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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 05:34 PM
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Hey Chicago poetry fans, now that the weather promises to cool down it's about time for some cool Chicago poetry news. And you know if the real ChicagoPoetry recommends it, it's cooler than cool.

Click here to listen to "Women In Print" on WBEZ Chicago Amplified as performed at Woman Made Gallery.

Vox Ferus After Dark is a dynamic writing workshop designed to build a community of writers and performers interested in improving their own craft by investing in and exploring the work of others as well as their own. Each workshop includes analysis, critique, and development of new writing. All are welcome, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Workshops take place in various locations, usually on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, and are facilitated by Marty McConnell and occasional guest poets. Donations are requested, on a pay-what-you-will basis. To RSVP or for more information, please email voxferus (at) gmail (dot) com. The next workshop is on Friday, September 10.

Poetry falling from the sky? How cool. Click here to learn about a Chilean poetry bomb.

Winning money is cool. Try to win $1000 by clicking here.

New poetry venue alert! Pressure Billiards and Cafe, at 6318 North Clark St, is launching an open mic every third Thursday, welcoming poetry, short stories, musicians and comedians, with a focus on supporting the poets and writers of Chicago with a safe, fun environment to perform in. It starts around 8:30 PM, with no cover. They will operate in two rounds with one to two poems per performance, so poets will have the opportunity to perform up to four poems throughout the evening. Pretty cool, huh?

The Good Evening Reading Series presents Holly Amos and Nate Slawson on Friday, September 17, with open mic, from 7 to 8 PM, at Mess Hall, 6932 N. Glenwood Ave, BYOB.

The FINAL Real Talk show to happen at someone's house at 4520 N Monticello Ave will take place on Friday, September 17 from 7 PM until Midnight, featuring Krista Frankling, The Gringo Choir and Angela Davis Fegan. It's $5 at the door and you must be 18 or over. Psst. There will be an open mic.

Vito Carli will be hosting his second event at Café Mestizo, 1738 W. 18th Street on Saturday, September 18 from 6 to 8 PM, this time featuring Tom Roby and Jenene Ravesloot with an open mic.

Also on Saturday, September 18, at 7:30 PM, Women & Children First at 5233 N. Clark St. will present Sappho's Salon: A Provocative Night of Lesbian Diversions featuring Nikki Patin, Sissy Van Dyke, and DJ SpinNikki; There is a $7-$10 sliding scale donation that includes food and wine. Other upcoming W&CF events include: Wednesday, September 24, at 7:30 PM, "two authors whose latest releases cleverly and inventively ponder the banality of contemporary American life," Danielle Dutton (S P R A W L) and Kate Zambreno (O Fallen Angel); and Thursday, September 30, 7:30 PM, "Ordinary Women: Extraordinary Heroines - A New Paradigm for the Modern Heroin" (a reading sponsored by that cool website She Writes) featuring Audrey Niffenegger, Zoe Zolbrod, Teri Coyne, and others.

The After Hours Magazine 10th Anniversary Contributors Open Mic will happen on Wednesday, September 22 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at Cafe Ballou, 939 N. Western Ave. Free and open to the public.

Also on Wednesday, September 22, the place to be from 6 to 8 PM is the Bezazian Branch Library, 1226 W. Ainslie, for the release reading of "This City Bus" edition of Journal of Ordinary Thought. Come out to hear Chicago writers read their personal narratives on reflection, communication and change. Free copies of "This City Bus" will be available.

On Friday, October 1, there will be an AREA #10 Release Party at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington. Click here to learn about all the coolness AREA Chicago has to offer.

Heads up. One of the coolest art galleries in Chicago, Woman Made Gallery, 685 North Milwaukee Ave, will be hosting a poetry reading called "Myths, She-roes and Revolutionaries" featuring Jenny Priego, Ching-In Chen, Maureen Flannery, Susan Slaviero and Kristine Uyeda on Sunday, October 3, from 1 to 3 PM.

