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Posted by : cj on Sunday, November 22, 2009 - 10:04 PM
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Kansas City Writers Invade Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 5

CHICAGO, Ill., Nov. 23, 2009 – The Latino Writers Collective, a group of Latino poets and fiction writers who live and work in the Kansas City area, will read from their new short fiction anthology on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Latte on Lincoln, 4229 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago ( Admission is free.

Open mike takes place the first half-hour of the program, followed by featured reading and book release of “Cuentos del Centro: Stories from the Heartland” from Scapegoat Press. Linda Rodriguez, author of “Heart’s Migration,” an award-winning book of poems from Tia Chucha Press, and author of the cookbook “I Don’t Know How to Cook Mexican” from Adams Media, will be reading from her work, as will Miguel M. Morales, Xanath Caraza, Jose Faus, Maria Vasquez Boyd and others.

Carlos Cumpian, who wrote the foreword to “Cuentos del Centro” is the event organizer, and a well-known Chicago poet and publisher. Event is free: Latte on Lincoln will offer sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, loose-leaf teas and coffees for sale.

Arrive early for a good seat and to sign up for open mike.


The Northeastern Illinois University and Okri Books Inc.

cordially invite you to attend

the presentation and signing of the book The Trial of Robert Mugabe,

written by Chielo Zona Eze, a professor of Postcolonial Literature at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

It is a story of Zimbabwe as told by the victims of Mugabe's dictatorship.

It exposes rape and other forms of human rights abuse as Mugabe's means

to silence opposition and dissent.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

7 PM

in Golden Eagles Room

at Northeastern Illinois University

5500 N. St. Louis Ave. in Chicago

Professor Eze is a Nigerian-born author and philosopher and Biafra War survivor. He studied Catholic theology, philosophy and literature, creative writing in Nigeria, Austria, Germany and the US. He was recipient of Global Fellowship in Literature 2003-2004 at UCLA. He has won the first Olaudah Equiano Prize for Fiction for his Lessons in German. He lives in Chicago and teaches literature at NEIU.


Happy Thanksgiving from Highland Park Poetry! In the spirit of the holiday, be sure to read Judith MK Tepfer’s “Thanksgiving” poem which was recently added to the Muses’ Gallery at

Sneak Preview. Attached is a copy of the 2010 Poetry Challenge guidelines and submission entry form. As a mailing list member, you’re the first to get the inside scoop. This information is not yet available on the website.

Mark Your Calendar. Join us Friday, December 4, 2009 at Borders Books & Music (595 Central Av, 2nd floor) for our monthly poetry open-mic beginning at 8:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome and poets are encouraged to bring up to 6 poems to share.

Please make a gift to Highland Park Poetry. Times are tight. HPP receives no grant funding and depends on your support each year to keep our programs and website going. Send your check made payable to Highland Park Poetry c/o Jennifer Dotson, 376 Park Avenue, Highland Park, IL 60035.

Many thanks & gobble gobble,

Jennifer Dotson
Founder & Program Coordinator


Bon Voyage, Ellen Wadey

Saturday, December 5, 2009
California Clipper, 1002 N. California (California & Augusta)
7:00 p.m. doors open. Reading begins @ 7:30 p.m.
One Poem/Short Fiction Festival featuring poets and writers who mark specific moments from Ellen's tenure @ the Guild Complex.
Free admission. Donations to the Guild Complex much appreciated.
California Clipper has music starting @ 10:00 p.m., so make a night of it.

For nearly eight years, Ellen Wadey has been the voice, and the heart, of the Guild Complex. At the beginning of 2009, Ellen gave notice that she wanted to spend more time on her own writing and that this would be her last year as Executive Director. Her last day will be December 31.

While we are heartbroken to lose her, we want to send her off in style-Guild Complex style. There will be a mega-Bon Voyage Party for Ellen on Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 pm. It will be held at the California Clipper, 1002 N. California Ave., Chicago.

The party will be a "One Poem" event of outstanding writers who have been closely involved with the Guild Complex over Ellen's tenure. The evening will feature: Paul Martinez-Pompa, Kimberly Dixon, Tricia Hersey, Lisa Alvarado, Erin Teegarden, Irasema Gonzalez, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Susan Messer, Diana Pando, Stephanie Gentry-Fernandez, Johanny Vazquez Paz and Gretchen Kalwinski.

You are invited. It should be a great party. Come join us as we celebrate the years of Ellen's outstanding work in support of Chicago's emerging and underrepresented writers.

She asked that no gifts be given (and she can't drink those many drinks.) But for those who want to commemorate her leaving, she asked they give a $10 donation to the Guild Complex (thinking of the Guild Complex to the very end!).

We hope you can come to wish Ellen well in her new venture.

The Guild Complex



Bakul Banerjee of Warrenville and Beth Staas of Westmont will be the featured poets at the Brewed Awakening, 19 West Quincy (across the street from the Westmont Train Station), in Westmont on Sunday, November 29. The event begins with music at noon, followed by poetry (including open mic) from 12:30 – 2:00 PM. Cover charge of $5.00 includes refreshments.

Born near Delhi, India, Bakul Banerjee lived at various places in India and U.S.A. Inspired by a variety of life experiences, she started writing poems during teenage years. After raising two children, she picked up writing again, concentrating on poems and short fictions. Her works have been published in several small literary magazines throughout United States, including Moon Journal, Unmesh, and Possibilities. She is a member of the Illinois State Poetry Society and DuPage Writer’s Group. For the most of her career, Banerjee worked as scientist and engineer at various organizations mostly associated with the US Department of Energy including Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. degree in computational geophysics from Johns Hopkins University, Maryland.

Beth Staas is a freelance writer, published in some two-dozen national periodicals, and author of two novels (now out of print). Her poetry has been seen in North American Review, Prairie Light, St. Joseph Messenger, Arts Beat, and Oblates, as well as on several websites. Credentials include a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in English. She taught writing at the high school and college level for some twenty years. Currently, she is president of Poets and Patrons of Chicago, and a member of both Poets’ Club of Chicago and Illinois State Poetry Society.

Music and poetry readings are featured at Brewed Awakening the last Sunday of each month, under the sponsorship of the Illinois State Poetry Society, Westmont Area Friends of the Arts, and Brewed Awakening.

Note: Here's the scoop on Kansas City Writers at Latte on Lincoln, Chielo Zone Eze at Northeastern, Highland Park Poetry Thanksgiving, Ellen Wadey's Bon Voyage Parrty, and Brewed Awakening in Westmont

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