Monday, October 19, 2009, 6:30 p.m. Columbia College Chicago Departments of Fiction Writing, English, and Journalism's Creative Nonfiction Week Presents poet, essayist and novelist Luis Urrea at Columbia Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th fl. (312) 369-7611.
Luis Alberto Urrea, 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.
Born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother, Urrea has published extensively in all the major genres and is currently published by Little, Brown and Company. The critically acclaimed author of 11 books, Urrea is an award-winning poet and essayist. The Devil's Highway, his 2004 non-fiction account of a group of Mexican immigrants lost in the Arizona desert, won the 2004 Lannan Literary Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Prize. A national best-seller, The Devil's Highway was also named a best book of the year by the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, the Chicago Tribune, the Kansas City Star and many other publications.
Urrea's first book, Across the Wire, was named a New York Times Notable Book and won the Christopher Award. Urrea also won a 1999 American Book Award for his memoir, Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life and in 2000, he was voted into the Latino Literature Hall of Fame following the publication of Vatos. His book of short stories, Six Kinds of Sky, was named the 2002 small-press Book of the Year in fiction by the editors of ForeWord magazine. He has also won a Western States Book Award in poetry for The Fever of Being and was in The 1996 Best American Poetry collection.
Urrea's most recent book, The Hummingbird's Daughter, is the culmination of 20 years of research and writing. The historical novel tells the story of Teresa Urrea, sometimes known as The Saint of Cabora and the Mexican Joan of Arc.
Urrea attended the University of California at San Diego, earning an undergraduate degree in writing, and did his graduate studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
After serving as a relief worker in Tijuana and a film extra and columnist-editor-cartoonist for several publications, Urrea moved to Boston where he taught expository writing and fiction workshops at Harvard. He has also taught at Massachusetts Bay Community College and the University of Colorado and he was the writer in residence at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Urrea's other titles include By the Lake of Sleeping Children, In Search of Snow, Ghost Sickness and Wandering Time. His writing has won an American Book Award, a Western States Book Award, a Colorado Center for the Book Award and a Christopher Award. The Devil's Highway has been optioned for a film by CDI Producciones.
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**Mon Sept 28: Weeds Off The Wall Poetry Contest, 1555 N. Dayton, try to win $50 with a poem that "is not safe", sign up at 9, contest at 10 PM, hosted by Gregorio Gomez
**Tue Sept 29: Two With Water Reading Series & Open Mic, Usually the last Tuesday of the month at Cafe Ballou, 939 N. Western, 6:30 sign-up, 7:00 lit. 1-2 featured reader(s) then an open mic. We choose an OPTIONAL theme for inspiration randomly from the audience for use at the next month's reading. Next month's: "fixation." Two With Water will have its coming out/release party right around that time-- end of Sept. '09! Very excited to come out in *print.* Work by Kristiana Colon, Nick Sarno, an Interview with Thax Douglas and more
**Wed Sept 30: California Clipper, 1002 N California Ave, Susan Messer's book release, 8:30 p.m., Books for sale, 21 and over, Free admission. Guild Complex presents a book release event for Susan Messer's first novel Grand River and Joy, which explores the "intersections of race, class and religion during the long hot summers of Detroit in the 1960s." Check out Susan's web page (www.susanmesser.net) and her blog (http://ethnicwords.blogspot.com) which probes the difficult terrain of ethnic words and labels.
**Thur Oct 1 thru Sun Oct 11: The Fourth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival (CCAF4) takes place October 1-11, 2009, featuring Chicago-based artists collaborating in performances and projects with artists living in other locations -- both here in the U.S. and abroad. These collaborations will be prepared or improvised, and some performances will involve live feeds between Chicago and elsewhere. CCAF4 venues include: the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, The Velvet Lounge, Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery, Church of the Epiphany, WNUR, Mercury Café, WLUW, Myopic Bookstore, and other venues. http://www.chicagocalling.org/ Click here for the full Chicago Calling schedule of events
**Thur Oct 1: Katerina's, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd, The Bridge of the Arts Series, 7:30 to 10 PM, Tara Betts, Tristan Silverman, Max ZT , with musical guests, $7
**Thur Oct 1: Roots & Culture Gallery, 1034 N. Milwaukee, MAKE Magazine Issue 8 Release Party, 7 to 10 PM, $10
**Fri Oct 2: The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave, Tara Betts celebrates the release of her new book, ARC & HUE (Willow Books), 8 PM. This is Tara's official Chicago release party. Arrive early since we are expecting a large turn-out!
