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Posted by : cj on Saturday, March 07, 2009 - 01:02 PM
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The First Friday Love-In Series concluded in June of 2009 after featuring 60 poets over six months. The following is an archive of one of the events in this hugely successful poetry reading series.

On the first Friday of every month Loose Leaf Tea Loft, at 4229 N. Lincoln Ave, presents Chicago Poetry Love-In, a poetry showcase that features a variety of poets reading together in a single two hour event.



The show starts at 8 PM, but by then the place is usually already packed with people enjoying the tea and preparing themselves for an exciting night of poetry readings.



By the time the show begins the place has been standing room only. On Friday, March 6, when the Tea Loft presented a special Love-In called March Poetry Madness that featured ten poets, the place was filled to capacity and some people reported not being able to get into the Tea Loft, so it is always smart to get there early to claim your seat. You can also bring your own folding chair.



The place was filled to its limit. People resorted to sitting on the floor, forcing the Tea Loft to lock the front door and send people to the side door. Even as the performance began, people continued to pour into first Friday poetry hosted by CJ Laity.



Emily Calvo reads her fantastic poetry during the first half of March Poetry Madness.



Laurel Graham makes her debut performance at the Loose Leaf Tea Loft.



Charlie Rossiter reads from his book, The Night We Danced With The Raelettes.



Dan Godston gives a powerful performance of anti-war poetry accompanied by music.



Al DeGenova has an energetic set of poetry and then he hits the sax.



Thax Douglas reads a series of poems titled after rock bands.



Gregorio Gomez toasts with the audience at Loose Leaf Tea Loft.



Joe Eldridge is dynamic.



Luis Humberto Valadez reads from his newly released collection, What I'm On.

Also on the bill was Ellen Placey Wadey of the Guild Complex.

Check out first Friday poetry at Loose Leaf Tea Loft on April 3, with a show titled "Not Your Usual Suspects," and then on May 1 with a line up of poets that will knock your socks off.

ChicagoPoetry.com will be giving away free copies of CRAM 5 at the May 1 Love-In. Click Here if you want one of your poems included in CRAM 5.

Note: CJ Laity's first Friday poetry show, Chicago Poetry Love-In, continues at Loose Leaf Tea Loft with March Poetry Madness. Here is the scoop.

 
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