one night only performance at the Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave, to celebrate the release of Journal of Modern Poetry, the fourteenth edition in the Poetry Cram series. Some of the most talented as well as lettered poets in Illinois read samples of their work in this prestigious event. The event was free and open to the public.
Note: Click Here to learn more about the poets who were showcased at this, the biggest poetry event of the year.

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THE CRAM 14 POETS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN

CLICK HERE to order a copy of JOMP.

ChicagoPoetry.com is pleased to announce that 71 poems, written by 63 poets, from Chicago and 20 other Illinois cities, and from 13 states across the country, as well as from the UK, Romania and Ecuador, have been chosen as runners-up in the Poetry Cram 14: Journal of Modern Poetry (aka, JOMP) competition.

JOMP is a 100 page 6' x 9' perfect bound volume of poetry with a full color glossy cover that was released on October 24 at the huge Chicago Poetry party at the Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western Ave, from 7 to 10 PM. Over thirty poets featured in JOMP read for the event. The event was FREE and open to the public. For more information about the theater please click here.

All 300 copies of the first run of JOMP were given away free to the contributing poets as well as to audience members at the event, and now JOMP is available through an extended run for $12: CLICK HERE.

The winning poems have been selected as well: CLICK HERE.

Congratulations go out to the Poetry Cram 14 poets!
Note: Click Here to find out who made the cut!!

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Poetry Cram: The Ultimate Chicago Poetry Anthology
ChicagoPoetry.com Press' Beststeller
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Click Here to read comments by the authors.

Featuring poetry by: Alfa Rodriguez * Allison Lizcano * Almira Astudillo Gilles * Amber Groomes * Amy Srodon * Andrea Uptmor * Andrew Rafalski * Angelika Teuber * Angelique Williams * Angie Tomcik * Ann Perbohner * Anna Husain * Anne Wesley * Antonia Clark * Beth Staas * Bianca Teresa Cappetta * Bonnie Kepplinger * Bonnie Pignatiello Leer * Brendan Thomas * C. John Graham * Camille Rose Castillo * Carol Brockfield * Carol L. Gloor * Casey Derengowski * Catharine J. Jones * Chance Corbeil * Charlotte Digregorio * Charlotte Hart * Cheyenne Demus * Chris Mack * Chris Reid * Christine Cassello * Chuck Joy * CJ Laity * Clare McCloskey * Clarke Canedy * Colleen D. Storiz * Colleen Mcmanus Hein * Cynthia Gallaher * Cynthia Pfeiffer Stell * Dan Cleary * Daniel Weinberg * David Breeden * Davy Corbett * Debka Colson * Deborah Nodler Rosen * DeJuan Dunn * Dianalee Velie * Diane Anjoue * Divya Rajan * Dizzy Costales * Don Ward * Donna Eder * Donna Kiser * Donna Pecore * Doree McNulty * Dred Sista Ren * Duane R. Christianson * Edith Willis * Ellen Savage * Frances Buckley * Gail Goepfert * George Korolog * George McKim * Gerard Sarnat MD * Ginger Rubinstein * Giuliano A. Fontanez * Glenn Ferdman * Homer Smith * Infamous * Itala Langmar * Jailene Hernandez * Jamie Lynn Perry * Jasminum McMullen * Jason Sturner * Jayson Nessi * Jeanette A. Jordan * Jeffrey Allen * Jenna Augustine * Jennifer Dotson * Jennifer Santana * Jenny Santellano * Jessica Lane * Jill Eisnaugle * Jim Graham * Jim Lambert * Jo Stewart * John Brooks * Jose Bono Rovirosa * Joseph S. Spence, Sr. * JoyAnne O'Donnell * Judith Mk Tepfer * Judith Wiker * Julian T. Brolaski * Julie M. Tate * Kaleb Hoffer * Kami Andridge * Kate Schlachter * Kathy Lundy Derengowski * Kayleah Jewel Porter * Khadijah Kysia * Kim Berez * Kohar Jones * Kristin LaTour * Larry O. Dean * Laura L. Koenig * Laurie Blum * Laurie Lee Didesch * Laurie Slicer * Lillian Jordan * Lina Chern * Linda Kaban * Linda Leedy Schneider * Linda M. Bendorf * Liz Paveza * Lorraine Brown * Lorraine Harrell * Louise Mathewson * Lynn Veach Sadler * Marcia J. Pradzinski * Margaret Dubay Mikus * Margie Skelly * Marian Kaplun Shapiro * Marianne Schaefer * Marilyn Kraus * Marilyn Peretti * Marissa Brawn * Marita DeMarinis * Martin Willow * Mary Chapman * Mary Krane Derr * Mary Langer Thompson * Matthew Polk * Michael Ethan Landau * Michael H. Brownstein * Michelle Brinckerhoff * N. Barry Carver * Nancy J. Heggem * Nathaniel Terrell Jones * Neal Whitman * Norman Nanstiel * P.S. Cottier * Pamela Borovich * Pamela Larson * Patrick Kijek * Patty Dickson Pieczka * Paul Buchheit * Paul Stewart * Peg Nichols * Peter Rodenby * PJ Destin * Rabi' Akbik * rachel levy * Rae Timothy * Reggie Legend * René Ostberg * Renée Szostek * Richard Ilnicki * Rob Baker * Robert Coté * Robert Klein Engler * Robert Nixon * Robin Goldberg * Rod Reinhart * Salud Martinez * Sandra Posadas * Sandra Santiago-Posadas * Sandy Goldsmith * Sara Gove * Scott McFarland * Sean Spellman * Shannon Byers * Sharon Ankrum * Sharon Bentley * Sheila A. Donovan * Shermin Izadpanah-Kruse * Shirlee Sky Hoffman * Shontay Luna * Stella Vinitchi Radulescu * Steve Mayfield * Susan Beall Summers * Susan T. Moss * Susanne Donoghue * Suzanne Seed * Tania Ahlin * Tara Keogh * Ted Recio * Terri M. O’Hara * Thomas Foote * Tim Kucharski * Timothy A Schuler * Timothy Schnoor * Tinamarie Penn * Tom Roby * Valisa Benson * veronica precious bohanan * Vito De Meo * Wendy Brown-Baez * Wilda Morris * Yoo Chang * Zachary Kluckman * Zann Carter