**Fri Oct 2: Final Poetry Reading at Mercury Cafe, 1505 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago Calling show at 6-9 pm (see http://www.chicagocalling.org/). You are invited to attend this Chicago Calling Arts Festival event, which includes performances by Chicago-based artists, in collaboration with artists who live outside of Chicago. Performers include: Vittorio Carli (poetry) and Carolyn Curtis Magri (visual art); Elizabeth Harper (Chicago) and Faux Paul -- poetry collaboration; Janina Ciezadlo; Rachel Javellana; Leonard De Montbrun (Chicago) and Don Coorough (Arizona) -- poetry collaboration; Sid Yiddish, in collaboration with The Clean Boys; Cathleen Schandelmeier-Bartels in collobaration with the Ugandan artist Sarah; short films by Thomas Realm (from New York) featuring Vittorio Carli and Lee Groban; Lynn Fitzgerald performing poetry with Cuban photography; Josephine Lipuma other TBA artists. This event is free and open to the public.
**Fri Oct 2: Borders Books & Music in Highland Park, 595 Central Avenue , poetry open mic with feature William Graham, 8 PM, all welcome
**Sun Oct 4: Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee, Writing the Transdiasporic Experience poetry reading, 2 to 4 PM, hosted by Nina Corwin, free and open to the public, refreshments will be served
**Sun Oct 4: Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee 2nd Fl, 7 PM, Chicago Calling w/ Dan Godston
**Tue Oct 6: Homolatte at Tweet, 5024 N Sheridan, 7:30 PM, queer open mic with feaures, pass the hat.
**Wed Oct 7: Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield, Reading Under The Influence, Where the Wild Things Are with Devon Polderman, John Flaherty, Rob Duffer and Jesse Jordan, 7:30 PM, $3
**Wed Oct 7: Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark, Bookslut Reading Series, 21 and over, 7:30 PM, Dave Reidy, David Taylor and Brian Evenson
**Wed Oct 7: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell, Series A, 7 to 8 PM, Michelle Taransky and Nick Demske
**Wed Oct 7:: Columbia College Concert Hall. 1014 S. Michigan, Catherine Bowman, 5:30 PM. Catherine Bowman was born in El Paso, Texas. She is the author of the poetry collections The Plath Cabinet, Notarikon, Rock Farm, and 1-800-HOT-RIBS, winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize and the Kate Frost Tufts Prize. She is the editor of Word of Mouth: Poems Featured on NPR's All Things Considered. Her poems have been published in many literary journals and magazines, and have been selected for six editions of The Best American Poetry anthology. She is the Ruth Lilly Professor of Poetry at Indiana University in Bloomington
**Wed Oct 7 Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division, Enyclopedia Show presents Serial Killers, 7:30pm - 9:00pm, $6. All ages
**Wed Oct 7 Southside Community Arts Center, 3831 S, Michigan Ave., 7 PM, free. Please join the Guild Literary Complex and Northwestern University Press as we celebrate the publication of Angela Jackson’s debut novel, Where I Must Go. The evening will include readings by Carolyn Rodgers and Angela Jackson
**Wed Oct 7 The Chicago Reading, Mary Ann Hoberman’s first official reading as Children’s Poet Laureate, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 East 59th Street, 6:45 PM, free
**Wed Oct 7 New Media Poetics, Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor, 6:30pm. Featuring readings by Bill Allegrezza, Robert Archambeau, Ray Bianchi, Justin Cabrillos, Steve Halle, Philip Jenks, Simone Meunch, and Lina Ramona Vitkauskas. This project is an artistic response to the Learning Modern exhibition, with particular attention to modernist trends in poetry and the manner in which design sensibilities translate across media and are even evident in our understandings of the sonic landscape. Building on the works on display, contemporary poets design texts, which are then read in the Sullivan Galleries on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. Subsequently, SAIC sound students engage these poems as material for further response, reframing the auditory elements of each poem's structure into a new sound score. The resulting projects will be presented in the lobby of the Sullivan Gallery as a temporary sound installation November 6 - 25. New Media Poetics is a collaboration between Experimental Sound Studio for its 2009 Outer Ear Festival of Sound, the Poetry Center of Chicago, and the SAIC Department of Exhibitions
**Thur Oct 8: John Koethe will do a reading for the University of Chicago's Poem Present Series., 4:30 – 6pm, University of Chicago, Classics 110, 1010 E. 59th Street
**Thur Oct 8: Wild Pug, 4810 N. Broadway. Poetry and Pints is a gay / lesbian literary open mic. It is free and open to the public. A queer-focused, straight friendly open mic reading, featuring special readings from Darwyn Jones (contributor, Sin: An Anthology) and Mark Richard Zubro (Schooled in Murder) and a staged reading from playwright and author Rick Karlin’s newest work (Witches Among Us); Hosted by Tavern Boy Craig Rathwell and author Drew Ferguson. Sign-up for open mic begins at 7:30 p.m. Readings start at 8:00 p.m. Readers are encouraged to sign-up early with approximately five minutes of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction Prose, Poetry and Pints is hosted by "Tavern Boy Craig" and Drew Ferguson (The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second).