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 5811 South Ellis Avenue, presents poetry and fiction readings for the fall 2010 exhibition season, including (all events at 2 PM in Swift Hall Room 106 directly east of the gallery): poetry by Joanna Fuhrman and Suzanne Buffam on Sunday, November 14; poetry by Kim Rosenfield and Karen Weiser on Sunday, November 21; fiction by Alissa Nutting on Sunday, December 5; and fiction by Bhanu Kapil on Sunday, December 12.

Oh, by the way, I'm not going to do a Poetry Cram at Cafe Ballou in September, because the second Saturday falls on September 11 so instead I'm going to offer a moment of silence in honor of all the victims of the wars that resulted from what a handful of uncool idiots did.

Cool? Cool.

CJ Laity
Note: Click here to listen to "Women In Print" on WBEZ Chicago Amplified as performed at Woman Made Gallery.

Vox Ferus After Dark is a dynamic writing workshop designed to build a community of writers and performers interested in improving their own craft by investing in and exploring the work of others as well as their own. Each workshop includes analysis, critique, and development of new writing. All are welcome, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Workshops take place in various locations, usually on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, and are facilitated by Marty McConnell and occasional guest poets. Donations are requested, on a pay-what-you-will basis. To RSVP or for more information, please email voxferus (at) gmail (dot) com. The next workshop is on Friday, September 10.

Poetry falling from the sky? How cool. Click here to learn about a Chilean poetry bomb.

Winning money is cool. Try to win $1000 by clicking here.

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This year the Chicago Poetry News has often read more like an obituary column. We have lost so many wonderful poets in 2010. Effie Mihopoulos, Carolyn Rodgers, Gertrude Rubin, Dred Sista Ren, Prince Akbar, just to name a few. Today I am saddened to have to report that Ron Offen, longtime editor of Free Lunch, has passed away. The following is the announcement from his wife, Beverly.
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For twenty years Cathleen Schandelmeier has been hosting poetry at Chicago's beaches on Sunday afternoons. Currently the events happen at 4 PM at Loyola Beach, which is up north near Morse, at Greenleaf and the Lake. Everyone is invited to sit around the graffiti covered poetry tent to listen to the open mic poets and featured guests.

Beach poets ends its twentieth season with two exciting upcoming events. On Sunday, August 8, there will be a tribute to Effie Mihopoulos, featuring Dan Cleary, Cynthia Gallaher and Carlos Cumpian. Everyone is invited to share a poem or memory in honor of Effie. And then on Sunday, August 15, the Beach Poets will celebrate its twentieth run with the last beach hurrah of 2010.
Note: Click Here for more beach photos.

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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, August 04, 2010 - 12:10 PM
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On July 13 Chicago poet Dred Sista Ren passed away. Dred had much love for me and I for her. She appeared in many of my shows (click for video) and was also published in one of my publications. I am saddened by this great loss. I learned of this from a post by Mario that was made over two weeks ago at the e-poets facebook page. I hope in Dred's memory we can all work together to overcome the walls that are between us. Poets are invited to express words for Dred on Saturday, July 31, 2 to 4 PM, Beverly Woods Banquet Hall 11532 S. Western Ave.

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Beloved Chicago poet, writer, civil rights activist and author of The Passover Poems, Gertrude Rubin passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2010, at the age of 89. Rubin was one of the first contributors to ChicagoPoetry.com, submitting eleven poems for publication in the year 2000 that are archived here. Rubin was a member of the Poets Club of Chicago and the Poets and Patrons group. Gert was also the aunt of David Rubin, original founder and host of the Cafe Aloha poetry series.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, July 28, at 2 PM, at The Piser Chapel, 9200 N. Skokie Blvd. (at Church St.) in Skokie (847-679-4740) and at Interment Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to Beth Emet Synagogue, 1224 W. Dempster St., Evanston, IL 60202 would be appreciated.