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Posted by : cj on Monday, April 02, 2012 - 10:38 AM
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THE CAPP AWARDS

Congratulations go out to the Winners of the 2012 Contemporary American Poetry Prize competition. The cash awards are based on percentages of the entry fees collected during the submission process, making this, the inaugural CAPP contest, one of the largest cash prizes for poetry in the Chicago area.

The Grand Prize Winner receives $524, Silver Prize Winner $131, and Bronze Prize Winner $65.50.

In addition, three poets have been selected to receive Honorable Mentions for their outstanding work, and twenty poets have been selected as Runners Up, whose work ChicagoPoetry.com is proud to showcase in a print edition of Poetry Cram 13 that will be given away free at this year's Chicago Public Library Poetry Fest as well as here, in this, the very first online edition of Poetry Cram.

Please click on the poets' names below in order to read the winning poems, and you can also download your own printable copy of Poetry Cram 13 in pdf format (see instructions below).

All work published at ChicagoPoetry.com is copyrighted. Feel free to link to it but please don't republish without permission.


G r a n d  P r I z e  W I n n e r

Linda Leedy Schneider

S I l v e r  P r I z e  W I n n e r

Duane R. Christianson

B r o n z e  P r I z e  W I n n e r

Chris Reid

H o n o r a b l e  M e n t I o n s

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R U N N E R S  U P

Khadijah Kysia ** Cynthia Pfeiffer Stell ** DeJuan Dunn ** Donna Pecore

Marian Kaplun Shapiro ** John Brooks ** Gail Goepfert ** Liz Paveza

Peg Nichols ** Margaret Dubay Mikus ** George Korolog ** Jasminum McMullen

Pamela Larson ** Patty Dickson Pieczka ** Yoo Chang ** Lynn Veach Sadler

Susanne Donoghue ** Jennifer Santana ** Tinamarie Penn ** Neal Whitman



Download Instructions: In order to download your own print copy of Poetry Cram Volume 13, CLICK HERE to open the pdf file in your browser. Use the disk icon on top of the file to save a copy to your computer so that you can forward it to all your friends. Use the printer icon to print it up (preferably double sided) and then staple it. Wallah!!