**Fri Oct 9: Union Street Gallery, 1527 Otto Boulevard, Chicago Heights, open mic poetry with feature Luis Humberto Valadez, 6:30 to 8 PM.
**Fri Oct 9: UIC Hull House, 800 S. Halsted St., 6 PM, Sneza Zabic, Chad Heltzel, Renoir Gaither, Beatriz Ruiz
**Sun Oct 11: Uptown Poetry Slam, Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, 4802 N. Broadway, 7 PM, featuring Gregory Pickett, $6
**Mon Oct 12: Molly Malone's, 7652 Madison Street, Forest Park, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, open mic with feature Susan Hahn , $3-$5 cover, let Nina know you heard about it through ChicagoPoetry.com
**Tue Oct 13: QUICKIES! FUNdraiser,, 7:30 pm, The Innertown Pub, 1935 W Thomas
**Tue Oct 13: Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark, Bookslut Reading Series, 21 and over, 7:30 PM, Laird Hunt
**Wed Oct 14:: Barbara's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted, Billy Lombardo, 7:30 PM
**Thur Oct 15: 55th Annual Poetry Day: C.D. Wright, Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Free admission. Now in its 55th year, Poetry Day is one of the oldest and most distinguished reading series in the country. Inaugurated by Robert Frost, Poetry Day has featured such poets as T.S. Eliot, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, W.H. Auden, Seamus Heaney, and Adrienne Rich. C.D. Wright was born and raised in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. She has published a dozen collections; the most recent is Rising, Falling, Hovering (2008), which won the 2009 International Griffin Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and the Robert Creeley Award. A book signing follows. Co-sponsored with the Art Institute of Chicago, 6:00 pm
**Thu Oct 15:: Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, Witty Women Writers, 7 PM, Amy Guth, Stacey Ballis and Jen Lancaster
**Thur Oct 15: Words That Kill, The Spot, 4437 N. Broadway, Masquerade, Emily Rose and The Puterbaugh Sisters, 7, 6:30 - Slam Sign-Up; 7:00 - Poetry/Comedy Showcase (Host, Brian Babylon); 8:00 - Slam (Host, Gregory Pickett), $5 OR free with canned goods donation. 21+
**Thur Oct 15: DePaul Student Center, room 314, 2250 N Sheffield Avenue, Chris Green celebrates his new book Epiphany School (Mayapple Press), Thursday, 5:30 PM. Chris Green’s poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, Verse, Black Clock, North American Review, RATTLE, 5 AM, Poet Lore, and Poetry East. His book, The Sky Over Walgreens, was published in 2007 by Mayapple Press; his chapbook, Conceptual Animals, was published in 2006 by Sheltering Pines Press. He has been a featured reader and lecturer for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Amnesty International, and National Public Radio. He has an M.F.A. in Poetry from Bennington College and an M.A in British and American Literature from the University of Utah. He has been an editor for Quarterly West and RHINO. He was Editorial Manager for BearingPoint Inc., one of the largest consulting companies in the world. He has also taught for fifteen years at high schools and colleges across the country; he currently teaches poetry at Loyola University and DePaul University. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the DePaul University Humanities Center.
**Fri Oct 16: Chicago Artists Month poetry/video project My Chicago for Your Ljubljanica featuring Joel Craig, Gregor Podlogar (via live feed), Kirsten Leenaars, Travis Nichols, and Dean Rank, 6pm sharp at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave
**Tue Oct 20: Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark, Bookslut Reading Series, 21 and over, 7:30 PM, Mary Caponegro and Matthew Gavin Frank
**Tue Oct 20: Homolatte at Tweet, 5024 N Sheridan, 7:30 PM, queer open mic with feaures, pass the hat.
**Wed Oct 21: Decima Musa, 1901 S Loomis St, Jen Hofer, Laura Solórzano & Dolores Dorantes read for Guild Complex's Palabra Pura,, 7:30 p.m. All ages, Free admission. Dolores Dorantes & Laura Solórzano will travel from Mexico to read with poet/translator Jen Hofer. Presented in partnership with the Mexican Consulate and Southwest Airlines.
