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Posted by : cj on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 05:19 PM
Poetry Gossip: Click On Headlines .
Hey poets,

sorry I've been slacking in the poetry gossip department lately. April is a busy month for me. Here's some stuff I found in my inbox. Enjoy.


Poetry Center of Chicago
Juried Reading
Finalists Selected

From a field of nearly 300 submissions, seven poets have been selected as finalists for the Poetry Center of Chicago's 16th Annual Juried Reading Competition, judged by award winning poet Mark Nowak.

Third, second and first place winners will be announced at the May 19 Award Ceremony, and all finalists will receive awards and read from their work at this annual celebratory event.

16th Annual Juried Reading Finalists:

E.G. Cunningham
Steve Davenport
Adam Day
Julius Kalamarz
Stephen Pettinga
Ruth Williams
Susan Yount



Hello Chicago Poetry calendar listings -

I host a weekly open mic at Uncommon Ground on Devon, every Tuesday evening. While this open mic has traditionally trucked in music performance (primarily acoustic), I'd like to open our doors and extend a welcome to area poets, who might have interest in reciting at this renowned venue. We have a great stage, and cash prizes weekly. So, please list the info as you are able, and please contact me if you require any additional information or details.

Scott Schaefer

Weekly open mic, welcome poets!
Uncommon Ground - Devon
1401 W. Devon / 773-465-9801 /
Sign up 7pm - 8pm. Open mic from 8pm - 10pm.



Hope you're having a marvelous poetry month filled with words and inspiration!

"Caught In The Act" is scheduled for Friday, April 23 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The Art Center.

Please join Highland Park Poetry for "Caught In The Act: An Evening of Performance Poetry" at The Art Center (1957 Sheridan Road). The evening begins with an open-mic and features performances by Nikki Patin, Amy David, Jacqueline Harris and more. There will be nibbles and drinks, too.

This is a free event but donations supporting both Highland Park Poetry and The Art Center are welcome.

If you are interested in reading something for the open-mic, please contact me right away. There is still space available.

Many thanks,

Jennifer Dotson
Founder & Program Coordinator

April 23, 2010. Art Center Highland Park. The Art Center in Highland Park, 1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL 60035-254 (847) 432-1888 is the scene for a Spoken Word Performance Poetry show - It begins at 7:30PM with an open mic and continues at 8PM with performance artists Nikki Patin, Amy David, Tristan Silverman, Jacqueline Harris and Marty McConnell. It is a free event. (April 23 is Shakespeare's BD).



Off Campus Writers Workshop (OCWW) hosts a speaker on some topic of writing every Thursday from 9:30-noon at the Winnetka Community House at 620 Lincoln in Winnetka, IL. OCWW is a 64 year old group with almost 200 members and we cover a broad spectrum of topics from poetry to fiction to literary agents, freelance and much more.



Friday April 16

The League of Extraordinary Poets(LOEP) brings you poetry at its utmost.

The show starts at 7:30pm and ends at 9:35pm.There will also be an open mic session.

There is no cover charge, but we ask that you show patronage to the Cafe.

The Barista Cafe is located at 852 north Damen in Chicago Il.



Prize winning author Headlines TallGrass Writers' Open Mic - 4/27

On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm, Mary Kuykendall Weber will read from her book, River Roots (Texas Review Press, 2009), winner of the 2008 George Garrett Prize. Mined from her youth in the Potomac valley, this collection of 38 stories features characters struggling for survival in a world which appears indifferent to their concerns and challenges. The stories of River Roots interrelate for a total view of Potomac River life, then and now. In some ways, the Hampshire Country she grew up in reminds us of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County combined with Wendell Berry’s love of land and the family farmer’s respect for it. TallGrass Writers Guild's regularly-scheduled Open Mic follows. Cover charge for the event, held upstairs at The Bourgeois Pig, 738 W. Fullerton, Chicago, is $6 reduced to $5 for students. Info: 219-322-7270.



You can write haiku in English. Join the Midwest Region of The Haiku Society of America for its second 2010 meeting, from 1:30-4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 15 at Winnetka Public Library, 768 Oak St., Winnetka. The meeting is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

At this informal meeting, the content and style of haiku will be reviewed. Haiku is a short, Japanese poetic form of usually three lines and a maximum of 18 syllables. Beginning and experienced haikuists may read their poetry and get it critiqued. Participants without haiku to read may attend to listen to readings.

The Midwest Region of HSA has six workshops and lectures annually, often with noted speakers. HSA is a not-for-profit organization to promote the writing and appreciation of haiku in English. HSA's website is

To pre-register or for more information about HSA, contact Charlotte Digregorio, Midwest Regional Coordinator, at 847-881-2664.



Elma Stuckey Memorial Reading: Ed Roberson
Wednesday, April 14, 5:30 PM
Columbia College Chicago
Hokin Hall
623 South Wabash Avenue, Room 109
Free admission

Center for Latin American Studies Poetry Reading
Thursday, April 15, 4:30 PM
University of Chicago
Social Sciences Tea Room
1126 East 59th Street
Free admission

Featuring Gregg Shapiro, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Rebecca Villarreal, David Trinidad, and Deborah Darr
Thursday, April 15, 7:00 PM
Women & Children First
5233 North Clark Street
Free admission

Kathleen Rooney, Kate Dougherty,
Robert McDonald, Richard Fox, and Laura Van Prooyen
Thursday, April 15, 7:00 PM
The Book Cellar
4736 North Lincoln Avenue
Free admission

Chicago Poetry Symposium
Saturday, April 17, 12:30 PM
University of Chicago
The Joseph Regenstein Library
1100 East 57th Street
Free admission

Food for Thought: Poetry about Food
With Cynthia Gallaher
Saturday, April 17, 2:00 PM
3030 West Fullerton Avenue
Free admission

Featuring Sam Pink
Sunday, April 18, 6:00 PM
The Whistler
2421 North Milwaukee Avenue [map]
Free admission





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