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Posted by : cj on Monday, June 28, 2010 - 02:46 PM
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Beach Poets hosted by Cathleen Schandelmeier happens every Sunday through August 15 at Loyola Beach, Greeleaf and the lake, from 4 to 6 PM. This year is their 20 year anniversary. Some recommended dates include July 4 with Dina Stuart, July 18 with Paul Ryan, July 25 with Andrea Change, and a tribute to Effie Mihopolous on August 8.

The first floor of the Chicago Cultural Center has been transformed into the Chicago Publishers Gallery & Café and recently it nearly doubled in size, adding many themed nooks. Twenty-five Chicago publishers were added during the expansion, and the Gallery now features banner art and letterpress designs by Chicago artists. The Publishers Gallery is now accepting proposals for readings and book events. They are looking for events that showcase Chicago’s vibrant publishing and literary world for the Cultural Center’s audience—and that creatively use the Chicago Publishers Gallery & Café as a setting. Please be sure to visit the Gallery before submitting your proposal if you have not already. Events that are chosen will receive free space, marketing, and promotional support. If you would like to be considered for one of four quarterly slots, please send a one-page description of your event to by August 9, 2010.

Congratulations go out to Tristan Silverman, this year's Guild Complex Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award recipient. The big bout at the Chopin Theatre also featured Lucia Blinn, Billy Tuggle, Sharrieff Muhammad, Robin Fine, Shontay Luna and a bunch of other poets.

Bill Allegrezza is currently reading work for the next issue of Moria, so if you have anything to send, go ahead and send it to He's interested in poetry, vispo, poetry films, reviews, and essays.

Check the Method is a summer spoken word camp led by Kevin Coval that will bring together some of the premier young writers from across Chicago and the Chicago-land area. This year there will be 2 weeks of camp. One week (July12-16) will be downtown in the Art Institute's new Modern Wing and the second week (July 26-30) will be at the historic Southside Community Arts Center. Guest faculty this year includes: Roger Bonair-Agard, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Krista Franklin, and Robbie Q. Telfer. Check the Method is open to writers age 15-21. Writers should have previous experience writing and performing poetry. For more information and to learn how to register click here for a pdf file.

The next Night of Sight and Sound with Lethal Poetry is Saturday, July 31, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 West Belmont Ave. Get your tickets by clicking here.

Heads up. Chicago's new poetry and spoken word festival, Outspoken, will take place from noon until 10 PM on September 25 at The Art Institute Auditorium. Want to participate? Please send your inquiries to

--CJ Laity

On Tuesday, July 6, from 6 to 8 PM, there will be reading at King Branch Library, 3436 S. King Drive, for the release of "Into The Banks," the Spring 2010 Issue of the Journal of Ordinary Thought featuring writers from Alexandre Dumas Elementary School, Hall and King Branch Libraries, and San Lucas Church. Free and open to the public.

Also on Tuesday, July 6, 7 PM, Quimby's at 1854 W. North Ave will present poetry from Nicole Wilson, Kate Dougherty, and Patrick Culliton.

On Wednesday, July 7, at 8 PM, Black Rock Bar at 3614 N. Damen will present "I Love My Job; I Hate My Job," curated by Elizabeth Harper, with performances by Rich Experience, Faux Paul, Bob M, Kerry Flory, Allison Gruber, Rebecca Kosick, Sunny Byers and Brian Hurst.

Shit has hit the fan, America. We wanted oil and we got it. The AmperLanterProof Last Chance Literary Blast for the Endtimes will take place on Friday, July 9, from 7 to 9 PM at The Green Lantern Gallery, 2542 W Chicago Ave, featuring the Five Horsemen (and women), A. D. Jameson, Tim Jone-Yelvinton, Lindsay Hunter, Benjamin Lowenkron, and Adam Gallari.

On Saturday, July 10, 6 PM, Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Fl, will present a Lit Bash with Roberto Harrison, Mike Hauser, Brenda Cardenas, Tom Hibbard, John Beer, Gene Tanta, Caryl Pagel, Anthony Madrid, Larry Sawyer and more.

On Tuesday, July 13, from 7:30 to 10 PM, Davis Schneiderman, Alex Bonner, Jason Bredle, Allison Gruber, Chris Bower, James Tadd Adcox, Rebekah Silverman, Jill Summers, Devin King, Barry Graham and Elizabeth Ellen will each give a five minute reading at The Innertown Pub, 1935 W Thomas, during the QUICKIES! Show.

The House on Real Talk Ave, 4520 N. Monticello, presents Derrick C. Brown for one night only on Thursday, July 15, 7:30 PM, with open mic. Derick is known for a moving show that incorporates poetry, minimalist music, and sound fx, Brown is unique for being an outstanding performer but is foremost a page poet. He is the president of Write Bloody Publishing, the first indie press to be reviewed with favor by Forbes magazine. Space is limited to 50 people. Send an email to

The DePaul University Summer Writing Conference happens from July 16 to 18 at DePaul’s Loop Campus and the Chicago Public Library. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. It's $260 or $110 for a single day, with thirty-six professional and award-winning writers, including professors from DePaul, Columbia College, the Art Institute, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago serving as conference faculty. Click here for all the details. For more information, contact Chris Green at
or (312) 362-8916.

On Monday, July 19th, 6:00 PM, Gallery Café at 1760 W. North Avenue will host Dream Horse Press authors Kyle McCord and Keith Montesano. The event is part of the DHP First Book Tour. It's free.

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