**Thur Oct 22: Poetry Off the Shelf: Helen Vendler, On Robert Lowell and the Modern Legacy, Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Free admission. Helen Vendler, the A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard, discusses the poet Robert Lowell at the end of his career, when he viewed the great American Modernists Pound, Eliot, Frost, Tate, Crane, and Williams no longer as intimidating predecessors but as fellow human beings. A book signing follows the talk. 6 PM
**Fri Oct 23: Women & Children First, 5233 N Clark St, Christine Rhein & Zoe Keithly, 7:30 PM
**Tue Oct 27: Book Release, Paul Martinez Pompa, My Kill Adore Him, Estrella Negra, 2346 W. Fullerton, 7:30 PM, free
**Fri Oct 30: Rhino Reads at Brother K in Evanston presents Al DeGenova and Judy Valente
**Tue Nov 3: Homolatte at Tweet, 5024 N Sheridan, 7:30 PM, queer open mic with feaures, pass the hat.
**Wed Nov 4: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell, Series A, 7 to 8 PM, Jorge Sanchez and Francesco Levato
**Thur Nov 5: Katerina's, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd, The Bridge of the Arts Series, 7:30 to 10 PM, Paul Martinez Pompa, Stella Vinitchi Radulescu , with musical guests, $7
**Thur Nov 5: Disturb the Universe: Modernism across Europe, Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Free admission. Poets W.B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, Rainer Maria Rilke, and others revolutionized poetic practices, while novelists such as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Thomas Mann delved into their characters’ minds. Goodman Theatre actors bring the literary passages to life. 6 PM.
**Mon Nov 9: Molly Malone's, 7652 Madison Street, Forest Park, 7:30 to 9:30 PM, open mic with feature Tara Betts, $3-$5 cover, let Nina know you heard about it through ChicagoPoetry.com
**Fri Nov 13: UIC Hull House, 800 S. Halsted St., 6 PM, Maggie Anderson, Sara Tracey, Brooke Wonders, Derek Philips
**Sun Nov 15: Poetry Off the Shelf: Billy Collins and Kay Ryan, Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 East Chicago Avenue. 6 PM. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, free for students and teachers. Tickets will be available at www.chicagohumanities.org or via phone at 312.494.9509 starting Tuesday, September 8, for all CHF members and Monday, September 21, for the general public. A $5 handling fee applies to all orders. Two very witty poets—one the current Poet Laureate of the United States and the other a recent holder of that office—share poems and conversation in the concluding program of the Chicago Humanities Festival Laughter series. A book signing follows. Billy Collins’s last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. Among his honors are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2004, Collins was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award for humorous poetry. Characterized by subtle, surprising rhymes and nimble rhythms, Kay Ryan’s compact poems are charged with sly wit and offbeat wisdom. Her awards include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Ingram Merrill Award. In 2008, the Librarian of Congress appointed her the 16th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Co-sponsored with the Chicago Humanities Festival
**Wed Nov 18:: Decima Musa, 1901 S. Loomis, Palabra Pura, 7:30 PM, Rita Maria Martinez and Luis Tubens read for the Guild Complex
**Thur Nov 19: Rockpile Poetry and Jazz Festival at The Hideout, 1354 West Wabansia, 8 to 11:30 PM, with The Spider Trio, Bob Malone, Art Lange, Dan Godston, Larry Sawyer, Francesco Levato and Ed Roberson and more.
**Fri Nov 20: Rhino Reads at Brother K in Evanston presents Kathleen Kirk
**Wed Dec 2: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell, Series A, 7 to 8 PM, Miekal And and Maria Damon
**Thur Dec 3: Katerina's, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd, The Bridge of the Arts Series, 7:30 to 10 PM, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Judith Valent, with musical guests, $7
**Thur Dec 3: Poetry Off the Shelf: Reginald Gibbons, Odes and Fragments of Sophocles, National Hellenic Museum, 801 West Adams Street, 4th Floor
Free admission. Reginald Gibbons retells the story of Oedipus, reading the five odes from Oedipus the King. Filled with sparkling language, intense and surprisingly modern feeling, and myth, the five odes are among the most beautiful poems of antiquity. Reginald Gibbons’s most recent book of poems is Creatures of a Day (2008), a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. His new translations of Sophocles, Selected Poems: Odes and Fragments (2008), won the Soeurette Diehl Fraser translation award from the Texas Institute of Letters. He teaches at Northwestern University. Co-sponsored with the National Hellenic Museum. 6 PM
**Wed Jan 6: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell, Series A, 7 to 8 PM, George J. Farrah