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Chicago Poetry News: Click On Headlines On Saturday, January 23, at 7 PM, Myopic Books at 1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor, will be really happening with a double feature of Kevin Coval and Roger Bonair-Agard.

On Monday, January 25, Weeds, 1555 N. Dayton, will present its seventh "Off The Wall" Poetry Contest with a $50 cash prize. Sign up begins at 9 PM and the contest starts at 10 PM.

On Friday, January 29, from 6 to 8 PM, The Rhino Reads Series at Brother K, 500 Main Street in Evanston, will present featured poets Allan Johnston and Alice George. Allan Johnston has appeared in over 60 journals, including Poetry, Poetry East, Rattle, Softblow and Jabberwock Review. His first book, Tasks of Survival (Mellen Poetry Press) came out in 1996. Among his honors, Johnston received a fellowship in poetry from the Illinois Arts Council. Originally from California, he now lives near Chicago, and teaches writing and literature at Columbia College and DePaul University. His new book, Northport, is published by Finishing Line Press. Alice George's first collection of poetry, This Must Be The Place, was published in 2008 by Mayapple Press. Her poetry and prose has appeared places like Field, Bellingham Review, Sentence, Denver Quarterly, Another Chicago Magazine, Quarter After Eight, New Orleans Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review. She teaches poetry to kids and adults in rich and various locales.

On Sunday, January 31, from 2 to 4 PM, Woman Made Gallery, 685 North Milwaukee Ave, will present a poetry reading curated by Nina Corwin called "While In Class", during which faculty and students of local writing programs will respond to an array of writing prompts and assignments. These include School of the Art Institute faculty: Elise Paschen with students LeAnne Ray, Aja Bacquie, Kristine Domingo, Avery Lee and Hao-yuan Lo; and Columbia College faculty: Susen James with students Hannah Harris, Abi Stokes, and Stephanie Lee Sutton. In addition, Sharon Warner reads poetry on the experience of being a teacher and Lily Diego reads Debbie Kent's wry account of her early experiences as a "special" student.

Also on Sunday, January 31, at noon, Shontay Luna of Chicago and John J. Gordon of LaGrange will be the featured poets at the Brewed Awakening Open Mic, 19 West Quincy in Westmont. There will be music by Craig Pro and Danny Shaffer and special guest appearance by Kevin Lee. A cover of $5 includes refreshments.

 
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