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Posted by : cj on Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 12:59 PM
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Hey Poetry Gang, here is some poetry news that you can actually use!

There is lots of poetry news brewing for and about the youngest generation of poets in Chicago and ChicagoPoetry.com is joining in the movement. Cram Volume 9 features work by four students from Joseph E. Gary Elementary School. You can pick up a free copy of Cram 9 at the Printers Ball or at the big release reading at Cafe Ballou, 939 N. Western Ave, on Saturday, August 14, 7 PM. The release is free and all ages.

The new management at the Poetry Center of Chicago is really making some waves. I hear they may start up the free members workshops soon. Also, they now have the complete Hands on Stanzas anthology of young poets published online! Click here to check it out.

The National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) Excellence in Poetry Committee recently named Mary Ann Hoberman and Linda Winston's anthology, The Tree That Time Built a Celebration of Nature Science and Imagination (Sourcebooks, with audio CD; juvenile poetry), one of the best poetry books published in 2009, and an excellent resource for the classroom. You can order it by clicking here.

In other poetry scene news, the first issue of MUZZLE is now online. MUZZLE publishes poetry, art, comics, interviews, book reviews, and performance reviews, and is particularly interested in collaborative and multi-media pieces for the next issue. Learn about all the fun by clicking here. And in a related story, I've been hearing a lot of good things about the Vox Ferus After Dark Workshops. Click here to learn about them straight from the source.

Learn how to enter the RHINO 2011 Founders Prize by clicking here.

Learn about Tim Hunt's book, Redneck Yoga, by clicking here.

Check this out! The Second Annual Cradle of American Haiku Festival will happen from Friday, September 10 to Sunday, September 12, at Foundry Books, 105 Commerce St., in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. The festival will include several workshops and presentations on the form and art of Japanese poetic forms, readings of haiku, and Japanese art. This year’s theme is “Remembering Robert Spiess—His Life and Work.” Spiess was a longtime haikuist and author, and former editor of “Modern Haiku,” an international journal of haiku and haiku studies. The cost of the festival is $30 which includes workshops, all activities, reception, and picnic. For more information, with a schedule of events and lodging options, contact Charlotte Digregorio, Midwest Regional Coordinator, The Haiku Society of America, at email cvpress@yahoo.com or by phone at 847-881-2664.

Finally, I was so busy this summer helping to organize a boycott of the world's biggest polluter that I didn't even notice this year's New City Top 50 list. The performance poetry scene is especially ignored in it this year, but for what it is worth, a list about authors and their books sponsored by a free rag that the lit community is otherwise oblivious to during the other 51 weeks of the year, it is a much better list than we've seen in previous years. I think this might have been the first time a critic, Roger Ebert, received the number one spot. See what you think by clicking here. Perhaps the performance poetry scene ought to start up its own Top 50 list, hmm?

Don't forget. If you want even more Chicago poetry information at your fingertips, you can always use our direct link to the original or should I say "classic" Chicago Poetry Calendar -- ChicagoPoetryCalendar.com -- where you will get poetry news that you can actually use.

Signing out for now, peace and much love,

CJ Laity

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Posted by : cj on Friday, July 16, 2010 - 12:42 PM
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Posted by : cj on Thursday, July 08, 2010 - 01:24 PM
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Hey Chicago poetry fans, here's some more July news for ya.

ChicagoPoetry.com will have two representatives passing out free copies of Cram 9 at The Printers Ball. Look for Donna Pecore and Donna Kiser at the Ball to get your free copy of Cram.

The Next Objectivists is a free, open-to-the-public poetry workshop dedicated to the study & reproduction of the "outsidereal". They take this term from the “Black Mountain” poet Edward Dorn and their name from the second generation modernist poets associated with The Objectivist Press. They seek the poetry of the multitude, the poetry that tears away from the rule of singularity proposed by elites. Participants at the upcoming meetings are asked to bring a poem by someone else about a dream or dreaming and an account, in any genre or medium, of a dream they remember. You will discuss these poems, swamp dreams, and write together. All meetings begin promptly at 7 PM at the Mess Hall, 6932 North Glenwood Avenue, less than a block from the Morse Street Red Line station. Upcoming dates include July 22, August 12 and 26, and September 9 and 23.

