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Posted by : cj on Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 11:56 AM
Chicago Poetry News: Click On Headlines QUEER FOCUSED, STRAIGHT FRIENDLY

On Thursday, November 12, I (CJ Laity) will be one of the featured readers for the Prose, Poetry and Prints series at the Wild Pug, 4810 N. Broadway. There will be an open mic (sign up begins at 7:30) and then I will be featured with two other local authors as part of this new series that describes itself as "queer-focused, straight friendly" and that is hosted by "Tavern Boy" Craig Rathwell and author Drew Ferguson

About ten years ago I wrote a fictionalized piece about my friendship with performance artist Lawrence Steger, who was an extremely popular performer in the late eighties and early nineties, and who died of an AIDS related illness in 1999. I know it's in a box of papers somewhere in the back room and I'm hoping I can find it in time to share some excerpts from it.

Another author who will be reading on November 12 is Terry Oldes. Terry says of himself on his blog: "I'm a Chicago writer who believes humor can get a person through ANYTHING. Originally from Des Moines, IA, I grew up the adopted son of a rural family. I went to college in New York City where I graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. From there, I headed to Nashville, TN as a singer/songwriter . . . My first book, "Dancing With Tina" was published in 2007 by STARbooks Press and is an in-depth memoir of Crystal Meth Abuse in Chicago's gay community. I am currently working on my 3rd book, "The Pissy Queen Traveling Circus", a fictional piece on the ups and downs of co-dependent relationships in the Gay community."

There will also be a reading by Anthony Flemming. Readers are encouraged to sign-up early with approximately five minutes of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction



Poetry Site for Oct. 24, intl day of climate action

Hi CJ,

I wonder if you have learned yet of this site, please pass along:"

They are gathering 350 poems on climate change, 3.5 lines each. (mine is #29). 350 parts per million is the highest concentration of atmospheric CO2 that is safe for life on Earth.

Cheers, Mary KD



Thinking about getting your writing published? Look no further than Shakespeare's Monkey Revue!!

Shakespeare's Monkey Revue is an international literary journal dedicated to excellence. Submissions of all genres (under 3000 words) will be considered, however our primary focus is creative writing with emphasis on poetry and short prose. We are now accepting original poetry submissions for our next issue “Work”

The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2009.

Submissions should not exceed 3000 words. All submissions should be submitted by email to:

Please allow up to eight weeks for notification of acceptance. Payment is $10 and 2 copies of issue in which the work appears as well as a 1-year subscription to the Revue.

For more information please see the submission guidelines at



Hey all, just wanted to let people know that 3 of my poetry books are now available to read online for free.

Click here to read about it:

Not sure if you can download them to your computer from the Myebook site, but at the other three sites you can. Let me know what you think!




On Sunday, October 25 from noon to 2 p.m. Brewed Poets Society will present "Last Sunday of the Month" Poetry Readings at Brewed Awakening, 19 W Quincey, Westmont (across the street from the train stations). There will be time for open mic, so bring a few of your own poems.

Cover charge of $5 includes coffee and a muffin or other treat.

Susan T. Moss is a poet and professional freelance journalist. She is president of the Illinois State Poetry Society and facilitator of the north suburban ISPS chapter. A retired English teacher, Moss is a graduate of Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English. Her chapbook is entitled Keep Moving ‘til The Music Stops. Her work has appeared in Vermont Literary Review, Caduceus, Seeding The Snow, Out of Line, and Northbrook Star. Featured reading venues are Women and Children First, Chicago; DvA Gallery, Chicago; The café, Chicago; The book Stall at Chestnut Court, Winnetka; Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook; Brewed Awakening, Westmont; and Café Express, Evanston. Moss has also appeared as a guest reader on Word Slingers, WLUW radio station in Chicago.

Ina G.Perlmuter says “Poetry need not be obscure but it must creep into the mind of an individual as a gift. Perhaps to enjoy a reminisce or glean clarity of thought. I am a senior dyslexic and I hope my work encourages others to believe the saying (whose author is unknown to me) that ‘success is never permanent, and failure is never fatal but it's courage that counts.’ One must just keep on trying.” Perlmuter is an active member of the North Suburban chapter of the Illinois State Poetry Society.



Hello Next Objectivists!

Our autumn schedule is about to begin!

We have a NEW MEETING DAY: this fall, the Next Objectivists will be meeting on the 2nd & 4th TUESDAY nights.
We will still be meeting at 7:00 pm at the Mess Hall in Rogers Park (Morse & Glenwood; a quarter block south of the Morse Redline station).

Autumn quarter dates will be:

October 13
October 27
November 10
November 24
December 8
December 22 - Next Objectivist Winter Party!

During this quarter, our reading will be organized around the 'original' objectivist poets. We will begin by reading the material found in the February 1931 issue of Poetry Magazine (vol. xxxvii, no. v), edited by Louis Zukofsky. The entire issue is attached in three pdf files. First, we'll read Zukofsky's essays: "Program: 'Objectivists" & "Sincerity & Objectification" for 13 October. After that, we'll read the other parts of the issue, & then look more closely at the work of some of the poets who appear there, most notably Zukofsky, Carl Rakosi, Basil Bunting, Kenneth Rexroth, Charles Reznikoff & William Carlos Williams (as well as other Objectivist poetry, such as Lorine Niedecker's).

See you at the Next Objectivists!



Funny Ha Ha: Geek Love
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: The Hideout: 1354 W Wabansia Ave !

Featuring readings and performances by:

Chicago Tribune "Watcher" TV Blogger and critic Maureen Ryan

Members of the AV Club

Cast of Shadows author Kevin Guilfoile

Bruised Orange Theater Company's "I Saw You"

Films by Steve Delahoyde.

and me! Your gracious host Claire Zulkey!

$5 suggested donation
Proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Writing Alliance



Don't worry. I'll start thinking about where to put on the Holiday Cram soon. Meanwhile, get your entries in:

Note: Click here for the news on 350 Poems, Shakespeare's Monkey, Jason Sturner, Brewed Poetry, Next Objectivists, and Funny Ha Ha

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