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Posted by : cj on Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 09:10 AM
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The Poetry Is Red Hot at Red Kiva!

On Wednesday, July 28, the new Revolving Door Reading series presented another hot poetry night at Red Kiva, 1108 W. Randolph, and ChicagoPoetry.com was there to check out the poetic action.


The Revolving Door is a monthly event and properly named, because each month they present something completely different, revolving around the poetry scene to present featured poets from all different circuits. Tonight's Another Chicago Magazine "pre-releae party" was hosted by Jennifer Steele, Jacob Knabb and Jamie Kazay.


I arrived just in time to find the patio doors at the front of the nightclub wide open with the poet on the stage only inches from the sidewalk. Timothy Yu started out the night with a set of poetry. It was a pleasure listening to Yu's work, especially in this classy establishment with such a respectful audience.


Tara Betts took Chicago by storm, featuring for the Paper Machete, the Laudanum Feminist Open Mic, the POW-WOW series and topping it off with a flawless performance for the Revolving Door series.


Bayo Ojikutu, whose work appears in Another Chicago Magazine, added some variety to the evening with his story set in Nigeria.


Quraysh Ali Lansana headlined the evening. Lansana shared some cutting edge new work. I have to say I think the man is on a roll. He read some really daring, nitty gritty material that reflected a real advancement in his voice, before finishing off with some poems from his classic collection, They Shall Run.


Like I said, the Revolving Door series is different every month, so you are likely to run into a different crowd each time. It's a great place to experience the work of Chicago's talented poets. It's a very comfortable venue, a perfect spot to showcase Chicago poets.

I give the Revolving Door Reading Series at Red Kiva two big QUILLS UP.


--CJ Laity

Keep up with what's happening next with Revolving door by bookmarking this link.



Note: On Wednesday, July 28, the new Revolving Door Reading series presented another hot poetry night at Red Kiva, 1108 W. Randolph. This time the poetry party included an ACM pre-release event hosted by Jennifer Steele, Jacob Knabb and Jamie Kazay, featuring Quraysh Ali Lansana, Tara Betts, Timothy Yu and Bayo Ojikutu. And you bet that ChicagoPoetry.com was there to check out the poetic action. Click here for the scoop!

 
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