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Posted by : cj on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 10:58 AM
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Hi poetry fans. Here's some more poetry updates for the month of May.

On Saturday, May 22, at 7 PM (don't be late, doors lock at 7:30), the Red Rover Series will present "Experiment #36: Textual Ecologies & Contaminations," Jennifer Scappettone, Asimina Chremos (with collaborators) and Joseph Ravens with Alycia Scott, at Outer Space Studio, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave (walk up to third floor), $4.

In Poetry Slam news, the Mental Graffiti Slam Finals will take place on Monday, May 17, from 7:30 to 10 PM, at Butterfly Social Club, 722 W. Grand, during which "8 of the year's top slammers are going to duke it out to see who is the Chicago Grand Slam Champion," including Marty McConnell, Rik Vasquez, Sharieff Muhammed, Mojdeh, Andi Kauth, Emily Rose, John Davis and Billy Tuggle. The top 4 will represent Chicago at the National Poetry Slam this year in St. Paul, MN. This event also includes performance by Roger Bonair Agard, Robbie Q, JW Baz and 2010 LTAB College Champ Susie Swanton, with DJ Itchie Fingers. No open mic, $5, 21 and up.

And then on Wednesday, May 26, from 8 to 11 PM, The Poetry Bomb comes to Chicago (they are actually putting poems into the shell of a bomb), during the Chicago Slam Works Launch Party and benefit for the Outspoken Performance Poetry Festival. It's at Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division, and is $10 at the door.

The next Palabra Pura event will be on Wednesday, May 19, 7:30 PM, at Decima Musa, 1901 S. Loomis Ave. There will be a short open mic and then readings by Javier Villasenor Alonso and Levi Romero.

The next Revolving Door Reading will be on Wednesday, May 19, 7:30 to 10:30 PM, at Red Kiva, 1108 W. Randolph St, featuring Larry O. Dean and Lauren Pretner, who was a finalist in the 2007 Sundance Theater Lab for Chicago.

On Friday, May 21, at 8 PM, the 123 Collective will present a poetry reading and open mic called "Goodevening" with Zach Kolodjeski, Kat Sanchez and John Franklin Dandridge, to be held at a place called Post (look for "Post" on a mailbox), at 1816 S Racine, in the Pilsen neighborhood. It's a bring your own beer type of affair.

Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave, has been hosting a lot of readings in their 2nd floor space thanks to Larry Sawyer's skill at finding great authors to feature. On Saturday, May 15, the features will be Brandon Downing and MacGregor Card; on Sunday, May 16, Daniela Olszewska and Aaron Fagan and on Sunday, May 23, Andy Fitch, Jon Cotner, and David Trinidad. See what I'm talking about? The readings always take place at 7 PM.

On Monday, May 24, from 7 to 10 PM, there will be a Packingtown Review Release Party and Fundraiser at Jak's Tap, 901 W. Jackson St. The event will include readings by Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Matt McBride, Tasha Marren, Andrew Farkas, Roxanne Pilat, Chad Heltzel and others, along with music, silent auction and book fair. There is a $10 suggested donation.

See you out and about!

 
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