May 24, 2018 - 06:45 PM  
  Welcome to Chicago Poetry Press
CJ Laity is Mr. Chicago Poetry

Poetry Press

Go to the homepage with calendar
The Chicago Poetry News
Journal of Modern Poetry

Chicago Poetry Scene Top 135

· A Cram On WBEZ
· After Hours Press
· Anobium
· Another Chicago Magazine
· Antena
· Anti-War Poetry
· Apparatus Magazine
· AquaMoon
· Audio Party
· Barbara's Bookstore
· Beach Poets
· Big Other
· Bob Boone's Teacher's Hangout
· Book Cellar
· Book Slut
· Book Stall
· Caffeine Theatre
· Center on Halsted
· Chaotic Radio
· Chicago Amplified
· Chicago Calling
· Chicago Literary Club
· Chicago Poetry Brothel
· Chicago Poetry Club
· Chicago Poetry Project
· Chicago Poetry Neutral Zone
· Chicago Public Library
· ChicagoPublishes (City of Chicago)
· Chicago Reader
· Chicago Readers Blog
· Chicago Shakes
· Chicago Slam Works
· Chicago Writes
· College of Complexes
· Columbia College
· Columbia College Events
· Columbia Poetry Review
· Cracked Slab Books
· Curbside Splendor
· Danny's
· Dollar Store
· Drinking and Writing
· 826 Chicago
· Encyclopedia Show
· Featherproof
· Gapers Block Book Club
· Girl Speak
· Golden Rule Jones
· Green Mill
· Guild Complex
· Gwendolyn Brooks Center
· Homolatte
· Illinois Arts Council
· Illinois Poet Laureate
· Illinois Poets Society
· In One Ear at Heartland Cafe
· JackLeg Press
· KuumbaLynx
· La Bloga
· Lake Forest College
· Lethal Poetry
· Letter eX
· Literago
· Literary Chicago
· Louder Than A Bomb
· Loyola
· Mango Tribe
· March/Abrazo
· Mental Graffiti
· Milk Magazine
· Muzzle
· Myopic Books
· Neighborhood Writing Alliance
· Neutron Bomb
· Newberry Library
· Next Objectivists
· Northwestern
· Northwestern Press
· Oyez Review
· Paper Machete
· Parlor Reading Series
· Partner Dance Press
· PerformInk
· Poetry Center of Chicago
· Poetry Foundation
· Poetry Magazine
· PoetryPoetry
· Poets and Patrons
· Powells
· Printers Ball
· Printers Row Lit Fest
· Proyecto Latina
· Puddin'head Press
· Publish Chicago
· Quickies!
· Quimby's
· Ragdale
· Rambunctious Review
· Reading Under The Influence
· Real Talk Ave
· Rec Room
· Revolving Door
· Red Rover
· Rhino
· 2nd Story
· Series A
· Seven Corners
· Shakespeares Monkeys
· She Writes
· Silver Tongue
· Slampapi Blog
· Small Garlic Press
· Spoon River Review
· StarWallpaper
· Sunday Salon
· Sun Times Books
· Swan Isle Press
· Switchback Books
· Tallgrass Writers / Outrider Press
· The2ndHand
· Third World Press
· Tianguis Bookstore
· TimeOut Books
· TriQuarterly
· Tuesday Funk
· Twilight Tales
· U of C Poetics
· U of C Press
· U of I Press
· Underground Library
· Unscene Chicago
· Vaporacle
· Virtual Artists Collective
· Weeds
· Weighed Words
· Woman Made Gallery
· Woman Made Gallery Audio
· Women and Children First
· Young Chicago Authors

Right Now . . .

There are 32 unregistered users and 0 registered users on-line.

You can log-in or register for a user account here.

spacer.gif   Chicago Poetry Performances, Events and Readings
Posted by : cj on Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 04:25 PM
Poetry Gossip: Click On Headlines .
Hey Chicago poets. There is so much happening on the Chicago Poetry Scene, we can barely keep up, but let's give it a try:

Say, I should mention "A Night of Sight & Sound With Saul Williams," that will take place at Kinetic Playground, 1113 W. Lawrence Ave, from 6 PM until Midnight, starting on Sunday, March 27. This Lethal Poetry event full of poetry, hip-hop and art will be a multidisciplinary art exhibition and concert designed to support local art community and raise funds for local non-profits. It is being billed as "one crazy multi-sensory experience" Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here and there will also be an after party for $7.

Speaking of Lethal Poetry and Kinetic Playground. The Mojdeh Project will have a party at Kinetic Playground for the release of not one but two CDs on Wednesday, February 24 from 8 PM until Midnight. It's only $5 and will feature a bunch of special guests.

Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary season from February 19 through March 6, with over 650 Chicago-area youth representing 60 teams performing for a projected audience of over 6,500 people. Hot dog! The festival includes preliminary bouts and "college slams" at various Columbia College campuses every day from February 22 thru February 28, with a semi-final show at Steppenwolf Theater on March 1st, with the finals at The Vic Theater on Saturday, March 6. The complete schedule of bouts and related events in pdf format can be found here. For more information about the schedule or how to get tickets, contact that bad-ass Robbie Q. Telfer at

Monday, February 22, Weeds, 1555 N. Dayton, will up the ante for its "Off The Wall" poetry contest to $100. Did Sergio win the lottery or some sheet? That's right, the pot has doubled, so bring your craziest, possibly most offensive poem and sign up after 9 PM for the 10 PM contest.

On Tuesday, February 23, Safe Smiles at Trace, 3714 N Clark St, will be hosting "The Full Circle Tour" featuring Eric Breland and Andi Kauth from 10 PM until 1 AM. There is a $3 cover for this 21 and over open mic show. Andi came out and read for me in the basement of some hotel years ago: she's way cool.

Finally, Sunday, February 28 will be a day for two poetry workshops, both offered for a measly $5 to $10 donation. From 1:30 to 3:30 PM, there will be a Vox Ferus poetry-publishing workshop called "Getting Ink" with leader Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz. Topics discussed will include research resources and techniques, cover letter development, and how to select poems for submission. Poets working in all styles are welcome, including humorous work, traditional forms, and performance-focused writing. To find out the secret location and to reserve your spot in the workshop, please email

But this is Chicago, the world's most thriving poetry town, so you do have workshop options for that day. On Sunday, February 28, from 1:30 to 4:30 PM, The Rhino Workshop will be led by Michael Meyerhofer, at Evanston Public Library, Room 108, Church & Orrington in Evanston. Michael says: "Even in contemporary free verse, scansion can be a simple, quick way to diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of a line by comparing the number of stressed versus unstressed syllables, a kind of diagnostic EKG machine for poetry. We'll discuss some basic strategies for packing more punch into each line of verse." Bring 15 or more copies (no longer than two pages) of work you want critiqued. $5-$10 donation appreciated.

On Monday, February 15, Mental Graffiti returns to Butterfly Social Club, 722 W. Grand, with special guest Kent Foreman, an open mic and a slam from 8 to 10 PM. It's $5 and 21 and up please. Kent hasn't been around the scene for a while so it should be a real treat.

On Wednesday, February 17, at Decima Musa, 1901 S. Loomis, the Guild Complex will present a free, all ages, bilingual Latino Palabra Pura reading featuring Elizabeth Marino and Roberto Harrison. That one goes down from 7 to 9 PM. I had a dream the other night that the Guild Complex was teaming up with Cave Canem to sponsor some events. Hope it comes true.

Or, if you are downtown on February 17, you can check out the Oyez Review Reading from 5 to 6 PM at Roosevelt University, Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave, featuring poetry, fiction and nonfiction by John F. Buckley, Alexander York, Lydia Cesarz, Don Peteroy, Meghan Cadwallader, and more. Refreshments will be served.

But, wait, there's more. The rescheduled Revolving Door Reading Series is finally here, with features Allison Gruber, Donna Pecore, Luis Humberto Valadez, and Sid Yiddish at Red Kiva, 1108 West Randolph St, also on Wednesday, February 17, starting at 7:30 PM.

I heard it through the grapevine that Jennifer Karmin is back in town and she will be one of the many poets and performers appearing for "Links To Haiti," a benefit at Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, that will take place on Thursday, February 18 from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. There will be Haitian and Moroccan music and dancing, a silent auction, food and drinks. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. All money goes to Partners in Health.

Also on Thursday, February 18, the Words That Kill series will be celebrating African-American Heritage Month at Lilly's Bar, 2513 N. Lincoln Ave, from 7 to 9 PM. The poetry vs. comedy "omni-slam" will feature Javon Johnson, Blackout, Kevin Bam Smith, John Paul Davis and an encore by that old-schooler Kent Foreman. Performers are encouraged to bring props, costumes, and other theatrics. It's $5 or canned goods and it's 21 and over. The winner of the omni-slam will get to see Saul Williams for free on March 27.

On Saturday, February 20, at 8 PM, there will be another benefit for Haiti at Bronzeville Visitors Information Center, 411 E. 35th St, with performances by Precise, Lid Law, J. Hill and P1, and music by Dj Kmax and The Collards. Art by Nicole Malcolm will lso be raffled off.

Also on February 20, there will be a free "North Austin Poetry Slam" at the public library at 5724 West North Ave at 2:30 PM.

And of course February 20 is the third Saturday of the month, so get ready for the Coffeehouse event at Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, with open mic and feature Michael Koehler, starting around 7:30 PM. A $3 to $5 donation is asked.

On Sunday, February 21, from 7 to 10 PM, Gregory Lion Pickett will be the feature for the Uptown Poetry Slam at the Green Mill, 4802 North Broadway. Gregory will be leaving for England soon so this is one of your last chances to see him before he comes back with one of those accents.