Won't work with your old browser? Email me at Publisher@ChicagoPoetry.com and I'll send back a copy.


Judge. This year's CAPP judge was Charlie Rossiter, host of the audio website PoetryPoetry.com, who is an NEA Fellowship recipient and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He is the author of four books of poetry and numerous chapbooks, including The Night We Danced With the Raelettes and All Over America: Road Poems (FootHills Publications, 2009), which is based on 60,000+ miles or road trip experiences throughout U.S. and Canada. He is also the co-author of the book Back Beat, of which Lawrence Ferlinghetti said: "Back Beat beats everything for being beater than the Beats." Rossiter's poetry has also been featured on National Public Radio, the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in New Jersey as well as at the Chicago Blues Festival. He has led poetry workshops all over the country. PoetryAward.org is proud to have Mr. Rossiter serve as the judge for the inaugural Contemporary American Poetry Prize.

Sponsor. PoetryAward.org and the Contemporary American Poetry Prize is sponsored by CJ Laity, twelve year veteran publisher of ChicagoPoetry.com, curator of the Poetry Cram Magazine contest and twenty year host of poetry events and festivals for such distinguished venues as the Chicago Public Library, the Poetry Foundation's Printers Ball and the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair.


Check back autumn 2012 for details about the 2013 CAPP Contest.



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Note: Once again it was standing room only at Cafe Ballou for ChicagoPoetry.com's poetry show. Here are photos of some of the top poets of Chicagoland reading for the Poetry Cram.

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Posted by : cj on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 10:29 AM
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What people are saying about Point Nemo.

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I REALLY ENJOYED POINT NEMO. I love all the dry humor--plentiful throughout. For instance, a line involving wild roses and children throwing stones made me laugh out loud. The novel is very dream-like and cool and CJ Laity sets himself up with a difficult task-- a story within a story within a story but he handles it all so well and with such clarity there is never any confusion.

--Sue Cargill, Chicago

Point Nemo launches CJ Laity into the company of futuristic writers like HG Wells, Jules Verne, Aldous Huxley and Ernest Callenbach; he also channels Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels in his exploration of a rogue island nation. Laity poetically provides readers with a procession of characters and events at once Utopian and dystopian, all prophetically written as parallel narrative to today's tumultuous headlines.

--Carlos Cumpián, author of Armadillo Charm (Tia Chucha Press)

CJ Laity has created a work of speculative fiction that is entertaining, engaging and a perceptive piece of social commentary with a twist of an ending I guarantee you will never guess.

--Charlie Rossiter, co-author of Back Beat

'Point Nemo' by CJ Laity is a sharp and funny satire of the insanity that passes for contemporary American political and media sensibility in all of its collapsing imperial goodness.

--Larry Winfield, author of Banjo Strings

Thoroughly enjoyed Point Nemo, especially the end!!

--Julia Hattory, Houston, Texas

Point Nemo delivers an early twenty-first century dystopian novel, and an apt allegory for our times, with a twist. The artfulness of the narrator-protagonist ensures a cracking pace to the story . . .

--Tara Keogh, Chicago




Joseph Engel is convicted of treason and strapped to a gurney in the Terre Haute federal death chamber. When the warden asks him if he has any last words, Joe begins talking non-stop, telling the strange tale of how he ended up there, challenging the warden to quote him a law that puts a time limit on a prisoner's final statement. What happens when a populated island called the Sovereign Nation of Aurora is discovered at Point Nemo, the point in the ocean farthest away from any land? What happens when the king of the island, a dreadlocked man named Harmon, hacks into the entire American communications infrastructure with a video stream offering a trade proposal? What happens when an America controlled by an insane government plots to invade the island and turn it into a military base? What happens when a senator's cook named Joe unwittingly finds himself the American Ambassador to the island? Joe is going to tell you what happens, as he stalls his execution as long as possible. Can Joe talk his way out of the death chamber?

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Note: ChicagoPoetry.com is proud to announce that six poets from the new publication Cram Volume 10 have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Click Here to read the nominated poems.

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