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Posted by : cj on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 02:25 PM
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Hey poets. Shhhh. Here's some poetry gossip for you.

After almost 3 and a half years as the Program Director of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance and the Associate Editor of the Journal of Ordinary Thought, Rupal Soni has stepped down to pursue a Masters in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Rupal Soni (photo) says: "I’ve loved working with NWA to support our dedicated and talented writers; to develop programs that weave together community writing, social justice, and community building; to help amplify the voices of Chicago’s communities in the Journal of Ordinary Thought; and to collaborate with each of you. With that being said, NWA has a solid and creative line-up of programming set for 2010, the steady leadership of Carrie guiding the way, and a fantastic new editor, Hollen Reischer, joining the team. It’s going to be a great year."

The buzz from the ChicagoPoetry news desk is that Al DeGenova's After Hours magazine will be marking its 10th anniversary with a double issue to be released in June, 2010. There will be no winter issue of After Hours this year.

Find out how you can enter the 2010 "Poetry Challenge" by going to

The next Bon Bon Sandwich Shop Poetry Open Mic will take place on Tuesday, February 9, from 8 to 10 PM. It's located at 2333 W. North Avenue, one block east of Western. This venue is looking to do more poetry shows and looking for poets who want to feature there, so stop on in and talk to Jenny or call 773-278-5800 and tell her CJ sent ya.

The Encyclopedia Show has found a new home at the Vittum Theatre, 1012 N Noble St.

There is a lot going on in the Haiku arena. There will be a free Haiku Fest on Saturday, March 13, with special guest Angela Jackson (photo). Go to and bookmark it to check for updated information as things develop.

Also, The Midwest Chapter of the Haiku Society of America is planning a free program on Saturday, February 20, from 1:30 to 4:30 PM., at the Winnetka Public Library, 768 Oak St. There will be six presentations on a variety of haiku topics, plus readings and critique. The public is invited. The presentations are broad ones, dealing with the style and content of haiku, and will be of interest to both beginning and experienced haiku poets. There will also be time for participants to read a haiku they’ve written and get it critiqued. Among presenters are: John Han, Professor of English and Creative Writing / Chair of The Humanities Division at Missouri Baptist University, and haiku poet. He will speak on “What Is Haiku?” Other presentations include: “Season and Other Aesthetics / Poetics in Haiku,” by Heather Jagman; “The Silence Between Haiku Images,” By Joe Kirschner; a discussion led by a moderator on “What inspires Us to Write Haiku?; “What is Sumi Art and Haiga?” by artist and poet Lidia Rozmus; and “Haiku in Korea Today,” by Sung Kyu Kim. After the meeting, participants may attend an informal dinner at the Celtic Knot Public House in Evanston. To pre-register or for more information, contact Charlotte Digregorio, Midwest Regional Coordinator, Haiku Society of America, 847-881-2664.

"Jesus Peace: Night of Poetry IV" at the Tsuki Resturant and Lounge, 1441 W. Fullerton Ave, will happen on Saturday, February 27 from 8 to 10 PM. It's a benefit for Haiti and will feature K-LOVE, Dena Dean, Jason Williams, Authentic, Harold Green, Joseph Saunders, and more. To find out about this $20 event, call Natasha at 773-710-4783.

The Smart Museum of Art at University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue, will present an Open Mic. event called "The Dark Mirror" emceed by poets Matthias Regan (photo) and Eric Elshtain on Thursday, March 4, from 7 to 9 PM. The press release says: "Step up to the open mic and share a few poems, a short story, or a creative essay about your darker side." There will be free coffee, music, and a raffle.

There seems to be some confusion concerning the Revolving Door Reading Series, which will feature Allison Gruber, Donna Pecore, Luis Humberto Valadez and Sid Yiddish. Apparently it is going to take place on February 17 (not on January 27 as previously reported) from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, at Red Kiva, 1108 West Randolph St.

Gay and Gray: An anthology of Gay Writers and Artists 60 and over seeks submissions! NewTown Writers, Chicago's premier GLBT writing group, is pleased to announce a request for submissions to its newest publication, Gay and Gray! In an attempt to begin to collect what can only be a myriad of writing and wisdom from ‘the older gay writer/artist, NewTown Writers is seeking:creative non-fiction, short stories, fiction or memoir, poetry, digital imagery, and photography from the GLBTQ community 60 and older. Fiction and non-fiction submissions should be a maximum of 5,000 words. Each writer may submit three pieces for consideration. Reprints are acceptable as long as the author retains the copyright. Submissions should be sent as attachments to an email and NOT pasted into the body of the e-mail. Incorrect submissions will not be read. Multiple submissions are welcome and should be sent in separate e-mails. ALL submissions must be in 12-point Times New Roman, single-spaced, and sent as attachments. All authors must be willing to be edited. Authors should include their age (or there about) with submissions for reprint in the anthology as well as a photo when possible. The photo may be taken from any point in the author’s life. Also please include a brief biography. While there is no specific theme, content may focus on aging in the gay community, historical hindsight and/or perspective unique to the GBLTQ person 60 and older. E-mail submissions for GAY AND GRAY should be sent to: by June, 2010. All writers will be notified of the editor’s selections. Each writer published in the 'Gay and Gray' anthology will receive three copies of the volume gratis.

Finally, the Life Celebration for Effie Mihopoulos is scheduled for Friday, March 5 from 5 to 7 PM in Recital Hall at Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave. A concert to benefit Haiti will follow, hosted by WZRD, the radio station that Effie worked tirelessly for, for many years. And then, on Saturday, March 6, from 1 to 3 PM, there will be a poetry memorial for Effie at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street. Poets, please bring something to read in her honor! If you are planning to attend either, please contact to RSVP.

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