What's this crazy sheet that I hear about a free Patti Smith reading at Harold Washington Library on Sunday, February 21. Yep! It's true. The doors to the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at 400 South State Street will open at 1:30 PM and it's first come first served, so be prepared for some freaky madness.

If that isn't enough poetry shenanigans for one day, Myopic Books, 1564 North Milwaukee Ave, will present a free reading by Aldo Alvarez on February 21 at 7 PM.

spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
BlockRTop.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
  Poetry Contest
· Enter Our Contest
BlockRBott.gif spacer.gif spacer

spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
BlockRTop.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
Order a book
The Ultimate Chicago Poetry Anthology
Clever Gretel by Jennifer Dotson
JOMP 15 Is Here
Journal of Modern Poetry 16
Vape Mania
Jomp 17
Postcards From Poland by Joseph Kuhn Carey
BlockRBott.gif spacer.gif spacer

spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
BlockRTop.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
· Buy JOMP 18
· Buy JOMP 19
· Buy JOMP 20
· JOMP 21 Dear Mr. President
BlockRBott.gif spacer.gif spacer

spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
BlockRTop.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
  Poetry Publishing
Chicago Poetry Press publishes the highest quality poetry in beautiful, perfect bound editions. We rely on your continued support to operate, because we are not funded by any corporation, foundation, government agency or university. You can always contact
CJ Laity at Publisher@
BlockRBott.gif spacer.gif spacer

spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
BlockRTop.gif spacer.gif spacer.gif
  eX-ceptional 150
· Acme Artworks
· Alarm
· American Perspectives
· Answer Tag Home Press
· Area Chicago
· Avant Chicago
· Bailliwik
· Beard of Bees
· Black Arts
· Blossom Bones
· Bohemian Pupil
· Borders Open Door Poetry
· Born Magazine
· Bucktown Arts Fest
· Chance Operations
· Chicago Artists Coalition
· Chicago Cultural Center
· Chicago Dramatists
· Chicago Innerview
· Chicagoist
· Chi Labor Arts Fest Blog
· Chicago Magazine
· Chicago Quarterly
· Chicago Review
· Chicago6Corners
· Chi Town Daily News
· Christian Poets Society
· cinematheque
· Common Review
· Conscious Choice
· Contra Tiempo
· Conundrum
· Court Green
· Crab Orchard
· Cross Roads
· Curious Theatre
· Elastic Arts
· Elder Stories
· EM Press
· Empty Bottle
· F News Magazine
· Fast Geek Press
· Fence
· Fifth Wednesday
· Free Lunch
· Free Street
· Front 40
· Gapers Block
· Gargoyle
· Haiku Society
· Haymarket
· Heartland Cafe
· Hemmingway Foundation
· Highland Park Poetry
· Hotel Amerika
· Hour Glass
· Hull House
· Humanities Fest
· Hyde Park Art
· Improv Olympics
· Intersections
· In These Times
· The Ivory Tower
· Kalamu
· Karamu
· Kedzie Press / The Green Parent
· Lake Claremont
· Lawyers For Arts
· Lisle Library
· Literary Chicago
· Literary Pizazz Radio
· Lit Line
· Links Hall
· Looptopia
· Love Chicago
· Lumpen
· Machine
· Make Magazine
· Manual of Style
· Mayapple Press
· Mayor's Office of Events
· MetroMix
· Mexican Fine Arts
· Midland Authors
· Midwest Literary Fest
· Midwest Zines
· Milk Weed
· Millions
· Moria
· Mule
· Muse Letter
· Naperville Writers
· National Writers Union
· Nelson Algren Committee
· Neofuturists
· Nextbook
· Ninth Letter
· Old Town Folk School
· Open Book
· Osbey Books
· O Sweet Flowery Roses
· Other Voices
· Otium
· Palatine Slam
· Paper and Carriage
· Paper Mustache
· Perpetual Motion
· Plainfield Poetry
· PM Poetry
· Poem Present
· Poetic License
· Poetry Cache
· Poetry Daily
· Poetry Radio
· Poets and Writers
· Poets Kitchen
· Polvo
· Polyphony
· Pudding House
· Punk Planet
· Reconstruction Room
· Redmoon
· Roctober
· Rose Metal
· Room 315
· Rubba Ducky
· Sawbuck
· Scars Publishing
· Screwball
· Second Run
· Seminary Co-op
· Seventen Bishop
· Shark Forum
· Shelter
· Shortpants
· Skeleton News
· Small Happy
· Stop Smiling
· Sourcebooks
· Spareroom
· Spondee
· Stone Jones
· Story Studio
· Story Quarterly
· Street Level
· Teatro Luna
· This Is Grand
· Ticket2Write
· Time Out
· Uncommon Ground
· Unlikely Stories
· UR Chicago
· Venus
· Visions For Chicago
· Wordsfest
· Writers Workspace
· You Are Beautiful
BlockRBott.gif spacer.gif spacer

Web hosting provided by TechFinesse