Click here to read a review of Simone Muench's new book, Orange Crush.

Highland Park Poetry says be sure to visit the Muses' Gallery by clicking here to see the results of their 2010 Funny Poetry Contest.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) kicks-off July with the opening of the poetry-themed online exhibition On Both Sides of Our Door available on the Mid Atlantic Artist Registry site July 1. The exhibition features works by Linda Blaskey, Emari DiGiogrio, Barbara Goldberg, Kathleen Hellen, Louise Kennelly, Joshua Poteat, and Pat Valdata. Click here to check it out.

It's a big year at the Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival as they get ready to celebrate their 25th anniversary and the 100th birthday of Tennessee Williams. They are excited to announce their first ever poetry contest, with Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque as judge. The prize is a thousand dollars, a VIP pass worth $500, publication and a featured reading. Click here to learn how to enter.

Until next time, peace and take care,

--CJ Laity


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Posted by : cj on Monday, June 28, 2010 - 02:46 PM
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Beach Poets hosted by Cathleen Schandelmeier happens every Sunday through August 15 at Loyola Beach, Greeleaf and the lake, from 4 to 6 PM. This year is their 20 year anniversary. Some recommended dates include July 4 with Dina Stuart, July 18 with Paul Ryan, July 25 with Andrea Change, and a tribute to Effie Mihopolous on August 8.

The first floor of the Chicago Cultural Center has been transformed into the Chicago Publishers Gallery & Café and recently it nearly doubled in size, adding many themed nooks. Twenty-five Chicago publishers were added during the expansion, and the Gallery now features banner art and letterpress designs by Chicago artists. The Publishers Gallery is now accepting proposals for readings and book events. They are looking for events that showcase Chicago’s vibrant publishing and literary world for the Cultural Center’s audience—and that creatively use the Chicago Publishers Gallery & Café as a setting. Please be sure to visit the Gallery before submitting your proposal if you have not already. Events that are chosen will receive free space, marketing, and promotional support. If you would like to be considered for one of four quarterly slots, please send a one-page description of your event to danielle.chapman@cityofchicago.org by August 9, 2010.

Congratulations go out to Tristan Silverman, this year's Guild Complex Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award recipient. The big bout at the Chopin Theatre also featured Lucia Blinn, Billy Tuggle, Sharrieff Muhammad, Robin Fine, Shontay Luna and a bunch of other poets.

Bill Allegrezza is currently reading work for the next issue of Moria, so if you have anything to send, go ahead and send it to wallegrezza@gmail.com. He's interested in poetry, vispo, poetry films, reviews, and essays.

Check the Method is a summer spoken word camp led by Kevin Coval that will bring together some of the premier young writers from across Chicago and the Chicago-land area. This year there will be 2 weeks of camp. One week (July12-16) will be downtown in the Art Institute's new Modern Wing and the second week (July 26-30) will be at the historic Southside Community Arts Center. Guest faculty this year includes: Roger Bonair-Agard, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Krista Franklin, and Robbie Q. Telfer. Check the Method is open to writers age 15-21. Writers should have previous experience writing and performing poetry. For more information and to learn how to register click here for a pdf file.

The next Night of Sight and Sound with Lethal Poetry is Saturday, July 31, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 West Belmont Ave. Get your tickets by clicking here.

Heads up. Chicago's new poetry and spoken word festival, Outspoken, will take place from noon until 10 PM on September 25 at The Art Institute Auditorium. Want to participate? Please send your inquiries to outspokenfestival@gmail.com

--CJ Laity

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Note: On Wednesday, May 26, the Guild Literary Complex held an event called Bring Your Own People at the California Clipper, and ChicagoPoetry.com was there to cover the event. Click here for the story.

