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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 06:01 PM
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Hey, what's up Chicago poetry fans? Here's some juicy poetry gossip for ya!

Guess what? Starting this July, TriQuarterly will publish online at TriQuarterly.org.

Are you interested in a free workshop? Check out The Next Objectivists.

Click here for the buzz on Granta's Chicago issue.

On Thursday, June 3, from 7:30 until 9:30 PM, Reginald Gibbons will read from his new collection of Chicago poems and stories, Slow Train Overhead, at the Stop Smiling Storefront, 1371 N. Milwaukee. Gapersblock.com Politics Editor Ramsin Canon will open the night with a multi-media "Chicago Ward Primer: Celebrities, Scandals & Snacks" and there will be free beer an music. Sponsored by Make Magazine.

"Stories We Cannot Tell" explores the relationships between people of varying races and sexualities. Five writers were led through a series of workshops to deconstruct their placed identities and reconstruct themselves as full characters with wide emotional textures. From these workshops, the writers adapted their poems, journal entries, scenes, and stories into a full-script ensemble piece that seeks to undermine stereotypes in the ways Indian, Chinese, Latino, and mixed race people are portrayed. Join Zeshan Bagewadi, Keyoung Lee, Prachi Murarka, Alyssa Vera Ramos, Shane Michael Singh, Simon Han, Brijeet Dhaliwal, and Drishay Menon for a staged reading of the work and engage in a post-show conversation. It happens on Thursday, May 27, at 8:30 PM, at McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, and then again on Friday, May 28, at 7 PM at Hoover-Leppen Theatre, Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted St.

On Saturday, May 29, at 9 PM, Impala Gallery, 1768 W. Greenleaf Ave, will present a reading by Abi Stokes as part of the "Head In The Clouds" release, co-authored by artist Andrea Georgas. It's five bucks too.

On Sunday, May 30, from Noon until 2 PM, The Illinois State Poetry Society will host Poetry and Music at Brewed Awakening Café, at 19 W. Quincy St. in Westmont, with featured poets Marvin Young and Carolyn Sibr. It's five bucks.

On Tuesday, June 1, starting at 10 PM sharp, John Paul Davis and Marty McConnell (representing the 2010 Mental Graffiti slam team) will feature at Trace, 3714 N. Clark St. It's $3 and 21 and over.

On Friday, June 11, from 7 to 10:30 PM, there will be "an evening of poetry, paintings and alcohol" at The Casa Aztlán, 1831 S Racine Ave, featuring Susana Aguilar, Gregorio Gomez, Nina Corwin and Frank Matagrano, to benefit their After School Program that provides positive motivation for children and keeps them "off the streets." It's ten bucks.

On Saturday, June 19th, at 7:30 PM, legendary performance artist Holly Hughes will perform at Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 North Clark St, for the Sappho's Salon Second Anniversary Extravaganza. It's ten bucks.

And then on Wednesday, June 23, at 7:30 PM, Cindy Salach will be hosting a "Pride Open Mic" at at Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 North Clark St, You are invited to bring your best single page of prose or poetry to share; whether you are a seasoned reader or a novice sharing your work for the first time, you'll find a rousing and supportive audience and a dazzling variety of GLBTQ creative expression. Open Mic participation is limited, so stop in or call the store (773-769-9299) today to sign up!

 
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