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Posted by : cj on Friday, November 06, 2009 - 12:11 AM
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Hey there,

CJ Laity here with the latest poetry gossip for ya', and what would Chicago be without the poetry gossip? Huh? Um, boring!

On Monday, November 16, at 7 PM, Manhattan's Bar, 415 South Dearborn, will present the Elbowing Off The Stage reading series featuring Todd McCarty with a special night of Poetry Grab Bag (bring a poem and if it is pulled from the bag it's your turn to read). Todd McCarty is an M.F.A candidate at Columbia College Chicago where he's currently pursuing a degree in Creative Writing—Poetry. He is also an assistant editor for the literary journal Court Green.

On Thursday, November 19, at 6 PM, there will be a book release event for the new collection of works, Liberation Narratives, by Haki Madhubuti at ETA Creative Arts Foundation, 7558 S. South Chicago Ave.

On Saturday, November 21, 2009, at 8 PM, Unity Temple in Oak Park, 875 Lake Street, will present a very special Third Saturday Open Mic event featuring a true Chicagoan, Gregorio Gomez, the emcee of Chicago's most infamous and longest-running underground poetry venue at Weeds, home of the "off the wall" poetry contest.. Gomez, who emigrated from Veracruz, Mexico, has been a major influence in Chicago’s spoken word scene for over two decades. In addition to his work as a performer and panelist in countless poetry presentations, he has been published in numerous poetry magazines, including "Stray Bullets" (Tia Chucha Press); "Poetry for Peace" (The Peace Museum of Chicago); and "Hammers". If you would like to participate in the event, sign up at 7:30. Charlie Rossiter keeps the open mic limited to five minutes. There is a $3-$5 donation and this venue is wWheelchair accessible. Info at 708-660-9376.

On Monday, November 23, at 6 PM, the Chicago Cultural Center will present a seminar called "Going Pro" that will feature Jill Pollack, Carol Saller and Doug Seibold. You can click here to view a poster with all the details as well as more cultural affairs literary news.

The Two With Water Reading Series & Open Mic continues every LAST Tuesday of the month on November 24 at Cafe Ballou, 939 N. Western, at 7 PM, with this month’s optional open mic theme of "language." Check it out because they love new voices. And then, The Two With Water Release Party at The Empty Bottle,1035 N. Western, happens on December 8, featuring readings by: Denise Dooley, Bobby Evers, Nick Sarno and also live bands. $6 in advance, $8 at the door.

The Guild Complex is accepting open submissions for two prose competitions: the Guild Complex Nonfiction Award (5,000 word limit) and the Guild Complex Very Short Fiction Award (1,000 word limit). The winner in each category will receive a $500 cash prize. You must be 21 to enter and a resident of Illinois. A $5 entry fee is requested. For all the details and deadline dates, please visit their website The winners will read their work @ the California Clipper on Wednesday, December 9.

Highland Park Poetry's newest opportunity is its Poetry That Moves contest. Up to 12 poems will be selected for printing and display on Highland Park's PACE buses as well as PACE's North Shore Line - that's one poem per month. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, November 15 - so don't delay! Guidelines and entry form are available at

On Sunday, November 8, from 4 to 5 PM, there will be a free Visual Art Poetry Workshop at Hyde Park Arts Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave, led by Valerie Wallace, during which you will explore the galleries of the Art Center to write poems inspired by visual art and artists. Come prepared with notebook, pen or pencil, and a desire to share your work in a collaborative, stimulating environment. Space is limited so call 773.324.5520 to register.

Psst. Chris Green, David Tinidad and Tony Trigilio, Friday, November 13, The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave, 7 PM, be there.

On Saturday, November 14, at 7 PM, The Red Rover Series will present Experiment #34: Code, Chreod, Catastrophe that will present "digital poetry readings" by Chris Cuellar, Judd Morrissey and Stephanie Strickland. The event will happen at The Orientation Center, 2129 N. Rockwell, and there is a $4 suggested donation. Chris Cuellar is a sound and text artist pursuing an MFA in Writing from the Art Institute who has new work for LED display entitled 'Pleas' on exhibition at MVSEVM Gallery in Humboldt Park. Judd Morrissey is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Art Institute in Writing, Art, Technology Studies, and Performance. His current project, The Precession, will include a poem of 26,000 fragments in 209 parts, visually mapped to coordinates of celestial bodies. Stephanie Strickland’s book of poems, Zone : Zero (Ahsahta Press), includes two interactive poems on CD. She and Judd Morrissey both presented digital work this past May in Barcelona at the e-Poetry 2009 International Festival. Strickland will also present a free lecture and digital poetry reading at 112 S. Michigan Ave, room 1307, on November 17 at 4:15 PM. Red Rover Series is curated by Lisa Janssen and Jennifer Karmin.

On Saturday, December 5, 2009, MARCH ABRAZO PRESS is hosting members of the Latino Writers Collective from Kansas City on their tour to promote their award winning bilingual English Spanish short fiction anthology Everyone is invited to Latte on Lincoln (formerly known as Loose Leaf Tea Loft), 4229 N. Lincoln Ave. FREE admission from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Cumpian describes it: "Fiction and poetry from the heartland, indeed. The variety, the subject matter, and, to this writer, the focus on characterization which, in this case, carries the plot, makes for enjoyable reading. The variety is engaging. Open mike from 6:30-7:00 PM. Meet Linda Rodirguez author of Heart's Migration (Tia Chucha Press, 2009) and three other Kansas City, Missouri poets and writers.

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