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Note: ChicagoPoetry.com was in Oak Park to cover the big Sam Hamill event. Here's the story.

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Posted by : cj on Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 12:44 PM
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Note: You are invited to a special poetry event at Brookfield Zoo. Click Here to order tickets.

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Posted by : cj on Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 02:42 PM
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Note: Here it is, the complete schedule of 2011 National Poetry Month Events in Chicago and the suburbs.

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Note: ChicagoPoetry.com is seeking poets and poetry for three 2010 events. Click Here.

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Note: Click here for a bunch of great poetry information.

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Note: ChicagoPoetry.com is temporarily putting its plans for a first Friday poetry series on the back burner. Instead, we will be sponsoring a monthly poetry Cram at Cafe Ballou, 939 N. Western Ave, on the 2nd Saturday of every month at 6 PM. Click Here for some images from the first Ballou Poetry Cram.

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What can be said about Effie Mihopoulos? I am really at a loss for words. Carlos Cumpian has called her a "pioneer." Other poets have called her a legend. Many poets have called her a mentor and a friend. Recently, Effie became ill. In December, her longtime friend Rhonda Farrins brought her to Swedish Covenant Hospital, where Effie was found to have breast cancer. In January, Effie was transferred to a Hospice at Weiss Memorial, where she passed away on January 14, 2010. Before she died, she was visited by dozens of her friends, who sat by her side and told her how important she was to them. Effie Mihopoulos graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Master's Degree in English in 1974. Her imprint "Ommation Press" published many Chicago poets over the years. Her book of poetry "The Moon Cycle" was produced as a play and Effie worked as a interviewer on WZRD for many years. She was also the Theater Coordinator for the Bucktown Arts Fest and the Performance Art reviewer for Examiner.com. Yet mentioning these few things is like throwing a pebble into the ocean. Seriously. No amount of words can express how instrumental Effie Mihopoulos has been to the Chicago Poetry Scene. She has been active in Chicago's performance arts and poetry scene for decades and it would take volumes to list all of her accomplishments. She will truly be missed.

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spacer.gif   JJ Jameson Parole Denied: Norman Porter "Not Suitable For Supervision"
Posted by : cj on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 08:15 PM
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Note: Norman Porter will be eligible for parole again in five years. Click here for the story.

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Posted by : cj on Saturday, January 09, 2010 - 03:22 PM
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Hello poets. I have lots-a cool poetry news to report today.

The big developing story for 2010 is that poetry will be coming to the Brookfield Zoo. The Language of Conservation will include 35 pieces of poetry—full length, stanzas, and one liners—carved in stone, etched in glass, and placed on plaques throughout Great Bear Wilderness, a new exhibit set to open in the spring. As part of the Language of Conservation, there will be various readings by top name poets throughout the year. The overall point of the project is to use poetry to inspire conservation and empathy for nature. There will be an opening reception in late May. The project is funded through Poets House of New York and a three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The plan is to "permanently infuse poetry with the zoo, showing our guests that poetry is an accessible art form and encouraging poets to think of Brookfield Zoo as a venue and support network." Keep your eye on ChicagoPoetry.com for more exclusive scoops on this exciting development.
Note: Click Here for a lot more Chicago Poetry News.

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spacer.gif   POET PRINCE (JUS RHYMZ) AKBAR KILLED BY CALUMET CITY POLICE
Posted by : cj on Tuesday, January 05, 2010 - 07:01 PM
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Note: Click Here to read the tragic story of a spoken-word artist taken down by trigger happy cops.

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spacer.gif   RUTH LILLY DIES: POETRY FOUNDATION UNDER INVESTIGATION
Posted by : cj on Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 01:00 PM
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Note: ChicagoPoetry News Flash: the non-profit Poetry Foundation is under investigation by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office, after Madigan received complaints from former board members concerning the alleged "mishandling of its millions." Click Here for the REWRITTEN STORY. **Updated 01/02/10

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