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Posted by : cj on Friday, July 16, 2010 - 12:42 PM
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Hey poets, the good news is Cram Volume 9 is here! There will be a pre-release of over a hundred free copies at that upcoming Printers Ball thingy on July 30, and then the big release reading happens on Saturday, August 14, at Cafe Ballou, 939 N. Western Ave. You can pick up a free copy at either event.

The other big news is that Tara Betts is coming to town. She will feature for Paper Machete, a "live magazine" addressing politics and culture, on Saturday, July 24, from 3 to 5 PM at Ricochets, 4644 N. Lincoln Ave. Then she will be the guest host for the feminist open mic at Music Lounge, 3017 W. Armitage, on Sunday, July 25, from 6 to 10 PM. And finally she will lead a workshop and feature for the POW-WOW series at Jeffrey Pub, 7041 S. Jeffrey Blvd, on Tuesday, July 27, 6:30 to 10 PM. Is she also featuring at the Revolving Door at Red Kiva the next day? That's what I hear.

On Saturday, July 17, The Next Objectivists will be "reading poetry, describing their workshop and working with YOU to create poetry" during the Red Rover Series' Experiment #38: Poetics of the Multitude, to take place at 7 PM, featuring Adriene Dodt, Denise Dooley, Elizabeth Marinom Scott McFarland, Matthias Regan, Gene Tanta, Adam Weg and a few surprises. It happens at Outer Space Studio, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave and there is a suggested donation of $4. They are not wheelchair accessible and there's no air-conditioning.

It's Poetry Slam time! On Monday, July 19, from 7:30 to 10 PM, the Butterfly Social Club at 722 W. Grand will Mental Graffiti (Marty McConnell, Emily Rose, Billy Tuggle, Andi Kauth, John Davis) vs. the Green Mill (Roger Bonair Agard, Robbie Q Telfer, JW Baz, Tristan Silverman, Amy David). This slam of the century will also include an open mic. It starts at 8 PM, there is a $5 cover, and it's 21 and over.

Then on Sunday, July 25, from 7 to 10 PM, at Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway, the Green Mill team will perform before heading off to the National Finals. It's $6 and 21 and over.

On Wednesday, July 21, 8:30 PM, there will be a poetry open mic at Bon Bon Sandwiches, 2333 West North Ave. It's free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, July 28, from 9 PM until 1 AM, The Revolving Door Reading Series at Red Kiva, 1108 W. Randolph, will host a Chicago Magazine Pre-Release Party that will also feature poets Tara Betts, Quaraysh Ali Lansana, Bayo Ojikutu, Timothy Yu & much more! It's free.

On Sunday, July 25, Noon until 2 PM, poets Earl Valentine Fischer and Nancy Theresa Fischer will feature for the Poetry and Music series at The Brewed Awakening Café in Westmont. Contact Craig or Sylvia at (630) 852-2233 for more info.

On Tuesday, July 27, at 7:30 PM, the TallGrass Writers Guild Open Mic will feature Wisconsin's Catherine Fitzpatrick, a retired career newspaper journalist, at the Bourgeois Pig, 738 West Fullerton. It's $6.

Also on Wednesday, July 28 at 7 PM there will be a free Rose Metal Press and Barrelhouse event at Open Books, 213 W. Institute Pl, featuring James Tadd Adcox, Mary Hamilton, Philip Jenks, Simone Muench and Tim Jones-Yelvington.

On Friday, July 30, from 6 to 8 PM, Brother K, 500 Main St., Evanston, will present featured poets Nick Demske and Nina Corwin.

Also on Friday, July 30, from 6 to 10 PM, there will be a fundraiser for Puerto Rican mural artist Gamaliel Ramirez at Institute for Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, 3015 W. Division St. Call 773.782.0454 to purchase tickets for $25.

On Sunday, August 1, from 2 to 4 PM, Woman Made Gallery, 685 N Milwaukee Ave, presents a poetry reading featuring Robin Behn, Lucia Blinn, Kimberly Dixon, Simone Muench, Jennifer K. Sweeney, and Connie Voisine, hosted by Nina Corwin and recorded by Kurt Heintz for WBEZ's Chicago Amplified Series. It's free!

Seems like the poetry in Chicago is as hot as the weather! Take care.

--CJ Laity

 
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