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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 12:56 PM
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If you can't make it into the city for the Poetry Cram on Saturday, January 16, then we recommend you check out the 3rd Saturday Coffeehouse, happening at 8 PM (hey, you just might be able to make both events), at Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street in Oak Park. Bring poetry or prose to share and then enjoy the thrills of magician Tim Casady. $3-$5 donation. Wheelchair accessible. Info at 708-660-9376.

On Sunday, January 17, The Green Mill, 4802 North Broadway, will present the "Chicago Women's Slam" from 7 to 10 PM. If you are into performance poetry you absolutely do not want to miss this one, because the all-star cast includes Marty McConnell, Dahlia, Mojdeh Stoakley, Andi Strickland, Sarah Morgan, Tristan Silverman, Stacy Fox, Amy David and Emily Rose. Wow! And it will be hosted by Molly Meacham!!

And then on Monday, January 18, from 7:30 to 10 PM, Butterfly Social Club, 722 W. Grand, will present Mental Graffiti with featured guest Eboni Hogan, who was the 2008 champ of the legendary Urbana Slam and has represented the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. There will also be a slam hosted by former Chicago slam champ Tim Stafford. If you want to be on the only team "repping" Chicago at the National Poetry Slam this year, you need to get there and sign up. $5 donation

If you are going to perform in events like these, maybe you better touch up on your skills. Vox Ferus Aloud is a workshop for poets interested in improving or practicing their performance skills. Led by nationally renowned poet and performer Marty McConnell (www.martyoutloud.com), the workshop will include exploration and practice of performance techniques that enable the poet to reveal a poem's emotional range and meaning(s) on stage as well as on the page. Space is limited to keep the workshop small, and the fee is $10 per person. To register, email voxferus@gmail.com. The workshop will take place in the Loop on Saturday January 16 from 3-6 p.m.

 
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